Bike Accident Injuries: Types of Knee Injuries from Falls
Virtually any part of the body is susceptible to injury in a bike accident. This includes knee injuries from a fall. When someone suffers serious physical harm because of another person's careless or reckless actions, the injured party can pursue legal action to recover compensation for damages.
ACL Injuries Can Occur in a Bike AccidentOne of the most common knee injuries from a fall is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which is a ligament that runs in the middle of the knee and provides stability.
An ACL injury can range from a sprain to a tear. It can occur when there is direct contact to the knee; for instance, being struck by a motor vehicle or getting knocked off the bike and landing on the pavement. But it can also stem from twisting the knee during the collision.
Cruciate and Lateral Ligament InjuriesAn accident can damage other ligaments in the knee as well. While an ACL tear affects a cruciate ligament, the inner and outer portion of the knees (collateral ligaments) could experience trauma (LCL and MCL injuries).
Meniscus Tears and Knee FracturesAnother type of knee injury is a meniscus tear, which stems from sudden movement.
A knee fracture is another type of injury. Any of the three bones that make up the knee might experience a fracture - femur, tibia, and patella.
Non-Surgical Treatment of a Knee Injury after a Bicycle AccidentWith any type of knee injury, there can be significant pain. This depends on the severity and if more than one area has been injured. Sometimes icing the area and immobilizing the knee with a brace or splint helps relieve pain. Medication may help, too, along with special exercises. But with more severe injuries, surgery might be required.
Surgical Treatment of a Knee Injury after a Bicycle AccidentLigament injuries may require reconstruction. The torn ligament is replaced with a tissue graft. Knee repair procedures may be performed arthroscopically by inserting a tiny camera and instruments into the incision to perform the procedure. A surgical procedure may also be necessary for a severe fracture.
Whenever a surgical procedure is required, it's usually followed by some degree of rehabilitation. The goal is to restore function and improve strength. The length of recovery and rehabilitation depends on the type of injury and the person's age and activity level.
Some of the problems that may arise out of knee injuries include chronic pain and disability. Despite treatment, including physical therapy, some victims may still experience limitations in movement.
Filing a Claim When Injured in a Bike AccidentAn injury claim could allow injured bicyclists to recover compensation related to a knee injury from a fall. The claim may include damages for the medical expenses incurred and missed time from work, and there could be other forms of compensation available as well.
For a more severe injury, the bicyclist may be entitled to damages for:
- pain and suffering;
- mental anguish; and
- reduced quality of life.