Understanding Knee Injuries Sustained in Auto Accidents


The blunt force and trauma of a car accident poses many risks to person’s health. Objects might be thrown at you including pieces of the windshield(suffered broken glass and windshield injuries due to a new york car accident? ), objects from outside the car, the steering wheel, and other parts of the car itself. Also, the original skid, twist, or halt will surely put a lot of stress on your entire body.

New York Personal Injury Lawyers of The Rybak Firm, PLLC.,  are experienced in handling car accident cases in which victims suffer a wide range of harms, but we find that, over and over again, knee injuries are one of the most consistent types of injuries to emerge from the incident. This article will inform you about various symptoms and problems that your knee might develop following a car accident.


We will provide a list of symptoms to look out for after a car accident but, before that, review the anatomy of the knee illustrated in these diagrams:

Following an auto accident in which an impact to the knee occurred, closely monitor knees for these symptoms:

  • Discoloration: The underlying bruise can cause the affected area to change in color, perhaps to a shade of red. If situation develops and it actually becomes infected, then it might to start look more yellow or green than normal. Of course, if the knee or neighboring bones look abnormally placed, this is a sign that a severe injury may have happened and seeking professional medical help as soon as possible is a must.
  • Temperature variation: Just like any other injury or illness, the body will respond to the injured knee to try and heal it and that response might make the area feel more warn than usual; on the other hand, if the car accident produced a lack of circulation in the knee, then the area may actually feel colder.
  • Reduced strength: The initial shock and subsequent injury that might develop in the knee will probably result in reduced strength. This is the body’s way of sending a message that you it’s hurt and the knee needs recovery.
  • Limited range of motion: One might find that they are not able to move in ways that they are used to be able to prior to the accident. This is a serious sign that the knee might be significantly injured.
  • Sensations: After a car accident, one might discover that the knee hurts upon touch or manifests general tenderness or other sensations all on its own.


After a car accident, the knees might suffer any of the following injuries:

  • Knee Fracture: Any bone fracture is a very significant injury but they are also very widely understood. They generally arise after an intense exertion or force is put upon it, like a car crash. These fractures are normally accompanied with bone deformities and discoloring, but a persona might also notice the knee sticking out of the skin itself! Normally, doctors will simply place the affected knee in a cast but they might recommend surgery if it cannot heal on its own. Also, in some instances, knee fractures might pose long-term issues such as arthritis.
  • Knee Dislocation: Generally, bone dislocations occur when they are not in the places where they should be. For knee dislocations, this means that the leg bones (called the tibia/fibula) are not in their proper positions relative to the thigh bone (called the femur). Absent a very strong force (such as a direct hit to the dashboard in a car accident), these are relatively rare; however, if untreated they can cause very serious problems and might even result in amputation if an arterial blockage cuts off the blood supply to the leg for too long.
  • Knee Sprain/Strain: These occur in a car accident if a person stretches, tears, or damages the ligaments, tendons, muscles, or joint capsule surrounding the knee. They are very common in automobile incidents and are assigned Grades from I to III based upon the seriousness of the sprain or strain. Grade I represents minimal pain; Grade II represents mild pain; Grade III represents serious pain.
  • Torn Cartilage: A person involved in a car accident, might also experience torn cartilage around the knee. There are pads around it that act as shock absorbers and trauma to that area might create a tear in their connective structure. They are commonly found when a someone sprains or strains their knee. While time and rest ordinarily heal these up, a surgery may be required in certain instances to correct the tear.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury: Following an automobile accident, injured person may find that the ACL has been torn or damaged. This is the ligament that runs across the knee to give it stabilization and strength. Any damage to it is serious and requires immediate medical attention. Following an ACL injury, walking or exerting any strength on that leg at all may be very difficult or even impossible. Surgery to correct ACL tears or sprains is not uncommon and ongoing medical treatment is vital.
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury: While running across the ACL, the PCL is actually considered to be a much stronger ligament. It provides support and acts as a brake against certain kinds of movements. However, due to its strength, it requires great shock or trauma to seriously injure or tear it, and, therefore, normally does not present a problem until after significant pressure has been applied for an extended period of time.
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury: While very common injuries in sports, MCL problems also arise frequently in car accidents. In fact, they are the most commonly affected knee ligaments. If suffered a MCL tear or sprain, experiencing a tingling sensation running along the inside part of the knee is common. These might require surgery and extended medical care as well.

How Can A New York Personal Injury Lawyer Help?

NYC Accident Lawyers of The Rybak Firm, PLLC.,  have helped many people access the medical and legal services they needed the most after being injured in a car accident. Our access to an extensive network of doctors and medical specialists helps us connect our clients with the medical services they need to ensure the fastest physical recovery possible and our experienced NYC accident lawyers have the skills and the knowledge needed to recover the maximum amount of compensation the law will allow. This will ensure that you are able to focus on getting better without the stress and worry of wondering whether you can make ends meet.

If you have any questions about your knee injury suffered in a car accident, Contact Us  to have a free consultation and case review with our auto accident attorneys. During your free consultation, we will collect the information we need to properly investigate the details of your claim and review your legal options with you so that you know what you can expect if you decide to pursue legal action. We work solely on a contingency basis ( What is a contingency Fee in a personal injury claim New York? ), so you are guaranteed our services will not cost a thing unless we secure compensation on your behalf.

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