Injuries to the knee joint are very common at work. These injuries can range from minor tears of the meniscus, to rupture of the cruciate or collateral ligaments.
Injuries to the knee joint are very common at work. These injuries can range from minor tears of the meniscus, to rupture of the cruciate or collateral ligaments. Many knee injuries require surgery, which most of the time can be done arthroscopically. Recovery time from a knee injury ranges from 2-3 weeks for a meniscus tear to up to 6 months for a multiple ligament tear. Because the menisci and ligaments of the knee provide stability for the knee joint, an injury to one of these structures alters the mechanics of the knee. This can often accelerate the deterioration of an already arthritic joint and eventually require total or partial knee replacement. If a doctor feels that the initial work injury sped up the degenerative process of the knee, knee replacement can be covered under the initial workers compensation claim. Knee injuries are usually treated by orthopedic surgeons. A permanent knee injury, in the absence of any other permanent injury, is considered “scheduled” in the Arizona workers compensation Act. If you suffered a knew injury while on the job, contact Snow, Carpio & Weekley immediately. They specialize in Phoenix and Tucson Workers’ Compensation cases.