Factors Insurance Companies Consider When Evaluating an Oregon Personal Injury/Auto Accident Claim – Part Seventeen – Knee Injury
A knee injury is arguably “the king” of soft-tissue injuries. The knee is the body’s largest joint. It absorbs a great deal of shock. As such, a serious knee injury often results in some degree of permanent impairment. Quite often, a well-documented knee-injury claim will produce a larger settlement in a personal injury case.
The knee is a notably complex in structure, comprising of bone and three types of soft tissue – ligament, cartilage, and tendon. It is important to note that standard X-rays do not show soft tissue. Several specialized exam types exist that a doctor can use to track injuries to specific soft tissues of the knee. In rating the severity of a knee injury, insurance companies look for documentation that shows that said special exam types were used to get a better view of the injuries. These include the arthrogram, in which the patient is injected with a dye that makes soft tissues in the knee visible on X-rays. This is used to pinpoint cartilage and ligament problems.
It is important to note that serious knee injury occurs most often in a frontal auto crash versus a rear-end crash. A knee can possibly get trapped beneath a dashboard as the torso is hurled forward; quite often, a serious knee injury involves an aggravation of a previous condition of weakness in the knee. Many times this is because of “wear and tear” that might have occurred before or after the accident. Make sure to have your conditions documented properly to ensure you are treated fairly by the insurance companies. An Oregon personal injury lawyer can help answer any questions you have to make sure you get the top dollar for your claim.