Knees are some of the most complicated joints in the body, and ones we use throughout the day to stand, sit, walk, bend, crouch, lift, and perform other movements. Because of constant use, knees can wear down and be damaged over time.
If you work at a job where you perform activities that use your knees a lot, this increases the likelihood that you'll suffer a knee injury, possibly requiring you to take off work for weeks while you recover.
Jobs That Cause Knee Injuries
No matter what your occupation may be, there's a risk of knee injury. However, certain jobs require more use of the knee than others. Top professions that are hard on the knees include:
- Construction workers
- Carpet, tile, and other flooring installers
- Landscapers and other people providing gardening services
- Auto mechanics
- Railroad workers
- Priests and ministers
- Professional dancers and athletes
Common Job-Related Knee Injuries
The knee operates like a hinge and is comprised of bone, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. Any of these can be injured due to repetitive movements, falls from heights, a slip and fall accident, or other causes.
Here are some of the most common injuries that require individuals to file workers’ comp claims:
- Knee fractures. These are often caused by high-impact trauma to the knee, such as in a vehicle accident or fall. While any bone in or surrounding the knee can be broken, a broken kneecap—also referred to as the patella—is the most common one fractured.
- Dislocated kneecap. A dislocated kneecap can occur if the bones in the knee slip out of place as a result of an accident, such as a fall. It can cause swelling, intense pain, and inability to walk. Treatment may include manipulating the kneecap back in place, pain medication, and physical therapy.
- ACL injuries. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally down the knee and provides support to the knee joint. Injuries to it range from a sprain to a complete tear. Surgery may be required if the ACL injury is serious.
- Torn meniscus. There are two rubbery cartilage discs between the thighbone and shinbone that provide cushioning and are referred to as the menisci. A meniscus can be torn if the knee is twisted or rotated forcefully. Swelling, stiffness, pain, and difficulty straightening the knees are some of the symptoms of a torn meniscus.
Let Us Help You With Workers' Comp
If you suffered a knee injury in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Florida law. These claims can be complicated due to disputes with the insurance company over the cause of the injury, its severity, and in some cases, pre-existing injuries.
Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help you navigate the process by collecting the evidence you need to prove your right to benefits. Schedule your free case evaluation by calling our office or filling out our convenient online form.