Florida medical malpractice and injury lawyer discusses Patella (knee cap) fractures after accidents.
This week I received two calls from prospective clients who both suffer from patella (knee cap) fractures following accidents. The first caller told me that he was involved in a car accident where another driver cut across the road and caused him to crash into the car. He explained that his right foot was on the brake and when the vehicles crashed it was forced into the steering column.
The second caller explained that she was walking through the parking lot of a local mall and she tripped and fell on curbing that was in disrepair. The prospective client explained that she landed directly on her right knee and was unable to get up.
Common Mechanism of Injury
What you can see from both of these callers is that the mechanism is the same. In both cases the trauma was a direct blow the knee – causing the knee cap to break (fracture). Patella fractures are pretty common and they are more frequent in 20-50 age group.
Types of Patella Fractures
The number one predictor as to how the client will recover is whether the fracture is stable or unstable. The stable knee cap fracture will usually be described as just a crack in the bone that does not separate. These folks do pretty well with rest and physical therapy. On the other hand, unstable patella fractures happen when the knee cap breaks into multiple pieces and the bone separates. These clients generally have a more difficult time with healing and tend to have more problems in the future.
Why Patella Fractures Cause So Many Problems
One of the reasons that the patella fractures can cause so many problems for our clients is because the way the patella functions. The knee cap is housed in the patella tendon. The knee cap acts as a fulcrum stabilizing the knee joint when the thigh muscles contract. When the knee cap is broken or doesn't heal properly, these clients can have difficulty climbing and descending stairs, squatting, kneeling and sitting for periods of time.
Compensation for Patella Fractures
One of the difficulties in trying to get compensation for clients who suffer from lasting problems from a patella (knee cap) fracture is trying to educate the insurance adjuster or jury about the functional limitations and problems that can occur in the future. This is why a person who experiences a patella fracture in an accident should consult an attorney who has the healthcare knowledge to explain these difficult concepts to the insurance adjuster and/or jury.
If you have any questions about a patella fracture following a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident or slip and fall, give me a call at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right side of the screen.