Construction accidents and career-ending knee injuries

From internal derangement of the knee to a torn ACL, many construction workers have to stop working as a result of knee injuries. Not only are these injuries often very painful, but the financial consequences of missing work for a long period of time (or permanently losing the ability to work in a particular field) are usually very significant. Some workers are especially likely to sustain a knee injury while performing their job duties, such as those who lay carpet or install wood floors, or who walk on uneven surfaces on a job site.

While some people are able to make a full recovery, others struggle with the aftermath of a knee injury for the rest of their lives.

Knee injuries and construction

According to MedlinePlus, knee problems often arise as a result of an injury. Often, construction workers hurt their knees as a result of abrupt twisting that injures their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or a meniscus.  Knee injuries not only generate high levels of pain, in many instances, but they also make it hard for some people to walk or even stand up. For many workplace accident victims, these injuries result in a temporary or permanent inability to work. Sometimes, knee replacement is necessary.

Dealing with a knee injury

Following a knee injury, it is crucial for injured workers to carefully review the circumstances that caused their injury.   A knee injury in North Carolina almost always has to be the result of an “injury by accident” in order to be covered.   An “accident” can be anything that interrupts the normal work routine.  A slip, trip, fall, or unusual task can all qualify as an “accident.”  If your knee is injured by accident, the full range of workers’ compensation benefits are available to you.    For example, workers’ compensation helps eligible workers receive compensation for missed work and covers their injury-related medical expenses.

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