Knee injuries are some of the more devastating work injuries we see. Knee fractures, dislocations, meniscus tears and ligament injuries make up most of these work-related injuries. Serious knee injuries can occur due to a traumatic event such as falling off a ladder, walking up stairs, or even simply stepping “wrong” or tripping. If the knee injury happens while you are working or on the employer’s property, it is likely an injury that your employer’s insurance company should accept under Maine Workers’ Compensation Law.
Knee injuries are recognized as a common work-related injury, which should entitle you to Workers’ Compensation benefits.
If you are injured at work you must inform your employer within 30 days of the date of your injury. Report ALL injuries, not just those that your employer thinks are serious.
Your employer will then report the injury to their insurance company. The insurance company will decide whether to pay you, on a voluntary basis, a portion of your lost wages and medical expenses related to your work injury.
If you have injured your knee at your workplace or while working for your employer you should not simply accept “no” for an answer when you request Workers’ Compensation benefits. Although your employer has the right to direct you to their doctor during the first 10 days after your injury, you should choose your own doctor as well for an alternative diagnosis and care beyond the 10 days. Do not simply rely on the medical advice given by the doctor or nurse your employer has told you to see. If your pain or discomfort persists, you may have a far more serious injury than “just a strain” that your employer’s doctor has diagnosed. You should have your knee examined and treated by someone you trust.
Employers and insurance companies often fight knee injury claims, arguing that some activity other than work caused your injury or that it was “a pre-existing condition”. Insurers and employers do not want to pay you Workers’ Compensation benefits and will search for any excuse to deny them. Often a worker with a knee injury needs a lawyer in order to file a successful Workers' Compensation claim to gain wage and medical benefits.
The effects of a knee injury can be devastating, leaving the person with little or no ability to work while suffering ongoing pain. Often, knee injuries limit mobility so even daily activities can be difficult.
The lawyers at Irwin & Morris have successfully represented many clients with work-related knee injuries. We help them receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for lost wages and payment of medical bills. Our clients with knee injuries come from a variety of jobs, including construction workers, servers (waiters and waitresses), fishermen, warehouse workers, arborists and tree trimmers, truckers, linemen, firefighters, health care workers and CNAs, camp counselors/guides, landscapers, and iron workers.
Our lawyers have successfully handled a wide variety of cases involving knee injuries and are very experienced in guiding a client suffering from an injury through the Workers Compensation process. Give us a call or send us a message using the contact form on this page, and we will answer any question or concerns you may have – free of charge.