When ligaments are subjected to trauma, as in the case of a car accident or slip/trip and fall, they can either stretch or tear. The common term for this injury is a sprain. Sprains can be extremely painful and debilitating, often affecting an accident victim’s ability to perform regular work and everyday tasks.
Some common types of torn ligament injuries include:
- Knee sprains or tears affecting the MCL, ACL, LCL, or PCL.
- Wrist, elbow or ankle sprains.
- Torn rotator cuff (the group of tendons and muscles in the shoulder that connect the upper arm to the shoulder blade.
- Sprain of the neck or back.
- Torn meniscus (the piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone and shinbone).
Are there varying degrees of ligament injuries?
Ligament injuries are categorized in terms of severity. For example, a mild sprain would affect you much differently than a severe sprain. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), sprains are categorized as follows:
- Grade 1 sprain (mild): Slight stretching and some damage to the fibers (fibrils) of the ligament.
- Grade 2 sprain (moderate): Partial tearing of the ligament. There is abnormal looseness (laxity) in the joint when it is moved in certain ways.
- Grade 3 sprain (severe): Complete tear of the ligament. This causes significant instability and makes the joint nonfunctional.
What steps should I take after suffering a ligament injury in an accident?
If you or a loved one were involved in a car or slip and fall accident, and are now suffering from severe pain because of a torn ligament, you should consider speaking with an experienced injury lawyer. Torn ligament injuries can require long-term medical care, which will lead to extensive medical bills and lost time at work.
If the accident was not your fault, you have the right to seek compensation for your expenses and lost income. In most instances, you may also be compensated for your pain and suffering. Preszler Injury Lawyers in Vancouver can help you get this compensation. Call us today at 1-844-373-8202 to schedule a free, initial consultation.
How can a torn ligament injury lawyer in Vancouver help me?
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we work to recover maximum compensation for your ligament injury. Our first goal will be to compile the facts around your accident as well as your medical information in order to prove fault for the injury.
When we make a settlement demand, we will explain in detail what injuries you have, what verifiable evidence there is to corroborate your pain and suffering, and how the injury impacts your daily life. And when x-rays, MRI’s or CT scans have been included in your health records, we explain how those studies support what you say about disruption of your daily life as well as the pain and suffering you have experienced.
When putting together an appropriate settlement offer for compensation for injuries and damages sustained, we will look at exactly how your injury occurred. In some cases, (like an accident that occurred due to an uneven surface on a walkway or sidewalk), a claim may be filed. And, in others (like a car accident), we will look to accident benefits, even if you contributed to the accident and will commence a lawsuit if you are not at fault or only partially at fault for the accident. We will also look at whether or not you are eligible for short or long-term disability benefits.
So, I have a case, but what if I cannot afford to hire a lawyer?
When you hire our firm to represent your injury case, we do not require you to pay us any upfront fees. We know the financial strain many accident victims are under so we made it our policy to only collect a percentage of the client’s final settlement. We feel this is the fairest way to offer our services. In other words, you pay us nothing unless we win your case.
How much time do I have to file an injury claim in Vancouver?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident, so act quickly before this time period expires. The sooner you get started, the sooner we can start working on your claim so you can recover the compensation you need.
How is Preszler Injury Lawyers different from other firms?
Our firm values our clients and put their needs first. Our goal is to be a constant and reliable guide during difficult times. When our clients have questions or concerns about their cases, our lawyers make every effort possible to return calls and e-mails in a friendly and expedient manner and keep them abreast of any developments.
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Don’t trust your torn ligament injury to just any Vancouver lawyer. Since 1959, the team at Preszler Injury Lawyers has been tirelessly fighting for the rights of accident victims. We know exactly what it takes to recover maximum compensation for your torn ligament injury. And remember, you won’t pay unless we win!
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