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I was just in a Florida motorcycle accident, and my knee is swollen and hurts. I went to the emergency room, but they didn’t find anything wrong in the x-ray. What should I do in case I do have a legal case against the other driver?

 

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It is always a good idea to seek a second opinion. Additionally, it is important to know that x-rays don’t show soft-tissue injuries very well, which can include many knee-ligament injuries motorcyclists suffer from. Some cartilage and ligament injuries that won’t show up in x-rays are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL tear), medial collateral ligament (MCL tear), or a torn meniscus.


If you cannot bear weight, and if your knee is swollen and painful, it is a good idea to see an orthopedic surgeon immediately for a full diagnosis. Additionally, having an MRI test done on your knee can determine if you have a torn ACL or MCL knee injury. Knee injuries are very painful and may not heal fully on their own. This is why if you do have torn cartilage or torn ligaments in your knee, arthroscopic surgery is typically used to repair the damage.


This surgery is minimally invasive, as the arthroscope is inserted through a very tiny incision. Then the surgeon treats the cartilage or ligament-tear injury with the arthroscope – a small, fiber-optic medical device that consists of a video and light source. The surgery is an outpatient surgery and leaves very little scarring. Although the surgery is minimally invasive, patients still have months of recovery to do after an ACL surgery.


If your Sarasota motorcycle accident injuries were the result of a negligent driver, you may want to pursue a personal injury claim for collecting financial recovery. You will need compensation for your medical bills, physical therapy, time off work, and more. Call our skilled Sarasota accident attorneys at the Mallard Law Firm today at (888) 409-3805 and receive a free, no-obligation consultation.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney