The knee is the largest joint in the body and without a functioning knee a person would be restricted doing the things most of us take for granted such as walking, standing, sitting or running. A knee injury suffered in the workplace can often be very serious with significant long term complications. The more usual types of knee injuries that arise in Irish workplaces include the following:-
- Fractures to the patella which is more commonly known as the kneecap
- Injuries to the knees, tendons or muscles such as a sprain
- Tendonitis which is an inflammation of a tendon in the knee which can usually arise from repetitive strain types such as constantly kneeling on the job
- Knee bursitis which is an inflammation near the knee joint which can be caused by regular pressure on the knee for example constantly kneeling on hard surfaces
- Meniscus tear – this is a very common type of knee injury which is usually caused when the knee is forcefully twisted. It can arise if an employee is trying to get into tight spaces
- Knee dislocation – this arises when the kneecap becomes dislodged usually caused by a twisting or sudden change in direction
More often than not knee injuries can occur in the workplace due to repetitive strain movements. There are certain jobs where a person is required to kneel regularly which carries great weight and strain on the knee.
What the employer should do
The employer has health, safety and welfare at work obligations towards employees to ensure that the workplace and the system of work are always safe. This includes providing training to avoid knee injuries as well as providing suitable personal protective equipment such as kneepads. Often knee injuries take many years to develop and you may still be able to claim compensation for your knee injury. You have two years to make a compensation claim which usually time begins to run from the moment your doctor diagnosed your knee injury and in turn the connection is made to the workplace.
Compensation can be paid for the following:
- Compensation for your pain, past, present and future
- Loss of earnings both past and into the future
- Medical treatment expenses such as physiotherapy or surgical procedures and consultant fees
- Prescription costs
- Travel expenses
- Loss of pension entitlements
Our personal injury compensation claims solicitors
If you have suffered knee injury in the workplace you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first and we are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.