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Has a crash caused you to suffer dashboard knee?

During a serious car crash, you have little to no control over the movements of your body. You may feel yourself slamming into various parts of the vehicle or the impact may crush parts of the car into you. In such cases, you could suffer serious injuries, and the effects of those injuries could prove long-lasting and need medical attention.

One type of injury that could occur during a car accident is dashboard knee. As the name suggests, this injury can take place when your knee hits the dashboard of your vehicle during at accident. In some cases, this type of injury may only cause minor issues, but in more serious accidents, you could face substantial physical problems.

Signs and symptoms

Dashboard knee occurs when your shin gets pushed backward in an unnatural position and causes your posterior cruciate ligament to tear. As a result, you may experience pain that could vary in severity depending on the extent of your injury. Additionally, your knee will begin to swell, and you may feel as if you have trouble putting weight on the injured knee.

Of course, when this injury occurs as the result of a serious crash, you may have suffered additional injuries to the area, such as a broken knee cap or other bones, and it may take medical tests to discover the existence of dashboard knee and obtain proper treatment.

Long-term effects

This type of injury could become worse over time, and in severe cases, you may need surgery or rehabilitation to recover from the injury. Even after such treatments, you could still suffer lasting effects, such as pain and instability. Unfortunately, these outcomes could result in a reduced or lost ability to participate in activities you once enjoyed or those related to your occupation.

Because of the potential for extensive treatment, rehabilitation and lost income due to time away from work, you could also suffer negative financial impacts.

Seeking compensation

Due to the negative outcomes this type of injury could have, you may wish to consider taking civil legal action against the individual considered at fault for the injury-causing car accident. A personal injury claim could allow you to seek compensation for damages resulting from the incident that California law finds permissible. Gaining information from local legal resources may allow you to better understand this option and how it may help you seek financial restitution.

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