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ACL and PCL Tear's Knee Injury from Car Accident in New York or Staten Island

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

ACL Tear (Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear)

An ACL tear from a car accident is considered to be one of severe knee injuries that can be caused by a car accident. The ACL is the ligament that holds the knee joint in place and because this is a major component in the knee a torn ACL may often take a long time to recover and may cause extreme long-term discomfort and pain. 

Symptoms of a torn ACL do not always present themselves immediately but may immediately have other symptoms of an ACL tear because they will experience their knee giving out from under them. Also, often there is a loud pop that occurs when the injury to the ACL occurs. Symptoms that a car accident victim may see within a few minutes to a few hours after a car accident occurs are knee swelling and knee pain.

If you suspect that you have an torn ACL from a car accident you should visit the hospital or your doctor as soon as possible to have the knee evaluated by a doctor and to have an MRI done to check for a tear in the ACL area of the knee.

Depending on the severity of the ACL tear determines what procedure(s) will be used to fix the ACL problem. Some patients require rehab while others may require reconstructive surgery. 

PCL Tear (Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear)

A PCL tear is when the ligament that is located towards the back of the knee is torn.The PCL helps to maintain the knee's stability and when injured can often cause the person with the PCL injury from a car accident to be unable to walk for extended periods of time. 

Symptoms of a torn PCL include knee pain, swelling, difficulty in range of motion, and sometimes a feeling like their knee is giving out (similar to an ACL tear).

Medical attention for a PCL will allow you to confirm the presence of a PCL tear and will allow you to start attempting to recover from the PCL tear. Often times a PCL tear may heal with just rehab and rest but sometimes a car accident can leave extensive damage to the PCL and it may require surgery. One common sign or needing PCL surgery is if the person with the PCL tear complains of not being able to trust their knee because of the feeling that it may just "give out". In situations such as this reconstructive surgery may be required.

Those injured in a car Accident in New York may contact our Staten Island injury law firm for more information on knee injury compensation amounts and the process to start a claim or lawsuit against the other driver's insurance company. The amount of compensation will rest upon the severity of your injury and how it will have an effect on you. For a free consultation with Frank J. Dito Jr. Staten Island knee injury lawyer call 718-701-2776.