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Workers Comp Claim for Ligament Tears

These injuries can be extremely painful, and may adversely affect a person’s ability to perform his/her daily duties.

torn ligamentMissouri workers are prone to a wide variety of injuries including fractures, muscle strains, and ligament tears. These injuries can be extremely painful, and may adversely affect a person’s ability to perform his/her daily duties. The worker would also need to undergo medical treatment and physical therapy, and would have to take time off work for recovery. In this post, we will discuss work-related ligament tears, and the benefits that the injured workers may be entitled to.

Ligament Tear

The most commonly reported ligament tear injury is that of the anterior cruciate ligament that holds the knee joint. This ligament joins the lower leg and upper leg bones. A tear in any of these ligaments can have serious consequences including:

  • Intense pain
  • Loss of cartilage
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Separation of bones
  • Torn joint cushions
  • Damage to bone, other knee parts
  • Chronic ligament deficiency

Common Actions that Causes Ligament Tears

Work related ligament tears are often a result of weight bearing activities such as bending, balancing, and moving. Workers that are involved in strenuous physical activity such as those in assembly line operations, construction work, loading/unloading, and other similar activities are more prone to ligament tear injuries. Some common actions that can cause ligament tears are:

  • Lateral or twisting motion
  • Bending the knee joint backwards
  • Sudden physical contact
  • Rapid direction changes
  • Jumping
  • Impact to knee with a straight leg

Any worker who has to bend their knees or perform stop and go operations can suffer ligament tears. Common workplace accidents that cause ligament tears include:

  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Being hit by a falling object
  • Falls from a height
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Wear and tear
  • Slips
  • Loading or carrying cargo
  • Operating heavy machinery

Symptoms of Ligament Tears

The symptoms of ligament tears are often severe and can be debilitating. Some common symptoms are:

  • Chronic pain
  • Swelling
  • Instability
  • Inflammation
  • Limited range of motion
  • Internal bleeding
  • Torn meniscus, cartilage, and broken bone
  • Risk of further injury caused by loss of balance and falls

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Work Related Injuries

Updated: November 6, 2019