It is common for Connecticut workplace knee injury to at first appear to be a relatively minor problem. However, this minor problem can quickly become a serious injury if it is not handled quickly and correctly. The Hartford, CT knee injury attorney at Law Offices of James F. Aspell, P.C., has more than two decades of experience guiding clients through the workers' compensation process. Trust us to help you, too.
Part of the skill in effectively representing clients through the workers' compensation process comes from being able to develop a clear understanding of the injury and the challenges our clients face on a day-to-day basis. For example, a simple knee contusion might set up the arthritic process that can ultimately necessitate a knee replacement surgery five years down the line. We have the ability to consult with medical professionals and track these devastating injuries back to their workplace cause.
Long-Term Consequences Of Ligament, Tendon And Connective Tissue Damage
Our firm has extensive experience across a wide range of workplace and personal injury cases. We have handled several cases involving a number of different types of injuries, including:
- Knee injuries
- Ankle fractures
- Torn ligaments
- Ruptured tendons
- Muscle tears
- Broken bones
These injuries can be very disabling and often get worse as people get older. Simple accidents such as slip-and-falls can ultimately have devastating effects on the human body. Our ability to stand and walk freely can be severely hampered by these injuries. It is important that you explore your options for workers' compensation to remain financially stable during this difficult time.
Under workers' compensation, if you sustain an injury while working, you are entitled to various benefits. Firstly, all of your medical expenses will be covered by workers' comp. This includes the cost of emergency room visits, medications, crutches, doctor appointments, and even surgery. You won't have to worry about paying copays, deductibles, or any out-of-pocket expenses related to your medical treatment. Furthermore, it's important to note that your medical coverage will continue throughout your lifetime, regardless of your employment status. In addition to medical benefits, if your injury prevents you from working, you will also receive wage loss benefits. These benefits are calculated based on the highest 39 paid weeks you had in the 52 weeks prior to your injury. You will receive weekly checks that amount to approximately 70% of the after-tax value of your average weekly wage. Importantly, these payments are considered income tax-free, providing you with financial support while you are unable to work due to your work-related injury
What should be done to maximize the settlement value for a knee injury?
To maximize the settlement value for a knee injury, it is recommended to consult with an experienced workers' comp lawyer. They can assess the individual's case, gather relevant medical evidence showing continuing medical problems and disability, and provide guidance on negotiating a settlement with the insurance company that reflects the true value of the injury.
What does the workers' comp settlement for a knee injury include?
The workers' comp settlement for a knee injury typically includes compensation for a percentage of the individual's wages during the period of medical treatment. It may also cover additional weeks of pay at a rate of 60% of the individual's usual average pay if there is a continuing disability. Additionally, the settlement may cover the cost of medical care from approved providers.
What is the average workers' comp settlement for a knee injury?
The average workers' comp settlement for a knee injury is varied depending on the extent of the injury and your compensation rate. Generally speaking, work-related knee injuries provide high settlement values.
How is the settlement amount calculated for a torn meniscus injury?
The settlement amount for a torn meniscus injury is typically based on factors such as the individual's earnings and the severity of the injury. It may involve receiving a percentage of the individual's wages during the period of medical treatment, along with additional weeks of pay if there is a continuing disability.
What is the typical PPD rating for a torn meniscus injury?
Torn meniscus injuries generally lead to a 10-15% PPD rating to the knee, indicating the extent of permanent partial disability resulting from the injury. A Total Knee replacement generally leads to somewhere between a 35 and 50% PPD rating depending on result.