Have You Ruptured Your Patellar Tendon as a Result of an Auto or Slip and Fall Accident?

Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia

Ruptured and torn patellar tendon injuries can be one of the most unbearable results of an accident.  Strained tendons, tendonitis, and tendinosis can leave an injured victim suffering in extreme pain.  Because the patellar tendon plays an essential role in your knee’s mobility, this knee injury can leave you debilitated.  At The Cochran Firm, D.C., we understand how severely this injury can impair your quality of life.  We are experienced handling injury claims and can walk you through the legal process with the goal that you receive the maximum compensation allowed by law.  If you live in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maryland, or Virginia, contact us today for a free confidential consultation.

What is the patellar tendon?

The patellar tendon connects the bottom of the patella (kneecap) to the top of the tibia (shinbone).  A healthy patellar tendon is necessary to extend one’s leg and an vital part of the knee.  A patellar tendon rupture, strain, or other injury can make it more difficult to run uphill, jump, use stairs, or kick a ball.  Sometimes this type of injury is referred to as jumper’s knee.  In a rupture injure, the patella is moved out of place and can cause significant pain along with limiting an injury victim’s mobility.

Treatment for a ruptured patellar tendon injury

Treatment for a patellar tendon injury may require invasive surgery that replaces the tendon.  Other treatments include putting the knee in a cylinder cast for several weeks.  Your medical care provider should advise you of the proper treatment plan.  Recovery from this serious injury can take anywhere from three months to more than a year.

The particular treatment will depend whether the injury was a partial or full tear:

  • Full tendon tear: tendon completely separated from top of shinbone.  Injury victim cannot straighten leg.
  • Partial tendon tear: some, but not all, tendon fibers torn

Ruptured patellar tendon injury symptoms

You should consult with a qualified medical care provider in order to determine whether you have suffered this injury.  There are a variety of symptoms that may indicate a ruptured patellar tendon, including:

  • Unable to bear weight on leg
  • “Pop” heard in the knee causing severe, sudden pain
  • Unable to extend leg
  • Difficulty jumping, walking up stairs, or kicking a ball
  • Squatting or bending causes pain
  • Swelling
  • Unable to stand on affected knee
  • Kneecap moved up the front of your thigh
  • Sudden bruising

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Our team of experienced attorneys understands the laws affecting ruptured and torn patellar tendon injuries.  If you were seriously injured in a car accident or other incident, contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. today for a free confidential case evaluation.  Before you agree to anything an insurance company offers you, give us a call.

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