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Workers’ Compensation for a Knee Injury

Workers’ Compensation for a Knee Injury

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded over 66,000 workplace knee injuries in 2020. While this type of trauma may sound inconsequential, these injuries are not minor by any means.

The National Safety Council estimated that the average workers’ comp claim paid out for a moderate knee injury settlement is around $35,000. Recovery may require therapy, surgery, and time off of work. A severe knee injury case can result in permanent disability and chronic pain and, therefore, will settle for much higher compensation.

Common types of knee injuries that occur at work include:

Sprains and Strains

Injuries can result when the ligaments or muscles surrounding your knee joint are stretched or torn from sudden twisting, excessive force, or overuse. Knee pain, swelling, or knee movement is difficult.


This type of accident occurs when an employee jumps or suddenly falls, which causes the knee to bend backward.


This severe injury involves a crack or break in the bone at the knee. Traumatic events like falls, direct blows, or high-impact accidents can cause these fractures. Signs typically include pain, swelling, and inability to straighten the leg or walk.


Repetitive stress, overuse, or degeneration from age can cause tendonitis. Pain, swelling, tenderness, and knee movement become difficult.

Meniscus Tears

Sudden twisting, pivoting motions, or direct trauma to the knee can cause cartilage around the knee, known as the meniscus, to tear. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, catching or locking sensations, and limited range of motion.

Kneecap dislocation

A severe injury that occurs when a traumatic event at work pushes the knee joint out of place. This injury is excruciating and painful. Months of recovery is expected.

Industries most associated with knee injuries are healthcare, retail, warehouse, manufacturing, and construction. These five industries account for almost 70% of this injury from ten of them.

Have a knee injury from work? Get helpful tips to receive all available and rightful benefits here.

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What to Do When You Have a Knee Injury at Work

After suffering this type of job injury, follow these actions:

Report the injury:

Notify your employer or supervisor immediately. Get a witness statement if anyone saw your accident.

Get Evaluated and Treated:

Visit a healthcare professional to establish the severity of your injury, necessary treatment, and potential long-term care.

In California, you can choose a physician from an approved list from your employer’s insurance. Select a doctor within this network who is a patient advocate who will treat you in your best interests. Keep copies of all medical records, reports, and bills related to your treatment.

File a Claim:

After reporting the injury and seeking medical treatment, file a workers’ compensation claim. Put important information together such as the injury date, accident details, and medical documents.

Take the next step…

Speak with a Worker’s Comp Attorney:

This specialized lawyer can be invaluable to securing all lost wages, treatment, and other benefits that you rightfully deserve.

Thomas DeBenedetto is an experienced workers’ comp attorney. His law firm in San Diego has helped employees secure maximum compensation for their work injuries since 1992.

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Frequently Asked Questions about On-The-Job Knee Injuries

The recovery period for a knee injury can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Mild injuries could take around two weeks to recover, while more severe injuries may take up to nine months or longer. The treatment required for the injury could range from simple rest and medication to physical therapy or surgery.

Once a diagnosis is made, a doctor will be able to provide an estimate of the recovery time. Keep in mind that you get treatment from an established doctor in workers’ comp, not just the doctor the insurance company refers you to.

Slips and falls:

This type of injury can occur when an employee slips or falls on stairs or wet floor.


This type of injury is common among workers who have to kneel and stand for long periods of time or engage in repetitive bending, twisting, and turning as part of their work duties. Overexertion can also occur from strain when lifting objects and sudden movements or twisting motions.

Blunt force:

Workers in potentially risky environments like logging or construction have a greater risk of being hit by an object in the knee.

If you have suffered a knee injury and your doctor has given you permission to work without any restrictions, then continue working.

However, if you cannot work and are concerned about your employer firing or laying you off from your inability to work, call a workers’ compensation attorney.

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