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Workers’ Compensation: Work-Related Knee Injuries in Iowa

Employees in Iowa occasionally encounter the risk of incurring knee injuries. Unlike issues arising from prolonged wear and tear, these painful experiences are more often caused by accidents or significant injuries. The likelihood of such incidents is increased by unsafe workplace conditions and practices.


Common Workplace Injuries - Knee Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Common Causes of Knee Injuries

  • Machinery Accidents: Workers can suffer knee injuries when their legs become trapped in inadequately guarded machines or equipment.
  • Falls: Severe falls can sometimes lead to knee injuries, especially in construction or industrial settings.
  • Crush Injuries: Knees can be damaged when legs are crushed by heavy objects or equipment, leading to various complications.
  • Twisting or Turning: Sudden twisting or turning movements can lead to knee sprains, strains, or other injuries, especially for workers required to perform rapid movements.

Common Types of Knee Injuries

  • Sprains and Strains: Overstretching or tearing of ligaments or muscles surrounding the knee.
  • Torn Meniscus: Damage to the cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the knee joint.
  • Knee Fractures: Breaks or cracks in the bones making up the knee joint, often resulting from traumatic impacts.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries: Particularly common in jobs requiring sudden stops and changes in direction.

Impact on Daily Work Functions

Knee injuries can significantly impact an individual’s ability to perform at work, resulting in:

  • Decreased Productivity: Due to pain and limited movement, restricting the range of tasks a worker can perform efficiently.
  • Increased Absenteeism: As individuals may need extensive time off for recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Limited Mobility: Making it difficult to perform tasks involving walking, standing, or climbing, depending on the severity of the injury.
  • Mental Health Issues: Coping with chronic pain or the limitations caused by a knee injury can lead to anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.

If you’ve suffered a work-related knee injury, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to back you and take on insurers and defense teams on your behalf, just as we have for numerous clients throughout Eastern Iowa. Call (319) 366-7888 for your free consultation.

Practice Areas

Workers face a wide range of risks and potential injuries in the workplace every day. The various injuries people face are as diverse as the different types of work environments they go to. Some common types of injuries that workers face include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia and incomplete paralysis)
  • Broken bones/ fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries

These injuries can leave you with mounting medical bills at the same time you are suffering lost wages. This can create serious financial uncertainty for an individual or a family.

Construction workers face one of the most dangerous work environments. Their work makes them susceptible to work site accidents as well as injuries from simple wear and tear on the body.

They also face the challenge of working in an ever-changing work environment. Every day construction workers may be asked to carry out their duties in a physical space that changes as the construction itself progresses. New trenches may have been dug. New wiring may be in place. To remain safe, a construction worker must be aware of the changes that occur on a site and adapt his or her behavior accordingly.

Workers also face risk from using heavy machinery and power tools such as:

If you are injured in a construction accident, you need to recover all of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, I am among the most experienced lawyers you can enlist to help achieve that. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-366-7888 or contact my office online.

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With over 30 years of experience in successfully navigating clients through their workers’ comp claims, Mark Chipokas is a dedicated attorney with a deep understanding of workers’ compensation law, committed to helping his clients maximize their benefits.