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Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Reveals the Symptoms of a Torn ACL

While walking across the construction site, your foot had become caught in a hole. While your body moved forward, your leg stayed stationary—resulting in you twisting your knee and feeling unbearable pain shooting through your leg. You can’t walk and are wondering what you did. Could you have a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? Here, a workers’ compensation attorney in Idaho discusses the symptoms of this serious injury.

About the ACL

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of four ligaments that help stabilize the knee. This ligament connects the upper leg bone with the lower. Partial tears can occur, or the ligament can become completely severed.

Symptoms of a Compromised ACL

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in the knee at the time of the injury.
  • The knee feels unstable, buckling or giving out when you try and walk.
  • Feeling pain on the outside and back of knee.
  • The knee swells within the first few hours after the injury. Edema could be a sign of bleeding in the knee joint.
  • Having limited knee movement because of pain or swelling.

 

If left undetected, an ACL injury can cause instability in the knee, and result in damaged cartilage—even arthritis. In order to receive workers’ compensation for your injury, you’ll need to visit a doctor and notify your employer of the issue immediately.

The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices have helped many clients with injuries similar to yours receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to find out if we can do the same for you.   

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