PERSONAL INJURY

New Jersey Knee and Hip Injury Lawyer

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The knees and hips are highly vulnerable to injuries like fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue damage, which can result in chronic pain and long-term physical limitations. In many cases, knee and hip injuries lead to costly medical care, time away from work, and diminished mobility.

If you suffered a knee or hip injury and someone else is at fault for the accident, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial consequences alone. The New Jersey knee and hip injury lawyers at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman can help you hold negligent parties accountable and demand fair compensation for your losses.

Contact us today to learn more about your legal options in a free initial case review.

Our Lawyers Help People with Hip and Knee Injuries

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Since 1929, the attorneys of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman have provided compassionate and effective legal representation to injured people throughout New Jersey. We have earned a reputation for successful settlement negotiations and lawsuits. We have secured hundreds of millions in compensation for thousands of clients over nearly a century of service. Consequently, 80 percent of our clients come to us through referrals from friends, family, and other attorneys.

If you have suffered a hip or knee injury, we’re here to help. Our dedicated New Jersey knee and hip injury attorneys are prepared to fight for you, and we know how to win.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

From our clients

I would recommend Richard Isolde to my family and friends, and he was accommodating in handling our case. He was always available by text, phone calls, and email. Most significantly, he helped us get what we deserved. Richard Isolde is always there for his clients and does whatever he can to get the job done.

FD

Richard Isolde worked very hard on my case, making the impossible possible.
He was able to get the full amount up to the policy limit and then get punitive damages in addition. I understand that is a rare accomplishment. I am grateful for that and I congratulate him. Your firm was recommended to me by a friend and I will pay it forward by recommending him as well as PRA.

ML

I used Mr. (SQ) Lee for a personal injury matter and could not have been any more pleased with his services. He understood my injury and helped me every step of the way. He was courteous and kind and I always felt better after speaking with him. His assistant, Sherrill, was also wonderful and together they made a great team! I would absolutely recommend them, and the firm, to anyone.

BF

Types of Hip Injuries

Some of the most common types of hip injuries include:

Bursitis

Bursitis is a common type of inflammation caused by the swelling of bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that cushion and absorb friction in the hip joint. Many patients develop bursitis due to repetitive motion strain, but bursitis can also occur due to blunt-force trauma to the hip.

Hip pointer injuries

The most prominent, outermost edge of the pelvis is the iliac crest. When the bone structures or surrounding tissue of the iliac crest become bruised or otherwise damaged, the injury is commonly known as a hip pointer. Hip pointers can be incredibly painful and may affect balance.

Soft tissue injuries

Overexertion, overstretching, or blunt-force trauma can result in injuries to the soft tissues in the hip. When these ligaments, muscles, and tendons are damaged, they can lead to chronic pain and diminished mobility.

Dislocated hips

A dislocated hip is one in which the head of the femur has been pushed out of its pelvic socket by some forceful impact. Slip and falls, traffic collisions, and other violent accidents are common causes of hip dislocations.

Hip fractures

In severe cases, the bones of the hip may break, seriously impairing mobility. That can include fractures that affect the pelvis, the femur, or any surrounding structures that comprise the hip. Patients with fractured hips may require surgical treatment or even artificial hip replacements.

Types of Knee Injuries

Some of the most common knee injuries include:

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries

The ACL is a critical ligament that stabilizes the knee. When the ACL is injured, patients often retain the ability to walk but find that their knees feel unstable and “give out” unexpectedly. ACL injuries are commonly associated with sports that strain the knee, but any trauma or repetitive strain can damage the ACL.

Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries

The PCL, situated just behind the ACL, connects the thighbone to the shinbone on the knee’s interior. Many PCL injuries occur due to blunt-force trauma to the front of the knee, especially when the knee is bent. Common causes of PCL injuries include traffic collisions and sporting accidents.

Collateral ligament injuries

The collateral knee ligaments, situated on the knee’s outer edges, connect the leg’s upper and lower halves. When violent blows or jolts push the knee sideways, painful collateral ligament injuries are often the result.

Meniscal tears

The meniscus is a pad of cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the knee joint. Meniscal tears often occur when violent twisting or pivoting forces cause the knee to rotate in unnatural directions but can also result from arthritis or simple wear and tear.

Tendon tears

The quadriceps and patellar tendons are responsible for connecting muscle to bone in and around the knee joint. Motor vehicle wrecks are common causes of tendon tears, as is landing “wrong” after a fall or jump.

Dislocated knees

A dislocated knee occurs when an external force partially or completely pushes the bones of the knee out of alignment. Dislocated knees are commonly caused by trauma from car wrecks, falls, and high-impact sports.

Knee fractures

Knee fractures often affect the patella, or kneecap. Like dislocations, many knee fractures occur due to high-impact trauma from collisions, falls, or other accidents.

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Common Causes of Knee and Hip Injuries

Common causes of knee and hip injuries include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents – Knees are especially vulnerable in rear-end and head-on collisions, while hips are at higher risk of injury in T-bone collisions.
  • Slip-and-fall accidents – When spills and other fall hazards are left unattended, workers and visitors are susceptible to falls that cause knee and hip injuries.
  • Recreational accidents –  Fast-paced, high-impact sports like basketball, football, and tennis are another common cause of hip and knee injuries, as are cycling and jogging accidents.
  • Unsafe products – Defective or otherwise dangerous products like automobile parts, medical devices, and recreational vehicles are another common cause of hip and knee injuries.
  • Nursing home neglect or abuse – Residents of long-term care facilities may suffer knee or hip injuries when the facility fails to take proper measures to ensure the environment is safe.

Expenses Related to Treating Knee and Hip Injuries

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In many cases, people who have suffered knee and hip injuries require substantial medical care. That can result in expenses like:

  • Prescription medications – Patients often require prescription anti-inflammatory drugs or steroidal injections for severe swelling or pain.
  • Durable medical equipment – If patients need to immobilize certain body parts, they may need braces, casts, crutches, or wheelchairs.
  • Physical therapy – Some knee and hip injury patients require extensive physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion.
  • Surgery – Patients with  severe hip or knee injuries may need surgery to repair internal injuries or replace damaged joints.
  • At-home care – Some patients may need in-home healthcare or assistance with other services such as housekeeping, shopping, or transportation.
  • Accessibility modifications – Disability resulting from a hip or knee injury may necessitate accessibility modifications to a patient’s vehicles or homes.

If your knee or hip injury is the result of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for these and other expenses. With a successful injury claim, you could recover money for:

  • Past and future medical expenses related to the knee or hip injury
  • Lost wages from any time you miss at work due to a knee or hip injury
  • Projected losses in your lifetime earning capacity, if you become disabled
  • Your pain, suffering, and lost quality of life

Liability in Hip and Knee Injury Cases

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Many different parties could be legally liable for your hip or knee injury, depending on the circumstances, including:

  • Negligent road users who contribute to traffic collisions
  • Property owners who fail to keep their premises safe for visitors
  • Owners of dangerous dogs who fail to keep their pets confined or restrained
  • Nursing home owners and staff who engage in or permit acts of abuse or neglect
  • Negligent manufacturers and retailers who design, assemble or sell unsafe products

NJ Statute of Limitations on Knee and Hip Injury Lawsuits

New Jersey has statutory time limits for injury victims who wish to sue negligent parties in civil court. Under state law, you have just two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, with few exceptions.

This two-year deadline is typically measured from when the hip or knee injury occurred. So, if you were injured in a car accident or slip-and-fall, as a general rule, your last day to file a lawsuit would be two years from the date of the incident.

If you fail to bring your lawsuit within the required two-year timeframe, you will most likely lose your right to demand compensation. The best way to keep your case from being derailed by preventable errors is to speak with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less room you’ll have for error.

Get Help from Our New Jersey Knee and Hip Injury Lawyers

Whether your knee or hip injury results from a traffic collision, a slip-and-fall, nursing home neglect or abuse, or some other incident entirely, the New Jersey knee and hip injury attorneys of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman want to help.

Our team is prepared to investigate every aspect of your case and demand the compensation you are entitled to  recover. We can answer your questions and evaluate your case when you contact us for your free initial consultation.

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