Brad Pistotnik Law
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Knee Injury Attorney

Knee injury symptoms and treatment.

Personal injury cases involving automobile crashes, car wrecks, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, slip and falls and construction site accidents can cause catastrophic injuries to your knees as well as to the tendons and ligaments that can stop you from walking properly. Catastrophic injuries are caused when your knees hit the dashboard or when you fall to the ground. If you have been on a motorcycle and thrown off of the motorcycle you can have much more substantial injuries.

What kind of symptoms do you have? Some of the knee symptoms that you can have from a car wreck or other accident are as follows:

  • 1.joint pain and swelling;
  • 2.knee instability;
  • 3.kneecap sliding side to side;
  • 4.localized swelling;
  • 5.swelling or bulge in the knee;
  • 6.morning pain and stiffness;
  • 7.pain descending into the lower leg;
  • 8.pain going up from the knee;
  • 9.pain on the inside of the inner leg;
  • 10.pain on the outside of the leg;
  • 11.grinding or popping sounds, sometimes called crepitus;
  • 12.guarding of one leg due to complications with the opposite extremity;
  • 13.inability to move;
  • 14.instability when walking;
  • 15.joint buckles;
  • 16.joint instability;
  • 17.bruising or discoloration of the knee;
  • 18.catching;
  • 19.difficulty climbing stairs;
  • and burning pains.

Whenever you have any of these types of pain or symptoms you should immediately see an emergency room physician and describe the mechanism of injury as it relates to how your motor vehicle or other accident caused the symptoms and pain in your knee. If the doctors have a pain diagram you can draw and label as well as identify all areas of the knee that hurt.

Remember that only a fracture or broken bone will show up on an x-ray. Just because the x-ray comes out normal does not mean that you are fine. A good orthopedic surgeon can help order an MRI and use other diagnostic tools to identify the appropriate area of the knee that is damaged.

What is your particular knee injury called?

  • 1.anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL);
  • 2.posterior cruciate ligament injury (PCL);
  • 3.articular cartilage injury;
  • 4.osteoarthritis;
  • 5.Baker’s cyst;
  • 6.chondromalacia patella;
  • 7.dislocated knee;
  • 8.dislocated patella;
  • 9.patellofemoral injury;
  • 10.posterolateral corner injury;
  • 11.prepatellar bursa;
  • 12.tendinitis;
  • 13.osteochondritis dissecans;
  • 14.patella tendon injury;
  • 15.patella dislocation injury;
  • 16.patellofemoral injury;
  • 17.medial collateral ligament injury;
  • 18.meniscus tear injury.

If you have any injuries similar to those above which have been diagnosed appropriately, it is clear you will need the services of an excellent orthopedic surgeon. If you’ve had an injury that arose from a traumatic accident, you will likely need the services of a skilled and experienced trial attorney who understands the medical-legal aspects of your case. Many personal injury attorneys are knowledgeable of and well-connected to the best available orthopedic surgeons to repair your specific type of injury. In addition, personal injury attorneys are routinely contacted by personal injury victims who have suffered the additional injury caused by medical malpractice where they have gone to an orthopedic surgeon who does not have the necessary and requisite skill to properly operate. If you go to an orthopedic surgeon with a lack of artistic skills and experience you may end up worse after the surgery. If you go to a well-qualified orthopedic surgeon it is more likely that you have a positive result.

What happens if my doctors misdiagnose me?

Many auto injury and motorcycle accident victims are misdiagnosed on a routine basis because the health care providers, hospitals and doctors do not want to use personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. For motorcycle riders in Kansas, it is quite possible that you waived your personal injury protection benefits when you applied for your motorcycle insurance. If you do not have health insurance it will be very difficult for you to get the necessary medical help you need. Not only can you be underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed, you may be unable to get any qualified diagnosis from a qualified orthopedic surgeon. Some trial lawyers and law firms are able to get qualified and experienced orthopedic surgeons to wait for their payment until after a case is over. Brad Pistotnik Law is one of those lawyers that can help steer you in the right direction to get an adequate and proper medical diagnosis as well as adequate and proper treatment for the knee injuries that you have received from a bad car accident.

It is clear that we see a lot more misdiagnosis of knee injuries in the rural and surrounding towns that are outside of Wichita, Kansas. Some of those towns are Dodge city, Liberal, Garden City, Hugoton, Ulysses, Colby, Hays Kansas, Great Bend, Salina, Newton, McPherson,, Kingman, Hugoton, Emporia, Winfield and Arkansas city. Just because a doctor is in a small town does not mean you will be diagnosed inappropriately. What happens to accident victims in small towns is that the doctors are less likely to accept your personal injury protection benefits. When they refuse to treat you or minimize treatment because they don’t think they will be appropriately paid, you are likely to get a lack of quality medical care and treatment. If you have a lack of health insurance the odds go up that you will get little to no treatment. This can be fixed by going to a good personal injury attorney that has experienced orthopedic surgeons that are willing to wait for their payment.

It is extremely important that you detail and describe each of the symptoms clear enough that the doctor or nurse is able to determine that you need additional diagnostic testing. In the event that you simply say “my knee hurts” or use some other vague descriptive term, it is likely that you will not get the necessary help.

You need to think about all the problems that your knee is causing, including sounds like popping when you stand up from a chair or sitting position. If your leg is going out on you and/or swinging in and out of position, this is a serious indication that the doctors need to know about immediately. Any delay in treatment can cause additional problems with the final result. The earlier the diagnosis is made, the more likely it is that you will be able to get a good surgical result. It is very important that you have a lawyer that understands the medical-legal aspect of a traumatic accident so that you can get accurate adequate medical care.

How do you find a good orthopedic doctor for treatment for a knee injury in Wichita, Kansas? High-speed car crashes and motorcycle injuries as well as large truck accidents can cause extremely traumatic outcomes for people. The first thing you need to do is get adequate care from the emergency room physician and then follow-up with the treating physician who has skill in diagnosing the various types of injuries described above. In the event that your family doctor does not appropriately diagnose you then you must next look for a specialist. Sometimes it is easier to get an attorney to help you find an appropriate experienced orthopedic surgeon since many personal injury attorneys routinely deal with specific injuries to the knee or other body parts and are generally familiar with the community knowing the better physicians.

If you hire a good accident attorney that attorney should be watching your medical-legal progress from day-to-day so that you can determine how to find an appropriate physician to treat your knee injuries. That attorney should also be able to find methods for payment to get you the necessary physical therapy, injections or other surgical and non-surgical treatment that you may require. It is important that you make sure that no gaps in treatment are developed because insurance carriers tend to refuse to pay when you have a large gap in treatment between one medical treatment period and a much later period in time.

It is well known that many doctors will stop treating you as soon as your PIP benefits run out. If you do not have medical insurance the question arises as to how will the doctor or the surgical facility be paid? Surgical costs will include the surgical facility, the surgeon and an anesthesiologist. The surgery can become quite costly. Many doctors are unwilling to treat patients without adequate insurance. A good personal injury attorney can help you get the medical care that you need so that you can return to your normal daily activities of living. This can be from PIP benefits, health insurance and other forms of payment to the doctors, hospitals and clinics.

How do you find an experienced accident attorney that knows how to handle severe knee and leg injuries which arise from a bad car accident or motorcycle accident? You can find a good personal injury attorney that is skilled in the area of orthopedic injuries as they relate to car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, worker’s compensation injuries and other traumatic injuries such as slip and falls. It is helpful if you have a lawyer that has an adequate medical library and who understands the manner in which a knee injury is properly diagnosed and treated. Finding the best doctors is a difficult task. Most good personal injury attorneys will know which orthopedic surgeons are best for handling a specific type of the injury. When you go to see the personal injury attorney ask them to print out articles for you or to show you medical textbooks that deal with your particular injury. If the lawyer understands your injury, it is likely that they will be able to help you find a good quality orthopedic surgeon that can help treat your injury.

Tell your lawyer about all knee injury symptoms you have from a car or motorcycle wreck or crash. When you first go to your personal injury attorney you need to make a list of all of the symptoms that you have so that you can describe them accurately for your lawyer and his or her paralegal. This will allow the lawyer to help assist you in finding a good quality orthopedic doctor. You need to think about how all activities of daily living which are affected such as sleeping, toileting, bathing, dressing, grooming and other similar activities of daily living. Your whole life can be changed by a knee injury to the point that it causes you to be unable to ambulate, unable to walk properly, unable to perform your job tasks properly and makes you otherwise unable to enjoy life. The purpose of hiring an experienced accident attorney that works in the areas of medical-legal personal injuries is to make sure that the counselor can give you necessary advice about all problems associated with your car wreck or other injury accident.

When can Brad Pistotnik Law help you with your knee, patella, ACL, meniscus or PCL type injury? Brad Pistotnik Law and our team of attorneys and knowledgeable paralegals can help you and your family get immediate medical help for knee and patellar injuries. Our lawyers and attorneys can help you get immediate assistance to get back on your feet. We can help you instantly. All you have to do is reach out to us. You can get help from Brad quickly by calling 800-241-BRAD. You can also reach Brad Pistotnik on his cell phone at 316-706-5020 at any time. You can also call 316-684-4400 which is the main line to our office in Wichita.

Where can you find Brad Pistotnik Law? You can find Brad Pistotnik Law at our office location at 10111 E. 21st St. N., Suite 204, Wichita, KS 67206 or we can come straight to your home or hospital. We help car accident victims and motorcycle accident victims as well as all other injury victims from our main office in Wichita, Kansas. We work across the State of Kansas as well as Nebraska and other states in the surrounding area. We have many cases that come from the area of Northern Kansas, Northwest Kansas and Southwest Kansas. We can help you find experienced medical care from doctors in places like Wichita, Topeka or Kansas City since the rural doctors are not usually highly trained in specialized types of knee injury cases. You can find us on E. 21st St., North just 3 blocks to the east of Webb Road in the offices at Cranbrook. Brad Pistotnik Law is not on east Central. We are not connected to that office in any way. When you want to hire the original real Brad Pistotnik Law with more than 34 years of experience he can only be found on East 21st Street.

Why should you hire Brad Pistotnik Law? You should hire Brad Pistotnik Law because our team of lawyers and paralegals have a good understanding of the needs of personal injury victims. We are able to get prompt and quick medical care as well as payment for your property damage and wage loss. We handle all types of injury cases including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, big truck accidents, commercial motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, construction site injuries and Worker’s Compensation cases. It does not matter whether you live in Wichita Kansas, Garden City, Dodge City, or Liberal Kansas. You might even be in Kearney or Lincoln, Nebraska. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you. You can reach Brad Pistotnik 24 hours a day by calling him at 316-684-4400, at 800-241-BRAD or on his cell phone at 316-706-5020. Call Brad on weekends, holidays and at night. You don’t have to suffer from your knee injuries, patellar injuries, chondromalacia injures, ACL or PCL injuries. We can help you get medical treatment and “active care” to help get rid of your knee pain arising from a severe car accident or other severe accident like large truck accidents. Hire lawyers that care and are knowledge about medical-legal injuries. We are lawyers who care!

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