Mobility is not something to be taken for granted. The ability to stand, walk, and manipulate your body is likely vital to your work. Limited mobility may not be career-ending, but severe leg and knee injuries can keep doctors from work for extended periods, and require long-term limits on occupational duties. In these circumstances, long-term disability insurance benefits can help you maintain financial security while you are out of work or receiving reduced or no income. If you have suffered a leg or knee injury keeping you out of work, you need to contact a leg injury disability lawyer to discuss your potential claim for long-term disability insurance benefits. Contact Seltzer & Associates to discuss your claim for disability benefits, today.
Common Leg and Knee Injuries
Leg injuries are common and result from a variety of causes. For example, such injuries can be caused by overuse, illness, injuries and accidents. New injuries can exacerbate existing symptoms from prior illness or injury.
Common types of leg injuries include:
- Muscle strain or tear: Muscles can be damaged due to overuse or trauma from an accident, and muscle tissue and connected tendons can tear.
- Bone fracture: Bones can break, and recovery can take time while the bone heals or is surgically repaired.
- Dislocation: Joints can dislocate due to injury. Knee dislocations are common injuries, but hip dislocation can also occur.
- Ligament tear: Injury to the ACL in the knee is one of the more common ligament tear injuries people experience.
- Cuts, burns, and bruising: This may require medical treatment if cuts or burns are deep or if an infection occurs.
To properly diagnose and assess the extent of damage caused by a leg injury, diagnostic imaging such as x-ray and MRI will be utilized.
Treating Common Leg and Knee Injuries
Appropriate treatment for leg and knee injuries depends on the type of injury and its severity. For example, a kneecap dislocation may resolve with treatment in a matter of weeks, while an ACL tear may require surgery and months of rehabilitation. Frequently, months of physical therapy or occupational therapy are necessary to regain mobility.
While undergoing treatment, many medical professionals will be unable to continue performing occupational duties due to:
- Debilitating pain preventing mobility
- Side effects of medication, including fatigue, weakness, dizziness, confusion, or lack of concentration, among others
- Recovery time from surgery
- Limited range of motion and mobility, including limitations in walking and lifting
- Reduced stamina and strength of the limb
- Time away from work for physical therapy and occupational therapy
In addition to treatment, periods of rest and recovery to aid in the healing process may be necessary.
How a Leg Injury Disability Lawyer Can Help You
Since leg and knee injuries are common, insurance companies may be reluctant to approve your claim for disability insurance benefits. In that case, working with a leg injury disability lawyer can help you address denials, terminations, and other disruptions to your disability insurance claims. For example, an insurance company may terminate benefits by alleging that you do not satisfy your policy’s definition of disability. Let Seltzer & Associates fight this battle for you. We are experienced in disability insurance claim handling and maintenance.
Contact a Leg Injury Disability Lawyer to Discuss Your Disability Insurance Benefits
If you cannot maintain your medical practice due to a leg or knee injury, you need to contact a leg injury disability lawyer to discuss your claim for disability insurance benefits. Schedule your consultation with Seltzer & Associates by completing our online contact form or calling us at 888-699-4222.