If knee pain causes you difficulty in many everyday functions such as walking up and down stairs, getting in and out of chairs, or performing tasks at work, then knee replacement surgery might be an option. If your knee injury occurred at work, you might be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. If you have legal questions, make sure to speak to an attorney.
What is Knee Replacement Surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is performed to relieve pain and improve the function of damaged knee joints. Damaged bone and cartilage are removed during surgery and replaced by an artificial joint comprised of metals, plastics, and polymers. Different types of knee replacements are available depending on your age, weight, current range of motion, and physical needs.
What is the Recovery Timeline?
The first 12 weeks after knee replacement surgery are important for proper recovery. You will likely be able to walk soon after surgery, often in just hours. Physical rehabilitation and exercise are critical for recovery and strengthening your new knee. Some common rehabilitation exercises after knee replacement surgery include leg raises, knee bends, and working with resistance bands to improve range of motion. The total time for recovery depends on the extent of the surgical repairs, your age, and your physical condition.
What About Missed Work?
If you have to miss work because of knee replacement surgery, you may have medical coverage through your own health insurance or workers’ compensation. If you qualify for workers’ compensation, you can be awarded medical benefits and disability pay. Medical benefits cover costs including medical care, treatment, and rehabilitation. If your injury causes you to miss more than three days of work or a stay in the hospital, you can be awarded disability pay which covers 2/3 of normal pay.
Southern California Personal Injury Help is Here
If you are injured at work in or around Riverside, Oxnard, San Bernadino, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, or any area in Orange County, the Accident Defenders are here. We help clients get compensated for their personal injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (323) 591-2829 or contact us online.