An ACL Tear (a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament) in your knee is not just something that happens to high profile athletes — it can happen to anyone whose knee suffers intense trauma.
For passengers on a cruise ship who suffer an injury from a slip and fall accident, tearing their ACL is a distinct possibility. Falls happen for a variety of reasons — from wet decks to tripping over luggage in hallways. You’d really be surprised.
According to the Mayo Clinic website, signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include (per the Mayo Clinic):
- A loud “pop” or a “popping” sensation in the knee
- Severe pain and inability to continue activity
- Swelling that begins within a few hours
- Loss of range of motion
- A feeling of instability or “giving way” with weight bearing
Lawsuit for knee injuries
Falling on a cruise ship and tearing your ACL in and of itself isn’t the reason for a lawsuit. But, depending on the nature of the accident and who was responsible, you may be able to sue. An experienced cruise injury lawyer can help you better understand whether you can bring an injury claim against the cruise line.
Generally an ACL tear will occur as the result of trauma. There will be intense pain and swelling and you’ll need medical attention — both on the boat most likely — as well as when you return from your cruise.
For many passengers, especially elderly passengers, damaging their ACL as part of a fall will mean doctor visits, surgery and rehabilitation. It may mean loss of work, income and opportunity. It may also impact your future health.
“People who experience an ACL injury are at higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, in which joint cartilage deteriorates and its smooth surface roughens. Arthritis may occur even if you have surgery to reconstruct the ligament.
Multiple factors likely influence the risk of arthritis, such as the severity of the original injury, the presence of related injuries in the knee joint or the level of activity after treatment.”
The cost of your medical bills could be covered by the cruise line. Missed time at work or lost income could be covered by the cruise line. You may also be compensated for the pain and suffering you endured.
An attorney will be able to explain your options, your chances of a successful lawsuit and an overview of how a lawsuit against a cruise line actually works.
Were You Hurt in a Cruise Ship Accident and Need Help Getting Compensation for Your Injuries?
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