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Knee Injuries - Pain, Swelling, Instability?

Motorcycle Accident Claim in California

California Motorcycle Law


One of our motorcycle clients recently was being treated for neck injuries but continued to have knee injury symptoms that included:

1. Pain to the knee

2. Instability

3. Swelling with use

These were classic symptoms of an internal derangement or tear to the ACL that were noted and observed by the treating physician but there was no referral to an expert. As such, the client must take the bull by the horns and ask the treating doctor for a referral to an orthopedic specialist. Seek professional medical help immediately.

Once you have seen your primary care physician, specialist or chiropractor after a motorcycle accident, the healthcare professional prescribes a conservative course of treatment over a specific time period. For example, your doctor may prescribe six or ten visits to physical therapy and a follow up examination to see how the therapy is relieving the pain symptoms.

The treatment plan for a motorcycle injury should be communicated to the insurance adjuster so that the insurance company can anticipate and set aside an anticipated settlement or "reserves" for the settlement of your motorcycle accident case. For example, if you have substantial emergency room bills of $20,000.00, $30,000.00 or $40,000.00, the insurance company should be aware of that to set aside appropriate reserves and to determine if there is adequate insurance coverage to pay for the loss. Once they are informed of the extent of your injuries and the amount of your medical bills, they may give you the bodily injury policy limit information which may be important information in determining whether to settle your case or the options you have as to surgery or future treatment.




by

Tom Reinecke

California Motorcycle Lawyer