Arthroscopic surgery is often used to treat knee problems that were incurred as a result of injury or disease. During arthroscopic knee surgery, small incisions are made around the knee whereby an orthopedic surgeon inserts a small camera into the knee joint in order to get a better view of the inner workings of the knee. Small surgical instruments are inserted through other incisions around the knee, which the surgeon uses to repair or remove damaged tissue.
Although recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery is much faster than the recovery process from traditional open knee surgery, a patient may still require a significant recovery time. During this time, he or she may not be able to work.
If you have undergone arthroscopic knee surgery as a result of a workplace accident or personal injury accident, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation. Depending on the injuries and recovery involved with a workplace accident, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers to provide injured employees with the following workers’ compensation benefits such as:
- Medical expenses, including doctor visits, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering. Eligibility for TTD benefits begins as soon as you are unable to work because of a work-related injury or illness and continue for the duration of the disability.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments. The amount of PTD payments you may receive are based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, and payments may continue for life. The amount of PTD payments you may receive are based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, for up to 500 weeks.
- In some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits such on-the-job training, schooling, or job placement assistance.
Personal injury damages are calculated by taking into account a number of factors, including the specific legal claim, the circumstances of accident, the victim’s injuries and the laws of the jurisdiction involved. Personal injury damages may include the following compensatory damages: medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
If you have undergone arthroscopic knee surgery as a result of a workplace accident or other personal injury accident, contact one of our Chicago accident and injury lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about how we can help you obtain maximum compensation.