When most people hear that someone tore their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), they think of sports figures on the playing field holding their knees and writhing in pain. But it is not uncommon to get a torn ACL in a workplace fall.
Two sets of ligaments tether the femur and tibia together, the ACL and its counterpart, the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). These muscles allow quick pivots by athletes, but the same injuries can result from a slip-and-fall accident on the job site.
How serious is a torn ACL?
A minor ACL injury may cause discomfort and require stabilization. An injured worker might need to prop their knee up while working but would still be able to work their shifts with certain accommodations. More serious ACL injuries can require surgery and weeks or even months of rehabilitation, necessitating time off work.
Depending on your career choice and job duties, you may or may not be able to continue to work in a limited capacity if you suffered a torn or strained ACL. You could face periods of unemployment and be unable to pay your bills.
What are your options after an ACL injury?
Workplace falls can cause serious injuries. If you tore your ACL when you slipped, tripped or fell, you will need to get the proper treatment in order to heal. Filing a claim for worker’s compensation can help you financially by covering the costs of the medical treatment you will need to repair the damage. You can also receive payments while you are unable to work.