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Tibial Plateau Fracture Injuries

The tibial plateau is one of the most important load-bearing structures in the human body. A proximal tibial plateau fracture occurs when shinbone just below the knee fractures. This is a very serious injury that can result in a loss of range of motion of the knee, loss of knee stability and knee misalignment. This can make walking so painful that it is literally impossible, leaving the victim disabled.

If you experienced a fracture of the tibial plateau on the job or due to an accident that was the fault of another person, you have a right to take legal action for compensation. The Meshbesher Law Firm knows the law and how to make it work for you. We can help you prove your case and win compensation for medical bills, lost wages, permanency and other qualifying expenses through settlement or trial.

Fracture Classifications

There are six types of tibial plateau fractures. The Schatzker classification system categorizes the fractures into six categories based on severity and prognosis. The fracture types and classifications are as follows:

  • Wedge fracture – Schatzker type I pure cleavage fracture of the lateral tibial plateau
  • Combined compression fracture – Schatzker type II combined cleavage and compression fracture of the lateral tibial plateau
  • Pure compression fracture – Schatzker type III compression fracture where the lateral tibial plateau is depressed and driven into the metaphysis
  • Medial tibial plateau fracture – Schatzker type IV fracture with a split or depressed component; bone fragmentation may occur and the bone may not be able to be reconstructed
  • Wedge fracture of the medial and lateral tibial plateau – Schatzker type V bicondylar fracture typically requiring surgical reduction and fixation
  • Transverse subcondylar fracture – Schatzker type VI bicondylar fracture featuring dissociation of the metaphysics from the diaphysis; typically requires surgical reduction and fixation and can be so severe that soft tissue and ligaments of the knee become damaged

The Recovery Process

The recovery process can be lengthy. While not every tibial plateau fracture requires surgery, there can be no bearing of weight onto the leg for six to 12 weeks. During this time, you have to undergo therapy in order to regain muscle strength and get your range of motion back. Not all patients can regain all of the leg’s range of motion, and sometimes other complications come about. These complications include bone fragments being left inside the knee, osteoarthritis and the accumulation of fluid around the knee.

Lessen Your Financial Worries With Our Help

A tibial plateau fracture can change your life forever, and that means you need to do something about it as soon as possible. You may be able to lessen the financial burden that the injury has placed on you, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

If you suffered a tibial plateau fracture from a workplace injury or other accident, we can help. Arrange a free consultation by calling us at 612-349-5215 or by emailing the firm.