Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries

hi I'm Tim Williams at Dwyer Williams

spotter injury accident attorneys I'm

the lead litigation attorney for our

firm I like to talk a bit about knee

injuries and more specifically a PCL

injury to explain what a PCL injury is

let's take a look at the model this is

your knee more specifically this is your

right knee this would be the outside

this is the inside of the knee

these bones down here are your shin

bones this is your thigh bone up here

and this is your kneecap and so when you

walk and you bend your knee or knee

generally does this as we know your knee

only goes so far forward so it's not to

hyperextend well it's the PCL the keys

are need from hyperextending if we turn

the knee around you can see this little

ligament on the inside of your knee

right there and if you see how is how

it's attached if I try to push the knee

and hyperextend it it stops it from

doing that and so a PCL injury is

generally associated with a hyper

extension of the knees so if for example

you're in a car and and you're in a bad

accident and the dashboard comes in and

hyperextends your knee you can actually

tear that PCL right there and that is it

can be a full tear or partial tear and

there's multiple options in terms of

what the doctors will do to address that

so if you have a PCL tear what the

doctors may do is frankly do nothing if

it's a partial tear they may send into

physical therapy to strengthen your leg

so as to take pressure off of the PCL

and basically warn you to be careful and

void frontal impacts with your knee

don't don't stand straight legged or

don't lock your knees things of that

nature so to avoid any further injury

and ultimate full tear of the PCL

however if it's a full tear of the PCL

they may want you to do nothing if you

are not very active but more likely they

may go in and actually remove the piece

a lit cell and replace it with with a

ligament usually going to your achilles

tendon and they use the tenon material

and essentially construct or create a

ligament where the PCL used to be

they'll use screws and attach set to the

bones allow that to heal and that'll be

sort of a fix it's not going to be

perfect it's never perfect you always

have some complications in terms of

continued laxity or looseness of the


it's more prone to further injury down

the line but it'll get you where you

need to be in terms of being able to use

your leg again so that is what the

doctors would do now insurance companies

they like to take the position that PCL

injuries aren't very they're not very

important they're not very serious and

that's just not the case if you can

imagine anytime you're you're prone to

hyper extending your knee which is

painful and it could be dangerous let's

say you're carrying your kid or your

grandkid and your knight and your knee

hyper extends to the ground well we

don't want that to happen because you

might hurt the child so so it's things

like this these these these the ways

that your life is impacted because of

the PCL damage that become important in

your claim insurance companies want to

want to brush over that they don't don't

really care and that's where a lawyer

becomes important