Thanks to human anatomy, your knees tend to be an easy place to bruise when you fall. Also called a patellar contusion by medical professionals, a bruised knee may initially seem like nothing.
But sometimes a bruised knee is the first sign of more serious medical problems following an accident. And regardless of the extent of your knee injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
So when is a bruised knee worth suing over?
48 States, Washington D.C Use Grand Juries for Indictments
According to the University of Dayton Law School of Law, all but two states, plus the District of Columbia, use grand juries for criminal indictments in at least some cases. Connecticut and Pennsylvania have both abolished the use of grand juries for criminal indictments. But both of these states still make use of grand juries for investigations of criminal activity.
In 23 states, indictments are required for certain serious crimes. These states are: Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
On August 9, the day Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo. by Darren Wilson, it was alleged that Brown stole cigars from Ferguson Market and Liquor. Although the storeowner never filed a police report, and the storeowner they never called the police and neither did any of their employees, Ferguson police still issued a warrant for the videotape.