If you have damaged your meniscus in one way or another and you believe it was not your fault, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. If this sounds like you, then please do not delay and call Tylers Solicitors today on 0800 699 0079 and we can then proceed to help you through your compensation claim.
A meniscus tear is a common injury that affects the knee. The injury is quite common in males of age 31-40 years and females of age 11-20-years. If you suffer a meniscus tear due workplace accident or sports injury, then you may claim compensation for the injury.
How to tell the symptoms & how to get diagnosed?
People who engage in straining activities or jobs such as pro athletes or construction are most likely to suffer meniscus tear. A meniscus tear is quite common in people engaging in sporting activities involving heavy contacts or pivoting sports including ice hockey and football.
The knee has two menisci. The menisci sit between shin bone tibia and thigh bone femur. One meniscus lies on the lateral tibial plateau, the lateral meniscus. The remaining meniscus, medial meniscus, rests on the medial tibial plateau.
There are two most-common causes of the condition; degenerative processes mostly associated with elderly patients having fragile cartilage; and traumatic injury frequently seen in sports injuries and athletes.
In an accident at work injury or sports injuries, a meniscus tear is the rupturing of at least one of the menisci. Menisci are the fibrocartilage found in the knee. When a doctor refers to “torn cartilage’ in the knee, he refers to the meniscus injury at the tibiae’s top. Menisci can get torn during mild activities, for example, squatting or walking. Also, they can be torn by traumatic force experienced in sports, road accidents, or through work injury. The traumatic action is the twisting movement in the knee when the leg is bent. In old people, the meniscus can be destroyed due to prolonged wear and tear (degenerative).
Meniscus Tear signs and symptoms
- Knee soreness and swelling- usually worsen when the knee experience more weight
- Knee joint locking- the patient is unable to straighten his leg fully
- Knee pain when turning over in bed
- Knee clicking feeling
Meniscus tear normally follows a trauma that involves the knee rotation during slight bent.
What is a meniscus tear claim?
Meniscus tear damages can occur in sports injuries including football, Ice hockey or American football. Some forms of accident can cause pain, tear or damages to the knee cartilages. This may be due to machine failure accident or heavy loading at work or a heavy knock on your knee during a motorbike or car accident.
If you have suffered cartilage injury due to sporting activities, in the place of work, or due to the negligence of a third party, you qualify to make a meniscus tear injury claim.
Why is necessary to file a meniscus tear injury claim?
The meniscus tear treatment depends on own individual health and the severity of the injury. A minor tear can repair itself. What you need is rest, or use anti-inflammatory prescriptions, apply ice and attend physical therapy treatment. When you visit a doctor, he may scan your knee using MRI or X-ray to determine the health of your meniscus and knee joint.
If the meniscus tear is severe, a doctor may conduct surgery to repair a tear or damage. If crucial, he may perform a total meniscectomy. The procedure is usually avoided as much as possible since it may result in increased danger of osteoarthritis and eventual knee replacement. In certain situation, a doctor may perform a meniscus replacement to prevent this.
Upon successful surgery to correct the condition, patients should follow rehabilitation program to the latter to achieve the best result.
If the damaged part of the meniscus was eliminated, patients could start using a crutch in day two after surgery. Though each case varies, patients resume their normal routines averagely after two- or three weeks.
Upon meniscus repair, the rehabilitation program following is more intensive. After surgery, the doctor may place a hinged knee brace on the patient. The brace facilitates controlled knee movement. The patient will use crutches for walking from the first- or second-day, and often can place partial weight on the knee.
Surgical treatments for the condition are costly, and the recovery period can be longer than you can imagine. For the patient, it is a loss of time and money. Most of your activities will be at a standstill during this period. Also, you will incur personal expenses and losses. That is why you need compensation especially if the injury is due to the above-mentioned reasons.
How much compensation can you claim?
You will require a specialist solicitor’s help to claim compensation for a meniscus tear.
Your lawyer will instruct a doctor to examine your knee and consider GP and hospitals notes along with MRI or X-rays scans of the knee. The right medical expert to carry out the above exercise is an orthopaedic consultant who mainly specialises in knee damages.
He will then write a report on the nature of the tear, the level of pain you are suffering, whether surgery or operation is required to help treat your condition. Also, he will give an estimate as to the duration you are likely to suffer pain, the risk of ankle impairment, disability or instability, and arthritis.
Based on the medical report, your solicitor will review the various amount awarded for similar cases in the past and therefore approximate how much compensation you can get from the tear. Also, the medical report should include the losses you may incur now and in the future in the place of work due to the injury and the risks of getting a new job. In the end, the attorney will be able to calculate the right amount of compensation for your injury.
Average compensation payouts for meniscus tear injury claim
1. meniscus tear claim with complete recovery
If you suffer menisci tear; however, the damage is minor and may recover in a short period, the meniscus tear claim may amount up to £9,000
2. Meniscus tear claim with on-going instability
If your torn meniscus requires surgery to heal, and ultimately you suffer partial minor instability, on-going disability or pain, your claim may lead to an average compensation of between £9,000 and £17,500
3. Meniscus injury that leads to your knee movement limitation
The severe damage to the meniscus can cause serious instability to your knee, limiting its movement and leads to degenerative changes including arthritis. The average compensation for this claim is between £17,000 and £28,500
Are you a ‘No Win, No Fee’ claims solicitor?
Here at our law firm, we have many years of experience in personal injury claim. We have handled many meniscus tear claims for satisfied clients for years. Our case ranges from professional sportsmen to employers who suffered the injury at the work place.
We also have a good and long term relation with many orthopaedic professionals with specialisation in knee injuries. They will examine you freely, and you be assured we will ensure you get the right compensation for your pain and suffering, surgery expenses, future rehabilitation expenses, income loss and other miscellaneous costs.
Where can I find out more information?
For more information and legal advice call us free on 0800 699 0079 or complete our claim form online.
How to make a compensation claim?
If you qualify for compensation, then contact our solicitor immediately you suffer an injury so that he helps you with the process. Doing the process on your own may not be appropriate that is why you need us.
How long until I can claim?
In the United Kingdom, the law allows you 3-years from the date you got an accident to begin filing a claim.