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A Torn Meniscus Personal Injury Claim

If you sustained a torn meniscus that was brought about by an accident that resulted from the negligence or carelessness of another party, there is probably compensation that is rightfully yours for this injury. In most instances, you will need the aid of a personal injury attorney in order to get all of the compensation you have coming to you.

Your meniscus is cartilage that acts like a cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone. Your meniscus is rubbery, C-shaped pieces of cartilage that cushion and support your knee.

Two menisci


There are two menisci (plural of meniscus) in each one of your knees. One is situated at the inner edge of your knee, and the other is at the outer edge of your knee.

The job of your two menisci is to hold your knee steady. This is accomplished by balancing your weight across your knee

A torn meniscus is a rupturing of one or more of your menisci. When a doctor refers to “torn cartilage” in your knee, he or she may actually be referring to an injury to a meniscus at the top of one of your tibia (shinbone).

Three types of injury


There are three types of torn meniscus that you may suffer. They are minor, moderate or severe.

A minor torn meniscus may cause you slight pain and swelling. This should be resolved in 2 to 3 weeks.

A moderate torn meniscus may cause you to experience swelling that progressively worsens in 2 to 3 days. You may experience pain at the center or side of your knee. If you twist your knee or squat, you may feel a sharp pain. You may be able to walk, but your knee will likely feel stiff. You may also be limited on your ability to bend your knee.

Comes and goes


The symptoms of a moderate torn meniscus may resolve in 1 to 2 weeks. However, they can come back if you twist or overuse your knee. It is possible to experience pain that comes and goes for years.

A severe torn meniscus means that pieces of your meniscus may move into your joint space, which causes your knee to catch, pop or lock. Your knee may swell right after your injury and get stiff, or it may do this 2 to 3 days after your injury. You may be unable to straighten your knee, and it may feel wobbly or give way with no warning.

Extent and severity


If your torn meniscus is the result of an accident caused by another party’s negligence or carelessness, it will probably be from a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall. In any event, a torn meniscus can cause you to miss anywhere from days to months of work, depending on the extent and severity of your injury. A torn meniscus can even result in permanent partial disability.

Again, if you sustained a torn meniscus that resulted from an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or carelessness, you may have compensation that is rightfully yours. However, you may need the aid of a personal injury attorney in order to get all of the compensation you have coming to you.

Have your case evaluated by a personal injury attorney at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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