Knee injuries can happen to anyone, at any time. Often a personal injury accident can cause a knee accident. One type of knee injury is a torn meniscus. Meniscus tears are very serious injuries. They are a common injury that can be caused by playing sports, skiing, and from many other types of activity. They also frequently occur from personal injury accidents. When a person suffers a torn meniscus due to negligence, they frequently want to know what their options are. They want to know if they may file a claim an sue for their injuries. As a Boston torn meniscus injury lawyer, I have seen this injury occur to many of my clients.
What is the mensicus?
Each knee has two menisci. A meniscus is a C-shaped pieces of cartilage that cushions the area between the shin bone (tibia) and thigh (femur) bone. Mensicus tears frequently arise from a forceful rotating or twisting of the knee. They sometimes are accompanied by other corresponding knee injuries such as a torn ACL or other structural injury to the knee.
How are they repaired?
Sometimes these injuries can heal conservatively. Other times they require surgery. The surgery to repair the torn meniscus is typically arthroscopic where a camera is inserted into the knee to see the tearing and repair it. This is a quick procedure that does not entail a lengthy recovery process. Other times, depending on the severity and if other parts of the knee are also injured, an orthopedic surgeon may need to surgically open the knee to repair the knee. The recovery for this type of procedure could be many months.
What types of personal injury accidents cause this injury?
Meniscal tears can happen frequently in car accidents. Upon impact, if someone’s knee is forcefully pushed into the dashboard, that can be enough to cause this injury. Sometimes this type of injury will heal on it's own, while other times surgery is necessary. Generally the surgery is arthroscopic and can be accomplished rather quickly, with relatively short recovery period. Also, they frequently happen with slips and falls. If someone slips and forcefully rotates the knee, or slams it on the ground during the fall, that can be enough to tear a meniscus. The harder someone falls to the floor or ground, the greater the chance for a knee injury, including a meniscus tear. Many workers’ compensation claims are for meniscus tears. Any worker, but especially those who work in very physical occupations can experience this type of on-the-job injury. Construction workers frequently experience this injury, and must miss work as a result.
Boston Meniscal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident in Massachusetts due to negligence, don't go it alone. Hire an experienced and qualified attorney to help you. If you have been injured due to negligence and suffered a meniscus injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us today at 617 338 7400 for your free, no-obligation phone consultation. We look forward to helping you with your knee injury claim.