Knee injuries are not an uncommon occurrence, especially in accidents involving sudden physical trauma such as motor vehicle accidents or slip and falls. However, since your knees are responsible for supporting much of your body's weight, knee injuries can seriously impact your ability to get around. One such knee injury is a meniscus tear, and it is a common accident injury that may entitle you to recover compensation through a West Virginia personal injury claim.
What is a meniscus tear?
Your knee joint relies on cartilage to act as a shock-absorbing buffer that protects the surrounding bones from rubbing together as you flex and extend your leg. Your knee actually contains 2 meniscus discs, one inside the knee (medial meniscus) and the other on the outside of the knee (lateral meniscus).
These C-shaped sections of cartilage help keep your knee joint stable and help you use your knees for walking, squatting, bending, etc. without damaging your bones. When you tear these meniscus discs, it not only affects your knees but your entire leg and how it moves.
Most meniscus tear injuries are the result of the leg twisting or being over-extended, which is common in traumatic accidents. These types of injuries can be extremely painful and you may even hear a "popping" sound during the traumatic event.
Other symptoms of a meniscus tear injury include:
- knee appears swollen;
- difficulty squatting;
- knee pain (especially when walking or when pressure is applied to the knee joint);
- catching sensation or locking of the knee; and
- limited range of motion.
If these symptoms appear directly after a traumatic accident, your first step should be to seek immediate medical attention. However, if your accident was caused by another party, you should contact a Clarksburg personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal option of filing a West Virginia personal injury claim to recoup your medical expenses and other costs.
Meniscus Tear Treatment
Meniscus tear injuries may be minor and heal with anti-inflammatory medications and rest, or they may require significant treatment, including surgery (in severe cases) as well as physical therapy. Since two-thirds of the meniscus does not have a blood supply, tears in this inner area cannot heal on their own. In these cases the torn areas are "trimmed" surgically. Your individual treatment plan will depend on the severity of your injury as well as other factors such as your age, activity level, and any other injuries you've sustained.
If someone else caused your meniscus tear injury, you should not have to bear these treatment costs on your own. A Clarksburg personal injury lawyer can go over the specific circumstances of your traumatic accident to determine if another party is liable and if so, how to proceed with your injury claim.
Contacting a Clarksburg Personal Injury Lawyer
Meniscus tears and similar accident injuries are not only painful, but expensive to treat. If you have been harmed because of somebody else's negligence, don't hesitate to seek justice and get the compensation you need to fully recover. A Clarksburg personal injury lawyer at the Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.