Minnesota Meniscus Tear Attorney

Between the femur and tibia are rubbery, wedge-shaped cushions call the meniscus which anchors the tibia to coronary ligaments and distributes weight across the knee joint to improve stability.  When those cushions get damaged, the meniscus tears causing severe pain to the knee.

If the tear in the meniscus does not have a direct blood and oxygen supply, it will not heal properly and most likely require surgery.

Traumatic injury is the most common cause of a meniscus tear.  The tear occurs when the knee joint is bent and twisted and can be coupled with an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL).  Victims of serious motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall accidents are prone to meniscus tears because their knee can hit against parts of the car and twist in abnormal positions.

Symptoms of Meniscus Tears

Common symptoms of a meniscus tear include:

  • pain and swelling
  • locking of the knee joint
  • tenderness when pushing on the meniscus
  • clicking in the knee
  • restricted movement due to torn cartilage interfering with the knee joint

Diagnosis and Treatment

An MRI or x-ray will be used to diagnose a meniscus tear.  An MRI will show the meniscus and any tears or damage while an x-ray will only show evidence of damage to the knee joint.

Not all meniscus tears require surgery, so treatment depends on many factors like the type of tear, your age, activity level and and previously related injuries.

Another treatment option would be arthroscopic surgery which involves cutting three small slits into the knee (where the surgeon will insert a camera and two miniature surgical instruments) and either suture, trim or remove the meniscal tear.

As with any surgery, there are risks with knee arthroscopy which include nerve damage, infection, bleeding and reaction to anesthetic.  A brace or cast may be needed after surgery to restrict movement to allow the knee to heal.  Physical therapy or rehabilitation may also be recommended to restore the knee’s strength and movement.

If you have been involved in a serious accident because of another negligent person and are suffering from a meniscus tear, it is important to seek legal advice immediately because you could claim compensation to repay those medical bills and recover lost wages.

At Tarshish Cody, our personal injury attorneys have handled hundreds of cases involving meniscus injuries and we have helped our clients claim the compensation they deserve.

Contact us today at 952-361-5556 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to find out how we can help you work through the legal issues.

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