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Torn Cartilage Compensation Claims Guide

By Cat Way. Last Updated 28th February 2023. Welcome to our guide on torn cartilage compensation claims. Have you suffered a torn cartilage injury that wasn’t your fault?

If your injury was caused by the negligent actions or inactions of another party, you could be awarded thousands of pounds for your injuries in when you make a torn cartilage claim for compensation.

Many torn cartilage injuries affect the knee, so can be very debilitating and make it difficult to walk, drive, exercise or work in many jobs. Therefore if you have suffered a torn cartilage, making a personal injury claim is an excellent way to hold the person responsible accountable for your injuries.

Whether you suffered a torn meniscus injury to your knee, or any other sort of torn cartilage injury, as long as you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation, Legal Expert would love to handle your claim.

We are a trusted law firm specialising in personal injury claims and have helped many people just like you claim compensation for cartilage damage or win meniscus tear settlements. What’s more, we offer a free no-obligation legal consultation to all potential clients, where you will receive free legal advice on how to make a torn cartilage claims.

Call today Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804 to see if you have a legitimate claim, how much compensation you could claim and be provided with an excellent personal injury solicitor who can handle your torn cartilage claim, who will proceed with your case right away.

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A Guide To Torn Cartilage Claims

Cartilage is an essential tissue in our bodies. It is a firm tissue that is stronger than bone, which supports our joints and bones, amongst other systems and protects our bones from wear and tear. How do tears in cartilage happen? The most likely cause of torn cartilage injuries is a sudden trauma or impact, caused by a slip, trip and fall or a sports injury. In some cases, this can be caused by negligence, such as an uneven paving slab or a spillage which causes the victim to suffer a slip, trip or fall. Some key areas of cartilage which can become injured due to torn cartilage at work accidents, sporting injuries, slip and trip accidents or road traffic accidents include the menisci, the primary area of cartilage tissue in the knee and the articular cartilages, the secondary area of cartilage tissue in the knee, which protect the knee bone and knee joint.

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If you have suffered from a torn cartilage, whether it was a knee cartilage injury, shoulder joint tear or a torn cartilage injury to any other part of the body, you could be entitled to make a torn cartilage claim for personal injury compensation. In this guide, we are going to explain what cartilage is, how cartilage tear injuries can happen and what the consequences of that can be for your body.

We will also advise you on how to make a cartilage compensation claim, the cartilage compensation amounts including knee injury compensation amounts our clients claim, and how to hire a personal injury solicitor to handle your claim. Whether you have experienced a serious cartilage injury that has affected your ability to walk, or a minor cartilage injury, if the accident was the fault of a third party, you could be entitled to make a torn cartilage claim for compensation.

Remember, Legal Expert offers potential compensation claimants a free legal consultation. Call us today once we have established whether or not you are eligible to make a compensation claim, we will estimate how much compensation you could receive and will provide you with the right personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.

What Is Cartilage And What Does It Do?

We have already touched on what cartilage is, and the function it provides in the human body. We will now look at this in greater detail. Cartilage is a rigid tissue that supports our bones and joint structures within our bodies. Cartilage also protects the ends of long bones.

Cartilage can be found in the knees, rib cage, shoulders, hips and elbows and supports the vertebral discs. It also gives shape to parts of our bodies where there are no bones, such as the tip of your nose and ear lobes. Because of its rigidity, cartilage also serves the function of holding tubes open in our bodies, such as the trachea (windpipe).

What Are The Symptoms Of Torn Cartilage?

The most common type of torn cartilage injury is a torn meniscus, which is the primary cartilage area supporting the knee joint. The meniscus absorbs shock from the impact of the daily use of the knee

Unfortunately, any trauma as a simple twist of the knee caused by a sports injury can cause a torn meniscus. A torn meniscus symptoms test would look for symptoms including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty straightening or bending your leg
  • Locking of the knee

The joint can also catch or give way unexpectedly. A torn meniscus can also take place alongside an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, or other serious knee injuries. Similarly, torn cartilage injuries can occur in other joints such as hips, shoulders, elbows or ankles and they would display similar symptoms to the torn meniscus.

A minor torn cartilage injury will probably improve on its own, so doctors recommend you care for the injury at home. If the symptoms haven’t improved in a few weeks, or if you display more severe symptoms it is likely that you have experienced a more severe torn cartilage injury.

These sorts of injuries can’t improve without medical treatment and if left untreated can wear down your joint. Go to your GP or local minor injuries unit for treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Ordinary pain killers to not numb the pain,
  • The joint won’t allow you to put weight on it
  • There are unusual lumps and bumps at the site of the injury
  • Numbness or discolouration at the site of the injury

Knee cartilage repair without surgery is possible, but many more serious injuries may require knee cartilage surgery to heal fully and prevent further damage to the joint.

Causes of Torn Meniscus Injuries

There are many common causes of torn meniscus injuries. A meniscus injury is caused by trauma to the knee joint and sadly are very common. Sporting injuries are one of the most common forms of torn meniscus.

The knee becoming twisted if someone slips whilst running, or rotates their knee while playing football while their foot becomes stuck, are class examples of how a tear of the meniscus can occur.

Other causes of torn meniscus injuries include road traffic accidents or cycling accidents where individuals experience a high impact to their knees. Torn cartilage at work injuries can also be caused by slip, trip and fall accidents, manual handling accidents or accidents involving faulty machinery.

How Are Cartilage Tears Treated?

As we have said, minor torn cartilage injuries can get better on their own. When it comes to more minor cartilage tear injuries NHS recommends that patients take on “self-care” measures which include:

  • Elevate the affected joint
  • Rest the affected joint
  • Apply an ice pack regularly
  • Using a support such as a knee brace to protect the area from further injury
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or ordinary painkillers such as paracetamol.

However, if you have the symptoms of a more serious cartilage injury, you should visit a GP or minor injuries unit. Knee cartilage injuries such as a torn meniscus, medial meniscus tear, shoulder joint tear or a torn cartilage injury to any other part of the body can be treated in a number of ways depending on the seriousness of the injury.

For example, a course of physiotherapy might be recommended involving meniscus knee cartilage repair without surgery, which is a favourable way to stimulate knee cartilage repair without surgery. However sometimes knee cartilage surgery, or other cartilage surgery is needed to repair the joint.

Types of knee cartilage surgery and cartilage surgery techniques:

  • Small holes are drilled in the nearby bone to stimulate new cartilage growth
  • Replacing damaged cartilage with healthy cartilage from another joint
  • In extreme cases, the damaged joint may need to be replaced with an artificial joint, such as a hip or knee replacement.

If you have had to undergo cartilage surgery or knee cartilage surgery due to an accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries. If you have undergone joint replacement surgery, you could claim knee replacement compensation for the pain and suffering it has caused. Call Legal Expert today for your free legal consultation and to see if you could make a torn cartilage claim for compensation.

Can I Claim For A Torn Cartilage At Work?

Every year 600,000 employees are injured in accidents at work in the UK. Of these accidents, some will be caused by negligence on the part of the employer. According to the Health and Safety At Work ect. Act of 1974, employers are responsible for providing their employees with a safe working environment, this is referred to as their duty of care.

This means that employers are responsible for conducting regular risk assessments on a regular basis to check for hazards (factors that cause a risk of injury to employees and other people who use the business premises) and put control measures in place to remove or appropriately manage that risk. If they fail to do so through negligent actions or inactions, and an employee or other stakeholder in the business such as a customer or delivery person is injured the business could be held liable for that person’s injuries and the person could sue them for accident at work compensation.

Torn cartilage at work injuries can occur for a number of different reasons, including negligence on the part of the employer. These torn cartilage at work injuries can be caused by machinery not being regularly checked or properly maintained, manual handling injuries which can take place if staff have not been trained on how to go about manual handling activities correctly, or have not been provided with the correct equipment.

Slip, trip and fall injuries can take place if employers do not take steps to remove trip hazards from the floor such as broken floors, obstructions or spills on the floor. If you have suffered a torn cartilage at work, whether it was a shoulder joint tear, torn meniscus on your knee or any other type of torn cartilage injury which was caused by negligence on the part of your employer, you may be able to claim worker’s compensation for a meniscus tear, or torn cartilage compensation for any other part of your body. Call Legal Expert today to speak to one of our friendly advisors about claiming worker’s compensation for a meniscus tear.

Can I Claim Compensation For A Cartilage Tear In a Road Traffic Accident?

Whiplash and torn cartilage tears can be caused in road traffic accidents when there is a trauma that occurs from impact. Car crash injuries can be the cause of more serious torn cartilage injuries which require knee replacement or hip replacement surgery. Like employers, drivers have a legal duty of care towards other road users including their passengers, other drivers and passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.

If they drive negligently and this causes an accident that causes another road user an injury, they can be held liable for the injuries that are caused. If you need to claim torn cartilage compensation, make a claim for a meniscus tear settlement, knee replacement compensation because of a cartilage tear injury, trust Legal Expert’s personal injury solicitors to help you claim the compensation that you are entitled to. Call us today, to enquire about making a torn cartilage claim.

Whiplash And Torn Cartilage

Whiplash is an injury that occurs when your neck’s tendons and ligaments are forcibly extended beyond their usual range of motion. This is a soft tissue that causes strains and sprains to the neck. Whiplash is a very debilitating injury which makes it difficult to move and in extreme cases can cause the victim a permanent disability. In some cases cartilage damage from whiplash can also occur, this is also treated in the same way that sprains and strains to the neck are treated.

Compensation For A Personal Injury – Torn Cartilage Injury Claims

Compensation for a personal injury can vary on a case-to-case basis. This is because the amount that you could potentially receive is based on the unique circumstances of your claim, including the severity of your injuries and the treatment you receive.

Personal injury compensation can consist of up to two heads: general damages and special damages. General damages is the head of claim that addresses your injuries and the way your pain and suffering has affected your life.

The table below shows personal injury compensation guidelines from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that solicitors can refer to when calculating general damages. Please note that these amounts are not guaranteed and are only guidelines.

Injury Description Amount
Back (c) Minor – (iii) complete recovery in 3 months or less Up to £2,300
Back (c) Minor – (i) – complete or almost complete recovery without surgery will take place within 2-5 years £7,410 to £11,730
Back (b) Moderate – things like crush injuries that result in constant pain and discomfort £26,050 to £36,390
Ankle (d) Modest – amount rewarded will depend on the level of recovery made and things like the tendency for the ankle to give way Up to £12,900
Ankle (c) Moderate – these injuries will give rise to difficulties such as walking on uneven surfaces or walking for longer periods of time £12,900 to £24,950
Wrist (c) injuries that could be more severe but still result in some form of permanent disability £11,820 to £2,990
Knee (b) Moderate – (ii) Twisted knees that lead to continuous aching and/or discomfort Up to £12,900

Torn cartilage injury compensation amounts can also include special damages. This is the head of your claim that addresses the financial impacts of your injuries. For example, if you need to take time off work to recover from your torn cartilage injury, you may experience a loss of earnings. You could potentially claim these back under the special damages head of your claim.

For more information on what you could claim for following a torn cartilage injury caused by negligence, get in touch with our team today.

No Win No Fee Torn Cartilage Claims

If you have experienced a torn cartilage injury, Legal Expert would love to help you make a torn cartilage injury claim. If the accident was not your fault, we could potentially win you thousands of pounds in compensation. At Legal Expert, all of the lawyers on our panel operate on a No Win No Fee basis.

This means that you will only have to pay us if and when you win your compensation claim. For many clients, it’s the more affordable way to claim the compensation that you are entitled to as there is no upfront fee. Plus, if you don’t win your claim, you won’t have to pay us a penny. If you would like to enquire about making a No Win No Fee claim call us today to talk about your options.

Remember, there are a number of ways you can reach us.

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How We Can Help With Torn Cartilage Claims

If you have suffered from torn cartilage or a meniscus tear in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a torn cartilage injury claim for compensation. Whether you wish to claim worker’s compensation for a meniscus tear, knee replacement compensation or any other sort of torn cartilage injury compensation, Legal Expert can help you.

Our expert personal injury lawyers have years of experience in their field and will always push to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Remember, we offer a free legal consultation for anyone looking to claim compensation for a cartilage tear accident, so call us today to receive yours and if you have legitimate grounds, get started on your compensation claim.

Useful Links

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Public Place Accidents

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NHS Guide to Cartilage Damage

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