Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear
Torn cartilage affects the knee joint and can make walking, bending or other movements very difficult. Iowa Workers' Compensation benefits can help cover any treatment necessary for your work-related injury.
Symptoms of a meniscus tear can include any of the following:
- clicking/popping of the knee;
- limited motion of joint;
- joint locking; and
- inability to straighten joint.
To determine if you have suffered a meniscus tear, you will need to see a doctor that is of the employer's choosing. Iowa Workers' Compensation allows for your employer to make that choice.
If you are not satisfied with the care you receive, you may be able to see another doctor. However you will need to discuss this with your employer. If the employer refuses, then there are proceedings you can go through in which to request alternate medical care.
Generally a meniscus tear is diagnosed with an MRI or an x-ray. A doctor will also ask questions such as what led up to your work-related injury and how it happened. Treatment will depend on a number of factors.
If the doctor determines that you are impaired but you feel the rating of impairment is not high enough, you may be able to get a second examination by another doctor of your choosing at the expense of the employer. A Des Moines Workers' Compensation attorney can explain how medical care works for an Iowa Workers' Compensation claim.
You may have other questions pertaining to your Iowa Workers' Compensation claim, including the amount of benefits you are receiving. It is best to seek legal counsel from a Des Moines Workers' Compensation attorney who understands this special area of law.
Protect your rights as a worker by speaking with a Des Moines Workers' Compensation attorney if you have sustained a meniscus tear while on the job.
Contacting a Des Moines Workers' Compensation Attorney
The Des Moines Workers' Compensation attorney team at Walker, Billingsley & Bair know the importance of protecting your injury claim from the get-go. Learn more by calling 1-800-707-2552.