Meniscus Tear from a Car Accident: Overview of the Injury & Legal Options

The meniscus refers to cartilage between the thighbone and shinbone that serve the purpose of cushioning the joint. A meniscus tear may occur when the knee is twisted in an awkward position and force is applied, which may be the case in a car accident.

Tears in the meniscus are not all the same. They can happen in different locations and in different ways. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that the most common meniscus tears are known as a parrot-beak, bucket handle, flap, longitudinal and mixed or complex tears. These names refer to the place in the meniscus where the tear occurs and the style of the tear.

Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear

Like most injuries, the first symptom of a meniscus tear is pain. Usually, this pain is very intense and debilitating. Other symptoms are below.

  • A feeling that the knee cannot support the body and will give way under weight
  • Inability to move the knee
  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Trouble fully extending the knee

Usually, a popping sensation also accompanies a meniscus tear.

Treatment for a Torn Meniscus

Most patients who suffer from a torn meniscus will need to wear a knee brace to provide support to the injured area. Ice, corticosteroid injections and anti-inflammatory drugs also may be used. If the tear is severe, knee arthroscopy, a type of surgery, may be required. According to MedlinePlus, a person’s age may have an effect on the type of treatment pursued. Younger patients may be less likely to require surgery.

Who will pay for treatment for my torn meniscus?

Iowa is an at-fault car insurance state. In an at-fault state, drivers who are involved in a crash can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s car insurance or against the driver in civil court. You’ll have to establish who caused the wreck, that the wreck caused your injury, and that you suffered damages because of the injury. Damages typically include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Get in Touch with Walker, Billingsley & Bair for Help

Contact Walker, Billingsley & Bair in Des Moines to explore your options if you’ve been in a car accident. We can explain at-fault car insurance laws and discuss with you the importance of proving the other party’s negligence. To learn more about how our services can benefit you, call us today at (888) 435-9886. 

Corey Walker
With over 20 years legal experience, Corey has been recognized for his work as an injury attorney.