Chicago, IL Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for Meniscus Injuries
Meniscus tears are among the most common work-related injuries, resulting from both isolated events and gradual wear-and-tear. If you suffered a meniscus injury at work, our attorneys can help you file a claim for workers’ compensation.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals in Illinois and throughout the United States suffer meniscus injuries. Many of these injuries are work-related. Although meniscus injuries can heal over time (or can be repaired with surgery), they often lead to expensive medical bills and missed time from work. If you suffered your meniscus injury on the job, in most cases these are going to be losses that you are entitled to recover through workers’ compensation.
At Malman Law, we help individuals with meniscus injuries secure the workers’ compensation benefits that they deserve. While the law entitles both private-sector and government employees to recover benefits, employers and their insurance companies often make it exceedingly difficult for injured employees to file successful claims. This includes using delays, wrongful denial of claims, and other tactics that work to their benefit – not yours. When you hire us to represent you, we will use our decades of experience to help you enforce your legal rights.
Understanding Meniscus Injuries
The meniscus is a specialized piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the thighbone (the femur) and the shinbone (the tibia) in the knee joint. Each knee has two menisci – the medial meniscus on the inside of the knee, and the lateral meniscus on the outside.
Like all other parts of the body, each meniscus is fragile. As a result, workers often suffer meniscus injuries due to traumatic accidents (known as “acute tears”), as well as wear-and-tear over time (known as “degenerative tears”). Acute tears can fall into three different categories:
- A bucket handle tear, which involves a tear that splits (but does not sever) the meniscus;
- A flap tear, which is similar to a bucket handle tear but involves the meniscus becoming severed at one end; and,
- A radial tear, in which one side of the meniscus is sliced horizontally across the cartilage.
Common Causes of Meniscus Injuries
Meniscus injuries have several potential causes. As suggested above, they can result from isolated movements (such as squatting), direct impacts to the knee, other impacts and collisions that cause the knee to extend or twist, and repetitive stress. Some of the most common work-related causes of meniscus injuries include:
- Lifting, pulling and pushing
- Slips and falls
- Standing from a chair
- Equipment and machinery accidents
- Vehicle collisions
- Jobs that require repeated flexing, twisting, or rotation of the knee
At Malman Law, we help individuals who have suffered meniscus injuries due to all types of file claims for workers’ compensation in the greater Chicago area.
Are You Suffering from a Work-Related Meniscus Injury?
If you believe that you may have suffered a meniscus injury but have not yet received a medical diagnosis, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Note, however, that in order to protect your right to benefits, you may be required to see a physician who has been pre-selected by your employer.
Some of the symptoms of a possible meniscus injury include:
- A “slipping” or “popping” sensation in the knee
- Difficulty fully straightening your leg, or feeling as though your knee “ locked” in place
- Pain, especially when twisting or rotating the injured knee
- Stiffness in the knee
- Swelling in the knee
- Weakness or instability in the knee
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends the following, if you think you may have torn your meniscus:
- See a doctor if: (i) you experience any of the symptoms listed above; (ii) your pain, swelling, weakness, or instability returns or gets worse after you receive treatment; (iii) your injury is not getting better; or, (iv) you are unable to straighten your leg.
- Do not put weight on your leg if it is painful to do so.
- Do not put weight on your leg if your doctor has advised against it.
This is all good advice – not only for your health, but for protecting your right to workers’ compensation benefits as well. Contact Malman Law to learn more.
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If you would like more information about filing for workers’ compensation after a meniscus injury, we invite you to contact us for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. To get help from an experienced attorney at Malman Law, call our Chicago, IL law offices at (888) 675-9854 or fast track your case online today.