Cartilage is a flexible, connective tissue that acts as a shock absorber, protecting the bones and joints from wear and tear. A torn cartilage can cause inflammation, stiffness and significant joint pain. While a minor tear can heal on its own, a larger tear can result in permanent damage, limiting the range of motion in the affected limb as the damage progresses.
If your torn cartilage injury was caused due to somebody else’s fault, you should speak to a personal injury solicitor to determine your right to seek compensation.
Common Torn Cartilage Injuries
Common torn cartilage injuries are typically caused by a sudden forceful impact or by ongoing wear and tear. Sportspersons, especially those who participate in high impact sports such as rugby, wrestling, and tennis, are at a higher risk of sustaining torn cartilage injuries.
Ongoing wear and tear of the joints can also cause cartilage tears. In the workplace this can happen when a worker performs some sort of task that involves repetitive joint movements for extended periods of time. In this case, the higher degree of stress that the joint undergoes can result in inflammation in the area and the eventual breakdown and loss of cartilage in the area. This is known as osteoarthritis.
Torn cartilage injuries cause inflammation, stiffness and pain around the affected joint. A cartilage tear around the knee or hip could leave you unable to walk. A tear in the shoulder, elbow or wrist could limit your hand movements while a tear in the ribs can cause chest muscle spasms and trauma to the surrounding area.
If left untreated, could get progressively worse, resulting in permanent damage and immobility in the injured joint.
If you’ve torn your cartilage injury due to somebody else’s negligence then you may have a case to make a torn cartilage injury claim for compensation.
What Compensation Can You Claim For A Torn Cartilage
You can claim for two types of compensatory damages for a torn cartilage personal injury – general and special damages.
General damages is essentially compensation for non-monetary damages such as pain, suffering, and mental anguish caused by the injuries. As the severity of a torn cartilage injury will vary from person to person so will the compensation. For example, compensation for a moderate torn cartilage knee injury/meniscus tear can range from £12,650 to £22,340.
You can also use our compensation calculator below to see what levels of compensation could be claimed for general damages.
Special damages cover all monetary expenses and financial losses you’ve incurred because of the torn cartilage injury. Under special damages you could claim for:
- All medical expenses – This includes everything you’ve had to pay towards medical fees such as prescription medicine, diagnostic tests, and physiotherapy.
- Cost of future medical care – If your cartilage injury warrants long term physiotherapy or other remedial treatment, you can claim reimbursement of projected costs.
- Costs associated with travelling for ongoing treatment – Whether you use public transport or your own vehicle, the cost of travelling to and from medical appointments can add up substantially. If you take your own vehicle, you can also claim for car parking.
- Costs associated with cancelled trips or change in plans – Did you have to cancel any business or holiday travel plans because of the cartilage injury? You could claim compensation for the cost of your cancelled trip too.
- Childcare costs – If you have younger children that you cannot care for yourself because of your injuries, you could get the cost of child care reimbursed.
- Cost of remedial or mobility devices – You can claim reimbursement for any assistive device you need to buy to enable you to perform your daily chores.
- Cost of structural changes – If you have to make any changes to your home or vehicle to accommodate your injuries that would be a claimable expense.
- Loss of income – This includes loss of income, bonuses and perks as well as loss of a promotion if your torn cartilage injuries prevented you from returning to work.
To claim maximum special damages you’ll need proof of all the expenses incurred due to the injury so make sure you keep all bills and receipts.
Making A Torn Cartilage Injury Claim
If you’re looking for advice on making a torn cartilage injury claim then you can contact us on 0800 6524 881 for a free consultation. If the solicitor concludes from the consultation that you have a strong case, you may be asked if you would like to proceed with a claim, using our No Win No Fee agreement.
Using the services of an experienced personal injury solicitor can increase your chances of winning the maximum amount of compensation significantly for your torn cartilage injury claim. Our solicitors have thorough knowledge of personal injury law and will pull out all the stops to put together a strong claim for the maximum compensation due to you.
A compensation claim for a torn cartilage injury should be filed within 3 years of sustaining the injury. If your injury was due to somebody else’s negligence and you want to claim compensation then you should get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible as it may take some time to build a strong case. If you wait too long, you run the risk of missing the deadline and losing out on your right to claim.
If you’ve suffered a torn cartilage and would like a free consultation for advice on making a torn cartilage injury claim for compensation, please contact us today.