Cartilage is a soft tissue within the joints and is shock-absorbing and flexible. It’s important as it protects bones from impact and enables an even spread of weight through the body on impact. Cartilage injuries are commonly associated with sporting injuries, but can also occur in slipping accidents, falls from height and repetitive strain injuries.
Table of contents
- Do you have a claim?
- Types of cartilage injury
- What to do after the accident
- Evaluating compensation amounts
- How Direct2Compensation can help with your claim
- Your questions answered
Do you have a claim for cartilage injury compensation?
If you have suffered damage to the cartilage of a joint as a result of a non-fault accident such as a slip on a wet floor or an accident at work, or because of the negligent actions of a 3rd party, you could seek to make a claim for cartilage injury compensation.
To find out whether or not the cause of your cartilage injury means you can claim compensation, contact us on 01225 430285. Our expert staff will be able to advise you and explain the claims process.
Types of cartilage injury
Cartilage injuries are most commonly associated with knee trauma, but the cartilage within any joint of the body can be torn or otherwise damaged in the event of hyper-extension, trauma or impact injury. The knee joint contains two types of cartilage – menisci and articular – and injuries to either can result in severe pain and restricted mobility for the injured person. The most common causes of cartilage injury include:
- Accidents at work – commonly caused by over lifting or heavy lifting
- Slipping accidents – such as those on a wet supermarket floor where the knee or shoulder joint is caused to be over-stretched and extended
- Road traffic accidents – where heavy impact to a joint can stretch and tear the cartilage
Treatment for cartilage tears will vary depending on the severity and size of the tear to the affected area. In the most serious of cases, surgery will be required to remove any loose cartilage and repair any remaining tears.
What to do after the accident
If you sustain the injury as a result of an accident, whether that be at work or in a public place, as a result of heavy lifting, a car accident or any other circumstance, you should immediately report the details of your accident to the relevant parties.
The details of any injury and its cause should be recorded within an accident book or incident reporting system and should correctly reflect what happened. It is important to list any hazards, such as a wet floor, or areas of negligence, such as a lack of training or adequate equipment, as it may prove to be important evidence to support any future claim.
Sometimes an employer will be reluctant to record accidents, in which case you can follow our advice on what to do.
It is also important that a professional diagnosis by a medical professional is in place to support any claim. Your GP or hospital doctor will arrange for relevant x-rays and MRI scans to be obtained in order that such a diagnosis can be reached.
Evaluating compensation amounts
During the claims process, your solicitor will seek to gain an admission of liability from the defendant insurers facing your claim. When this is obtained the process will move to determining the severity of your cartilage injury by use of your medical records. A medical expert will interview you regarding your symptoms, carry out a brief examination and then write a report for your solicitor. The report will provide a detailed prognosis of your cartilage injury and recommendations for any future treatment. As a result of this report, you will then be advised as to the appropriate value range for the cartilage injury element of your claim.
The remaining element of your claim, known as special damages, will be the recovery of any costs or loss of income associated with the injury. Both your loss of income and costs will be added to the injury value and this will form the settlement value for your claim.
How Direct2Compensation helps with your claim
We realise that you may well have questions regarding compensation for your injury. Our expert staff can help you to understand your rights and let you know if you have a valid claim. You can speak with our team by calling us on 01225 430285 or if you prefer, use the ‘start a claim’ page of our website. We speak in a manner that you can understand and will quickly be able to advise you as to whether or not you can pursue a claim for cartilage injury compensation.
If we believe that you have a valid claim, we’ll obtain the relevant information and ensure that the details of your injury are passed to the right specialist solicitor who will give you the very best chance of succeeding with a claim.
With Direct2Compensation you can pursue your claim in confidence, safe in the knowledge that our No Win No Fee service means that you won’t have to pay a penny should your claim for compensation fail. We’ll be available to assist and answer any questions you may have at any stage throughout your claim.