Torn Meniscus and Disability

I’m often asked whether a claimant can receive disability benefits for a torn meniscus or menisci. Meniscus tears are often identified by how they appear, as well as where the tear occurs in the meniscus. You may be experiencing one of the following types of tears:

  • longitudinal,
  • parrot-beak,
  • flap,
  • bucket handle,
  • anterior cruciate ligament, and
  • mixed/complex.

Tears may be partial or whole. In short, tears can be painful and make it difficult to sit, stand, stoop or walk.

The question is whether you can obtain disability benefits for such an injury. The answer, as usual, is “it depends”. A torn meniscus is not he type of injury that, by itself, is a significant enough impairment to qualify one for Social Security benefits. However, it may justify an award of benefits if the tear is in addition to other significant impairments, which, in combination, leave the claimant unable to perform full time work.

Moreover, it may be sufficient where the claimant is over 50 years old and has primarily a manual labor background. In such a situation, the “GRID Rules” may come into play, and may justify an award of benefits.

Because the determination as to whether the GRID Rules may apply in your situation, you should strongly consider having a free consultation with an attorney to determine whether the GRID Rules may properly apply to your claim.

Mr. Ortiz has experience handling claims involving a wide variety of meniscal tears. You can reach him at 850-308-7833 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.