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A herniated disc injury, also sometimes called a bulging or slipped disc, is a type of injury that occurs along the spine. A herniated disc can occur due to lifting or twisting, or it can occur after a traumatic injury such as a car accident.
An injury to your back can be extremely painful and may make it difficult or impossible to move due to the pain. Herniated disc injuries have the potential to cause long-lasting side effects and may require continuous medical attention.
Herniated Disc Injury Lawyer
Compensation for a victim who has suffered a herniated disc may be high because of the potentially long-lasting effects of a spinal injury. It is important to have an experienced herniated disc injury attorney help you and review your case to make sure that you receive adequate compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers have helped many victims of herniated discs and may be able to help you with your case.
What is a Herniated Disc?
According to Mayo Clinic, a herniated disc is a problem that occurs when one of the rubbery cushions in the spine between bones, known as a disc, is injured. The spinal disc is made up of a soft center that is encased in a rubbery exterior. A herniated disc happens when some of the soft center of the disc spills out through a tear in the exterior.
A herniated disc injury can occur on any part of the spine. The injury can cause extreme pain in the back where the herniated disc is located, along with numbness or weakness in the arms and legs. Some people may not experience any pain or symptoms. Other people may require surgery to solve the problem.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
The spinal cord holds nerves that are responsible for movement all over the body. When a disc protrudes out, the disc can put pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. This nerve compression can cause:
- Radiating pain down the arms or legs
- Swelling in the back at the area of the injured disc
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs
- Spasms in the back muscles
Common Causes of Herniated Discs
The spine and back muscles are essential for movement that is required in everyday life. A spinal injury like a herniated disc is a common injury that can prevent you from doing everyday tasks without extreme pain. Some of the common causes of herniated discs include:
- Slips and falls
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Lifting and twisting sharply
- Natural deterioration over time
Treatment for Herniated Discs
Once a doctor diagnoses you with a herniated disc, you may be placed on bed rest. Healing a herniated disc may take several months. During this time, you may find it difficult to do everyday tasks that require a lot of movement. You may experience pain, numbness, or loss of strength throughout your limbs and body.
In serious cases, surgery may be required. Physical therapy may be suggested in most cases and can help with pain and mobility. Prevention of herniated discs may require exercise, maintaining good posture, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Back Injury Statistics
One study showed that a herniated disc occurs in about five to 20 cases per 1000 adults per year. Herniated disc injuries are most common in adults age 30 to 50, with men suffering injuries twice as often as women.
How Do I Know I Have a Claim from a Herniated Disc Injury?
A herniated disc injury claim may arise if you were injured at work or as the result of an unsafe condition where you live. If you were injured at work, you may also be entitled to workers’ compensation. If you were injured on someone else’s property, they may be liable for your injuries.
Landlords are required to warn of or fix any hazards that are hidden. If you are injured on your rental property, you may have a claim for a herniated disc injury. Legal compensation for a herniated disc injury may also come from a car accident if another person was responsible for the collision. An unintentional or intentional act by another person that causes you to suffer a herniated disc injury could also be liable for damages.
If you believe that your herniated disc injury was caused by someone else or as a result of unsafe premises, you may have a claim for a herniated disc injury.
What to Do After a Herniated Disc Injury
Seek Medical Care
Because the spine makes up such a large part of your body and the spinal cord is responsible for necessary motor function and the nervous system, seek medical care immediately if you suffer an injury. Call 911 or have someone take you to the hospital. Try to limit moving your back.
Your doctor will examine your body to determine whether you have suffered a disc injury. Your doctor will check your back for tenderness and pain and will ask you to move your arms and legs in various ways to assess your pain level and mobility. Your doctor may perform various imaging tests such as an MRI, x-ray, or CT scan.
A doctor’s diagnosis is required to know whether or not you have a herniated disc.
Document the Incident
It is important to document how the injury happened. Write down potential witnesses’ information and take pictures of the scene.
If your herniated disc injury occurred on someone else’s property, taking pictures is important and will be useful when filing a claim. Take pictures of the scene from different points of view. Take note of the location in the store or building that the injury occurred and the name of the business.
If the injury occurred after an automobile accident, call the police and allow them to document the scene and file a crash report.
If the herniated disc injury occurred at work, notify your employer immediately and file a workers’ compensation claim.
Talk with a Lawyer
Do not speak with insurance companies or others about your accident until you have retained an experienced herniated disc injury attorney. Insurance companies may try to have you sign a waiver or medical release, which may reduce the amount of damages you could recover.
Our lawyers have experience with herniated disc injury cases and know how to communicate with any parties involved, collect necessary evidence, and handle your case from start to finish.
What MAY Zinda Law Group Do for Me?
Herniated disc injuries and back injury accidents can range in severity and may be serious. Damages could be as mild as a sprained muscle or as serious as paralysis. Because of this, each injury needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis. Only an attorney experienced in herniated disc injuries should handle your claim.
The person responsible for your injuries may be required to compensate you for your damages. This may be covered by insurance or by workers’ compensation. Damages for a herniated disc injury will be monetary and are divided into two categories.
Economic damages are for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Damaged property that needs repair can also be factored in. These damages may be for past, present, or future expenses.
Non-economic damages are meant to compensate for pain and suffering caused by the accident and the emotional distress in dealing with the injury. These damages may include compensation for a disability, disfigurement, or impairment caused by the injury.
Treatment for a herniated disc may require you to be on bed rest, which may affect your ability to work. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or muscle relaxers to ease your pain while healing. You may be able to recover for these expenses and any other costs associated with your injury.
Our herniated disc injury lawyers may be able to help pursue your claim on your behalf and are knowledgeable about the law and can help recover the maximum damages possible. Our personal injury lawyers can help inform you of your rights and legal options and help you understand what you may be entitled to.
Request a Consultation with Zinda Law Group
At Zinda Law Group, our experienced herniated disc injury lawyers have helped many victims seek compensation for their injuries. You should be able to focus on your physical recovery while we take care of the legal process on your behalf.
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