A herniated disc can cause severe pain that can become chronic, as well as complications that can be debilitating. Some people get herniated discs from trauma, like a slip and fall or a car accident.
If you suffered a herniated disc because of someone else’s carelessness, a Columbus herniated disc caused by a car accident lawyer at Bressman Law can handle your injury claim against the at-fault party so that you can focus on getting better.
If we take your case, you will not have to pay upfront legal fees. We do not get paid until you win, and then our fees come out of the settlement proceeds or award. We offer a free initial consultation with no obligation. You can call us today at (877) 538-1116 for a free case review.
An Overview of Herniated Discs
Most people are familiar with the term “herniated disc,” but might not be able to give a substantive definition of the condition. Other terms for a herniated disc include a slipped disc or ruptured disc. Some doctors spell the word disc with a “k,” as in herniated disk.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a disc is a rubbery cushion that sits between the vertebrae (the bones that run down the middle of your back) and keep the bones from grinding against each other as you move. Discs are not solid. They have a gooey center, like a gel, surrounded by a strong but flexible rubber-like casing.
If something damages the disc, some of the gel can leak out from the area of damage. The gel can irritate nearby nerves, causing pain and inflammation in the spine (as well as weakness, numbness, and discomfort in the arm or leg those nerves serve).
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What Can Cause a Herniated Disc
Mayo Clinic says that a sudden event, like a fall or a back injury, can cause a herniated disc. You are more likely to experience a disc herniation if you have degeneration of your discs from age-related wear and tear. A person with degeneration of the discs who is in a car crash or has a slip and fall accident could suffer a herniated disc.
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Complications of Herniated Discs
If the disc herniation compresses the spinal cord, the patient could develop permanent paralysis or weakness. Additional complications of slipped discs can include incontinence of the bladder or bowels, loss of sensation on the inner thighs and backs of the legs, or such intense weakness or pain that you have difficulty performing everyday tasks.
A person dealing with these problems should not have to battle an insurance company while trying to recuperate or adjust to a new way of life. If someone else’s negligence caused your injury, a Columbus herniated disc caused by a car accident lawyer at Bressman Law could help. You can call us today at (877) 538-1116 to get started.
Treatments for a Herniated Disc
The medical interventions you will need to treat your herniated disc will depend on multiple factors, like the severity of the injury, your age, and your overall health. If the symptoms do not indicate a medical emergency that could lead to permanent paralysis or other long-term complications, your doctor might try conservative treatments first.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help some people with mild to moderate discomfort. Cortisone injections and the short-term use of prescription drugs like opioid painkillers and muscle relaxants provide relief for some patients with more intense pain.
Some people need physical therapy, while others require surgery to remove the damaged disc. The surgeon might fuse your spinal bones together with a bone graft, implanting metal hardware in the spine for stability during the healing process.
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You Can Recover Damages for a Herniated Disc
We cannot say how much compensation you might be able to pursue until we talk to you and investigate your situation. No two disc herniations are identical. One person might recuperate well after a few months of conservative medical treatments, while another person might have to endure surgery and an uncertain future with chronic pain, weakness, or paralysis.
The damages you can seek will depend on the unique facts of your case. Here are some categories of money damages people often seek after a herniated disc injury:
If you miss paychecks while recuperating from your injury—whether in the form of wages, salary, or self-employment income—we can usually add this loss to your claim.
This category covers the reasonable cost of medical treatment you needed for your injuries, like the:
- Emergency room
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Prescription drugs
Diminished Earning Capacity
Lingering impairment from a back injury can leave a person unable to walk, sit, or stand for long periods or lift heavy objects. If you had to reduce your working hours or take a lower-paying job because of your herniated disc injury, you have a financial loss.
Pain and Suffering
Getting hurt comes with more than medical bills and lost income. This category addresses the physical discomfort and emotional distress of your injury.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
When an injury prevents you from performing activities you used to enjoy due to chronic weakness, pain, or paralysis, you might experience loss of the enjoyment of life.
You do not have to sort out all of your possible damages and losses. At Bressman Law, we can guide you through the claims process and file a lawsuit seeking the damages the law allows.
You Have a Limited Time to Sue for a Herniated Disc
Every state sets time limits for people to file lawsuits seeking monetary compensation when they get harmed by the actions of others. The American Bar Association affirms that if you miss the deadline, you can lose the right to pursue damages from the person who hurt you. Be sure to speak with a Columbus herniated disc caused by a car accident lawyer right away, so that you do not lose the right to compensation for your losses.
At Bressman Law, our passion is to help people who suffer harm and loss because of the carelessness of others. Our clients know that we advocate for them while treating them with respect and compassion. You can call us today at (877) 538-1116 to claim your free consultation.