A herniated disk can cause debilitating pain that prevents you from functioning as you normally would. If you suffered a herniated disk as a result of being in a car accident, you may be facing limitations to your earning capacity and incurring expensive medical bills. Yet, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income and other losses resulting from your accident. Hiring a Marion herniated disk lawyer could serve your legal interests when seeking compensation.
The team at Bressman Law can help you pursue compensation from those responsible for your accident. Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for a free consultation.
Herniated Disks and Their Effects on Your Life
Healthline describes the critical role of “disks” in your spine, also referred to as “intervertebral disks.”
It explains that these disks:
- Protect the nerves in your spine, which play an essential role in your motor function and could cause paralysis if damaged
- Act as “shock absorbers” between the vertebrae that collectively make up your spinal cord
- Keeping your vertebrae separate, which may prevent the uncomfortable pinching of nerves, grinding of bones, and other problems
The Mayo Clinic explains what you may experience when a disk becomes herniated.
Symptoms of one or more herniated disks may include:
- Irritation of nerves adjacent to the disk, which may cause substantial nerve-related pain
- Numbness in your arms or legs
- Pain in your buttocks, thighs, and calves, especially if nerves affected by the herniated disk are in your lower back
- Tingling in affected body parts
- Muscle weakness
Because everyone’s experience with pain is different, you may be suffering from a herniated disk but suffer from symptoms not included here. If you have been in a car accident, and are struggling with back pain, talk to your doctor.
The Far-Reaching Impacts of a Herniated Disk
The symptoms of a herniated disk can directly interfere with the normal course of your life.
Indirect consequences of a herniated disk may include:
- Difficulty exercising
- An inability to work
- An inability to engage in activities that you generally consider easy
- Harm to your mental health
- Lost income
- The need for intensive medical intervention
If you have developed a herniated disk because of a motor vehicle collision, then those who caused your accident could be held responsible for your accident-related losses.
For a free legal consultation with a herniated disk injury attorney in Marion, call (614) 538-1116
Identifying Fault Following a Motor Vehicle Collision
Your lawyer will need to employ various measures on your behalf to determine fault and liability for the collision. While many people consider fault and liability to be synonymous, they are not. Fault refers to the party that directly or indirectly caused the accident. Liability refers to who will be responsible for paying for your losses. For instance, a negligent motorist may be considered at fault for a crash, but liability could rest on their insurance company.
Once your lawyer determines fault for the accident, they can get to work determining liability.
Some at-fault parties in your case could include:
- The motorist who caused the collision
- The employer of a driver who caused your accident
- A vehicle or parts manufacturer whose product malfunctioned and contributed to your accident
- A municipality responsible for unsafe road conditions
- Any other party who acted or failed to act in a way that contributed to your accident
Identifying those responsible for your accident is essential to seeking compensation for your losses. If you would like assistance with any aspect of pursuing compensation, then a Marion herniated disk lawyer can assist you.
Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 for more details about how we can support you after your car accident.
A Lawyer Can Determine How Your Accident Occurred
In addition to proving fault and liability for your accident, your lawyer will need to pinpoint the specific actions and behaviors that caused your accident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies several actions that could result in a dangerous collision.
- Distracted driving
- Drug-influenced driving
- Alcohol-influence driving
- Driving while tired
Additional behaviors such as disobeying traffic signals, driving without headlights, tailgating, and making dangerous turns could be a factor in your accident. Any risk-taking driving behavior may make a motorist responsible for the losses you have suffered.
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How Your Lawyer Will Serve You
You may have many reasons to hire a lawyer after a car accident. You can expect your car accident lawyer to deliver services that meet the needs of your situation.
Some of the specific tasks that your lawyer may complete are:
- Gathering evidence of your accident, which may include accident scene photographs, traffic camera recordings, witness accounts, and the police report
- Collecting documentation of your injuries from your doctors
- Handling insurance settlement negotiations on your behalf
- Filing your lawsuit and handling all paperwork related to your lawsuit
- Calculating your total losses and creating a record of those losses
- Negotiating a pre-trial settlement
- Advocating for your rights in court, if necessary
A lawyer can work to deliver compassionate, responsive legal assistance while you focus on your personal life. We encourage you to call Bressman Law today to learn more about how a lawyer from our team can assist you.
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Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can cause significant trauma, preventing you from working while diminishing the quality of your life. You may be entitled to compensation but may be uncertain about representing yourself. A Marion herniated disk lawyer will handle your lawsuit or insurance claim from start to finish.
We encourage you to get in touch with us soon because Ohio gives claimants a limited time to file a lawsuit, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. Should you fail to act within this period, you could put your case in jeopardy.
Call Bressman Law today at (614) 538-1116 to learn more about what we will do for you.