Recovery of Compensation for Bulging and Herniated Discs Injury
Herniated discs and bulging discs are very common injuries sustained by victims of forceful vehicle accidents and falls. These types of physical injuries can normally be debilitating and painful.
Financial compensation for an injured victim who has a herniated or bulging disc can be very high due to the fact their injuries could have lengthy side effects that might require ongoing medical treatments.
Have you been in an accident and suffered a herniated disc injury in the state of California?
If the accident was someone else's fault, you might be able to get compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and suffering.
Qualified personal injury lawyers with experience handling bulging and herniated disc injury cases can help you understand what your options are and may be able to get you the compensation you deserve.
Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm is providing more detailed information below.
What Is a Herniated Disc Injury?
A herniated disc occurs when there's a misalignment with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) that sit between your vertebrae. These discs help you bend, twist, and move your back.
When one of these discs slips or ruptures, it can irritate a nearby nerve, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the arms and legs. You can have a herniated disc at any spot on your spine.
Surgery usually isn't necessary to fix a herniated disc, but it can still cause you pain and discomfort.
Often, the best treatment is physical therapy, which lasts months and is a painful process.
If you were in an accident caused by someone else's negligence and the result was a herniated disc, then you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical treatment.
Common Spinal Disc Injuries
Three common types of injuries that can occur with your spinal discs:
- Herniated disc: The disc's soft center (nucleus) tears through the tougher, outer casing (annulus), which may lead to a compressed nerve root or spinal cord.
- Bulging disc: A bulging disc refers to when the disc's nucleus is pushed against the annulus more than halfway. There's no tear, but there could still be compressed nerves or spinal cord.
- Protruding disc: A protruding disc is when the nucleus is pushing against the annulus less than halfway.
What are some symptoms of a herniated disc?
- pain that radiates down one arm or one leg,
- swelling near the disc,
- tingling or numbness in the feet and lower leg or forearm and hand,
- muscle weakness,
Accidents that Cause a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs result from general wear and tear on your spine and tend to occur as you get older.
Significant trauma such as a car accident can also push, bulge, herniate, or rupture the discs between your vertebrae.
Car accidents such as T-bone collisions or front-end impacts are the most common accidents that may result in a back injury such as a herniated disc.
Other accidents that might lead to a herniated disc include:
- motorcycle accidents,
- truck accidents,
- slip and falls,
- workplace accidents,
- bus accidents,
- road condition accidents,
- bicycle accidents,
- elevator accidents,
- DUI accidents,
- freeway accidents,
- parking lot accidents,
- scooter accidents,
- boating accidents,
- swimming pool accidents,
- wet floor injuries.
If you've had an accident and suffer from a herniated disc, you'll have to prove negligence on the part of another party if you want to seek compensation.
To prove someone else was negligent isn't an easy task. You must have sufficient evidence to back up your claim.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you gather the evidence and resources you'll need to prove negligence.
Compensation for Your Herniated Disc Injury
The compensation you can recover from a herniated disc injury will depend on the severity of your injury and the circumstances surrounding your case.
These injuries will range in severity, from mild to serious. Some injuries only result in a sprained muscle, but the most serious can leave a victim paralyzed.
In other words, every herniated disc injury case must be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine the value of your case.
For most herniated disc cases, you can expect the following types of compensation:
- Economic damages: You may be able to receive compensation for the money you spent on expenses related to your herniated disc injury. These expenses could be bills for doctor's visits or physical therapy. Economic damages may also include money you did not earn because your injury made you unable to work.
- Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages represent the ways your herniated disc injury has affected your life in non-monetary ways. If it causes you daily pain and suffering, it's hard to put a dollar figure on. But you're still entitled to non-economic compensation, even if it's less concrete than economic damages.
Non-economic damages can be difficult to wrap your head around. What are some other examples of non-economic compensation you might receive for your herniated disc injury?
- mental anguish and emotional distress,
- any psychiatric treatment that results from the accident,
- loss of consortium, companionship, or spousal support,
- compensation for permanent injuries or damages.
Get Help From a Herniated Discs Injury Lawyer in California
Typically, the party who is responsible for your injuries will provide financial compensation for the accident, which means their insurance company will get involved.
They will pay you “damages,” which is a specific dollar amount that reflects how the accident has affected your life.
When you've suffered an injury, and you're looking for compensation, the insurance company may try to give you the smallest amount they can get away with.
Our California personal attorneys will fight to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
We are skilled negotiators for settlements and have successfully recovered damages for many clients.
Injury Justice Law Firm represents victims who were injured due to the negligence of others throughout Southern California.
If you've sustained a herniated disc injury from an accident, contact us online to discuss your rights and options.