Back and neck pain is on the rise in America. In fact, ever year in the U.S., we spend $88 billion on back and neck pain; this tab ranks third highest for any health condition in the country.
The most common (and often most painful) spinal injury is a herniated disc. A herniated disc can result in any number of symptoms, and can significantly impact the victim’s life.
If you have suffered a herniated disc from an auto accident, slip or trip and fall, or construction site accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation from those responsible. At our experienced neck and back injury law firm, we are happy to evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you. CONTACT US NOW to arrange a consultation.
What Is A Herniated Disc?
When a disc herniates, the outer portion of the disc (called the annular fibrosis) is ruptured and the inner gelatin like filling (the nucleus pulposus) leaks out. The inner portion of the disc that extrudes can compress nearby nerves, causing irritation of the exiting nerve root, and debilitating pain.
The bony scaffold upon which the human body is built is called the spinal column. The human spinal column is made up of thirty-three (33) specialized bony members called “vertebrae”.
To prevent bone against bone, nature gave us gelatin-like discs between each vertebra. These discs act as shock absorbers; they also allow our spines to weight bear, as well as providing flexibility, and cushion the spine against the bumps and jarring of everyday life. They also help reduce friction and degeneration of the vertebrae by cushioning the space between the bones, and preventing them from rubbing against each other.
When the intervertebral discs are compressed or stretched beyond normal limits, they can bulge or herniate. A herniated (or “ruptured”) disc can put pressure on the spinal nerves, leading to pain, loss of strength, numbness and tingling, as well as other symptoms in the back, neck, head and extremities.
What Causes A Herniated Disc?
Herniated discs can be caused by trauma, or natural wear and tear, as a result of the aging process.
A severe trauma, such as the heavy impact that can result from an automobile accident can cause a disc to herniate.
A fall that causes trauma to the back or neck can also place pressure on the discs, resulting in a herniation.
Symptoms of Herniated Discs
A herniated disc can result in neck or back pain. In fact, this type of pain is among the most common symptom of a herniated disc. However, other symptoms regularly caused by a herniated disc are:
Restricted range of motion;
Radiculopathy – pain which radiates (or travels) into the extremities;
Numbness and tingling in the arm, hands, legs and/or feet;
Loss of muscle strength;
Loss of bladder or bowel control;
Treatment of Herniated Discs
If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you get to the emergency room at once. It is crucial that you be examined as soon as possible. Depending on your symptoms, the examining physician may deem it necessary to order diagnostic tests such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), x-ray, or CT-scan. These tests will reveal the condition of the body’s spine and surrounding soft tissue(s) such as discs, exiting nerve roots, ligaments and connective tissue. Most importantly, these tests will conclusively confirm any abnormalities in your intervertebral discs, such as herniated discs.
Next, a responsible healthcare professional will likely start by prescribing conservative treatment such as:
Ice and/or heat;
If none of these ultra conservative treatment options are effective, pain management has proven effective to help relieve the debilitating symptoms caused by a herniated disc. Pain management includes:
Trigger point injections;
Facet Block Injections;
Epidural Steroid injections;
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has reported that epidural injections are effective in roughly half of all cases where the patient does not get relief from conservative treatment.
Surgery as an Option
In the most severe cases, spinal surgery is necessary to remove the herniated disc(s), as well as any fragments which causes pressure on the nerve roots that exit the spinal column.
Unfortunately, many patients are unable to work while recovering from a herniated disc. The injury can make any occupation more difficult, whether you sit, stand, or move through most of your day.
Time lost from work, coupled with the enormous cost of treatment, physical therapy, and medication(s), can create a significant financial burden for the accident victim.
If you suffered a herniated disc due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to a significant monetary award to compensate you for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.
Contact The Bonfante Law Firm, P.C. and we will see to it that those responsible are held accountable.
New York law provides compensation for the following items of damages:
Pain and suffering – past and Future;
Medical Bills – past and future;
Lost wages – past and future;
Diminution of future earning capacity;
Out of pocket expenses;
CONTACT US NOW so we can go to work on your behalf. We will get started on building a case against the responsible party(s).
Consultations are always free. Call now and speak with a seasoned, aggressive back and neck injury lawyer about your case.
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Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
Make out an accident report stating your version of what happened.
Do not – under any circumstances – sign anything,
including any accident or incident report(s) made out by someone else.
Do not allow anyone to take a recorded statement from you until you contact us.
Take pictures of your injuries (cuts, bruises, burns, scarring, stitches, staples, etc.).
Take clear color photos showing whatever caused your accident from several different angles,
and varying distances in daylight.
If you have not already done so, get to an emergency room to be examined immediately
so that the appropriate tests can be performed to determine the extent of your injuries.
Contact your family doctor right away to get prescriptions for any necessary pain medication,
as well as referrals to see the appropriate specialists (i.e Orthopedist, Neurologist, Chiropractor, Physical therapist, etc.).
See to it that you get the appropriate diagnostic tests (such as X-Rays, MRI’s, or CT-Scans)
performed before too much time passes. The doctors or other health care providers who examine you
will be able to inform you which test(s) are applicable based on the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are unable to work due to your injuries, get a letter of disability
from your treating physician(s) and/or chiropractor.
Keep track of any time you missed from work as a result of your injuries, as well as your lost wages.
Keep track of any out of pocket expenses you incur related to your injuries (co-pays, deductibles, etc.).
Keep a log or journal, to record the frequency of your treatment, as well as the pain you are experiencing,
making sure to note all of the specific parts of your body that hurt, along with the frequency and severity of the pain.
Do not speak to anyone about your case until you consult with us to protect your rights under the law. We will consult with you at no cost or obligation, to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing. Then we will advise you as to the available options and give you our professional opinion as to which strategy is best suited to your particular case.
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