Herniated discs and slipped discs are common injuries—we all know someone with one. However, even commonplace injuries can cause severe pain and limit your mobility. Back pain, especially, can keep you out of work, prevent you from engaging in activities you once enjoyed, and require expensive medical procedures.
You may be able to recover financial compensation, legally known as damages, for your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering, if another party’s negligence caused your herniated disc and slipped disc injury. A Springfield personal injury lawyer with The Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you seek damages from the responsible party and their insurance provider.
What Is a Herniated Disc and Slipped Disc Injury?
The spinal column is made up of bones called vertebrae cushioned by intervertebral discs, according to Mayo Clinic. These discs have a tough exterior and a soft, jelly-like interior. Herniated discs, also known as slipped discs, develop when a force causes the tough exterior to tear open, pushing out the jelly-like filling. While herniated discs can occur anywhere in the spinal column, they occur most often in the lower back.
Some people experience no symptoms of a herniated disc and slipped disc injury, but others experience more severe symptoms such as:
- Sharp, burning pain in the shoulder and arms or buttocks, legs, and feet, depending on the location of the damaged disc
- Numb or tingling sensation in the shoulder and arms or buttocks, legs, and feet
- Weakness in the arms and hands or legs and feet, which may cause the individual to drop objects or fall easily
- Bladder or bowel dysfunction that can cause incontinence or difficulty urinating
- Saddle anesthesia, which is a loss of feeling in the inner thighs, backs of the legs, and the area around the rectum
Diagnosing and Treating a Herniated Disc and Slipped Disc Injury
According to Cleveland Clinic, your medical provider may use imaging services such as X-rays, an MRI, a CT scan, and a myelogram to diagnose your herniated disc and slipped disc injury. They may also test your nerve function with an electromyogram. These necessary diagnostic imaging services often come with pricey bills and copays.
Your herniated disc may respond to rest, over-the-counter pain relief, and physical therapy, but you may require more extensive treatment. Some people will need prescription muscle relaxants, spinal injections of steroid medication, or surgery. These medications and procedures can lead to expensive medical bills.
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Who Is Legally Liable for a Herniated Disc and Slipped Disc Injury?
When a slipped disc and herniated disc result from an accident caused by an outside party, that party may be legally liable and financially responsible for the injury. For example, the impact of a car accident can lead to a herniated disc and slipped disc injury.
If another party was involved in the accident that caused your back injury, you must demonstrate their responsibility. For example, you may be able to show that you hurt your back in a car accident caused by a reckless driver. Our lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC serving Springfield can investigate your herniated disc and slipped disc injury case, gather evidence of the other party’s negligence, and help you seek damages from them.
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Damages Available After a Herniated Disc and Slipped Disc Injury
Our Springfield attorney can investigate your case and estimate the value of your injuries, which is important as you seek compensation from the party responsible for your herniated disc and slipped disc injury. You may be able to recover damages for:
- Medical bills for diagnostic imaging services, prescription medications, medical procedures, surgeries, and physical therapy
- Loss of income for your salary, tips, and wages if you had to take unpaid time off work during your recovery, if you cannot return to your previous position because of your injury, or if you cannot return to work at all
- Pain and suffering if you experience chronic pain, endure a long recovery, develop a mental health condition, lose the ability to participate in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, or experience a reduced quality of life in other ways
Our lawyer can seek an out-of-court settlement with the responsible party’s insurance provider and simultaneously build a legal case to take to trial. You can rely on our team to aggressively pursue all avenues to get you the compensation you deserve.
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Every case is unique, and it is impossible to compare the results of one case to another. However, our history of successfully resolving cases highlights our commitment to our clients and our determination to get the best possible outcome in a difficult situation. Check out some of our positive case results to get a better idea of how we work.
Our lawyer serving Springfield will evaluate your herniated disc and slipped disc injury, estimate the value of your damages, and help you seek fair compensation from the at-fault party.
File Your Herniated Disc and Slipped Disc Lawsuit Before Time Runs Out
You have many options for pursuing damages for your herniated disc and slipped disc injury, including via an insurance settlement or through a lawsuit. Our lawyer serving Springfield can help you with such endeavors, but you must act promptly.
Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10 sets the statute of limitations for personal injury at two years, which means you typically have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you wait any longer, you forfeit your legal rights, so don’t delay.
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Back injuries can be devastating, reducing your quality of life, limiting your movement, and keeping you in chronic pain. Our attorney serving Springfield may be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve if another party caused your herniated disc and slipped disc injury. We offer free case consultations and charge no fees unless we win.
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