Back and spinal injuries are serious, as they tend to result in higher levels of pain and longer periods of recovery. Herniated discs are a type of spinal cord injury that can impose a series of damages and challenges in a victim’s life, and his or her family’s life. If you are a victim of a personal injury accident that caused you to suffer from a herniated disc, it is important to acquire all evidence to obtain the justice you deserve.
Continue below to learn important information about herniated disc injuries and accident settlements, plus where to get trusted personal injury legal advice near you.
Herniated Disc Injuries
As a spinal cord injury, herniated discs are painful and challenging to rehabilitate. Also called ruptured discs, herniated discs cause patients to experience high levels of immobility, pain, stress, and exhaustion. Sometimes such accidents are so serious, they completely disable a person.
Needless to say, herniated disc injuries cause victims to experience a lot of hardships and distress. Not only do they usually lose time at work and the ability to care for their children, family, or dependents, but they are also forced to miss out on important events in life, suffer through painful physical therapy, surgeries, injections, etc…, spend a lot of out-of-pocket money for related expenses, and much more. To make matters worse, ruptured discs tend to take a long time to heal, often several months or even years and sometimes they cannot even be operated on.
Herniated disc injuries require extensive treatment, which usually involves diagnostic testing, physical therapy, steroid injections, and medications like NSAIDS, narcotics, and muscle relaxers. In many cases, surgery is necessary to remove a part of the bone around the injured disc, known as a laminectomy, which relieves some pressure. In more serious cases, patients may need to have the entire disc removed (discectomy), an artificial disc installed, or spinal fusion surgery, which aims to stabilize the spine by fusing two or more vertebrae.
Personal Injury Damages
As a wrongfully injured victim suffering from any type of spinal cord, back, or neck injury, you will learn just how quickly all these expenses add up. Expenses include, but are not limited to:
▶ Lost Income From Missing Work
▶ Medicines and Medicinal Treatment
▶ Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
▶ Diagnostic Testing and Evaluation
▶ Medical Equipment (Crutches, Braces, Wheelchair, etc.)
Ruptured Disc Injuries Can Show Up Later
A delayed onset of injury is very common among herniated disc patients, who often times do not experience any symptoms right away. That is because the pain can arise during periods of activity or movement, then fade during times of rest. As a result, sufferers initially tend to think they are not really injured as bad as they are. But as time goes on, the symptoms become stronger and more persistent.
Pain, tightness, stiffness, numbness, tingling, and burning sensations can and sometimes appear gradually after someone is in an accident that causes a herniation in the back or neck. These are the most common symptoms of a ruptured disc. Common accidents that cause herniated discs are auto accidents, construction accidents, and slip/fall accidents.
Would you like to learn how you can bring about a successful claim against the party that caused your herniated disc injuries? Contact the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to schedule a no-risk, no-fee consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in Indianapolis, Indiana. We represent clients all throughout the state, and there is no need to travel. We can hold case evaluations via phone or online video conference.