An injury to one or more of the discs in your spine can occur in many ways, like lifting something heavy or even just getting older, but it can also be caused by a sudden, jarring impact, like in a car crash or a fall.
The violent impact of a serious collision can lead to a bulging, protruding or herniated disc, which results in severe pain. Your disc can end up out of alignment with your spine, which could pinch or compress your spinal nerves to the extent you experience pain in your arms or legs too. If the disc herniation is severe, it can also cause problems with your bowel and bladder control, sexual function, overall diminished strength in your arms or legs or even paralysis.
If a herniated, protruding or bulging disc is pressing on your spinal cord, you may experience a tingling sensation in your legs, trouble using your hands and fingers, difficulty walking and a loss of balance.
In addition to being caused by a high-impact car, motorcycle or trucking crash, a herniated disc can happen when you hit the ground hard in a slip and fall incident.
Herniated, Bulging or Protruding Disc Injury Symptoms
Someone who suffers one of these types of injuries will likely feel one or more of these symptoms:
- Tingling sensation or numbness in the legs, feet, arm or hand
- Pain that shoots down the length of your arm or leg
- Swelling in the area of the back where the disc has been injured
- Weakness in your muscles
- Pain in the buttocks area
Herniated disc injury victims often find that an insurance company will take exception to the fact that you have suffered a serious injury and the insurance company will try to minimalize your pain. At the Goldberg Noone Law Firm, our experienced injury attorneys know the truth, and understand that these types of injuries can adversely affect a person for the rest of their lives.
Our firm has vigorously fought for the rights of hundreds of clients who have suffered this life-alterring injury in our efforts to obtain fair and reasonable financial compensation for their injuries. We know how to present your injury claim to the insurance company in order to adequately demonstrate the seriousness of your disc injury after they deny your claim or offer you a low-ball offer to dismiss your claim.
Things to do if You Feel You've Suffered a Herniated Disc Injury
Get Medical Evaluation Immediately - As in any injury suffered after a motor vehicle crash or fall, the very first thing you need to do is seek proper medical attention. These types of injuries should not be ignored, because they can affect your spinal cord and the intricate system of spinal nerves in your body. It is critical to get immediate medical care, and request a full examination, including an MRI of your back to determine the extent of your injury. Your personal injury attorney will utilize those medical records as part of developing your injury case, and to demand a settlement that fairly compensates you for the pain you suffer and the proper rehabilitative treatments you're going to need to attempt to get your life back in order.
Call the Police – The police will create a written crash report of the incident. Many investigating officers will take detailed notes, including witness statements, complaints of injuries, amount of property damage to the vehicles, and insurance policy information. They will tell you how and when you can obtain a copy of it for your records, or your attorney can do that for you. If you were injured as the result of falling in a place of business, be sure to report the incident to a manager or owner of the business immediately. If you can, take pictures of the scene (or have a friend or family member do so) if you feel there was something that caused you to fall. This evidence is crucial to your case, because you can be certain that business will quickly remove or clean up whatever it was that may have made you fall, and even deny it ever happened.
Recollect Your Thoughts on What Happened – Do your best to determine what specifically happened during the crash. If you are physically able, or perhaps someone who was with you is, try to take as many photos on your phone as possible. Try to get some close-up shots of the vehicle, and some photos further away so it is clear where the vehicles were located when the crash occurred. If there were any people who saw what happened and are willing to provide a statement, ask them what they witnessed, and write down their contact information. It is always a good idea to write down your thoughts while they are fresh in your mind.
Don't Provide a Statement to an Insurance Adjuster – It may seem innocent enough to tell an insurance adjuster what you think happened following a herniated disc injury. The problem is, insurance adjusters know and utilize every trick in the book to try to get you to say certain things that minimize your claim and they can be very good at that. It may sound like what you are saying in no way indicates that you were responsible, or even partly responsible, for your injuries. But when the insurance adjuster is doing everything they possibly can to either deny your claim altogether, or pay you as little as possible, you'd be surprised how easy it is to say the wrong thing.
Don't Just Hope Things Get Better
Without an accurate medical evaluation and diagnosis, there is no way to know exactly how serious your disc injury may be, or how drastically it may affect your future. If your medical prognosis indicates a serious disc injury that is affecting the nerves in your spinal column, you may be looking at a lifetime of excruciating pain, or in severe cases, some form of paralysis.
If you find yourself facing a serious and debilitating disc injury, it is important that you reach out to the Goldberg Noone Law Firm to discuss your options. Based on the specifics – no two disc injuries are ever the same – we can guide you in making informed, fact-based decisions. We'll outline the best options for your recovery, and the best plan for obtaining reasonable financial compensation for your injuries. This includes past and future medical care, pain and suffering, loss of income from being rendered unable to work, and loss of enjoyment of the lifestyle you had prior to the injury.
It never costs a thing to call and speak directly to a personal injury attorney at our firm with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of herniated, bulging or protruding disc injuries. We'll consult with you at no charge, and explain what we think is your best plan for moving forward.
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