Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim for a Herniated DiscDo I have a personal injury claim for a herniated disc? You are probably asking this question because you have a herniated disc as a result of some kind of accident that was not your fault. The accident resulted from the negligence of another party, and you want to know if you have a personal injury claim.
The answer is, Yes. You may have a personal injury claim for your herniated disc. It depends on how serious your herniated disc is, how costly your treatment will be, what your prognosis is and will it leave you with any kind of disability.
Your backbone or spine is composed of 26 bones that are called vertebrae. In between each vertebrae are soft discs filled with a jelly-like substance. It is these discs that cushion your vertebrae and keep them in the right place.
A herniated disc is a condition where a disc moves out of position (herniates) or ruptures. A herniated disc results from some kind of strain or trauma you experience. Any type of accident can be responsible for this.
A herniated disc is evidenced by pain, numbness or weakness. The truth of the matter is that a herniated disc can cause you a great deal of pain. It can result in back pain or sciatica when a herniated disc is pressing against a nerve.
A herniated disc can cause you several different signs and symptoms. These include:
Bladder or bowel problems
Pain that is more severe with any type of activity
Pain that eases when you are at rest
Muscle weakness or spasms
Difficulty standing on your toes on one side
Tingling or numbness
Difficulty attempting to lift one of your arms or legs
Pain that increases when you bend forward, drive, sneeze, cough or sit
Difficulty squeezing tightly with one of your hands
Sensations in your abdomen that are like the pain of an electric shock
Neck pain that radiates to your shoulders and upper arms when your herniated disc is in your upper back
Back pain that radiates to your buttocks and legs when your herniated disc is in your lower back.
Your pain, numbness and weakness may greatly improve, or it may take weeks and months to resolve.
Again, if your herniated disc is the result of an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you may have a personal injury claim. You may think that you can pursue a claim, yourself. You may think that you will not need the help and representation of a personal injury attorney.
However, in order to get all of the monetary compensation you are entitled to, you will need the help of a personal injury attorney. One of the main reasons for this is that it can be hard to prove that your herniated disc was caused by the accident. The other partys attorney will probably try and say that your herniated disc came from a preexisting condition, such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis.
The right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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