When one of the small pillowy discs that cushions the individual bones of your vertebrae tears – or otherwise begins to leak – it’s known as a herniated disc. Such injuries are typically extremely painful and limiting and often require surgical intervention for healing. If an accident caused by someone else’s negligence leaves you with a herniated disc, don’t delay consulting with an experienced Georgia herniated disc injury attorney.
Think of the discs that line your spine as little cushions filled with cream that act as shock absorbers for the little bones that make up your spine. When too much pressure is applied to one of these cushions – such as from the trauma of an accident – the cream squeezes out and creates a blob outside the spinal cord. When this blob or protrusion affects one of your spinal cord’s nerves, you’re likely to experience either shooting pain or numbness accompanied by weakness. This pain can become chronic, and when severe, a herniated disc can be quite debilitating.
Herniated discs are often caused by the impact of accidents, such as any of the following:
Demonstrating the seriousness of your herniated disc and that it was caused by the accident in question can be a complicated process, and that’s why you need a dedicated personal injury attorney who has extensive experience successfully bringing these difficult claims.
The herniated disc you sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence will drive up the value of your personal injury claim due to the seriousness of this orthopedic injury. However, proving that your symptoms were caused by the accident can be complicated by a preexisting condition (that you may not have known you had). Many people experience what are known as dormant disc injuries that simply cause no pain and are completely symptom-free until they are activated by physical trauma, such as by a traffic accident or fall. When your MRI comes back indicating that you had a preexisting condition – such as a degenerative disc disease or arthritis – it’s going to make the at-fault party’s insurance company put up an even bigger fight. You may know the accident in question is responsible for your onset of pain, but your skilled personal injury attorney will know how to prove that the crash aggravated your dormant injury which will enable you to obtain the full compensation for your serious injury to which you are entitled.
If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in an accident, the dedicated Cumming back injury and neck injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland are well-versed at helping clients like you obtain just compensation that covers their complete range of physical, financial, and emotional damages. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.