A Herniated Disk Problem Can Be Life-Altering
A herniated disk injury can be a painful and severe injury that can alter a person's life. Such an injury can cause one to encounter mobility problems, potential issues with employment, and other health and lifestyle limitations. My law firm is continually available to assist people with herniated disk injuries
What Is a Herniated Disk Injury?
A herniated disk is a condition which refers to a problem with a rubbery disc between the spinal bones. This condition occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Your disk can end up out of alignment with your spine. While some herniated disk injuries cause no symptoms, some can potentially pinch or compress a person's spinal nerves where one can experience pain in the arms or legs. There are more than three million herniated disk cases in the United States per year.
As noted, a herniated disk injury can cause pains in the arms or legs. It can also cause numbness or tingling. Weakness is another common symptom; a person with this problem can stumble or lose her ability to lift or hold items. Swelling in the area of the back where the disk has been injured can be a symptom. Other symptoms include potential bowel and bladder control problems and sexual function problems.
What The Victim of a Herniated Disk Injury Should Do Immediately After the Injury Incident
If you are involved in a personal injury incident that involves a herniated disk injury it is highly recommended that you or someone trustworthy near or close to you take steps to try to obtain the correct information about the at-fault driver or party. One reason is because it will be easier to serve the person, in the event of a lawsuit, if the victim has the correct information about the at-fault party. Furthermore, for insurance purposes it is important to have the correct party identified. In addition, a police report can help put together the pieces of an injury incident and help identify the at-fault individual or other entities.
I would also advise the victim of a herniated disk injury in most cases to hold off on giving a statement immediately to an opposing party or the opposing party's insurance company. Sometimes an initial statement can be twisted, or the injured person can say something out of turn that can come back and cause some potential problems later.
It is Important to Receive the Correct Medical Treatment
Like other personal injury cases, it is very important that a person with a herniated disk injury obtain the correct treatment to address a herniated disk injury. While I am not a health care provider, my law firm can assist and provide feedback to an injured client in finding a good doctor and help the client try to get through the often confusing and stressful health insurance and health care payment maze.
Victims of herniated disk injuries have various remedies that they can recover as a result of their injury.
In Washington State, an injured victim can recover for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, inconvenience, future treatment, and loss of earning capacity. These damages are known as general damages.
The injured victim can also recover damages that relate to their health care treatment and loss wages. These damages are known as special damages.
A family member of an injured or deceased victim may also be able to recover for loss of support, loss of consortium, and funeral/burial costs. Wrongful death and survivorship options occur in cases that involved deceased victims where the family survivors can have potential monetary remedies.
What My Law Firm Can Do
As a personal injury attorney, I am very passionate to represent people injured with herniated disk injuries. It is very important for a personal injury victim to have a lawyer who understands the importance of examining the evidence and the legal issues involved. My firm is aware of various issues that can emerge in a herniated disk injury case.