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A slipped disk may be quite common as a condition of the human spine, but the burdens it creates are far from trivial. Also known as a ruptured disk or a herniated disk, this condition can cause disabling pain, substantial financial setbacks, and significant lifestyle changes for individuals and families.
While a herniated disc can be due to natural causes like aging, there are plenty of cases where it results from someone else’s actions, such as in accidents and cases of abuse. When another party is responsible for the slipped disk injury, the victim may be able to claim damages.
Receiving compensation can be crucial for a person with a ruptured disc, as this condition is often costly and challenging to treat. That is why at The Brod Law Firm, we pour 30 years’ worth of legal skills and experience to help ensure each client gets fairly compensated for their injury. If you or your loved one has suffered from a slipped disk, and you believe someone else is liable for it, count on The Brod Law Firm to fight for you.
Herniated Disc Causes
The human spine is made up of a series of small bones, and in between these bones are spinal discs that act as cushion. Each spinal disc is like a small jelly donut – it is filled with a gel-like material within a tougher exterior. When one of these cushions tears or ruptures (or, in medical terms, “herniate”), it can cause back pain, as well as weakness or numbness of the limbs.
The most common cause of a slipped disk is degeneration of the tissue, which is expected as a person ages. But certain circumstances and activities can also result in a spinal disc injury. Examples are:
- Car crashes
- Slipping or tripping
- Falling from a high position
- Physical abuse
- Improper lifting of objects
- Repetitive strenuous activities
- Long periods of sitting without sufficient back support
- Exposure to continuous vibration (such as while operating heavy machinery).
There are cases of spinal disc injury where other parties may be held at fault. A motor vehicle accident is a clear example. It may also be possible in a slip-and-fall accident due to a property owner’s failure to keep his/her premises safe for visitors. Likewise, in an occupational accident due to the lack of workplace safety measures, an employer may be held liable towards an injured worker.
Disc Herniation Symptoms
A slipped disc does not always show immediate symptoms. After an accident or a forceful blow to the back, watch out for these signs:
- Limb pain, especially in the buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet. There may also be intense pain in the shoulder and arm area if the injured disc is located near the neck.
- Tingling or numbness in the area near the injured disc
- Muscle weakness, especially an impaired ability to hold items or to walk. This is due to the affected nerves around a herniated disc.
When you or your loved one starts experiencing these symptoms, do not hesitate to consult a doctor. Remember that your spine has a critical role in your day-to-day life, and you should not have to suffer for the rest of your life due to an injury to this organ.
Slipped Disc Diagnosis and Treatment
A physical exam may sometimes be enough to diagnose a ruptured disc, but your doctor may recommend that you undergo certain imaging procedures and nerve tests to confirm this diagnosis. Expect to go through tests such as X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and electromyograms.
The treatment of a slipped disc may be even more expensive. Some patients are fortunate to require only pain medications and muscle relaxers. Others need continuing therapy, surgery, or both to correct the condition.
Claiming Compensation for a Slipped Disc Injury
It’s not easy to suffer the physical, financial, and emotional burdens from a spinal disc injury. If you believe that a certain party has caused this suffering, don’t hesitate to ask a lawyer about your rights to claim for damages.
The Brod Law Firm is ready to answer your questions, provide compassionate service, and fight for your case so you can obtain the compensation you need and deserve. Put our 30+ years of experience to work for you.
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