Spinal discs serve as shock absorbers for the bones (vertebrae) in the spine. Round, flat, small discs consist of an outer capsule of ligaments that covers an inner core, a nucleus of jelly-like material. Herniated, ruptured or bulging discs are names for injured discs that tear, rupture or bulge.
When herniated or bulging discs press against a nerve in the spinal column, they cause tremendous, excruciating pain, which can become chronic and very disabling. A person with a herniated disc can experience sharp, shooting pains down the legs. Other sensations often include numbness, tingling and weak muscles in the arms, legs, toes, feet, back, shoulders or neck. Because the spinal column serves as a switchboard for nerves connecting many different bodily systems, over the long term, affected nerves may create difficulty for other organs. Some people with herniated discs experience bowel and bladder problems. A herniated disc can occur at any place in the spine, but the most common area is the lower back.
What Are Some Causes Of Herniated Or Bulging Discs?
Any number of accidents or situations can cause herniated or bulging discs. Common sources of herniated or bulging disc injury include:
- Motor vehicle/car accidents
- Manual labor involving twisting or lifting heavy objects
- Falls from elevated heights, such as roofs, scaffolding or ladders
- Lower back strain from lifting without proper back support
- Occupational exposure to continual vibration, through jobs such as heavy equipment drivers or jackhammer operators
- Long periods of sitting (vehicle drivers, computer programmers)
- Repeated movements that strain the back
Importance of Proper Medical Care
Situations involving accidents cause most people to experience a surge of adrenalin or shock, which can mask injury at the time of the accident. For this reason, if you have been involved in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, it is extremely important to seek medical attention right away, even if you believe you were not injured. Whiplash and other spinal injuries occur frequently during motor vehicle accidents. Many people do not experience pain until the next day or even a few days later. Sometimes severe pain may not be evident until weeks later. As people age, back injuries worsen and become increasingly more painful.
Herniated and Bulging Disc Claims
From the perspective of pursuing a herniated or bulging disc injury claim, documenting the direct relationship between the injury and the accident will help your case. Insurance companies often try to prove that accidents are not the source of herniated or bulging discs.
Do not make the mistake of thinking treatment is unnecessary. Also, do not assume that you can handle the claim on your own without seeking legal help. Insurance companies generally make every effort when handling your claim to avoid, delay or reduce the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Seek Effective Herniated Disc Legal Help
Seeking legal help from a law firm with extensive experience in handling herniated or bulging disc claims can help you get fair and just compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost future income and other damages. The personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP, have been successful in helping many people who suffer from herniated or bulging discs due to the negligence of others. If your injury is work-related, we can help with workers’ compensation, third party claims, Social Security Disability and other sources of recovery.
Take advantage of our free consultation to discuss your herniated or bulging disc injury. We take cases on a contingency fee basis (no recovery, no fee). If you are unable to travel, we come to you. We also schedule weekend and evening appointments upon special request. Call our Herniated or Bulging Disc Attorneys law firm at (631) 451-7900 today.