Herniated and Bulging Discs Can Be Painful and Debilitating
A spinal disc injury can be excruciatingly painful, limiting your daily activities and even your ability to work. These injuries are sometimes called a protruding, bulging, herniated or slipped disc. No matter what they are called, if they are compressing a nerve, they can cause serious pain.
A herniated disc or other disc injury can result from disease, age, normal wear and tear or an injury.
Small, spongy discs cushion the bones in your spine and act as a type of shock absorber. An injury or damage to the disc can lead to tears or cracks that allow the thick gel-like material at the center of the disc to leak out or rupture open, known as a bulging or herniated disc. When a herniated disc presses on your nerve roots, you can experience pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the parts of your body innervated by that nerve.
Count on the insurance company taking the position that your disc problem was not due to the accident but due to some preexisting condition. This can be overcome with good communication between your attorney and your doctor. We will talk to your doctor to make certain the doctor will assist us in proving all the injuries you believe are due to the accident.
Could I Have Sustained a Herniated or Bulging Disc from an Accident?
The answer to this question is yes, but only if your physician provides sufficient evidence to support your claim. In our decades of personal injury practice, we have seen thousands of injuries involving herniated or bulging discs. We know that if you can’t get your doctor to back up this finding, your claim will be unsuccessful.
It most cases, an MRI of the affected region of your spine is used to diagnose a herniated, protruding or bulging disc. Your doctor must establish whether this finding or diagnosis predates your accident or was actually caused by the accident. This determination will be based largely on your medical history, with your physician taking into consideration a number of different factors, including:
- Whether you have had any previous MRIs and the findings associated with these MRIs.
- Whether you have any previous history of spinal pain.
- Whether you have pain radiating down your arms or legs and whether you experienced this pain before or after your accident.
If you have been in an accident, it is critical for a qualified physician to examine you as soon as you begin to experience symptoms. Medical evaluation and testing is the only way you can obtain doctor support that your herniated or bulging disc is accident related. Producing evidence that demonstrates that your injury is a result of the accident goes to proving the element of your case, called causation. This is where an experienced personal injury attorney earns his or her fee!
When you bring a legal claim for injuries, nothing happens automatically to help your case. For this reason, you need to be certain that you are represented by a competent Kingman injury lawyer who will work with your medical doctors to inform them of what we need to establish the element of causation in your case. If your doctor refuses to cooperate with your attorney, your personal injury case will not be successful.
Contact a Kingman Injury Lawyer at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law P.L.L.C.
If you are suffering from a herniated or bulging disc caused by an accident, it is important to seek out legal advice immediately. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law understands that these kinds of injuries can be life changing and we are committed to helping you recover just compensation in your case. The attorneys at our firm limit their practices to personal injury law and offer free evaluations so that we can determine whether we can accept your case. Call us today at 928-716-1331.