Herniated Disc from Car Accident: How Can I Get a Large Settlement?

For many victims who experienced a herniated disc from a car accident, settlement values can be substantial. Severe spine injuries typically require extensive treatment and rehabilitation, potentially affecting every aspect of the victim’s life.

Recovering fair financial compensation for your damages will help ensure you get the treatment you need and provide peace of mind for the future. 

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To explore your options for filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, talk to a Florida car accident attorney.

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HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

Understanding Herniated Disc Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents

Spinal disc herniation refers to a condition that affects the rubbery cushions that separate the vertebrae. Discs (or disks) have a jelly-like center called the nucleus. When the rubbery covering (called the annulus) of the disc ruptures, some of the nucleus can ooze out, creating a herniation.

In some cases, herniation causes no harm or notable symptoms. More often, however, the herniation pushes on one of the delicate and highly sensitive nerves of the spinal cord. The results can range from mild pain to lifelong debilitating symptoms.

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of disc herniation and other spinal injuries. The force of a car crash—even a seemingly minor collision—exerts excessive and unusual force on the spine. In addition to car accidents, some of the most common incidents leading to disc herniation injuries include motorcycle crashes, truck accidents, and incidents involving specialty vehicles such as tractor-trailers, busses, commercial trucks, and construction vehicles.

If you or a loved one sustained this type of injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have the right to pursue legal action.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

Common Symptoms of Herniated Discs

The symptoms of a serious disc herniation can be overwhelming. The type of symptoms you experience can vary depending on which part and how much of the spine was affected. Common symptoms include:

  • Neck pain,
  • Back pain,
  • Arm or leg pain,
  • Numbness, and
  • Weakness.

The extent of disc-related injuries can be significant. Many spinal injury victims suffer significant neurological damage as a result of their accident, ranging from partial paraplegia to full paralysis, or tetraplegia. Many of these victims never recover fully, requiring a lifetime of pain management, treatment, and personal care.

Spine injuries can also lead to complications that further degrade your health and quality of life. If a herniated disc compresses the nerve bundle at the base of the spine, you could experience truly debilitating pain, numbness or weakness.

Other potential complications include:

  • Bladder dysfunction,
  • Bowel dysfunction, and
  • Saddle anesthesia.

Saddle anesthesia is the loss of sensation on the backs of the legs, the inner thighs, lower buttocks, genital and rectal areas—all the parts of the body that would come into contact with a saddle if you sat on one.

Patients who experience these complications may require emergency surgery to avoid permanent damage.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

How Are Spinal Disc Herniation Injuries Treated?

Spinal injuries require advanced treatment from qualified medical practitioners and specialists. To determine the appropriate treatment regimen, your doctor will perform a comprehensive exam to diagnose the nature and extent of your injury.

This might require medical testing such as:

  • X-rays,
  • CT scan,
  • MRI,
  • Myelogram,
  • Nerve conduction testing, or
  • Electromyography (EMG).

Based on the outcome of your testing, the doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Pain management is typically necessary to help victims cope with their symptoms. This could include prescription pain medication (opioids), muscle relaxers, and steroid injections administered directly into the spine.

Unfortunately, pain management does nothing to improve the disc herniation itself. Even physical therapy cannot reverse the damage to the spine in most cases. For many back-injury victims, the only way to repair a damaged disc is through surgery.

Herniated disc surgery takes many forms. The surgeon may remove some or all of the damaged disc. If the disc requires full removal, the surgeon may fuse the vertebrae together using metal rods for stability and bone grafting.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

What Is the Average Herniated Disc Settlement Amount?

No two accidents or victims are alike. Consequently, every spine injury settlement is unique in nature and amount. Settlement values range from modest to substantial, based on the victim’s economic and non-economic damages.

When choosing a car accident lawyer to represent you, ask potential attorneys about their experience with herniated disc injury settlements. Ask about the value of settlements and jury awards they obtained for past clients. This will help you determine if a particular attorney has the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

Can a Herniated Disc Settlement Calculator Estimate Your Settlement Value?

Do not trust these calculators. Without considering all the details of your case, no individual or automated injury settlement calculator can accurately estimate what your case might be worth.

Once a personal injury attorney has the opportunity to evaluate your case and review the details of your injuries, you can get a better estimate of your claim’s potential value.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

What Factors Affect the Value of a Herniated Disc Car Accident Settlement?

The value of your settlement will depend on your physical, emotional, and financial damages.

You may have the right to recover compensation for some or all of the following:

  • Doctor and hospital bills,
  • Other medical care costs,
  • Rehabilitation and therapy costs,
  • Lost wages to date,
  • Future medical and care costs,
  • Loss of future earnings,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Diminished quality of life, and
  • Diminished earning capacity.

You may also be entitled to compensation for any permanent injuries or disability you experienced.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

Do Steroid Injections Affect the Value of a Herniated Disc Settlement?

If you require steroid injections as a part of your treatment, you may be able to recover more compensation for your injury. Having injections directly into the spine can be painful and traumatic for the injury victim. Your attorney may advise you to have someone film the injections to demonstrate the stress and discomfort you experience during your treatment.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

Does Spinal Fusion Surgery Affect the Value of a Herniated Disc Settlement?

Any injury that requires surgery can result in an increased settlement for the victim. Spine surgery is complex, expensive, and often requires extensive recovery and rehabilitation. Many back-injury victims require multiple surgeries over time. One of the personal injury attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can tell you how these factors might affect the value of your claim.

 
 

HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ

Examples of Herniated Disc Settlements That Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Has Achieved

Although past case outcomes might not influence your results, these are two examples of our past achievements for herniated disc car accident victims:

  • $1,575,000 settlement for a Hillsborough County, Florida, rear-end car accident victim.
  • $1,074,169 settlement for a Hillsborough County, Florida, sideswipe car accident victim

For more than 30 years, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has provided aggressive, compassionate representation for car accident victims. We have assisted more than 20,000 clients during that time and recovered more than $300 million in compensation for our clients.

 
 

Talk to a Herniated Disc Car Accident Attorney for Help

After a serious back-injury, your future may depend on your ability to obtain comprehensive medical treatment. If you can’t work, you need resources to get you through your treatment and recovery. Don’t try to face these challenges alone.

The personal injury lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk offer a free consultation and case analysis for car accident victims. To learn more about how much of a settlement to expect for a herniated disc, contact us today.  

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