Average Herniated Disc Injury Settlements with Steroid Injections in Florida
This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that herniated disc injury with steroid injections victims can get in Florida settlement.
After suffering a herniated disk because of another person’s negligent behavior, you can demand compensation. The insurance settlement or court award may cover your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
Many of our clients wonder whether the treatment they receive for a herniated disk impacts their settlement. The answer is yes. We calculate your past and future medical care costs to determine a fair value for your claim.
To learn more, reach out to Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We know how to negotiate herniated disc injury settlements with steroid injections in Florida.
Our Recent Herniated Disc Cases
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we take injury cases very seriously. We know the pain you have suffered, and we know that financial burdens make everything seem overwhelming when you are trying to heal from serious injuries. We pride ourselves on leaving no stone unturned when advocating for our client’s right to financial recovery.
After we assess the value of your claim, we don’t stop until we recover what you deserve. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of your claim, here are two recent cases our lawyers handled that we hope will demonstrate our persistence and commitment to our clients.
Herniated Disc Injury with Epidural Steroid Injection—$300,000 Recovered
In this recent case, our client, Adelheid Garrison, was driving in Citrus County. As she proceeded northbound on Suncoast Parkway near the intersection of Veteran’s Drive, she slowed her vehicle in preparation for making a right-hand turn.
The defendant was following behind her as she slowed her vehicle. But as Adelheid slowed to make the turn, the defendant did not stop or even slow down. Consequently, he struck her car from behind.
She was immediately transported to the emergency room where doctors tended to her multiple injuries. Because her pain persisted, she decided to see a chiropractor. Her chiropractor ordered MRI scans of her neck, lower back, and left shoulder. These scans revealed:
- Rotator cuff tears to two tendons located in her shoulder; and
- Multiple herniated disc injuries.
Adelheid experienced severe pain as a result of these injuries. To address the pain in her neck, her doctor treated her with a cervical epidural steroid injection. To repair the torn tendons in her shoulder, Adelheid underwent two separate surgeries.
In this case, we took a two-pronged approach to get our client maximum compensation for her pain and injuries. First, we presented a demand to the defendant’s insurance company. In this demand, we documented Adelheid’s serious injuries as well as the treatments she had undergone in an effort to heal.
After receiving this documentation and engaging in negotiations, the defendant’s insurance company became convinced that the defendant was, in fact, liable for her injuries. They eventually agreed to pay out the defendant’s policy limit of $250,000.
But we believed that her case warranted additional compensation, so we did not stop there. Our client had uninsured motorist coverage under her own policy with GEICO, which carried a $50,000 policy limit.
However, after presenting her claim to GEICO, they decided that the case was not worth any additional compensation and made a lowball offer of $1,000 to make the case go away. We rejected that offer and threatened to file a lawsuit accusing GEICO of bad faith negotiations.
The lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk stood firm. We gave GEICO a deadline by which they could pay their policy limit amount or face a lawsuit, possible trial, and potentially high jury verdict. The insurer waited out the deadline, but in the end, they recognized their predicament and paid out the policy limit of $50,000.
This provided Adelheid with a total settlement amount of $300,000 for her injuries.
Herniated Disc Injury with Epidural Steroid Injection—$530,000 Recovered
In another recent case, our client, Christopher Chapman was simply doing his job. He was working in his truck at a construction site on Interstate 75 when a crash occurred. A passing truck was towing a utility trailer while driving down the highway.
The police later found that the defendant driver had negligently failed to properly secure his load before heading out. As he drove past the construction site, the trailer dislodged from the truck and went careening into Christopher’s construction vehicle.
Christopher was transported to the emergency room and diagnosed with a lower back fracture as well as herniated disc injuries. Doctors initially attempted to treat him without surgical intervention, but these attempts failed.
Christopher had to endure multiple epidural steroid injections and nerve ablation surgery in an effort to recover from his severe injuries. Unfortunately, even this treatment was not enough, and he had to have a lumbar spine fusion several months after the crash.
Before filing a lawsuit on Christopher’s behalf, we agreed to submit to voluntary mediation where we negotiated with the defense in the presence of a trained mediator. However, the defense refused to settle on any amount above $400,000.
Our lawyers knew that this amount was inadequate and would not make our client whole, so we rejected that offer, and mediation reached an impasse. We continued to persist and pushed the case forward until we convinced the defense to settle the case for an additional $130,000. This provided our client with a grand total of $530,000 in compensation for his injuries.
What Is a Herniated Disk?
A herniated disk, also called a slipped, ruptured, or bulging disk, often causes pain, numbness, and in some cases, reduced sensation and mobility. Our spines are a stack of vertebrae. In between the vertebrae are pads, called intervertebral disks. Each disk has a tough outer layer, the annulus, and a gel-like center, the nucleus pulposus.
A herniated disk occurs when some or all of the soft center is forced through the tough outer ring. This can cause pain, discomfort, and other consequences if the bulging disk presses on nerves.
What Causes Herniated Disks?
Herniated disks are common, and many people experience them without enduring a sports injury, accident, or disease. However, traumas such as auto accidents, slip and falls, and construction accidents can also causes herniated disks
If you suffered a herniated disk because of someone’s negligence, we recommend reaching out to a personal injury attorney.
We have offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Spring Hill, and Lakeland and work with injury victims across the state. We can review your case and let you know if you have a valid claim for compensation.
What Are the Signs of a Herniated Disk?
The most common symptoms of a herniated disk are:
- Tingling or numbness,
- Muscle weakness, and
- Muscle spasms.
Where you feel the symptoms depends on the location of the ruptured disk. A disk higher in the neck can send pain shooting down your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.
You may also experience pain or muscle spasms in your neck. Herniated disks lower in the back cause symptoms in the lower back, buttocks, saddle region, legs, and feet. You may experience symptoms on one or both sides of your body.
Describe your symptoms in full to your doctor and make sure they are noted in your charts. It may also help to keep a daily journal of your experience. Strong evidence enables you to maximize compensation for your pain and suffering.
How Do Doctors Diagnose a Herniated Disk?
Doctors begin by taking your medical history, reviewing your symptoms, and completing a physical exam. They may perform a neurological exam to assess your level of sensation, reflexes, and strength. To confirm whether you have a herniated disk and its location, the doctor will typically order an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, or Myelogram.
How Do Doctors Treat a Herniated Disk?
Doctors may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and muscle relaxants to treat your injury. Physical therapy is also a standard treatment. Appropriate exercises can alleviate the pressure on nerves, pain, and weakness while improving core strength, flexibility, and endurance.
More invasive options include spinal injections and surgery. Spinal injections, also called epidural steroid injections, may relieve lower back and leg pain by reducing inflammation with targeted medication. And surgery is often the last resort after non-invasive procedures haven’t worked, though it can be an immediate need in extreme cases.
If the symptoms associated with your herniated disk get worse, a doctor may recommend removing a portion of the bulging disk or vertebra.
However, if you are unable to control your bladder or bowels, please see a doctor immediately. You may require emergency surgery to relieve the pressure on your nerves and prevent long-term nerve damage.
Do Steroid Injections Increase the Value of a Herniated Disc Case?
Your settlement should account for the medical care you’ve already received and will need in the future, including physical therapy, more spinal injections, or surgery. If spinal injections have helped, then you may need to receive one several times per year.
You also may need to continue injections for years to come if you suffer from chronic pain. All of this additional medical care may increase your claim’s value.
Our lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have years of experience negotiating herniated disc injury settlements with steroid injections. We’ll work with a medical expert and your doctors to determine your future medical needs and calculate the cost of future injections. So don’t delay.