This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that herniated disc injury with steroid injections victims can get in Florida settlement.

How Much Does Steroid Injection Increase Settlements in Florida?

Many of our clients wonder whether the treatment they receive for a herniated disk, such as steroid injections, impacts their settlement. The answer is yes. 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.

We calculate your past and future medical care costs to determine a fair value for your claim. According to the herniated disc injury with steroid injection settlement examples listed on this page, the typical Florida bulging disc injury settlement and payout is anywhere from $300,000 to $530,000. Herniated disc settlements without surgery depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case which is why there is no accurate average settlement amount for herniated disc injuries in Florida.

Here’s how to learn how much your steroid injection settlement is worth, reach out to Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We know how to negotiate herniated disc injury settlements with steroid injections in Florida.

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Recent Herniated Disc Injury Settlement Case Examples Near You (Updated 2024)

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 herniated disc settlements in Florida.

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 herniated disc injury settlement claim, here are two recent case examples our lawyers handled that we hope will demonstrate our persistence and commitment to our clients. Let us help you with your 2 epidural injection settlement.

$5,000,000 Settlement for a Herniated Disc Injury in 2024

Our client, who is a medical doctor, was stopped at a green traffic signal due to an ambulance responding to an emergency call. The Defendant driver was unable to stop and collided with the rear of our client’s vehicle at a high rate of speed pushing it forward into the intersection. Both vehicles sustained significant property damage with our client’s vehicle being totaled.

The client was transported from the scene by ambulance to a local emergency room where he complained of neck pain radiating into his arms. He had no prior significant history of neck pain. He was treated at the hospital and then underwent a course of physical therapy. An MRI of his neck revealed multiple large, herniated discs. After conservative treatment failed to alleviate his pain, he elected to undergo a lengthy and complex two-part surgery where his surgeon went in both the front and back of his neck and fused four levels of his cervical spine. Unfortunately, during the surgery he suffered a spinal cord leak and he had to return for emergency surgery days later. Following the second surgery, he suffered from severe debilitating pain due to nerve damage and his left arm was severely compromised. He was diagnosed by physicians with a condition known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (“CRPS”) and underwent numerous stellate ganglion nerve blocks injections and ketamine infusions. Unfortunately, nothing the doctors tried helped alleviate his debilitating pain.

Our firm proactively filed a lawsuit early on and undertook extensive discovery. Depositions were taken of the defendant driver and other witnesses. In addition, our firm retained numerous expert witnesses including a life care planner/physiatrist, who evaluated our client’s future medical care needs, an economist, who determined the cost of our client’s future care and an accident reconstructionist, who assisted in establishing the defendant’s fault for causing the accident. We also obtained pain management / CRPS specialists, a radiologist, and a spine surgeon to educate the jury regarding the nature and extent of the injuries our client had suffered. The defendants also hired several experts, including their own spine surgeon, as well as other witnesses to dispute the cost of our client’s medical treatment and the need for future medical care. The defense even hired their own accident reconstructionist to claim that the client could have safely proceeded through the intersection without stopping for the ambulance.

After the case was set for trial, the defense made their first offer of $1,500,000.00. We immediately rejected this offer as it was insufficient to fairly compensate our client for his tremendous losses. The defense made several more offers before proposing to settle the case for $3,100,000.00. We rejected all of these offers and insisted that the defense pay our client just compensation. During this time, the parties undertook depositions of the expert witnesses. Most notably, at the deposition of the defendant’s expert spine surgeon, we were able to establish that the crash caused the need for surgery and the subsequent surgical complications resulting in lifelong damages. With the trial date approaching, the defense recognized that their liability was substantial. They filed two written proposals for settlement for $4.0 million and $4.25 million which we also rejected. Finally, following some late negotiations, we accepted the defense’s offer of $5,000,000.00 and the case was settled. In all we rejected eight offers before settling for an amount that was $3,500,000.00 more than the defense initially wanted to pay our client.

Herniated Disc Injury Settlement with Epidural Steroid Injection and Surgery —$300,000 Recovered

In this recent case, our client was driving in Citrus County. As they proceeded northbound on Suncoast Parkway near the intersection of Veteran’s Drive, they slowed their vehicle in preparation for making a right-hand turn.

The defendant was following behind them as they slowed their vehicle. But as our client slowed to make the turn, the defendant did not stop or even slow down. Consequently, he struck their car from behind.

Our client was immediately transported to the emergency room where doctors tended to multiple injuries. Because their pain persisted, our client decided to see a chiropractor. The chiropractor ordered MRI scans of her neck, lower back, and left shoulder. These scans revealed:

  • Rotator cuff tears to two tendons located in our client’s shoulder; and
  • Multiple herniated disc injuries.

Our client experienced severe pain as a result of these injuries. To address the neck pain, our client’s doctor treated them with a cervical epidural steroid injection. To repair the torn tendons in their shoulder, our client underwent two separate surgeries.

In this case, we took a two-pronged approach to get our client maximum compensation for the pain and injuries. First, we presented a demand to the defendant’s insurance company. In this demand, we documented their serious injuries as well as the treatments they 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 our client’s injuries. They eventually agreed to pay out the defendant’s policy limit of $250,000. 

But we believed that their case warranted additional compensation, so we did not stop there. Our client had uninsured motorist coverage under their own policy with GEICO, which carried a $50,000 policy limit.

However, after presenting the 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 our client with a total herniated disc injury settlement with steroid injections and surgery amount of $300,000 for their injuries.

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Herniated Disc Injury Settlement with Epidural Steroid Injection—$530,000 Recovered

In another recent case, our client, 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 our client’s construction vehicle. 

Our client 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.

Our client 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 behalf of our client, 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. 

$210,000/Auto Accident/Disc Herniations Requiring Multiple Medial Branch Blocks And Radiofrequency Ablations/2023

Before her accident, our client had multiple injuries caused by numerous prior car accidents. On the day of the accident, she was riding as a passenger in her relative’s car when she was involved in a minor, side-swipe type collision. The impact occurred to the driver’s side door. Our client sustained an aggravation of her pre-existing lower back injury which required some conservative treatment to help her recover to her pre-accident condition.

We made a demand on the defendant’s insurance company, and we also sent a demand package to our client’s uninsured motorist carrier. The defendant’s insurance company offered $60,000.00 to settle the claim while our client’s insurance company argued that the value of the case was less than the defendant’s policy limits and, therefore, they owed nothing.

We did not accept the defendant’s offer and instead filed a lawsuit. The case was extensively litigated with both sides engaging in discovery including depositions of witnesses. Before the mediation conference was scheduled, our client’s uninsured motorist company paid its policy limit of $10,000.00. Thereafter, a long mediation took place in which the defendant’s insurance company increased its offer to $100,000.00. We rejected their offer and continued to negotiate hard. Ultimately, they agreed to pay $200,000.00 which together with the $10,000.00 our client had already received, fairly compensated her for her herniated disc injury damages. Our client was very pleased with the outcome. This was a good result in a case with several challenges including pre-existing injuries and a minor impact to our client’s vehicle.

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.

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What Are the Signs of a Herniated Disk?

The most common symptoms of a herniated disk are:

  1. Pain,
  2. Tingling or numbness,
  3. Muscle weakness, and
  4. 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 with 3 epidural injections settlements. 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.

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