If you’ve suffered a herniated disc from a car accident, you need a highly skilled Fort Worth injury lawyer to ensure you get the medical treatment and financial settlement you need—and deserve. A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the cushions (discs) that sit between the vertebrae in your spinal cord. These discs have a soft jelly-like center surrounded by a tough exterior. A herniated disc might also be referred to as a slipped disc, occurring when the jelly-like material is forced through a tear in the exterior of the disc. Herniated discs are most commonly seen in the lower back, but can occur anywhere along the spine.
Herniated discs cause pain—sometimes extreme levels of chronic pain—along with numbness and weakness in an arm or leg if the herniated disc is in the lower back. Some people will also experience pain in the thigh, calf, or foot from lower back herniated discs. A herniated disc in the neck or upper back typically causes sharp or burning pain in the arm or leg. When a herniated disc is not properly treated, you could experience chronic pain, disability, and in rare cases, even paralysis. When a herniated disc impinges on the nerves, causing weakness in the extremities, surgery may be required. A herniated disc from a car accident is a serious issue that requires immediate medical attention and an experienced attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm.
Suffering a herniated disc from a car accident caused by the negligence of another person may cause you to feel anxious about your future. You may be having chronic pain that makes it difficult to think about the legal side of your car accident—which includes holding the responsible party accountable. Having an attorney from Noteboom—The Law Firm by your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your car accident. Our legal team will file a claim against the negligent party and work tirelessly to ensure that your health and finances are protected.
You deserve a zealous advocate during this challenging time—someone who really cares about you, your family, and your future. At Noteboom—The Law Firm, we will make certain that all your questions are fully answered. We promptly answer phone calls and emails from every client, never leaving you wondering about what’s happening with your case.
The Noteboom legal team has been handling catastrophic personal injury claims since 1982. Our exemplary reputation is the result of our intense preparation for every single case. We handle each case as though it will go to court while successfully settling more than 90 percent of all claims. This level of preparation affords us a significant advantage over many other law firms, because we are always ready—no matter what twists and turns your case may take. We have full confidence in our ability to achieve a positive outcome for each client.
During a car accident, the force of the crash can cause vertebrae to push into the spinal canal, placing pressure on the spinal cord. Time is of the essence following such an injury. The sooner you undergo diagnostic testing and medical treatment, the better your chance of recovery. Additionally, early documentation of your herniated disc after a car accident makes it easier for your attorney to secure a full and fair settlement on your behalf, as it shows a clear relationship between the car accident and your herniated disc injury. Some of the more common symptoms of a herniated disc from a car accident include:
Your doctor’s diagnosis of a herniated disc will usually require a CT scan, MRI, EMG, or SPECT test as X-rays may not show a herniated disc. If surgery is required, it could be one of the following types of surgical procedures, depending on your specific medical issue:
The settlement you receive following a herniated disc from a car accident will depend on many different things. These include: the severity of your herniated disc, how long you will experience symptoms from your injury, whether your herniated disc will leave you permanently disabled, and whether liability for the accident is clear. That being said, the “average” settlement range is from $35,000 to $350,000.
If your herniated disc is so severe that you will never be able to return to work, you may be eligible for future lost wages. Depending on your age, your career, and whose financial support you are responsible for, this could range into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Pain and suffering damages include actual physical pain as well as emotional pain and trauma from the accident. If you are unable to do the daily tasks you did prior to the accident, and if you clearly have experienced a loss of enjoyment of life, then your settlement will be higher. All your medical expenses are included in a settlement; if you will need medical treatments and rehabilitative therapies for months or years following your accident, then your settlement will reflect that.
A herniated disc from a car accident can be an extremely serious medical issue. At Noteboom—The Law Firm, our legal team is 100 percent dedicated to providing you with the highest level of service and attention. We are proud of the fact that our clients are both protected and informed while navigating through extremely stressful situations. Unlike most other firms, Noteboom employs our own in-house investigator. We have both the manpower and the resources to handle any level of dispute and we use those resources to make sure our clients are always protected. Contact Noteboom—The Law Firm today.