Many victims of motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents suffer damage to the discs in their back. These discs are designed to provide cushion and prevent bone-on-bone contact between the vertebrae protecting your spine. When these discs are damaged, bulging, herniated, or ruptured, chronic pain, pinched nerves, limited mobility and other problems – like job loss and depression – can occur. If you’ve experienced bulging or herniated as a result of a car accident, you may be entitled to a settlement for your loss and suffering.
Can you get a bulging disc from a car accident?
Car accidents can cause a myriad of back, hip, and neck problems among other injuries. Bulging and herniated discs are common injuries following a motor vehicle collision. Because trauma puts undue strain on the vertebrae, which pass the stress onto the discs designed to cushion and protect the vertebrae and spine, discs can be damaged irreparably during a traumatic event like a car accident.
If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s important to seek medical evaluation following the event – even if you don’t have symptoms – to ensure you haven’t been injured. This medical examination can be very important if you end up losing income or suffering chronic problems following the accident. An attorney can help answer your questions about the medical examination following a car accident.
What are the signs and symptoms of a bulging disc?
If an automobile accident has caused one or more discs in your back or neck to bulge, you might experience pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, and muscle spasms that affect your neck, back, lower extremities, or any combination of the three. Bulging discs are most common in the upper and lower spine and less common in the middle.
If your injury impacts the upper spine, your symptoms will likely impact the neck, arms, shoulders, hands, and upper back. If the injury impacts a disc in the lower spine, you can expect to experience more symptoms in your lower back, hips, and lower extremities.
Who can file a lawsuit?
If you’ve been in an automobile accident and the other driver’s insurance doesn’t adequately cover the monies you lost due to the accident, like lost wages from missed work, medical expenses, and auto repairs, you may be able to file a civil suit against the other driver. Additional, the process of filing a lawsuit might also help you receive compensation for non-monetary losses like pain and suffering, loss of spousal companionship, and emotional distress.
The best way to determine whether you have grounds on which to file a lawsuit is to visit with an attorney who specializes in car accident settlements and lawsuits. He or she can assist you in calculating your losses and moving forward.
What is the average settlement for bulging and herniated discs?
Settlements awarded after car accidents vary significantly depending on the outcome of the accident and the measures the at-fault driver’s insurance company went to to reimburse the victim for expenses and losses. Your settlement will depend on the total cost of medical care you received after the accident, the impact it had on you or your family, the value of wages you lost during your recovery, the damage done to your vehicle in the accident, and other factors, like who else was injured (or killed) in the accident and how the accident impacted you emotionally. Settlements Alan LeVar has won for his clients range from less than $25,000 for minor bruising to over $3 million for the death of a loved one.
The best way to calculate your accident claim is to meet with Alan LeVar, expert personal injury attorney, to share your experiences, expenses, and losses and develop a strategy for ensuring you’re able to continue to make ends meet despite your accident. You can contact the Law Offices of Alan LeVar today and receive a free case review at 888-220-7068 or visit their website to chat live with an expert.