Recovering Compensation for Herniated Discs in New Jersey
People who suffer herniated discs may experience symptoms for years and may need treatment for the rest of their lives. Effects can vary widely, and if you are trying to recover compensation for a herniated disc, the important thing is to show the insurance company precisely how the injury has affected your life.
I'm attorney Francis M. Smith, and I have over 30 years of experience in personal injury law. I know how to efficiently negotiate a settlement that will fully and fairly compensate you for your injury. To schedule a free consultation, call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online today. I represent injured clients throughout counties that include Sussex County, Union County, Morris County and Hunterdon County.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
In between each vertebra on your spine, there is a rubbery, cushion-like "disc" that allows your spine to bend and keeps your vertebrae from grinding into one another. These are the “shock absorbers” of the spine. If an impact puts too much pressure on that disc, its tough exterior can rupture or "herniate," allowing the soft, cushion-like substance inside (nucleus pulposis) to escape.
Sometimes called a "bulging disc," or “protruding disc” a herniated disc can reduce mobility and pinch the spinal cord and other nerves, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the extremities. In severe cases, it leads to spinal cord injury and career-ending disabilities. The terms “bulging”, “protruding”, and “herniated” are terms of art for the medical profession, and whatever your injury is called by your doctor, its effects on you are the important issue.
Herniated discs can result from almost any kind of accident. At my law firm, I handle injuries resulting from many kinds of accidents, including but not limited to the following:
What if Your Herniated Disc Was a "Preexisting Condition"?
Many people have "asymptomatic" disc problems of which they aren’t even aware. Then they get involved in an accident, and suddenly they can hardly do their old jobs anymore.
So the key legal question changes from "what caused the original back injury?" to "what caused the herniated disc to become symptomatic?" Even if the herniated disc itself was a "preexisting condition," you can still recover compensation so long as the symptoms weren't preexisting. Of course, compensation is limited to what was caused by the accident. This requires a level of proof. Call me and I’ll explain it to you.
To schedule a free consultation to talk with a lawyer about your options for compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost enjoyment of life resulting from a herniated disc, call 908-233-5800 or contact my firm online today.