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Herniated Disc Injury

A herniated disc can occur in any part of the spine, resulting in a limited range of motion, serious pain and numbness or tingling. This debilitating condition is also referred to as a ruptured, protruding, or slipped disc. 

What is a herniated disc? 

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, up to 80 percent of people will experience some type of lower back pain during their lifetimes – and a portion of these will be attributed to a herniated disc.  

Persons of older age are more likely to suffer a disc injury, as the vertebral tissue and collagen within deteriorates over time. Other times, however, a herniated disc is caused by a traumatic incident – such as falling on a hard surface. The forceful impact of a fall or sudden blow to the spinal vertebra can cause a disc’s jelly-like nucleus to bulge out, causing acute pain.  

If the nucleus pushes out far enough, this puts pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord leading to inflammation.  

If left undiagnosed and untreated, a herniated disc can leave victims with life-altering complications and potential disabilities.  For this reason, prompt medical treatment is important after suffering a slip and fall or being involved in a motor vehicle accident that has left you with low back pain, muscle weakness or numbness in the lower extremities.  If your line of work entails a lot of heavy lifting, you may also be more prone to suffering a slipped or herniated disc. 

At Ellis Law, our award-winning lawyers provide sound legal representation for victims of catastrophic personal injuries throughout Los Angeles. Our legal team has the resources and knowledge to achieve the money damages deserved when your injury was caused by the negligence of another.  

Common symptoms of a herniated disc 

Sudden onset of lower back pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. Due to the complex network of nerves around the spinal cord, symptoms may be felt in other parts of the body as well.  In many cases, the symptoms are unilateral – or experienced on one side of the body. 

  • Sharp or burning pain in the arms or legs 
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands, arms, feet, calves, legs, back or toes 
  • General muscle weakness 
  • Pain that gets worse after certain movements 
  • Sciatica – an intense pain that shoots from the buttock down the back of the leg  
  • Loss of bladder control or bowel control (this is less common and necessitates fast medical attention) 

Prognosis & treatment for herniated disc injuries 

Imaging and nerve tests will determine the location and severity of the disc injury and what type of treatments are necessary. In minor cases, patients may recover with conservative therapy including targeted exercises, OTC pain medications, chiropractic treatment, and corticosteroid injections.  

If after three months, patients still have pain or numbness stemming from a herniated disc, then surgery is generally the next step. The surgery, known as a cervical discectomy, can cost upwards of $30,000 and is not without risk of serious complications. Some may be candidates for spinal fusion surgery or a disc replacement where a prosthetic is implanted. 

How much is my herniated disc case worth? 

The value of a personal injury claim will depend on several factors, but sufferers of herniated discs can increase the chances of a fair payout by working with a reputable firm like Ellis Law. Our accident attorneys have won numerous accolades for professional achievements and outstanding case results, and are no strangers to the courtroom.  

California plaintiffs have recovered generous settlements for herniated disc injury claims, several topping $1 million.  

The following elements will be factored when determining the value of your claim: 

  • Your age and medical history 
  • If you have a history of pre-existing conditions that may have caused or worsened the injury 
  • The cost of your medical care 
  • The amount of lost income 
  • The length of your recovery  
  • Associated pain and suffering from the injury 
  • If you will have lingering complications or are expected to recover fully 
  • Whether your actions or inaction contributed to the accident 

Herniated disc injury lawyers in Los Angeles 

The Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ellis Law have won more than $350 million for our clients. Don’t let a herniated disc diminish your quality of life or your family’s financial future. After any kind of accident, call Ellis Law for a free case review.  

There are ZERO fees unless we win, so there is no risk to speak with qualified legal counsel about the merits of your case.