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Los Angeles Herniated Disc Injury Lawyer

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Some people recover from a herniated disc in a short time-days or weeks-and only experience mild pain and inconvenience. In other cases, however, the pain is significant, requiring extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Victims may experience severe paralysis of the lower limbs and loss of bladder or bowel function. Far too often, insurance companies try tO’ minimize the pain and suffering of patients with spinal cord injuries like herniated discs.

If you have suffered a herniated disc due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, our team of California injury lawyers at Ellis Law is here to fight for your rights. We have a proven record of success helping victims in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Bakersfield, El Segundo, and throughout Southern California. Contact us today to learn how a knowledgeable Los Angeles herniated disc injury attorney can help you.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

The spine comprises individual bones (vertebrae) separated by rubbery cushions (discs) stacked upon one another. The disc is somewhat like a jelly donut, with a more rigid exterior and a soft interior. Sometimes, the disc tears, causing the interior “jelly” to leak out. Some people may experience no symptoms associated with this occurrence, while others suffer nerve irritation such as pain, numbness, or weakness in a leg or arm.

Older people are more likely to suffer a disc injury, as the vertebral tissue and collagen deteriorate over time. Other times, however, a herniated disc is caused by a traumatic incident, such as a car accident or a slip and fall on a wet surface.

Most people suffer from herniated discs in the lower lumbar region and the cervical spine or neck area. In addition, when the lowest portion of the spinal canal is affected below the waist, a disc herniation may compress long nerve roots that resemble a horse tail, i.e., the cauda equine region. In this case, emergency surgery is necessary to avoid paralysis and permanent weakness.

Sufferers may experience severe pain or a loss of all sensation in the inner thighs, backs of legs, and rear. Bladder and bowel dysfunction is likely. If this has happened to you, you need a Los Angeles herniated disc injury lawyer.

Herniated Discs Are Often an Urgent Medical Situation

If left undiagnosed and untreated, a herniated disc can leave victims with potential disabilities. For this reason, prompt medical treatment is essential after suffering a slip and fall or being involved in a car accident that has left you with severe back pain, muscle weakness, or numbness in the lower extremities. In addition, if your job entails a lot of heavy lifting, such as construction, you may be more prone to suffering from a herniated disc.

If your injury is due to negligence, our award-winning lawyers provide sound legal representation for victims of catastrophic personal injuries in Diamond Bar, Irvine, Long Beach, and beyond. Our California herniated disc injury lawyers have the resources and knowledge to recover the compensation you need for financial stability.

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 also be felt in other parts of the body, such as the hands, arms, legs, and feet. In many cases, the symptoms are unilateral, affecting one side of the body.

Other symptoms include the following:

  • 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
  • Impaired mobility
  • Pain that gets worse after specific movements
  • Sciatica is an intense pain that shoots from the buttock down the back of the
  • Loss of bladder control or bowel control, which necessitates urgent medical

In addition, some victims find it difficult to perform physical tasks that were once easy for them, or they can no longer comfortably stand, bend, or even sit. The effects may change and worsen over time and require new treatments. Our team at Ellis Law can begin building a case that truly addresses all of your medical needs and expenses-not only in the present but in the future.

Prognosis & Treatment for Herniated Discs

About one-third of patients suffering from herniated disc injuries significantly improve within a week, and two-thirds of patients are back to work within a month. There are many physical therapies available. Full recovery is often possible after a few months without surgery. Patients with pain persisting longer than 6-12 weeks become candidates for surgery. However, research suggests that up to 75 percent of patients will still suffer from recurrent back pain.

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.

When Surgery is Required

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 patients may be candidates for spinal fusion surgery or a disc replacement where a prosthetic is implanted.

Your treatment history will play a pivotal role in any personal injury litigation that stems from the accident. MRI test results, X-rays, doctor’s notes, and other evidence can paint a compelling picture regarding your injury and the effect it has had on your life. A skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can present that evidence to build a clear case for compensation.

How We Can Help You

At Ellis Law, we have handled hundreds of personal injury claims and obtained more than $350 million on behalf of our clients-many of whom suffered herniated discs and other serious injuries to the back and neck.

We have significant resources to dedicate to the investigation of personal injury claims. If needed, we hire private investigators, accident reconstructionists, medical experts, and other professionals who can help us uncover the root cause of a herniated disc, which can include the following:

  • Car accidents: Careless drivers put lives at risk every day. When a distracted, drunk, or otherwise negligent driver causes a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, herniated discs are common.
  • Slip and fall accidents: A fall on a slick or wet surface can throw the body out of alignment, dislocating discs and damaging other soft tissues. In many cases, these falls are due to negligence by a property owner or other party responsible for fixing or warning of hazards on their ri,V\Or 1,.f1 A    J.}-
  • Assaults: If the victim was attacked due to negligent security and poor lighting on the

part of a property owner, victims may have legal recourse to bring a claim against them.

  • Lifting Heavy Objects: Jobs that require heavy lifting, bending, stooping, and other repetitive actions may increase the likelihood of a back injury.

Obtaining compensation for your herniated disc injury is complex. If you go it alone, you will face an uphill battle as the opposing party (likely an insurance company or large corporation) will leverage its vast resources to deny you the compensation you are entitled to. You can level the playing field by enlisting the services of an experienced Los Angeles back injury lawyer who knows how to get results.

Types of Compensation

If your case is successful, you may be eligible for the following types of compensation:

Economic damages include everything that has an objective cost, including:

  • Bills from physicians, hospitals, therapists, and other medical service
  • Wages and salary that the victim is unable to earn while
  • Transportation costs to appointments for medical services and
  • Expenses for medications, mobility assistance devices, and modifications to living space that are needed to facilitate the victim’s limitations due to

Non-economic damages are the soft costs that are not readily verifiable with invoices or bills, for example:

  • Pain and suffering caused by the victim’s injuries
  • Psychological trauma
  • The effects of permanent disabilities
  • Recognition of the value of the loss of enjoyment of regular daily activities
  • Impairment of personal relationships with spouses, family, and friends

In addition, if your injury was caused by egregious misconduct, you may be entitled to punitive damages. These monetary awards are designed to punish the wrongdoer and can significantly increase the total dollar value of your claim.

The Los Angeles herniated disc lawyers at our firm know how to fully assess damages from catastrophic injuries. Our meticulous approach helps us enter into settlement negotiations well­ prepared. We are adept at reaching favorable settlements but are always prepared for courtroom litigation when necessary.

The Statute of Limitations

In California, the statute of limitations for filing personal injury claims is generally two years. If you let two years pass after the date of your injury without filing a claim, you will likely lose your chance at obtaining the compensation you need. The sooner you speak with an experienced herniated disc attorney in Los Angeles, the better your chance of obtaining fair and reasonable compensation for your losses.

Schedule a Free Consultation at Ellis Law

At Ellis Law, our team of personal injury lawyers has won significant damages awards for our clients. Don’t let a herniated disc diminish the quality of your life or your family’s financial future. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. There are ZERO fees unless we win, so there is no risk to speak with qualified legal counsel about the merits of your case.