At Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers, our Atlanta injury lawyers represent spinal disc injury victims. If you injured your neck or back, we’ll help you obtain great, affordable medical care. Then, our Atlanta spinal disc injury lawyers will help you win the compensation you deserve. Our prior victories and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
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Spinal Disc Injuries
Spinal discs act as shock absorbers between the 33 spinal vertebrae. They cushion the vertebrae when you stretch, twist, and bend. They’re often compared to jelly donuts because each disc contains a gel-like center surrounded by a soft coating.
Traumatic accidents cause the spinal discs to “herniate” or “bulge”. Some physicians use those terms interchangeably. However, disc herniation injuries are more severe than disc bulge injuries. A herniated disc injury occurs when a spinal disc’s inner core expands outward and presses on one of the nearby nerves.
A lumbar disc injury may prevent you from lifting, standing, or sitting for an extended time period. A cervical disc injury may stiffen your neck or stimulate pain when you extend your neck.
If you injured your neck or back, you should contact an Atlanta spinal disc injury lawyer. Your lawyer will ensure that your injuries are completely evaluated and treated.
How To Diagnose A Disc Injury
X-rays reveal broken bones, but they don’t reveal disc injuries. In fact, physicians use MRI scans to diagnose disc injuries. Unfortunately, ER physicians usually don’t order MRI scans because they’re expensive, time-consuming procedures. Instead, they just order x-rays. Most spinal x-rays are negative because it takes immense force to fracture the vertebrae. As a result, most ER physicians overlook disc injuries.
Unfortunately, disc injuries cause chronic pain if they aren’t properly diagnosed and treated. Therefore, accident victims should always follow-up with an orthopedic doctor after they’re released from the emergency room. That orthopedic doctor will order an MRI exam. If the MRI reveals spinal disc injuries, the orthopedic doctor will offer you a variety of treatment options. If you need an orthopedic doctor referral, your Atlanta spinal disc injury lawyer will give you one.
How To Prove A Spinal Disc Injury Claim
If you suffered a spinal disc injury from a car accident, you can sue the at-fault party to recover damages. You must prove four elements:
- The other driver was careless (i.e. they sped, drove drunk, or distracted)
- The other driver caused the collision;
- The collision impact injured your spinal disc(s); and,
- You sustained damages (pain and suffering, medical treatment costs, etc.).
Slip and fall incidents often cause herniated discs. You may file a lawsuit if you fell on someone’s property because they didn’t safely inspect or maintain it. Additionally, if you suffered a work-related disc injury, you may recover worker’s comp benefits.
Spinal Disc Injury Damages
Here are the damages you may recover:
Medical Bills: Spinal disc injuries are costly. Conservative treatment, such as physical therapy and steroid injections costs approximately $25,000. If you have to undergo surgery, your bills will easily exceed $150,000.
Lost Wages: Many spinal disc victims are disabled. Those that aren’t disabled often have to miss work to attend doctor’s appointments. Fortunately, you may recover damages for your lost wages and lost future earning capacity.
Pain and suffering: When you sustain spinal disc injuries, you may also experience emotional distress. Those damages are recoverable, as well.
Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Spinal disc injuries cause significant physical and financial harm. Therefore, you should hire our Atlanta injury lawyers ASAP. We’ll help you win justice. Just give us a call. We’re here for you.
Call us today at (404) 939-9470. Also, you may fill-out our online contact form to schedule a free case review with an Atlanta spinal disc injury lawyer.