Herniated discs are common in Atlanta, but that doesn’t make them any less painful and debilitating. A herniated disc can cause extreme pain, a frightening numbness and tingling sensation in your arms and legs, or can even make you weak and unable to work or do chores. If your herniated disc was the result of a fall, accident or injury, it may legally be someone else’s fault—and they may be legally obligated to pay for your injuries. You need to speak with an Atlanta herniated disc lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been helping people with herniated discs and other back injuries for more than two decades. Our firm’s mission is to help people get the financial recovery they deserve for their injuries. We only represent injured people—never insurance companies. Let our experienced personal injury lawyers give you a free consultation to discuss your injuries and the options available to you. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc (also known as a “slipped disc” or “ruptured disc”) is a spine injury. Your spine is made up of a stack of bones, called vertebrae. There are cushiony discs between the vertebrae. These discs are harder on the outside, but they have a soft center, like a jelly donut. When there’s a tear in the exterior of the disc, some of the interior “jelly” can squeeze out. This is a herniated disc.
A herniated disc may cause irritation to nearby nerves, leading to pain and discomfort. Common symptoms of herniated discs include:
- Pain in your arms or legs. The location of your pain will depend on where the herniated disc is located. If it’s in your lower back, you may feel pain in your thigh, calf and buttocks. But if the disc is in your neck, you may feel intense pain in your arm and shoulder. You may feel shooting pain when you sneeze, cough or change positions.
- Numbness and tingling. You may feel numbness and tingling in the parts of the body that the irritated nerves connect to.
- Weakness. Nerve irritation can also weaken the muscles that the nerves are associated with. Weakness can harm your balance or make it hard to lift or grasp things.
In rare instances, a herniated disc compresses all the nerve endings below your waist, which can result in permanent weakness or paralysis. Many herniated discs can be treated with medication and physical therapy, but some require surgery.
What causes herniated discs?
Some herniated discs are simply a sign of aging. As our bodies age, the discs lose some of their water content, making them less flexible and more likely to tear or rupture just from ordinary activity. But other herniated discs occur because of some sort of trauma, including:
- A car accident
- An assault or other blow to the back
- A fall
- A workplace injury
When your herniated disc occurs because of an accident or some other trauma, someone else may be legally responsible. We see many cases where the herniated disc occurred because of an accident that would not have happened if someone had not been careless. For example, we have seen herniated discs on people who slipped and fell on slippery floors where no warning was posted. When you are injured because of someone else’s carelessness, or negligence, they are legally responsible for paying for your injuries.
What costs can I recover money for?
If you suffer a herniated disc in an accident that was not your fault, the City of Atlanta allows you to recover all of your costs from whoever was at fault. Usually, this means you will recover money from an insurance company. The financial recovery you receive might include:
- Medical expenses, including doctors, hospitals and surgery
- Prescription medication costs
- Physical therapy, which can help minimize pain
- Lost wages, if you missed time from work because of your herniated disc
At John Foy & Associates, we thoroughly investigate every case we handle, and we are committed to getting you a full evaluation of your injuries by well-qualified doctors. We know that insurance companies often don’t want to pay what an injury will really cost, and we know how to prepare and present evidence that will encourage them to increase their offer. If the insurance company won’t pay you what your claim is worth, our litigation team is fully prepared to pursue your case in the local courts.
What if my herniated disc is related to my job?
If you were injured on the job, you are still entitled to recover the costs of your injury, but the procedure is a little different. All Georgia businesses with at least three employees are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to compensate employees who are injured on the job, without having to file lawsuit against your employer.
However, workers’ compensation is an insurance program, and—as with any other injury—the insurance company has a financial motivation to pay you as little as possible. That’s why we recommend working with a lawyer on your workers’ compensation claim.
Is there a deadline for filing a herniated disc claim?
Most injury claims must be filed within two years, but in some instances the deadline is much shorter—only a few months. And if your injury happened on the job, you only have a month to report it. If you miss the deadline for filing your claim, you lose your right to recover money for your injuries. Because of this, and because deadlines vary depending on the circumstances of each case, it is essential that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after you are injured.
Talk to an Atlanta Herniated Disc Lawyer for Free
A herniated disc is painful and affects your ability to work and do the things you enjoy. But if your injury was caused by someone else, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden. John Foy & Associates offers a free consultation to go over the circumstances of your injury and talk about your options. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.