A motorcyclist was suddenly thrown over his handlebars when a car pulled out of a parking lot in front of him, causing him to suffer a herniated disc injury in his lower back. Unfortunately, motorcyclists often suffer herniated disc injuries in their backs and necks in Florida motorcycle accidents due to negligent automobile drivers pulling out in front of them.
If you have been told by a doctor that you have a herniated disc, you may want to know more about it and whether or not you can be compensated for this type of injury.
What Is a Herniated Disc Injury?
A herniated disc is also known as a ruptured disc, bulging disc, or slipped disc that occurs along the spinal cord. When a crack to the outer layer of the disc occurs due to an injury, the soft gel-like substance inside forces its way through the cracks and causes the disc to break open. When this happens, the ruptured disc can press on the nerve, causing numbness, weakness, tingling, and radiating pain.
These types of injuries occur most frequently in the lower back (lumbar spine) in addition to the neck area (cervical spine). When a biker has numbness and pain that radiates down the leg and into the foot, a lumbar disc herniation has probably occurred. When a person experiences tingling and pain down a shoulder and arm and into the fingertips, a cervical disc herniation most likely has occurred.
What to Do About a Herniated Disc?
If you are experiencing lower back pain or neck pain combined with tingling, numbness, and weakness, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You most likely need an x-ray, MRI, or spinal CT scan to determine more information about your disc herniation. Some bikers often need spine surgery or a spinal fusion to address their injury. While some surgeries are minimally invasive, surgery still costs a lot of money.
Because many people with herniated disc injuries often require therapy and medical treatment for life, bills can add up quickly. In order to get compensated for your surgery, medical expenses, lost income, and lifelong pain, you need help. A knowledgeable Sarasota injury attorney can fight to get you justice and just compensation for the injuries you have endured due to someone else’s recklessness.
Unfortunately, the insurance company will not want to pay you what your claim is worth. That is why it is important to have an attorney on your side who understands lumbar and cervical disc herniation injuries. For help with your Florida herniated disc claim, contact the Mallard Law Firm to speak with a knowledgeable Sarasota accident attorney. Contact us today at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation.