Disc Herniation Injuries
Maryland Spine Injury Lawyers
The human body is an amazingly complex system. The spine in particular is made up of interlocking vertebrae and intervertebral discs that allow us to bend, move, and twist comfortably while protecting our spinal cord. But countless Maryland residents suffer serious injuries every year when physical labor, accidents, and dangerous situations lead to severe back injuries. Specifically, disc herniation can lead to sudden and severe injuries that are not only painful, but can end in major disabilities.
If you have suffered a disc hernia, you may be dealing with overwhelming pain and worry concerning your career and future well-being. But also know that you may have the legal right to seek compensation for your injuries, medical costs, and lost income from being unable to work if you were injured by a reckless or negligent person or group.
To learn more through a free case evaluation, call the Maryland disc hernia lawyers at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC by dialing (301) 812-4777. The information you gain can help you recover to the best of your abilities.
What Caused My Disc Hernia?
While hernias of the discs between vertebrae are often connected to aging and its effects on the health of your back, people of all ages can suffer a disc herniation when exposed to serious dangers. Workers who are frequently picking up and moving heavy objects may suffer a disc hernia if they improperly lift something or have had their discs worn down due to consistent work.
If an accident puts too much pressure on your back, a disc may herniate. When this happens, the outer fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc is torn, and the soft nucleus at the center bulges out. While this will weaken your back, the real danger comes when the nucleus press up against the spinal cord, damaging it and affecting your physical capabilities.
What Are the Symptoms of Disc Herniation?
Because herniated discs impact the spinal cord, the symptoms you suffer depend on the severity of the hernia and where it is in the spinal cord:
- Constant and severe pain in the area of the hernia
- Radiating limb pain related to the area of injury
- Numbness or tingling in legs, feet, or hands
- Limb weakness
- Loss of bowel and bladder control, as well as sexual dysfunction in worst cases
Not all hernias cause serious pain or obvious physical difficulties. If you are experiencing back trouble, it is important to consult with a doctor in order to properly diagnose your injury and prevent further damage.
What Medical Procedures Do I Need for My Disc Herniation?
Because a herniated disc can seriously affect the spinal cord, medical procedures are a must for those dealing with this potentially life-changing type of injury. Medical treatment for a disc herniation falls into two categories.
- Nonsurgical Treatment – If there are less severe symptoms, avoiding surgery may be the best option. Bed rest will relieve pressure on the disc, anti-inflammatory medicine relieves pain, physical therapy strengthens the muscles around the site, and epidural steroid injections can reduce inflammation. These will give your body time to heal, when that is possible.
- Surgical Treatment – If nonsurgical treatment is ineffective or you have suffered a major injury, surgery may be performed. This is often in the form of a microdiskectomy, which removes the herniated part of the disc and fragments that were affecting the spinal cord. Afterward, rehabilitation will be needed to heal and regain and any lost physical capabilities.
Choosing the right path for you requires the insight of skilled medical professionals. Unfortunately, while these procedures are often a necessity, they can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. However, if someone caused your injury, you can hold them responsible for your costs through a legal claim.
Do I Have a Legal Case for My Disc Herniation?
If you have suffered disc herniation because you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you have the right to seek a personal injury claim. This will hold him or her responsible for the incident and both past and future costs associated with your injury. If your injury occurred while on the job, you can seek workers’ compensation to pay for your treatments and cover lost wages while you are unable to work.
In either case, call the Maryland disc herniation attorneys at Alpert Schreyer Poe at (301) 812-4777 to receive a no-cost consultation that helps you to better understand you injury, your legal rights, and how we may be able to help you find success in your case.
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