If you suffer from a bulging disc, you may be unable to work or only able to work a fraction of your previous hours. In addition, you may need expensive medical treatment to heal your back.
If an accident caused by someone else caused your bulging disc, you may be entitled to pursue a bulging disc settlement for your lost wages, medical bills, and more. Our lawyers may be able to help you seek a settlement.
What is a bulging disc?
The backbone consists of a column of bones called vertebrae. In between the vertebrae are discs made of cartilage. A healthy disc is made of a firm outer layer of cartilage covering softer material in the center, much like the two layers of a jelly doughnut.
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a bulging disc occurs when pressure pushes some of the soft inner jelly out, causing it to bulge or protrude without breaking open or rupturing. The protruding part of the disc can press on nerves, causing symptoms such as a tingling sensation, numbness, or weakness.
Bulging discs are a common source of lower back pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, lower back pain caused by bulging discs and other spinal injuries keeps people out of work and lowers overall productivity, costing the United States economy between $100 and $200 billion annually.
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Causes of bulging discs
Many people develop bulging discs as part of the normal aging process and may not even feel symptoms. Other people develop bulging discs after an acute trauma such as a car accident or a slip and fall accident.
If you develop a bulging disc after an incident that someone else caused, you may be entitled to financial compensation known as damages. For example, you may have slipped on a poorly maintained sidewalk at a strip mall or been in a car accident caused by another driver. A personal injury lawyer from our team can review your case to see if you are entitled to damages for your bulging disc.
Recoverable damages from a bulging disc injury
Your lawyer will assess your case and help you estimate the value of your damages. You may be entitled to some of the following types of damages for a bulging disc injury:
- Past and future medical bills for emergency medical treatment, diagnostic imaging such as a CT scan or an MRI, physical therapy, steroid injections, surgery, and more
- Past lost wages for unpaid time off work because of the bulging disc
- Future loss of earning capacity if your bulging disc injury prevents you from returning to work
- Past and future pain and suffering for chronic pain, the loss of enjoyment if your injury prevents you from participating in previous activities or hobbies, and more
Our personal injury lawyers can assist with your bulging disc case
While you can pursue a settlement on your own, you may prefer to work with a lawyer who has experience handling bulging disc cases. Here are some ways a lawyer from our team can help you obtain a bulging disc settlement for your injury:
- Investigate the accident that caused your injury
- Collect evidence of negligence showing that someone else was at fault
- Collect documentation of your injuries
- Submit an insurance claim and supporting documents for you
- Negotiate a bulging disc settlement and evaluate settlement offers for you
- If negotiations fail, file a lawsuit on your behalf and represent you in court
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We have a strong track record for personal injury cases
Our team of lawyers has a strong track record of success when it comes to representing victims of personal injuries, including bulging discs. With over 60 years of combined experience, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Here are a few examples of cases we have successfully handled:
- $3 million settlement for neck injuries caused by a truck accident
- $650,000 settlement for a back injury caused by a premises liability injury
- $560,000 settlement for a back injury caused by an auto accident
- $500,000 settlement for a back injury caused by an auto accident
Deadline for filing a bulging disc lawsuit in Nevada
If you choose to sue the at-fault party for damages for your bulging disc injury, you must file a lawsuit before the Nevada deadline. NRS §11.190(4)(e) sets the statute of limitations for personal injury at two years, which means you have two years from the date of the injury to sue.
Once the deadline has passed, you forfeit your right to seek compensation.
The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson will fight for your rights
If you suffer from a bulging disc caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to a bulging disc settlement as compensation. The lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson will fight for your rights after an accident.
Call our office today for a free case consultation. Because we work on contingency, we take no payment unless we win your case.