A herniated disc a problem with the cushions that sit between your spinal bones. Each of these “cushions” is encased in a tough, rubbery exterior that can crack in a car accident. This allows the fluid within to begin leaking out. This can begin compressing the nearby nerves, resulting in pain, discomfort, and a loss of function.
Over time this injury can lead to arm pain, leg pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. This condition can even lead to paralysis.
Is a herniated disc a permanent injury?
Not necessarily. With time and treatment many patients do heal from herniated discs. They are able to regain the full range of motion and they are able to live without pain. Yet a herniated disc does not go away on its own.
You will need medical care to ensure that the herniated disc does not cause long-term complications.
What is a herniated disc worth?
It depends on the facts of your case and how severe your herniated disc is.
Your economic damages will amount to your medical bills, plus your projected long-term care bills, plus any lost wages. If your herniated disc makes it impossible for you to work in the future then you may receive a loss of earning capacity award as well.
Your doctor’s determination of the long term effects and your needs will also play a large role in your settlement amount.
We won’t have an idea of what your economic damages look like until you’ve reached maximum medical improvement. Then we’ll have the full amount of your medical bills and an idea of what future care looks like in your specific case.
Your settlement amount will also depend on whether you were partially responsible for the accident, as well as on your lawyer’s negotiation skills.
Will you get a pain and suffering award for a herniated disc?
Yes. A pain and suffering award would be included in most herniated disc settlements. In Alberta the full amount is capped at $370,000 and depends largely on the amount of damage that’s been done and the impact that it’s having on your life.
Your personal injury lawyer will fight hard to get you the largest possible award given the facts of your case.
Why Merchant Law?
Our most senior personal injury lawyers have decades of experience negotiating and litigating cases like yours. We know how to get you the compensation you deserve for your herniated disc, and for any other injuries you sustained during your car accident. We’re tough negotiators and hard-nosed litigators who aren’t satisfied with giving our clients anything less than our very best.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s imperative that you contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible so you can go over your options. We work on contingency, so you don’t have to worry about coming up with a retainer or an hourly fee. You just have to call (403) 237-7777 to schedule your free consultation. Call us today to get started.