Herniated discs are a common injury that can result from accidents, such as car crashes, falls, or sports injuries. These accidents can cause sudden and forceful movements that stress the spinal discs, resulting in a herniation. A herniated disc can be a serious condition, negatively impacting daily life. 

In this guide, we will explore the causes and symptoms of herniated discs after an accident, treatment options, your legal rights, and how Abogadas305 in Miami can help.

Causes of Herniated Disc Injuries

Herniated discs can result from various incidents, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Sports injuries, particularly contact sports such as football or hockey
  • Slip and falls, particularly from a height or onto a hard surface
  • Repetitive movements like lifting or bending

It is important to take precautions to prevent these types of injuries from worsening, such as seeking medical attention immediately after an accident or injury.

Steps to Take After a Herniated Disc

After experiencing a herniated disc injury, it is crucial to take immediate action to protect your health and well-being and preserve any potential legal claims you may have.

 Here are the steps to take after a herniated disc injury.

  1. Seek medical attention. The first and most important step after any injury is to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 
  2. Collect evidence. Gather evidence to support any potential legal claims you may have. 
  3. Contact a personal injury law firm. If you have suffered a herniated disc, it is in your best interest to contact a personal injury law firm as soon as possible.
  4. Follow doctor’s orders. This may include physical therapy, medication, or other forms of medical care. 
  5. Keep records of your expenses. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and any other costs associated with the accident or injury. 

Taking these steps after a herniated disc can help protect your health, your legal rights, and your financial well-being.

Signs & Symptoms of Herniated Discs

A herniated disc can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Pain in the neck, back, arms, or legs
  • Radiating pain down the arms or legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the affected area
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Limited mobility or difficulty moving the affected area
  • Difficulty standing or sitting for long periods of time
  • Pain that worsens with movement, coughing, or sneezing
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control (in severe cases)
  • Reduced reflexes or sensations in the affected area
  • Stiffness or decreased range of motion in the neck or back

It is important to note that some symptoms may not appear until several hours or days after the injury. If you have been in an accident or experienced trauma to your neck or back, get medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms, even if they are delayed. 

Legal Rights for Herniated Disc Victims

Individuals who have suffered herniated discs due to another party’s negligence have legal rights to seek compensation for their damages. Understanding these rights is crucial to ensure victims receive the financial support they need to recover from their injuries and move forward.

Establishing Negligence

The injured party must prove that another party’s negligence caused their herniated disc injury to seek compensation. 

This may involve demonstrating that:

  • The at-fault party had a duty of care to the injured person (e.g., a driver has a responsibility to operate their vehicle safely)
  • The at-fault party breached their duty of care (e.g., by driving recklessly or failing to maintain a safe environment)
  • The breach of duty directly caused the herniated disc
  • The injured party suffered damages as a result of the injury (e.g., medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering)

The presence of these three elements constitutes the negligence factor, determining if your injury claim is valid. 

Statute of Limitations

Florida’s statute of limitations sets a deadline for filing a personal injury claim, which can vary depending on the case’s specific circumstances. For injuries sustained before March 24, 2023, you have four years to file a lawsuit for a negligence claim. For injuries sustained after March 24, 2023, the statute of limitations is two years. 

It is essential to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the injury to ensure that your claim is filed within the required time frame.

Compensation for Damages

You may be entitled to compensation for various damages if you have suffered a herniated disc due to someone else’s negligence. 

These can include:

  • Medical expenses — Compensation for medical expenses cover the cost of treatment for your herniated disc, including doctor visits, physical therapy, medications, and any necessary surgeries or procedures.
  • Lost wages — If your injury has caused you to miss work or lose income, you may be entitled to compensation for your past and future wages.
  • Pain and suffering — Compensation for pain and suffering addresses the physical pain and emotional distress you have experienced due to your injury.
  • Emotional distress — In some cases, victims may be entitled to compensation for the psychological impact of their injury, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life — If your herniated disc has significantly impacted your ability to enjoy your usual activities and hobbies, you may be entitled to compensation for this loss.

It is essential to consult with a personal injury attorney experienced in handling herniated disc injury cases to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.

How Abogadas305 Can Help

At Abogadas305, our law firm is experienced in handling all types of personal injuries, including herniated disc injuries. 

Our team of experienced attorneys understands the unique challenges these types of injury victims face. We are committed to providing the personalized, compassionate representation you need to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

Here are just a few ways we can help you.

Comprehensive Case Evaluation

At Abogadas305, we thoroughly evaluate your case to determine the potential for a successful claim. This includes assessing the circumstances of the accident, reviewing medical records, and consulting with experts to establish the extent of your injuries and the negligence of the at-fault party.

Skilled Negotiation & Litigation

Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who will work tirelessly to secure a fair settlement on your behalf. We are well-versed in tactics insurance companies use to minimize payouts and have the experience to effectively counter their arguments. 

If we cannot reach a fair settlement, our team is prepared to advocate for your rights in court, presenting a strong case to maximize your compensation.

Guidance & Support Throughout the Process

Dealing with a herniated disc can be emotionally challenging and overwhelming. Our team is committed to providing the guidance and support you need throughout the legal process. We will keep you informed of the progress of your case, answer any questions you may have, and help you make informed decisions about your claim.

No Upfront Costs

At Abogadas305, we believe everyone deserves access to quality legal representation, regardless of their financial situation. 

That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay any upfront costs or attorney fees unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. This ensures that you can focus on your recovery while we handle the legal aspects of your case.

Get Started With Abogadas305 Today

Take charge of your life, and don’t let a herniated disc hold you back. Let the skilled lawyers at Abogadas305 advocate for your rights and assist you in obtaining the compensation you require for a complete recovery.

Contact us now for a complimentary and no-commitment consultation. Allow Abogadas305 to navigate you through the legal procedures and set you on the path toward recuperation.

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