Bulging and Herniated Discs
Discs are important pieces of cartilage between vertebrae in the spine that help allow for its movement. Injuries to the discs in your back can make even the subtlest movements agonizing, putting you out of work or requiring expensive surgery. Arnold & Itkin LLP is here to help you fight for financial compensation for medical expenses and lost wages if your disc injury was the result of an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party.
Explanation of the Injury
In between each of the spinal vertebrae sits a disc: a flat cushion-like object made of an outer shell of hard cartilage and an inner core of softer cartilage. Injuries to discs can be excruciatingly painful and can come in many different forms. Disc injuries can result from a number of different situations, but are especially common with lifting injuries or traumatic accidents. Two particularly common disc injuries are bulging and herniated discs:
- Bulging Disc - Begins to extend beyond the inter-vertebral space it usually occupies. The bulge typically affects a large part of the disc.
- Herniated Disc - Also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, occurs when a crack in the tough external cartilage allows some of the soft, inner cartilage to poke out of the disc.
Disc injuries can sometimes be hard to diagnose, as symptoms usually begin as undefined pain in the arms, legs, feet, and hands. Other times, individuals with disc injuries will experience severe and unrelenting neck and or low back pain. Patients with disc injuries may also suffer from numbness, tingling, weakened muscles, slowed reflexes, or even paralysis.
Treatment for Disc Injuries
Treatments for these orthopedic injuries usually begin with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDs). Other times, an epidural steroid injection (cortisone shot) will be applied to the spine adjacent to the affected disc. If non-surgical treatments have been exhausted and the patient is still experiencing pain, surgical correction may be necessary.
Employing Your Dedicated Legal Advocate
If you or a loved one has suffered from a bulging or herniated disc as a result of a job-related or traumatic injury, you may be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin offer free consultations to anyone considering filing an injury claim. This means at no cost or obligation to you, you can explore the options related to your case. After deciding to move forward with a claim, our Houston personal injury attorneys will identify the party responsible and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and all other expenses related to your injury.
Call our trial-tested attorneys today at (888) 493-1629 to begin fighting back against your wrongful disc injuries.