Herniated Disc Lawyers in Tampa
A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuries a person can experience. It’s also one of the most common. These debilitating injuries can cause chronic pain and permanent disability, as well as numbness or tingling sensations in your limbs. If you suffered a herniated disc as a result of a car crash, slip and fall, workplace accident, or other incidents, someone else may be legally responsible to pay for your damages. Talking to Tampa herniated disc lawyers can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim.
At Bulluck Law Group, we use our years of experience, education, and skill to help people suffering from herniated discs and other back injuries in Tampa Bay. Our mission is to secure the financial recovery our clients need to move on from their injuries with confidence. Let our talented and compassionate personal injury lawyers talk with you during a free consultation, where we’ll discuss your herniated disc and the legal options available to you. Contact us at (813) 988-7800 to request your free case review today.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a type of spinal cord injury. Also called a “ruptured disc,” “bulging disc,” or “slipped disc,” a herniated disc occurs when the rubbery cushions, or discs, between the vertebrae in the spine tear and leak fluid from the soft center. Tears in the discs can press on spinal nerves and cause a great amount of pain. Nearby nerves can become irritated from the slipped disc, causing additional pain and discomfort. Symptoms of a herniated disc can include:
- Numbness, tingling, or pain in parts of the body, including the arms or legs. The location of the sensations will depend upon which disc in the spine suffered herniation. An injury lower down in the spinal cord can cause pain in the thighs and legs, while a herniated disc in the neck can affect the arms and shoulders.
- Shooting pains. Serious disc herniation can cause severe, shooting pains from the source of the injury throughout the rest of the body. Pain may occur in bursts when you move a certain way, cough, or sneeze. Pain can occur immediately following the accident or have delayed symptoms hours or days after the injury occurs.
- Muscle weakness. You may experience unusual weakness or loss of balance in the affected limbs. The irritated nerves can affect the muscles they associate with, making it difficult to hold or lift things. If a herniated disc compresses the nerve endings in the lower half of your body (a rare occurrence), weakness can be permanent.
Most herniated disc injuries will heal with medication and physical therapy, but more serious cases may require surgical intervention. The most serious herniated discs can cause permanent damage such as paralysis below the point of injury. No matter how minor or major your herniated disc injury in Tampa, talk to our attorneys. You could secure financial compensation for your injury-related losses with our help.
Common Causes of Herniated Discs
The elderly are most at risk of suffering herniated discs in accidents since the discs in the spine lose water content as one ages. Loss of water results in less flexible discs and an increased risk of tissue tears and ruptures, even just during normal activity. Other herniated disc cases, however, arise due to traumatic accidents. In our decades of collective legal experience at Bulluck Law Group, we’ve represented clients with herniated discs from a range of personal injury accidents, including:
- Auto accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Sports incidents
- Workplace accidents
- Physical assaults or acts of violence
If a type of trauma led to your herniated disc, someone else may be liable for your damages. In Florida, the courts permit accident victims to pursue recovery through the civil court system. If the accident would not have happened but for the actions of an irresponsible or careless party, you likely have a claim. For example, if a business owner failed to put warning signs up after waxing the floors and you fell and herniated a disc, you could have a claim against the owner for failing to maintain safe premises.
What Damages Are Available for a Herniated Disc?
While the recovery amounts for each case are unique, the types of compensation available for personal injuries in Florida remain basically the same. If you suffered a herniated disc in an accident that was someone else’s fault, the Tampa Bay court system lets you seek damage recovery for all of your injury-related costs from the at-fault party (or typically from the at-fault person’s insurance company). Types of damages one might receive for a herniated disc in Florida include:
- Past and future medical expenses. These can include doctor’s appointments, surgeries, therapies, medications, and other treatments. If your back injury will cost future medical expenses, your lawyer will estimate these costs.
- Lost wages. If you had to take time off of work to heal from your herniated disc or had to accept a job that paid less because of your temporary/permanent disability, you could recover the value of your lost wages.
- Pain and suffering. You could also qualify for non-economic damages such as the immense physical pain and emotional suffering that can come with a severe herniated disc injury.
At Bulluck Law Group, we can fully evaluate your case during a free consultation with a lead attorney. We will listen to your story, and let you know how our team might be able to help. We’ll schedule a comprehensive evaluation of your back injury by a well-qualified physician, gathering medical information to show insurance companies. Our team can prep and present evidence to convince an insurer to offer a better settlement award. In the event that we can’t reach a fair settlement agreement, we’re prepared to take your claim to court in pursuit of full damage recovery.
What if I Suffered My Back Injury at Work?
As an employee in Tampa, the Florida workers’ compensation system offers financial recovery in the event of a work-related accident and injury. If you suffered a herniated disc on the job, such as from a slip and fall or from heavy lifting, you can recover the costs of your medical bills, partial lost wages, and disability through filing a workers’ compensation claim. You might, however, get additional recovery with a personal injury claim.
The law might entitle you to a personal injury claim on top of workers’ compensation recovery if a third party (anyone other than your employer) negligently caused your accident. If your employer was the negligent party that contributed to your herniated disc, talk to our lawyers about a personal injury (PI) claim before you agree to a workers’ compensation settlement. A civil claim could reimburse you for all of your lost wages and medical bills, as well as additional damages such as pain and suffering.
Every business in Florida with at least three employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If your employer doesn’t have insurance, take action against him or her with help from our lawyers. Since workers’ compensation is an insurance program, you might also deal with insurance agents that don’t want to offer you what your case is actually worth. Use our lawyers to help motivate insurance companies to maximize your workers’ compensation claim.
Talk to Tampa Herniated Disc Lawyers Today
If someone else caused your herniated disc injury, we believe you shouldn’t be the one to bear the financial burden. You have four years from the date of your injury to bring a claim, but you shouldn’t wait – the sooner you contact us, the better. At Bulluck Law Group, we offer free consultations to all potential clients. Call (813) 988-7800 for your review today.