Herniated Disc Injury after a Car Accident in Georgia

A herniated disc is one of the most painful injuries a person can suffer after a car accident.  Even a low impact collision can cause a herniated disc.  You might not consider hiring an attorney to handle your insurance claim, but if you suffer from a herniated disc, failing to do so could leave you responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of future medical care. 

Herniated disc cases and claims are not like regular car accident claims.  Calling a generic “personal injury attorney” or “car accident attorney” will not give you the proper legal representation you need.  Only an experienced, herniated disc attorney can properly handle your claim.

The vertebrae that form the human spine are separated by flexible discs which act as mini shock-absorbers between the bones.  When something causes one of these discs to break or budge, the disc becomes herniated and will not stay entirely in its correct position.  A herniated disc is extremely painful, often due to the stress that the misplaced disc puts onto the spinal cord. 

A disc herniation can occur anywhere in the spinal column: the cervical spine (the neck) the thoracic spine (the upper back) or in the lumbar spine (the lower back).  A disc herniation often causes a painful sensation that shoots down the arms or legs.  This pain is called radiculopathy and is a strong indicator of a spinal cord problem.  An MRI or some other diagnostic test will confirm the existence of a herniated disc.  Herniated disc medical treatment can take months or even years to complete.  Even then, the pain may never fully resolve and could last a lifetime. 

One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is a car accident.  Many attorneys think that you can treat a spinal cord injury case like any other car accident, but the reality is that the calculation of damages is entirely different.  Treatment progresses up a ladder of potential treatment options and gets more expensive as treatment continues.  Physicians often begin with therapy or medication.  The physician may then try a combination of epidural or steroid injections in the spine.  Ultimately, surgeries might be necessary.

An attorney must understand the progression of treatment for a herniated disc and the medical treatment costs before he or she can properly represent you.  Never attempt to settle your herniated disc case without first consulting with an attorney with knowledge and experience handling these types of cases.

We at the Law Offices of R. Michael Coker, LLC have extensive experience handling herniated and bulging disc cases.  We know that a spinal injury is one of the worst things a person can experience in their lives.  We are dedicated to fighting for justice for each and every one of our clients who suffer a herniated disc injury anywhere in Georgia.  Call us today at (678) 537-1209 for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.

R. Michael Coker is an attorney with the Law Offices of R. Michael Coker, LLC and is admitted to practice law in all State and Superior Courts in the State of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  He can be reached by phone at (678) 935-6000 or by email at coker@coker-law.com.

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