Our spinal injury lawyers frequently represent clients who have suffered a herniated disc injury or bulging disc injury from a Michigan car accident. These serious injuries can be very complex and unpredictable. Many of these injuries are life altering for both the accident victim and the supporting family.
Herniated Disc & Bulging Disc Injuries
A common back injury and neck injury, especially from trauma, is the herniated disc. The spine is made up of a series of connected bones called "vertebrae". The disc is a combination of strong connective tissues which hold one vertebra to the next, and acts as a cushion between the vertebrae. The disc is made of a tough outer layer called the "annulus fibrosus" and a gel-like center called the "nucleus pulposus."
Through trauma, like an accident, the center of the disc may lose water content, making the disc less effective as a cushion. This may cause a displacement of the disc's center (called a herniated or ruptured disc) through a crack in the outer layer. A herniated lumbar disc can press on the nerves in the spine and may cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness of the leg called "sciatica". A herniated lumbar disc may also cause back pain, although back pain alone (without leg pain) can have many causes other than a herniated disc.
Treatment for these injuries can often reduce pain and help increase activity, but many times the accident victim is unable to return to work at or all or misses substantial time from work after a back surgery. There is also often a need for assistance around the home during the period of recovery and assistance with activities of daily living.
Claims and Benefits for a Herniated Disc Injury
Under Michigan law, a car accident victim who suffers a herniated disc injury in an auto accident in Michigan is entitled to several types of insurance benefits. The first claim is for Michigan no-fault insurance benefits, otherwise known as First Party or PIP benefits. These include payment of medical bills, lost wages, attendant care services, replacement and household services, and other benefits. They also include the cost of cognitive rehabilitation and training. These benefits can be substantial and many of them last for the lifetime of the injury victim.
Best Michigan Lawyers for Herniated Disc Injury Cases
It is essential that the back injury victim and family choose a top-rated accident lawyer to represent them in their claims. The attorney must have specialized knowledge of the medical issues involving spinal injuries and back injuries as well as thorough understanding of the Michigan laws that can be utilized to obtain the best possible compensation for the injury, as well as battling the insurance company to pay all benefits due and owing under the No-Fault insurance laws.
Our Michigan lawyers have obtained significant car accident settlements and jury verdicts in cases involving herniated disc injuries. For more information after a back injury in a Michigan car accident, call our office today at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced spinal injury attorneys. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to win and settle your case.