Herniated disc injuries are one of the most common types of injuries victims can sustain in an accident, as they can occur in just about any type of accident, from car accident to slip and fall accident. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), herniated disc injuries occur in about 5 to 20 injuries per 1,000 adults in the U.S., and individuals over 30 are more likely to sustain a herniated disc injury.
These injuries occur when a significant amount of force and pressure is placed on the spine, which can cause tears, ruptures, and/or bulges in your spinal discs. Herniated disc injuries cause pain not just in the region where your disc is located, but in other parts of your body. Some symptoms include pain in the buttocks, calves, thighs, arms, and shoulders, as well as numbness or tingling and muscle weakness.
There are numerous treatments for herniated discs, including surgical remedies, but often the best treatment is epidural steroid injections. Steroids are injected into the spine to reduce any swelling and pressure on the nerves.
Steroid injections can be expensive, and while some may wonder what the average settlement looks like for a herniated disc injury case, the reality is that it depends on the situation, although the majority of cases are awarded less than $100,00. A major reason why compensation for steroid injection treatment doesn’t exceed $100,000 is that it’s considered nonsurgical treatment. Surgical treatments, on the other hand, can be awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars and sometimes exceed $1 million.
Another fact to consider is that many herniated disc cases are settled out of court, which is why there’s not a lot of data available to determine an average amount. Only a personal injury attorney can assess your damages and based on a number of factors determine how much your case is worth.
Additional Herniated Disc Treatments
As mentioned, herniated disc treatments are separated into surgical and nonsurgical categories. Surgical treatment focuses on pain reduction and helping your physical functions.
Common surgical procedures include:
- Disc replacements, which removes your herniated disc completely and replaces it with a prosthetic disc
- Discectomy, which removes the herniated portion of the disc and is combined with spinal fusion or another procedure
- Spinal fusion, which removes the herniated disc completely and fuses the vertebrae above and below the affected disc
In addition to injections, forms of nonsurgical treatment include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medications.
Guiding Clients to Recovery
The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Wood Craig & Avery, LLC have helped countless individuals and families recover safely after devastating accidents. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our attorneys bring with them diverse skillsets and track records of success that we use to provide solutions to every kind of injury-related legal matter. Through our passionate advocacy, we’ve been able to recover damages for clients that include medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, disability, burial and funeral expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Our team is trial-ready and our work has been awarded with honors such as the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Attorneys and National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
Call Wood Craig & Avery, LLC at (404) 800-1837, or contact us online if you’re suffering from injuries after an accident. We’ve successfully settled car accidents, motorcycle accidents, property-related liabilities, and more.