Herniated Disk Injuries

Legal Representation for Serious Car Accident Injuries

Herniated disks are serious, life-altering injuries. Every day, drivers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia suffer disc injuries after being involved in car accidents. If you are one of those drivers, it is in your best interests to seek the help of an experienced attorney right away. You may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for your medical care, rehabilitation, lost income, and pain and suffering.


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Common Tactics Employed by Doctors & Defense Lawyers

A common tactic among defense lawyers and the doctors that they hire is to claim that the pain a client is suffering after an accident is as a result of a pre-existing, degenerative condition (wear and tear). This is merely a smoke screen used by unscrupulous doctors to deny victims proper compensation. The truth is that nearly every adult has some amount of degenerative change in their spine. However, degenerative changes are irrelevant if they are not causing some sort of pain or symptoms. It is common for a person with degenerative changes in their spine to suffer some sort of trauma, like a car accident, and start to experience symptoms consistent with a bulging disk for the first time. If it were not for the car accident, the victim would never have suffered the pain.

However, the defense doctor will hide behind the degenerative changes. He will claim that the pain is a result of the pre-existing condition which was not aggravated by the accident (in other words, claiming that the victim is lying about never having pain prior to the accident). Defense doctors routinely make these claims without any basis for doing so. It is common for there to be no mention in a victim’s prior medical records of any back or neck pain, yet an unscrupulous doctor will still attribute the victim’s pain to a pre-existing condition and insist that the pain must have existed prior to the accident.

What is a Herniated Disc?Herniated disc

When you hear the term herniated disk, a physician is referring to the rubbery disks between your vertebrae that act as shock absorbers. Trauma can cause these disks to either bulge or herniate. A bulging disk is when the outer portion of the disk is deformed. A herniated disk is when the annulus (inner portion of the disk) is pushed out through a fissure in the disk.

Herniated and bulging disks become symptomatic when they encroach on the nerve roots. This encroachment can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in either the arms or legs. Steroid injections are often prescribed in order to reduce the inflammation in the area of the disk. Decreasing the swelling creates more space in the area of the injured disk and nerve roots. This, in turn, can result in a reduction or elimination of symptoms.

Don’t Wait to Seek Compensation for Your Spine Injury – Call Now!

Herniated disks are very serious injuries that can affect your ability to work and enjoy life. If you have been injured, it is of the utmost importance that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. Simeone & Miller, LLP has recovered millions of dollars for thousands of injured clients, and we may be able to help you, too. When you choose to work with our Washington, D.C. car accident lawyers, you can expect personalized service with a focus on open communication and respect.

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