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Personal Injury

Herniated Discs

If you need immediate representation for your herniated disc, do you want a firm who strives to settle as quickly as possible or do you want a firm willing to fight for everything owed to you? Our firm is experienced in handling matters relating to herniated discs, or bulging discs that require significant treatment. As an example, we recently represented a Raleigh resident who had suffered a herniated cervical disc after being rear-ended in an automobile accident. We were able to resolve her case for the maximum available insurance coverage of $50,000.00. We have helped past clients with lumbar and cervical ruptured discs and can help you with your case as well.

Visit our contact page or our results page to learn more. For any personal injury case we accept, Maginnis Howard offers a contingency fee arrangement. This means that you only pay attorneys’ fees if and when we make a financial recovery on your behalf. Additionally, we offer free consultations and will travel throughout North Carolina to meet with you to discuss your case and injuries. There is no obligation to retain us immediately. We can provide you with a sense of your options so that you can understand your rights.

A herniated intervertebral disc can cause excruciating pain and severely limited a person’s activities. If you have sustained a herniated disc as a result of another person’s negligence, whether in operating his or her motor vehicle or otherwise, you have the right to recover fair compensation for your injuries. Fair compensation includes money damages for, among other things: medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Common Causes of Disc Herniation

Common causes of herniated discs (also known as a ruptured or slipped disc) are car and truck accidents, slip-and-falls, and other incidents causing trauma. A ruptured disc may also be the result of a workplace occurrence. In those situations, you may need to seek workers’ compensation counsel.

How a Disc Herniation Causes Pain

An intervertebral disc acts as a cushion between two vertebrae in your spine. A disc herniation occurs when the interior of the disc erupts from its outer boundaries into the spinal canal. After it erupts, the disc material may impinge upon your spinal cord or a nerve root. If this occurs in your lumbar spine (lower back), it may cause pain down one or both of your legs. If it occurs in your cervical spine (upper back/neck), it may cause pain down one or both of your arms. The pain is often intense and unrelenting. You may also experience axial pain around the disc itself.

Treatment of Herniated Discs

Treatment of a ruptured disc can range from physical therapy and pharmaceuticals, to steroid injections, all the way to surgery. For a herniated lumbar disc, a discectomy is the most common surgery. For a herniated cervical disc, you may need a surgery known as an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF). This involves essentially removing the herniated disc material and fusing together the two vertebrae the disc was intended to cushion, such that you will essentially have one vertebrae rather than two. Both a discectomy and ACDF are serious surgeries that can result in a physician giving a permanent impairment rating.