A herniated disc occurs when the soft inner material of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer, putting pressure on the nearby nerve roots. This can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms or legs.
Possible Workplace Causes
- Lifting heavy objects: Repetitively lifting heavy objects or awkward loads can put significant strain on the back.
- Slip and fall accidents: A fall from a height or a slip on a wet surface can cause trauma to the spine.
- Vehicle accidents: Accidents involving cars, trucks, or other vehicles can result in significant impact to the spine and lead to a herniated disc.
- Repetitive motions: Repetitive motions, such as typing or operating heavy machinery, can put strain on the back and lead to a herniated disc over time.
- Awkward postures: Maintaining awkward postures, such as bending over or twisting the back, for long periods of time can lead to a herniated disc.
Managing the injury depends on its severity and the individual’s specific symptoms and needs. With the right plan, many people can manage their symptoms and return to normal activities. Common treatments include:
- Pain medication: Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, or prescription pain medication, such as opioids, can help manage the pain.
- Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected area, reducing pain and promoting healing.
- Steroid injections: Steroid injections can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the disc and relieve pressure on the nerve roots. This may include a laminectomy, discectomy, or spinal fusion.
Getting Legal Help
It’s important for workers who have suffered a herniated disc due to a workplace accident to receive prompt medical attention and to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that they receive the compensation and benefits they are entitled to under the law. With the right support and advocacy, workers can focus on their recovery and get back to work as soon as possible.
How the Right Lawyer Can Help
- Navigating complex regulations: Workers’ compensation laws can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially for those who are recovering from a serious injury like a herniated disc. A lawyer can help ensure that you understand your rights and obligations under the law and can help you navigate the claims process.
- Protecting your rights: A lawyer can help protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation and benefits you are entitled to under the law. This can include payment for medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses related to your injury.
- Maximizing your settlement: A lawyer can help you negotiate a fair settlement for your injury and can help you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and support your recovery.
- Representation in court: If your case goes to court, a lawyer can provide representation on your behalf and can help you present your case in the most compelling way possible.
- Experience in workers’ compensation law: A workers’ compensation attorney has extensive knowledge of workers’ compensation laws and has experience handling cases involving herniated discs and other workplace injuries. This can be especially helpful when dealing with insurance companies and employers who may be trying to minimize their financial exposure.
Please call the team at Lavrac Accident Law at 877-244-6727 for a free, confidential consultation about your herniated disc case.