Herniated Disc Lawsuits
Herniated discs may occur in any section of the spine, but most commonly appear in the lower back. Their signs and symptoms may vary, but the following are quite common.
In the lower back, a herniated disc may cause:
- Radiating pain to the feet, legs, and buttocks
- Numbness and tingling in the legs or feet
- Muscle weakness
- One sided leg pain
- Shooting pain upon physical activities, like bending to pick up a pencil.
In the neck, a herniated disc may lead to:
- Pain on the back and sides of the neck, which increases upon movement
- Neck spasms
- Pain near or over the shoulder blade
- Pain that radiates from the shoulder to the arm, and/or hand.
If a herniated disc occurs in the middle of the back, one may experience pain in the lower back, upper back, abdomen, and/or legs in addition to numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both legs.
To understand how herniated discs happen, a basic understanding of the spinal anatomy is necessary:
The spine, also known as the backbone, runs from the bottom of the skull to the pelvis. The very middle of it contains a spinal cord, which is full of important nerves that are necessary for the body to function. The outer layer of the spine is made up of several small bones, called vertebrae, stacked into a ‘column’. Between each vertebrae lie intervertebral discs made of cartilage. Their function is to cushion the spine and act as ‘shock’ absorbers. These discs are fibrous and tough on the outside (the annulus), but have softer, gel-like centers (the nucleus).
A herniated disc occurs when force from above and below an intervertebral disc forces the soft nucleus of the disc out through a tear on the surface of its annulus. The displaced matter may then press on nerves surrounding the disc and cause the symptoms listed above.
The force that herniates a disc may be produced by extreme physical activity, accidents, careers that require constant lifting, and the type of trauma that you would experience in a car accident.
Sometimes, a herniated disc may resolve itself with home treatment. However, physical therapy, medications, and surgical treatments may be necessary for some cases. This may mean missed time from work, high medical bills, and a lot of inconvenience. If your herniated disc was caused by negligence or malicious intent by another party, you may be eligible for compensation. Call Zimmerman & Frachtman today to see if your case could be sound.