Compassionate Ohio attorneys help you deal with back injuries
At Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., we help clients who suffer from back injuries. Injuries to your back can make it difficult to perform basic daily tasks, or make doing so a painful experience. We care about you and understand the difficulty of dealing with back pain. Our goal is to help you recover from injuries to the greatest extent possible. When you suffer a back injury that has been caused by the negligence or carelessness of another, you have a right to compensation. Our back injury lawyers help you recover what the law entitles you to.
What is a herniated disc?
The human backbone is separated by small discs surrounded by cartilage that make your spinal cord pliable and supple. A herniated disc is when these small discs come out of place and rupture due to an accident or injury. The result can be intense back, leg, neck and shoulder pain and numbness. Sometimes the adrenalin of being in an accident will mask the pain until a later time. That’s why it’s important to take an ambulance to the hospital after you are in an accident.
A herniated disc is also known as a:
- Slipped disc
- Bulging disc
- Ruptured disc
Causes of herniated disc injuries
Many things can cause a herniated disc injury, including:
How is a herniated disc diagnosed?
You should be treated immediately after your accident, and in addition to X-rays, consider a CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A herniated disc will not show up on an X-ray. Tests that can reveal a herniated disc include:
Problems associated with herniated discs may not appear immediately. And if you delay in treating and dealing with such problems, this may make it more difficult to prove your case and convince an insurance company, judge or jury that you are suffering from pain as a result of a car accident or other personal injury.
Compensation for herniated discs
We help you recover compensation for a herniated disc resulting from an accident or injury that is the fault of another. The amount of your recovery is based upon numerous factors, including:
- The severity of your injury – How limited was your movement afterward? Were you bedridden? Were you able to walk? Did you need to use a cane or crutches?
- The treatment plan recommended by your doctor – Did you require physical therapy? Did you have ongoing meetings with specialists? If so, how much did that cost?
- Your medical history – Did you have earlier injuries or conditions that were compounded by your herniated disc? Did you have earlier back injuries that were made worse by this new accident or injury?
- The number of herniated discs – Was it a large portion of your spine affected? Was it in several parts of your spine, and did it affect your ability to turn and bend as well?
- Your lost wages – How long did you need to miss work? Or if you worked through, did the injury cause you to be less productive? Are you unable to find work currently due to your condition?
- Your pain and suffering – How much of a toll did your pain take on your family and loved ones? How terrible was it for you to deal with agonizing pain?
An important factor in the compensation you receive will be the difference between your condition after the accident and your condition before the accident. If you did not suffer from back pain before the accident and have severe or intense pain after the accident, you will likely recover significantly more for a herniated disc than if your condition after the accident has not changed significantly from your prior condition.
Contact one of our Cincinnati, OH attorneys for assistance with your herniated disc injury
The law firm of Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. represents families and individuals in greater Cincinnati and throughout southwest Ohio and the tristate region. Let our experienced personal injury and disability attorneys make your life better. We want to help. Our attorneys have been AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. Contact us online today, or call us at 513.721.6500 to schedule a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available, if needed.