Injury Lawyers Pursue Compensation for Herniated Disc Victims
Championing the rights of back injury victims in New York City
An injured disc can cause excruciating pain and disrupt your life. The attorneys at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson help accident victims suffering from a herniated disc or other disc injury obtain financial compensation so they can get on the road to healing and reduced pain.
Sometimes a herniated disc results from simple wear and tear, but in many cases, someone else’s negligence — a car accident, poorly designed product or medical malpractice — caused the harm. In those instances, our personal injury attorneys may help you obtain compensation from the person or company responsible for your injury. You may be entitled to compensation to cover your lost wages.
What is disc herniation?
Discs are essentially small shock absorbers between the vertebrae, cushioning them as the body moves. Herniation is when a tear in the outer rings of the bony blocks of vertebrae, known as intervertebral discs, allows the softer center to rupture and bulge out. The disc puts pressure on the spinal column nerves, causing pain, muscle spasms and sometimes numbness.
Most herniations occur in the lower back, or lumbar region. A small percentage — less than five percent — occur in the neck and middle back.
Diagnosing disc herniation
Often, herniated discs are not diagnosed immediately, or are misdiagnosed. Many symptoms may seem as if they point to other problems.
Symptoms can include:
Discs are not visible on an X-ray, so while it is appropriate for finding other spinal injuries, it is a poor diagnostic tool. A CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test is a better option. Discography, myelography and electromyography are also used.
In most cases, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and physical therapy provide pain relief and healing over the course of many weeks. A patient’s pain threshold, the severity of the injury and the patient’s physical condition all play a role in recovery.
Surgery is typically a last resort, when other methods have failed, or in emergency situations when the impact on nerves is debilitating or dangerous. The following types of surgery are used to resolve the nerve compression:
- Chemonucleolysis (chemical shrinking of the disc)
- Intervertebral disc annuloplasty (minimally invasive procedure to repair the disc)
- Discectomy (removal of the disc material impinging on the nerve)
- Transforaminal endoscopic surgical system, also known as Tessy’s (minimally invasive removal of the herniated portion of the disc)
- Disc replacement (artificial disc that replaces the damaged disc)
Let a powerful advocate for New Yorkers get help for your back injuries
Our legal team is experienced in investigating and pursuing complex back injury cases. We aggressively seek compensation to make sure clients have the best chance for recovery.