Georgia Attorneys Discuss Herniated Disc Settlements
If you have sustained a herniated disc in a car accident in Georgia, the goal is to obtain fair compensation for your serious injury. It is not always easy, however, to estimate what your herniated disc injury might be worth. The car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, offer a look below at the factors that are involved in settlements of claims involving herniated discs. For personalized assistance with your specific claim, contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible.
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc is a type of spinal injury that occurs when a disc within your spine ruptures. When the disc ruptures, the jelly-like substances within the center of the disc leak and can irritate the nerves surrounding them. Herniated discs can occur in any part of the neck or back. Often, an MRI or other imaging test is necessary to diagnose the injury.
The most common symptom of a herniated disc is pain, which can be intense. In some circumstances, pain will radiate into your arms or legs. Along with pain, the car accident victim might also experience numbness and tingling. This usually occurs when the disc is compressing the nerve. In the most severe cases, a herniated disc could require surgery.
A major factor that helps determine the value of a personal injury claim involves medical bills. Your claim will generally be higher if you needed surgery or another extreme procedure to correct the disc, as such procedures are expensive. You can include prescription drug costs along with hospital and doctor's bills. If a doctor tells you that you will require future care, an estimation of the costs will also factor into your claim's value. However, the concept of future medical expenses is harder to assess, necessitating the assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney, who can take the necessary steps to protect your rights and thoroughly evaluate the value of your claim.
Time Off Work
If your herniated disc caused you to miss time from work, you should seek compensation for your lost wages. Thus, it is important to determine how many days you missed thus far as well as whether you are rendered disabled, which would result in future lost income.
Pain and Suffering
Your next step will be to calculate the value of your pain and suffering. Herniated discs are quite painful and can greatly impact your quality of life, especially if they require surgery. Pain and suffering is also difficult to assess, particularly because it constitutes intangible damages, and your car accident attorney will be vital in assisting you with assigning a value to this critical factor.
Contact Montlick and Associates and Put Our Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For You!
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should be eligible to seek compensation from the driver responsible for the accident. The Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience that we will bring to your case.
Our attorneys provide a wealth of knowledge and compassion to enhance your ability to obtain a full recovery. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.