One of the most common and painful of all back injuries is the infamous herniated disc. These injuries can be caused by a number of things, including lifting of heavy objects, awkwardly twisting the spine or suffering an impact in a car accident.
To make matters worse, people who suffer these injuries might be improperly treated by medical professionals, which could make a bad condition dramatically worse. If you have a herniated disc that was caused or made worse by another person, the New York herniated disc attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC will investigate your case, determine who is responsible and help you receive compensation for the damages you have suffered.
What is a herniated disc?
A disc is a small cushion that lies between the individual vertebrae making up the spine. A herniated disc is a disc that protrudes through the exterior of the spine.
What causes a herniated disc?
A herniation, also called a slipped disc, can occur gradually or suddenly. In a gradual herniation, the cause is often years of performing tasks that lead to the protrusion of a disc. One example of gradual herniated disc causes could be workplace injuries that occur over the course of years of heavy lifting. A sudden strain from heavy lifting might also cause an immediate herniated disc. These injuries are typically, though not always, noticeable as soon as they occur and require immediate medical attention.
Other causes of herniated disc include slip and fall accidents or impact from a vehicle accident. Sufferers will notice intense pain in the region, pain in the arms and legs, difficulty walking, weakness or numbness in the disc region or in the arms and legs.
When Treatment Worsens a Herniated Disc
There are many different forms of treatment for herniated discs, though in the most severe circumstances doctors often will perform surgery, typically in the form of laminectomy or fusion surgeries. A laminectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the part of the vertebrae that covers the spinal canal. A fusion is a procedure that fuses two or more vertebrae.
These procedures should be used only as last measures after other forms of treatment have been exhausted. It is not uncommon for fusions and laminectomies to be ineffective at alleviating pain and, in fact, they might even worsen the condition they were intended to address. Other complications include nerve root damage, bowel and bladder incontinence, and infection.
Doctors are supposed to use these surgeries only as needed and to be as thorough as possible both during and after a back surgery. If a medical professional worsened or caused a medical condition due to carelessness, they can be held responsible for their actions.
If you or a loved one has received a back injury due to an unsafe workplace, a negligent driver or due to medical malpractice, the attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC will fight for you to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. We have represented many clients who have been injured or had their condition made worse by a negligent party, and we understand the pain and suffering you have endured. You don’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Contact our legal team today to learn how we can help you receive compensation for the damages you have suffered.