North Carolina Herniated Disc Attorney | Raleigh Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

May 14, 2013

Car accidents and other incidents caused by third party negligence can cause a number of personal injuries.  Among the more serious injuries commonly resulting from such negligence are herniated discs.  These most commonly occur in the lower portion of your back (lumbar spine) or near your neck (cervical spine).  Herniated discs can cause excruciating pain down your extremities and may require surgery.  They are sometimes referred to as “ruptured discs,” “slipped discs,” and “prolapsed discs.”  If you sustained a herniated disc or other serious spinal injury in an automobile accident or other incident, the Raleigh injury attorneys of Maginnis Law may be able to assist you in making a full recovery of your damages.  To speak with an injury attorney, call the firm at 919.480.8526.

The human spine is made up of 33 vertebrae.  These are the bones that you feel when you run your hand along your spine.  Between the vertebrae are “discs.”  These discs are made up of soft material that acts as a cushion between the vertebrae.  During a traumatic injury, the interior of the disc, the nucleus pulposus, can erupt into the spinal canal.  When it does, it places pressure upon the spinal cord.  The symptoms of this herniated disc are not always felt strongly at the disc location itself.  Rather, the symptoms are sometimes worse down the limbs.  For instance, if you sustain a herniated cervical disc, you may experience numbness, pain, and tingling down your arms.  If you sustain a herniated lumbar disc, you may experience numbness, pain, and tingling down your legs.  This is called sciatica, or sciatic pain.  The pain may also just affect one side of your body and not both.

Treatment of a herniated disc sometimes, but not always, requires surgery.  The exact surgery depends upon your particular case.  In many situations, the doctors will perform a discectomy or microdiscectomy.  This is a surgery where the doctor removes the nucleus pulposus placing pressure on your spinal cord.  More serious cases involving the cervical spine may require an ACDF surgery.  This acronym stands for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. It is essentially two surgeries, both a discectomy and a fusion.  For a fusion, the doctor will place bone material between two of your vertebrae.  Over a period of several weeks, the two vertebrae will then “fuse” together, forming one single vertebra.

The good news about herniated discs is that with surgery, many of the symptoms can be corrected.  The bad news is that it sometimes takes months to diagnose the injury.  During that time, you may experience terrible pain, physical limitation, and lost wages.  The surgeries themselves cost tens of thousands of dollars.  It should not be your burden to pay for these financial losses.  You have the right to ask for fair compensation from the at-fault party and his or her insurance company.

The accident attorneys of Maginnis Law represent North Carolinians throughout the state, including individuals that have been injured in automobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, trucking collisions, and a variety of other situations.  We handle all injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fees unless and until we win your case.  All consultations are offered free of charge, whether at our office or visiting you.

If you have suffered a lumber or cervical herniated disc due in an automobile accident or other incident cause by someone else’s negligence, contact the Raleigh law firm of Maginnis Law at 919.480.8526.  You may also send a confidential email inquiry using our contact page or email us directly.  The firm takes cases throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex, Wake Forest, Greenville, Fayetteville, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem.

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