Suffering a spinal cord injury can have a major impact on the rest of your life. Paraplegia and quadriplegia will obviously lead to severe disruption of someone’s life and livelihood, yet other kinds of back injuries can similarly have a lasting impact.
The Oklahoma City, OK personal injury lawyers of Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC would like to consider injuries to the spinal discs. Whether it’s a slipped disc, and bulging disc, or a disc that’s been compressed, injury victims may have legal options to help address the damage to their spine.
About the Spinal Discs
Each vertebrae is protected by a spinal discs/vertebral disc. These spongy discs act as ligaments and shock absorbers for the spine, allowing proper range of motion, holding the spine together, and preventing pain when bending or twisting.
While these discs are relatively durable, they can become compressed, slip out of place, or degenerate over time. All of these disc injuries can lead to spinal pain, problems with mobility and flexibility, and a host of other issues.
Causes of Disc Injuries
Injuries to the spinal discs can have many different causes. Some of these include:
- Auto Accidents - Auto collisions of all kinds can result in serious injuries, including head trauma and broken bones. Certain kinds of impacts can affect the neck and spine, resulting in damage to the vertebral discs.
- Falls - Major falls can result in all sorts of bodily injuries including damage to the spine. This is especially true of violent falls or falls from very high places.
- Work Injuries - If you work in a profession that is physical demanding or involves a lot of bending, twisting, and straining of the back, this can speed up the degeneration of the vertebral discs.
- Sports Injuries - People in contact and combat sports are more likely to suffer from some form of physical injury, which may include damage to the vertebral discs. Even athletes in non-combat sports run this risk if they have a serious accident during training or competition.
- Physical Assaults - Intentional injuries and assaults can result in serious spinal trauma.
Long-Term Effects of Spinal Disc Injuries
Damage to the spinal discs can result in lasting back pain as well as reduce back flexibility. Simple tasks such as reaching for an object or lifting something off the ground can become burdensome. This pain can seriously impact your overall quality of life, and may limit your future career path.
Back surgery may be helpful to repair damaged spinal discs,
Holding Negligent Parties Accountable
If your spinal disc injury was the result of another person or party’s negligence, attorneys can help you hold these parties accountable. You should not be responsible for harm caused to you by others, especially when the injuries were preventable or avoidable.
A negligent employer or a reckless driver will be responsible for paying damages to you following the conclusion of a case. These compensatory damages can help with the cost of medical care, back surgery, future physical therapy, and any lost wages or future earnings related to your spinal disc injury. In particularly egregious cases, punitive damages may be sought as well to punish the negligent part for acting in such an irresponsible manner.
Speak with Our Personal Injury Lawyers
For more information about your legal rights after a back injury, be sure to contact our team of personal injury lawyers. We at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC will work closely with you to ensure you get the legal help you need.