Herniated disks can have a variety of causes, from a lifting injury to a car accident. Since the exact cause of the herniated disk can be hard to prove, insurance companies may attempt to avoid paying a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim by blaming the injury on a pre-existing condition.
At the Finney Law Office in St. Louis, Missouri, our lawyers have successfully pursued compensation for back injury victims since 1981. If you have suffered a herniated disk in an on-the-job injury or as the result of another person’s negligence in an accident, contact us for a free initial compensation to discuss your case.
Causes Of Herniated Disks
A herniated disk is one that becomes torn or ruptured as the result of a strain, blow or twisting movement. The injury can result in significant pain as well as numbness or weakness in your extremities. When you go to a doctor for treatment, it’s important to explain how the injury happened. This will help document the cause of the herniated disk for insurance purposes. If the injury is work-related, you should go to a workers’ compensation doctor.
Most doctors treat herniated disks conservatively. In most cases, the injury will heal in a month or two with no more treatment than rest, pain medication and physical therapy. If your symptoms do not go away, you may need more aggressive treatment, such as surgery.
When recovering from a herniated disk, it’s important to be patient and to follow your doctor’s treatment plan for your recovery. If another person was responsible for the injury, you should not accept a settlement from his or her insurance company until you have reached what is known as maximum medical improvement. Only then will you know how the injury will affect you in the future.
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