Herniated Disc Lawyers in Pittsburgh, PA
Your spine is composed of bones (vertebrae) that have rubbery cushions (discs) in between. Sometimes the outside of the disc tears and the softer material that makes up the inside pushes through. This is called a herniated disc.
Herniated discs can irritate nearby nerves, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in the extremities. They most often occur in the lower back, but can happen at any point along the spine. While most herniated discs heal relatively quickly, some develop into a much bigger problem.
Herniated Discs and Workers' Compensation
One herniated disc risk factor is occupation – people with jobs that are physically demanding are at a greater risk of all back problems. Repetitive pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, and twisting can all contribute to herniated disc problems.
If you think that a work injury caused your herniated disc, it's important to contact an experienced, board-certified work comp attorney to protect your rights and explore your options – including a work-related herniated disc settlement.
We're here to answer any legal questions you may have about your herniated disc injury – you can reach out to us 24/7 at 412-394-1000.
How Much is the Average Settlement for a Back Injury?
Back injuries are common in many types of accidents – from falls to car accidents. They can range from strains to serious spinal cord injuries. This variation in injury type means that settlement values also vary and are determined on a case-by-case basis.
A few factors will help determine the value of your back injury case. For herniated disc injuries in particular, a medical expert will need to establish that it is a herniated disc as opposed to a ruptured or bulging disc, injuries which may have a lesser settlement value. Procedures such as MRIs and CT scans will help determine the extent of the damage caused by the herniated disc. Furthermore, previous injuries will have to be ruled out as contributing factors in order to properly asses the value of a workers' comp settlement for a herniated disc.
Another thing that has to be closely considered are the physical symptoms caused by the injury and the degree to which they impact your day-to-day life. An experienced work comp attorney will take all of this into consideration when working to determine your herniated disc settlement value.
In short, it's hard to name an exact figure as the average settlement for a herniated disc workers' comp case. There are a lot of moving parts – from the severity of the injury to the impact it has on an injured worker's life. The best way to get a sense of what to expect is to contact a board-certified workers' compensation attorney. We offer free legal consultations and will talk with you about the details of your accident and injury. That's the first step in figuring out what your herniated disc settlement might be.
Is a Herniated Disc Serious?
Your spine has so many important jobs – it houses nerves, connects pieces of your body together, keeps you upright, and allows you to bend. When you sustain an injury that affects your spine, it can have serious consequences.
Herniated discs are common, but thankfully, most fully heal within six weeks. Some don't, however, and can even get worse over time. If this happens, they can become so painful that people can't take care of themselves.
If a herniated disc becomes an ongoing issue that causes lasting health issues, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Is a Herniated Disc Considered a Disability?
According to the Social Security Administration, you're eligible for disability benefits if your injury:
- Prevents you from working or completing necessary daily tasks (like bathing, dressing, and cooking)
- Lasts for at least 12 months or is expected to result in death
If your herniated disc meets these requirements, you may be eligible for SSD benefits.
Contacting a Workers' Compensation Attorney
If you have a herniated disc that you think could be caused by a work injury, it's important to get in touch with an experienced workers' compensation attorney right away. They will answer your questions, handle deadlines that have to be met, and know the next steps you need to take if you're interested in a herniated disc workers' comp settlement.
We've helped thousands of injured workers over the years and are available to answer your questions 24/7. You can call us at 412-394-1000 or fill out the form at the top of the page to get started.