Spring Hill Lawyers Dedicated to Helping Accident Victims
Suffering an injury to your back can be debilitating. Many victims are forced to miss work, or they may need to take painkillers in order to maintain their duties and responsibilities. Even if your job is not physical in nature, a lumbar herniated disc can make it difficult to accomplish daily tasks like dressing, walking a dog, and caring for young children. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience helping spinal cord injury victims in Spring Hill and other Florida communities seek the compensation they deserve.
Hold a Negligent Party Responsible for Your Injuries
The spinal cord is protected by a number of vertebrae that run from the base of the neck to the tailbone. The lumbar discs are located in the lower back region. The inside of each disc is filled with fluid that protects the spinal cord from damage. When the bone material of a lumbar disc is injured, weakened, or broken, this fluid can leak out, creating a herniated disc. Typically, this causes undue pressure on the spinal nerve root, leading to severe pain and immobilization. Additionally, since the spinal nerve connects to nerves in both legs, a herniated disc can create severe pain throughout the leg and buttock area. This is known as radiculopathy or sciatica.
To recover compensation for a lumbar herniated disc injury, you must show that the defendant owed you a duty of care and failed to act according to that duty. In general, the duty of care requires each person to act with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in a similar situation. For example, property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and free of dangers, and to warn guests and visitors about any known dangerous conditions on the property. Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonable driver would use in similar weather and road conditions. Thus, a property owner who fails to warn a guest about a broken floorboard, or a motorist who runs a red light, likely has breached the standard of care.
The next step in recovering compensation is to provide evidence of the financial and physical harm that you have suffered. For lumbar herniated disc sufferers, this often includes medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been involved in a serious accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A doctor can determine the nature and scope of your injury and create a record of your treatment. Additionally, if an accident has prevented you from returning to work, you can potentially pursue damages for your loss of future earning capacity. This is typically established by providing testimony from your treating physician regarding the physical limitations you now experience as a result of your injury.
Enlist a Hernando County Attorney to Seek Compensation for Lumbar Herniated Disc
Facing an unexpected and debilitating injury is hard enough. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our personal injury lawyers have assisted numerous victims of truck accidents and other preventable events in Hernando County as well as Citrus and Pasco Counties. We can help you collect and preserve evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight for your rights along every step of the way. If you or someone you know has suffered a lumbar herniated disc injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us now or contact us online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation today.