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Herniated Disc Injury

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A slipped disc occurs when some of the cushion pushes through a tear in it’s tougher exterior. These injuries can be debilitating, and recovery can be a long road. Often, slipped disc injuries result in pain and suffering, unmanageable medical bills, months of physical therapy, and sometimes surgery. If you or a loved one has suffered a herniated disc as a result of an accident, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney right away.

Symptoms of Disc Herniation

  • Arm and/or neck pain
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Physical weakness

Causes of Herniated Discs

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Mass transit accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Herniated discs may be diagnosed by a physician though CT scan or MRI.

Types of Compensation

Monetary damages can be awarded if someone is found to be legally responsible for injuring a person. Those monetary damages are called compensatory damages or actual damages. The purpose of compensatory damages is to attempt to put the injured person in the position in which he or she would have been had the injury not occurred. These damages may include medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages (past and future), loss of a normal life, and loss of society. It’s important to keep records of your medical bills and time off from work, as these can help you calculate your actual damages.

In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the defendant if his or her conduct was negligent, reckless, or intentional. Punitive damages aren’t recovered for any specific loss. Instead, they are levied against the defendant as punishment to discourage negligence in the future. The court will determine whether to award the plaintiff with punitive damages and how much the award will be. According to Illinois law, punitive damages may only be awarded if actual damages are also awarded.

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For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your herniated disc injury case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.