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Auto Accident Disc Herniation Valuations

When an automobile accident occurs, both passengers and drivers can sustain a variety of injuries. For many people, one of the most painful is a herniated disc. While this injury can be repaired surgically or even with non-surgical methods, the fact remains it is potentially one of the most debilitating injuries that can be sustained in an auto accident. Because of this, it’s very important to work with a personal injury lawyer who has knowledge and experience in dealing with these cases, since the amount of compensation awarded can vary greatly. To learn more about how much compensation you should expect to receive for your injuries, here are some key points to remember.

Will I Need Surgery?
In most cases involving these injuries, surgery is needed to repair the damage. If this is the case, a patient can expect to have a hospital bill exceeding $35,000 or more. And even if the injuries can be treated using non-surgical methods, they require several months of bed rest and many months away from work, leading to large medical bills as well as lost income that will have significant impact on a person’s ability to support themselves and their family.

Will I Have Visible Scars?
Even though modern surgery has come a long way in recent years, surgery to repair a herniated disc often leaves scarring that is very visible and permanent. This is usually at the entry point of the operation, although in some instances additional scarring may be present if the operation proves to be more difficult than expected.

What Physical Limitations Will I Experience?
After surgery is completed, patients tend to experience certain physical limitations on a long-term basis. Generally, stiffness and a limited range of motion are the most common problems, although some patients continue to experience bouts of pain, numbness in their legs, and other problems that sometimes require additional surgery.

What Is The Average Verdict In These Cases?
While it can always be difficult to know how juries will react to any case, the average verdict in a herniated disc injury lawsuit is $360,000 nationwide. However, the amount of compensation you receive can vary depending upon a number of factors. For example, if the injury only bothers you while doing heavy lifting or other tasks, juries may feel as if you can still have a good quality of life, which may lead to a smaller amount being awarded. However, if the injuries have resulted in a loss of employment, excessive pain, or the inability to enjoy life as you once did, juries will often award larger amounts of compensation.

What Is The Impact of Insurance Companies?
Needless to say, insurance companies representing the defendant in a case are concerned only with paying out as little as possible to the person who was injured. Because of this, the plaintiff in the case should always hire the services of a personal injury lawyer who has experience dealing with insurance companies. Along with this, it’s important to let your attorney act as a buffer between you and the insurance company, since many insurance companies often use intimidation and other tactics in an effort to convince a plaintiff to take far less money than they would otherwise receive from a jury.

Get Medical Help Immediately
Even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured, it’s crucial to seek medical help immediately after the accident so that a doctor can verify your injuries. Otherwise, a jury or insurance company may use that against you, saying you sustained the injuries another way or are simply trying to get money you don’t deserve. So even if you are in little or no pain immediately following the accident, seek medical help nonetheless.

Contact An Attorney
While the average verdict for these cases is $360,000 across the United States, working with the right attorney will allow you to have the best possible chance of receiving the full and fair compensation you deserve. Whether your case goes to trial or your lawyer is able to reach a settlement out-of-court, hiring a personal injury attorney who understands these complex cases and is not afraid to take on insurance companies can make a tremendous difference in the award you receive.

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