Herniated and bulging disks can occur as the result of a number of personal injuries. This type of injury can cause severe pain and may require rehabilitative services or surgery to correct or relive pain, at minimum. People who suffer from herniated and bulging disks can place pressure on the surrounding nerves, which can cause a number of uncomfortable or painful conditions. The simple pleasures of life, such as laughing, can cause severe pain and patients lose muscle strength and reflexes, experience numbness and, in some situations, suffer from incontinence.

Personal injury cases involving herniated and bulging disks typically begin as the result of an impact, such as with a motor vehicle crash. The impact can create an environment that can damage the spine’s disks. The pain can get worse over time and result in a condition called sciatica.

Victims of car accidents, or other mishaps that cause herniated and bulging disks, can seek compensatory damages in a court of law. Compensatory damages are meant to restore an individual to the condition they were in prior to the accident and can include medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may also be rewarded, depending on the type of case. Following are some of the elements involved in personal injury cases involving herniated or bulging disks:

Proof of the injury: An experience attorney can collect, review and present evidence to the court system, and insurance companies, that prove the injury occurred as a result of the impact.

Areas of compensation: Victims of an accident may never fully recover from spinal injuries; however, compensation can provide the resources to enjoy life as much as possible. Victims may be able to receive compensation for property damage, scarring or disfigurement, loss of the ability to earn wages and loss of ability to perform household tasks, to name a few.