Herniated discs are some of the most painful back injuries you can receive. They’re common after car accidents.
The discs sit between your spinal bones. They consist of a hard rubbery exterior and a fluid interior. When the exterior gets cracked the fluid bulges out, impinging nerves and causing extreme pain.
Herniated discs can even lead to loss of motor function, weakness, and incontinence.
If you’ve sustained this type of back injury because another driver was negligent, then you deserve compensation. The Law Office of Tony Merchant can help you make your claim and get paid.
It depends on how much treatment you require. Some herniated discs require little more than rest and a few pain killers. Others will require extensive surgery, and will come with years of chronic pain and a limited range of motion. Your consultations with your medical provider will help determine whether a personal injury case is necessary, because it will be based on the extent of your economic damages.
Most of your economic damages will come from your medical bills. If you had to miss work while recovering from a herniated disc then those lost wages are also a part of your economic damages.
Once we’ve calculated your economic damages we can start talking about pain and suffering. In Arizona, pain and suffering is calculated as a multiplier of your economic damages. The multiplier ranges from 1 to 5, with 5 being what’s used in the most severe and life-altering of cases.
So if you have $5000 in economic damages and your multiplier is 2, then you’ll receive a $10,000 pain and suffering award.
The full amount of your settlement will depend on the specific facts of your case as well. Arizona is a contributory negligence state. Each driver is usually assigned a percentage of negligence. The defendant’s insurance company will be trying to make sure your percentage is as high as possible, because your settlement would be reduced by that amount.
This all helps to show why having a personal injury attorney on your side makes such a big difference. Your attorney can negotiate your multiplier higher and can negotiate your contributory negligence figure lower. If the case is one of the rare ones that goes to court, then you’ll have a defender who will help you present your case to a skeptical Arizona jury.
Whether a herniated disc is your only injury or you’ve suffered multiple painful injuries after your car accident, Mr. Merchant is an excellent choice. He has 30+ years of legal experience in the personal injury field. He’s won numerous awards, has been published in prestigious legal journals, and, most importantly, has won millions of dollars in compensation for his clients.
Mr. Merchant cares, and he’s ready to help. Schedule a free consultation and case review with him today. Call (480) 581-8801 to get started today.