WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOU SEEN THE TERM "VERTEBRAL DISC" OR HERNIATED DISC?
The path of radiating pain depends on where the disc herniation occurs. When a patient has a symptomatic herniated disc, the pain is not in the disc area; rather, the disc herniation is pinching a nerve in the spine that causes 'radicular' pain. This radicular pain is typically described as a pain that shoots through the body, usually to one area in particular, since each nerve in the spine is connected to a particular area of the body. This pain can be nerve root pain, leg pain if the herniation is in the lumbar (back), or arm pain from a cervical (neck) herniated disc.
A vertebrae injury is often easy to diagnose. Herniated discs are more difficult. This is because the disc is invisible on an x-ray. Naturally then, herniated discs are rarely diagnosed in the emergency room after an auto accident. Accordingly, patients almost invariably need a CT scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm a herniated disc injury. A discography, myelography, or an electromyography are also used to diagnose herniated discs.
HERNIATED DISCS AT VARIOUS LEVELS MOST COMMONLY C4-5, C5-6, C6-7
The most common cervical disc injuries seen by a personal injury lawyer are C4-C5 and C5-C6 injuries. As close as they are in the body, they cause different symptoms and present very differently.
Clients who have a C4-C5 car accident injury often complain primarily of weakness or pain in the shoulders or deltoids, and numbness and tingling is less commonly reported. In contrast, a C5-C6 injury from a car accident often causes numbness and tingling and radiating pain down to or near the patient’s thumb. A C5-C6 accident injury also may cause weakness in the biceps and the wrist extensor muscles.
Numbness and tingling along with pain can radiate to the thumb side of the hand. This is one of the most common levels for a cervical disc herniation to occur. Accident lawyers see less C6-C7 and C7-T1 injuries, relatively speaking, although they do often occur as the result of the trauma of an auto accident.
VALUE RANGES FOR HERNIATIONS IN THE CERVICAL (NECK) REGIONAL
The median cervical herniated disc case in California is $40,000. The Los Angeles and San Francisco medians are $50,000 and $36,000, respectively.
It is important to take a wait and see approach with a herniated disc case and not settle these cases too quickly. Insurance companies are just too quick to shoot these claims down. But they change their tune when they know they are in for a fight. This is particularly true with cervical herniated disc cases as opposed to lumbar (back) disc injuries, because some herniated disc injuries are relatively benign. But the fact that there are some smaller herniated disc cases that alter the value of the serious cervical herniated disc injuries.
VALUATION RANGES OF CERVICAL HERNIATION CASES
If you have suffered a lumbar or cervical herniated disc as the result of a car accident or truck accident, you need a lawyer that understands the medicine and mechanism of injury in herniated disc cases. Call Tryk Law if you are interested in learning more about our firm and how we may help you. Call us at (559) 840-3240
. Our law firm is based in Fresno California and we handle numerous herniated disc injury cases in the State of California.
Inevitably, most clients want to know what their case is worth and lawyers are often discouraged from providing their opinions about anticipated results. It is difficult because there are many aspects that are uncertain when the case is first assigned to a law firm. The following are settlemen ranages based on actual data from past years as it relates to valuing a cervical disc herniation case. The values are based on actual results but do not include defense verdicts or confidential settlements. The are not to be construed as a guarantee. The facts of all cases differ and and personal injury damages are extremely variable.