Herniated Disc Alabama Disability Lawyers

A herniated disc (also called a herniated disk, a herniated nucleus pulposus, disc protrusion, disc extrusion, a slipped disc, a ruptured disc, a pinched nerve and sometimes misdiagnosed as a disc bulge) can be a serious injury. Herniations can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper back) or in the lumbar spine (lower back).

A herniated disk refers to the situation where the cushions (disc) between the bones (vertebrae) of your spinal cord, or the vertebrae themselves, are damaged due to injury or disease, causing the disc to be squeezed out from beneath the vetebraes. Many people have herniated disks, but do not experience any symptoms (they are asymptomatic), this is because the extruded disc material has not yet come into contact with the nerves running down your spine. When the disc contacts a nerve, pain ensues. Depending on what level your herniation is located (cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine), pain can run down your right or left arm, right or left leg, can effect your hands, feet, fingers, toes and can cause numbness as well.

Generally, a herniated disc (be it cervical, thoracic or lumbar) is caused by either (1) degenerative disc disease or (2) a traumatic injury.

Degenerative disc disease. A herniated disc may occur from gradual wear and tear on the disc, which leads to settling of the vertebral bodies and calcification of the disc space. Most commonly, the symptoms of herniated discs due to degenerative disc disease manifest between ages 30 and 50, and develop gradually.

Trauma to the Upper Back. Traumatic herniated discs are associated with a single traumatic event that caused the abrupt onset of symptoms. Any injury that causes a high degree of sudden force on the discs in the spine could lead to a herniated discs, such as a fall, a twisting type injury to the spine or a sports injury. In many situations, people are already suffering from degenerative disc disease, but are asymptomatic, and a work related injury or some other injury can cause an aggravation or a worsening to pre-existing degenerative disc disease of the spine. If a job related injury aggravates your underlying degenerative disc disease, causing a herniated disc, you are most likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. If you have suffered a herniated disc as a result of a workplace injury and think you may have a workers' compensation claim, call an attorney experienced with Alabama's Workers' Compensation Statute for more information-contact Powell and Denny

Due to how your herniated disk occurred, you may have a workers' compensation claim and you may also have a claim for Social Security Disability benefits. Concerning a claim for Social Security Disability benefits related to a herniated disc, a claimant must be able to show that they have a disk herniation where the spinal cord nerves are impinged, causing pain and limitation of motion of the spine, motor loss accompanied by reflex loss. If you have had surgery to correct a herniated disc, you will still be entitled to disability benefits if afterwards the surgery your symptoms have not improved.

If you suffer from a herniated disc and have questions about an Alabama Worker's Compensation claim or a claim for Social Security Disability benefits, please do not hesitate to contact Powell and Denny with your questions.

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