Your spine is composed of 26 vertebrae that protect your spinal cord from damage. Soft, pliable, jellylike disks fill the spaces between each of your vertebrae. These disks hold your vertebrae in place, cushion the bones, and allow your back to flex, extend and twist. Injury to disks can result in severe pain, immobility, tingling, numbness, weakness and spasms that radiate into your limbs.
Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was founded in 1950 to recover compensation for injured victims in Elmwood Park, Dover, Bernardsville and Newton. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may file a personal injury, workers compensation, auto accident or medical malpractice claim.
A bulging disk refers to a disk that bulges out from between the vertebrae. A herniated disk — also called a ruptured disk — occurs when the cushiony substance actually ruptures, allowing the bones of the vertebrae to impinge on the nerves of your spinal cord. A traumatic event or wear and tear caused by overuse can cause a disk to bulge or herniate.
Even a low-level impact can damage a disk if you are struck at the right angle. A car accident, a fall, being hit by an object or lifting an item awkwardly can result in back trauma. Our lawyers consult with experts on spinal cord, vertebrae and disk injuries to prove the link between your herniated disk and the traumatic event preceding your injury.
Performing the same repetitious motion repeatedly over the course of time can wear out your disks. You may develop disk problems in your lumbar and cervical spine from lifting heavy boxes, standing in a bent-over position or twisting unnaturally. These repetitive stress injuries often develop gradually as the disk slowly degenerates. Eventually, chronic symptoms can interfere with your ability to perform vital job tasks and enjoy your life. Our law firm files a workers compensation claim to recover compensation for repetitive stress disk injuries sustained in your workplace.
There are no treatments currently available that can repair or replace herniated disks, but your doctors may recommend back surgery to control symptoms. These arthroscopic surgeries carry their own substantial risks. Patients have been left in worse pain and with greater restrictions on movement than before they opted for surgery. If you have suffered harm because of arthroscopic surgery, our team files a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent orthopedist and hospital.
To learn more about recovering from your herniated disk-related injury, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We offer five convenient office locations, and translation services for clients from the Spanish-speaking community. You pay nothing up-front, and no fees unless we win your case.