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Average Bulging Disc Compensation After an Accident

Our personal injury attorneys frequently assist clients who have suffered bulging discs and similar types of injuries. Here’s what you need to know about bulging disc injury claims and settlements. 

Bulging Disc Settlements

What Are the Average Bulging Disc Settlements? 

Every personal injury matter is unique. How much a case is worth depends on factors like the types and extent of injuries suffered, how clear liability is, how extensive the pain and suffering of the victim is, how much insurance coverage is available, and how much the accident affects the victim physically, emotionally, and financially.

It’s hard to say what the “average” settlement is for claims involving one or more bulging discs. In the three examples listed below of bulging discs settlements the law firm of Console & Associates has secured for our clients, the payouts ranged from $275,000 to $475,000

What Are the Discs in the Human Spine? 

Spinal discs, also called intervertebral discs, are rubbery pads with a soft, gel-filled center that cushion the individual bones of the spine. These discs act as shock absorbers to protect the bones of the spine, but strong forces like the impact of a fall or a collision can damage them. 

What’s the Difference Between a Bulging Disc and a Herniated Disc?

Two common types of injuries a person can sustain to the discs in their spine include bulging discs and herniated discs

  • A bulging disc occurs when the disc sags or becomes compressed, causing it to “bulge” or otherwise change shape and protrude into the spinal canal. 
  • A herniated disc occurs when the gel that fills the disc leaks out through a tear, crack, or hole in the disc. 

Both spinal disc injuries can compress or irritate nearby nerve roots. These conditions can be treated through methods that include physical therapy, cortisone injections, medications, and surgery. 

What Bulging Disc Settlements Have Console & Associates Gotten for Clients? 

A few of the settlements our experienced lawyers have secured for clients with injuries of this nature include the following. 

Bulging Disc From Slip Settlement

  1. $475,000 Payout for Bulging Discs, Other Injuries From a Slip and Fall on Ice in Livingston Township, NJ 

Our client slipped on a patch of black ice, sustaining both bulging and herniated discs in her spine, among other serious injuries. The damage she sustained not only left her permanently unable to return to work but also caused her to depend on a cane to help her walk at times. She had to undergo several surgeries, as well as injections, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and chiropractic therapy, over the course of more than a year and a half. 

A thorough investigation revealed that the property owner had failed to take reasonable steps to keep the premises safe, such as spreading salt on the ground across the parking lot to melt the ice. As a result, dangerous, invisible ice patches, just like the icy patch our client slipped on, were scattered all throughout the parking lot. 

Our experienced attorneys secured for our client a settlement of $475,000. 

  1. $443,000 Payout for a Bulging Disc Spinal Injury From a Rear-End Accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel, NJ

Our client was rear-ended while stopped to pay the toll on the highway, and the driver who hit him received a careless driving citation from the police. Medical examinations and tests revealed that our client had sustained three bulging discs and six herniated discs. The damage to his spinal discs ultimately required him to go through a three-level fusion surgery. The permanent injuries he suffered interfered with his career as a self-employed electrical contractor, preventing him from working in the same capacity as he had done prior to the crash. 

Despite the severity of his injuries, our client’s previous lawyer had urged him to settle the case for just $45,000. Our attorneys took on his case less than two months before the statute of limitations expired. Despite the limited time left to prepare his case, we managed to get him $443,000—nearly 10 times more than the settlement his original attorney had wanted him to accept

  1. $275,000 Payout for Bulging Disc Injury From a Head-on Collision with Construction Truck in Woolwich Township, NJ 

After an oncoming truck swerved suddenly into her lane, leaving her with no time to get out of the way, our client was rushed to a trauma center where she would undergo more than half a dozen diagnostic tests. 

Multiple bulging discs that would necessitate surgery and a concussion were among the serious injuries our client had sustained. These injuries kept her out of work for a long time and have limited the amount of time for which she can walk without a break. 

Our client’s lost wages and medical expenses amounted to almost $100,000, and after all that, she was still suffering pain and physical limitations because of her injuries. Meanwhile, an investigation revealed 14 violations of the Federal Motor Vehicle Carrier Safety Regulations on the part of the trucking company and truck driver. 

Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys was determined to get our client every dollar we deserved. We settled her claim for a payout of $275,000. 

How Do Bulging Disc Injuries Happen? 

A bulging disc injury can result from physical trauma to the body sustained in the following types of accidents: 

  • Motor vehicle accidents 
  • Slip and falls, trip and falls, and other types of fall injuries 
  • Workplace injuries  

Some accident victims suffer a combination of bulging discs and herniated discs. 

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Bulging Disc Injury Claim? 

Bulging and herniated discs can leave you with pain, numbness, weakness, and physical disability. However, these injuries don’t show up on X-rays and documenting their severity and their full impact on your life can be challenging. 

Having experienced legal representation on your side will give you the best chance of recovering the full amount of compensation you deserve for a life-changing injury. Contact Console & Associates Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C. for a free consultation for your bulging disc injury case. 

 


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