A bulging disc is when a spinal disc bulges due to inflammation, swelling, or being out of place. It is often referred to by other names, such as a slipped disc or a herniated disc. The condition can often be very painful and can restrict the person’s movement (both at the site of the bulging, as well as for general back/torso movements).
Various other terms can be used interchangeably (and sometimes mistakenly), such as a ruptured disc, torn disc, collapsed disc, disc disease, or a collapsed disc. While each of these terms may indicate slightly different conditions, there is often bulging or swelling associated with these as well.
One of the main legal issues associated with bulging disc cases is that of medical misdiagnosis. As mentioned, there are many different terms associated with bulging disc and similar conditions. Also, it can sometimes be difficult to tell the condition of a disc. Thus, some legal claims involve medical misdiagnosis, such as a failure to diagnose bulging disc conditions or a characterization of the condition as something less serious.
In addition to diagnosis issues, other legal issues include: improper treatment for the bulging disc symptoms; insufficient treatment or lack of follow-up treatments; prescription errors for pain; and various other issues, many of which may be related to negligence.
Bulging disc is different from other back injury cases in that they can sometimes result from direct trauma or injury. Thus, it is often possible to claim damages for bulging disc issues in cases such as car accidents, slip and fall cases, work-related injuries, and other types of cases.
Damages may often cover expenses such as hospital bills, medical expenses, costs of pain medications, lost wages, and other damages. In some cases, pain and suffering may also be included, but the availability of such damages may depend on state laws.
A bulging disc diagnosis can often involve some complex medical and legal issues. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a bulging disc claim. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance if you have any questions regarding your medical situation. Also, if you need to file a legal claim, your lawyer can provide you with representation and assistance with filing.
Last Modified: 04-04-2017 02:34 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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