So What Exactly is a Bulging Disc?

To a radiologist, a bulging disc is very different than a herniated disc.

A bulging disc is when a portion of the disc extends beyond where it should be but has not ruptured.

Some bulging disc injuries are more likely to cause nerve root impingements and can be just as painful if not more than a herniated disc in many cases.

A herniated disc is a disc in your spine that has ruptured. 

Bulging discs are often caused by aging, but can also be caused or aggravated by trauma, like a car accident.

How Much Compensation Can I Expect for My Bulging Disc?

After a car accident, many of my clients wonder what their bulging disc claim is worth.

Generally speaking, the main things that impact any injury case’s worth are:

  1. Past and future medical bills;
  2. Past and future mental and physical pain and suffering;
  3. Past and future loss of enjoyment of life;
  4. Past and future loss of income or earning capacity;
  5. Loss of consortium;

What Is the Average Settlement for Bulging Disc Injuries?

It is difficult to determine average bulging disc settlement figures because most settlements are confidential.

Because bulging disc injuries are not considered to be as severe as herniated disc injuries, settlements for bulging discs can vary wildly.

Often, the credibility of the injured plaintiff is what drives the amount of the bulging disc compensation.

Would I Have Better Results If Took My Bulging Disc Case To A Jury?

The average bulging disc injury jury verdict is $125,000 with a median of only $30,000.

There are many variables the jury must consider when reaching their conclusion.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc May Not Happen Immediately After the Accident

If you’ve been involved in an accident, you may not feel the symptoms of a bulging disc right away.

Even if you are treated in the emergency room after your accident, your bulging disc won't show up on a physical exam or a CT scan.

An MRI is generally needed to diagnose many back injuries.

Depending on the severity, symptoms of a bulging disc may range from mild tingling and numbness to moderate or severe pain.

Most people have problems in the lower back and experience pain in the buttocks, thighs, and feet.

Bulging discs can put pressure on the sciatic nerve or compress the nerves that control the bladder.

It is very important for your health and your injury claim that you follow all of the medical advice given to you.

Treatments can include steroid injections, physical therapy, and in some cases endoscopic spine surgery.

Taking the Next Step Towards Finding Out How Much Your Bulging Disc is Worth

If you’ve been in an accident and are experiencing some of these symptoms or have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, don’t hesitate to call Loyd Bourgeois and the LJBLegal team!

You need the advice of an experienced accident attorney to ensure that you get a fair settlement from the insurance company.

You probably don't like the idea of filing a lawsuit. Most people don't.

However, you owe it to yourself and your family to receive fair compensation for your injuries.

And the fact of the matter is that the insurance company holds all of the cards.

Our team will walk with you every step of the way. No gimmicks.

We will work with your doctors to get a full understanding of your injury and limitations.

We know that this is a stressful time for you so we take on the burden of tracking down medical records and forms.

Right now, you don’t just need an injury lawyer. You need a trusted advocate and confidant – someone whose only interest is your best interest.

Loyd J. Bourgeois
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Accident, injury, and disability lawyer serving Luling, Metairie, New Orleans, and South Louisiana