A herniated disc, often called a bulging disc, happens when a part of the disc nucleus that is pushed out into the spinal canal through a tear in the disc annulus.
This can happen from heavy lifting and other activities. Often, workers suffer a herniated disc from their work duties. If you have suffered a herniated disc while on the job, you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim to recoup compensation for your lost wages and to get your medical expenses covered. There is a specific process for pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
A Herniated Disc From A Workplace Injury
You might have to lift boxes throughout the day, or you may have been helping load heavy equipment when you felt a sharp pain in your back. If you suffered a herniated disc, you will most likely suffer excruciating pain and limited mobility. Workers’ compensation will help your family as you recover from the injury. You will be off work with a herniated disc for quite a while, so workers’ compensation will cover about two-thirds your regular salary and help your family’s financial situation. Your medical bills will be mounting, so they will be covered through workers’ compensation as well.
Pursuing A Workers’ Compensation Claim
Your employer must be notified of a herniated disc or other injury right away. It is also necessary to be sure you establish your medical treatment as quickly as possible. Without getting treatment right away, you cannot prove your back injury happened on the job. Seek care from a local emergency room or see one of the in-network physicians on the list available from your employer. Maintain documentation that shows your follow-up care and keep copies of medical excuses.
The Lump Sum
No two claims are the same. Be sure you understand that the severity of your injury, the cost of your medical care and the amount of time you will be off work will lead to the outcome of your case and determine the value of your claim. If you will be permanently disabled, you will receive a larger settlement than if you were missing 8 weeks of work.
Also, surgery will cost more than non-surgical care, so that can impact the outcome of your case and the value of your settlement. Your attorney will be able to tell you how much you should expect in your workers’ compensation settlement.
Consult With A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you suffered a herniated disc at work, consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure your claim is handled in the right way and that deadlines are met. Failing to get your claim on the right track and by the deadlines can be devastating to your case. Your lawyer will work on a contingency basis, so you will not pay anything up front. Be sure to get your free case review as quickly as possible, so you can ensure you have access to the benefits that you need.