How To Obtain Compensation For Disk Degeneration

As people age, the spine begins to wear out. These changes can be normal and often go unnoticed because there is no pain or symptoms. However, any traumatic event, such as a fall or auto accident, can result the onset of pain, numbness and other symptoms that are associated with what doctors call "degenerative changes" in the spine.

Has An Insurance Company Tried To Deny Your Claim?

Unfortunately, even though you did not have the pain or symptoms before, insurance companies often deny payment of medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering after such an event, claiming the injury was "pre-existing" and was not caused by the accident. If you are in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation for the effects of degenerative disk disease.

Rosenthal & Kreeger LLP can help. If you have symptoms of degenerative disk disease that started after or were made worse by a car accident or other trauma caused by negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced attorneys at Rosenthal & Kreeger LLP understand how to handle cases in which insurance companies try to avoid paying for the accident-related degenerative disk disease and its consequences. We serve clients in Roseville, Sacramento and surrounding cities.

What Is Degenerative Disk Disease?

The spine is a very complex system that includes interlocking bones called vertebrae that are spaced and cushioned by "disks." The bones provide space for the spinal cord and the disks provide space between the bones for nerve roots to exit the spinal cord and travel to various parts of the body. Degenerative disk disease describes a wearing out or deterioration to the disks and other components of the spine. This deterioration can be normal over time or can be caused by a single traumatic event.

The most common areas affected by degenerative disk disease are your neck, involving the "cervical" spine, or the lower back, involving the "lumbar" spine. Degenerative disk disease in the neck can affect upper extremities and may cause pain, numbness, loss of motor function or other symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Degenerative disk disease in the lower back usually affects the lower extremities and may cause pain, numbness or other symptoms in the back and legs.

Degenerative disk disease may include:

  • Bulging disks
  • Herniated disks
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet disruption
  • Sciatica or radicular symptoms
  • Compressed nerve roots
  • Compressed spinal cord

Changes in the disks and spine occur naturally as people age, even if they do not feel pain or notice the changes. After a car accident, these degenerative changes may become painful or existing pain may become worse. Treatments include:

  • Pain medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Facet injections
  • Radio frequency ablations
  • Surgery, including a diskectomy, disk replacement or fusion

Treatment of degenerative disk disease can be a lengthy process. Treating physicians generally try to help patients manage their condition with the most conservative treatments first, only considering surgery as a last resort when other options have failed.

Factors In Compensation

After an accident due to another driver's negligence, victims usually look to the responsible party's insurance company for payment of past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the accident. In cases involving degenerative disk disease, insurance companies often try to avoid their responsibility by claiming that the victim's injuries were pre-existing. That makes it essential for an accident victim to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

At Rosenthal & Kreeger LLP, we can force insurance companies that try to deny valid claims for compensation to live up to their obligation. When necessary, we will consult medical experts for their assessment of your injuries, their causes and the treatments you may need to recover. If insurers will not pay fair compensation, Rosenthal & Kreeger LLP is willing and able to litigate a case through trial.

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