If you have been involved in an Illinois car accident and suffered an injury such as a herniated disc in your back or neck and are thinking about suing the driver at-fault, your first question will probably be “How much can I get?” In another section of our Illinois Car Accident Settlement Center, (What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?), we outlined a framework for you to use to estimate how much your case could broadly be worth.
It uses 5 steps and considers such things as property damage, medical costs, intangible reductions in life, punitive damages, and loss of income. However, there are also some specific things you should think about if you suffer a herniated disk. Here is a brief list:
- Surgeries to repair a herniated disk can cost upwards of $35,000 on average for uninsured patients.
- There are non-surgical methods of healing some herniated disks, but these can take months of bed rest and require long absences from work.
- Treatment to repair herniated disks often leaves visible and permanent scarring along the entry points of the operation.
- Following surgery to repair a herniated disk, you might experience stiffness and a limited range of motion in the affected area on a long-term basis.
- The exact recovery time for a herniated disk surgery depends on your particular health and the circumstances of the operation. However, it is not uncommon to last several weeks or even months.
Obviously, from these few facts alone it is not hard to see that a herniated disc can easily and initially cost you a lot of money. Medical bills will quickly begin to pile up and you will be forced to miss work to recuperate. Also, there could be some long-term reduction in your quality of life from the pain that might persist and the scarring that might display.
Thus, while not as much as some other injuries, herniated discs do offer the opportunity to collect some non-economic compensation as well. Therefore, when using our 5-step analysis to determine what your car accident case is worth, it is important to keep these local factors in mind for herniated disc injuries.