A Jones Act injury may turn out to be a ruptured disc, which could leave you sidelined for weeks or months, depending on its severity. To protect your rights, you should see a doctor to get a definitive diagnosis and then consult with Jones Act lawyers, who know the international maritime law, to explore your legal options.
If you have suffered a painful ruptured disc in a boating accident, you could end up developing cauda equina syndrome and suffering form worse health conditions. Such conditions may lead to the need for:
Jones Act lawyers, based in Louisiana, can assist you in pursuing a compensation claim for your back injury to help you financially get back on your feet.
Serious Complications of a Ruptured Disc
On occasions when cauda equina syndrome occurs from a ruptured disc, the following symptoms may be present: bowel and bladder problems and tingling or loss of sensation in the legs and lower pelvic area.
This syndrome could be caused when a ruptured disc breaks open, producing a fragment that is large enough to compress your cauda equina (bundle of nerve roots) in your spinal canal. This condition needs immediate medical attention and surgery is typically necessary to remove the fragment.
The cost of your surgery, doctor’s visits, physical therapy and other similar expenses may be recoverable through compensation claims for serious back injuries. You may be able to collect other damages in your claim but you should have your case evaluated by Jones Act lawyers first.
Signs and Symptoms of a Ruptured Disc
The signs and symptoms of a ruptured disc depend on the location of the injured disc and whether a nerve is compressed.
You may experience any of the following:
Diagnosing and Treating Your Ruptured Disc after a Boating Accident
To get a definitive diagnosis, your doctor may perform an examination and question you about your symptoms and how the accident occurred. If your symptoms point to a ruptured disc, a CT scan or MRI may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis or rule out other possible problems.
Symptoms may last for several weeks or months and treatment may involve any of the following.
About 50 percent of people with a ruptured disc feel better within a month, and most see improvement within 6 months. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. It is important that you follow your doctor’s orders and meet all your medical appointments to not only monitor your injury but these actions could also become vital evidence in your claim that you may end up filing with Jones Act lawyers.
Contacting Jones Act Lawyers
Attorney Timothy Young in Louisiana understands that maritime laws provide you with certain protections your employer may not want you to know about. The maritime law firm in New Orleans, The Young Firm, can help you if you have suffered boating accident injuries, an offshore accident or other injuries that fall under maritime laws or the Jones Act.
Though we are based in Louisiana, we are ready and able to help injured victims throughout the U.S. Order our free Maritime Injury Law guide and/or our guide towhat to do when you are injured offshore to learn all about your rights as an injured worker.
When you are ready to get started with your Jones Act injury case, we urge you to contact us today for a FREE case evaluation – call toll-free at 504-680-4100.
More articles on back injuries: