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Indiana Construction Accident Lawyer Presents:Disc Degeneration and Construction Accidents

By Matthew Golitko on December 22, 2015

A diagram of the spinal discs Indiana Construction Accident Lawyer  Presents: workers can count on Golitko & Daly, a leading law firm in Indianapolis committed to workers injured on the job. We have years of experience with litigation involving construction accidents that result in serious injury and death.

Back injuries are among the most serious kinds of injuries that may befall a construction worker. Let's consider disc degeneration related to worksites and why these need to be given proper consideration.

What Is Disc Degeneration?

Also known as degenerative disc disease, disc degeneration refers to problems with the vertebral discs that occur over a long period of time. The discs in the back are located between the vertebrae and serve a similar function as shock absorbers. They prevent direct contact between the vertebrae and allow for proper movement and flexibility, such as the ability for the body to twist and bend.

Changes to the condition of these spinal discs result in loss of flexibility and pain. Keep in mind that disc degeneration is not a disease per se, but rather a natural part of the aging process.

Signs and Symptoms of Disc Degeneration

In general, the most common symptom of disc degeneration is neck pain or back pain. The degree of the pain you experience can vary. In fact, the pain may only be apparent when making certain movements, lying down or positioning your back in some way, or engaging in certain kinds of activities. Some people may experience tingling or radiating pain in their extremities depending on which spinal disc is damaged.

Causes of Disc Degeneration at a Construction Site

Traditionally, disc degeneration is the result of back injuries such as herniated discs, which cause changes to the condition of the spinal discs and potential harm to the anatomy of the back.

Any sort of serious injury at a construction site can potentially cause a disc issue down the road. This includes a serious slip or fall, being struck by equipment, vehicle accidents at a worksite, and so forth. Even repetitive movements can place serious stress on the back over time, resulting in damage to the spinal discs.

Treatments for Disc Degeneration

In minor cases of disc degeneration, the most common treatments are the non-invasive use of pain relievers and the use of heat pads to minimize soreness and provide comfort. More serious issues with disc degeneration may require physical therapy to restore mobility. Surgery may be necessary for serious cases of disc degeneration, though is typically considered a last resort.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

If you suffered from a back injury at a construction site that was the result of another person's negligence, our legal team can help you obtain just compensation for injuries and other losses. This is a particularly important consideration if the back injury was severe as these kinds of injuries can have a serious impact on your wellness for years and years to come.

Having a skilled attorney on your side will help ensure that the system works for you and your loved ones, and that justice is served for all parties involved.

Speak with the Attorneys of Golitko & Daly

For more information about your legal options following a serious injury accident, be sure to contact our construction accident attorneys today. The team at Golitko & Daly will work with you and help ensure that justice is served.

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