Herniated Disc Compensation Amounts

In this guide, we will look at the herniated disc compensation amounts that could be awarded in personal injury claims. If you can show that your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care, then you could be owed compensation. 

A herniated disc can be a really painful kind of injury. It can cause you issues with your mobility. In some cases, it might stop you from being able to work or live your life as you usually do.

If your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone who owed you a duty of care, you might be able to claim. You can get in touch with our advisors for more information.

They will be able to tell you if you are able to

Herniated discs compensation amounts

Herniated discs compensation amounts guide

make a claim. If so, they can connect you to a solicitor from our panel who will be able to make the claims process easier while helping you get the right outcome. To find out more, get in touch by:

  • Calling us at 0800 408 7825 
  • Using the live chat function at the bottom of this screen
  • Contacting us directly through the website

For more general information on herniated discs and compensation amounts, continue reading this guide. 

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  1. What Is A Herniated Disc?
  2. Are There Different Types of Herniated Disc Injuries?
  3. Symptoms And Signs Of A Herniated Disc
  4. Causes And Risk Factors
  5. Eligibility To Claim Herniated Disc Compensation Amounts
  6. How Are Herniated Disc Compensation Amounts Calculated?
  7. Start Your Herniated Disc Injury Claim
  8. Related Back And Neck Injury Claims

What Is A Herniated Disc?

According to the NHS, a herniated disc may also be called a prolapsed disc or a slipped disc. Discs of tissue in the spine cushion and protect the vertebrae. When this disc pushes out from between the vertebrae, it can cause pain when it presses on a nearby nerve. 

Herniated discs can happen as a result of slip and fall accidents as well as manual handling incidents. For example, you could slip on a wet floor and injure your back as you hit the floor.

You may also attempt to lift too large a load at work, or lift it improperly, such as lifting with your back in a twisting, jerking motion.  If this happened as a result of your employer acting negligently, you might be able to claim. 

Duty of care

There are a number of different scenarios in which you’re owed a duty of care. For example: 

  • On the road- The duty of care that road users owe to one another is outlined in the Highway Code.
  • At work- All employers owe their employees a duty of care. They need to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety.
  • In public spaces- While in public, the person in control of the space needs to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those using it for the purpose intended.

If you were in any of the environments outlined above and a breach of duty of care caused you to be injured, you may be able to claim compensation. If you want more information on herniated disc compensation amounts in relation to your case, speak to a personal injury solicitor today.


Are There Different Types of Herniated Disc Injuries?

Different types of herniated disc injuries can include:

  • Disc fractures
  • Disc lesions
  • Prolapsed discs (this can include intervertebral discs)

Discs are made up of two parts. The inside is soft and called the nucleus, while the outside is harder and protective. This is called the annulus. Damage to either part of the disc can cause back pain and a range of spinal issues. 

Disc fractures can occur when the spine is compressed. Discs are designed to absorb some pressure; however, when too much is applied, this can lead to bulging or rupturing.

Disc lesions happen when the outer layer of a disc becomes strained or frayed. Lesions will then progress when the soft inner layer begins to herniate outwards. 

A prolapsed or slipped disc can occur when a disc is pushed outwards, causing pain or numbness. It might cause pain in the hips or legs if the disc is pushing out onto the sciatic nerve. 

If you believe any of these may have happened to you, speak to a medical professional immediately. If you’d like more information regarding the compensation amount you could be owed for a herniated disc, get in touch with our advisors today.


Symptoms And Signs Of A Herniated Disc

According to the NHS, there is a range of symptoms that a herniated disc could cause. These include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • A sensation of numbness, usually in the hands or feet but can also be seen in the shoulders, arms, or back
  • Weakness in muscles
  • Problems in bending over or straightening the back
  • Sciatica (pains in buttocks, hips or lower back caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve)

Some of these symptoms might affect your quality of life. For instance, if you work in a manual role, then you might not be able to do this while you’re unable to bend or straighten your back.

If your injury has been caused by a breach of duty of care and is impacting your quality of life, you could claim. Speak to an advisor today for more information.


Causes And Risk Factors

There are factors that can leave you more at risk of a herniated disc. Old age factors in as you may experience more wear and tear to your discs in the later stages of your life. 

However, there are other factors that could make you more likely to suffer from a herniated disc. For example, if you work in a role where you need to lift and carry heavy loads, this could put extra pressure on your spine and may put you at increased risk of suffering from a slipped disc. 

In addition to this, you might have a slipped disc that was caused by a single incident of blunt-force trauma. For example, this might have happened in a car accident. A slip or fall could also lead to a prolapsed disc.

For more advice on the compensation amounts for a herniated disc, speak to our advisors today. If your claim has a good chance of success, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.


Eligibility To Claim Herniated Disc Compensation Amounts

If you are interested in starting a claim, there will be a few steps you will need to consider in order to do so.

If you are involved in any kind of accident, always seek medical attention. Not only is this key for your own health and safety, but it is also wise for your claim. This can create medical records that might be useful as evidence.

Next, you may wish to speak to a personal injury solicitor. Please note that you are not legally obligated to do so. However, you may find the claims process much simpler with the assistance of a solicitor.

It’s also advisable to gather evidence. This will be used to prove that your injuries came about as a result of someone else’s negligence. Examples of evidence can include:

  • Contact details for eyewitnesses to your accident
  • CCTV footage
  • Photographs that directly show the environment in which the accident happened

As part of your claim, you’ll also be required to attend a medical appointment where your injuries are assessed by an independent expert. The results of this assessment will be used to value your claim. 

For more information on the steps you could take to strengthen a claim for herniated disc compensation, speak with an advisor today. 


How Are Herniated Disc Compensation Amounts Calculated?

Below, we’ve included a table in lieu of a personal injury compensation calculator. It illustrates how much compensation for a herniated disc you may be able to expect. These are based on the Judicial College Guidelines, which are guidelines created based on previous compensation awards.

InjurySeverityNature of incidentPossible compensation
Injury to the Neck(a) (i) SevereCan involve paraplegia or quadriplegia that necessitates wearing a collar. Can also involve severe and persistent headaches.In the region of £139,210
Injury to the Neck(a) (ii) SevereCan involve serious fractures to spinal discs that can lead to loss of function in one or more limbs.£61,710 - £122,860
Injury to the Neck(b) (i) ModerateCan involve chronic pain and soft tissue damage. May require spinal fusion surgery.£23,460 - £36,120
Injury to the Back(a) (iii) SevereCan involve disc lesions which, even with surgery and physical therapy, has residual disability.£36,390 - £65,440
Injury to the Back(b) (i) ModerateCan involve damage to an intervertebral disc but disability will not be as severe as above.£26,050 - £36,390
Injury to the Back(b) (ii) ModerateCan involve a prolapsed disc but precise figure here depends on the severity of the prolapse.£11,730 - £26,050

Compensation can consist of two different heads of claim. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages refer to the pain and suffering that your injuries have caused you. This is not just physical pain; psychiatric suffering can also be compensated under general damages. 

Special damages is compensation for any financial losses you might have sustained as a result of your injury. It seeks to return you to the financial position you were in before the accident. For example, your injury may mean you’ve had to take time off work, so special damages could compensate you for any lost wages


Start Your Herniated Disc Injury Claim

You may be interested in starting a claim, but you may be worried about the costs of hiring a solicitor. If this is the case, you could seek the services of a personal injury solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis.

This is an agreement between you and your solicitor that sets out what needs to happen before they get paid. It means that if you are unsuccessful in your claim, you will not pay your solicitor’s fees. You also won’t pay anything upfront or as the claim progresses. 

However, if you are successful, a success fee will be deducted from your settlement. This is a legally-capped small percentage of your overall compensation. 

To find out more about No Win No Fee or for more information on compensation amounts for a herniated disc, get in touch with our advisors today. You can do so by:

  • Calling us at 0800 408 7825 
  • Using the live chat function at the bottom of this screen
  • Contacting us directly through the website

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