Generally speaking, the term “herniated” typically refers to the irregular protrusion of an organ, muscle, or other internal body structure through an abnormal bodily opening. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herniate.
Herniated spinal discs, for instance, are a common injury that individuals may suffer during or after a motor vehicle accident. In those cases, under certain conditions, the injured party may file a bodily injury claim against the at-fault motorist’s auto insurance company to receive compensation for their injury-related expenses (typically medical expenses and past and future pain and suffering). https://www.williammattar.com/blog/personal-injury/bodily-injury-claim/. However, the injured person may only file the claim if, among other things, their injury qualifies as a “serious injury” under New York State law. https://www.williammattar.com/blog/personal-injury/ny-serious-injury-threshold/.
Depending on the nature of the injury, a herniated disk may qualify as a serious injury under New York State’s Serious Injury Threshold. To determine whether or not a herniated disk injury qualifies as a serious injury, a personal injury attorney will consider a few factors concerning the injury such as the type and extent of medical treatments necessary and the extent to which the injury affects the accident victim’s daily life or day-to-day routine. https://www.williammattar.com/blog/personal-injury/bodily-injury-claim/.
If you have sustained a herniated disk injury in a New York motor vehicle accident, you may be wondering if the injury qualifies as a “serious injury” under New York State law. William Mattar, P.C. has over 30 years of experience in helping car accident victims receive maximum compensation for their injuries. Our experienced attorneys are well versed in all forms of car accident injury law, and we have represented many car accident victims who have suffered from herniated disks. Please feel free to contact one of our motor vehicle accident attorneys today. 844-444-4444.