In order for us to prove that your disk herniation(s) is/are related to your case, you would need to have this diagnosed by a medical doctor. In Ohio, it is important that the permanent effect of a disk herniation be opined by a licensed and qualified medical doctor. A chiropractor is generally not permitted to testify as to permanency. In our experience in the courtroom, an MRI image of the injury, with contrast, is the most effective.
An MRI film is read by a radiologist. Remember: not radiologists will see the same thing from the same film. We’ve seen some radiologists classify a disk herniation as a disk “bulge”, a diagnosis that we have a hard time being caused by trauma, such as that related to the typical whiplash mechanism of injury.
An attorney can refer your MRI film to an expert for a second opinion relating to the classification of your disk injury. Sometimes this second opinion can be the difference in proving a permanent injury and not.
To your lawyer, being able to show the film to a jury, with a doctor's explanation of the damage, can be the difference between proving your disk herniation or not.
Law Offices of Jeremy Burnside has offices in Scioto County, OH and Lawrence County, OH. We serve clients throughout Ohio and Kentucky in the following areas:
Ohio Cities: Portsmouth, Lucasville, Ironton, Wheelersburg, Piketon, Gallipolis, South Point, Chillicothe, Cleveland, Columbus and Elyria.
Kentucky Counties: Lewis County, Boyd County, Pike County, Greenup County, Fleming County, Martin County and Carter County.