The short answer is, yes, a slip and fall accident can cause a herniated disc. If the accident makes your spine move in a certain way or you land in a strange position on your back, this may result in a herniated disc.
For help with a slip and fall case, contact Montero Law Center at 954-767-6500 for a free case evaluation.
Overview of Herniated Discs
The tiny bones that run down the middle of your back and make it possible for you to twist and turn are the vertebrae. The vertebrae have spongy cushions (discs) in-between them to keep the bones from grinding against each other and against the many nerves that also run through the spine.
The discs contain a soft center, like the jelly inside a doughnut. If something damages the outside layer of the disc and the jelly center spurts out, the disc is herniated. The terms “slipped disc” and “ruptured disc” mean the same thing as herniated disc.
How a Severe Slipped Disc Can Impact Your Life
A badly damaged disc can make you unable to lift or carry things because of numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness. You might not be able to stand, walk, or sit comfortably. You might experience extreme pain when you sneeze or cough.
Left untreated, the nerve damage from a herniated disc can rob you of the ability to perform your usual daily activities, including maintaining employment or taking care of yourself. You could lose sensation in your arms or legs.
A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Recover Damages From a Slip and Fall Accident
Medical bills for a damaged disc can be extensive, especially if you have to undergo surgery to correct the injury. You might be eligible to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are specific steps you should take after a slip and fall, including:
- Reporting the accident to the property owner
- Taking photos of the hazardous area
- Obtaining contact information from witnesses
Finally, do not accept a settlement from the insurance company before speaking with a personal injury lawyer. You should also consult an attorney before speaking with the insurance company as well.
Getting Legal Help for a Herniated Disc
Call the Montero Law Center for a free consultation. We can help you take legal action to fight for the compensation you need to get medical care, pay your bills, and compensate you for your pain and suffering. Set up your no-cost consultation today by calling 954-767-6500.