A car accident can cause you to suffer herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc. Spinal cord injuries are common in car accidents, since a sudden impact can cause the spine to violently jerk in ways that can injure or damage it.
Your spine is made up of a series of vertebrae with soft discs between each one. A herniated disc occurs when some of the soft center of the disc pushes out through a tear in the tough exterior. This event may be painful and can affect nearby nerves.
How can I tell if I have a herniated disc after a car accident?
You can suffer a herniated disc in either your neck or your lower back. An injury in each location will show different symptoms, although it is also possible that your herniated disc will be asymptomatic.
If the herniated disc is in your neck, you may feel several symptoms in your arm or shoulder, including:
- Intense pain;
- Shooting pain any time you cough, sneeze, or move your spine in certain ways;
- Weakness; and
- The inability to lift or hold items.
If the herniated disc is in your lower back, you may feel similar symptoms in your foot, leg, or buttocks. You may also stumble when you try to walk or stand.
In addition to the chronic pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms or legs, your condition can worsen to the point that you cannot perform your normal daily activities. Disc herniation can also lead to bladder or bowel dysfunction and loss of sensation in the legs.
If you were in a car accident and are experiencing pain or tingling symptoms, seek medical care. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint the location of your herniated disc and begin your treatment. Be sure your physician keeps detailed medical records of your treatment that include the date of your car accident and the severity of your injury.
What damages can I seek if I suffered a herniated disc after an accident?
A herniated disc can result in significant medical bills. Initially, your doctor may recommend conservative treatments such as pain medication, muscle relaxers, anticonvulsants, or cortisone injections. He or she may prescribe physical therapy to reduce your pain. If your symptoms do not improve after six weeks of conservative treatment, your doctor may recommend costly surgery.
In addition to the medical bills for these procedures, people who suffer herniated discs may have to take time away from work. In some situations, you may suffer long-term or permanent impairment or disability. Even paralysis is possible after a disc herniation. You may be able to collect compensation for lost wages, loss of future earning potential, and disability.
If the other driver caused your car accident, he may be liable for your damages. Our attorneys can help you collect medical evidence to prove the cause and severity of your herniated disc and to show the cost of treating your condition. We can also obtain records from your employer showing any lost wages you have endured. Using this evidence, we can calculate a fair amount of compensation and work with the insurance company to come to a settlement.
How can I talk to a lawyer about my case?
At the Montero Law Center, we will evaluate your claim and investigate the accident to prove who is liable for your damages. We fight for your rights throughout the claims process and will make sure you receive all the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 954-767-6500 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.