Car Accidents Can Cause Herniated Disc Injuries
Car accidents have the potential to cause all kinds of severe injuries that can drastically impact a person’s quality of life. People involved in car accidents can possibly sustain trauma to areas like the head, limbs, and the spine. Trauma and extreme force exerted on the spine because of a car accident can have severe consequences since people can suffer injuries like spinal cord damage, fractured vertebrae, and herniated discs.
Florida Car Accident Injury Claims
When someone suffers a herniated disc because of a car accident, they suffer a number of damages as a result. A herniated disc may not threaten someone’s life like severe traumatic brain injuries, internal injuries, or heavy trauma but they can significantly impact one’s life nonetheless. People can suffer damages such as expensive medical bills to pay for seeing a doctor, surgery, medication, and physical therapy. They can also miss out on wages when they can’t work because of their injury or they can have their career affected if the injury prevents them from doing their job. Also, there is a lot of pain and suffering that comes with herniated discs.
A car accident claim can recover compensation for damages such as these by proving the negligence of whichever party is liable for your injuries. These parties can range from other drivers to car part manufacturers or even the government itself. Proving negligence and filing a car accident claim is a large undertaking requiring extensive planning, research, and negotiation skills. Don’t attempt handling a claim alone or you will risk reducing the amount that may be possible to receive in a settlement or you may have your claim denied altogether. Consider speaking to Dolman Law Group about what our lawyers can do for your case. To schedule a free consultation with Dolman Law Group you can either contact us online or call our St. Petersburg office at (727) 222-6922.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a type of injury where there is an issue with one of the rubbery cushions called disks located between the vertebrae of the spine. These soft cushioned disks between the vertebrae have a soft outside layer and a jelly-like inside. When this jelly-like center of the disk is pushed or leaks out because of a rupture or tear, it is called a herniated or slipped disk.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disk
A herniated disk will typically occur on the lower lumbar part of the spine but it is also possible to suffer a herniated disk in other parts like the neck. Some of the most common symptoms of a herniated disk include:
Numbness or Tingling: A herniated disk can affect the nerves of the spine which are responsible for the sensation of your limbs and other body parts. A common complaint caused by this is numbness and tingling sensations in the limbs.
Arm or Leg Pain: A herniated disk in the lower back can cause intense pain in a person’s thighs, calves, or buttocks. Parts of the feet may also experience pain as well. A herniated disk in a person’s neck will cause intense pain in the shoulder and the arm.
Weakness: Muscles that are connected to the affected nerves tend to weaken. This may cause a person to stumble, or impair their ability to lift or hold items.
Herniated disks can also have a chance to not display any symptoms at all. A person can go for some time without even realizing that they suffered an injury. This is part of why getting checked by a physician after an accident is imperative despite not displaying any symptoms.
What Causes a Herniated Disk?
Many cases of disk herniation are the result of gradual wear and tear where the softness of a disc decreases with age which increases the chance of a disk herniating. Less commonly, a herniated disk can be caused by a traumatic event like a car accident. It is not common but entirely possible since the force of a car collision can do a lot of damage to a person’s back and spine. Risk factors that can increase the chance of suffering a herniated disk include excess weight and genetics.
Complications of a Herniated Disk
Any injury relating to the spine has the potential to cause all kinds of dangerous complications that can make matters much worse. Herniated disks are no different. If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms of a herniated disk then do not hesitate to see a doctor. Common complications that can arise when someone has a herniated disk include:
Bladder or Bowel Dysfunction: People who have cauda equina syndrome may become incontinent or have difficulty urinating even with a full bladder.
Worsening Symptoms: Pain, numbness, or weakness may increase to the point that a person has so much difficulty functioning and can not perform daily tasks.
Saddle Anesthesia: This complication consists of a progressive loss of sensation that affects the areas that would touch a horse saddle like the inner thighs, back of legs and the area around the rectum.
Seek an Experienced Florida Car Accident Attorney
Whether your spinal injury was caused by a car accident, workplace accident, medical malpractice, or other factors, you need an experienced spinal cord injury attorney who will aggressively defend your right to compensation for your losses. The Dolman Law Group has more than 46 years of experience in protecting the rights of injury victims in and around St. Petersburg. Injury victims across southern Florida trust our professional staff, comprehensive legal expertise, and superior customer service.
The injury law attorneys at Dolman Law Group specialize in representing victims who have suffered herniated disc injuries, due to the negligence of another. Our lawyers will fight aggressively for your right to compensation and your right to a settlement that you can be satisfied with. If you or a loved one has sustained such injuries, please contact us at 727.451.6900 or fill out an online contact form for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.
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