A car accident victim who experiences a herniated disc often suffers chronic and debilitating pain.
The sudden, violent movement caused by the force of impact in a car crash can cause a herniated disc. Insurance companies often will deny payment, citing that a herniated disc was caused by pre-existing conditions. A car accident victim who experiences a herniated disc often suffers chronic and debilitating pain. This pain can interfere with the ability to earn a living and enjoy the life a victim had previous to the accident. The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. helps these victims fight for the compensation needed to receive the appropriate medical treatment to get their life back.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc happens when the outside of the vertebral disc is torn, allowing the inside to herniate or extrude through the fibers of the disc. The herniated disc presses on the surrounding nerves and creates pain that travels through the back and sometimes down the arms and legs. A herniated disc is also referred to as a slipped disc or bulging disc. Trauma to the back caused in a car or truck accident can lead to a herniated disc. If you experience any pain in your back or legs after a car accident, immediately seek medical attention.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Many people experience little or no symptoms from a herniated disc. It may take time for complications to present, such as a pinched nerve. A person may feel a popping sensation in the spinal column when a vertebral disc ruptures. There may be immediate and sharp pain; however, a person may not always feel pain right away. When a ruptured disc compresses the spinal nerve, pain will radiate from the area. For example, a slipped disc in the lower back can lead to a condition called sciatica, causing severe pain down the back and leg. A spinal MRI is needed to diagnose a herniated disc.
Treatment for a Herniated Disc
The treatment for a herniated disc will depend on the severity of the injury and the location. A doctor will usually begin with a conservative treatment plan, combining pain management and physical therapy. Physical therapy often involves the use of heat or ice, traction, and electrical stimulation. Surgery may be required for more severe cases. A herniated disc can be removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. However, back surgery has certain risks and is expensive. If a herniated disc remains untreated, a person may develop chronic pain that interferes with the ability to work, to enjoy hobbies, or even to manage day-to-day activities.
St. Louis Car Injury Attorney
It can be difficult to prove a herniated disc is the result of a car accident. The natural process of aging and degeneration are often attributed to a herniated disc. In addition, the risk factors of weight, occupation, and genetics can complicate a car accident claim for a herniated disc. Speak to a St. Louis car injury attorney about your case if you have been injured by a negligent driver. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.