Posted on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 6:35 am
Your back is an important part of your body, made up of complex parts that play key roles in how you move and function. A car accident can result in damage to any one of these parts, causing long-term and permanent damage. A herniated disc is just one possible back injury you can sustain in a motor vehicle accident.
What is a Herniated Disc?
Discs are circular parts of the spine that are located in between each vertebra of the spine. The job of a disc is to protect the spine by preventing the vertebra from hitting another vertebra. The center of the disc is soft, which is the part that can become herniated, causing damage to the nearby nerves.
Symptoms a person may experience with a herniated disc include:
- Pain in the arm or leg
- Numbness or a tingling feeling along the spine or in an extremity
- Weak muscles
You may not notice these symptoms immediately after a collision. However, even a minor accident can cause damage to the discs. If you notice any pain in your extremities after a car accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible because it may be an indication of a herniated disc.
Damage and Other Costs Associated With a Herniated Disc
A person with a herniated disc may require surgery to receive relief from the pain. This procedure can cost thousands of dollars, which you would have to pay if you do not have insurance. Even if you have health insurance, you may have a copay or deductible that can result in several thousands of dollars out of your own pocket.
Some people with a herniated disc may suffer from severe pain. This pain can be severe enough that it causes them to miss work and miss out on other activities. If surgery is necessary, you will have recovery time that can cost thousands of dollars in lost income in addition to the medical expenses. Sometimes the pain does not go away completely even after surgery, which means the quality of your life is compromised, and you may be unable to enjoy activities you once loved to do with your family and friends.
A herniated disc can be a serious injury from a car collision. If you’ve been the victim of a car accident and diagnosed with a herniated disc, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, permanent disability, physical pain, and emotional suffering. It’s important to speak to a car accident attorney to determine your next step.
Call A Sacramento Car Accident Attorney For A Free Appointment
Don’t ignore back pain after a car accident. See your doctor immediately and then call the Tiemann Law Firm to protect your legal right to recover compensation from the driver who caused the car accident. You can reach our attorneys by calling (916) 999-9000 or by chatting with a representative on our website.
Our Sacramento car accident attorneys represent clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and other communities in the greater Sacramento area. Don’t wait too long to consult with an attorney. Your time to file a claim is limited — don’t lose your right to receive compensation for your injuries by putting off talking to our attorneys.