Auto accidents can result in all sorts of injuries – some of which may be severe. One prime example is a herniated disc. While it is not one of the more commonly thought of spinal injuries, herniated discs can still have a significant impact on the lives of car crash victims. Learn more about this injury, including how to determine if you may be owed compensation, with help from the following information.
What is a Herniated Disc?
Within the spine, between each of the vertebrae, there are small, donut-like discs. On the outside, they are thicker and tougher. On the inside, there is a soft, jelly-like substance. A herniated disc is one in which that jelly-like substance seeps through a tear in the exterior portion of the disc. This seeping can irritate nearby nerves, which may cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in the limbs. It can also result in further degradation of the disc which, over time, can lead to friction between the spine’s vertebrae.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs can result in a range of symptoms, but most are related to numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in the legs and arms. These symptoms are not typically considered emergent, but any related to bowel and bladder dysfunction, pain in the neck worsening symptoms or progressive loss of sensation in the parts of the body that would touch a saddle while riding (also known as saddle anesthesia) should be treated as an emergency.
Treatment for a Herniated Disc
While herniated discs do sometimes heal on their own over the course of just a few weeks, many victims suffer long-term symptoms. In such situations, the victim may need physical therapy or surgery. Medication to treat the pain may also be warranted. Alternative medicine may also be considered beneficial for some, but such treatment should only be pursued under the advice and clearance of a medically licensed physician.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Disc Injury
If your herniated disc was caused by an accident involving a negligent party, you might be owed compensation for your medical bills, lost time at work, and possibly even damages for pain and suffering. Unfortunately, obtaining a settlement for these issues can be a daunting task for victims who have been injured. Moreover, payouts are often higher for victims who seek the assistance of an attorney with their claims.
Mevorah Law Offices LLC is the firm you can trust to advocate for your best interests. Aggressive and experienced, we will fight for the most compensation possible in your case. We will also handle all the legal aspects to ensure you and your loved ones have the time to heal and take care of your injury. Learn more by scheduling a free consultation with our Will County car crash injury lawyers. Call 815-726-9200 today.