How can a car crash cause a herniated disc?
Spinal herniated disc injuries commonly occur in automobile accidents. The stress placed on the spinal column during a car collision can force a piece of the spinal structure (a disc) that separates your back bones, to move out of its intended place. A herniated disc can also be referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, as in each case, pressure causes a disc to move or malfunction. Following a displaced or injured disc, the disc structure can begin to move out into the spinal channel, where it presses on the spinal nerves. This contact can produce severe back, neck, leg, and possible hand pain, as well as numbness and tingling in the limbs. If you have been involved in a car accident or truck accident, and you have experienced a sharp pain in the back, leg, neck, hand or foot, you may have a herniated disc. It is vital that you seek medical attention for this injury.
Back injuries caused by slipped or ruptured discs can be a lifelong problem. An injury of this magnitude can unfortunately be caused by a single car accident. Many accident victims do not seek legal advice after sustaining an injury in an accident until it is too late. Following the devastation of a car crash, back and neck injuries sometimes go undiagnosed and unnoticed, as the victim is running on adrenaline, hoping that the pain will soon fade. Sure, in certain cases injured accident victims recover on their own, but in others, a disc has been significantly dislodged, leading to a lifetime of uncompensated back pain.
Symptoms of Herniated Discs
If you notice any of the symptoms listed below after an accident, it is crucial that you see a doctor and consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
- Back pain, numbness, or tingling: Sudden and intense back pain is often a strong sign that a disk injury has occurred. More specifically, lower back pain is one of the most common symptoms as the the disks most likely to herniate in a car crash are the bottom two discs on the spinal column. Ruptured discs in the mid to low back put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing sharp pains in the leg and feet. Over time, this pressure can lead to chronic pain, numbness, and tingling as the muscles in the affected area become weakened or damaged.
- Numbness in limbs: A herniated disc can lead to numbness in the legs and arms, traveling to the calf, foot, toes, hands, and fingers. This may lead the injured victim to have difficulty walking or performing daily activities. Similarly, other strange sensations occuring in the limbs such as weakness, shooting pain, or tingling can also be caused from a slipped disc.
Car insurance companies have conditioned most Americans to believe that back and neck related complaints from car accidents are minor or fradulent, and are not worthy of compensation. However, car accidents represent the larest percentage of serious back injury cases in the United States. These serious back injuries often involve chronic pain, inability of the victim to work, and inability of the victim to complete daily tasks. A herniated, slipped or ruptured disc claim should be handled by an attorney who concentrates only on personal injury cases.
St. Louis car crash lawyer Christopher R. Dixon focuses solely on personal injury cases. He has several years of personal injury experience, having recovered over $34,000,000 for injury victims across the entire state of Missouri. Dixon is recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and among their Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40. Chris is also a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
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