Suffering a back injury as a result of a car accident is often a frightening and overwhelming experience. Victims often face the immediate concern of paralysis as a result of the crash. Unfortunately, paralysis is not the only risk resulting from a car accident. Victims may also suffer from a herniated disc. We all have spinal discs located between the individual bones (vertebrae) in the back. Those discs provide a cushion between the bones, and also between bones and nerves. When some of the softer center of these discs pushes out, a herniated disc results.
Signs That You May Have a Herniated Disc
Some victims may have a herniated disc that presents without any symptoms at all. Others, however, experience pain and suffering as a result of their injury. Common symptoms of a herniated disc include the following:
- Pain in the arm or leg. Herniated discs located in the lower back can produce intense pain in the buttocks, thigh, foot, or calf. When the herniated disc is located in the neck, the pain is often in the shoulder and arm. Victims often state that the pain worsens as a result of coughing, sneezing, or moving the spine in certain directions.
- Numbness or tingling. Typically, numbness or tingling will be located in the body part that is served by the nerves that are affected by the herniated disc.
- Weakness. Similarly, when a herniated disc occurs, the muscles that are served by the affected nerves have a tendency to weaken. Victims may find themselves stumbling or having difficulty lifting or holding items.
As a result of the pain, weakness, or numbness described above, victims may also experience limited mobility due to the herniated disc.
Victims of back injuries as a result of car crashes may be entitled to compensation for their losses. It is important to act quickly and consult with an experienced attorney in order to protect your legal rights after an accident. Sign up for our monthly newsletter today for more information.