Motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, and others often cause spinal injuries, such as herniated discs and bulging discs. Usually, the injury is the result of a sudden and forceful whipping or twisting of the spine.
Due to the potential long-term impact of these injuries, it is necessary to seek immediate treatment from the emergency room or a doctor who specializes in spinal injuries like herniated discs.
A herniated disc may cause arm, leg, back, and neck pain without treatment. It can also lead to muscle weakness or tingling at the herniation location or in different parts of the body serviced by the nerves impacted by the herniation.
If an accident caused by someone else’s negligence caused this injury, contact our legal team for assistance. The personal injury lawyers at Fetterman Law can help you with your claim and ensure you get the full compensation you are entitled to.
How Does a Herniated Disc Occur During a Car Accident
You can experience a herniated disc after a car accident if the force of the collision causes one of the vertebrae (bones in your spine) to push the spinal canal into a position where it compresses, putting pressure on or irritating your spinal cord. This impacts the nerves responsible for carrying messages from your brain to different areas of your body.
Steps to Take After a Herniated Disc Accident
If you sustain a herniated disc following an accident, you should follow these steps:
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Time is often of the essence in these situations. When it comes to treating a herniated disc, the sooner you get treatment, the better. To get a proper diagnosis, you need to undergo diagnostic testing. This will help doctors make the proper diagnosis and rule out a more serious injury.
It is also important for your doctor to rule out more serious injuries quickly. In some situations, the disc may become extruded, which can cause permanent damage to your spinal cord.
Keep Records of Medical Treatment
Early documentation of a herniated disc after a car accident makes it easier to avoid future issues with insurance companies. Early documentation from the emergency room can help you avoid future issues with a claim.
Also, if your injury turns out to be more serious, you have the early symptoms documented and can avoid issues that occur with insurance companies in many situations. With early documentation, you clearly connect your accident and injury.
Never Try to “Tough It Out”
A herniated disc is a serious injury. It can lead to permanent disability and chronic pain if you fail to seek treatment immediately. While you may not want to complain and try to “tough it out,” this is not a good idea. Your pain and issues will not go away. In fact, they will continue to worsen. Seeking treatment immediately is necessary to avoid this outcome.
Never Sign a Settlement Offer Without Talking to an Attorney
It is never a good idea to sign a waiver, release, or settlement related to your car accident until you have talked to an experienced attorney. They will review the information in the document to determine if you should sign or work to negotiate a better offer.
How to File a Claim for a Herniated Disc After an Accident
Filing a claim for herniated discs after an accident can be complicated. An attorney can guide you through the legal process to ensure you meet all required deadlines. Our car accident attorneys have experience representing clients in this situation and can ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Can You Sue After Experiencing a Herniated Disc in an Accident?
It is possible to sue for this injury. For example, if your no-fault benefits are denied after an accident that caused a herniated disc, and you continue to suffer, you can sue the at-fault party for your overdue or unpaid medical bills, replacement services, lost wages, medical mileage, and more.
You may also be able to sue the at-fault driver for compensation for your pain and suffering. To do this, you must show the other driver caused your accident and that the mental trauma you sustained resulted in a “serious impairment of body function,” based on the law.
It is also possible to sue the at-fault driver for other economic losses, like future medical costs or lost wages.
Contact Our Florida Car Accident Lawyers at Fetterman Law for Help
A herniated disc is a serious injury that can cause long-term pain and disability. You have rights if you sustain this injury in a car accident or another accident caused by someone else. One right is to recover compensation for your losses.
At Fetterman Law our legal team can help you with the claims process. We can also explain the legal process you must follow to recover compensation. While it can be a long road to recovery after sustaining a herniated disc, we are here to help. Call our office to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and claim.