Herniated Disc Injuries Sustained as a Result of a Motor Vehicle Accident
Perhaps the most common injury that results from a car crash is a herniated disc. A herniated disc is an injury to the neck or back.
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column protect nerves coming out of the brain and travel down the back to form the spinal cord. The spinal bones are separated by discs that cushion the spinal column and put space between your vertebrae. The discs allow movement between the vertebrae, which lets you to bend and reach. When a sudden trauma to the neck or back shifts these discs out of place (herniation), that cushion is compromised often resulting in pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to pain, numbness and weakness. When the nerves are involved these symptoms can travel down the arms and legs.
The most effective way to diagnose a herniated disc is with an MRI scan. An EMG test can detect resulting nerve damage. These tests are also essential to proving the injuries in court. Insurance companies often attempt to argue that herniated discs are the natural result of aging and not the trauma of the accident. Therefore, it is important to present evidence showing the extent of the damage to the car, and the length of required medical treatment. It is also helpful to have reports from doctor visits made before the accident where there were no complaints made about the neck or back.
The severity of herniated disc injuries varies from person to person. Herniated discs often require steroid injections and even surgery. They also may require months or years of physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. It is important to have a Massachusetts personal injury attorney on your side who has litigated many cases involving neck and back injuries.