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.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is an injury to the neck or back.
The spinal column bones exist to shield the nerves that send signals from your spine to your brain. Between these bones are special discs that act as a cushion and allow movements such as bending and reaching.
When a sudden trauma to the neck or back shifts these discs out of place (herniation), that cushion is compromised and results in pressure on the nerves in the spine. This can cause sensations of pain, numbness and weakness. When the nerves are involved these symptoms can travel down the arms and legs.
Diagnosing a Herniated Disc
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. Work with a qualified attorney to help you build a strong claim with sufficient evidence proving the cause, extent, and nature of your injuries.
How Is a Herniated Disc Treated?
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. Call our experienced Boston personal injury attorney for help with your claim. The Law Office of Steven R. Whitman, LLC has litigated many cases involving neck and back injuries.