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Disc Herniations & Backpain Following a Car Accident

Common Crash-Related Back Injuries and Their Symptoms

It may be surprising, but even low-speed collisions or fender benders can cause serious damage to a person’s back and spinal cord. Bulging or herniated discs are commonly missed injuries that can occur after a sudden, forceful impact, such as a car wreck. Without medical treatment, these back injuries may not be caught immediately. It is essential to be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible after an accident to determine the extent of your injuries.

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of another person’s negligence. Our nationally recognized legal team has decades of combined experience and will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured due to someone else’s wrongdoing, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 for a free consultation. 

What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated or ruptured disc is a type of spinal injury that occurs when one of the rubbery cushions that sit between the vertebrae is damaged. The damage can cause the gel-like center of the disc to seep through the rubbery exterior, causing pain and numbness. Most herniated discs are located in the lower back but can occur anywhere along the spine. 

Because car accidents happen without warning, a person is unable to brace their body for impact. The sudden force can cause damage to the spine resulting in a herniated or slipped disc. A common related injury is a bulging disc which occurs when the rubbery exterior of the disc is stretched, bulging beyond its normal area. 

What Are Signs of a Herniated Disc?

The Mayo Clinic notes that herniated discs often affect one side of the body. There may be pain that travels through your extremities or sharp, burning pain in your neck. In other cases, you may feel little to no pain in the beginning, making it difficult to determine that you have a herniated disc without a spinal image.

Signs and symptoms of a herniated disc:

  • Pain in the arms or legs
  • Shooting pain through the shoulder (signs of a herniated disc located near the neck)
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Traveling pain
  • Sharp, burning pain

If you experience any pain in your neck or back following a car accident, you need to see a doctor. A doctor can help ensure you receive the right diagnosis and treatment for your injuries. A diagnosis can also help you recover full and fair compensation for your losses.

How Common Is Back Pain Following a Car Accident?

Research indicates that car crashes were the leading cause (a factor in over 30%) of spinal cord injuries. If you have back or neck pain following a car accident, it is most likely a result of the collision and not some other factor. However, medical/surgical complications may also cause significant back problems. 

The problem with back pain is that it may not become apparent until months after it was initially caused. It is imperative to seek medical treatment immediately after the accident to ensure that your injuries are accurately identified.

Contact Our Office for More Information

If you were seriously injured after a car accident and are wondering how much your car accident case may be worth, contact our office at (888) 367-7160 for a free consultation. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with parties who have suffered herniated discs and other back injuries due to an accident. Get in touch with our office now to discuss your legal options.

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