Herniated Disc Injury from Car Accident
People never expect to be injured in a car crash, but traffic accidents in Florida happen every single day. Although some are minor “fender benders,” others are violent auto accidents that produce catastrophic results.
When a high impact crash occurs, victims of that wreck may suffer spinal injuries. When the spinal column is damaged from the stress of a violent car accident, a disc that separates the vertebrae can move out of place. When this disc moves, it can press against the spinal nerves and cause excruciating pain.
Victims of spinal cord injury may feel:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Leg pain
- Thigh pain
- Knee pain
- Foot pain
Because of the way the disc is structured, it takes a while for the pain to surface. Sometimes the pain doesn’t start out strong after an accident and goes unnoticed and undiagnosed. Once the pain starts increasing, victims may assume that the pain will go away; however, when back pain and other pain continues to get stronger, victims of auto accidents need to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. In fact, all victims of wrecks should go to the emergency room to get checked out for even the slightest feeling of pain immediately after the accident.
If too much time has passed before seeking medical care, the insurance company will start questioning the legitimacy of your claim. Insurance adjusters often think that back and neck injuries are minor and don’t deserve a large settlement. This is why you need an attorney on your side to show the adjuster that your back problem is serious and could lead to a lifetime of pain and troubles.
A herniated disc claim from a car accident should be handled by a personal injury lawyer who understands the seriousness of the injury. This type of injury can cause chronic pain and also cause you to lose wages from missed time away from work. An attorney that understands the effects of a herniated disc will be able to show the insurance company that you need to be compensated for the long term impact of the injury.