Do You Have a Herniated Disc Injury? These Common Car Accident Injuries Can Go Undiagnosed
One of the most common ways for a person to get a herniated disc is through a car accident. This is also one of the most common back injuries caused by car accidents. Unfortunately, they are also overlooked by doctors. Keep reading to learn more about these injuries and how to keep an eye out for them if you have been injured in an accident. Then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
Why Do Car Accidents Cause Herniated Discos?
Auto accidents are common causes of herniated disc injuries because of how serious the impact of the collision often is. It can put pressure on the spine which has the potential to result in ruptured discs and/or slipped discs.
When this happens, the discs in question protrude and the nerves are further compressed against the spinal wall. All of this results in pain in the back, neck or leg. It can be a lifelong issue, especially if medical care is not immediately sought.
What Exactly is a Herniated Disc?
The discs in your spinal column are essentially like rubbery or gel-like substances that cushion between the bones of the vertebrae. Remember that the vertebrae stack up to make the spine. Think of it like this: Discs work as shock absorbers to protect the bones.
There are two parts of a disc: The central part that is the gel-like part, and the tough outer ring, which is made of several layers of fibrous material. A herniated disc means that the softer gel part has pushed through a tear in the exterior. This is generally caused by some type of injury or trauma. The part that is protruded or bulging then irritates the spinal nerve and can cause serious issues like lower back pain, nerve pain, and muscle spasms.
Many People Do Not See the Doctor When They Experience Back Pain
It is common for a person with back pain to avoid going to the doctor because they assume that the issue will go away with time. This can lead to a more serious situation. It can mean the difference between a minor injury and a serious injury. Serious injuries can result in lost wages, chronic pain, and lifelong issues.
Contact an Attorney to Find Out What Your Options Are
If you are injured in an accident and have a herniated disc, you may be able to sue the at-fault party to cover your damages – including pain and suffering. The best step to take is to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. We are happy to discuss your options and help you through this difficult time.