The back trauma sustained in a car accident will often cause a herniated disc injury. Symptoms of these types of back injuries may not show up for days, and the MRI needed to detect them is not commonly ordered by emergency room physicians. Our team of personal injury lawyers in California has dealt with many cases involving car accident victims with slipped or herniated discs. If you have been injured in an accident in California, we can assist you in seeking compensation for your blown disc from the negligent driver who caused your car accident.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Many people experience little or no symptoms from a herniated disc. It may take time for complications to present, such as a pinched nerve. they do not always show symptoms right away. There may be immediate and sharp pain; however, a person may not always feel pain right away. Some symptoms to watch for include:
- Arm or leg pain – If your herniated disc is in the lower back you will most likely experience pain to your legs, thighs, arms, and buttocks. If the injury is located near the neck, you will most likely experience sharp pains in the arm or leg when you cough or sneeze.
- Numbness or tingling – numbness and tingling of the body can occur where ever the affected nerves are located.
- Weakness – muscles served by the affected nerves tend to weaken. This may cause you to stumble and have difficulty lifting and holding objects.
What’s The Difference Between Bulging Disc and Herniated Disc?
The difference between a herniated disc and a bulging disc can be determined by the kind of tear seen in the annulus fibrosis by conducting an MRI scan, a discogram, or by observing how the disc reacts in the presence of a tear. what makes these two injuries different is:
- Bulging Disc – Doesn’t affect the entire disk and only the outer layer of the tough cartilage is effected at most times.
- Herniated Disc – results when there is a crack in that outer tough layer of cartilage that allows some of the soft inner cartilage to protrude out.
Can You Get A Pinched Nerve From A Car Accident?
Car accidents can easily cause herniated disc injuries as well as nerve damage. The disc injury and nerve injury can be related, such as:
- when a slipped or herniated disc causes a pinched nerve
- nerve impingement
- or chronic pain.
Slipped disc, herniated disc, and bulging disc are all referring to the condition where the inner portion of the disc is protruding through the tough outer portion causing severe pain to the area. Sciatica is known as the most common instance of this is a slipped disc in the lower back, which pinches the nerve sending pain through the legs and feet.
Getting Proper Medical Testing Is Essential To Your Case
Usually, you will feel when the disc ruptures as a popping sensation in your spinal column or neck. Depending on the severity of the injury you may feel the pain immediately, or you may feel it a couple of days later. If you think you have popped a disc in a car accident, insist on a spinal MRI no matter what the doctor says. If you leave the hospital without the diagnosis and return a few days later with back pain, the car accident defense attorney for the negligent driver may try arguing that you injured your disc in another way, since you left the hospital after the accident.
Contact A California Herniated Disc Lawyer Today!
At Krasney Law, attorney Robert A. Krasney has many years of experience handling accident claims, including those involving herniated disc injury and pinched nerve damage in California. His aggressive approach to handling claims and willingness to go trial are known to many insurance companies, and we believe this leads to much better initial settlement offers from those companies.
To discuss your herniated disc or pinched nerve injury claim from a car or truck accident contact Krasney Law, L.L.C. today for a free consultation!