There are several types of injuries that frequently occur in car crashes. One common type of injury is a herniated disc. Anyone who has ever suffered a herniated disc can attest to how painful and depilating this type of injury can be, as well as the negative impact it can have on a victim’s quality of life.
What Is a Herniated Disc?
The spine is made of bones called vertebrae. Between each of these vertebrae are small, cushion-like discs which act as a buffer between each vertebra. The outside of these discs is tough and thick, while the inside is made up of a jelly-like material. When a disc becomes herniated, the jelly-like material seeps out of a tear that occurs in the outside material. This often irritates the nerves surrounding the area, causing tingling, numbness, or weakness in the victim’s limbs. Compounding the issue, as the disc degrades, there is little cushioning left between the vertebrae which can cause friction between the bones.
There are a number of symptoms which can indicate a herniated disc, including that numbing and tingling. In addition to weakness, there is often pain in the victim’s arms and legs. The issue with the disc can also spread to serious pain in the victim’s neck, dysfunction with bladder or bowel control, and loss of sensation in the areas of the body that would touch a saddle if the person was riding a horse. If loss of sensation occurs, the victim should seek immediate emergency medical attention.
How Is a Herniated Disc Treated?
In some cases, a herniated disc may heal on its own within a few weeks after the injury, but the majority of victims suffer long-term. Treatment can include physical therapy and/or surgery. There is usually medication prescribed, as well, to help deal with the pain.
Speaking with a North Carolina Injury Attorney
If the victim suffers a herniated disc because of the negligence action or behavior of another party, they may be able to file an injury claim against the at-fault party. Some of the damages a victim may be compensated for include medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish.
If you have been injured in a crash, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to see what type of financial damages you may be entitled to. The legal team from Shapiro & Appleton have been advocating for injured clients since 1985 and will do all we can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your case. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled North Carolina car accident attorneys to find out how we can help, call us today at 757-384-9052 for a free case evaluation.