The human body is extremely complex, with many built-in protective systems. One of these systems is a collection of discs, located between each vertebra, that protects the spine. Traumatic impacts, such as an accident, can place immense pressure on the spine and cause the soft center of the disc to herniate and aggravate nearby nerves. A herniated disc from a car accident can affect all aspects of a person’s life from his job to his relationships.
Symptoms of herniated discs
Even a minor impact can cause a herniated disc. That is why it is crucial to look out for the following symptoms after any car accident:
- Arm or leg pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Weakness in muscles
You may not feel the symptoms immediately after the accident so it is important to see a doctor if you have any of these symptoms or if pain travels down your extremities.
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What are the costs of having a herniated disc?
If you need surgery to alleviate herniated disc pain, herniated disc surgery can cost between $20,000 and $50,000 if you do not have insurance, according to CostHelper.com. Luckily, if you do have health insurance, your insurance may cover most of surgery; however, you may still have to pay between $2,000 and your yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
In addition to the cost of the actual surgery, you may need chiropractic adjustments, a back brace during recovery, and physical therapy, which can total thousands of dollars.
Herniated disc pain can become so severe that victims often have to miss work. This is also true if you need to undergo surgery; the recovery time from a disc herniation surgery can keep a person out of work for weeks. In addition, even after surgery, victims may still have too much pain to return to their previous job.
You may also be able to recover compensation for emotional stress, depression, and loss of enjoyment, other common effects of a herniated disc.
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Filing a lawsuit
In order to file a lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the accident was the direct cause of the injury, in addition to proving that the other driver’s negligent behavior caused your injury.
To prove the other driver was at-fault, you need to provide evidence such as the police report, eyewitness testimony, and photos or video of the scene. To prove your injuries are as extensive as you claim, you can provide your medical records and a pain journal that details how the injury affects your daily life.
If you have suffered a herniated disc as a result of an auto accident, call a car accident attorney to find out if you are able to recover medical costs, lost wages, emotional damages, and more as part of a personal injury claim or lawsuit.