Herniated Disc Claims in Florida Car Accident Cases
During a motor vehicle accident, drivers and passengers are subjected to a tremendous amount of force. Whether the accident involves a single car or several vehicles, serious harm to the body may occur in an instant. The sudden twisting and jerking motions that are often caused by motor vehicle accidents may cause serious damage to the spine. For example, a herniated disc is not an uncommon injury after a motor vehicle accident.
A herniated disc refers to damage that occurs to the soft material located between each vertebra in the spine. The softer material inside the disc may slip out through a tear in the exterior of the disc. Though most individuals develop herniated discs as a result of aging, trauma to the spine may also cause the condition.
Signs of a herniated disc may include:
- Numbness or tingling in one section of the body
- Pain in the arms or legs, depending on where along the spine the herniated disc is located. If the ruptured disc is in the neck, shoulder and arm pain is more common. If the damaged disc is in the lower back, pain in the calves, thighs, and buttocks is more likely.
A medical professional is able to identify the presence of a herniated disc.
Sometimes, surgery is required to repair a herniated disc. Recovery may take several weeks or longer.
If you were recently diagnosed with a herniated disc due to a motor vehicle accident in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury lawsuits allow accident victims to obtain compensation that covers their medical expenses, lost wages, and other types of damages. Hiring a Florida personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident increases the odds of recovering adequate compensation.