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Car accidents and herniated discs

As we have discussed previously on this blog, there are a wide variety of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. Some are more serious than others, sometimes requiring months or years of treatment. Regardless of how serious an injury is, if it causes compensable harm and was caused by the negligence of another, then money may be recoverable via a personal injury lawsuit.

One injury that may justify such a claim is a herniated disc. A disc is a cushion between vertebrae that serves as a shock absorber of sorts. It has a hard outer shell, but its interior is filled with a jelly-like substance. When a disc is herniated, the jelly within the disc seeps out through a crack or tear in the disc's outer shell, oftentimes pushing up against nearby nerves. This can cause excessive pain, numbness in the extremities and muscle weakness.

Although pain associated with a herniated disc can be treated with medication and sometimes cortisone injections meant to reduce inflammation, some individuals end up needing surgery to correct the problem. Oftentimes medical professionals will simply remove any part of the disc that protrudes and affects nearby nerves, but sometimes the entire disc has to be taken out. When this happens, the vertebrae that disc was cushioning will have to be fused together.

While many back injuries can be treated and recovered from, many others leave a victim with lifelong pain and limited mobility. Sadly, this is the case for many Californians who suffer this type of harm in a motor vehicle accident. In addition to their newfound pain and discomfort, these individuals are usually slapped with unexpected medical expenses and, when they are unable to work, lost wages. This is wholly unacceptable when such harm is caused by the negligence of another. Therefore, these victims may want to pursue legal action to protect their best interests and, hopefully, recover the compensation to which they are entitled.

 

 

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