Between the vertebrae of your spine, there are discs that serve as pillows to absorb shock. When one of these discs sustains damage in a car accident, back pain and other symptoms often result. If your doctor diagnosed you with a herniated or bulging disc after a Cincinnati car accident, you may be eligible to recover bulging disc car accident compensation.
In the past, it was difficult to link this type of injury to a car accident. Often, the pain took weeks or even months to appear, and the insurance companies dismissed the injury as age-related damage.
However, at Levy Law Offices, we have the experience and resources necessary to prove this type of case. We can link the disc damage with the car accident that caused it, and hold the at-fault motorist liable for the injuries you suffered. Contact our Cincinnati office today to learn more about how we can help you win compensation for your herniated or bulging disc: 513-651-CASH.
How do car accidents cause herniated or bulging discs?
The force of impact in a car accident can put immense pressure on your spine. While the discs between vertebrae need to be strong to both protect your spine and allow it to move, the extreme force present in a car accident can cause these discs to move out of place or tear.
Are a herniated disc and a bulging disc the same thing?
Many people — some doctors included — believe bulging and herniated discs are the same thing. A quick Internet search will turn up a variety of definitions of each, and varying viewpoints about the differences between the two. In reality, there is a distinct difference between the two conditions:
- A bulging disc occurs when the disc’s tough outer layer of cartilage bulges out from between the vertebrae. A bulging disc can affect much of the disc but may cause no pain.
- A herniated disc occurs when the tough cartilage cracks, and the soft inner filling of the disc protrudes through the tear. A herniated disc will likely affect a smaller area but is often more painful.
Either condition can cause problems. Different doctors, lawyers, and judges have their own opinions about which one is a more serious injury. However, both can have serious consequences for car accident victims.
Both a bulging and a herniated disc can protrude far enough to irritate sensitive nerve roots, causing inflammation and compression of the nerves and the spinal cord. Not only does this cause back pain, but the pain also often radiates down the leg. Some people experience other, more debilitating symptoms such as weakness and loss of sensation in lower extremities.
What factors play a role in winning bulging disc car accident compensation?
Recovering compensation for a bulging or herniated disc injury can be difficult. A number of factors play a role in proving your case and getting the compensation you deserve. Through our experience handling Cincinnati car accident cases, we learned the most important factors in this type of claim:
Your story is one of the most important factors in an insurance claim. You will provide the first-hand account of what happened to you during the car accident, when your symptoms appeared, and how the injury affects you daily.
Diagnosis and Treatment
We encourage all car accident victims to see a doctor as soon as pain appears following a car accident. Having a record of your pain and other symptoms in the first 24 to 48 hours after a crash is one of the best ways to tie your injuries to the accident.
The Doctor’s Testimony
What the doctor notes in your medical records also matters. For example, if your doctor determines your pain is due to degenerative disc disease instead of from a herniated disc from an accident, you will not recover compensation.
In the strongest cases, the treating physician is certain the car accident caused the disc injury. These doctors outline how the injury occurred based on their knowledge of this type of injury and the description of the accident from the victim. The doctor’s medical opinion should match the victim’s story of the accident, outlining a clear mechanism of injury.
We request copies of all X-rays and other imaging scans. These scans can help us illustrate the difference between an age-related disc herniation and one caused by trauma. Wear and tear over the years leaves discs smashed and dehydrated. A healthy, hydrated disc with damage is often a clear sign of trauma.
Past Medical History
One of the biggest hurdles we face in disc injury car accident compensation cases is the victim’s history of back problems. We gather medical records from your doctors, including those who treated you more than a decade ago. We need to establish that you have no prior back issues, or that any problems were mild in nature and not tied to your current injuries.
The Severity of the Car Accident
In many herniated disc cases, it comes down to believability. It is easier for us to win a case where there was major damage to the vehicles involved than a case where there was little damage.
Proving your crash was serious can play an important role, so we collect photographs and other documentation of the damage to your car. We can also reconstruct your accident to determine the speed at which the accident occurred.
How can I pursue herniated disc car accident compensation in Cincinnati?
If you suffered a disc injury in a Cincinnati car accident, the lawyers at Levy Law Offices can help you get the bulging disc car accident compensation you deserve. Call our office today at 513-651-CASH to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our Cincinnati car accident attorneys.