Can Car Accidents Cause Herniated Disks?

Between the vertebrae of your spine, there are disks that serve as pillows to absorb shock. When one of these disks suffers damage in a car accident, back pain and other symptoms often result. If your doctor diagnosed you with a herniated or bulging disk after a Cincinnati car accident, you may be eligible to recover 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 insurance companies dismissed the injury as age-related damage.

At Levy Law Offices, however, we have the experience and resources to prove this type of case. We can link the disk 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 disk: 513-655-5089.

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How Do Car Accidents Cause Herniated Or Bulging Disks?

The force of impact in a car accident can put immense pressure on your spine. While the disks between vertebrae need to be strong to both protect your spine and allow it to move, the extreme force in a car accident can cause these disks to move out of place or tear.

Are A Herniated Disk And A Bulging Disk The Same Thing?

Many people — doctors included — believe bulging and herniated disks 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 disk occurs when the disk's tough outer layer of cartilage bulges out from between the vertebrae. A bulging disk can affect much of the disk, but may cause no pain.
  • A herniated disk occurs when the tough cartilage cracks, and the soft inner filling of the disk protrudes through the tear. A herniated disk 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 disk 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 Disk Car Accident Compensation?

Recovering compensation for a bulging or herniated disk injury can be difficult. Many 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:

Victim Testimony

Your story is one of the most important factors in an insurance claim. You will provide the firsthand 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 disk disease instead of from a herniated disk from an accident, you will not recover compensation.

In the strongest cases, the treating physician is certain the car accident caused the disk injury. These doctors outline how the injury occurred based on their knowledge of this type of injury and the victim's description of the accident. The doctor's medical opinion should match the victim's story of the accident, outlining a clear mechanism of injury.

Imaging Scans

We request copies of all X-rays and other imaging scans. These scans can help us illustrate the difference between an age-related disk herniation and one caused by trauma. Wear and tear over the years leaves disks smashed and dehydrated. A healthy, hydrated disk with damage is often a clear sign of trauma.

Medical History

One of the biggest hurdles we face in disk injury car accident compensation cases is the victim's history of back problems. We will 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 disk 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 will 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 Disk Car Accident Compensation In Cincinnati?

If you suffered a disk injury in a Cincinnati car accident, the lawyers at Levy Law Offices can help you get the compensation you deserve. Email us or call our office today at 513-655-5089 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our Cincinnati car accident attorneys.