One of the most painful accident injuries a victim can sustain is a herniated disk. These injuries usually have a significant impact on the victim’s quality of life and even their ability just to do daily activities. In some cases, the victim may not even be able to go to work because the pain can be so debilitating. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another party, such as in a car accident, a skilled Virginia Beach personal injury attorney can help get the victim the financial compensation they may be entitled to under Virginia accident laws.
Many people are unaware of what a herniated disk even is until they sustain an injury to one. Our spines are made up of vertebrae (bones) and between each one is small disks that look like donuts. The outside of the disks is very thick and very tough. The inside of the disks is filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks act as cushions to protect each of the vertebrae.
When a disk becomes herniated or injured, that jelly-like substance seeps through the tear on the outside of the disk. When the substance hits the nerves that are in the area of the damaged disk, the victim will feel that irritation. They may also suffer numbness, tingling, or weakness in their limbs. As the disk becomes more degraded, with less cushioning, the vertebrae begin to scrape against each other, causing very painful conditions.
In addition to the pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness, some victims may also suffer more severe symptoms, including bladder and bowel dysfunction, loss of sensation in the upper legs and buttocks, pain in the neck area, and an overall worsening of symptoms.
In some cases, a herniated disk may heal on its own, but in the majority of injuries, medical intervention and treatment are needed. Recover is often a long-term process, often including physical therapy and/or surgery. Many victims also are prescribed medication to help alleviate the pain.
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If the victim suffers a herniated disc because of the negligence action or behavior of another party, they may be able to file an injury claim against the at-fault party. Some of the damages a victim may be compensated for include medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and emotional anguish. If the injury has left the victim with long-term or permanent disabilities, they may be entitled to financial compensation for that, as well.
If you have been injured in a car accident or any other incident caused by another party, contact a Virginia car accident attorney to see what type of financial damages you may be entitled to. The legal team from Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn have been advocating for injured clients since 1985 and will do all we can to ensure you receive the best possible outcome under the circumstances of your case. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled Virginia Beach accident attorneys to find out how we can help, call us today at 800-752-0042 for a free case evaluation.