Insurance companies almost always try to suggest a herniated disc was caused by something other than the car accident. If the MRI results show the presence of degenerative disc disease they will try to argue the injury was pre-existing.
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Car accidents, and the force that goes along with them, can be seriously damaging to the neck and back. These areas of the body are both crucial to bodily function, yet sensitive to sudden movement and force.
Our client was already on disability for low back injuries that required her to undergo lumbar spine surgery. The wreck at issue aggravated her low back condition and injured her neck. In fact, she first complained of neck pain at the emergency room.
Quite simply, the spine was not designed to handle the forces that modern machines are capable of exerting on these sensitive structures.
According to the Mayo Clinic, car accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries2 and account for 35 percent of spinal cord injuries on an annual basis. Car accidents victims are prone to spinal cord injuries because collisions can often cause severe trauma to the body and damage the spinal cord.
Car accidents, slip-and-falls, or work hazards create the perfect conditions for these injuries to occur; and we are all susceptible. When these injuries occur, the result can be severe pain, financial hardship, and mounting medical bills.
Unfortunately, these injury types are some of the most common types of harm resulting from preventable accidents. Consider the most common causes of neck and back injuries listed below, and what to do if you suffer this injury type.
Drivers owe a duty to other drivers to act reasonably and prudently while operating their motor vehicles on the roadway. When a driver breaches that duty of reasonable care and proximately causes a motor vehicle accident, resulting in back injuries and other damages, the injured plaintiff may be entitled to recover monetary compensation.
Yoga is a great way to help alleviate discomfort and heal back pain. Those who have been injuredin an accident know just how debilitating living with back pain can be. If yoga can help alleviate some of this burden, it’s worth trying.
Several treatment options are available to allow a patient to regain his or her quality of life. Most annular tears eventually heal on their own, but your physician could suggest conservative treatments to assist in the healing process or help to manage your symptoms.
A spinal cord injury occurs when communication between the brain and body is blocked because of damage to the spinal cord. A victim’s nervous system may be impaired as a result of the injury. Impairments to sensory capabilities, motor skills, and one’s reflexes are common.
After a crash, it's up to the person responsible to cover the cost of your injuries and lost wages. You can file a claim to make sure you get what you're owed.
The violence of any motor vehicle collision can often cause serious neck and back injuries such as protrusions or herniations. When this occurs, injured parties will often visit an orthopedist or pain management doctor who will recommend a series of ESI’s which will provide pain relief and reduce swelling in and around the damaged discs and corresponding nerve roots.
In our second part of the informative series “My Neck, My Back”, we explore the condition of Radiculopathy, a common condition caused by traumatic neck and back injuries during motor vehicle collisions.
This is the first part of a 3 part series called “My Neck, My Back” on neck and back injuries, common injuries that are often sustained as a result of a motor vehicle collision. The first part of this series will explain the difference between a disc bulge and a disc protrusion or herniation.
The harm can be temporary or long lasting. Dollars start to add up no matter how serious the initial injury. Getting around and getting medical care is only part of the expenses for which you’ll need to be reimbursed. Learn more here about back injury claims in California.
These are generally people who believe that they will get a fair deal from the insurance company for the costs they have endured because of the harm. Then there are other people who believe the symptoms they experience from the injury will be short in duration and they will go back to their normal activities.
In both of these instances it usually does not work out the way these individuals believe that it will. Learn more here about herniated discs after a California car accident, and what you need to consider moving forward.
If your spine has been injured because of an auto accident, imagine all the tasks that suddenly are at best arduous, at worst impossible. It's hard to think of all the things one does in a given day that wouldn't be affected. If another person's negligence causes these problems for you, the law is on your side to get you fair compensation for the challenges you have sustained. In this video, Bill Coats talks about substitute domestic services, as aspect of a personal injury claim that helps accident victims get help around the house.
Little is there to protect your body from the ground if you are thrown over your bike’s handlebars. Always wear a helmet, because it can be the only thing that protects you from injuries. Yet it is technically not a law in all cities that bicyclists must wear helmets. A car has seat belts, airbags, and other safety features that are engineered to protect driver and passengers in case of a crash. However, a bike lacks these features. Chances are, if you have wrecked your bike and gone over the handlebars, you were injured and might be facing a long road to recovery.
If this accident happened because of the recklessness or negligence of another party, don’t face the burden of finding compensation for your losses alone. Click to learn more about your legal options if you were hit on your bike.
Bicycling has many benefits – economic, environmental, and healthful. It’s a great way of getting around town, especially here in bike-friendly downtown Bellingham. Some of the roads around Whatcom County offer scenic rides beyond compare, and Galbraith Mountain attracts professional mountain bikers to live here and train. However, in collisions between bicyclists and motor vehicles, the cyclist is no match for the vehicle. All it takes is one distracted or drunk driver to debilitate the cyclist - sometimes permanently. Often these injuries include those to the neck or back, which require surgeries and long term rehabilitative care. Have you been hit by a car on your bike in Bellingham and it was not your fault? Here are some resources for what to do next.
The human body bears the brunt of the chain reaction of consequences that a simple mistake puts in motion. Because of their ubiquity, speed, and mass, a very common way people are hurt is in motor vehicles. One of the most common injuries in car crashes is whiplash, from one of the most common types of collisions, being rear-ended. Just about everyone is familiar with the term “whiplash” but what is it exactly, what what’s so dangerous about it? Click to learn more about whiplash and how it can affect your health after a car crash.
Spinal cord injuries are some of the worst kinds that accident victims suffer. Because of the factors present in motorcycle accidents, too often they tragically occur. Motorcyclists simply lack the protection that cars and trucks have, and when bikers are hit, their injuries are significant. While many injuries can be dramatically obvious after a motorcycle, wreck, some take longer to show signs. Not all back injuries are immediately apparent after an accident. It takes some time for the initial shock of the accident to wear off. But the first moments after such a crash are critical in getting medical attention. If nerve damage occurs, movement, breathing, and other motor functions can be affected, and sometimes with lifelong consequence. The faster an injured person can get medical attention, the better the long term prognosis. Don’t play the tough guy and try to walk it off. Learn your options for what to do after a hurt back from a motorcycle wreck.
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