Each of us has small, spongy discs located between the bones that make up our spine. These discs are critical for keeping the spine flexible and absorbing shock, and most of the time they perform very well.
What Happens When a Disc is Damaged in a Car Wreck
However, if a disc becomes damaged (such as from a car wreck or from turning and twisting while lifting heavy objects), it may bulge or break open, often leading to pain, numbness and weakness if it’s pressing on nerves.
This type of damaged disc is often referred to as a herniated disc and may severely impact your ability to perform your job duties, enjoying things you like to do, and other activities.
Because of this, you may have to show that you have a back problem in addition to your herniated disc, including:
- Narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis)
- Nerve root compression
- Inflammation of the membrane around your spinal cord caused by arachnoiditis
It is not uncommon for these conditions to be caused by an auto collision. If you have suffered a herniated disc in a car wreck, contact a personal injury attorney.
How a Vehicle Accident Attorney Can Help
Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden has helped countless accident victims, and he can put his experience to work for you. Call his Anchorage office today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more.