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
Although you do not need an attorney to file an insurance claim, it can be helpful to have an attorney do some of the legwork. If you are injured, you should focus on trying to heal. An attorney can help with the following:
- Communicating with the other driver’s insurer
- Obtaining the necessary evidence to prove your claim
- Organizing medical records and bills
- Ensuring all medical records are in order
- Negotiating with the insurance company to reach a satisfactory settlement
If an agreement cannot be reached between you and the negligent driver’s insurance company, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages.
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.