Herniated disks, also referred to as slipped or ruptured disks, are some of the most common injuries we see in our clients following an Orlando car accident. This type of injury can cause severe pain, among other symptoms. It can also substantially reduce your overall quality of life.
Disks in the spine consist of a hard outer covering and a soft, jelly-like substance inside. They function like shock absorbers to protect the bones in your spine. When you walk, jump, or engage in other activity, they take the brunt of the force so you can be comfortable as you go about your daily life. When the outer covering of a disk is torn or otherwise damaged, the soft substance inside can leak out, and the disk will no longer be able to absorb the shock. If this happens, you might experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pain or numbness in the shoulders, arms, or chest
- Nerve tenderness
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in one leg or the other
- Weakness in certain muscles in one or both legs
- Muscle spasms
- Deep muscle pain
A herniated disk can be hard to diagnose immediately following a car accident because it won’t show up on X-rays. Instead, a CT scan or an MRI scan must be performed to determine if you have a herniated disk. Because everyone’s symptoms vary, your doctor may not order this type of diagnostic test right away.
The pain of a herniated disk from a Florida auto accident can be excruciating and can leave you unable to perform your job or participate in many other types of activities for a long period of time. So, along with medical bills, you may need to be compensated for lost wages and your diminished quality of life.
Hire an Experienced Orlando Auto Accident Attorney
If you have a herniated disk stemming from a car crash in Florida, contact our office to learn how to get a fair settlement. We’re here to help you. Call us today.