A Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyer’s Guide to Lower Back Injuries and Herniated Discs
Often if a person gets hurt in a car accident, their lower back will cause them the most trouble. Sometimes it will be soft tissue injury that could clear up with help from a physiotherapist, but that’s not true every time
In some cases a disc can become herniated. Lawyers often compare discs to jellied doughnuts that can rupture.
If a disc is injured this “jelly” may leak out. When the core of the disc extrudes into the spinal canal it may hit a nerve root, causing great pain to the accident victim. A serious impact during a car accident can cause a bulging disc or even a ruptured disc in the upper back or the neck.
A herniated disc can put considerable pressure on the nerve, which can cause pain to radiate throughout the person’s body. Invasive surgery may be necessary in many cases.
Less commonly, a whiplash injury could cause a change in the natural curvature of the spine.
If you have had a serious back injury from an accident that’s not your fault you need to hire a lawyer who knows what they are doing who can explore not just the effects of the injury at the time, but its long term consequences for your future.
I have seen cases in which a patient remains in pain for the rest of his or her life, notwithstanding therapy, steroids or strong painkillers.
These kinds of cases often result in six figure settlements if another party is clearly to blame, the other party has good insurance cover and the victim had no preexisting condition.
If you suffer a serious lower back injury you should consult an experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyer. Call us today for a free consultation.
The Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton, VA personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in specializing in auto injury as well as other accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. Our motto is: “Your Injury. Our fight.” If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.