Suffer A Herniated Disc In A Car Accident? What You Need To Know

Were you in an auto accident and suffered a herniated disc injury? If so, you're likely going to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to recover your out-of-pocket medical expenses. Here is what you need to know about dealing with this injury.

Your Injury Won't Be Diagnosed In The ER

While you may think that all you need to do is go to the ER after your car accident to get the diagnosis you need, know that is not likely the case with a herniated disc. The ER will typically perform a CAT scan after your injury rather than an MRI. You will need to go to have an MRI performed on your own to get the diagnosis you need. 

Your Pain Will Not Resolve Quickly With Your Injury

It is normal to have neck and back pain after a car accident, but in most situations, that pain will go away on its own after a few weeks. If you suffer a herniated disc, your pain will likely continue beyond the normal recovery period, giving you an indication that something is wrong. This may be an indication that it is time to get an MRI performed to find out what is going on with your spine that is causing so much pain.

Your Pain And Suffering Will Lead To Additional Compensation

Be aware that going through this continued level of pain will result in being eligible for additional compensation. Pain and suffering damages are often awarded in situations where the victim suffers a herniated disc. It's a much more complicated injury that lasts for a longer period of time, so it makes sense that you will be eligible for pain and suffering compensation as a result. In addition, you may receive more pain and suffering if your injury requires surgery in order to fix it. 

Your Compensation Can Be Reduced By Your Level Of Fault

Many states have personal injury laws where your percentage of fault reduces the amount of compensation you can receive. If you are found to be only 25% at fault, then you only receive 75% of the potential compensation that you are awarded during a settlement or trial for your personal injury. While your own insurance will ensure that you do not have to pay for your medical expenses beyond your deductible, you will still be able to receive a portion of your pain and suffering damages. 

For more information, reach out to a car accident lawyer.