One of the most common injuries sustained by accident victims is a herniated cervical disc. If the victim does not seek immediate medical attention and treatment, the results can be devastating. A post-traumatic herniated cervical disc may result from a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, sports accidents, or any other accident that causes trauma to the spine.
What Is a Herniated Cervical Disc?
Your spine is formed by a stack of bones called vertebrae. These bones are cushioned by round flat discs that act as shock absorbers for the spine. If the discs get damaged, they may bulge abnormally or even rupture, known as a herniated or slipped disc. Although herniated discs can occur in any part of the spine, they are most common in the neck (cervical) area.
A herniated disc can be caused by normal wear and tear as we age. However, it may also result from a traumatic injury to the spine that causes small tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc. This causes the jellylike material inside the disc to leak into the capsule resulting in a disc bulge or herniation.
Symptoms of a Herniated Cervical Disc
If you were involved in an accident that caused trauma to your neck and you suffer any of the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment:
- Severe pain in the neck area
- Numbness or weakness in the neck, shoulders, chest, arms and hands
- Weakness or unusual tingling affecting other parts of your body, including your legs;
- Inability to retain your urine;
If you or a loved one was involved in an accident and suffered a traumatic blow to your neck, you should consult an experienced New York personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights. With the right attorney on your side, you can be confident that you will get the full extent of the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
For additional information about your legal options or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.