When a slip and fall accident occurs, there are many potential injuries that may result. One such example is a herniated disc. This type of injury may leave a victim with a significant amount of pain and suffering. In addition, herniated discs can often lead to long-term complications that may never disappear completely. It is important for slip and fall victims to fully understand the complications that they may experience in order to ensure that they do not settle for less compensation than they fully deserve after an accident.
5 Potential Complications From a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs are also known as “slipped” discs. Each of us has rubbery discs between our vertebrae. These discs have two parts, the soft inner portion and tough exterior. When the outer ring of this disc becomes weakened or torn, the inner portion may slip out. This can happen as a result of a slip and fall accident that causes a disc to slip out of place. When it does, pain and discomfort results due to the slipped disc compressing on the spinal nerves.
Due to their proximity to the spinal column, herniated discs have the potential to create wide-ranging complications and side effects, some of which may linger longer than others. Exactly how your injury may lead to complications will vary depending on the severity of the injury as well as its exact location, but here are five potential complications that can arise from a herniated disc:
- Long-term back pain
- Loss of movement in the legs or feet
- Loss of feeling in the legs or feet
- Loss of bowel function
- Loss of bladder function
Victims must keep in mind that they may be entitled to compensation not only for their pain and treatment costs relating to their herniated discs, but also from the complications that can result. It is important to seek guidance from an experienced professional who can protect your legal rights. We encourage you to contact us online or call us directly at 866-299-0558.