Car Accident Herniated Disk Statistics

Herniated Disc Auto Accident The violent forces exerted on the back and neck during a car accident may damage or rupture the discs that provide shock resistance and protection to the spine. When this happens, it is referred to as a herniated disc and victims often undergo extensive surgical procedures and painful rehabilitation in their efforts to return to the same physical condition they enjoyed prior to their accidents. For some, the damage and pain may result in permanent disability or hinder their efforts to return to the activities they enjoyed. The Chicago car accident attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to assisting these care accident victims by securing the compensation they need to pay for their medical bills and recoup the cost of lost wages and out of pocket expenses.

How Herniated Discs Occur During Car Accidents

The spine is a large bundle of major nerves that carry signals to and from the brain and the rest of the body. Discs located between the vertebrae cushion and protect the nerves during activity and act as a form of defense during trauma. Most car accidents result in rapid deceleration or sudden changes in direction, and the forces placed on the human body during these moments can cause serious injury.

Many herniated disc injuries occur when the body is propelled in one direction by an impact and then snapped back when a seatbelt or airbag whips the body back into the seat. When the disc is herniated, the gelatinous fluid inside may begin to leak, exposing the nerve. An exposed or pinched nerve can cause agonizing pain and disrupt nervous function such that the victim may lose balance or motor function.

Types of Car Accidents Resulting in Herniated Discs

Statistics have shown that there is a high association between lane departure accidents and herniated discs. Over 73% of car accidents linked herniated discs happen to occupants of cars and 69% occur during accidents where one of the vehicles departed its designated lane. Rear end collisions are also heavily associated with herniated discs and other back injuries due to the whip-like motion that occurs to passengers when a vehicle is hit from the rear.

Trucking accidents account for over 15% of herniated disc accidents. The sheer force involved in collisions with trucks make it possible for victims to suffer a wide range of injuries and many will endure multiple injuries in the same accident. Our Chicago car accident lawyers advise everyone to request medical attention following any car wreck because while many injuries are apparent at the time immediately following an accident, injuries like herniated discs may be asymptomatic at first.

Imaging scans such as MRIs and CT scans can rule out spinal injuries following an accident. They can also locate a compressed or ruptured disc that has not presented symptoms due to the position of the injury and nerves. It is possible for those nerves to become exposed at a later time due to the continued loss of fluid in the disc.

Surgery is often the only way for doctors to treat patients with herniated or ruptured discs and the procedures used are often invasive. Car accident victims suffering from disc injuries may need to undergo rehabilitation before they can walk or return to work and some may never be cleared to perform physical labor again.

Learn More About Your Rights from an Experienced Legal Representative

We understand the confusion, frustration and pain that people go through following a car accident. In addition to the physical suffering that you must endure, you are weighted down by the stress and worry brought on by mounting medical bills and the inability to return to work. It is important to not only be able to get back on your feet, but to be able to afford treatment for your injuries.

Dealing with insurance companies and building a case to justify to a court why you should receive the compensation you are fully entitled to can be a burden and we would like to help you gain access to the medical attention and rehabilitation you need without needing to worry about the financial burden.

If you have any questions about your car accident case, we would like the opportunity to answer them during a free case review. Contact us today to be connected with one of our award winning Chicago car accident attorneys so that we can gather the information we need to investigate your claim and discuss the legal options you have available.

Here is some more general information regarding herniated disks and car accidents:

VEHICLES INVOLVED:

  • Car
  • Truck/Trailer
  • Motorcycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Bike
  • 73%
  • 17%
  • 3%
  • 6%
  • 1%

ACCIDENTS TYPES:

  • 21%
  • 69%
  • 7%
  • 2%
  • 1%

STATE RECOVERY (5 MOST COMMON STATES):

California

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
33%
31%
7%
8%
11%
6%
2%
1%
1%

Florida

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
26%
29%
10%
9%
15%
6%
2%
2%
1%

Missouri

Amount Recovered $0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
30%
45%
9%
5%
3%
4%
2%
1%
1%

New York

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
37%
10%
9%
10%
13%
7%
9%
4%
1%

New Jersey

Amount Recovered
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
Percentage of Cases
35%
16%
9%
13%
8%
13%
3%
3%
0%

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