San Francisco Car Accident Disc Fusion Lawyer

Spinal disc injuries are one of the most common forms of back injuries in the United States. This is especially true in car accidents, where sudden impact from the front, sides, or rear may cause whiplash or damage to the vertebrae. While wearing a seatbelt can increase your protection, disc injuries in serious accidents can still happen, and they tend to cause a tremendous amount of pain and lasting disabilities.

Vertebrae fractures, dislocations, and herniated discs are the most common forms of injury that necessitate spinal fusion surgery. If you have been advised that you need back surgery due to a car accident, a San Francisco car accident disc fusion lawyer from the Law Offices of J. Chrisp can help you seek the damages you are owed.

 

Why Disc Injuries Are So Disabling

Injury to either the vertebrae or the discs between them can result in more than just a simple sore back. While pain is the most common complaint, and can range from moderate to severe, radiculopathy is also a frequent complication. A radiculopathy refers to a compressed nerve, either due to an out-of-position vertebrae or a herniated disc.

Both conditions can cause numbness, tingling, and paralysis if advanced enough. Patients who experience issues with spinal discs may become mildly disabled, suffer occasional back pain, or may be unable to walk altogether and be wheelchair-bound. Nearly all forms of the injury are at least somewhat disabling and can change your life forever.

 

Healing from Disc Injuries

Research shows that while it is possible for discs to fuse naturally, resolving the pain, this process can take a decade or more. Furthermore, naturally fused discs may fuse together incorrectly, producing a serious reduction in range of motion and limiting freedom of movement.

It is for this reason that surgeons often recommend surgical intervention. Although the name suggests that surgeons fuse together the vertebrae, a spinal fusion surgery actually inserts a small bone graft between the vertebrae. Doing so encourages the upper and lower vertebrae to fuse together, preserving as much range of motion as possible while also reducing pain.

 

Recovering from Car Accident Disc Fusion Surgery

While surgery can rectify many of the issues that come with disc injuries after a car accident, the surgery itself is not without risks, and recovery can be a very long process. Extreme risks are rare, but may include any of the following:

  • Permanent numbness
  • Nerve damage
  • Loss of limb function
  • Compression of the spinal cord

 

Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Can Help

Because disc fusion surgery comes with so many risks and medical expenses, it is important to seek damages to cover your costs if an accident caused your injury. Without a qualified legal team on your side, you risk overlooking important details that can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have been in a car accident, contact a San Francisco car crash attorney at the Law Offices of J. Chrisp at 1-877-JCHRISP (524-7477). You can also complete the form at the bottom of this page, and someone will contact you to schedule a time for your free case evaluation.