What Type of Back and Spine Injuries Delay Recovery?
What type of back and spine injury delay victims’ recovery after an accident? After an accident that causes severe injuries, a victim loses precious time, and quality of life. Lost wages, job loss, and isolation from family and friends commonly occur with severe injury. After recovery on the medical side, a victim should be able to return to daily life after a short healing period.
In the article Herniated Disk, Back, and Spine Injuries Explained we discuss the topic of herniated disks from a clinical perspective. We give insight into symptoms of a serious medical problem that Personal Injury lawyers can quickly recognize in their clients. This helps provide the client with medical attention as quickly as possible. What happens, however, if certain injuries are delaying recovery? This article will provide the answers to what comes next in cases of back and spine injury.
What are herniated disk injuries?
The symptoms of disk herniation can include the following:
- Pain in the extremities: if a victim has a herniated disk in their lower back (lumbar region) they may typically feel intense, burning pain in the buttocks, calf, or thigh. In extreme cases, the feet and toes lose sensation. However, if a victim has a herniated disk in their neck (cervical region), they’ll most likely suffer pain in their shoulders and arms. This pain can be “shooting pain”. It can worsen depending on position (sitting or standing).
- Numbness or a tingling sensation in hands, fingers, toes or feet. This is a common symptom of disk herniation. Numbness or tingling in the extremities can be uncomfortable. Its cause is usually due to impingement or inflammation of affected nerves. Nerve inflammation also leads to severe pain and complications, namely CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
- Muscle weakness: nerves provide strength to muscles, and therefore when they become inflamed by a herniated disk injury, you may suffer muscle weakness and atrophy (deterioration of muscle). Those affected by muscle weakness due to a herniated disk may be at-risk for falling and must take care when using stairs or attempting to stand up, or perform other tasks such as getting in or out of the bathtub.
How does CRPS delay recovery?
Surgical intervention for herniated disks can lead to a longer, more complicated recovery period for a victim. This means time out of work and no feasible option for paying medical expenses. Any type of surgical intervention prolongs recovery. However, back and spine surgeries have a track record for the longest recovery periods. Thus, victims’ lawyers should be doing everything they can to obtain sufficient compensation.
CRPS is seen frequently in victims recovering from back or spine injury. This can be due to Medical Malpractice, negligence, or surgical error. This adds time to recovery on the medical side. A routine disk repair surgery may lead to recovery delay for the patient if CRPS occurs postoperative.
If Medical Malpractice occurs, a victim can wake from surgery with injuries due to surgical error or negligence. This means a surgical tool inside the body, wrong limb amputation or operation, or nerve damage. If negligence occurs on the doctor’s part, he or she may be liable for Medical Malpractice.
Therefore, it’s important to seek legal advice as quickly as possible after experiencing any distressing surgical complications. Surgery is an option that is curative or provides relief of pain. Surgical intervention is an option when conservative methods of treatment fail entirely. If, however, a misdiagnosis or surgical error occurs, the patient’s life may become worse.
What happens on the legal side, post accident?
Sometimes back and spine injury resulting from an accident are permanent or catastrophic. TBI, Spinal Cord Injury, broken vertebrae or disk herniation are all life threatening. Thus, the amount of compensation must be the maximum under state law. It’s important to consult with a Personal Injury lawyer once a stable medical recovery begins on the medical side.
Disclaimer: Patients should always discuss bothersome symptoms with a licensed medical professional, and one should never rely on articles found via the internet when making important medical decisions. This article has no intention to replace the advice of a licensed doctor.