When someone falls from spilled liquid, falls over a hazardous obstacle, or falls due to dangerous premises, the person may endure trauma to their spinal discs. These discs are found on the spinal column, which runs down the back from the top of the neck to the tailbone. Because the spinal column is so long, it is broken up into three areas, known as:
- Lumbar, which is the lower back
- Thoracic, which is the mid back
- Cervical, which is the neck
When someone suffers a spinal disc injury, the injury can occur in one of these three areas. There are many spinal disc injuries that can occur in a slip and fall accident, including a slipped disc, herniated disc, or pinched nerve, among others. Unfortunately, most spinal disc injuries cause severe pain due to nerve compression. When nerves are pinched, the pain can be excruciating and affect every part of a person’s life including the following:
- Job and income
- Daily activities
- Grooming and self-care
- And more
Symptoms of a Pinched Spinal Nerve from a Slip and Fall Accident
Because nerves run down the entire length of the spine, any back injury can start pushing and pressing on nerves – causing a pinched nerve. Some symptoms of a pinched nerve in the lower back include:
- Radiating pain into the buttocks, back of the thigh, calf, and even the foot
- Tingling, numbness or pins and needles sensation in the legs and feet
- Muscle weakness and stiffness in the leg
- Bladder or bowel difficulties
- Coordination problems in the extremities
When a slip and fall victim suffers a pinched nerve in the back, it is usually because a nerve root is being pinched by a herniated disc that slipped out of place. When the nerve is pinched in the lumbar region, the person may feel sciatica or pain that radiates down through the buttocks, leg, and maybe even all the way into the foot. When a slip and fall injury pinches cervical nerve roots, a person can suffer radiating pain from the neck down through the arms, hands and fingers.
The Seriousness of Spinal Nerve Pain
Unfortunately, when nerve pain is severe, it can be debilitating. The pain can be so bad that it can cause a person the inability to return to work or care for oneself. This is why many injured people who have suffered pinched nerves have to undergo back surgery in order to relieve the pain from the compressed or pinched spinal nerves and return to the life they once knew.
In addition to back surgery, treatment may also include physical therapy, follow-up doctor appointments, pain management, and steroids. Because treatment can be expensive, it is important that slip and fall victims seek compensation to cover their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related losses.
For help pursuing a slip and fall injury claim for your pinched spinal nerve injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence, please call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld. It is important to talk with a knowledgeable slip and fall injury lawyer to find out your rights and make sure your claim is taken seriously. To ask questions and learn more, please call 866-9 HELP NOW or 866-943-5766 today for a complimentary consultation.