I Have a Herniated Lumbar Disc After a Car Crash, What Should I Do?

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One of the most troubling injuries after a serious car wreck is a herniated lumbar disc. That's the lumbar spine, the lower part of the back. This is the area of our back that we use for virtually everything we do, from bending, standing, lifting, and all the things that we do in our normal everyday life. We are constantly putting pressure on that low back and this will aggravate an injury once you've received it.

I've seen it time and time again in my practice, people want to believe they'll get better, they want to think that if they ignore it, it will go away but I've seen it again and again that it doesn't go away. And, one of the worst things you can do for your legal case against the person who caused the accident is not to go to the doctor, not report to the doctor the symptoms and problems you're having until later when it becomes worse. Then you will have this big gap where it appears that you had nothing wrong with you because you weren't reporting it to your doctor.

What to do after you've received this type of injury is get qualified medical care. Tell the doctor exactly what you're experiencing, when you're experiencing the pain and don't make it sound worse or better. Don't assume it's going to go away. Follow your doctor's orders because this type of injury, especially a herniated lumbar disc injury can be a life changing event and it may never go away.

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Jim Dodson
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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.