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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Spinal Stenosis Caused by Car Accidents

Who is liable if I develop spinal stenosis after a car accident?

You may have never heard of the term “spinal stenosis,” but if you are injured in a car accident at some point in your life, you could be at risk of developing this painful condition. Spinal stenosis is a back condition caused by narrowing in your spine.  As the spaces in and around the spine narrow, it can put pressure on your nerves and spinal cord, leading to pain, numbness, or even paralysis.  

Spinal stenosis can have several causes.  At times, the condition is congenital or it may develop with age, but often it occurs due to trauma.  Car accidents are a leading cause of spinal stenosis due to the frequent involvement of the back in a serious car crash.  Car accident victims who develop spinal stenosis may be able to seek compensation from the negligent individual responsible for their accident with the help of an experienced automobile accident attorney.

Spinal Stenosis Symptoms

The force of a car accident can lead to the narrowing of the spinal canal associated with spinal stenosis.  Spinal stenosis can occur in any region of the back, and the location of the condition will have a large impact on your symptoms and the severity with which you will be affected.  Potential signs of spinal stenosis that you should watch for after a serious car accident include:

  • Limb weakness
  • Tingling sensation or numbness in the extremities
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, or hands
  • Loss of balance
  • Sudden incontinence

Liability for Spinal Stenosis

Liability for spinal stenosis will depend on the exact circumstances surrounding the car accident.  Anyone who experiences alarming symptoms after a car accident should seek medical attention right away.  In Texas, injured plaintiffs may be able to seek compensation for their medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more from the negligent driver that caused the car accident.  

Spinal stenosis can potentially cost you significantly financially as it may require physical therapy, time off work, and even surgery.  At times, pain or paralysis will become lifelong due to the ongoing injury to the spinal cord region.  Consult with a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash to preserve your legal rights.

 


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