What to Do If You Have Sciatica Pain After a Car Accident
Sudden, violent impacts, such as car accidents, can cause excruciating neck and back pain. One of the most common forms of pain is caused by nerve damage. Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve running from the lower back down the leg is injured or irritated. Sciatica can cause severe, debilitating pain and should be treated by a medical professional.
At Mayday Law, we know the devastation a car accident can cause to a family. Injured parties are often unable to work and may face months of treatment and rehabilitation. Our lawyers fight hard to ensure car accident victims receive compensation to cover all of their damages, including for chronic conditions like sciatica.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, contact our office at (281) 519-2741 for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica describes pain caused by irritation or inflammation to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in the body, beginning in the lower back (lumbar spine) and running down the leg. The sciatic nerve is actually a combination of five nerve roots that come together before branching into other nerves continuing the length of the lower extremities.
Compression or something that pinches the nerve can result in pain beginning in the lower back and running down the leg. Typically sciatica affects one side of the body. After a car accident, any pain should be discussed with your doctor. Treatment for sciatica can range from prescription medication to surgery, depending on the severity.
What Are Common Signs of Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by several factors, but damage to the spine or an injury to the lower back can put you at greater risk for the condition. Trauma from a car accident can result in a herniated disk or spinal stenosis, both common culprits of sciatica.
Signs of sciatica include:
- Sudden pain in the lower back
- Pain that radiates down the leg
- Burning sensation along the sciatic nerve
- Tingling or numbness in the legs
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
Any time you are involved in a collision, even at low speeds, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. Seeking treatment can help protect your health and your right to recovery.
Will I Receive Compensation for my Sciatica?
Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you might be entitled to compensation from a liable party. Receiving the proper diagnosis can help to ensure that you receive compensation for all of your losses. Sciatica is a serious condition that can significantly limit your mobility or your ability to live pain-free.
If the accident caused your sciatica, you might be entitled to financial recovery to cover your medical bills. You may also be able to recover compensation for the cost of treatments related to your sciatica, such as physical therapy, rehabilitation, or surgical bills. The only way to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve is by contacting an experienced car accident lawyer.
Suffering from Sciatica After a Car Accident?
If you have pain in your lower back or have been diagnosed with sciatica after a car accident, contact our office at (281) 519-2741. Our legal team has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. All consultations are free and without obligation to retain our firm. There are no fees unless we win. Get the help you need now; call to get started.