Many truck drivers are safe drivers, obeying federal and state trucking laws and the rules of the road; however, some truckers have an entitlement attitude that causes them to drive more aggressively. When these large vehicles, which can weigh 80,000 pounds, are driven aggressively, a Florida trucking accident could occur.
Victims of aggressive trucking accidents in Sarasota have suffered many injuries. One injury that is common in violent crashes is a herniated disc injury. A herniated disc is also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc. The reason this injury occurs in trucking accidents is because of the force placed on the spinal column during the wreck. The discs that separate the back bones and help make the spinal cord flexible can move out of place when the spine is forced to move into a motion that forces the inner core of the disc out, causing disc herniation.
When a slipped disc occurs, it can press on the L3, L4, L5, or S1 nerve roots or spinal cord, causing serious pain. Not only can a herniated disc be painful, but it can also lead to permanent nerve damage and disabling injuries. For instance, when a slipped disc in the lower back occurs, it can press on the large nerve that runs from the lower back, down the leg, and into the toes. If the slipped disc is left untreated, nerve damage can occur. The nerve can pulsate in the buttock, leg, ankle, and top of foot, causing:
- Leg pain
- Lower back pain
- Pain in the buttock
- Pain in the ankle and foot
- Deep muscle pain
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Muscle spasms
When herniated disc injuries lead to nerve damage, victims of Sarasota truck accidents should be compensated accordingly. Nerve damage could include damage to the spinal nerves, digital nerves, sensory nerves, or to the central nervous system. When nerve damage occurs, it can also affect a person’s ability to speak and walk because functions of the brain are impacted when certain nerves can’t send and receive messages to and from the brain.
If you have suffered a herniated disc injury, nerve damage, or disabling injuries in a Sarasota truck crash, you will need to talk with an experienced accident attorney to help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, surgery, physical therapy, lost income due to time off of work, and future medical care.
The Mallard Law Firm has helped many victims make large financial recoveries following serious Florida accidents, and we may be able to help you too. Call a skilled Sarasota accident attorney today to find out more. You can reach us at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation and a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.