What should I do if I suffer a herniated disk in a motorcycle crash?

The aftermath of a motorcycle accident is often overwhelming. You are in pain and your life is disrupted. It can be difficult to think about what to do next to protect your financial recovery.

Two Critical Things to Do After a Motorcycle Wreck

While every situation is different, there are two essential things that you should do to protect your physical and financial recoveries.

First, Get Medical Attention

A herniated disk occurs when one of the disks that sit between the vertebrae in your spine tears and part of the disk pokes out. Herniated disks, also known as slipped disks or ruptured disks, can put pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve.

Symptoms of a herniated disk injury include arm pain, leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness. If you report any of these symptoms to a doctor, then the doctor may perform a physical exam and order imaging tests to diagnose your injury.

Your treatment depends on the extent of your injury and other factors. Your doctor may recommend medications, physical therapy, and surgery. You may be unable to work or go about your regular activities while you heal. However, following your doctors’ treatment plan may help with your physical and financial recoveries.

Second, Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If someone else’s negligence caused your motorcycle crash, then you shouldn’t have to pay for your damages. Instead, the person who caused your crash should pay for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering. Unfortunately, the person who caused your crash, or that person’s insurance company, is not going to issue you a check for your damages simply because you ask for it.

Instead, you will have to fight for the recovery that you deserve. Protecting your recovery requires many steps, including, but not limited to:                                                                  

  • Gathering evidence
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Filing a lawsuit in court before the statute of limitations expires
  • Presenting evidence and arguments

You do not have to do these things alone, however. Instead, our experienced Illinois motorcycle accident injury lawyers are here to help you. Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and learn about our Win or It’s Free Guarantee!


Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.