Our Michigan injury and accident lawyers frequently represent clients who have suffered serious injuries to their lower back. These injuries often arise from car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of direct trauma to the back. One serious consequence of a low back injury is the condition of "Sciatica."
Sciatica, also called lumbar nerve root pain, is pain caused by the impingement or compression of nerve roots in the lower back (the lumbosacral area). Damage to the sciatic nerve can cause pain or numbness in the lower back, buttocks, legs and foot. This pain or set of symptoms is sometimes called radiculopathy.
Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important, because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms will often be different, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms. Sciatica is usually caused by a disc herniation or disc protrusion which is compressing on the nerve roots; but also can result from pressure on the lower back caused by pregnancy, tumors or degeneration. The treatment for sciatica can vary from taking over the counter medications; to trigger point injections; to spinal fusion surgery.
Sciatica is often a disabling condition that prevents the accident victim from returning to work and the normal activities of daily living. Under Michigan law, a person with this type of condition does have legal rights against a negligent person or business that caused the injury. These legal rights often include claims for lost wages and monetary compensation for the injuries.
To learn more about your legal rights if you have suffered sciatica in an accident, call our office now or submit this contact form. We will carefully explain your legal rights to you and discuss your legal options to pursue a claim.