Can You Claim For Degenerative Disc Disease Aggravated By A Car Accident?

Have you experienced degenerative disc disease aggravated by a car accident? If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. In this guide, we will look at the circumstances that could entitle you to make a personal injury claim.

Degenerative disc disease aggravated by a car accident

Degenerative disc disease aggravated by a car accident guide

The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that all road users have a duty of care to one another. These rules are in place to keep everybody safe and prevent accidents. You can find guidance on good road conduct in the Highway Code. This applies to drivers as well as those who ride motorcycles or people who cycle.

In this article, we aim to offer you as much information as possible about claiming for injuries caused by the negligence of someone else on the road. If you’d like to discuss making a personal injury claim, you can contact our friendly team of advisers.

An adviser would be happy to have a talk about your injuries and assess how much compensation you may be entitled to. If your claim is valid, you can be connected to an expert personal injury lawyer from our panel to discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you.

You can contact an adviser from our team by:

  • Calling them on 0800 408 7825 to explore your options.
  • Filing out our online claims form to get a response whenever is best for you.
  • Speaking with them on our chat feature for an instant reply.

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  1. An Overview Of Degenerative Disc Disease Aggravated By A Car Accident
  2. What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
  3. What Are The Symptoms Of Degenerative Disc Disease?
  4. Can A Car Accident Cause Or Aggravate Degenerative Disc Disease?
  5. The Thin-Skull Or Egg Shell Rule
  6. Calculate What Degenerative Disc Disease Aggravated By A Car Accident Is Worth
  7. Speak To A Lawyer Today
  8. Related Back Injury Claims

An Overview Of Degenerative Disc Disease Aggravated By A Car Accident

If you already suffer from degenerative disc disease and then are involved in a road traffic accident, your condition may become worse. Road traffic accidents can cause significant injuries.

In order to pursue a claim for compensation, you will need to prove three things:

  • That you were owed a duty of care
  • That this duty was breached
  • And that you were injured as a result of this breach

The below table includes statistics taken from the Department for Transport. It shows the number of fatalities of car road users in Great Britain in 2020 compared with 2019. As you can see, there were 763 fatalities in 2019 and 618 in 2020. This is a decrease of 118 fatalities.

Degenerative disc disease aggravated by car accident

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?

In the spine, there are cushions of tissue that sit between the vertebra. Degenerative disc disease occurs when these discs become damaged over time. Once a person stops growing at around 20 years old, the discs in the spine naturally begin to wear down.

This happens with age and can’t be prevented. Although a car accident will not cause you to suffer from degenerative disc disease, it could make it worse if you already suffer from the condition.

This can cause your symptoms to become more painful and debilitating and might have an impact on your quality of life. If this happens due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

You can contact our team of advisers today to have a chat about your case and see how much compensation you may be owed. They can then connect you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel if you have a legitimate claim.

What Are The Symptoms Of Degenerative Disc Disease?

Here are some symptoms of degenerative disc disease:

  • Pain that becomes worse when sat down.
  • Pain that worsens when twisting, lifting or bending.
  • Feeling less pain when lay down or frequently changing your position.
  • Feeling more comfortable walking than while sitting or standing.
  • Tingling and numbness.
  • Severe, intense flare-ups of pain. These can last for days or months.

If your degenerative disc disorder is aggravated by a car accident, these symptoms could get worse. If this has happened due to someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a car accident claim.

An adviser from our team have a chat with you and see if you have a valid claim. If you do, they can connect you with a solicitor from our panel who may be able to represent you on a No Win No Fee basis.

Can A Car Accident Cause Or Aggravate Degenerative Disc Disease?

If someone already has this condition and then they suffer a car accident, it can make it worse, particularly if you suffer a broken back during the accident. Although a car accident can’t cause generative disc disease, as it occurs naturally with age, it can worsen it.

If you suffer generative disc disease aggravated by a car accident, your symptoms may become much worse. You may also need more intense treatment that takes longer than if you hadn’t had a car crash.

Back injuries can occur in car accidents if the force of the impact causes your neck and back to move backwards and forwards suddenly. If you’re already suffering from degenerative disc disease, this could cause additional damage to your discs and make your condition worse.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by third-party negligence, you could claim. Our team of advisers are available 24 hours a day to offer you support and discuss whether you could be entitled to compensation.

The Thin-Skull Or Egg Shell Rule

The thin-skull rule, sometimes referred to as the eggshell skull rule, came about as a result of the case Owens v Liverpool Corp [1939]. This rule states that a defendant should take the claimant as they find them, and a pre-existing condition is not a defence against negligence.

The example used in the case is that “it is no answer to a claim for a fractured skull that its owner had an unusually fragile one”. Essentially, even if you suffer symptoms from the accident that you would not have experienced had you not had degenerative disc disease, this will not be taken into consideration when valuing the claim.

If you have suffered a worsening of your condition after a car accident, you may assume that you cannot claim or that your compensation will be reduced, but this isn’t the case. Speak to one of our advisors today. If you have a valid claim, you could be connected with a No Win No Fee lawyer from our panel.

Calculate What Degenerative Disc Disease Aggravated By A Car Accident Is Worth

You may come across a personal injury claims calculator in some articles that show how much compensation you could receive for your injury. We’ve instead included the below table in this guide. This shows the possible compensation awards for multiple injuries of different severities.

The table includes the latest statistics taken from the Judicial College Guidelines. It’s just an example and the figure you actually receive may vary.

Injury:Severity:Notes:Compensation:
Back InjuriesSevere (i)The nerve roots and spinal cord are damaged, leading to severe disability and pain. £85,470 to £151,070
Back InjuriesSevere (iii)Where discs have been fractures, leading to chronic conditions that cause ongoing disability. £36,390 to £65,440
Back InjuriesModerate (i)A wide range of back injuries. For example, a lumbar vertebrae crush/compression fracture that heightens the risk of osteoarthritis. £26,050 to £36,390
Neck Injuries Severe (ii) Damage to cervical spine discs that results in disability, such as the brachial plexus being permanently damaged. £61,710 to £122,860
Neck Injuries Severe (iii)Injuries that cause chronic conditions and leave the injured person with significant and permanent disabilities £42,680 to £52,540
Neck Injuries Moderate (ii)Severe disc lesion that can result in cervical spondylosis and severely limit movement.  £12,900 to £23,460
Neck Injuries Moderate (iii) Injuries that have exacerbated a condition over a shorter period of time.£7,410 to £12,900

Compensation awards typically include general and special damages. The above table shows the brackets for general damages that could be awarded for neck and back injuries. The bracket awarded is based on how severe the injury is and how long the treatment takes.

General damages offer compensation for the actual injury and how much it affected you physically and mentally. For example, you may be left with a long-term disability or a mental health issue, such as anxiety.

You’ll be invited to a medical assessment as part of your claim. In this assessment, your injuries will be assessed. The report from this assessment will be used to value the claim.

Special damages award compensation for the financial impact the injury has caused you. An example could be if you paid out of pocket for prescription medication or suffered a loss of earnings due to taking time off work whilst your injuries healed.

Speak To A Lawyer Today

A No Win No Fee agreement, sometimes called a Conditional Fee Agreement, is an agreement between you and your solicitor. It outlines the terms your back injury lawyer must follow in order to receive payment. A personal injury lawyer from our panel may be able to work with you on a No Win No Fee basis.

If your claim loses, you won’t pay your solicitors fees. If your claim wins, your lawyer will take a small percentage of your awarded compensation. You will still receive most of your compensation.

If you’d like, an adviser can connect you to a car accident lawyer from our panel provided you have a legitimate claim. They can then discuss No Win No Fee agreements with you and help you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.

You can contact an expert adviser from our team via:

  • Telephone on 0800 408 7825 to discuss your situation.
  • Our claims form online to receive a response at your nearest availability.
  • Our instant chat pop-up box to speak with an adviser straight away.

Related Back Injury Claims

Below, we have included some more guides on claiming if you’ve experienced a back injury as a result of negligence.

Cycling Accidents – Have you suffered an injury in a cycling accident due to someone’s negligence? You may be able to make a personal injury claim.

Public Transport Accident – If you’ve suffered an injury in a public transport accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Back Pain – If you’re suffering from back pain, this NHS guide includes important information.

Acute Lower Back Pain – This NHS guide includes guidance about acute lower back pain.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – Find out how much you could receive in SSP if you have to take time off work because of an injury.

We also have some other guides you may find useful:

Thank you for reading our guide about how to claim if your degenerative disc disease is aggravated by a car accident.

Article by OA

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