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Can a fall cause sciatica?

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2022 | Premises Liability

You may notice lower back pain following a slip and fall accident at work or public place.

It is possible to sustain nerve damage from a fall, causing you to develop sciatica.

What is sciatica pain?

Sciatica is an ache that runs down the sciatic nerve in your lower back, hips, buttocks and legs. While it can occur for various reasons, an accident can damage your spine resulting in compression of a disc or the sciatic nerve.

This type of pain can vary from mild to severe. It typically feels like an electrical shock or a sharp, burning feeling. Coughing, sneezing or sitting for long periods can aggravate the severity of your pain.

Can you file a personal injury claim?

If you are experiencing sciatica pain after a slip and fall accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Depending on your injury’s severity, you can require ongoing medical care. It is crucial to seek treatment for your nerve damage as soon as possible. You need to prove your bodily injuries by presenting your medical records to the court.

What are some signs of sciatic nerve damage?

People experience sciatica differently depending on the extent of the back trauma and the cause. Some symptoms include:

  • Worsening lower back or hip pain
  • Constant pain on one side of the hip or buttocks
  • Aches that extend down through the legs
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the lower back and legs
  • Numbness, weakness or shooting pains in the legs
  • Incontinence issues

If a person or business’s negligence causes an accident that leads to sciatica pain, you have the right to seek compensation. With knowledge of the laws and proper documentation, you can sue the liable party to recover the cost of your medical care.

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