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Causation is the act or process of causing. Also, it may be the act or agency that produces an effect.  In medicine, we are frequently asked whether an accident caused a physical finding or a patient’s complaint.  According to Duhaime’s Law Dictionary causation is “the cause and effect relationship between an act or omission and damages alleged in a tort or personal injury action.”

In order to prove causation and to recover plaintiffs are often asked to discuss duty and a breach of duty, but must establish that the defendant caused their loss.  Thus negligence must be addressed.  If the accident would have occurred in any event, then there is no causation.

So how does one differentiate a degenerative versus a traumatic disc injury as a result of an accident:

  •  History or mechanism of injury
  •  Physical examination findings
  •  Radiographic imaging
  •  Response to treatment
  •  Past medical history
  • Electro diagnostic studies

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Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

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