Can a Car Accident Cause a Herniated Disc?


Berg Injury Lawyers in northern California have handled many types of serious or catastrophic injuries from motor vehicle crashes. That includes a herniated disc, which is one of the more common types of neck or back injuries in a car crash. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters and defense lawyers will tell victims that their herniated disc is not a result of a car accident. Sometimes they will even claim that a victim has “degenerative disc disease” or “narrowing of the spinal canal,” which is the cause of the herniated disc – not the reckless, careless, or outright negligent conduct of their insured and dangerous driver. If that sounds ridiculous to you, that is because it is. A herniated disc is a type of injury that occurs to the soft cushion that sits between the vertebrae above and below it. The disc is a thick, almost silicone-like structure that has a thick jelly-like material inside. It is pretty strong and allows flexion of the spinal column. A disc can carry a heavy load and take a strong impact to the body in order to protect the spinal cord and the vertebrae. But a disc is not invincible, especially when a drunk driver, distracted driver, or another type of reckless driver causes a high-speed crash, T-bone collision, rollover, or another type of devastating car accident. When the force of a car accident impact hits the body and the spinal discs, the discs will attempt to cushion the blow. If the impact is too strong, it can stress the disc too far and cause it to rupture or tear. This can cause that jelly-like substance to come out and injure nerves or the spinal cord. Sometimes the pain and debilitating symptoms are immediate, whereas other times, it can take weeks or months for symptoms to appear. If you or a loved one suffered any neck or back injury in a car crash, call our experienced personal injury law firm for help. To learn more about how Berg Injury Lawyers can help you, please call us by dialing 866-928-4640 for a FREE consultation. Or reach out to us through our website at