While you can certainly have a disc injury (cervical disc, lumbar disc) from a car accident, the insurance company will question if there was a “mechanism” for injury. For example, lumbar disc injury is rare from a low speed rear-end impact because there isn’t much movement to the lower back from such an accident. Contrast that to a neck injury – the neck is more likely to move backward then forward in a rear end accident. Side impacts or impacts that cause a twisting motion can cause back injuries as well.
Proving a herniation to a disc is difficult because you might have a pre-existing disc problem. Most people start to have trouble in their discs as they get older. The insurance company will argue that your troubles are related to degenerative changes that pre-date the injury. To learn more about herniated discs and car accidents, see the library entry on car accidents and disc injuries.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.