Our spinal cord injury attorneys have legally represented many individuals with herniated discs that were negligently hit in a car crash. We have settled the majority of these cases with financial compensation to the injured persons. Learn more about herniated discs and what you can do to secure your legal rights.


A herniated disc is a type of spinal cord injury that occurs when the soft cushion between the spinal bone ruptures. Not all herniated discs are the same. Some individuals may have varying symptoms or additional damage to the discs or spine. When a disc herniates -- or pushes outward -- against the spinal cord or the spinal nerves, pressure and pain can increase, and the diagnosis may even change depending on any additional fractures, whiplash or internal damage. It's important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible if you suspect a herniated disc. From our experience as spinal cord injury lawyers in San Diego, we know that herniated discs are a common injury after an auto accident. The location of the herniated disc can change and the degree of the herniation can vary. The type of herniated disc in relationship to the body part where the injury can occur are:


A herniated disc can be diagnosed as a:

Protruded Disc

A protruded disc is also known as a bulging disc. Protruded discs occur when a herniated disc goes outward into the nerves within the spinal cord. However, the spinal disc and ligaments remain intact.

Extruded Disc

Disc extrusions tend to occur in the disc outer bony layer (annulus fibrosis). The disc's outer layer ruptures, allowing the inner jelly-like part of the disc (nucleus pulposus) to squeeze out. An extruded disc may or may not cause ligament damage.

Sequestered Disc

While disc protrusions and disc extrusions cause problems, the disc is never separated from itself. In a sequestered disc the inner nucleus pulposus is squeezed out completely, separating it from the main part of the spinal disc.


You shouldn't have to feel lost or scared about stepping up to insurance companies when filing a spinal cord injury claim. Right now, you need someone who can help you make sense of your legal future. You need a lawyer that can take away the stress of lost wages and mounting medical bills. Our attorneys can help. If you experienced spinal cord injury, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible to secure all of your legal rights. Call us today at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in San Diego. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.