San Diego County is number three on California’s most dangerous counties for car accidents. Car accidents are the most common form of personal injury cases. If you’re involved in a car accident, there’s a good chance that another driver might be at fault. And unfortunately, according to, car accidents are also the leading cause of spinal injuries. So if you’re out on the road in the San Diego area, you have a fairly high risk of experiencing spinal injuries due to someone else’s negligence. What can you do to mitigate your risk of severe spinal injury if you’re involved in a car accident?

Remember That Timing is Everything

Most people know that spinal injuries can lead to serious long-term damage, but many people are unaware that spinal injuries might not be detected right away. According to The Mayo Clinic, timing is everything when it comes to determining the extent and severity of spinal complications. The faster you seek treatment after a spinal injury, the better your chances are of recovering. If you’ve been in a car accident – even if you think you’re unharmed – you should get a spinal examination immediately. The Mayo Clinic goes on to warn that if spinal injuries are left untreated they can result in even worse injuries and complications.

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Injuries

Even if you have a medical examination after an accident, your spinal injuries might go undetected at first. In the aftermath of a car accident, it’s critical to be aware of your continued risk and monitor the signs of a possible spinal injury. According to Health Direct, common symptoms of spinal injury include:

  • Pain, soreness, or tenderness
  • Pain that worsens with movement, coughing, sneezing or laughing
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving
  • Difficulty standing up straight
  • Muscle spasm on either side of the spine
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Pain that radiates down one or both legs

The most serious kinds of spinal injury can be detected by the symptoms listed below. If you or a loved one are experiencing the following symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately!

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Numbness or pins and needles to the arms, legs, hands or feet
  • Paralysis
  • Blood in the urine

Pursue Justice for Your Spinal Injury

Spinal injuries can be devastating to your physical health, but can affect your wellbeing in many other areas – including your mental and emotional health, your family life, your social life, your professional opportunities, and more. At the very least, you could be facing medical bills of thousands, if not millions of dollars. If you think you might be the victim of spinal injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you could be legally entitled to significant compensation. You don’t have to fight for justice alone! Jeffrey E. Estes and Associates serves all of Southern California, and we are here to help you too!