The spinal cord injury attorneys at Shouse Law Group help you get your life back on track if you have suffered a spinal cord injury. Our lawyers work tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We also passionately take on the rigors of your case so that you can focus on your health and healing.
Spinal cord injuries can result from a variety of different accidents, including:
Further, a spinal cord injury is often a type of catastrophic injury associated with
- quadriplegia, and
Please know that our skilled personal injury attorneys can file a back injury lawsuit on your behalf. These claims are often based on one of the following legal theories:
- products liability,
- premises liability,
- medical malpractice,
- wrongful death, and
- governmental liability.
Our spine injury lawyers can also assist by:
- managing your ongoing medical care,
- gathering evidence to support your case,
- filing a personal injury claim with an insurance company, and
- if applicable, filing a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf.
The Shouse Law Group is a California-based personal injury law firm that represents spinal cord injury victims. Our attorneys work tirelessly for all our clients and seek to get you the maximum compensation possible. Call today to get the legal representation you deserve.
What are common causes of spinal cord injuries and types of injuries?
Spinal cord injuries are often caused by:
- collisions and motor vehicle accidents,
- work accidents,
- slip and fall events,
- defective products,
- truck accidents,
- medical malpractice,
- sporting accidents, and
- acts of violence.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.1 Further, the Center estimates that there are about 17,500 new spinal cord injury cases every year in the U.S.2
Note that a spinal cord injury comes in one of two types. These are:
- a complete spinal cord injury, which causes permanent damage to the area of the spinal cord that is affected, and paraplegia or tetraplegia are often the results.
- an incomplete spinal cord injury, which refers to partial damage to the spinal column.3
There are also four different “levels” associated with spinal cord injuries. These are:
- cervical spinal cord injuries, which affect the head and neck region above the shoulders,
- thoracic spinal cord injuries, which affect the upper chest, mid-back, and abdominal muscles,
- lumbar spinal cord injuries, which affect the hips and legs, and
- sacral spinal cord injuries, which affect the hips, back of the thighs, buttocks and pelvic organs.4
A spinal cord injury is a serious injury often associated with:
- difficulty breathing,
- loss of sensation,
- nerve damage,
- herniated discs, and
- loss of sexual function.
Against whom could I bring a claim?
The personal injury lawyers at our firm can file a spinal cord injury case against a variety of different people and entities. Some of the most common ones include:
- negligent motorists,
- negligent doctors and medical professionals,
- product manufacturers,
- building and property owners,
- government entities,
- amusement parks,
- grocery stores, and
If you succeed in a case (either at trial or via a settlement), you can likely recover compensation for the following:
- medical bills and medical expenses,
- home health medical care,
- physical therapy and occupational therapy,
- lost wages,
- lost earning capacity, and
- non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.
What is the role of a spinal cord injury lawyer?
Personal injury lawyers who specialize in spinal cord cases can help you in several different important ways.
They can help you secure initial medical treatment and manage your ongoing medical care.
Attorneys learn the facts of your particular case and can advise you as to your legal rights and legal options.
Injury lawyers can assist you in gathering evidence to prove that someone was responsible for your accident. If necessary, injury lawyers can even hire medical experts to help explain this evidence to a judge or jury.
Spinal cord injury attorneys can also file two important claims on your behalf. These are:
- a spinal cord injury claim with the insurance company of the person or entity that caused your accident, and
- if applicable, a workers’ compensation claim with your employer.
Finally, attorneys can file personal injury lawsuits in these cases and work to receive favorable verdicts for their clients.
What are the benefits of a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer comes with a host of benefits in spinal cord injury cases.
The main benefit is that an attorney will maximize the compensation for your injuries.
For example, an experienced lawyer will know what a case is worth. As a result, the attorney will not accept a lowball settlement offer and will make liable entities pay their fair share of your losses.
Attorneys can also find hidden value in a case, which means that you will receive a larger final payout.
Note as well that a spinal cord injury attorney will begin managing a case from the moment he/she accepts it. A result is that you can:
- avoid worrying about the daily rigors of your case, and
- focus on your health and healing.
Almost all lawyers in personal injury cases provide free consultations. A free case review means you can get all of your legal questions answered with no fees.
Further, the communications with your lawyer are protected by the attorney-client relationship. This protection means your attorney cannot disclose your confidences without your consent.
For additional help…
If you or a loved one experienced a spinal cord injury, we invite you to contact our legal team at the Shouse Law Group. Our California personal injury attorneys provide both free consultations and skilled legal advice you can trust.
We work tirelessly to get you fair compensation for your injuries.
- See NSCISC publication, “Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Facts and Figures at a Glance,” (2017).
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- See Sheperd.org, “Types and Levels of Spinal Cord Injuries.”
- See same.