Virginia’s Leading Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

As a leading personal injury firm in Virginia, the team at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner has handled a variety of spinal cord cases successfully. Injuries of the spine and vertebrae can occur in all types of locations and circumstances. While no two spinal injuries are alike or comparable, they all share one common characteristic—they can create debilitating physical, emotional and financial hardships for victims and their families. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCIS), the long term care and costs of a spinal cord injury and damage can quickly amount to millions of dollars. For those victims who have suffered spinal cord issues, justice is essential in securing their futures and quality of life. 

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Damages to this essential body part can affect all, several, or one specific section of the spine. These sections include the thoracic area, cervical area, lumbar area, and sacral areas. Since the spinal cord is responsible for making sure each area of the body communicates with other areas of the body through a bundle of nerves, any type of damage can have catastrophic effects on physical sensations, mental abilities, and emotion regulation. Several factors such as age, health, and quality of treatment can affect recovery and future wellness. There are two types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. 

Complete spinal cord injuries result in severe damage and lead to quadriplegia or paraplegia. While paraplegia affects the lower body, quadriplegia is partial or complete paralysis to both legs, arms, and the trunk (paralysis from the neck down).

Some of the more common incomplete spinal cord injuries include:

  • Anterior cord syndrome – Damage occurs to the anterior section of the spinal cord resulting in loss of movement and sensory perception. Only 10 to 15% of anterior cord syndrome victims demonstrate any functional improvement over time.
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome – Damage to the right or left side of the spinal cord in the back causing loss of movement and sensation. 
  • Central Cord Syndrome – Damage to the cervical area of the spinal cord. Victims experience weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs, combined with some loss of sensory perception. Patients under the age of 50 have a 97% rate of becoming ambulatory, but past the age of 50, the recovery rate drops to 17%.
  • Individual nerve cell injuries – Spinal trauma that results in a damaged nerve cell or cluster that impairs movement and muscle sensation. 
  • Spinal contusions – Bruising of the spinal cord that temporarily or permanently affects movement and sensation. 

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Despite the extreme repercussions and damages that a spinal injury may cause, many occur during normal day-to-day activities and routines. They can occur in residential locations, on business premises, or work sites. Slips and falls are the most prominent contributors and often occur in public environments, but other common causes and locations include:

  • Recreational Accidents (such as swimming, diving, sports, skiing, snowboarding and more)
  • Motor Vehicle Collisions (such as truck accidents, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicyclist accidents, and motorcycle accidents).
  • Physical Assaults/Acts of Violence (such as gunshot wounds or blunt force traumas)
  • Medical Malpractice 

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Building a Spinal Injury Case in Virginia

Case development and trial for someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury present the challenge of obtaining adequate compensation to cover the lifetime needs of the litigant. It is essential for the attorney to identify, project, and quantify the lifetime medical needs and expenses facing the spinal cord litigant and to fully and adequately prove the effects of the spinal cord injury on the litigant’s life. An attorney who knows how to approach this challenge and who has successfully handled spinal cord injury cases should be consulted in these cases.

When it comes to building a strong spinal cord injury case, a qualified Virginia attorney is essential in achieving desired outcomes. These cases can be complex and challenging and require diligence in assessing the damages, projections of future loss, and obtaining adequate compensation. Any individual that has experienced a back injury resulting in spinal damage needs a Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer on their side. Our team of personal injury attorneys at Breit Cantor are knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared to fight for victims in these injury cases (including paraplegia, quadriplegia, and incomplete spinal cord injury or ailments. In our forty years,our firm has represented clients in over 150 verdicts and settlements resulting in recovered compensation exceeding $1 million for the victims. As part of our dedication to helping victims, we offer free consultations. Our dedicated injury attorneys do not receive any payment unless the client’s case is won.

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