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Spinal Injury Accidents

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San Diego Spine Injury Lawyer

It’s true, we never fully appreciate our health and wellness, until we no longer have it. When loss of our wellness is the result of someone else’s careless, reckless or negligent behavior this can be incredibly frustrating and angering, because it could have been prevented.

Spinal injuries can paralyze, and as such, are one of the most serious and debilitating injuries there are. Your spinal cord relays information from the brain to the rest of the body, and sends signals about the body to the brain. This vital role means that, even if the rest of your body is functioning perfectly normally, a spinal cord injury can undermine even the most basic functions.

Our spinal cord cannot be repaired or replaced. Yes, prompt medical care can limit the damage, but cannot reverse it. We fully empathize with how devastating a spinal cord injury is for the person and for the family. Life will never be the same and there will undoubtedly be hardships and setbacks.

If you or a loved one have been paralyzed or disabled from a spinal injury, our spinal cord injury lawyers will tirelessly pursue maximum compensation, to the fullest extent of the law, to help relieve the financial strain of long-term care, lost income and of course the undeniable personal impact that a debilitating injury has on one’s life.

Other Types of Accidents

Signs of a spinal cord injury after an accident

If you or someone you love, has been involved in an injury accident it is important to be aware of some of the emergency signs and symptoms of spinal cord injury, and seek immediate medical treatment. Some of the signs may include:

  • Extreme back pain or pressure in your neck, head or back
  • Weakness, incoordination or paralysis in any part of your body.
  • Numbness, tingling or loss sensation in hands, fingers, feet or toes.
  • Inability to feel heat, cold or touch
  • Pain or intense stinging sensation caused by damage to nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from lungs

If you experience one of more of these signs after an accident, please seek immediate medical treatment, then call our offices for a Free Case Evaluation, and immediate advice.

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Common causes of spinal injury

Spinal cord injuries result from damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks of the spinal column or to the spinal cord itself. A traumatic spinal cord injury may stem from a sudden, traumatic blow to your spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes, or compresses one or more of your vertebrae.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 68% of all spinal cord injuries in the U.S. are caused by:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: Auto, truck and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for more than 38% of new spinal cord injuries each year. Sometimes the injury is immediately apparent, while other times there is a delayed onset. Understanding the symptoms of a spinal injury is critical to seeking treatment and compensation.
  • Falls: 30% of Spinal cord injuries are caused by a fall. Falls can be an unfortunate happenstance of just losing ones balance, but they can also be the result of a slip and fall due to the carelessness, negligence or improper upkeep of private or public properties.

Regardless of whether your injury was as a result of a car accident, boating, cycling, pedestrian or semi-truck accident, we highly recommend speaking to an experienced spinal injury lawyer as soon as possible, and prior to speaking to the insurance company.


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Types of compensation for your injuries

Unfortunately, a spinal cord cannot be repaired or replaced, and once it is damaged, it is almost always irreversible. Depending on the severity, you may need specialized care for many years to come.

Our San Diego injury attorney’s look not only to your immediate and short-term needs, but most importantly, toward the care we anticipate you will need for the rest of your life. During the course of your case, our spinal injury lawyers consult with medical experts to detail the specific damages, and what that means to your future.

We then seek compensation for things such as:

  • Intensive care or nursing home care
  • Assisted living aides
  • Modifications to the home or vehicles
  • Wheelchairs, lifts and medical equipment
  • Psychiatric/psychological care
  • Lost earning capacity and vocational retraining
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost enjoyment of life
Hiring the best personal lawyer to represent you

Very serious injuries such as spinal injury, requires a high level of skilled legal expertise in the field of Personal Injury, years of hands on experience negotiating with large insurance companies on complex cases and a knowledge of the insurance landscape that can’t be obtained from simply reading a book.

Phillips and Pelly is one of San Diego’s longest standing and most respected personal injury law firms, with an 18-year history of excellence in successfully serving serious injury victims in San Diego. From extensively & properly documenting the medical history of the injury, including diagnosis and treatment, to hiring investigators, accident reconstructionists and experts as needed to prove damages, we not only have the practical know-how to litigate serious injuries such as this, but just as important, we have the energy, care and compassion that we feel differentiates our firm from the rest.

Do I have to pay for representation?

No. We handle all cases on a contingency basis, with a no fee until we win guarantee. Our fees are based on a percentage of the money we recover on your behalf, and are deducted from the final settlement amount at the end of your case.

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One of the first things to do after an accident, is to determine whether or not you have a claim. During your Free Case Evaluation , we will listen to the details of your case, and give you a professional assessment of your case.

The call is free. The Case Evaluation is free. Call or Email us now (below) to talk to an attorney.

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