San Diego Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
A traumatic spinal cord injury results from a blow to the spine that fractures, crushes, dislocates or compresses vertebrae in the spine. The physical, emotional, and financial impact of a spinal cord injury can be devastating and life-changing for a victim and their family.
The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is motor vehicle accidents, which make up about 50% of the 11,000 spinal cord injury accidents that occur each year, according to the Mayo Clinic. Other causes of spinal cord injuries are gunshot wounds, acts of violence, sports injuries, and falls. Even with surgery, hospitalization, and the best rehabilitative care, many spinal cord injuries are permanent, causing loss of sensation and muscle control, and paralysis. Spinal cord injuries may result in:
Following an accident, injuries may be complicated by bleeding, inflammation / swelling and infection, causing additional damage. Depending on the location and severity of the damage to the spine, a spinal cord injury can affect function of ability to breathe, movement of torso, legs, bowel and bladder control, and even sexual function.
Who is Responsible for a Spinal Cord Injury?
When accidents are caused by negligent or reckless actions of others, such as a motorcyclist being struck by a drunk driver, or a bicyclist being struck by a semi-truck, spinal cord injury accident victims may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury claim. Damages awarded may cover not just medical care expenses, but ongoing and future therapy, equipment costs for adapting to a permanent disability, and compensation for pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. Due to life-long needs, the costs associated with an injury may be substantial.
Understanding Your Needs
Attorney Jim Brown has three decades of experience handling spinal cord injury cases. Beyond the physical impairments of paralysis, Jim understands that the adaption to a personal disability is challenging, as injuries have far-reaching effects on personal relationships, financial situations, and active lifestyles. His goal is to help his clients achieve the maximum possible healing, by helping them get the best possible medical care and financial compensation to move forward following an accident in the most positive way.
A Client-Centered Approach to Trying Cases
Because spinal cord injuries vary so much from one individual to another, Jim Brown believes it is critically important to tailor his legal strategy to the specific needs of his clients. By working with top medical experts, vocational experts and life care planners, Jim can “work up” a case to show the lifelong needs of his clients, and present a compelling story to a judge or jury. From his more than 35 years of experience not just settling cases, but successfully litigating them in court, Jim knows that success requires thorough preparation. He personally prepares every case he handles for trial, unlike some lawyers that delay trial prep or consult with damages experts in hopes that a settlement is offered.
Contact Us Today
To find out if you may have a spinal cord injury case, contact our office for a free and confidential consultation with attorney Jim Brown and his legal team. There are never any fees unless we recover money for you.