The spine is one of the most complex parts of the body. Understanding the medical facts and being able to explain them to a jury are skills that a trial lawyer develops with time and experience.
Spinal Cord Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include numbness, intense pain, radiating pain, loss of grip strength, loss of sensation and difficulty breathing. Disabilities from this type of injury usually cause chronic problems, requiring long-term physical therapy, epidural injections, spinal traction, back surgery, and lifetime assistance and care. You need an attorney experienced in handling these cases and the special issues they present.
Injuries to the spinal cord include fractures of a vertebra (cervical, thoracic or lumbar), a blown disk or crushed disk, a severing of the spinal cord by gunshot or knife wound and damage to connective tissues. The leading cause of spinal cord injuries is motor vehicle accidents.
Greater Injury to a Pre-Existing Condition
It is also important to remember that if you have a pre-existing condition, you are more susceptible to a spinal cord injury, and the law permits a greater recovery to account for the increased damage you may suffer. Because of the complex testimony necessitated by these cases, it is important to work with an attorney experienced in handling the medical evidence and sophisticated presentation to a jury necessary to obtain the compensation you will need after a spinal cord injury.
Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
At the Dolan Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys have tried numerous spinal cord injury cases and obtained excellent results for seriously injured people in the Bay Area. We have the experience, medical experts and resources needed to bring an effective spinal cord injury case to court.
If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury, contact our San Francisco law office online or call 888-452-4752 to schedule a consultation. We have helped hundreds of people obtain financial recovery so they could get the medical and rehabilitation help they needed.
- $2.4 million settlement for a 72-year-old woman who suffered a fracture of the cervical vertebrae that led to complete
paralysis (quadriplegia) after tripping on an uneven sidewalk that was poorly maintained by the city and county of San Francisco.
- $1.58 million verdict for a motorcyclist who now suffers
chronic back pain as a result of a collision with a car turning left in front of him. This case was quite complex because our client had a pre-existing back condition and the other party argued that our client’s problems stemmed from this pre-existing condition, not the force of the collision.
Not every case goes to trial, but the same thorough investigation and careful preparation are needed to persuade insurance companies to offer an appropriate settlement.
- We recently settled a case for a client whose pre-existing back condition was greatly aggravated in a car accident. We were able to secure a $1 million settlement for her.
- We obtained a $1.65 million settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered a
T11 fracture after his cycle went down on a dangerous stretch of gravel left behind on a public roadway after road construction.
Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia, tetraplegia) is the most serious and life-changing outcome of a spinal cord injury, but soft tissue injuries involving the spine also have a tremendous impact on daily life.
- We obtained an $868,000 verdict for a client who was struck by a car and suffered a
bulging disk in her spine.
- We’ve represented clients in
whiplash syndrome cases — neck and back pain resulting from rear-end collisions that cause the head to snap forward and back suddenly.
We’ve handled several cases involving chairs that collapse under patrons in restaurants or students in schools. We have represented people who suffered back and spinal cord injuries when a balcony or stairway collapsed and from sudden elevator drops.
Contact Our Attorneys With Offices in Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento
The personal injury lawyers of the Dolan Law Firm are dedicated to getting you the best result possible. We do not charge a fee unless we recover damages so you have nothing to lose by talking with a lawyer about your case. Email the attorneys at Dolan Law or call 888-452-4752.
Evening and weekend appointments are available. We will come to you at your home or the hospital if you are unable to come to us.