Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Virginia Beach & Richmond

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Whether caused by a car accident or medical malpractice, a spinal cord injury dramatically decreases an individual’s quality of life. Unable to work and keep pace with mounting medical bills, many spinal cord injury victims develop anxiety or depression. Some even turn to suicide. 

If you or a loved one have experienced a spinal cord injury due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Breit Biniazan, our spinal cord injury lawyers in Virginia understand the devastating effects of a catastrophic injury and are here to provide the relentless legal representation you deserve.

Are you ready for a full and fair settlement? If so, contact our spinal cord injury law firm today for a free case evaluation. Call 855-212-8200.

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What Is a Spinal Cord Injury? 

Any damage to the spinal cord—a column of nerve tissue responsible for movement and sensation—that results in a loss of function is considered a spinal cord injury. These injuries are caused by a sudden, traumatic blow to the spinal bones (vertebrae). The fractured bones then damage fragile nerve tissue. 

A spinal cord injury changes the body forever, affecting bladder and bowel function, breathing, heart rate, muscle movements, reflexes, and sensations. The higher the injury on the spinal cord, the higher the risk for dysfunction. For example, individuals who suffer damage to the high-cervical nerves at the top of the neck and base of the skull may experience paralysis or death.  

Statute of Limitations on Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits in Virginia

In Virginia, individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury or other personal injury must pursue legal action within two years from the date of the accident. However, at Breit Biniazan, we encourage claimants to pursue justice as soon as possible. Acting sooner rather than later gives your Virginia spinal cord injury attorney time to build a strong case. But it also ensures that you receive financial compensation when you need it most.  

Damages You Can Receive for Your Spinal Cord Injury 

Spinal cord injuries demand intensive medical treatment. In fact, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates the long-term care costs of a spinal cord injury to be $5 million1. Though no amount of money will justify the physical and emotional trauma you have experienced, a fair settlement can help defray these costs. 

If you have experienced a spinal cord injury, you may be able to recover costs associated with:

  • Medical bills: Spinal cord injuries typically require hospital stays, physical therapy, prescription drugs, and at-home care. Depending on your case, the negligible party may be responsible for these costs. 
  • Lost wages: If you can’t return to your job, you may be able to demand retribution for lost wages as well as diminished future earnings. 
  • Pain and suffering: In the state of Virginia, claimants can pursue compensation for non-economic damages like emotional trauma. 
  • Wrongful death: If your loved one passed away because of a spinal cord injury, no amount of money can bring them back. However, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide the financial resources needed to move forward. 

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two primary types of spinal cord injuries. 

  • Complete: A complete spinal cord injury causes total paralysis below the injury. Paralysis may affect all four limbs (quadriplegia) or the lower half of the body (paraplegia).    
  • Incomplete: After an incomplete or partial spinal cord injury, the individual retains some function. They may experience weakness or paralysis in the limbs (central cord syndrome) or impaired muscle sensation (individual nerve cell injuries).  

Other factors that affect your case include your age, health, education level, and the psychological impacts of your injury. 

To receive the financial compensation you deserve, contact our Virginia personal injury law firm by calling 855-212-8200.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Each year, approximately 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury2. Though these injuries are life-changing, they typically happen during very normal, everyday activities like driving to work or swimming with friends. 

Consider the common causes of spinal cord injuries:

  • Slip and fall accidents: In slip and fall accidents, most victims fall on their backs. This sudden impact can break vertebrae and damage nerve tissue. 
  • Recreational accidents: Diving into shallow water or falling while mountain biking can change your life in a flash. Snowboarding, horseback riding, and playing sports like football and hockey can also cause a spinal cord injury. 
  • Acts of violence: A gunshot or knife wound can tear through the sensitive spinal column, resulting in life-long paralysis. 
  • Car accidents: Car wrecks lead to a variety of injuries, though the most common is blunt force trauma to the head and spine. 
  • Medical malpractice: When a doctor makes an error, such as nicking the spinal column during surgery, spinal cord injuries occur.

No matter the cause of your spinal cord injury, the personal injury lawyers at Breit Biniazan will conduct a thorough investigation to prove negligence. We’ll then fight hard for retribution, taking the responsible party to court if need be.  

Who Is Liable in a Spinal Injury Case 

Similar to other personal injury lawsuits, the party who caused your spinal cord injury is liable. The negligent person(s) varies depending on your unique circumstances. 

  • Medical malpractice: In the case of medical malpractice, the doctor is liable. Typically, these lawsuits target the hospital or healthcare system the doctor is associated with. 
  • Car or Truck accidents: The reckless driver who caused the collision may be responsible for your damages. If the accident occurred because of a manufacturing error, the automobile company may be responsible.  
  • On the job: If your injury occurred at work, your employer’s worker’s compensation policy will cover damages. But if the accident happened because of faulty machinery, the manufacturer could be held liable.

Building a Spinal Injury Case in Virginia

Proving negligence in a spinal cord injury case is easier said than done. Even if you know your car accident was caused by a reckless driver or that your surgeon nicked your spinal cord, it’s difficult to hold these parties liable. That’s why you need an expert personal injury lawyer in Virginia. 

When you hire Breit Biniazan, our spinal cord injury attorneys will immediately begin conducting meticulous research. We’ll review the details of your case—the police report filed after your crash, for instance—and search for more evidence like traffic cam footage or first-hand accounts. We’ll also hire experts like accident reconstructionists.  

In short, our personal injury lawyers in Virginia will work tirelessly to build a foolproof case. What’s even better? You won’t pay a single cent in fees until we win your settlement. 

Choosing an Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Richmond or Virginia Beach

Throughout their legal careers, the spinal cord injury attorneys at Breit Biniazan have witnessed the life-altering consequences of negligence. Our lawyers take every injustice very personally and are dedicated to the fight for retribution. 

Unlike other personal injury attorneys in Virginia, we aren’t intimidated by a hospital or Fortune 500 company’s big-time legal teams. We know their cunning tactics and won’t back down until we reach an appropriate settlement. 
Are you ready for justice? Contact us today at 855-212-8200 for a free case evaluation. We have offices in Virginia Beach and Richmond.

Spinal Cord Injury Cases FAQs

How much is a spinal injury worth?

Spinal cord injuries vary widely. Some victims experience mild nerve damage while others experience complete paralysis. Because of this, it can be challenging to predict the final settlement amount. However, spinal cord injury cases are some of the highest-grossing personal injury claims and often return $1 million with the help of an expert attorney. 

What are the signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries can cause a total loss of sensation and function below the site of the injury. In less severe cases, a spinal cord injury may cause problems walking, loss of control of the bladder and bowels, numbness and tingling in the extremities, and headaches.

What is an incomplete vs complete spinal cord injury?

In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim retains some sensation and function below the site of the injury. Comparatively, a complete spinal cord injury causes total paralysis below the injury.

Sources

1. https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%202020.pdf 

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4181160/

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