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Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

 Spinal cord injuries can lead to serious, life-long consequences. Victims of spinal cord injuries may require extensive medical care, including surgery and months of physical therapy. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident and spinal cord injury, you should speak with an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer to help you secure full and fair compensation. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free consultation. We represent clients throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia, and have 9 office locations including Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

An accident can upend your life in an instant, especially when it leaves you with a spinal cord injury. These are among the most severe injuries we see in our legal practice, and they can impact your ability to walk, control your arms and legs, and even experience sensations like heat and cold below the point of injury. Though medical treatment might repair some of the damage, many victims do not make a full recovery.

If you believe someone else’s negligent actions caused the accident that led to your injuries, our Virginia spinal cord injury lawyers can help you hold them accountable. Our legal team can review the circumstances of your accident, build a strong case, and fight for your right to compensation for things like medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.

The skilled attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers are ready to assist. Reach out to us today to schedule a free case evaluation. You pay nothing unless we win your case.

Why Should I Hire a Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers?

The skilled Virginia spinal cord injury attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have what it takes to handle your personal injury claim.

  • Our founding partner, John M. Cooper, has 30 years of experience fighting for injury victims throughout Virginia.
  • We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
  • We will use all available means to investigate your claim, including our innovative Crash Cam system that pulls video footage of accidents from nearly one thousand traffic cameras throughout the state.
  • We have 9 conveniently located meeting locations throughout the Hampton Roads.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in Virginia

Spinal cord injuries often occur due to a traumatic blow to the spinal cord or surrounding vertebrae. Some of the most common accidents that result in spinal cord injuries include:

1. Automobile Accidents

Motor vehicle crashes top the list of spinal cord injury causes. The force of a car or truck collision can cause a victim’s neck and back to twist or whip back and forth, resulting in severe injury. According to one study, automobile accidents account for over 30 percent of spinal cord injuries. 

2. Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips and falls can occur anywhere, including shopping centers, workplaces, public areas, government buildings, and private homes. Victims may land on the ground hard, resulting in severe damage to their back and spinal cord. Unfortunately, older members of the community are more vulnerable to severe injuries when they slip and fall.

3. Pedestrian Accidents

Driver inattention, distraction, or intoxication may cause motorists to hit pedestrians. Since pedestrians are fully exposed to the force of the oncoming vehicle, victims of pedestrian accidents may experience catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord damage.

4. Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents

Bicycle and motorcycle riders also have little insulation from vehicles that strike them. Further, poor road conditions, such as inclement weather and potholes, can cause riders to lose control of a bicycle or motorcycle. When an accident occurs, bicyclists and motorcyclists may suffer a spinal cord injury from the impact of the collision or when they hit the ground, especially if they fall on hard surfaces like concrete or asphalt. 

5. Sports Accidents

Many sports involve high-impact physical contact with other players and sudden motions that can twist the spine. If the force from a sporting accident is significant enough, it can result in a spinal cord injury.

How Can a Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Help Your Case?

It is vital to seek help from a Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer immediately after suffering an accident. An attorney can investigate your accident and gather evidence that can help strengthen your claim. Virginia has strict rules concerning fault, and to be successful in your claim, you must show that the accident was due entirely to someone else’s actions and not your own. If you were in any way responsible for your injury, it may be challenging to obtain compensation.

The skilled attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers understand what it takes to win. If you hire us, we’ll start by conducting a thorough, independent investigation of your accident. Our team will work hard to obtain key evidence, such as video footage, medical records, police reports, and witness statements, about the incident that led to your injuries. Our team may also hire medical experts to provide testimony about your injuries and prognosis.

We will also handle all of the legal paperwork needed in your case, including filing a claim with insurance companies and a lawsuit in local courts. Once we have our evidence gathered, we will deal with the insurance company handling your claim and fight for fair compensation. If our negotiations are unsuccessful, we will take it to court and fight for the result you deserve.

Our comprehensive legal services will let you concentrate on your recovery. You will not need to worry about calls from insurers trying to take advantage of you. Instead, we will handle settlement negotiations, push back against unfair tactics, and keep you fully updated as your case unfolds.

What Is the Statute of Limitations for Spinal Cord Injury Claims in Virginia?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Virginia is two years from the date of injury. If you do not file a claim within that time, you may be unable to collect compensation. It is best to seek a Virginia spinal cord attorney’s assistance as soon as possible to prevent loss of evidence, which may make it harder to prove your claim.

Damages Available in Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Cases

Spinal cord injuries are often severe, and the damage may be irreparable. You may need costly, ongoing medical care for months, years, or perhaps even the rest of your life. If your injury results in full or partial paralysis, you may find that you cannot work like you once did, limiting your ability to earn an income.

A Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer can help you recover the compensation needed for your care and living expenses. With help from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, you can obtain a combination of economic and non-economic damages, including:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses, including hospital and physician visits, surgeries, physical and occupational therapy, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Lost wages from being unable to work due to your spinal cord injury.
  • Monetary assistance for household tasks, such as childcare and cleaning.
  • Emotional pain and suffering arising from the accident and your spinal cord injury.
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Permanent disabilities caused by your spinal cord injury.

A severe spinal cord injury can have drastic implications for your quality of life. Though the compensation you receive from a lawsuit cannot restore your health, it can help you pay for the medical care you need and your living expenses while you focus on your recovery.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury can fall into two categories: complete or incomplete.

In a complete injury, the spinal cord’s nerves cannot relay messages past the site of the injury. You may lose feeling in all areas below the injury site and not be able to control your movements.

An incomplete injury is less severe but can still have long-term consequences for your health. Nerve communication may remain partially intact, giving you some command below the point of injury. Sensations in areas above or below the injury may still be present.

The worst spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis in all four limbs, known as quadriplegia. By contrast, someone suffering from paraplegia may retain their ability to move their arms but lose feeling in their legs. Paralysis can also impact your internal organs. Other effects of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Inability to feel touch, heat, or cold
  • Problems controlling the bladder or bowels
  • Impaired sexual function
  • Intense pain
  • Difficulty breathing

Trust the Virginia Spinal Cord Injury Experts at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Following a catastrophic accident that results in a spinal cord injury, you need a qualified Virginia personal injury attorney with a successful track record of helping injury victims secure compensation. Our compassionate team of skilled attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can help.

We have years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims, including auto accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, and more throughout Hampton Roads. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation at one of our conveniently located offices in:

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