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Roanoke Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, the spinal cord injury victims we fight for are struggling to make it through the most difficult time in their lives. Many have lost the ability to walk, and some are completely paralyzed from this catastrophic injury. Just as those who suffer a spinal cord injury are battling with a range of emotions, our Virginia personal injury attorneys at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC who work with these victims are deeply affected.

We feel compassion. We feel the loss. We feel frustration. But mostly, we feel enraged. Enraged that someone else’s negligent, careless, or reckless behavior stripped you of your independence. This rage drives us to fight aggressively for your rights in a court of law. This determination to win for our clients has secured us many trial verdicts and settlement results that exceed $1 million. Each individual case is different, but our dedicated litigation team has secured individual recoveries in excess of $1 million for clients across many different kinds of serious personal injury cases.

Let us put our decades of courtroom experience with spinal cord injury cases to work for you and your family. Although you can’t go back in time to the life you had before, you can move forward knowing that you have the right to the best medical treatment available, substantial support for your family, and justice for the pain, suffering, and loss you endure. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help you pursue justice.

Types of Compensation We Pursue for Spinal Cord Injury Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in a serious accident, you already know how astronomical the medical bills can be. Just in the first couple of weeks, you can rack up bills that surpass your annual salary. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the medical expenses for a severe spinal cord injury can top more than $1 million in the first year alone. Some victims face much higher bills.

Due to the extreme costs associated with treating spinal cord injuries, our attorneys will aggressively pursue the maximum amount of compensation from every available source. We will argue for:

  • Payment for past and future medical bills: This is a top priority because spinal cord injury victims often require expensive ongoing treatment for the rest of their lives.
  • Lost income and future wages: You may not be able to go back to your old job after a spinal cord injury, but you have a right to be paid as though you are still working and would have continued on your career path.
  • Damage to property: If your accident involved damage to your property, such as in a car crash, you have a right to compensation.
  • Pain and suffering: It is hard to put a price on pain and suffering. Most people would say it is immeasurable. However, your attorney may ask you to keep a daily journal after your spinal cord injury to document how your life has changed and to describe the ongoing pain you feel.
  • Punitive damages: This is where the rage comes in again. In egregious cases, this type of compensation is meant to punish the at-fault party for what they have done to you and your family.

From a medical perspective, spinal cord injuries are extremely complicated. From a legal perspective, the same is true for spinal cord injury lawsuits. You need an experienced Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer with the courtroom skills, the resources, and the commitment to build your case and pursue a successful jury verdict.

How Our Roanoke Back Injury Attorneys Are Different

When you choose Lichtenstein Law Group PLC to handle your spinal cord injury case, you are getting a powerful litigation team that has almost a century of combined experience taking cases like this to trial – and winning. Our Virginia trial attorneys blend compassion for our clients with a show-no-mercy approach to pursuing justice.

When we take a case, we are not looking for a quick settlement. We are in it for the long haul. Catastrophic spinal cord injuries require lengthy, intensive rehabilitation with expert medical professionals. In a similar vein, fighting for proper compensation will take extensive work and sophisticated litigation skills.

Our decades of experience guide our approach to preparing for trial, and this is how you can trust us to handle your case:

  • We believe that every case is unique. No matter how many spinal cord injury cases we have argued and won, our attorneys believe that every client experiences this injury differently and the circumstances surrounding your case are very specific. We respect that.
  • We don’t take anything for granted. An insurance company’s description of the case, your doctor’s description of your injury, a law enforcement report about your accident – we analyze every detail to build a strong foundation for your lawsuit.
  • We will bring in the big guns – our extensive network of top expert witnesses. Over the years, we have developed relationships with spinal cord injury specialists, accident reconstructionists, engineers, and other experts in Virginia and throughout the country. These are the professionals you need to bolster your case.
  • We have the resources necessary to pursue your fight to the end. Lawsuits are expensive, and we do not collect money from you unless we win. Fortunately, our success has afforded us the ability to dig deep and fight ferociously for compensation even against deep-pocketed corporations and insurance companies.
  • We know the law. This may seem obvious, but part of being a trial lawyer is always researching new and relevant case law and statutes to make sure we are building the strongest legal argument possible. Meticulous legal research is a part of our culture.
  • We understand how your story should be told. The journey of a spinal cord injury victim is complicated, and the accident that led to your injury likely was, too. We will explain your case clearly to the judge and jury, so they can understand what happened and how it has forever changed your life.

Our overall goal with your spinal cord injury case is to persuade the jury that you deserve the maximum amount of compensation for your spine injuries. However, as we build your case, the other side may be intimidated into offering a full settlement for your injury. No matter how your case is resolved, we consider it a success as long as you are satisfied.

We can help when so much is at stake.

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Common Causes of Back Injuries

Common Causes of Back Injuries

The spinal cord is a group of nerves that run down your back transmitting signals between your brain and the rest of your body. These nerves are normally protected by the vertebrae and ligaments that make up your spinal column. However, when your spinal column suffers a blow in an accident, the vertebrae (or bone discs) can break or press into the spinal cord, causing nerve damage and disrupting the signals to the arms, legs, and torso.

The common types of accidents that result in spinal cord injury are:

  • Serious auto accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, or pedestrians
  • Falls, such as a worker falling from a ladder at a construction site or a person slipping and falling or someone else’s poorly maintained property
  • Acts of violence
  • Sports injuries

At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, our seasoned trial attorneys have experience arguing spinal cord injury cases that involved all manner of horrific accidents. We know the lasting impact these catastrophic accidents leave on our clients, and we will fight for lasting compensation in return.

What to Expect After a Spinal Cord Injury

Depending on the type of spinal cord injury, or SCI, doctors may recommend specific medicine, braces or traction to stabilize the spine, or surgery, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Extensive documentation of your symptoms and treatment will be essential in building your case for compensation.

Victims of serious spinal cord injuries often experience serious nerve damage symptoms such as:

  • Debilitating, intensive, and ongoing pain
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Problems with sexual function

Another component in your case will be the severity of your spinal cord injury, commonly referred to as “the completeness.” Spinal cord injuries can be classified as either:

  • Complete: This means brain signals are completely blocked from getting past the point of injury. With complete spinal cord injuries, victims experience paralysis and loss of feeling below the point of injury.
  • Incomplete: This means some brain signals can still travel past the point of injury. With incomplete injuries, victims may maintain some movement and feeling below the point of injury.

The types of paralysis a spinal cord injury victim experiences are based on where along the spine the injury occurred. The two main types of spinal cord injury paralysis are:

  • Tetraplegia (or quadriplegia): When the spinal cord is injured in the cervical (or neck) area or in the upper part of the back, the victim may suffer from tetraplegia. This type of injury affects the victim’s arms, legs, torso, and pelvic region.
  • Paraplegia: When the spinal cord injury is lower in the back (such as in the lumbar region), the victim may experience paraplegia, which can affect all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic region.

Rehabilitation from a catastrophic spinal cord injury can be a daunting process, and it will require a good rehabilitative care team. Similarly, recovering compensation for this type of serious injury will require a highly qualified legal team. At Lichtenstein Law Group PLC, we know the road ahead will be challenging, but we are confident that you and your family can push through as long as you have the legal and medical support you need.

Contact Our Roanoke Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Today

Considering how long-lasting and severe the effects of spinal cord injuries are, it seems unfair that there are time limits on how long you have to file a lawsuit. However, the harsh reality is you do need to start on your claim as soon as possible after the injury.

Contact the experienced Virginia spinal cord injury lawyers at Lichtenstein Law Group PLC today to schedule a free consultation on your case. Our attorneys can meet with you in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, or anywhere else in Virginia that is convenient for you, including at your home or in the hospital.

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