Spinal Cord Injuries

Each year about 17,000 Americans suffer a non-fatal injury to the spinal cord, the bundle of central nervous system nerves that carries information between the brain and most of the body.  Without a properly functioning spinal cord, the brain cannot get the information required to feel physical sensations, and the brain cannot send the information required to voluntarily move muscles. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in younger people, while falls are the leading cause for those over 65 years of age.  Overall, about 78% of spinal cord injury survivors are male.

Typically, those with complete spinal cord injuries  are unlikely to recover much if any function, particularly after the first few days.  Complete spinal cord injuries involve a total loss of motor (muscle) and sensory function.  If the spinal cord is severed, for example, there is no recovery. Those with incomplete spinal cord injuries sometimes recover some function, if treated promptly.  As one physician put it in one of our trials, “time is spine”: with some spine injuries, prompt treatment (typically, emergency neurosurgery) can make a huge difference.

A spinal cord injury should be viewed as a medical emergency requiring immediate attention.  Seek immediate medical care for these symptoms, among others:

  • Loss or sudden impairment of bowel or bladder function or control.
  • Partial or complete loss of control over any body part.
  • Loss of or abnormal sensation in the groin area, or in the feet (including toes) or hands (including fingers).

Survivors of spinal cord injuries often face a lifetime of challenges, risks, and specialized assistance, medical, and care needs.  Those with spinal cord injuries that involve paralysis of both the arms and legs (quadriplegia, usually from an injury to the spinal cord at the neck) typically have a much harder time than those who are still able to use their arms (paraplegia, from an injury to the mid or lower back). While over the decades someone is always predicting a cure around the corner, it hasn’t happened yet. According to the National Spine Injury Statistical Center, the out-of-pocket costs for spinal cord injuries range from the low millions to the many millions of dollars, depending on the age of the survivor and the severity of the spinal cord injury.  These statistics do not include the survivor’s losses of income and their human losses.

A spinal cord injury survivor typically needs a strong support team that includes a neurosurgeon, rehabilitation physician, physical therapists, vocational counselor, and specialized assistive equipment.  Someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury that was caused by the wrongful conduct of another also needs the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney who has handled spinal cord injury cases all of the way through trial.  Spinal cord injury cases are complex, and often high stakes, because the survivor’s future well-being may depend on the quality of the legal services provided. If you think you have a spinal cord injury case, contact us right away.

Spinal Cord Injury Cases

Partial Paraplegia: Record Josephine County Trial Result

Workplace Injury Leads to Partial Paraplegia: $2.285 Million Verdict.

Lower Spinal Cord Injury

VA System Failures Injures Marine Corps Veteran: $3.25 million.

Child Quadriplegia

Defective Child Car Restraint: Confidential Settlement.

The attorneys at Corson & Johnson have helped countless individuals and families over the past three-plus decades.
Please click on the Read More Cases link highlighted below to see additional Spinal Cord Injury case examples.
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Client Testimonials

Janos Tivadar

“On August 10th, 2003, just four days after my 28th birthday, my life was permanently altered by a reckless and violent, drug-induced, drunk driver who crashed head-on and into my car. Everyone in the vehicle was injured, with my injuries being the most severe. I suffered a complete spinal cord injury, which changed everything in my life in an instant.

Nearly 17 years later, I remain paralyzed from the chest down, and on that day, I not only lost my ability to walk but my ability to do the field engineer work I once loved so much. In these unpredictable and devastating moments in life, it is essential to surround yourself with people you can trust. My physical rehabilitation was a long road, and as if that wasn’t hard enough, I also had to figure out how I was going to support myself financially.

As someone who worked in a physically demanding job, with a lot of international travel, I had no idea how to move forward with my life or what I would be capable of achieving in the future. I can honestly say, I feel so fortunate to have had the legal guidance of Don Carson. Don not only professionally represented me, but he was relentless in settling an agreement that would help assist me financially. He put his heart and soul into helping me achieve the best outcome and, in many ways, offered tremendous emotional support that went way beyond his call to a legal duty.

My reliance upon him, both professionally and emotionally, should not be understated. With his expertise, I was able to receive a financial settlement for my lifelong medical bills as well as a path forward to make a living and successfully support myself. Don is not only a brilliant lawyer; he is honest and trustworthy and committed to doing the best for his clients, even in the most challenging circumstances. With Don at the helm, you will not only have the most capable legal guidance but someone who cares about your overall well-being. I give him my highest recommendation.”

John Miltenberger
Grants Pass, OR

“I was injured several years ago in a mill accident near Grants Pass. Unfortunately, the doctors who treated me after the accident made several mistakes, leaving me partially paralyzed for the rest of my life. Don Corson took my case to trial and the jury awarded me the largest medial negligence or personal injury verdict in the county’s history. In representing me, Don was honest about the strengths and weakness of my case and thorough in his preparation for it. At the trial, he was well-prepared and quick on his feet. I was very impressed with him, as were the numerous court employees who came in to watch him in trial. I would absolutely recommend him to my friends and family.”

Spinal Cord Injury Resources

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting survivors of spinal cord injuries: christopherreeve.org

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is an Institute within the National Institutes of Health that aims to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease: https://www.ninds.nih.gov

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