Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in North Carolina
Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer
Spinal cord injuries can be devastating and the consequences can be life-changing. In more than 35 years serving injured victims, our North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyers have handled many cases involving spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and we are ready to help you however we can.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and convenient form below.
The consultation is free and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive compensation for your spinal cord injury. If you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid — it’s as simple as that.
Call 1-800-525-7111 and let an experienced North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer review your claim. Our personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our deserving clients and we’d love to help you and your loved ones if we can (see disclaimer below).
IMPORTANT: If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, seek immediate medical attention. In North Carolina, we are fortunate to have many excellent medical centers and hospitals providing treatment for spinal cord injuries. These medical facilities include UNC Chapel Hill, Vidant in Greenville (associated with East Carolina University), Duke in Durham, Bowman Gray in Winston-Salem (associated with Wake Forest University), among others.
“They turned a heartbreaking situation completely around.”
–Tonya T., Riddle & Brantley client
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Many types of accidents can cause SCIs, sometimes resulting in serious conditions such as paralysis and semi-paralysis.
Types of accidents that may result in spinal cord injuries include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Workplace accidents
For cases in which a spinal cord injury results from a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys can assist with these claims. In cases in which a spinal cord injury results in long-term disability, our disability lawyers can help with those claims and appeals, as well.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer handling cases across North Carolina, please call 1-800-525-7111.
The consultation is free and there are never any upfront costs. And because we work on a contingency basis, you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your injury claim.
Consequences of Spinal Cord Damage
The consequences of spinal cord damage can be severe and long-lasting. These injuries can sometimes cause full or partial paralysis, and victims are sometimes unable to walk, move their arms or legs, eat, speak, or even breathe on their own.
In many cases, those suffering severe spinal cord damage may require adaptive equipment, ongoing physical therapy, and, potentially, full-time care.
With so many aspects of everyday life affected by a spinal cord injury, it’s important that victims be represented by an experienced North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer so that they can recover maximum compensation for their injuries and other damages.
In the most heartbreaking situations, spinal cord injuries can even result in death. In these cases, our wrongful death attorneys can help surviving family members fight for justice for their lost loved ones.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer in North Carolina, please call 1-800-525-7111.
You don’t have to go through this alone. Let us help however we can. Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
“It was nice to see Riddle & Brantley put me and my needs first.”
–R. Colley, Riddle & Brantley client
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries do not necessarily lead to paralysis in every case, but the consequences can range from serious to life-threatening. A spinal cord injury may be either “complete” or “incomplete.”
In cases of complete spinal cord injury, the victim will have no feeling or movement below the injury site. In incomplete spinal cord injury cases, the victim will have some sensation and ability to move. Sometimes, incomplete SCIs can lead to permanent paralysis, but in others, the effects may only be temporary.
Types of spinal cord injury include:
- Anterior Cord Syndrome — complete paralysis and loss of sensation below the site of injury
- Central Cord Syndrome — weakened motor skills in the arms and a partial loss of sensation below the site of injury; often accompanied by incontinence
- Posterior Cord Syndrome — loss of perception of the placement and location of one’s body parts (“proprioception”); very rare
- Brown-Séquard Syndrome — loss of sensation, motor function, vibration sense and proprioception on the same side of the body as the spinal injury; also known as crossed hemiplegia
- Cauda Equina Syndrome — loss of function in the lumbar region due to a lesion on the cauda equina, the bundle of nerves that control sensation in that area
- Individual Nerve Trauma — loss of function in the body part controlled by the damaged nerve
- Spinal Contusion — a bruise to the spinal area; usually causes partial or complete paralysis and loss of function for a period of one to two days
- Paraplegia — complete, permanent paralysis and loss of sensation in the lower half of the body, as well
- Quadriplegia/Tetraplegia — complete, permanent paralysis as well as loss of sensation in all limbs and the torso
Central Cord Syndrome (CCS) is the most common form of incomplete SCI.
Unfortunately, complete spinal cord injuries always result in either paraplegia or quadriplegia.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, our North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyers are ready to help — call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
The consultation is free and there is no obligation.
We will review your spinal cord injury claim and advise you on your available legal options. Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Auto accidents are frequently the cause of spinal cord injury. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 38.2 percent of spinal cord injuries in the United States since 2015 were the result of motor vehicle accidents.
Spinal cord injuries may be caused by many types of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Rollover accidents — In a rollover, a motorist’s neck and/or spine may be compressed. This is a particular risk when the roof buckles under the weight of the vehicle.
- Head-on collisions — The force of a head-on collision may be sufficient to cause trauma to the spine. Broken vertebrae may cause damage to the nerves of the spinal cord, resulting in permanent paralysis.
- Side-impact collisions / T-bone accidents — The force of these accidents can cause serious trauma to the spine.
- Truck accidents — The superior size and weight of a truck can cause multiple severe injuries to motorists in other vehicles.
- Motorcycle crashes — Depending on the circumstances, a motorcyclist may sustain severe spine injuries from the initial impact with a vehicle. Alternatively, a spine injury may result if a motorcyclist is thrown from his or her bike.
- Pedestrian accidents — Trauma from a pedestrian accident may result in permanent spinal cord damage as well as brain injury and other catastrophic damage.
Motor Vehicle Equipment Malfunctions and SCI
Certain equipment malfunctions may also cause serious injury, including spinal cord injury. These include:
- Failed seatbelts
- Defective airbags
- Collapsing roofs
- Failed power windows
- Separating tire treads
- Failed seat backs
- Suspension defects
“They made a hard time in my life easier to endure.”
–Melissa C., Riddle & Brantley client
What Can a Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Do?
Filing a spinal cord injury claim can be expensive and complicated. Negotiating with insurance companies or defense lawyers can also take considerable time and energy. Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers and car accident attorneys have the resources necessary to help victims of spinal cord injury.
We have a team of experienced investigators on staff, and often hire additional, outside investigators and experts to prove liability and strengthen our clients’ cases.
Our North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyers can handle your entire claim from beginning to end, including:
- Organizing a thorough accident investigation
- Hiring outside experts and accident reconstructionists
- Identifying and interviewing potential witnesses
- Negotiating with defense counsel and insurance companies
- Preparing you for recorded statements to the insurance company
- Obtaining a comprehensive life care plan
- Calculating damages
- Obtaining the official police report if applicable
- Filing a lawsuit if necessary
- Drafting and filing court documents and legal briefs
- Conducting depositions
- Representing you in arbitration and/or mediation proceedings
- Representing you at trial
- Setting up trusts and guardianships if necessary
- Helping renegotiate or reduce medical liens
- And much, much more…
For a FREE consultation concerning your potential spinal cord injury case in North Carolina, please call 1-800-525-7111.
The consultation is free and there is no obligation. Call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s review your claim.
Why Hire Riddle & Brantley?
Since 1985, our attorneys have secured millions of dollars in compensation for those injured due to others’ negligence in North Carolina, including many who have suffered spinal cord injuries (see disclaimer below).
Recent results (see disclaimer below) include:
- $880,000 — Our client suffered a severe spinal cord injury when he was accidentally shot in the back when the defendant’s gun discharged. The claim was initially denied and attorneys Gene Riddle and Kurt Dixon filed a lawsuit, ultimately settling with the insurance company for $880,000 in total compensation prior to trial.
- $725,000 — Our client suffered a serious spinal cord injury while carrying heavy objects for his agricultural job. The injury required back surgery and the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator, among other treatments. The defendants denied our client’s claim and attorney Gene Riddle took the case, ultimately securing $725,000 in total compensation at mediation.
“They always kept my best interests in mind.”
–Robert J., Riddle & Brantley client
Recent research shows that those who hire an attorney recover, on average, 3.5 times more compensation than those who represent themselves.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else’s negligence, call 1-800-525-7111 and let’s talk.
Justice Counts for those injured due to others’ negligence and we would love to fight for you if we can.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 and let an experienced North Carolina spinal cord injury lawyer review your claim.
You may be entitled to significant compensation and we would love to help you if we can.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.