Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys in Richmond and Virginia Beach

Our Experienced Lawyers Understand the Impacts of Your Orthopedic and Spinal Cord Injuries & Will Work to Get You the Compensation You Deserve

Orthopedic injuries, as well as injuries to the spine and vertebrae, can occur under numerous circumstances and result in a variety of debilitating symptoms. While every spinal cord injury is entirely unique and should be treated as such, they all share a common characteristic. They create physical, emotional, and financial hardships for victims and their families. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCIS), the long-term care and costs of a spinal cord injury and damage can quickly amount to millions of dollars.

The spinal cord injury attorneys at our Virginia Beach and Richmond offices understand the lasting repercussions your orthopedic injury will have on your life. That’s why they work diligently and with compassion to minimize those effects. We will fight on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve. This work is essential to secure not only your financial future, but your emotional peace of mind.


What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injuries, or SCI, can impact all or part of the spine. They can result in short or long-term effects that range from minimal cognitive delay to life-changing paralysis.

Spinal cord injuries are caused by a sudden, traumatic impact to the spine, which can fracture or dislocate your spine or vertebra.

When this happens, the fragments, ligaments, or disc material that are dislocated tear into the tissue of the spinal cord, causing a more debilitating injury. It’s this injury that can damage nerves or destroy axons, which communicate between your spinal cord, brain, and body. When those cells are damaged or destroyed, it may lead to paralysis or other permanent damage.

Regardless of the degree of your SCI, it will likely change your life forever. The spinal cord is responsible for making sure each area of the body communicates with the rest of the body and brain. So any type of damage can have catastrophic effects on physical sensations, mental abilities, and emotion regulation.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete.

Complete spinal cord injuries affect everything below the location of the spinal cord injury. They result in severe damage and lead to quadriplegia (paralysis of all four limbs and the trunk of the body) or paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body).

With an incomplete spinal cord injury, you retain some function below the SCI. Some of the more common incomplete spinal cord injuries include:
Anterior cord syndrome
When damage occurs to the anterior section of the spinal cord, it can result in a loss of movement and sensory perception. Only 10 to 15 percent of anterior cord syndrome victims demonstrate any functional improvement over time.

Brown-Sequard Syndrome

Damage to the right or left side of the spinal cord in the back, which causes a loss of movement and sensation.

Central Cord Syndrome

Damage to the cervical area of the spinal cord. Victims experience weakness or paralysis in the arms and legs, combined with some loss of sensory perception. Patients under the age of 50 have a 97 percent rate of becoming ambulatory, but past the age of 50, the recovery rate drops to 17 percent.

Individual nerve cell injuries

Spinal trauma that results in a damaged nerve cell or cluster that impairs movement and muscle sensation.

Spinal contusions

Bruising of the spinal cord that temporarily or permanently affects movement and sensation.

Several factors, such as age, health, and quality of treatment can affect recovery and future wellness. In order to ensure you’re financially and emotionally prepared for that road to recovery, an experienced spinal cord injury attorney like those at Breit Cantor can help you seek justice and compensation.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord and Orthopedic Injuries 

Spinal cord and orthopedic injuries can be devastating, but the circumstances that lead to them are often normal, everyday experiences. Recovering from a SCI or orthopedic injury is not only a physical act, but an emotional one, as you recover from the shock of sustaining such an injury during work, recreation, travel, or even a medical procedure. The common causes of spinal cord and orthopedic injuries include:

  • Slip and fall accidents, which are among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. In most slip and falls, the victim lands on their back, causing an immediate and damaging impact to their spine.
  • Recreational accidents like playing sports, swimming, diving, skiing, and snowboarding. A rough tackle or a dive into shallow waters can change your life as you know it.
  • Physical assaults or acts of violence, such as gunshot wounds or blunt force traumas. By tearing through or dislocating the spinal cord, these injuries can cause long-term paralysis.
  • Motor vehicle collisions, like truck accidents, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicyclist accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
  • Medical malpractice, such as when a routine procedure can go wrong when the doctor is careless and nicks or damages the spinal cord.

Common Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits in Virginia

Spinal cord injuries result in high medical debt and other unaffordable costs, like lost wages and rehabilitation. This is why many who are recovering from a SCI in Virginia choose to pursue compensation through a spinal cord injury lawsuit.

If your injury was caused by a negligent or liable party, experienced spinal cord injury attorneys like those in our Virginia Beach and Richmond offices can help you receive the compensation—and justice—you need to move forward.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

If a doctor or healthcare provider’s negligent behavior leads to the injury of a patient, that patient has a right to pursue compensation via a medical malpractice lawsuit. While this damage is often done during treatment, it can also occur as a result of diagnosis, aftercare, or at any point while managing the health of the patient.

If you suspect medical malpractice led to your spinal cord injury, consider if your claim includes the following:

  • Your doctor violated a standard of medical care, whether during treatment, diagnosis, or aftercare.
  • This negligence resulted in your spinal cord injury.
  • Your spinal cord injury led to damages, such as additional medical care or lost wages.

If your claim includes all of the above factors, you have a foundation for a medical malpractice lawsuit because of your spinal cord injury.

Car Accident Lawsuits

The majority—some 31.5 percent—of spinal cord injuries in America are the result of truck accidents or car crashes. If another driver’s negligence caused a car crash in which you experienced a spinal cord injury, you should hold them accountable.

In order to pursue compensation for your spinal cord injury with a motor vehicle lawsuit, your case must include the following:

  • The other driver’s behavior or negligence was the cause of the accident.
  • The accident was the direct cause of your spinal cord injury.
  • Your spinal cord injury led to damages, such as additional medical care or lost wages.

If your circumstances align with the points above, you should contact a spinal cord injury attorney as quickly as possible. Your SCI attorney will help you gather important information, like traffic cam footage, first-hand witnesses, and crash site examinations, in order to build a strong case.

Product Liability Lawsuit

Sometimes it’s not a person who is to blame in a car accident, but a faulty part or installation. In these cases, if the accident caused a spinal cord injury or orthopedic injury, you have a right to pursue a product liability lawsuit with the manufacturer, mechanic, or other liable party.

In order to effectively pursue your claim, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • The manufacturer or other liable party had a responsibility to provide you with a safe product.
  • The manufacturer or other liable party breached this agreement by producing or distributing an unsafe product.
  • The defect caused your spinal cord injury, and your spinal cord injury negatively affected your life.

Product liability cases related to spinal cord injuries and orthopedic injuries are not exclusive to car accidents but can include other products and equipment like amusement park rides. Our Richmond and Virginia Beach-based spinal cord injury attorneys can help you deduce if you have a right to a product liability lawsuit.

Who is Liable in a Spinal Injury Case?

As with most lawsuits, the party who is responsible for the damages—in this case, your orthopedic or spinal cord injury—is liable. Depending on the circumstances, this could be a variety of different people.

  • Medical Malpractice: The doctor or healthcare provider who mismanaged your care is liable. Often the lawsuit will target the entire provider, like the hospital, rather than a single physician.
  • Car Accidents: The driver whose negligence caused the accident can be held responsible. If the car accident was the result of a manufacturing error, the manufacturer—as well as anyone else responsible for getting the car to you, like the dealership—may be liable.
  • On the Job: If your spinal cord injury or orthopedic injury occurred while working, your employer’s worker’s compensation policy should cover the costs of your medical bills and lost wages. However, if the injury was the result of a faulty piece of equipment, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable with a lawsuit.

Damages You Can Receive for Your Spinal Cord Injury

The costs of a spinal cord injury can be enormous, far exceeding the bills for your immediate medical care. All of the costs that result from your SCI may be compensatable, including:

Medical Bills

In addition to the medical bills associated with the care you receive when you sustained your spinal cord injury, you may also be able to pursue compensation for prescriptions, aftercare and rehabilitation, doctor visits, and any future medical care that is necessary.

Lost Wages

When you sustained your SCI, you were likely unable to return to work, which meant you lost the wages you would have earned if not for your injury. You can seek compensation for those lost wages, as well as the loss of your earning capacity in the future.

Pain and Suffering

In addition to the physical pain you feel as a result of your spinal cord injury, you also probably experienced emotional pain. You deserve to be compensated for all of the pain and suffering you are feeling as a result of your SCI.

Wrongful Death

If your family member or loved one lost their life as a result of a spinal cord injury, there is no compensation that could fill the hole of their loss. However, seeking justice and holding the responsible party accountable can help you move forward. Wrongful death lawsuits can also unburden you of the financial costs of their loss.

Building an Orthopedic or Spinal Cord Injury Case in Virginia 

When the time comes to build your SCI case in Virginia, you’ll want an experienced spinal cord injury law firm like Breit Cantor to help you navigate the lawsuit. These cases are always complex, and winning them requires a fully developed understanding of the legalities surrounding spinal cord injury cases.

When beginning to prepare your case, it’s best to contact our Virginia law firm as soon as possible. This allows our spinal injury attorneys to review the details of the accident—for example, the scene of your car crash—before the evidence expires.

After studying the cause of your spinal cord injury, they’ll begin to gather additional evidence to strengthen your case. This evidence might include traffic cam footage or first-hand accounts of your accident and injury.

Our Virginia Beach and Richmond spinal cord injury attorneys aren’t the only part of your team at Breit Cantor. They’ll also tap other experts in the field, such as accident recreationists or medical examiners, to stand as witnesses to your experience.

Spinal cord injuries are painful, but they’re also expensive. Our lawyers will meticulously assess the costs your injury has already incurred so that you can be reimbursed for these expenses.

Additionally, our spinal cord injury attorneys will identify, project, and quantify the lifetime medical needs and expenses you’ll face in the future in order to fully and adequately compensate you for the duration of your days.

Statute of Limitations on Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits in Virginia 

In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases such as spinal injuries is two years from the day the accident occurred. 

While this may seem like plenty of time to pursue your case, it’s integral that you contact an experienced SCI attorney as soon as possible. Spinal cord injury lawyers, like those at Breit Cantor, will need ample time to gather evidence, testimonies, and expert witnesses. The more time they have, the better case they can build, and the more likely it is you will receive compensation for your spinal cord injury. 

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

When it comes time to find a Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer, you should pick someone who is equal parts experienced and empathetic. 

The spinal cord injury attorneys at Breit Cantor will not only apply their experience and unparalleled work ethic to winning your case, but they’ll also offer compassionate support as you navigate these uncharted waters. 

Our team of personal injury attorneys at Breit Cantor are knowledgeable, experienced, and prepared to fight for victims in these injury cases (including paraplegia, quadriplegia, and incomplete spinal cord injury or ailments). 

For over 40 years, our Virginia Beach and Richmond based law firm have represented clients in over 150 verdicts and settlements resulting in recovered compensation exceeding $1 million for the victims. As part of our dedication to helping victims, we offer free consultations. Our dedicated injury attorneys do not receive any payment unless the client’s case is won.

Orthopedic Spinal Cord Injury Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a spinal injury worth?

Because spinal injuries can vary so vastly, there’s no set amount victims can expect from their case. However, because spinal cord injuries are often so devastating, it is likely that your compensation could be $1 million or more with the help of an experienced attorney.

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

Spinal cord injuries can impact the strength, sensation, and other normal functions at and below the site of the injury. These symptoms can include a loss of the ability to move or experience sensation, loss of bowel or bladder control, loss of sexual function, spasms, intense pain, and difficulty breathing.

What is an incomplete vs complete spinal cord injury?

In an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim retains some measure of control over the area of his or her body below the site of the injury. In a complete spinal cord injury, however, the patient loses complete control over the body below the site of the injury, leading to quadriplegia or paraplegia.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit related to spinal cord injuries in Virginia?

In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims like spinal cord injuries is two years from the date of the accident. However, we suggest beginning your case as soon as possible so that you and your spinal injury attorney have plenty of time to gather evidence and witnesses.

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