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Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Injury

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Advocate for Those Incapacitated in Virginia

Catastrophic accidents call for comprehensive compensation

A wide variety of traumatic accidents can cause spinal cord injuries. In many cases, spinal cord injuries are suffered via trauma to the body in car accidents or train crashes, but they can also happen in slip and fall accidents. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys fights zealously on your behalf for the compensation you are entitled to.

Devastating effects of spinal cord injuries

The spinal cord is made up of a bundle of nerves that run the length of your back, encased in the spinal column, which is made up of vertebrae, tiny bony discs. A spinal cord injury caused by a blow to the spine can fracture or dislocate vertebrae, sending bone fragments and disc material into spinal cord tissue, damaging it. Because the spinal cord carries signals to and from the brain, any spinal cord injury disrupts those signals and can result in loss of movement or paralysis. That paralysis may affect the lower extremities or the entire body from the neck down, depending on where the injury occurs. Spinal cord injuries do not affect only the area injured, unfortunately. They often lead to:

  • Circulatory problems — Severed vessels are damaged due to lack of oxygen, compromising circulation.
  • Difficulties breathing — Injuries to the upper part of the spinal cord damage nerve cells and often result in difficulty breathing, requiring respiratory support. Breathing problems also affect the entire body.
  • Difficulties digesting food — Injuries to the spinal cord can also affect the digestive system, leading to weight loss and malnutrition.
  • Loss of control over bodily functions — These deficits affect patients’ quality of life, robbing them of basic levels of dignity and independence.

Even a minor injury to the spinal cord can result in serious consequences that may never improve, even with medical treatment. Medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost income, home and life modifications, and other financial hardships can quickly pile up, affecting your entire family. If you have questions about spinal cord injuries, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers can provide answers.

Tragic events resulting in spinal cord injuries

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are (in descending order):

  • Motor vehicle accidents — Car and motorcycle accidents can crush your spinal cord, even when drivers and passengers take proper precautions such as using seat belts or wearing a helmet. Truck accidents, because of the sheer weight and force of the vehicles involved, cause some of the most severe injuries.
  • Injuries at a business — A devastating fall on someone else’s premises can result in a broken spine or brain injury.
  • Acts of violence — Gunshots, fights and other violent acts may have catastrophic results.
  • Sports injuries — While the dangers of brain injury in contact sports are becoming more well known, the spinal cord and back remain extremely vulnerable areas for injury in many sports.

If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury caused by the fault of another person or company, our personal injury lawyers have both the tenacity and skill to seek the maximum compensation possible.

Contact our experienced legal team for help with your spinal cord injury

If you or a loved one has sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident, contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers by calling 757.455.0077 today to schedule a free case evaluation. Our main office is in Norfolk and serves clients with spinal cord injuries throughout Hampton Roads, including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Newport News, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth. If travel is difficult, we can come to you, even in the hospital or rehabilitation center.

John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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