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Spinal Cord Injury FAQs
Spinal Cord Injury FAQs

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Questions About Spinal Cord Injury

What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Depending on the part of your spine that has been damaged, spinal cord injury may have several symptoms. Injuries to your cervical spine may result in quadriplegia or paraplegia. Damage to the C-4 can impact breathing ability, while C-5 injuries may result in a loss of shoulder and bicep control. C-6 injuries may limit wrist control and C-7 and T-1 injuries may result in problems moving the hands and fingers.

Paraplegia is a common result of injuries throughout the thoracic level of the spinal cord. Injuries at T-1 and T-8 may impact the control of abdominal muscles, and lumbar and sacral injuries may impact the control of hip flexors and legs.

All spinal cord injuries may result in a loss of bladder control, sexual function, sensation, motor skills, and involuntary functions.

How is a spinal cord injury treated?

There is no cure for spinal cord injuries. Treatment is available that can help reduce the extent of the damage, but this requires prompt medical attention. Most individuals can benefit from continued medical treatment and rehabilitation, but permanent lifestyle adjustments will most likely be necessary.

Will insurance pay for a spinal cord injury?

Your insurance company may cover some of the expenses from your spinal cord injury. However, if your injury was the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a right to compensation for not only the medical costs of your injury, but also your loss of quality of life. With the help of John Cooper and Jim Hurley, you can pursue the full measure of compensation you need to cope with your injury both now and into the future.

What damages can I collect in a lawsuit for my spinal cord injury?

Cooper Hurley will fight to get you compensation for several types of damages, including:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Current and future lost income
  • Any necessary medical devices and home modifications
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional duress

If you have questions about your spinal cord injury, caused by the negligence of another, that you would like to have answered by one of our Norfolk spinal cord injury lawyers, please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.

Our spinal cord injury attorneys have offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, serving the Hampton Roads area, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Newport News, Virginia. If travel is difficult, we can come to you. (Please schedule an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach office.)

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 Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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