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Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Tampa

The spinal cord acts as a pathway for sensory information between the body and the brain. It plays a crucial role in carrying out the functions of everyday life, so life can be very difficult for victims of spinal injuries.

While slip-and-fall accidents can cause spinal cord damage, automobile accidents are the leading cause of Tampa spine injuries. These accidents can result in permanent and devastating injuries, including displaced vertebrae and blood clots. In extreme cases, this trauma leads to a partial or complete severing of the spinal cord.

The spine is extremely delicate, so the cost of an injury is very high financially, physically, and emotionally. It’s crucial for spinal cord injury victims to understand their options.

Whether your spinal cord injury resulted from a Tampa car accident or other circumstance, you can take legal action and pursue compensation from the person or company that failed to fulfill its safety obligations.

Real Case Results

Steinger, Greene & Feiner have settled many spinal cord injury cases.

  • $1.475 million was awarded by a jury to a client who suffered lumbar injuries following an accident with an 18-wheeler. The client underwent an L4-L5 laminectomy surgery and was awarded a settlement of $195,000 for medical expenses, $825,000 for pain and suffering, and $450,000 in lost wages.
  • A Steinger, Greene & Feiner attorney obtained a $610,000 settlement for his client who was injured in an auto accident. The victim was transported from the scene of the crash to undergo emergency spinal surgery. Initially, the client’s insurance agency denied liability without any independent eyewitness accounts. However, the victim’s attorney successfully demonstrated that the accident occurred as a result of the other driver’s negligence and received a $610,000 settlement from the insurance agency.
  • Steinger, Greene & Feiner attorney Howard Weitzner successfully obtained a $250,000 settlement for a client who was rear-ended at high speed. The victim’s car was declared a total loss. He was taken to the emergency room and began a short course of conservative pain management, then underwent a cervical disk herniation surgery. He reported immediate relief from his neck pain and numbness in his arms and hands and is expected to make a full recovery.

My case couldn't have been handled better. It was handled in a timely manner - it wasn't rushed. If something ever happened again and I needed an attorney, Steinger, Greene & Feiner would be the first place I would go.

Susan D.

 

Relentless Representation

Steinger, Greene & Feiner can help you take legal action and get the money you need to treat your injury. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have represented more than 32,000 clients since 1997. 

As Tampa spinal cord injury attorneys, we can help you enforce your right to full and fair compensation if you were injured as the result of an individual, business, or industry’s negligence. Learn how we can help you recover compensation while you focus on rehabilitation.

 

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Types of Spinal Cord Injuries:

  • Complete – Causes permanent damage to the spinal cord. Paraplegia and tetraplegia are examples of these injuries. 
  • Incomplete – Causes partial damage to the spinal cord. Rehabilitation is possible.
  • Cervical – These spinal injuries most often affect the head and neck, occasionally resulting in quadriplegia
  • Lumbar – Injuries to the L1-L5 vertebra (low back) affect the hips and legs, resulting in loss of function in these areas.
  • Thoracic – Trauma to the thoracic spine can cause severe back pain, as well as affecting the chest and abdominal muscles.
  • Sacral – These injuries are less common than the above, but can affect the hips, legs, and pelvic organs, occasionally resulting in loss of function in these areas.

Why Choose Us?

At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, we are dedicated to helping victims of spinal cord injuries in Tampa receive treatment and regain their lives. Our goal is to get you a fair settlement so you can care for yourself and your family while getting the medical care that you need. 

Contact Steinger, Greene & Feiner at our Tampa law offices today and set up a free consultation. We will help evaluate your chances of success and lay out the options that may be available to you. 

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Spinal cord injuries may occur in any section of the spine. The cervical (neck) region (C1-C8 vertebrae) is a common site of injury for car accident victims. Thoracic spine injuries (T1-T12) are also common; damage to these regions affects a person’s torso and arms. Finally, the lumbar (L1-L5) and sacral (S1-S5) may be damaged by the impact of a car accident. The nerves in these regions control the hips, legs, knees, groin, and toes.

The chance of recovering from a spinal cord injury depends on the severity of the damage done to the spine. Victims of a complete spinal cord injury have a less than 5% chance of recovery. If a victim has an incomplete spinal injury, the prognosis is much better; the chances of the victim being able to walk again is greater than 50%.

Although not as common in car accidents as cervical spine injuries, lumbar injuries come with their own consequences. Victims of a lumbar spine injury may experience the following
  • Paraplegia (paralysis of the legs and lower body), but able to function independently
  • Needing to use a wheelchair or, if able to walk, braces or other walking device
  • Inability to control bladder or bowels

If you have suffered a spinal cord injury after being involved in a car accident, you may file a lawsuit against the other driver(s) who caused the accident. Your attorney must prove that the other driver was negligent in operating their vehicle. Negligent behaviors include:
  • Being engaged in other activities while driving (distracted driving)
  • Speeding or not following roadway laws
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There are other circumstances that could cause a car accident without another driver. For example, if there was a malfunctioning part in your vehicle, you could pursue a liability case against the car manufacturer. Always consult with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney to fully assess your legal options.