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What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Posted by Hopkins Law Firm | Jul 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Spinal Injury Claims Here's What You Need To Know

Approximately 17,730 new cases of spinal cord injury occur every year, and car accidents cause 39 percent of them. These are permanent injuries because once nerves are damaged, they can not be made whole again. You have a right to compensation when you have experienced a spinal cord injury and could have been prevented or caused by someone's negligence.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a spinal cord injury in South Carolina, talk to an experienced South Carolina personal injury lawyer to start your spinal injury claims.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

The spine is the part of the central nervous system that is protected by the backbone. The backbone is composed of multiple vertebrae to protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord will carry nerve impulses to the brain to control motor function, hearing, eating, seeing, breathing, and more.

When the spinal cord experiences trauma, life will change instantly.

  • Potential paralysis, permanent or temporary
  • Numbness, tingling
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Pain
  • Emotional shock

For many, these problems are permanent and life-altering. If someone else's negligence caused this injury, a lawyer could help you develop spinal injury claims that will compensate you for your losses and damages. To make life easier, hire a South Carolina personal injury lawyer to begin your spinal injury claims.

Can You Sue for Spinal Injury Claims?

Yes, you can if someone else was negligent. In addition to filing spinal injury claims through your insurance companies, you would be entitled to compensation if someone else could have prevented this.

Under South Carolina's negligence laws, you must be able to show the following:

  • The other party owed a duty of care.
  • The duty of care was breached.
  • That breach caused the problem that led to your spinal cord injury.

We are all required to behave a certain way when we are out in public. That is called reasonable care. When people are negligent, and that leads to life-altering problems for you, those are losses that entitle you to spinal injury claims.

Spinal Injury Claims Compensation

What are you entitled to?

  • Economic claims — medical expenses, lost wages, property damages
  • Non-economic claims – pain and suffering, loss of consortium (companionship)
  • Punitive damages — civil punishments when there is willful and reckless behavior

Contact a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Today to Start Your Injury Claims

If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal injury, you are entitled to compensation. We have been helping spinal cord injury victims for years to recover the damages they deserve. Contact us today for a free review of your case.


How much compensation can I get after a spinal cord injury?

The amount of spinal cord injury awards vary from one person to the next. However, this is a life-altering event and is not your average personal injury case. You might get a more significant award than many others.

How long do I have to file spinal injury claims?

In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for spinal injury claims is a personal injury claim which is three years.

Can my family be compensated for my spinal injury?

Yes. The courts are open to hearing how your injury has impacted the entire family.

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