Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers


Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Personal Injury Lawyers

After a spinal cord injury, a person may experience a range of physical, emotional, and financial challenges. In cases where a spinal cord injury is caused by the negligence or intentional actions of another party, seeking legal representation becomes crucial. Personal injury lawyers can help protect the rights of the injured person and their family.

Car accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the US. 


Each year almost 18,000 people incur a spinal cord injury.


Each year, approximately 30% of people suffering from SCI are hospitalized for additional treatment or illnesses stemming from their spinal cord injury.  


The personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills understand the immense hardships of victims and their families and offer skilled representation that gets results. A successful injury claim can net compensation to pay for hospital bills, surgeries, ongoing physical rehabilitation, medication, and other lifetime costs that can undercut a family’s financial security. The right personal injury attorney can help maximize the value of a spinal cord injury claim and prevail against well-funded insurance companies.

Legal Help for Spinal Cord Injury Survivors

Spinal cord injury (also known as SCI) occurs when the delicate nerves encased by vertebrae are stretched, torn, or ruptured. These injuries can be complete or partial, depending upon the severity of the nerve damage. In a partial SCI, there is some function and sensation below the site of trauma. In a complete SCI, the victim loses all voluntary movement and feeling below the point of injury.

A tumor or medical condition can cause spinal cord injury, but it is most commonly attributed to violent trauma. Not surprisingly, car accidents are the leading cause of all spinal cord injuries. Other causes of SCI include:

  • Falls from heights (common at construction sites and industrial work zones)
  • Recreational sporting accidents (swimming, boating, horseback riding, and football are the most prevalent)
  • Acts of physical violence such as a severe blow or gunshot wound to the spine
  • Medical or surgical mistakes
  • Traumatic brain injuries

The physical consequences of a spinal cord injury depend on the type and location of the trauma. Generally speaking, injuries that occur higher in the spinal cord – within the cervical vertebra—are more debilitating, affecting sensation, mobility, and autonomic functions.

Paralysis and traumatic brain injuries are some of the most catastrophic consequences of SCI, but this trauma can affect many parts of the body in different ways, causing:

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Uncontrolled muscle spasms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Chronic pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Respiratory infections like pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Emotional issues including depression, anxiety, and PTSD

The personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills understand the evidence needed to successfully present a spinal cord injury case and leverage their resources to demonstrate the lifelong impacts that victims and their loved ones must endure.

The associated costs of living with a spinal cord injury are astronomical, particularly for younger victims who are left paralyzed with neurological impairments.  Consider these statistics offered by the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation on SCI costs:

  • Expenses for paraplegics 1st year: $550,381
  • Expenses for tetraplegics (injury to C1-C4) 1st year: $1,129,000
  • Costs for tetraplegics (injury to C5-C8) 1st year: $816,000
  • Average lifetime costs for paraplegics (age of injury 25): $2,450,200
  • Average lifetime costs for tetraplegics (age of injury 25): $5 million

These figures are focused on medical care, in-home modifications, and rehabilitation alone. They do not take into account a victim’s lost earnings, loss of benefits, and loss of productivity.  Spinal cord injuries often result in severe, lasting disability that impacts a victim’s ability to work. With less income and mounting medical expenses, legal action against negligent parties is often necessary for victims of spinal cord injuries.

Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Essential Legal Advocacy After A Spinal Cord Injury

The experience and resources of your attorney make a world of difference in the success of your spinal cord injury case. Whether you were hurt in a car accident, on the job, or in some other capacity stemming from negligence, you can count on Rutter Mills to fight for the money damages you rightfully deserve.

Our personal injury law firm has been a fierce advocate for Virginia residents for more than 50 years. We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in complex injury cases, and offer the legal muscle and expertise to help clients seek justice and move forward with their lives. Call our Norfolk or Newport News offices to arrange a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Our firm takes all spinal cord injury cases on a contingency-fee-basis, so there are no upfront costs.


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Personal Injury

We are here for you in your time of need, providing compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy in a wide range of personal injury matters. Our top-rated attorneys will fight the insurance companies and get you back on your feet.

Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal Injury Lawyers

Car Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life. Then we’ll tell you what options are available to you to get on the road to recovery.

Car Accident Lawyers
Car Accident Lawyers

Maritime/Jones Act Law

Personal injuries that happen when you’re working – or playing – on the water aren’t governed by “the law of the land.” They are subject to maritime laws under the Jones Act– also known as admiralty law.

Maritime Lawyers

Motorcycle Accidents

We’re here to listen. A member of our team will meet with you, focusing on listening to not only what happened, but also what you are going through and how it’s impacted your life.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are often serious. We are here to listen to your story so we can guide you to healing. Our team has represented some of the largest truck accident cases in Virginia. Call us and see how we can help you today.

Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck Accident Lawyers

Workers Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job, workers’ compensation insurance may entitle you to critical assistance like medical treatment, lost wages, and more. But insurance companies will put up an aggressive fight to resist paying you the compensation you need and deserve. Rutter Mills can help get you the money you deserve.

Workers Compensation Lawyers
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