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Philadelphia Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

A back injury or damage to the spinal column is one of the most serious injuries that a person can suffer. A spinal cord injury may lead to loss of movement, exaggerated reflexes, loss of bladder control and pain from damaged nerves. A severe back injury may be life changing and affect every aspect of your life. After a severe injury, you and your family will need all the financial resources available to recover and move forward. It is important to understand your legal options and whether you are entitled to claim compensation.

Many back injuries and neck injuries resulting from trauma are caused by someone else’s carelessness or disregard for safety. If you have sustained a serious back injury in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, speak with a lawyer at The Colleran Firm. Our Philadelphia based attorneys have the experience and resources to provide trusted guidance and to pursue your claim for compensation, wherever it leads. Without an aggressive attorney advocating on your behalf, you may get the run around from insurance companies and may not receive the compensation you deserve. The legal team at The Colleran Firm has more than a century of combined legal experience and a strong track record.

You should select a law firm with a strong track record. We have secured numerous multi-million dollar verdicts related to back injuries and other personal injuries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You can review our results and comments from former clients about our legal service. Let us review the circumstances of your back injury accident and explain your legal options at no charge. We will provide an honest opinion about your legal options so that you have the facts to decide how you wish to proceed.

What Causes a Spinal Cord Injury?

17,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries
each year…

…and roughly

282,000 americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries


Approximately 17,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries each year and roughly 282,000 Americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries. Car crashes, falls, workplace accidents, and medical errors are among the causes of spinal cord injuries.

Traffic Accidents

motor vehicle accidents account for about


of spinal cord injuries

Collisions involving cars, trucks and motorcycles are the leading cause of spinal injuries. Motor vehicle accidents account for about 38 percent of spinal cord injuries, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. The trauma of a violent collision can cause spinal fractures, crushed vertebrae and tears in the spinal cord. Motorcycle riders who are thrown off their motorcycle by the impact of the collision are at risk of neck injuries and spinal injuries. If you have sustained a serious back injury in a car accident, you should not be surprised if an insurance company representative makes a quick offer to settle your case. Before accepting a settlement or signing anything, you should have a knowledgeable back injury lawyer review the offer and give a perspective on whether the offer represents a fair settlement.

Slip and Fall Accidents

2.8 million people
were treated in trauma centers for fall-related injuries…

…and approximately

800,000 required hospitalization


Falls are another leading cause of back injuries. Among people 65 and older, in fact, falls are the leading cause of back injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women are more likely to report falling. In recent years, approximately 2.8 million people were treated in trauma centers for fall-related injuries and approximately 800,000 required hospitalization. Falls from ladders, scaffolds and platforms are among the most common workplace accidents. An individual who sustains a back injury from falling at a store, hotel or another person’s home may have a right to seek compensation if the accident was caused by unsafe conditions on the premises. Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their property in reasonably safe condition and warn of known hazards. Injury cases involving premises liability depend on the specific facts of the accident and whether the owner was aware or should have been aware of the unsafe conditions that led to the fall.

Medical Malpractice

It is possible for a mistake or other instance of malpractice to cause a spinal cord injury. Any surgery involving a vertebra or spinal disc involves some risk. An error by a doctor or hospital may lead to nerve damage causing ongoing pain or paralysis. Injuries causing paralysis may leave a patient immobile, dependent on others for personal car and in need of accommodations to allow the individual to live independently.

The most common types of medical malpractice resulting in spinal injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries during surgery for operations such as laminectomy, discectomy and lumbar or cervical fusion can cause injury, although any surgery on or near the spine has serious risks.
  • Anesthesia errors resulting in a lack of oxygen or other problems
  • Failure to diagnose spinal cord disorders or injuries
  • Errors during injections into the spinal cord such as epidurals

Compensation Available from a Spine Injury Lawsuit

The severity of your back injury and the specific factors leading up to the accident are among the variables that will determine whether you are entitled to compensation. About a third of people with spinal cord injuries are readmitted to the hospital one or more times during any year after the injury to treat respiratory, digestive, circulatory and skin conditions. The hospital stays average 22 days.

Accident victims who suffer catastrophic spinal cord injuries such as paraplegia or quadriplegia will have a lifetime of costs to cover. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to claim compensation for:

  • Medical treatment
  • Future medical care and rehabilitation
  • Living assistance
  • Loss of wages
  • Reduced earning capacity

You owe it to yourself and your family to consult with a knowledgeable attorney and explore your legal options before signing any release giving up your right to file a lawsuit.

How to Prove Your Back Injury was Due to Negligence

colleran-medical-malpractice-claim-01Our injury attorneys will do a detailed investigation of the accident and identify all the contributing causes and potentially responsible parties. Spinal injuries are complex injuries. In cases involving suspected medical malpractice, we work with top medical experts to analyze the records and determine whether the doctor or other health care provider deliver substandard care that led to your injury.

We will gather evidence to show that the responsible party – whether it is another motorist, a property owner or a health care provider —owed a legal duty to you regarding your safety and failed to upload that duty, therefore causing your injury.

We will document your expenses related to the injury, including your medical bills, lost income from missed work, and future lost income if you cannot return to work. We will show the actions of the at-fault party led directly to your back injury and the medical expenses and related costs that you have incurred and may incur in the future.

The attorneys at The Colleran Firm handle serious injury cases caused by health care provider negligence and medical malpractice in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

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The Colleran Firm

2005 Market Street # 1940
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 972-8000
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