Damage to the spinal cord can happen in any number of accidents. Spinal cord injuries can range from extremely severe—including paralysis—to more moderate injuries. Even a mild spinal cord injury can create a need for years of pain management and physical therapy. If someone else’s careless acts caused your accident, you need a strong lawyer by your side to advocate for your right to fair compensation. At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyers have dedicated a collective 120+ years to advocating for victims of spinal cord injuries across New Jersey. We fight to win a compensation award that covers all of your costs—including the emotional toll that a spinal cord injury can take. 

Our spinal injury attorneys in Rochelle Park, NJ know that trust is earned.  Testimonials from clients we have helped are the best evidence of our dedication to helping you recover.  We have also obtained recognition for exceptional legal services by:

  • Super Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The New Jersey Supreme Court, as Certified Trial Lawyers
  • Our Perfect-Ten AVVO rating

Our lawyers never lose sight of what’s really important in your case: making sure you have the peace of mind associated with getting full compensation and holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.  To learn more about our firm, call or contact our experienced Bergen County spinal cord injury lawyers for a free case review.

Understanding the Potential Severity of Spinal Cord Injuries

The spine is a strong, yet sometimes fragile, structure composed of both nerves and vertebrae.  When the spine is damaged even slightly, bodily functions can be impaired dramatically. Ruptured or herniated discs can result in permanent nerve damage and severe pain.  Other effects of a spinal cord injury can include:

  • Loss of sensation in the limbs, hands and feet
  • Difficulty breathing and other respiratory problems
  • Diminished sexual function, including fertility problems
  • Loss of control over the bladder or bowels
  • Pain throughout the body
  • Hemiplegia (weakness in the limbs, hands, feet and other body parts on either the right or left side of the body)
  • Paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down)
  • Quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down)
  • Death

Many spinal cord injury victims never fully recover from their injuries even if they remain able to use their limbs to some extent.  Spinal cord injuries often require surgeries, extensive hospital stays and a difficult rehabilitation process. Typically, the severity of the injury will depend upon where the spinal cord was injured—spinal cord injuries that impact the vertebrae closer to the neck tend to be the most severe, as they have the potential to impact both the arms and legs.

Regardless of the severity of your spinal cord injury, having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side can result in a compensation award that is, on average, three times larger than if you go it alone.  At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our New Jersey spinal cord injury lawyers have the specialized skills and contacts in the medical community you need to get the most compensation possible. 

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be caused by both blunt force trauma and non-traumatic events.  Non-traumatic events can include a doctor’s failure to diagnose cancer that impacts the spine or other types of medical malpractice.  Common accident-related causes of spinal cord injuries include:

Even if you are not yet ready to file a lawsuit, contact our personal injury lawyers to explore your options as soon as you can after your injury.  We provide a free case review to help you understand your legal right to compensation.  

Most spinal cord injury claims are based on negligence—in other words, situations where someone was careless and caused an accident.  Our skilled lawyers will work to establish the elements of a negligence claim to get the fair compensation you need.

Experienced New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Fight to Win Full Compensation for Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our spinal injury attorneys in Rochelle Park, NJ work with medical experts to arrive at an educated estimate of what your spinal cord injury will cost over your lifetime. The first year of treatment alone for a spinal cord injury can cost upwards of $1 million in serious cases (the average first-year treatment costs can be as high as about $500,000). 

When someone else has caused your spinal cord injury, you deserve to be fairly compensated for all of your losses, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • The cost of remodeling a home to accommodate your injury
  • Transportation costs
  • In-home help with your daily activities
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional counseling and support, including for family members
  • Loss of past and future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of your loved one’s company and support

Contact Our Seasoned New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Rochelle Park, NJ for Help Protecting Your Financial Future

At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our personal injury lawyers represent victims of all types of spinal cord injuries, including those that cause nerve damage, herniated discs and even paralysis.  When you are hurt because someone else was careless, you often have the right to seek compensation above and beyond any of your own insurance coverage.

If you are unable to come to our office, one of our injury lawyers will travel to you.  To schedule your free case review, call us or fill out our online contact form today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Claims for Compensation Based on Spinal Cord Injuries

Why is having a medical expert on my legal team so important in spinal cord injury cases?

Treatment for spinal cord injuries can range from anti-inflammatory medications and injections to extensive surgeries that may take place over time. You may require medical devices and modifications to your home or you may require pain management over time. To get compensation for your future treatment, we need evidence to support your anticipated needs. A medical expert can testify to the types of treatment that your specific spinal cord injury may require—which is essential to establishing the anticipated cost of your future medical care for legal purposes.

Can I recover punitive damages for my spinal cord injury?

It depends on the circumstances. In New Jersey, you can only recover punitive damages if the defendant intentionally caused your injuries (for example, in an assault) or if the defendant’s acts were so shocking that it is reasonable to impose a financial penalty as punishment. Our lawyers will evaluate the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine whether a claim for punitive damages is available.