Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
Virginia Personal Injury Attorney
Are you coping with the life-altering impacts of a traumatic brain or spinal
cord injury? These kinds of damages are among the most financially and
physically devastating injuries we see at our Alexandria-based law firm. At
The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we have handled a number of catastrophic injury cases, and we understand
the short and long-term consequences associated with them.
Suffering from a catastrophic injury?
Call us at (571) 290-2390.
Virginia injury laws allow injured victims only two years to file a personal
injury claim or lawsuit. We can help you file a compensation-seeking claim
before that statute of limitation expires. Our law firm takes a comprehensive
view of your case in order to pursue compensation that adequately addresses
the full impact of your injury. You don't have to face this stressful
A Closer Look at Brain Injuries
Whether a brain injury was sustained in an
auto accident or trucking accident, its effects can be disastrous. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) report a brain injury can have a long-term
impact on a victim's life. Brain injury victims may be at increased
risk for brain-related conditions such as Parkinson's disease and
Some of the aspects of a victim's life that may be affected include:
- Ability to communicate
- Ability to taste and smell
- Emotional health (a victim may experience depression, changes in personality,
- Tactile sensations
Our firm can help you build a claim or lawsuit that takes all of your accident-related
expenses into account, including long-term care, past and future lost
wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, as well as therapy
There are treatment options available for brain injury victims, including
highly specialized medical procedures, prescription medications and a
host of therapeutic options. These treatments may help a victim live a
more fulfilling and comfortable post-injury life. We will do everything
possible to help you and your family cope with your injury so you can
move on with your lives.
Learn more about the benefits of filing an injury claim on our
Common Questions page.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries
There were an estimated
273,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury in 2013, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).
Although there is a wide range of spinal injuries, the most serious occur
in the spinal cord and can cause paralysis and loss of motor skills. Patients
may suffer quadriplegia (all four limbs are affected) or paraplegia (legs
are affected), and the injury may cause complete or incomplete loss of function.
The majority of these injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents (37.6%),
although injuries caused by falls are a close second (28.5%). The NSCISC
also estimates that the lifetime costs for medical and living expenses
for a person suffering from a cervical injury can reach up to $4.6 million.
Some of the most serious forms of spinal injuries include:
High cervical injury - This type of injury may leave the patient completely without movement below
the neck, and he or she may require assistance breathing. There may also
be problems with bladder or bowel control.
Low cervical injury - This injury affects the lower cervical nerves and affects the lower extremities.
Patients may be able to breathe and perform some daily living tasks on
their own. They may have little bowel or bladder control and require daily
Thoracic or lumbar - Patients who suffer injury to the thoracic and lumbar nerves may suffer
paraplegia. Patients have full use and feeling of their upper bodies but
have limited or no feeling and function in their lower bodies and legs.
They may be unable to control bladder and bowel functions, although they
may manage on their own with special equipment.
In many cases, spinal injuries are preventable. In the event negligence
was the cause of the injury, a victim who suffers a spinal cord injury
can file a claim in order to obtain monetary compensation from the at-fault
party. Regardless of the reason for the injury, the recovery process can
be long and hard, and unfortunately, many individuals who suffer this
type of injury never fully recover.
Wish to discuss your spinal cord injury case?
File a claim with our help!
While we understand it is impossible to put a dollar figure on the impact
a catastrophic injury will have on your life, our team strives to determine
a fair settlement value that will take all possible factors into consideration.
We will work with you and your medical providers to learn the full cost
of your injuries and what it will cost to treat in the long-term. Your
claim can also include other factors such as wage loss, transportation
expenses, and in-home medical care beyond what medical insurance may provide.
Ready to move forward with your claim?
as soon as possible.