St. Petersburg Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

March 17, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

The United Spinal Association reports that there are approximately 17,900 spinal cord injuries every year. The leading causes of spinal cord injuries are vehicular accidents. A St. Petersburg spinal cord injury lawyer from our firm can help you hold the liable parties accountable if you or your loved one has sustained injuries to their spinal cord.

Spinal cord injuries may result in more costs due to the severity and extent of the damage. Patients with spinal cord injuries may require more than one surgery and a long recovery period. Getting compensated helps ease the financial burden that you and your family may face.

How Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Can Help

Our spinal cord injury lawyer serving Pinellas County will first help you determine the total and expected cost of your injury. Spinal cord injury lawyers are not new to injury claims involving catastrophic injuries. 

They are in a better position to work with various medical and financial experts. This can help them determine the present value of any future costs that you may incur due to the injury.

A spinal cord injury lawyer on our team will also help you establish negligence. The state of Florida requires motorists to get compensated through personal injury protection benefits. This law exists to limit the number of personal injury cases in the state's courts. But a spinal cord injury meets the conditions set for allowing one to sue the liable party. 

Establishing Negligence

Making a successful claim hinges on your ability to prove the liable party's negligence. We can do this by:

  • Collecting evidence
  • Talking to witnesses and getting their statements
  • Show that the accident occurred due to negligence which requires there be:
  1. Duty
  2. Breach of duty
  3. Causation
  4. Damages

A lawyer can represent you in court if the only way to get fairly compensated is through litigation. This is more likely in spinal cord injury cases because the settlements often reach six figures.

It is imperative that you consult our lawyers to safeguard your interests. Insurance companies will put extra effort into reducing any compensation they have to payout. Thus, having someone on your side who understands how to navigate personal injury law can work in your favor.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are mainly caused when the spine experiences trauma caused by an external object. The main cause of spinal cord injuries is auto accidents. These are accidents that have an at-fault party who should bear all the liability resulting from the accident. If you sustain a spinal cord injury in a car accident, contact our firm. Other causes of spinal cord injuries include:

  • Workplace injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Hit and run accidents involving pedestrians
  • Physical assault

Regardless of the cause of the spinal cord injury, you must establish who is at fault to get compensated. A lawyer from our firm can help you find out who is liable for the accident. This is important to the claims process, especially if your injury meets the serious injury threshold.

There May Be More Than One Liable Party

In some cases, there may be more than one liable party. Our St. Petersburg spinal cord injury lawyer can help you make a claim for compensatory damages from all at-fault parties. Dealing with insurance companies for the liable party or parties can be stressful. But a lawyer has experience dealing with insurance companies and their adjusters.

Having someone else handle such parties can help you get the peace of mind you need to recover. We will keep you up to date and advise you on what decisions to make throughout the claims process.

What Compensatory Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries Will Include

Spinal cord injuries either take very long to fully heal or cause permanent life changes. For instance, some spinal cord injuries cause a full or partial loss in motor function. The severity of the injury will influence the amount of compensatory damages you will receive. The damages that can get covered will include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of surgery, physical therapy, and other medical expenses
  • Lost wages and future earning capacity lost due to the injury
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Wrongful Death

You can get compensated if your loved one dies due to spinal cord injuries. A wrongful death lawyer from our firm can help you and your family know which family members can file a wrongful death claim. You do not have to pay any upfront fees or costs to a St. Petersburg spinal cord injury lawyer. Our lawyers will help you fight for your compensatory damages through a contingency fee policy. 

This means that we do not get paid unless we are able to help you get compensated.

Do not let the misconception that hiring a lawyer is expensive stop you from having legal representation. We can get you fairly compensated, and this is often rare as insurance companies always limit their liability. If negotiations break down, our lawyer will ensure that your claim goes to court before the statute of limitations lapses. We can also explore if you are eligible to receive punitive damages.

Why Choose Our Firm

There are many law firms in Florida, but you could use someone who can represent your interests. Dolman Law Group is a good choice to represent you if you have sustained a spinal cord injury due to someone else's fault. Our track record with personal injury cases sets us apart from our competitors.

For instance, we have:

  • Recovered $5 million for personal injury after a car accident caused burn injuries
  • Recovered $3.85 million in damages for brain injuries
  • Recovered $1.75 million in damages for shoulder surgery and mild traumatic brain injury

These are only a few examples from many successful cases we have handled. Reach out to us today and let us examine how we can help you recover damages.

A St. Petersburg lawyer from our firm will answer all your questions and help you navigate through the legal process of seeking justice. We will also represent you in court if necessary. Get a free consultation today by contacting Dolman Law Group.

St Petersburg Office
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Phone: (727) 472-3909


Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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