Massachusetts Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

November 16, 2023 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, we understand the profound impact a spinal cord injury can have on an individual's life. This type of injury is not just physically devastating, but it also has significant financial and emotional implications for the victims and their families. Navigating such complex medical conditions requires legal professionals who are well-versed in handling these cases.

Spinal cord injuries are often caused by incidents that could have been avoided, such as motor vehicle collisions, falls, or work-related accidents. In many cases, these accidents occur due to another party's negligence or recklessness, leaving victims with a sense of injustice on top of their physical suffering.

That's where we come in. The Massachusetts spinal cord injury lawyers at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA, stand ready to help individuals in Massachusetts who have suffered spinal cord injuries seek the justice they deserve.

Committed to helping our clients receive appropriate compensation for their losses, we strive to handle every case with compassion and integrity.

Why Choose Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA?

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At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA., we offer more than just legal representation; we provide a robust infrastructure of resources and a wealth of experience to handle complex catastrophic injury cases effectively.

Our track record speaks volumes about our capability to stand up against corporate behemoths in pursuit of justice for our clients. We've successfully litigated cases against large corporate entities and almost every auto insurance company.

Our Massachusetts personal injury lawyers are equipped with the knowledge and finesse to navigate this intricate process efficiently. We understand spinal cord injury claims can lead to complex litigation – but armed with facts and dedication, we aim to overcome these challenges on your behalf.

Consider some of our case results:

  • A slip-and-fall accident in a restaurant parking lot led to a settlement amounting to $300,000.00.
  • An ostensibly minor accident resulting in a herniated disc was settled for $165,000.00.
  • A slip-and-fall incident causing shoulder injury resulted in an $82,000.00 settlement.

Time limitations do apply when filing claims related to spinal cord injuries; hence, the sooner you take action, the better you are positioned legally.

We invite you to let us review your case as part of our commitment to a transparent legal process. Reach out for a free consultation and case evaluation today – because at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers PA., your fight for justice is our mission.

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The Facts About Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe and life-altering conditions a person can endure. They involve damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, which often results in permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions below the site of injury.

Every year, between 250,000 to 500,000 people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Approximately 17,810 new cases are reported annually in the United States alone. As per recent data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are currently around 296,000 individuals living with spinal cord injury in America.

Car accidents account for nearly 39 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year – more than any other cause. Other common causes include falls, sports-related injuries, acts of violence like gunshot wounds, and work-related accidents involving heavy machinery or falls from height.

The rates of hospitalization due to these injuries have been increasing over the years mainly because of our growing and aging population. As medical care improves, more victims survive initial trauma but often require extensive therapy and long-term care afterward.

These injuries can manifest in various ways, from reduced mobility and loss of physical sensation to more extreme paralysis such as paraplegia (impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities) and quadriplegia (the partial or total loss of use of all four limbs and torso).

The repercussions extend far beyond physical pain and disability; they reach into every aspect of a person's life. The emotional trauma associated with drastic lifestyle changes is immense, affecting not only victims but also their loved ones who must adjust, as well.

What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal cord injuries are often the result of tragic accidents and circumstances, many of which are preventable and stem from human error and negligence.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. They include car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, and collisions involving trucks or other large vehicles. The impact of such incidents can cause severe trauma to the spine, leading to significant damage.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Slips and falls rank second only to motor vehicle accidents as a common cause of spinal cord injuries. They can occur in various settings, from slipping on icy sidewalks to falling from heights at construction sites. Older adults are particularly susceptible to these types of injuries due to decreased balance and strength.

Workplace Accidents

Workplace environments, especially those involving heavy machinery or high-risk tasks like construction and mining, pose a substantial risk for spinal cord injuries. Workplace accidents that damage the spine can result from falls from height, being struck by falling objects, or equipment malfunctions.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice refers to situations where a healthcare professional's negligent actions lead to patient harm, including causing spinal cord injuries during surgical procedures or failing to diagnose/treat certain conditions that contribute to such damage.

Whether it's a reckless driver, an employer failing to provide safe working conditions, or a medical professional not adhering strictly to standards of care, acts of negligence are grounds for you to seek compensation for your spinal cord injury and obtain the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and more.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA., our team has extensive experience handling claims related to these causes and more. We're ready to put our knowledge into action, assisting victims in their pursuit of justice following a devastating spinal cord injury.

Negligence and Spinal Cord Injuries

When it comes to spinal cord injury cases, the legal landscape can seem daunting. These injuries often involve high-stakes claims due to the medical expenses, loss of income, and life-long care that may be required.

One of the central concepts in these lawsuits is negligence — where a party fails to exercise a level of care that a reasonable person would have in similar circumstances. Proving negligence involves demonstrating that another party's actions were careless or reckless and directly led to the injury.

Liability also comes into play in spinal cord injury cases. Essentially, this refers to who should bear responsibility for the accident and subsequent injury. This could be an individual driver, employer, manufacturer of faulty equipment, or property owner whose lack of maintenance resulted in hazardous conditions.

Our Massachusetts spinal cord injury lawyers are equipped to meet the challenges of your case, identifying those whose negligence contributed to your injury and holding them accountable for the pain and financial losses you suffered as a result. 

How Long Do I Have to Pursue a Claim?

The statute of limitations is the amount of time during which you can pursue legal action. In Massachusetts, you generally have three years from the accident resulting in a spinal cord injury to file a lawsuit against those responsible. This timeframe also applies to spinal cord injuries that result from medical malpractice. 

However, spinal cord injuries are often complex, which is why seeking legal guidance immediately after suffering such an injury is paramount for launching an effective claim within the specified timelines.

How Dolman Law Group Helps Spinal Cord Injury Victims

When you engage the services of a Massachusetts spinal cord injury lawyer from our firm, your case is treated with the utmost seriousness and attention it deserves. Our lawyers are committed to assisting you in navigating through this challenging time by providing comprehensive legal representation tailored to your specific circumstances.

Our team begins by thoroughly investigating the circumstances surrounding your accident to establish liability. This involves gathering evidence, such as medical records and accident reports, interviewing witnesses, and, if necessary, working with accident reconstruction specialists.

Following this, we calculate the full extent of damages incurred – including past and future medical expenses, loss of income and earning capacity, pain, and suffering – to ensure we seek an amount that adequately reflects the severity of your injury.

Negotiating with insurance companies forms another significant part of our role. Insurers often aim to minimize payouts; however, our legal team possesses negotiation skills honed over years of practice in personal injury law. We push back against lowball settlement offers and strive for a resolution that meets your needs.

In cases where settlement isn't possible or fair compensation isn’t forthcoming, we're prepared to take the case to trial. Our attorneys have substantial courtroom experience advocating for clients' rights before judges and juries.

Throughout this process, open communication is key. We ensure you're informed about progress in your case at every stage while promptly answering any queries or concerns.

Choosing Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers means entrusting us with seeking justice on your behalf — a responsibility we don’t take lightly.

Compensation for Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be life-altering, leading to substantial financial costs and emotional distress.

Victims of such injuries may seek compensation to alleviate these burdens.

  • Medical Expenses: Spinal cord injuries often require extensive medical treatment, including surgeries, physical therapy, medications, assistive devices, and home modifications. Compensation can cover both past and future medical expenses related to the injury.
  • Lost Earning Capacity: If your spinal cord injury prevents you from returning to work or reduces your ability to earn at the same capacity as before the accident, you could claim lost past and future earning capacity.
  • Pain and Suffering: This refers to non-economic damages for physical pain, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, or other emotional trauma caused by the spinal cord injury.
  • Loss of Consortium: In certain cases, spouses may also claim for loss of companionship or affection due to their loved one's spinal cord injury.
  • Punitive Damages: While rare, these damages are occasionally awarded in rare instances where the conduct causing the injury was exceptionally reckless or malicious.

At Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA., we understand that no amount of money can truly compensate for a severe injury like this; however, it can aid in managing ongoing costs and losses associated with it.

Get Started on Your Pursuit of Compensation With Dolman Law Group

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Our dedicated lawyers strive hard to ensure our clients receive fair compensation that mirrors the full scope of their losses — aiming not just for recovery but also towards maintaining your quality of life as much as possible post-injury.

Taking the first step towards seeking justice after a spinal cord injury can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to do it alone. The experienced legal team at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA., is here to support and guide you through this challenging journey.

We're ready to help begin the process of investigating your accident, establishing negligence, calculating damages, and advocating for your rights, whether in negotiations or at trial.

Don't wait another day. Reach out now to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with one of our dedicated lawyers. Let us stand by your side, fighting for the compensation you deserve while you focus on healing.

Remember — justice delayed is often justice denied. Contact us or call (857) 407-4182 today, and let’s take the first step together towards holding those responsible accountable.


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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