Florida Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most devastating personal injuries that a person can suffer is an injury to the spinal column. These types of injuries come with dire consequences. Spinal cord injuries can damage the body’s ability to transmit motor signals to the brain, which can cause the loss of both involuntary and voluntary bodily functions.

Permanent damage such as paralysis or life-threatening injuries can result from back or neck injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury to the spine, call now for legal assistance from one of our spinal cord injury attorneys.

spinal cord injury patient in a wheelchair

Symptoms of a spinal cord injury:

  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Injured nerves
  • Damaged disks

A catastrophic injury of the spinal cord is often the result of a completely preventable accident, which can have irreversible adverse effects. The ability to walk, run, feel, and speak can be lost. Spinal cord injury victims often need extensive medical care and rehabilitation, and they often fight to adjust to a new way of life.

We understand the effect that emotional and physical damage from a spinal cord injury can have on a person and your rehabilitation and well-being is our top priority. Our spinal cord injury lawyers will fight for you to receive maximum compensation so you can focus on your well-being instead of being financially burdened from the costs of your injury.

Financial impact of a spine injury

A brain and spinal injury can alter your life forever. Much like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries require extensive medical care and services that are often very costly. Our experienced spine injury lawyer has represented victims of spinal cord injury and lumbar spine injury who have struggled with medical bills and expenses such as:

  • Hospital bills
  • Surgeon bills
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Home modification costs
  • Mobility aides
  • Prescription medications
  • Live-in nurse expenses and nursing bills
  • Lost wages

spinal injury patient

Spinal cord victims and their families are often left with limited options after their pockets have been wiped clean from hospital bills, medical costs, and rehabilitation costs. Not only are these injuries extensive, but they also force the victim to face permanent cumbersome life changes. Personal injury lawyers Zervos & Calta will work diligently to obtain the best settlement for your injury claims.


Every year, there are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal injuries, which does not include the number of people who die as a result of their injury. Spinal cord injuries are always serious and are usually catastrophic. A sudden and traumatic blow to the spine typically causes them, and the damage can be devastating.

When due to someone else’s negligence, the injuries almost always lead to a spinal cord injury lawsuit. While some spinal cord injuries may heal or allow for partial recovery, others will result in complete paralysis. Legal and medical help is often needed.

Overview of the spine

The spine is one of the most critical parts of your body. It gives your body structure and support and allows you to stand upright and move. The spine is also designed to protect the spinal cord which runs through it, the nerve roots, and the body’s internal surrounding organs.

The spine is made up of:

  • the cervical region (which is known as your neck)
  • the thoracic region (the upper to middle back area), the lumbar region (the lower back), and
  • the sacral region (located behind the pelvis).

Types of spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries are typically classified either as complete or partial, and are defined by the extent of the nerve damage.

Complete spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is completely severed, and there is disruption of nerve transmission from the brain to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are classified as:

    • triplegia (loss of ability to feel in both lower limbs and one upper limb),
    • quadriplegia (partial or total loss of feeling in all arms and legs and may result in loss of bladder functions and difficulties breathing), or
    • paraplegia (loss of ability to use or feel the lower limbs).

Incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when there is trauma, but the spinal cord is not completely severed. The person will still maintain some function, depending upon the severity of the injury.

​Common causes of spine injuries

Many things can cause a spinal or brain injury. Personal injury lawsuits often arise from these following types of accidents, mainly when spine injuries are an outcome for accident victims. These are just a few things that commonly cause a spine injury.

  • Car accidents
  • Trucking accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accident
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Violent acts
  • Disease

The most frequent cause of damage to the spinal cord is an auto accident. For the elderly, slip and falls seem to be the most common cause of severe spinal injuries.

Living with a spinal cord injury

Living with a spinal cord injury usually requires huge adjustment, compared to life as it was before the injury. While spinal cord injuries can heal, the damage incurred usually can’t be reversed. There is often limited mobility, loss of some bodily functions, and chronic or recurring pain.

spinal injury caused by an accident

Medications, physical therapy, and occupational therapy will help increase any potential mobility and assist in teaching the injured person how to perform daily living activities such as eating, grooming and moving from one place to another. The main goal of rehabilitation is to enable being able to resume a productive, satisfying life. There are also adaptive tools that can assist with daily living activities such as motorized wheelchairs, catheters, shower chairs, crutches, braces, ramps, adapted utensils, and computers.

If the injured person becomes a wheelchair user, there is an increased risk of blood clots, bowel or bladder problems, blood pressure issues, pressure sores from sitting all the time, weight gain, bone and joint pain in the shoulders, and depression. These can require additional medical treatment, incurring more costs.

Why do you need a personal injury attorney?

When you suffer from a spinal cord injury, your life may be permanently altered. If your spinal injury resulted from someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct, it is crucial that you hire a personal injury law firm to make sure you are fairly compensated and that all of your medical expenses are covered.

Spinal cord injuries usually require lifetime medical care, including treatment, medications, surgeries, rehabilitation, and medical equipment. You may also be entitled to compensation for loss of wages, loss of future earning potential, pain and suffering damages including loss of enjoyment of life. The spinal cord injury attorneys at Zervos & Calta, PLLC have the experience necessary to protect you and fight for your rights in an injury lawsuit.

Contact us by filling out the form on the right or call 727-937-3171 to schedule a free phone consultation.

Visit our spinal cord injury lawyers in one of our convenient office locations in Spring Hill, Tarpon Springs, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater. If you are unable to come to us, we will come to you.

We also work with clients in Trinity, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Westchase, Hudson, Elfers, Holiday, Bayonet Point, and New Port Richey.