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Spinal Cord Injuries from Car Accidents

Auto Accident Lawyer Serving Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin, including Kenosha, Madison, Racine, and Waukesha

spinalSpinal cord injuries (SCI) are catastrophic and among the most serious injuries suffered in car accidents. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that around the world every year, between 250,000 and 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries, the majority of which are due to preventable causes such as traffic crashes.

Motor vehicle accidents are at the top of WHO’s list of leading causes of SCI. Preventative measures recommended by the agency include improvements to roads, vehicles, and the behavior of people on the roads to avoid traffic crashes.


Auto and motorcycle accidents account for 35% of new spinal cord injuries every year, according to the Mayo Clinic. SCI usually results in paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia, depending on the location of the injury to the spine.

insurance8If you or your loved one has suffered SCI in an automobile accident, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable Milwaukee car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Medical expenses for this type of injury are extensive. Victims may be dependent on caregivers or require assistive technology for communication, mobility, domestic activities, and self care.

resources-6At Gruber Law Offices, LLC, we help people who have been seriously injured in all types of accidents. Our personal injury attorneys have been successfully handling car accident cases for many years. Our lawyers have been named among the National Top 100 Best Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, where membership is limited only to lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, Super Lawyers® 2013, and National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40.

We are ready to sort out the details of your accident, find out what you are entitled to receive, and stand up against insurance companies that do not want to pay.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries from Car Accidents

The Mayo Clinic states that SCI can involve damage to the discs, ligaments, or vertebrae of the spinal column, or to the spinal cord itself. A traumatic blow to the spine that dislocates, fractures, crushes, or compresses one or more vertebrae can cause SCI. The spinal cord does not have to be severed for loss of function to occur, as discussed by the Shepherd Center.

shutterstock_61217269Car accidents can result in SCI when a blow to the spine from the impact of the accident damages the delicate structure of the spinal column or the spinal cord itself.

Such injuries can occur in all types of car crashes, including head on collisions, side impact collisions, rear end collisions, single vehicle accidents, and multi vehicle crashes.

The body can be slammed into structures within the vehicle, crushed between objects, thrown from the vehicle, or wounded with sharp metal, broken glass, or other penetrating objects. In a side impact “T-bone” collision, the vehicle occupant seated on the side of the impact is at risk for spinal cord and other serious injuries for lack of any protection other than the car door between the occupant and the impact.

Legal Help for Car Accident Spinal Cord Injuries

back-injuriesThose suffering from car accident spinal cord injuries need dedicated legal advocates by their side to protect their rights and fight for the maximum compensation they are entitled to receive. Our attorneys and staff are committed to getting justice for our seriously injured clients.

If your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damages (in cases of malicious or egregious conduct)

The sooner we begin an investigation into your accident, the better, as vital evidence such as wintess statements must be obtained and preserved. Let us take some of the stress off you and help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve. There are no upfront costs with our firm and offer free case evaluations. Contact us for a case consultation to talk about your legal options for spinal cord injuries from car accidents .