Unfortunately, even these potentially catastrophic consequences don’t necessarily guarantee compensation unless you can prove the fault of the negligent party that caused your injuries. The spinal cord injury attorneys in Tampa at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett have decades of experience helping victims establish liability and obtain maximum financial damages for their long-term medical costs, income losses, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys will thoroughly assess your injuries and losses and demand full accountability from all the responsible parties.

Types of Spine Injury in Florida

Spinal cord trauma can be categorized into four areas:


This affects the neck, which can have lasting consequences on the entire body.


This is an injury to the spinal cord in the upper back, which can impact the trunk and downward.


Lumbar injury can affect bodily function and mobility below the waist.


This injury affects the bottom-most portion of the spine, affecting bodily functions and sensation in and around the hips.

Injuries causing a severed spinal cord are classified as catastrophic when the victim suffers a loss of sensation and motion from the point of damage. Under Florida law, permanent impairment is owing to a “complete” spinal cord injury, while an “incomplete” injury is due to a partially severed spinal cord.

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Building a Successful Spinal Cord Injury Case in Florida

As per the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, long-term therapeutic and medical care can cost up to $4.7 million over a lifetime. A typical American family can only afford this by suing the responsible party for damages with the help of a dedicated and seasoned spinal cord injury attorney.

An experienced spinal cord injury attorney will prepare your case by thoroughly investigating the individual circumstances of your accident.

They will collect documentary, testimonial, and physical evidence to be used at trial, such as:

  • Medical records documenting the extent of injury and symptoms experienced and the course of the treatment
  • Photographs
  • Bills
  • Medical imaging

These are required to establish the severity of a spinal cord injury. If the claim goes to trial, your attorney will introduce these documents as exhibits.

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Types of Compensation in a Florida Spinal Cord Injury Claim

Florida law allows economic and non-economic damages to be recovered in spinal cord injury claims. Rehabilitation for paralysis can prove to be expensive and necessitate a wide variety of treatments and therapies. Typical economic damages include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Medical care and surgeries
  • Therapeutic care and equipment
  • Home care
  • Loss of income – both present and future
  • Property damage

A jury or court will determine the number of damages awarded based on the provided evidence.

Our Florida Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys will Fight to Maximize Your Damages

If you or someone you love sustained spinal cord injuries because of another person's negligent actions or behavior, contact the experienced spinal cord injury lawyers in Tampa at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett. Our proven and strategy-driven attorneys have over 125 years of combined legal experience and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our valued clients.

To set up your free case review with our lawyers, call us at 877-728-9653 or contact us online.

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