Spinal Cord Injury FAQ
Biren Law Group gladly answers questions from people who have suffered
catastrophic injuries, as well as questions from family caregivers. We
invite you to explore this page and contact us if you don’t see
any answer to your question below.
What is the difference between a broken back and a spinal cord injury?
broken back generally refers to a fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae in the
back. While these injuries can be extremely serious, if they do not impact
the spinal cord, they can often heal without significant residual problems. A
spinal cord injury, on the other hand, involves an injury to spinal cord, which can cause
neurological deficits. At its worst, the spinal cord injury can cause
Why do the symptoms of spinal cord injuries vary so much?
Every spinal injury is different. Every injured victim is different. A
person who has had pre-existing neck or back pain, degeneration, or even
arthritis is more vulnerable to having serious consequences following
an accident that causes severe injuries. Everyone's spine is constructed
differently: Some people have abnormally narrow spinal canals, which means
the same injury that might only cause transient problems for one person
can cause debilitating pain and suffering for another.
What is a typical timeline of recovery for a spinal cord injury patient?
As every patient’s injuries will vary, the typical timeline will
also vary. Soft tissue injuries to the back or neck generally heal or
recover within weeks or months with conservative care. Some neck and back
injuries that involve irritated nerves respond relatively quickly to conservative
care. Other times, more serious spine injuries can take months or even
years, but eventually respond to conservative care ranging from anti-inflammatory
medications to physical therapy to epidural injections. In other situations,
there is no resolution until surgical intervention. However, some unfortunate
spine injury victims may never fully recover, suffering permanent symptoms
of their injury.
Where can I get the most up-to-date, effective treatment and therapy?
Doctors and rehabilitation facilities that specialize in treating spine
injuries are generally the best treatment resources. Biren Law Group has
resource and connections that can help direct you to the appropriate specialists
for your unique case.
How will my family and I cope with the costs of my spine injury?
Health insurance will pay at least some of the costs for medical treatment.
If you are disabled enough, you may be able to qualify for state disability
or Social Security Disability. However, a majority of the most significant
costs will not be covered by these options. If your accident was caused
by another’s negligence, then you have a strong chance of recovering
meaningful compensation for your damages. Biren Law Group can review your
case for free and directing you on the next best steps.
Why do I need a lawyer after a spinal cord injury?
Even in cases where liability is clear, such as a big rig truck rear-ending
a car stopped at a red light, you will need a proven lawyer if you want
fair compensation. You don’t need just a lawyer with experience,
but a lawyer who understands the full magnitude of harm caused by spine
injuries. Insurance companies should not be expected to
pay fair compensation unless they are forced to do so through settlement or jury verdict. Don’t
fight for compensation alone when you can have our skilled team behind
How can I make an appointment to talk to an attorney at Biren Law Group?
It is our goal to be as accessible as we can to potential clients and
existing clients. Call (310) 476-3031 or fill out a free case evaluation
to begin your journey towards recovery.