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Spinal Cord Injuries

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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Compassionate Chicago Lawyer Serving Spinal Cord Injury Victims

Personal injuries can be extremely minor or they can be so severe that they change your entire life. A spinal cord injury can affect victims for the rest of their lives. When spinal cord injuries aren’t detected and treated right away, it can affect the victim in devastating ways.

If you or your loved one received a spinal cord injury because of a personal injury accident in which you weren’t at fault, you need to call an attorney with experience in dealing with spinal cord injuries. Doctors, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, medical equipment, lost wages, and pain and suffering are just a few of the ways that a spinal cord injury can affect your life. You may not be able to work or you may be paralyzed. You need an attorney who is compassionate toward your needs during the time it takes for you to recover, and who can also zealously advocate on your behalf. The job of a spinal cord injuries lawyer is to make the life of a victim a little bit easier.

What Causes Spinal Cord Injuries?

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can happen from any sort of accident. Victims may lose feeling in their body or the ability to move one or more body parts, depending on the severity of the injury. The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:

  • Car wrecks
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle
  • Accidents that occur during sports

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Some spinal cord injuries can affect you more than others, but all of them have the potential to cause extreme pain and cause your body to change. You may need physical therapy or follow-up care for the rest of your life. You may need money to help pay for these expenses, your inability to work, and to compensate for what you’ve gone through. Common types of spinal cord injuries include:

  •  Contusions to the spine
  • Compressions
  • Fractures in the back
  • Broken back
  • Herniated disc
  • Paralysis
  • Fractured vertebra
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Inability to sexually perform
  • Inability to control the bladder
  • Inability to control the bowl

Negligence and Spinal Cord Injuries

Many spinal cord injuries are caused because of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Often, these accidents are caused by the negligence of someone else. This means that someone did or didn’t do something and that caused someone to get hurt.

Negligence is a cause of action. This means that if you’ve received a spinal cord injury because of someone’s negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit to be compensated for your injuries. Negligence, like any legal standard, has elements that must be met. If you’ve received a spinal cord injury and you believe it was caused by the negligence of another person, call Malman Law right away. You only have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim.

  • A legal duty must exist. For instance, everyone has a legal duty to drive sober.
  • The legal duty must be breached. If someone were to drive after drinking enough alcohol to be legally intoxicated, this would be a breach of the legal duty. Taking prescription medication can also cause someone to be over the legal limit.
  • An actual injury must occur because of the breach. It’s not enough that the legal duty is breached. An actual injury must happen. A wreck that causes an injury or property damage must occur. An actual injury is defined as something that is physical (such as a spinal cord injury), mental, or is categorized as property damage.
  • Proximate cause must exist. This is often referred to as the “but-for” test. “But-for the defendant driving while over the legal limit and running a red light, the plaintiff would not have suffered from a spinal cord injury when the defendant’s car hit the plaintiff.”

Call a Spinal Injuries Lawyer Serving Chicago Victims Now

Spinal cord injuries are extremely serious. You may be unable to work. You may recover, but need therapy, surgery, or even a wheelchair. Don’t wait. Call us right away.

Although that wasn’t a full list of spinal cord injuries, you can see just how much your life can be affected. These injuries are extremely serious. Get the help and compensation that you deserve. Call an expert spinal cord injuries attorney at Malman Law. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t wait. Call us now to book your free consultation or contact us online. We want to help you get back to your life as best you can with your spinal cord injury.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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