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Bakersfield Spine Injury Attorney

Spine injury can have life-altering consequences for the victim. The delicate structure of the spinal column encloses the spinal cord – the cylindrical bundle of fibers that connects nearly all parts of the body to the brain.

If you have suffered an injury to the spine through someone else’s negligence, your best course of action is to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our Bakersfield injury attorneys at Faulkner Law Offices have a long history of success representing injured people in spinal cord injury and other serious personal injury matters.

Why Choose Us?

Our attorneys have been tough advocates for injured people for decades. We have been practicing law with a sole focus on personal injury since 1974. We understand how important fair compensation can be for families affected by a serious spinal cord injury.  We are not intimidated by large companies and will not hesitate to take your case to trial if it means gaining maximum possible compensation.  Our courtroom success rate is greater than 90 percent. We operate on a contingency-fee basis – you pay us no fees until we win your case.

Spine Injury Statistics

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) provides facts and information about spine injuries in the U.S.

  • Incidence of spinal cord injury is approximately 54 cases per one million people.
  • Approximately 17,700 new cases of spinal cord injury occur every year, not including those who die at the location of the incident.
  • Average age of spinal cord injury has increased from 29 years to 43 years.
  • Approximately 78% of new spinal cord injury cases are male.
  • Approximately 12% of people with spinal cord injury are employed at one year after the injury.
  • Approximately one-third of people with spinal cord injury are employed by 20 years post-injury.

Types of Spine Injuries

Ability to control the limbs after spine injury depends on two factors – the location of the injury on the spine and the severity of injury to the spinal cord. The lowest normal part of the spinal cord is called the neurological level of injury.

  • Paraplegia: Paralysis affects the legs, pelvic organs, and all or part of the trunk.
  • Tetraplegia: Also known as quadriplegia, tetraplegia involves paralysis affecting the arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.

The severity of the injury may be classified as complete or incomplete.

  • Complete: All sensory perception and motor function are lost below the level of the injury.
  • Incomplete: Some feeling and ability to control movement remain below the level of the injury.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

As stated by NSCISC, automobile crashes are the leading cause of spinal cord injury in the U.S. Car accidents are followed closely by falls, as the second leading cause. Acts of violence (primarily gunshot wounds) and sports and recreation activities are also common causes of injury to the spine.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Spinal cord injury is a life-altering type of trauma. You may require extensive medical treatment, physical therapy, and modifications to your home and vehicle. Your injuries may seriously affect your future earning potential and quality of life. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can investigate your accident to determine liability, assess the full extent of your losses, and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation available under the law.

Get in Touch with Our Firm Today

Our Bakersfield attorneys at Faulkner Law Offices are zealous advocates for spine injury victims. If you have suffered spinal cord injury caused by someone else’s negligence, call us right away to schedule a consultation.