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Spinal Cord Injuries

The personal injury lawyers at Brett Law represent victims of spinal cord injuries who seek prompt, full and just compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of others.

We practice throughout Washington State and have offices in Seattle, Everett, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Mount Vernon. Our offices are paperless and wireless so we can meet with clients anywhere in the state.

Every year there are approximately 11,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in the United States. While some victims will experience almost complete recovery, others will be completely and permanently paralyzed.

The personal injury lawyers at Brett Law have been helping victims of spinal cord injury win substantial settlements and awards throughout Washington State for over 40 years. For examples, see case results.

We are proud to represent the innocent victims of spinal cord injury and to hold those who inflicted harm accountable for their actions. A spinal cord injury can cause more than physical harm; it can impact the victims’ families, finances and future. Monetary compensation can help the spinal cord injury victim and his family meet the challenges of the future with less worry about medical bills, employment and rehabilitation.


The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves that moves nerve impulses between the brain and the rest of the body. Spinal cord injury usually starts with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The impact causes the vertebrae to fracture or compress, which in turn crushes the extensive nerve cells (axons) that carry signals along the spinal cord between the brain and the body. The specific effect of a spinal cord injury depends on the location and severity of the injury. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a small number of axons or almost all of them. Spinal cord injuries are called either “complete” or “incomplete”. The victim of a complete injury totally lacks sensory and motor function below the level of the injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury victim retains some sensory motor function below the spinal injury site.

Tragically, many brain and spinal cord injuries are irreversible. Automobile accidents cause the majority of spinal cord injuries, followed by sports mishaps, falls, birth trauma, violence and disease. In addition to draining the victim both physically and emotionally, spinal cord injuries can also drain a family’s finances because medical care for spinal cord injuries is costly and long-term. Many people who live with a spinal cord injury have secondary complications including pain, respiratory and heart problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pressure sores, respiratory complications, urinary tract infections, spasticity and scoliosis. Many people can no longer work in their chosen career fields.


Do not wait until it is too late to seek legal advice. At Brett Law - Washington's Injury Lawyers, we know that spinal cord injuries impact every area of a victim’s life including relationships, employment and lifestyle. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury caused by the actions of another party, contact our office today. We offer a free initial evaluation of your claim; you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys will negotiate a prompt, full and just settlement or fight aggressively to ensure that you receive full maximum compensation in accordance with the law. We meet with Washington State victims of spinal cord injury from our offices in Seattle, Everett, Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham and Mount Vernon.

At Brett Law, our personal injury lawyers give proactive attention to the needs of each spinal cord injury client. We help by coordinating medical payments, organizing documentation and supporting each client through the sometimes difficult claims process. Since insurance companies know our firm’s determination to litigate cases when a settlement offer is inadequate, we are usually able to resolve personal injury claims through negotiation. Call the attorneys at Brett Law today at 800-925-1875, 360-714-0900, or contact us via our online form.

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