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South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

A spinal cord injury is a life-changing experience that can cause permanent bodily damage. You need an experienced lawyer who will Fight to Win so you can focus on getting better. We’re here to help. Talk to us using our live chat or call 888-HAWKLAW.

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Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can occur during a car crash, workplace accident, a slip-and-fall, or while playing sports. Some SCIs result in minor back pain for a few months while others result in permanent paralysis. The spine is a delicate part of the body we must strive to protect.

If you’ve suffered from an SCI, your ability to work and maintain a living is temporarily and potentially permanently limited due to the injury. That’s why we have passionate legal minds with experience building cases for the most serious of spinal cord injuries.

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Why Choose HawkLaw’s South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

The spine contains a delicate bundle of nerves, responsible for relaying messages from the brain to the body. Any level of spinal cord damage can result in significant pain and lifelong back problems. The damage is more than physical as the mental anguish and psychological impact of a serious paralyzing injury is responsible for long-term damages to one’s overall level of well–being.

HawkLaw understands that spinal cord injuries are extremely damaging to the victims. We’re here to let you know that you don’t have to face the legal fight for compensation and relief on your own. At HawkLaw, you get dedicated partners who are right by your side. We greatly value a transparent and compassionate attorney-client relationship, and as a digital-first law firm, you can get your case initiated immediately so we can start fighting for you.

Our injury attorneys serve clients with spine injuries across South Carolina, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Florence, and beyond. Call 888-HAWKLAW today or use our live chat to talk to a spinal cord injury attorney for a free case evaluation*, and we’ll get to work right away! For more information about your consultation, see our disclaimer below.

How Long Does Rehabilitation Take in Spinal Cord Injury?

Spine injuries can take years to rehabilitate, and many people don’t ever completely recover. A person who suffers this sort of injury can be under medical care for decades and even for life, as medical bills and medical costs rise, and the insurance company fights you every step.

Whether you’re suffering from some minor lower back pain that results in loss of function or you face serious paraplegia, tetraplegia, or quadriplegia, you still may be entitled to fair compensation for the serious personal injury you’ve suffered. However, every case is unique, and some people make a full recovery in a few weeks. That’s why it’s important to talk to a personal injury lawyer about your case.

What Are the Symptoms of a Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injury victims can experience a wide range of symptoms as the result of a cervical (upper), thoracic (middle), or lumbar (lower) spine injury, and no two injuries necessarily produce similar results. You may experience loss of function in one or more areas of your body, sometimes resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia, or tetraplegia. You might experience bladder control issues. You could have headaches or invisible injuries like mental health issues such as depression, mood swings, and other conditions.

Your spine is the region of your body that controls every function you have, so a spinal injury can present in any number of ways. You may lose physical strength or be off-balance. You could experience numbness or tingling sensation in your extremities or other areas of the body. You may even experience cardiovascular issues and sensory troubles.

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Spinal Cord Injury Facts: Common Spinal Cord Injuries in South Carolina

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database, negligent drivers are among the most common causes of spinal cord injuries. Nearly 70% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents like car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, or by slip-and-fall accidents. In the majority of all of those cases, negligence on the part of the driver in a car accident or property owner in a fall significantly contributes to the injury. Though not as common, medical malpractice can be another major cause of cervical and spine injuries. Workplace accidents resulting in workers’ compensation cases are also common types of spinal cord injuries in this state.

It’s believed that nearly 200,000 people are victims of spinal cord injuries in any given year. These injuries risk serious and potentially permanent disability that diminishes a victim’s quality of life. If you’ve suffered an injury to your back, it’s important to contact South Carolina spinal cord injury attorneys to review your case. You may be entitled to fair compensation for the injury.

How Are Spinal Cord Injuries Categorized?

You can split spinal cord injuries into two categories: incomplete spine injury and complete spine injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that you still have some functioning body parts below the injured area. If you have a complete spinal cord injury, you cannot move anything below the location of your spine that was injured.


Complete spine injuries involve paralyses like tetraplegia, triplegia, paraplegia, or quadriplegia. These injuries are less common than incomplete injuries but are far more severe. They can be temporary or permanent.


Incomplete spine injuries comprise more than 60% of all spine injuries. Incomplete injuries can be permanent but offer a greater chance of recovery thanks to modern medical technology. The three types of incomplete injuries are anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome, and Brown-Sequard syndrome. Anterior injuries are in the front, central injuries involve the nerve clusters, and Brown-Sequard injuries involve one of the sides of the spine.

What Damages Can I Recover in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?

When a spinal cord injury impacts your quality of life, you have a right to seek fair and just compensation for the sustained injuries. You can file a claim that includes restitution for:

  • Past, present, and future medical expenses, including live-in care
  • Costs of medical equipment and home/vehicle modifications
  • Lost income and earning capacity
  • Lost quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

HawkLaw Fights to Win the Compensation You Deserve

We are known for compassion and personalized attention, in addition to our willingness and ability to take cases to trial. If you or your family members have suffered a serious injury or even wrongful death from spinal cord damage, please call 888-HAWKLAW or contact us online for a free case review with a South Carolina personal injury attorney at our law firm.* Our injury attorneys have helped clients with legal advice in spinal cord injury cases across the state, from Columbia to Charleston, Spartanburg, Greenville, and other cities and towns. HawkLaw Fights to Win. Call us now so we can fight for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a statute of limitations on how long I can file a spinal cord injury claim?
South Carolina only affords you a short window of opportunity to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, so it’s important to consult with a lawyer right away. But if some time has passed since your injury, the law does provide some limited exceptions so you might not be out of luck. Contact HawkLaw today to find out if you still have a viable claim.
Can my family receive compensation for my personal care?
Generally, the courts are open to hearing compensation cases for family members of spinal cord injury victims. The mental strain and toll of caring for a loved one who’s suffered a temporary or permanent SCI is a significant cost that a case can be made to compensate the family for the impact on their lives. Speak with your lawyer about options for filing a claim on behalf of your family.

John D. Hawkins

Founder and CEO

John Hawkins is the Founder and CEO of HawkLaw He has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since his graduation with honors in 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was on the Law Review and Order of Wig and Robe.