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If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to a car crash, work injury, serious fall, or physical altercation, it can have lifelong consequences.  At its most catastrophic, a spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis and even death.  A spinal cord injury can be devastating for an entire family, because the injury can cause stress, require around-the-clock care, result in huge medical bills and lost wages, and lead to permanent diminishment of the injured person’s future career opportunities and enjoyment of life

Spinal cord injuries can cause temporary impairments as well as long-term disability and even life-threatening, catastrophic harm.  A spinal cord injury lawyer in Mobile, AL, can assess your situation and explain your legal options.  You may be entitled to financial compensation, especially if the spinal cord injury was caused by someone else’s negligence.

How to Choose the Best Spinal Injury Lawyer

Every spinal cord injury lawyer is not created equal.

At Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, we take every case personally and focus our full attention on each client.  We are aggressive negotiators and fierce litigators, and we will not rest until we get the justice you deserve.

When we file a lawsuit on your behalf, we maintain open communication with you every step of the way.  We have an outstanding, highly skilled staff who can answer all your questions, provide support, and maintain all legal records.  You will never be alone when you are represented by our law firm, because we treat every client with respect, compassion and care.

The best way to learn more about our law firm is to read our attorney bios.  Partners C. Randall Caldwell, Jr., Drew Wenzel, and Deepti Asthana have impeccable credentials and winning track records in the legal cases they pursue.  Each is deeply connected to the local community and cares very much about the residents in the communities they serve.

Choosing Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana for your legal representation ensures that you will be working with the best and the brightest attorneys and top-notch staff.  We are respectful, concerned, and committed to achieving the best possible outcome for every client.

FAQs: Answers from a Back Injury Lawyer in Mobile, AL

Impairments Resulting from Spinal Cord Injuries

Several impairments can result from a spinal cord injury – some are temporary, while others can be long-lasting or permanent.  Factors impacting the duration of the injury include the seriousness of the spinal cord bruise/sever, the location along the cord where the damage occurred, and whether doctors can repair the damage.  Common impairments resulting from spinal cord injuries include:

  • Temporary or permanent loss of motor function
  • Difficulty walking/loss of balance
  • Paralysis
  • TBI
  • Headaches, blurred vision, and memory impairment
  • Reduced use of arms and legs
  • Chronic neck, back and leg pain
  • Tingling in fingers and toes
  • Loss of nerve sensation in different parts of the body
  • Lack of coordination.

The back is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body in car accidents, falls, and workplace accidents.  Back injuries can affect the vertebrae, discs, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and the spinal cord. Injuries to the back are nearly always painful, and they can severely restrict your activities and interfere with your ability to take care of yourself, work, perform household tasks, and participate in sports or leisure activities. In the worst cases, where the spinal cord is involved, the result is usually paralysis.

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Different Types of Back Injuries 

Spinal cord injuries sometimes happen in coordination with back injuries, head injuries and TBI.  Following are explanations of things to watch out for when the spinal cord and back are injured at the same time.

Spinal Cord Damage

Spinal cord injuries are the most catastrophic and life-changing of all back injuries. When the spinal cord is injured, the result is usually total or partial paralysis below the point of injury. When the injury is to the lower part of your spine, you will lose the use of your legs and the entire lower portion of your body. This is called paraplegia. If the damage to the spinal cord is in your upper body or neck, the paralysis will affect all four limbs. This condition is called quadriplegia.

When you’ve suffered an injury to your spinal cord, it is likely that you’ll be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of your life. You may never be able to return to your previous job and may require personal care and assistance with the most basic life tasks. You will probably need to make alterations to your home and vehicle to accommodate your disability and will need to work with an occupational therapist to learn ways to adjust to your severely restricted circumstances.


A broken back is an injury in which the vertebrae are fractured or dislocated, often as the result of a motor vehicle accident or fall. If bone fragments damage the spinal cord, paralysis may result.The most common fractures of the spine occur in the thoracic and lumbar spine (middle and lower back) or at the thoracolumbar junction, where the two sections join. These fractures are typically caused by a high-impact car accident or a fall from a high place, as in a construction accident, and often require surgery to decompress the spine and prevent damage to the spinal cord.

Herniated Discs 

A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, is an injury that can occur in a car accident—especially a rear-end collision—as well as in a fall, sports accident, or other accident. The gelatinous material that forms a cushion between the vertebrae bulges out and presses against the surrounding spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the nerve. 

Sprains & Strains 

A back strain often occurs when the force of an impact in an accident causes a muscle or a tendon connecting muscle to bone to stretch further than normal or to tear.  Both sprains and strains are painful and restrict your range of motion, along with the ability to perform many common tasks. 

Contact a Skilled Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today

When you’ve suffered a back or spinal cord injury in an accident of any kind, whether it is life-changing, life-threatening, or painful, you should consult an experienced back injury lawyer to learn about your legal options for recovering compensation. Serving Foley, Daphne, Mobile, and all of Alabama, the personal injury lawyers at Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana have the skill, experience, and commitment to aggressively represent you.  To learn more about how we can help, call us for a free initial consultation at (251) 444-7000.


Our Award-Winning Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers have recovered millions on behalf of our clients. While other attorneys try to avoid litigation, we thrive in high-stakes litigation. Contact Caldwell Wenzel & Asthana, P.C. to put our exceptional skills to work for your injury claim.

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