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Causes of Action for a Spinal Cord Injury

When you are deciding whether to pursue legal action for your spinal cord injury, working closely with an attorney who will explain all of your rights, options and their consequences can help you make the right decision for your situation. Contact our firm today to speak with a lawyer experienced in representing clients in spinal cord injury cases.

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At Kolker & Germeroth, L.L.C., we represent clients in St. Louis and throughout Missouri who have sustained spinal cord injuries as a result of negligence. For more details about how we handle these claims, please visit our Spinal Cord Injuries page.

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Causes of Action for a Spinal Cord Injury

Victims of spinal cord injuries caused by another party's negligence have legal options available to them to seek compensation for their injuries. The type of lawsuit and the amount of compensation that can be sought will depend on the circumstances of the specific case and state law. Some of the types of lawsuits that may be pursued include actions for personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability or premises liability.

If you are interested in learning more about your legal rights, contact a personal injury attorney from Kolker & Germeroth, LLC in Clayton, Missouri. An experienced lawyer can help you explore your options and find the best resolution for your case.

Personal Injury

The majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. In order to prevail in this type of lawsuit, you will need to prove that the other driver caused the accident and the accident is responsible for your spinal cord injury. Your recovery may be reduced or barred if you are partially at fault for the accident. Most states follow the comparative negligence rule, which means that your recovery can be reduced proportionately if you are found to be partially at fault for the accident. For example, if the defendant is found to be 60 percent at fault and you are found to be 40 percent at fault, your damages will be reduced by 40 percent. In a few jurisdictions that follow the contributory negligence rule, you can be denied recovery completely if you are found to be at any fault for the accident.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases account for a much smaller portion of spinal cord injuries, but sometimes a doctor's negligent acts can cause this type of injury. To be successful in a medical malpractice case, it must be shown that a patient-doctor relationship existed; that the doctor breached the standard of care for the particular type of treatment or operation; and that but for this breach of care, the patient would not have been injured. In medical malpractice cases, the doctor, the hospital and any support medical staff may be named as defendants.

Products Liability

If you were injured by a defective product, such as a faulty airbag or seatbelt, you may want to pursue a products liability case. In these cases, you are claiming that if it wasn't for the defective design of a product, you would not have suffered the injury. Potential liable parties include not only the manufacturer of the product, but also anyone in the manufacturing and distribution chain of command: the parent company of the manufacturer, designer, supplier of component parts, retailers, distributors, importers and lessors.

Premises Liability

If you injured your spinal cord because of a dangerous condition on someone else's property, you may be able to file a premises liability case. Landowners owe certain duties to people who come on to their land, such as warning of known or reasonably known dangers. A premises liability case can be filed against a private property owner (such as the owner of a swimming pool or pond where a diving accident occurred); the property owner of a construction site where a worker or private citizen was hurt; or the owner of a dangerous animal that caused injury, to name just a few.


Spinal cord injuries are life-changing events, forever altering the course of an individual's life. Since most spinal cord injuries happen to young adults, they face a life-time of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and in severe cases, spending the rest of lives in a full-time care facility. The estimated costs for a person with a spinal cord injury can top over $250,000 in the first year alone.

Contact Kolker & Germeroth, LLC in Clayton, Missouri to schedule a consultation with an attorney experienced in handling spinal cord injury cases. A personal injury lawyer can explain your options and rights to you.

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