Mount Pleasant Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Enduring a spinal cord injury can change your life significantly and require adaptation. It can also be financially devastating.

At Rikard & Protopapas, our team understands how life-changing your situation is. We have the resources to help clients in Columbia & Charleston, South Carolina. Our Mount Pleasant spinal cord injury lawyers will do everything we can to advocate for you.

Spinal Cord Injury Cases We Handle

A spinal cord injury happens when damage occurs to your spine or the nerves, nerve fibers and vertebrae that surround your spine. The outcome could impact everything from body functions to strength and movement.

A spinal cord injury may happen in a variety of ways:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Severe falls from unsafe properties
  • Botched medical procedures
  • Bicycle accidents

While some SCI patients make a full recovery, it is unlikely that your life will ever look the way it did prior to your injury. Acquiring adequate support from the start of your injury can make a considerable difference in your ability to live a good life.

Ways Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers in Mount Pleasant Can Help You

Confronting your new normal with all of its big changes may trigger feelings of inadequacy, angst and fear. The support of our team in your journey may alleviate some of these feelings and clear time for you to focus on adapting to your new life.


It’s tough to navigate the legal world when you might not fully understand the process and already have a lot to deal with. Our team can guide you through the creation, organization and negotiation of your case so you can make the best decisions for your future.


Formulating a case will require a lot of research and additional investigation. Our team recognizes how critical timing is in acquiring, preparing and finalizing this information.


After taking a thorough look at your case and how your injury will impact your future, our team will negotiate the best possible outcome we can manage on your behalf.


Facilitating communication between parties might feel frustrating and overwhelming when dealing with a life-changing injury. Your spinal cord injury lawyer can act as a liaison so you don’t need to spend all your time passing information to people.


Whether your case goes to court will hinge on several factors, including the outcome of negotiating a settlement. As your case unfolds, our team will actively represent you and your family. We will continually advocate for your needs to hopefully improve your future.

Working with your spinal cord injury attorney can help you avoid costly mistakes. Your decision may also improve the value of the resources you have to seek compensation for the injuries you sustained.

Treatment Options for Spinal Cord Injuries

Regardless of the severity of your injury, our team realizes the psychological and financial impact can be extreme. How successful your recovery is will depend on the type of injury you have and how quickly you receive emergency medical aid. The treatments you pursue could also make a difference in how your body responds throughout recovery.

Types of paralysis

Paralysis is a common side effect of a spinal cord injury. There are different types of paralysis you might experience:

  • Paraplegia, which impacts the lower half of your body
  • Hemiplegia, which impacts one side of your body
  • Triplegia: which leaves three of your limbs paralyzed
  • Quadriplegia, which impacts all of your limbs and your torso
  • Incomplete paralysis, which affects movement and has various degrees of impairment

Adapting to living with limited function and unique impairments will require time, effort and ongoing support from your family and medical team.

Long-term impact of spinal cord injuries

When organizing your case, our spinal cord injury lawyers will look closely at the economic impact of your injuries. Physically, you may experience chronic pain and debilitating impairment.

Your body may be less able to withstand environmental factors, leaving you prone to illness and a lower quality of life. This could also impact your life expectancy.

The psychological impact of a spinal cord injury could include depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Having to rely on a caretaker for help could cause feelings of helplessness and guilt.

You may also feel angry and confused about how your life turned out the way it has.

Damages You Might Collect in a Spinal Cord Injury Case

According to the National Library of Medicine, the total economic impacts of spinal cord injuries come to over $4 billion a year.

The financial toll of living with a severe injury can create a lifetime of uncertainty. You might be unable to work for the rest of your life. The costs of medical bills, ongoing treatments, adaptive resources, lost wages and a lower quality of life can seem impossibly high.

Additionally, you may experience loss of companionship, psychological trauma and mental illness. Our team will weigh each of these factors when determining how to negotiate a fair settlement for both economic and non-economic damages.

Contact a Spinal Cord Injury Attorney in Mt. Pleasant Today

At Rikard & Protopapas, our team has the knowledge and desire to reinforce your spinal cord injury case. We will prioritize your concerns and articulate a case that accurately describes your injury’s impact on your future. Contact us today and find out more about how we can help you.

FAQs About Spinal Cord Injury Cases

How long do you have to file a spinal cord injury claim?

When filing a personal injury claim in South Carolina, you have three years from the time of your injury to take action. If this time passes and you have not filed a claim, the state may dismiss future claims because of the statute of limitations.

What evidence should you document in preparation for making a claim?

As you prepare to make a claim, you will want to document any relevant information about your injury. This could include a timeline of your injury, witness statements, medical treatments, ongoing therapies, details of your mental and emotional health, specifics about how your injury impacted your ability to work, medical records and accident investigations from local authorities.

All of this information will help us prepare your case if retained.

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