East Tennessee Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer East TennesseeLearning to cope with a spinal cord injury (“SCI”) may be one of the largest challenges you and your family may ever face.  Not only does a spinal cord injury have debilitating physical effects; it also has devastating emotional and financial ramifications that may result in feelings of helplessness and despair.

If you have sustained a SCI because of someone else’s negligent actions, it may bring comfort to know that you are not alone during this difficult time.  For over three decades, East Tennessee spinal cord injury attorney Mark Hurt has helped injured clients collect millions of dollars to help lessen the financial burden resulting from spinal cord and other injuries.

We are here to help you in seeking full compensation from all those liable, including pain and suffering, lost wages, medical costs, care expenses, and all other damages recoverable under Tennessee law.

Common Types of Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord communicates with the brain to coordinate movement and sensation in the body.  A SCI occurs when any part of the spinal cord, vertebrae, ligaments, disks or nerves are damaged, resulting in permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other bodily functions below the site of the injury.  Often, additional ancillary damage can also occur because of inflammation, bleeding, swelling and fluid accumulation around the spinal cord.

It’s estimated that approximately 247,000 to 358,000 people in the United States currently suffer from a spinal cord injury.  perhaps as a result of increased safety in sports that formerly was a larger cause of spinal cord injuries.

Men are much more likely to suffer a spinal cord injury, than women, with men representing approximately 78% of new cases.

The degree of spinal cord impairment and types of injuries vary; however, the following are some of the most common types of spinal cord injury:

  • Nerve damage affecting the spinal canal
  • Fractured or damaged vertebrae
  • Contusions and lacerations
  • Central cord syndrome affecting the spinal region of the neck
  • Hemiplegia (also referred to as partial paralysis)
  • Complete and incomplete Paraplegia
  • Complete and incomplete Tetraplegia (also referred to as Quadriplegia)

Spinal Cord Injury Costs 

Individuals suffering from spinal cord injuries face significant direct and indirect costs.  Given the seriousness of these types of injuries, care may be needed for years or, in cases where recovery is not possible, a lifetime.  Consequently, SCI victims often incur medical and care expenses amounting to millions of dollars.  In fact, the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistic Center estimates that the lifetime cost for someone suffering a High Tetraplegia (C1-C4) injury at the age of twenty-five is $4,891,398 dollars.

According to a study conducted by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, many people living with a paralyzing spinal cord injury are often unable to afford health insurance that adequately covers the complications that are commonly associated with their condition.  As a result, they are frequently forced to rely on family members or friends to serve as their primary caregiver.  Astoundingly, statistics show that more than 50 million people each year provide this care, the value of which is estimated to be $306 billion dollars annually.[5]

In addition to direct costs like medical or home care, spinal cord injury victims can also face high indirect costs such as lost wages from missing work or loss of productivity.  On average, individuals with a SCI will incur an average of $72,000 in indirect costs per year, but this cost can be significantly higher if the person injured otherwise would be been in a high-earning occupation (such as a physician).[6]

Given the substantial direct and indirect costs associated with a SCI, seeking compensation may be critical to ensuring that you and your family can afford the lifetime care that you may need. 

The Importance of Retaining Experts and An Experienced Tennessee Personal Injury Attorney

To recover compensation for direct and indirect costs, it is important to gather evidence regarding an injury and to hire an experienced attorney and experts who can effectively make a case to a jury.  Often, in the case of severe injuries, the defendant(s) and their attorney(s) will hire their own experts to help challenge damages and a victim’s pain and suffering.  If we represent you, we can retain medical experts, care experts, lost wage experts, and potentially other experts that may be needed to help prove your case. 

In many spinal injury cases, there are multiple individuals and/or entities that may be responsible.  It is our job to learn about all facts and circumstances involving a spinal injury so that we can seek justice to hold all those who we believe are legally liable responsible.  As a knowledgeable and skilled East Tennessee personal injury lawyer serving Johnson City and the surrounding communities, Mark will tenaciously fight to hold all negligent parties  accountable so that you may be awarded the full compensation you deserve.

Types of Cases We Accept

Mark graduated with honors from Duke Law School, and has litigated in both Tennessee state courts, as well as federal courts, including The United States Supreme Court.  As an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer, Mark is known as a meticulous attorney who fights zealously to get clients every dollar they deserve.

No matter the size of the case, Bristol personal injury lawyer Mark Hurt can vigorously litigate to help hold parties responsible for their negligence.  We represent clients in all types of spinal cord injury cases, including:

  • Car, truck and vehicle crashes and accidents, including those involving Uber, Lyft, taxis, or other ride-sharing companies
  • Pedestrian injuries from being hit by vehicles
  • Motorcycle and bicycle crashes, truck, taxi, motorcycle, bicycling, and pedestrian accidents and crashes
  • Medical malpractice by physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel
  • Sports injuries, including skiing, soccer, football, and trampoline accidents
  • Recreational boating accidents
  • Criminal Violence (including gunshot wounds, stabbings, and assault and battery)
  • Accidents at work
  • Slip and fall injuries, including those involving falls from heights, as well as falls arising from ice, snow, or slick floors

How Much Can I Recover in a Spinal Injury Case?

If someone else’s reckless, negligent, or intentional conduct caused your spinal cord injury, you may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for your injuries.  These damages may include compensation for direct and indirect costs including:

  • Medical expenses for past and future medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering for past and future surgeries and ongoing matters, such as rehabilitation
  • Lost Income, which can include expected promotions and other increases in pay
  • Anxiety, depression and emotional distress
  • Inability to engage in formerly enjoyable activities, such as sports activities or even playing in the yard with children
  • Expenses for caregivers and in-home care
  • Ancillary expenses related to quadriplegia and paraplegia, such as durable medical equipment and vehicular modifications.
  • Shortened life-expectancy resulting from severe injuries
  • Deprivation of the benefit of a familial relationship
  • Property damage or loss

Under Tennessee law, spinal cord injury victims can be awarded up to $1,000,000 dollars for noneconomic damages if the SCI resulted in paraplegia or quadriplegia.[7]

As an experienced Kingsport personal injury lawyer, Mark Hurt has worked with spinal cord injury victims for over three decades and understands what it takes to help maximize the amount that can be recovered; he can fight tenaciously to get you and your family every dollar that you are entitled to.

How Much Does It Cost for a Tennessee Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we understand the devastating financial impact that a SCI can have on a victim and their family.  With this in mind, we extend our services on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that you will only pay a fee if we obtain compensation for you from a settlement or trial award.

If you have been injured, we believe that you and your family should not need to worry about how to come up with the costs to advance your litigation, such as filing fee, court costs, expert fees, and other expenses.  When we accept a case, we will also pay for these cost and fees as there are injured.  Your focus can then be on healing – not on having to borrow money to advance your case.

The litigation costs that we advance are then typically deducted from a settlement or a jury award; our fee agreement will address all fee and cost matters, as we will also go over these matters at the outset of our representation.

Timing is Critical – Don’t Wait to File a Claim

Regardless of where you are from, every state specifies a different amount of time that you will have to file a claim in court.  This period, referred to as the statute of limitations, is typically only one year from the date of the accident.[8]  This date is critical, because if a timely filing is not made within the statute of limitations, a claim will likely be barred, such that you will lose your right to bring a legal claim.  As a result, you may be stuck covering all expenses relating to your injury if a claim is not timely made.

It is always best to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, not only to ensure that the legal filing deadlines are met, but also to begin preserving evidence and seeking discovery to make a case.

Find Out How We Can Help – Call for a Free Consultation

At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we achieve judgements or settlements that allow clients to take care of themselves and family, so that they can prepare for a stable future.  With more than thirty years of experience helping spinal cord injury victims, Mark Hurt knows what it takes to win personal injury cases in Tennessee, and he will fight to help you obtain the fair compensation you deserve.  We invite you to call our offices to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to help you.


[1] https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%20-%202018.pdf

[2] https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%20-%202018.pdf

[3] Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance, National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (2018), https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%20-%202018.pdf.

[4] https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%20-%202018.pdf

[5] Prevalence of paralysis in the United States, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, https://www.christopherreeve.org/living-with-paralysis/stats-about-paralysis.

[6] Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance, National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (2018), https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%20-%202018.pdf.

[7] Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-39-102.

[8] Under certain limited circumstances, the statute of limitations may not begin until the day upon which a physician discovers spinal damage, if there were no known or suspected injuries on the date of the actual accident.

What Our Clients Say

I recommend law offices of Mark T Hurt Courtney Cormier was so nice and helped us with our auto accident and personal injury case she done a great job!Thank you Courtney for everything you did!!!
Brandie Billiter-arnett
Brandie Billiter-arnett
14:28 22 May 21
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Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson
21:48 22 Apr 21
A very professional team who understands the stress of being in an accident. Our paralegal, Courtney Cormier, made us always feel as if things were being taken care of and it was nice to be worry free.
Kristina Murray
Kristina Murray
18:29 03 Mar 21
Diana Phipps
Diana Phipps
13:46 03 Mar 21
After my car accident, Mr. Hurt and his team worked very diligently to get me a fair settlement. Courtney Cormier, a paralegal on the team, was an invaluable asset to me. She always kept me informed of everything that was happening. I couldn't have had a better experience.
Caleb & Kristina Murray
Caleb & Kristina Murray
21:54 22 Feb 21
I could not be more pleased with the service I received. He is a wonderful lawyer and he gets the job done.
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Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
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Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
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James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
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Al Fortunatti
Al Fortunatti
00:47 07 Nov 20
My lawyer Courtney in charge of my case was very professional, and very responsive to my personal injury and auto claim. She had it settled in a timely manner very polite and I would recommend this office to anyone.
Samantha Mays
Samantha Mays
21:28 06 Nov 20
I would highly recommend this law firm! Courtney helped me with my personal injury case, she answered all my questions and was always responsive throughout the entire process.She advocated for me efficiently and strived for the best possible outcome.
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
SCTC-Kimberly Dickey
17:16 27 Oct 20
I'm not a Virgina resident and had found this firm through Google. I have a traffic violation case in tennessee and was desperate to get awnsers. This law office's staff was so helpful even though I wasn't able to even be a client, I believe the person who awnsered was Ashley. After their direction on finding another attorney and my case I was able to push my court date back and will be able to find someone to represent me.I'm not even a client, they didn't have to help me at all! I just wish they practiced in the tri cities area! Would recommend this group!
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin Smith
18:34 22 Oct 20
I contacted the affordable Law Offices of Mark T Hunt regarding a ticket I received. They requested certain documents from me, went to court on my behalf and got the ticket dismissed! The entire process was easy, fast and efficient. When I emailed or texted them their response time was impeccable!I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking for a professional attorney!
Davina Waller
Davina Waller
16:41 22 Oct 20
Under the circumstances that I had to have an encounter with Mr. Hurt, if I needed another team to represent me, I wouldn't hesitate for a second. The sheer communication that I had with Ashley was phenomenal. I was informed every step of the way. I was directed to each step of the process. I thoroughly enjoyed working with this law firm and would HIGHLY reccomend them. They were able to have my ticket completely dropped with no points added. Thank you all so much for all your hard work you did for me.
Chris Sanders
Chris Sanders
16:56 21 Oct 20
Mark and his team were very professional and courteous. They done a excellent job with my traffic ticket. I would highly recommend them.
Shannon Hanes
Shannon Hanes
16:26 21 Oct 20
My son got a speeding ticket in Virginia going back to school in Alabama. We contacted Mark Hurts office and they were very responsive and handled the entire situation for us.
Mary Ellen Fennell
Mary Ellen Fennell
22:54 20 Oct 20
The Law Offices of Mark Hurt made the process of dismissing my ticket so effortless! They were told me all the steps I needed to take to make Mr. Hurt’s job easier, and he was able to dismiss my ticket! I’m so thankful I used Mark Hurt to represent me in court. I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.
Cristina Marie
Cristina Marie
16:33 15 Oct 20
Friendly. Efficient. Professional.I’m thankful!
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Moody Witoutcoffee
03:56 09 Oct 20
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Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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00:06 06 Oct 20
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Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
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14:48 05 Oct 20
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19:55 03 Oct 20
anita R Oliveira
anita R Oliveira
15:25 03 Oct 20
I highly recommend anyone to choose The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues! They were extremely nice, helpful, and professional, especially Courtney! Every question and concern was always answered. I am thankful for all their help!!
Brittany Gobble
Brittany Gobble
17:35 29 Sep 20
They were very helpful, and answered all of the questions I had, and got great results from my court hearing, I would highly recommend!
Bodie Breitbach
Bodie Breitbach
15:49 21 Sep 20
This law firm is the best of the best and Courtney was just wonderful in every aspect. Extremely helpful and answers every question and always willing to help! Mark Hurt and his crew are the best! Thank you all for helping my family in a very difficult time. Highly recommend.
Tony Statzer
Tony Statzer
14:41 17 Sep 20
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Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
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Catina Ratliff
Catina Ratliff
17:51 05 Sep 20
The law offices of mark hurt was very good to me and my family great people great service and great results courtney was our paralegal that presided over the case could not have asked for more to be done.
Danny Kiser
Danny Kiser
18:34 31 Aug 20
I got a traffic ticket while I traveled passing through VA in May.It is a big deal if you have the Law Section: 44-1/46/2-862 and speeding excess of 80 MPH in your ticket. It is a Criminal Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Charge!I saw Mark T. Hurt's Law office simple letter, I decided to give a call and get a free consultation.From the call, Rhonda provided a detail explaining the criminal charge of the Misdemeanor Reckless Driving ticket is about. She is a very caring and honest person, no sale pressure to me to take their law office at all.Once I decided to use their firm to represent me in court, it didn't take an hour, I was told totake some actions and wait for cout day to see the result. That is that simple and no worry at all. On the court date, I received text messages from lawyer's office. Guess what? The lawyer did a miraculous and fantastic job for me in the court.The Reckless Driving Misdemeanor ticket has been reduced to an Improper Driving traffic ticket.Thanks to Mark T. Hurt's Law office team! They are not only very professional and transparent but also does the best quality job you can find. I strongly recommend them to be your lawyer if you need one in VA.
C.Y. Kuan
C.Y. Kuan
01:07 23 Aug 20
Having landed a Reckless Driving (99 in a 65) on my way back to FL from WV, I came across this law firm when searching something along "best reckless driving lawyers Virginia."Mr. Hurt's firm dropped my "Criminal Misdemeanor" to an improper driving. Which from my understanding is right next to a normal speeding ticket.All expenses accounted (payment, court cost, fine), I'm out roughly $1,100 ; but I'd much rather pay that once today, than every six months to an insurance company for the next... God knows how many years. I am extremely grateful and overjoyed with my outcome.As far as speaking with the great ladies at these offices, everyone was always kind, quick, and considerate. They answered all my questions, explained all my options and possible outcomes. I had a clean record, and had now experience dealing with courts or lawyers, so their patience and knowledge was especially helpful. If I ever screw up again (I pray to God I don't) I hope it's in Virginia, so I can call upon Mr. Hurt's offices.
Nomadic Wolf
Nomadic Wolf
21:06 21 Aug 20
I would like to thank Hope for helping me get my SSDI. She was a true professional a great help with my success. great asset to the law firm and honest lady could not ask for anyone better. Thank You, David
David Harden
David Harden
21:17 20 Aug 20
I had a miracle outcome
jose feliz
jose feliz
22:14 18 Aug 20
I got stop in wyth county saw good reviews on Law of Mark, i can say i highly recomend them, got stop 79mph on a 60mph, they all i had to pay was a low amounth of $200 fine plus court cost $76 and they got me out with zero point infraction, if you looking for lawyer on traffic tickets here its the place to go with! Very professional and representatives will be there to help any time!
Brisio Gaza
Brisio Gaza
23:12 15 Aug 20
This law firm is the up most professional and highly knowledgeable in it's field of work. Courtney is awesome and a pleasure to work with she is the best at her job. We highly recommend this law firm!
Christy Statzer
Christy Statzer
02:52 11 Aug 20
Courtney Cormier and the law office, was amazing! Courtney was very efficient, timely, and responsive. I had an issue with a previous employee, but due to that, Mr. Hurt wanted to ensure that I was completely satisfied, so he made adjustments on his fee, just to make sure I was happy! You couldn't ask for a better paralegal or law office! I highly recommend this firm!
Jessica Ann Roberts
Jessica Ann Roberts
20:10 30 Jul 20
I called seeking help with a traffic ticket I received. I spoke to the legal assistant, Ashley and she was very helpful.
Nathan
Nathan
13:54 30 Jul 20
my Attorney Courtney Cormier was amazing and very helpful and patient with me and the case and always keep me updated on all the steps and procedures of the process i would definitely recommend her and this office they are amazing
Branden Lewis
Branden Lewis
15:24 21 Jul 20
These guys got my reckless driving charge of a 94 in 70 down to a improper driving. You won’t regret hiring them to help you out!
Haley Walser
Haley Walser
23:22 20 Jul 20
Great experience with Courtney Cormier! Thanks for the professional help!
Alisha Fagan
Alisha Fagan
16:26 20 Jul 20
Thank you for doing the best you guys did an amazing job with my case I appreciate everyone that worked on my case I definitely recommend this law firm!!
Abdullah Shaikh
Abdullah Shaikh
14:56 16 Jul 20
Great people! Very helpful and professional.
Heather Foster
Heather Foster
21:53 15 Jul 20
Wonderful, family oriented law firm. The staff are very attentive and courteous especially Courtney. I highly recommend this legal establishment!
Duane Cormier
Duane Cormier
17:25 15 Jul 20
Amazing group of people to work with Courtney is fantasticI would highly recommend this group
Kara Ginter-Hensley
Kara Ginter-Hensley
21:41 14 Jul 20
Great firm!! Diana will walk you through everything you need to take care of a traffic ticket.
Braden Alexander
Braden Alexander
19:28 14 Jul 20
They are very professional, and respectful with everybody, including one of his employees, Rafael
Flavia Oliver
Flavia Oliver
17:01 14 Jul 20
The personnel who work here are constiment professionals. Rhonda Hurt kept me abreast of all proceedings and changes without the need for me to follow up, allowing me to maintain a piece of mind knowing that the Law Offices of Mark T Hurt were on the job (Rhonda kept me up to date through text and e-mail).During the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak all court dates were changed. I received a personalized letter from Mark assuring me that he and his team was on the job and was going to see my case through to the end while keeping me looped in.Thank you for all your help and persistence to see the great outcome I received.I highly recommend anyone to use the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt for their issues!
Jon H
Jon H
11:34 13 Jul 20
They are a hard working team that care about their clients.
Frederick Baker II
Frederick Baker II
05:13 26 Jun 20