Emporia, VA Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Southwest Virginia Spinal Cord Injury LawyerApproximately 288,000 Americans suffer from debilitating spinal cord injuries (“SCI”), and this number unfortunately is growing.[1]  Statistics show that an estimated 17,700 new SCI cases are reported each year, mostly as the result of vehicle crashes.

SCI can have devastating emotional, physical, and financial impacts, leaving many victims and their families feeling helpless. If you or a family member has sustained a spinal cord injury because of someone else’s negligence (including reckless driving), we can 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 Virginia law.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries 

While, the majority of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents and crashes, there are a variety of other causes that result in thousands of spinal cord injuries each year, including:

  • Car, truck, taxi, motorcycle, bicycling, and pedestrian accidents and crashes
  • Medical malpractice
  • Sports injuries, including football, gymnastics, and diving accidents
  • Boating injuries
  • Gunshot and stabbing wounds
  • Criminal violence and battery
  • Work related accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents

The degree of spinal cord impairment and types of injuries also vary.  The following are some of the common SCI:

  • Nerve damage
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Damaged Discs
  • Lacerations
  • Central cord syndrome
  • Partial paralysis
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia

The spine is an integral part of the body, and damage to the spinal cord can have effects on other parts of the body.  For instance, if you injure your lumbar spine, you may experience not only lower back pain but may also develop symptoms in your legs.

As an experienced Southwest Virginia spinal cord injury lawyer, Mark Hurt understands the types of evidence needed to make a strong case.  He has helped numerous clients in spinal cord injury cases obtain full compensation from all those liable.

How Much Can I Recover in a Spinal Injury Case?

Not only are spinal cord injuries devastating for the injury victim and their family, they can be astronomically expensive if paraplegia or quadriplegia results.  An SPI victim with quadriplegia who can no longer care for themselves can easily incur medical and care costs of $5,000,000 dollars over the course of a lifetime, and this does not include other costs such as lost wages.[2]

Even those less injured can suffering substantial medical bills, in addition to tremendous pain and suffering that may last a lifetime.

Under Virginia law, injury victims are entitled to full compensation for all damages resulting directly from being injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another person.  Damages may include compensation for:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future pain and suffering
  • Lost Wages
  • Care expenses, including in-home care if required
  • Other necessary costs related to quadriplegia and paraplegia, such as home and vehicle modifications, wheelchairs, and other care equipment
  • Damages as the result of a potentially-shortened life span from severe injuries
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment (this relates to being unable to engage in activities that you formerly enjoyed)
  • Emotional distress
  • Property loss (such as the loss of a vehicle)

Making Your Case for Full Compensation 

In the case of severe spinal cord damage cases, we will retain medical experts, care experts, lost wage experts, and potentially other experts that may be needed to help prove the cases of our clients.  Because lost wages, care, and medical expenses can reach into the millions of dollars, it will be critical to retain the experts who can carefully and effectively make your case to a jury.  In all likelihood, if you’ve been severely injured, the defendant(s) and their attorneys will want to minimize their liability by challenging you damages and pain and suffering through their own experts; we will tenaciously refute these claims with experts.

With respect to care expenses, if you have been injured and need ongoing care, you deserve top-level, professional care if you are unable to care for yourself because of your injuries.  We will be there to make your case and demand all of the compensation to which you are due. 

Identifying and Holding Accountable All Those Responsible for Your Injury 

In many spinal injury cases, there are multiple people and/or entities that may be responsible.  In a sports injury, such as football, those potentially liable could including football helmet manufacturers, school districts, and others.

It is our job to learn about all facts and circumstances involving a spinal injury so that we can then seek full justice and compensation from all those who we believe are legally liable. 

How Long Do I Have to File a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit in Virginia?

A personal injury claim for a spinal cord injury must be filed within a specified amount of time.  In Virginia, this period, referred to as the statute of limitations, is two years from the date of injury.  If a timely filing is not made within such time period, a claim will likely be barred, such that a victim will lose their right to bring a legal claim.

Under certain limited circumstances, such as in the case of injuries that are not initially readily apparent, the statute of limitations may be extended.  In cases such as these, the statute of limitations will begin on the day that an injury is first discovered, rather than on the date of the injury.

As in all injury cases, it is best to contact an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible, not only to make sure that the legal filing deadlines are met, but also to begin preserving evidence and seeking discovery to make a case.

Why Should I Hire an Experienced Southwest VA Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

From Abingdon and Wytheville, to Hillsville and Roanoke; spinal cord injury attorney Mark Hurt has spent over three decades representing SCI injury victims from all over Southwest Virginia.  Over this time, he has helped numerous SCI victims get compensation to help pay for long term medical care and living expenses.

Mark is a graduate of Duke Law School, and has represented clients through Virginia in numerous counties, and before Virginia’s appellate courts, as well as in federal trial and appellate court, and before the United States Supreme Court.  Mark is known for zealous advocacy and client dedication, and a long record of working tenaciously in seeing that clients get every dollar they deserve.  If you hire the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of an experienced trial lawyer who knows what it takes to get compensation for victims with severe and lifelong injuries.

Legal Fees and Expenses for Spinal Cord Injury Cases

After a traumatic spinal cord injury, one of the last things you need to worry about are legal fees or expenses.  At the Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, you will only pay a fee if we obtain compensation for you from a settlement or trial award.   Additionally, we advance litigation costs and expenses on behalf of clients (these expenses are normally deducted from a settlement or verdict).  Prior to commencing our representation, we will provide you with a fee agreement that outlines the terms of our engagement, including costs and fees, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. 

We invite you to contact us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.


[1] 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.

[2] 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 (Victims who sustain high tretraplegia have an estimated lifetime cost of $4,891,398 if they are 25 years old at the time of the injury).

What Our Clients Say

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.
Country living woman Mountains
Country living woman Mountains
05:52 22 Dec 20
This law firm has great people skills and are very professional and efficient I would definitely recommend anyone to this law firm.
Lucas Green
Lucas Green
18:06 06 Dec 20
Courtney done a very good job with my case at the abingdon va office very quick and efficient great job highly reccomended my auto accident was in may and alreadh we have settled for maximum amount thanks so much
James Smith
James Smith
06:57 05 Dec 20
I contacted the law offices of Mark T. Hurt regarding a traffic ticket I received. Initially I was concerned because I live between Florida and New York, and with Virginia being midway, handling my ticket would be a major inconvenience, and I wanted to keep my record free of any infractions.Choosing Mark T. Hurt to represent me was the best choice I made, and it was further improved with the assistance of Rhonda, who contacted me once they received my request. Rhonda is one of those unique people who has mastered the fine line between being perfectly professional and friendly. Every conversation we had, was made to feel as if I were speaking to a close friend. One of the most appreciated aspects of working with her was her understanding and respectful of my schedule and time.For my work, I have a hectic schedule and very few free moments, so being able to handle things quickly and effectively is a priority for me, and Rhonda understood that and took care of everything as if she knew exactly what I was expecting. I even got sick while working with Rhonda, and her first comment was to wish me well. She also went out of her way to find solutions regarding my traffic citation that worked around my schedule. The price was fair, and when considering the quality of work and more importantly, the quality of people you will be reliant upon to ensure the best possible outcome for whatever your situation is, they can ask for 10x more than what I paid and it would still be worth it.All in all, recommendation for this law office, and for Rhonda herself, could not be higher. If you are searching for someone to represent you in any legal matter whatsoever, this is the office to work with. Thank you again Rhonda.
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
Rafael Oliveira
Rafael Oliveira
11:13 06 Oct 20
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Cleber Bandi
00:06 06 Oct 20
Lindaura Williams
Lindaura Williams
23:47 05 Oct 20
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Flavia Oliver
14:48 05 Oct 20
T. O.
T. O.
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
Late in July I was charged with a reckless driving ticket in Greenville County, Virginia. I got caught going 83mph in a 55mph zone. It was my first offense on my driving record and I did not need a misdemeanor which could hurt my career. I was assured by Mrs Rhonda Hurt not to worry and that her team would take care of it. On my end, the only effort I put in was taking a 12 hour defensive driving course and sending her my driving record. Two months later, the result of my hearing was a reduction to a defective equipment/non driving violation with 0 points off my record. The other good part about this case was I did not have to go to court. In court fees I paid $68 and a fine of $78 for my ticket. Mrs. Rhonda and her team put together a miracle in that county and I cannot give her enough credit. I sincerely recommend this firm because I know they worked hard on my case and will do the same for you. Thank you again!
Marqus Keith
Marqus Keith
14:54 15 Sep 20
I highly recommend this law firm! Rhonda answered all my questions regarding social security questions and she put my nerves at ease! Im so thankful for her kind spirit and her honesty!
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
Fast, professional, and friendly. One of the best we have had for our family case and would HIGHLY recommend!!
Jonathan Mora
Jonathan Mora
19:13 04 May 20
I had a summons to court for reckless driving doing 82/70, and they took care of it without a problem and got it dismissed for me! They also work with you on your payments! Rhonda is the sweetest person I’ve ever spoke too, she worked with me and helped me tremendously! I highly recommend you choose this amazing and sweet firm to help your cases! ❤️
Aleah Nicole
Aleah Nicole
13:46 11 Apr 20