Brown & Crouppen is a well-known St. Louis, Missouri, law firm with a successful track record of personal injury client victories. The spinal cord injury lawyers at Brown & Crouppen have represented injured victims suffering from spinal cord damage and have recovered substantial compensation for them.

Modern-day life can be dangerous. It is practically impossible to count the ways in which someone can suffer an injury. Fortunately, of the numerous injuries that occur each day in St. Louis, a minority of them are debilitating—but they still happen. Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating.

At Brown & Crouppen, we have worked closely with spinal injury victims seeking compensation for their losses, and we understand the extreme stress an injury of this nature brings. Our St. Louis personal injury lawyers strive never to settle for less than what each client deserves.

Major Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

The extremely tough vertebral column protects the spinal cord. It takes quite a bit of trauma to damage these vertebrae, but plenty of forces in everyday life can accomplish this. In fact, a large number of spinal cord injuries occur during routine activities.


Spinal cord injuries frequently occur on roadways. In early April, a motorist hit another car as that driver made a left turn on Forest Park Parkway. And in that instant, his life changed forever. His paralysis was immediate and left him with limited use of his arms.

The shear force generated in a car accident can lead to various spinal cord injuries, including punctures, torquing, compression, and breaks. 

In some cases, a low-powered rear-end crash may also cause significant spinal cord damage. For this reason, it’s important to get a full evaluation of your injuries after an accident and consider contacting a spinal cord injury lawyer for an initial consultation.

Sports and Recreation

Many sports involve extreme amounts of force. Helmets, pads, and other protective equipment help, but they are no guarantee against a spinal cord injury. 

Professional and amateur athletes generally understand and accept this risk. However, athletic activities without official rules or structures generate less expectation of risk, especially in commercial settings. 

The company operated a Knockerball business, in which opponents slam each other while encased and protected by a giant inflatable soccer ball. Unfortunately, the protection was not adequate to protect the victim. At the time of settlement, the victim had already amassed over $20 million in damages.

At Work

Construction, utility, and transportation jobs are among the riskiest for spinal cord injuries. The duties involved in each of these often put workers at high risk of catastrophic injury. 

Of the major causes of spinal cord injuries, the two most common can occur in the workplace. These are accidents involving automobiles (in traffic, at worksites, or at places of business) and falls. 

Medical Injuries

Medical malpractice is another way spinal injuries occur. If a medical provider acts negligently, the victim deserves compensation to help offset the enormous damages that typically come with spinal cord injuries.

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The Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury

When a spinal injury occurs, the victim’s life turns upside down. The impact of the injury wreaks havoc on their financial and social lives and often portends a lengthy, expensive recovery. St. Louis offers high-quality spinal cord injury rehabilitation facilities, but even the best care cannot cure some injuries.

We cannot erase the damage, but we can help spinal cord injury victims put their lives back together by helping them obtain compensation.


Most spinal cord injuries happen the instant an accident occurs. Spinal trauma that involves a puncture, an abrasion, or a hyper-twist of the victim’s body is obvious. Bruising may also be an indicator. However, spinal cord damage is often invisible and only discernible through symptoms, such as the following:

  • Complete or partial paralysis
  • Extreme back pain 
  • Loss or distorted sensation, including numbness and tingling
  • Incontinence
  • Breathing difficulties

In some cases, these symptoms may not manifest immediately. Instead, they may appear slowly and progressively. In any case, if you suspect you or a loved one has a damaged spinal cord, seek immediate medical care. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have questions regarding spinal cord injuries and your rights. Hopefully, the answers below can help.

What can a St. Louis spinal cord injury attorney do?

A spinal cord injury attorney’s main task is to get you the compensation you deserve. They accomplish this through often intense negotiations with insurance companies and defendants’ lawyers. 

In some cases, your attorney will represent you in court. Your St. Louis spinal cord injury lawyer will also handle the procedural requirements for your case such as filing motions and responses on time, collecting and preserving evidence, and conducting depositions.

What is the statute of limitations?

In Missouri, as in every other state, a statute of limitations controls the deadline for filing a personal injury case. With a five-year time limit that begins when the injury occurs, Missouri’s statute of limitations is longer than that of most other states. Failing to meet this deadline will most likely permanently invalidate your lawsuit.

How much compensation will I receive for my spinal cord injury?

It is impossible to initially say how much your case will be worth. To get a better idea of the damages you could collect, sit down with a spinal cord injury attorney to discuss your situation. After this first meeting, we will collect and review the evidence of fault. At that time, we may be able to give you a ballpark figure. 

Who may be liable for my injuries?

You can often hold anyone who owes a general duty of care (such as another motorist or a shop owner) or a specific duty of care (such as a surgeon) liable for your spinal cord injury if their negligent or reckless actions caused the damage.

When should you contact a St. Louis spinal cord injury lawyer?

Spinal cord injury cases are understandably more complex than other types of injury cases where recovery is faster and more likely. The compensation required to attend to a spinal cord injury victim’s needs is substantial. 

Contacting a St. Louis spinal cord injury lawyer soon after an injury of this magnitude will improve your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.

What is the cost of hiring a spinal cord injury lawyer?

The St. Louis spinal cord injury lawyers at Brown & Crouppen take cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay us nothing until you get compensation. This payment arrangement works well for injury victims because it allows you to conserve your resources while receiving high-level legal representation.

What makes Brown & Crouppen the best choice?

Our reputation for diligently representing injury clients is known throughout St. Louis and the state of Missouri. With awards totaling over $1 billion, our clients have been able to start their roads to recovery and rebuild with the money they receive. 

With over 50 attorneys and multiple offices in St. Louis and throughout the state, we have the resources to handle all manner of cases, big and small. 

Contact our office at any time if you have more questions. We enjoy helping our clients stay abreast of their cases.

Call Brown & Crouppen for a Free Consultation

You don’t have to settle for a minimum payout for a spinal cord injury that affected you and your loved ones. Contact Brown & Crouppen to explore your case and learn your options for compensation.

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