San Diego Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries & Paralysis

In the United States today, there are more than 270,000 men and women living with spinal cord injuries according to data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Spinal cord injuries can be highly serious, debilitating, and even life threatening. There are, however, many treatment options available, including surgery and rehabilitation. Research groups are currently pursuing other means of treatment as well, such as tissue transplantation to facilitate new nerve cell growth and stimulation of growth proteins.

These possibilities are exciting, and the advancement of the medical field in the area of spinal cord injury is full of promise for people living with serious disabilities caused by spinal cord damage. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you owe it to yourself to pursue the best treatment available. Spinal cord treatment can be expensive, but you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit that covers medical and rehabilitative costs.

What Are Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Many of these types of injuries are caused by catastrophic accidents such as:

The most common cause of spinal cord injuries is car accidents. If your injury was caused by another party's misconduct or negligence, you should talk to a San Diego personal injury lawyer about the compensation you may be entitled to for lost wages, pain and suffering, past and future medical treatment, and more.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are typically categorized into two different types: complete and incomplete. These refer to the level of injury and the impact it has on the individual’s functioning post-injury.

  • Complete spinal cord injuries mean that the victim no longer has any ability to function below the level of the injury—meaning they experience no sensation and no movement.
  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries mean that there is some level of function below the level of injury, which could mean some movement, some feeling, or more function on one side of the body.

Both types of spinal cord injury are devastating to an individual and not only profoundly impact the ability of them to function, but also their quality of life. The costs are also astronomical. In facts, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, someone who suffers from high tetraplegia when approximately 25 years of age will accrue more than $4.7 million in lifetime costs. More than a million of that will be in the first year alone with each subsequent year accruing roughly $185,000. That is why the San Diego spinal cord injury attorneys from The McClellan Law Firm are so committed to helping our clients fight for the compensation they deserve.

To learn more about spinal cord injuries, click here!

You Could Get Money for Medical Expenses

Treatment for spinal cord injuries can be extensive, and often a process that continues throughout the duration of a person's life. If you are living with partial/total paralysis, quadriplegia, or paraplegia and your injuries were caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of another, you could receive compensation for treatments such as:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Medications
  • Surgery or Neurosurgery
  • Adjustments to everyday life

Experienced Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Serving San Diego

Our legal team has been serving Southern California residents since 1987. In that time, The McClellan Law Firm has become a trusted name in the field of personal injury and product liability law. We want to stand in your corner and fight for the compensation you deserve. Let us put our award-winning representation and informed advocacy to work on your behalf. Contact The McClellan Law Firm to schedule your free case consultation.


  • “We wouldn’t be here, in this moment of life without the kindness and professionalism of you all and how you went to bat for us! Eternally grateful!”

    - A.K.

  • “We do not quite know how to verbalize or show how grateful we are to have had the distinct honor to have you represent us at truly the most critical time in our lives.”

    - S.C.

  • “Immediately after our interview we knew without question that no matter how steep the mountain, win or lose, we had found the right person—Craig McClellan, Esq.—[…] We felt a profound sense of peacefulness whenever we came into the office, and we knew that you were protecting our interests at all time.”

    - G.P.

  • “Your appearance on the nation-wide broadcast of ‘60 Minutes’ was a public service in which all San Diego has reason to take great pride. To integrity—you have added public service and again elevated my opinion of the legal profession.”

    - Juror

  • “It was a real honor to preside over a case with you as counsel. In my mind you represent all that is good in our profession.”

    - Judge J.

View More

Our Awards & Accolades