Compensation for Severe Spine and Back Injuries

After someone else has caused an accident in which you have suffered a back injury, you face an uncertain future. Traumatic spinal cord and back injuries can leave you needing medical care for the remainder of your life. You may have extremely high medical bills, all while being unable to work and earn a living. This uncertain financial future can cause a lot of stress for your family.

At the Sumwalt Anderson Law Firm, we understand how hard this situation can be for your family. You did not do anything wrong, and you should not have to fight this battle alone. Our Charlotte spinal injury lawyer can perform multiple services for you, all with the ultimate goal of helping you receive the financial award you deserve. Call us as soon as possible at (704) 377-3770 to start the process with a free consultation.


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How Our Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers Can Help


When you are trying to recover from an injury to your spine immediately after an accident, you may feel nervous about the future. You are unsure what kind of health outlook you will have. You may have financial concerns for your family, as you aren’table to work. At the same time, your medical bills are piling up.

Our spinal injury lawyer understands your feelings of uneasiness. You did not do anything wrong, yet your situation is dire. We take pride in helping victims of negligence receive the settlements they deserve.


Our back injury lawyers in Charlotte help clients in a number of different ways, including:

  • Seeking reimbursement of medical costs: You should not have to pay your own medical bills when another party caused the accident and your injuries.
  • Seeking an award for emotional trauma: Car crashes are a common cause of spinal injuries. Our Charlotte car accident lawyer knows how to determine the right settlement award to request as compensation for things like nightmares, fear of riding in a car, insomnia, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Seeking damages for long-term health issues: If your back injury results in paralysis or permanent weakness in your arms or legs, you can receive damages for this reduction in your quality of life over the remainder of your life.
  • Seeking the facts about your health: Our back injury lawyer will interview your doctors and study your medical history, understanding exactly what kind of future you are facing. This information helps us determine the fairest settlement amount to request.
  • Determining fault in the accident. If the insurance company is disputing that its client caused your spinal cord injury, we will interview witnesses, review video and photographs of the scene, and verify police reports to show that the other party is at fault, meaning you deserve a full settlement amount.

Common Questions for Our Back Injury Lawyers in Charlotte

As we meet with clients who have suffered back injuries in accidents, we hear a number of questions frequently, including the following.

  • What does it mean when the doctor mentions quadriplegia and paraplegia?

    Paraplegia refers to a type of partial paralysis in the lower extremities brought on by a spinal cord injury. Quadriplegia refers to partial or complete paralysis in all four limbs, typically after a spinal cord injury in the neck area. After a diagnosis of paraplegia or quadriplegia, you may be eligible to win a significant settlement, and our team of spinal cord injury attorneys can help.

  • Will I have long-term complications from a spine injury?

    Regardless of whether you suffer partial or complete paralysis from your spinal injury, you may have long-term health problems. A spinal cord injury could lead to cardiovascular issues, bone density loss, muscle atrophy, bladder disorders, and bowel disorders. We can help you win a settlement that takes your long-term health concerns into account.

  • How do I know if I need a spinal cord injury attorney?

    When another party causes your injury through a negligent or reckless act, you have the right to bring a personal injury claim to recover financial damages. If the insurance company is disputing your side of the story, though, our legal team can help you. Our Charlotte spinal injury lawyer will help you prove your case to receive the award you deserve.

  • How much can I win in a back injury lawsuit?

    The settlement amount in a back injury case will depend on the severity of your injury and how it will affect your quality of life in the future. A spinal cord injury with paralysis could result in a settlement of seven or eight figures. A back injury that lingers for a few weeks before you return to work likely will lead to a smaller settlement. Our team can help you determine the proper amount to request.

  • How much will it cost to hire a spine injury attorney?

    At Sumwalt Anderson Law Firm, we do not require our clients to pay us anything ahead of time. Our fee comes from a percentage of the final settlement in the case. If we do not win a judgment or negotiate a settlement for you, you do not owe us anything.

We Treat Our Clients with Respect


Our team of attorneys has been helping clients for many decades. We understand the difficult health outlook you may be facing after suffering a spine injury. We take pride in giving our clients the respect and compassion they deserve.

When the insurance company does not pay attention to your health concerns, count on us to make them listen. We do not shy away from tough cases. When the insurance company tries to make claims in the case that are not true or to create red-tape roadblocks toward reaching a settlement, we will steer the negotiations back to the facts.

Should the insurer refuse to negotiate in good faith and in a respectful manner, we will advise our clients to walk away and take the case to trial. We will stand by your side from the start of the case to the finish. You will never feel abandoned or alone when you hire the team at Sumwalt Anderson.


Our team of litigators regularly prepares for any outcome. For example, if you have a head injury along with your back injury, our brain injury lawyer will be certain all of your injuries are part of the settlement. Our detailed preparation provides a huge advantage in terms of quality of representation  over some of our competitors, and it allows us to serve our clients in the manner they deserve.

We have a reputation of not settling claims until our clients receive the full amounts they are entitled to, down to the final penny. Insurance companies and their attorneys know when they are negotiating with us that we will fight tirelessly for our clients. This reputation helps us have more successful negotiations and outcomes.

Yet, they know we will always exhibit integrity. If insurers fail to treat our clients with respect and refuse to negotiate in a fair manner, we will advise our clients to step away from the negotiations and prepare for a trial. You can count on our professionalism and our attention to detail.

How We Help With Spinal Injuries at Work

When you suffer a back or spinal injury at work, you may have a workers’ compensation claim. In the state of North Carolina, workers have the right to seek these benefits through the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act when they suffer an injury related to performing their job. Depending on the severity of your back injury, this financial compensation may be vital to helping you stay on your feet financially.

However, you don’t automatically receive these benefits. You have to follow the state’s rules for filing your claim. You also have to be able to prove the origin of your injuries. Our workers’ compensation lawyer will work to ensure you’re receiving the benefits you should have. We will keep your case on track toward the outcome you need.

When a Back Injury at Work Becomes a Workers’ Compensation Case

Back injuries can result in serious pain that leaves the victim unable to work or enjoy day-to-day activities. Sometimes, work-related injuries can lead to paralysis, leaving the victim unable to continue in the same job. Unfortunately, spinal and back injuries at work happen with some frequency. Employees can suffer severe back injuries in a wide range of work-related activities, including:

  • Strains from lifting items
  • Strains from twisting
  • Herniated discs in the spine
  • Spine fractures from falls
  • Spine fractures from car accidents
  • Spinal cord damage from a blow
  • Chronic pain from repetitive stress disorders.

It sometimes can be difficult to convince an employer or a review board about the severity of your injuries. Our team knows how to make use of your doctor’s reports and evidence from your accident at the workplace to show why you’re entitled to workers’ compensation for your back injury. Understand that when you suffer a spinal injury at work, you usually cannot sue your employer for a personal injury claim. A workers’ comp claim typically is your primary option for receiving compensation.

Client Testimonial

”I was referred to Mr. Anderson by a friend, and I am thankful they did. Mr. Anderson and his team were very helpful in taking care of me throughout the entire process of a car accident lawsuit. They went above and beyond to make sure that I was well compensated for my injuries. i will recommend him to others!” – RONALD BYRUM (Google Review)

Attorney Richard Anderson

Richard “Rick” Anderson is a native Charlottean. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1993. Rick focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, medical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury cases. You will find Rick to be an honest and dedicated advocate ready to fight for his clients. When he accepts your case, Rick makes a personal commitment to you and uses his 27 years of knowledge and experience to advance your lawsuit to achieve a successful outcome. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    Helping You Receive the Medical Care You Need


    No matter what kind of accident you had that resulted in a spinal cord injury, we know that you face the potential of life-altering injuries. You should not have to abandon your medical care because of concerns over financial hardship. Helping you receive a financial compensation that can give you peace of mind and access to the care you need is our primary goal.

    One of the more common reasons for a severe back injury is a motorcycle accident. If another driver turned in front of your motorcycle illegally or cut you off in traffic, leading to your accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Our motorcycle accident lawyer is ready to help you win the best possible judgment.


    Our back injury lawyers in Charlotte will use the facts in the case to show that you did not do anything wrong. This is a key component of helping you win a financial award. If the insurance company can show that you made an error that played a role in the accident, it can reduce your settlement amount or refuse to offer you any money.

    Count on our team to collect the evidence you need to show why you deserve a full settlement offer. To put together the best legal representation possible, we will…

    • Interview witnesses
    • Study any video of the accident
    • Study photographs of the scene
    • Review and confirm facts in the police report
    • Interview your doctors about your medical outlook
    • Hire an accident recreation expert, if needed.

    After you choose to hire us, we will be ready to begin working on your behalf immediately. Call our Charlotte spinal injury attorney at (704) 377-3770 as soon as possible for a free review of your case.