Irvine Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Irvine Spinal Cord Injury  Attorney

The spinal cord is one of the most vital parts of the human body. This structure carries brain signals throughout the body, allowing the brain to control countless conscious and unconscious functions. Unfortunately, the spinal cord cannot repair itself like the rest of the body can. If you or a loved one recently sustained a spinal cord injury due to another party’s actions, an Irvine spinal cord injury lawyer is an essential asset for holding them accountable.

Compassionate Legal Counsel for Spinal Cord Injury Claims in Irvine, CA

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have decades of experience representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases in Irvine, including claims pertaining to catastrophic injuries. A catastrophic personal injury is any injury resulting in permanent disability and/or disfigurement. Due to the severity of a spinal cord injury’s potential effects, most of these injuries qualify as catastrophic.

If another party is responsible for inflicting a spinal cord injury on you or a family member through any type of negligence or illegal misconduct, you have the right to seek accountability and compensation for the damages they caused. You will need help to accomplish this, as even a seemingly straightforward case is likely to raise very complex questions that you will not be able to answer on your own.

When you have an experienced Irvine spinal cord injury lawyer working on your case, you are more likely to succeed with your recovery efforts and more likely to maximize the compensation you obtain for your damages. The attorneys at Easton & Easton approach every civil claim we accept with the primary goal of helping our client recover as fully as possible and as quickly as possible. We are confident in our ability to fluently address the unique issues your case presents.

Irvine Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Proving Liability for Your Spinal Cord Injury

It’s possible for a spinal cord injury to result from many different incidents, and if another party caused such an incident and inflicted this type of injury, you have the right to hold them accountable for the associated damages. A few of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries that lead to personal injury suits include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, workplace accidents, and violent crime.

Most personal injuries reported throughout California each year are the result of negligence, or failure to use reasonable care in a specific situation. For example, if you were injured by a distracted driver, they failed to uphold their duty of care to drive attentively. When spinal cord injuries result from intentional misconduct of any kind, the at-fault party will face criminal prosecution along with civil liability for the victim’s damages.

Your Irvine spinal cord injury lawyer will help gather the evidence that will form the foundation of your impending personal injury suit. You will need to identify the party or parties responsible for causing the injury, prove exactly how they caused it, and then prove the full extent of the resulting damages. Once you accomplish this, you can proceed with claiming compensation for your losses.

Claimable Damages in a Spinal Cord Injury Case

The goal of a personal injury claim is for the plaintiff to prove fault for their damages and hold the at-fault party accountable for those damages. The plaintiff has the right to seek the compensation they need to be as whole again as possible after their injury. When it comes to a spinal cord injury, the plaintiff’s claimable losses are likely to be substantial. California law allows the plaintiff to claim economic and non-economic damages from the defendant.

Economic damages are relatively straightforward and typically proven with the right documentation. These include the direct financial losses the plaintiff sustained because of the defendant’s negligence or misconduct. In a spinal cord injury claim, the plaintiff’s economic damages are likely to include:

  • Medical expenses. The defendant is liable for all the medical care the victim requires for their spinal cord injury. This not only includes immediate medical treatment costs following the incident that caused the injury but also future medical care the victim will need. Most victims of spinal cord injuries suffer adverse effects for the rest of their lives and require varying degrees of ongoing care.
  • Lost wages. If a spinal cord injury leaves a victim unable to work and earn income in the future, they have the right to seek compensation for the income they are no longer able to earn. Your Irvine spinal cord injury lawyer will help calculate the full scope of lost wages resulting from the defendant’s actions and add this amount to your claim.
  • Property damage. When a defendant has damaged or destroyed a plaintiff’s property with their actions, they are liable for repair or replacement costs.

The total of your claimable economic damages may be substantial, but the bulk of your case award is likely to come from your non-economic damages. California law allows the victim of a personal injury to seek pain and suffering compensation from the defendant who injured them, and state law limits this aspect of a case award only in medical malpractice claims. For all other personal injury claims, there is no cap on pain and suffering compensation.

Your spinal cord injury lawyer in Irvine, CA, will help determine a suitable amount of pain and suffering compensation to seek with your claim. For most plaintiffs who have suffered permanent harm from spinal cord injuries, their pain and suffering compensation is usually several times the total of their economic damages. The attorney multiplies the total of their client’s economic damages and then multiplies this amount by a factor of one to five.

Other forms of compensation may also come into play, such as punitive damages if the defendant broke the law in causing the injury. Conversely, if a plaintiff is found to be partially at fault for causing their injury, they will lose a corresponding portion of their final case award. When you choose Easton & Easton to represent your case, our goal will be to help you obtain maximum compensation for your damages in the most efficient manner possible.

Irvine Spinal Cord Injury FAQs

Q: Are Spinal Cord Injuries Permanent?

A: The spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself, so any damage to the spinal cord is permanent. Partial injuries may result in loss of sensation, reduced mobility, and a host of other symptoms. Complete injuries that sever the cord will cause paralysis in the body below the injury site. The higher on the spine the injury occurs, the more expansive the resulting symptoms and disabilities.

Q: How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Spinal Cord Injury?

A: The defendant who caused your spinal cord injury is liable for the full extent of all related economic damages. These are likely to include all your medical expenses related to the injury as well as income you are unable to earn because of the injury. If you were permanently disabled, the defendant could be liable for all future income you would have otherwise been able to earn, as well as substantial pain and suffering compensation.

Q: How Long Do I Have to File a Spinal Cord Injury Claim in Irvine?

A: California law enforces a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, and this time limit starts on the date an injury occurs. You must submit your complaint to the court within this time limit, or you lose your chance to recover compensation from the defendant who caused your injury. If two years sounds like more than enough time to file your case, remember that it may take longer than you expect to compile the materials necessary to build your claim.

Q: Will I Win More Compensation if I Hire an Irvine Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

A: Hiring experienced legal representation is one of the most effective means of enhancing your total recovery. The right attorney can know all the various channels of compensation you can include in your suit, and they will also know how to expedite your recovery process. You are not only more likely to win your personal injury case when you have legal representation but also more likely to maximize your case award with their help as well.

Q: What Are Attorneys’ Fees for an Irvine Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

A: It’s natural to worry about the potential cost of hiring legal representation for your impending case, but this is no cause for alarm if you have a contingency fee billing agreement with your attorney. Easton & Easton accepts personal injury clients on contingency, meaning we only collect a fee after we win our client’s case, and our fee is a percentage of the total compensation we secure on their behalf.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have years of professional experience handling some of the most challenging personal injury cases on behalf of clients in Irvine and surrounding communities of California, and we are prepared to leverage this experience for you in your impending spinal cord injury case. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with an Irvine spinal cord injury lawyer to learn how we can assist with your recovery.

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Accredited Business Bbb Rating A+

The superior client service Easton & Easton provides has earned the firm an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Best Law Firms Orange County 2020

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen anew each year since 2014 by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for the Southern California Metro Area.

Reader's Choice 2019 Best Law Firm

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen by the LA Times Reader's Choice Poll as "The Best Personal Injury Law Firm in Orange County" for 2018.

Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Doug and Brian Easton have been selected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California each year since 2014 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

The Best Lawyers in America

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California 2016

Brian and Matt Easton were recently honored for their efforts in securing a $1,850,000 verdict for a client in 2016, which was selected as one of the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California by

Super Lawyers

Doug and Brian have each been selected by Super Lawyers, an honor given to less than 5% of attorneys. Matt Easton has been selected among Super Lawyers' Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County and Top 100 in Southern Califonia, an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys under 40 years old.

10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms in all of Southern California

Easton & Easton is honored to have been chosen as one of the "10 Best Personal Injury Law Firms” in all of Southern California" each year Since 2015 based on client satisfaction — one of the highest honors we could ever hope to achieve.

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Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for 2015

Doug and Matt Easton have each been featured as Premier 100 Trial Attorneys for California since 2015 — honors given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Brian and Matt Easton have each earned lifetime appointment to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum — The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaTM through the results achieved for their clients. This is an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys in the United States.

Top Rated Lawyers AV Preeminent

Doug Easton has held the “AV Preeminent” Rating for over 30 years and Matt Easton received this prestigious distinction in 2015. The "AV Preeminent" rating is the highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards, and is based on the legal profession’s oldest peer review rating system, dating back to 1887.

10 Best 2015 Client Satisfaction

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been chosen as one of the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California each year since 2015 based on client satisfaction, an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys - and Easton & Easton houses three of them.

American Board of Trial Advocate

Brian Easton was selected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2015. ABOTA is one of the most premier associations of trial attorneys and judges, requiring a certain number of jury trials as lead counsel and approval by a majority vote of the ABOTA board.

The National Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40

Matt Easton has been selected each year since 2014 as one of the Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40 for California by The National Trial Lawyers — an honor given to less than 1% of attorneys.

Avvo Rating Top Attorney Personal Injury

Doug and Matt Easton have each been chosen as one of The Best Lawyers in America for Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers lists attorneys who have earned selection through exemplary legal work that attracts the notice of their colleagues. Lawyers cannot buy their way onto this list.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Both Doug and Matt Easton have been selected as Top Personal Injury Attorneys by Avvo with scores of 10 out of 10 based on their skill, experience, results, peer evaluations, and client reviews.

Nation's Premier Top Ten Attorney Personal Injury

Matt Easton has been selected as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in California for 2015 by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys — an honor given to less than 1% of personal injury attorneys under the age of 40.

Nation's Top One Percent

Doug, Brian, and Matt Easton have all been selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel among the Nation's Top One Percent of Attorneys each year since 2017.

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“We look for the human story behind every injury or wrongful death. We prepare our cases for trial; reaching out to the jury with the most compelling evidence possible for the best verdict possible. Insurance companies know this and come to the table prepared to negotiate in good faith. Call us to see how we can turn your story into fair compensation.”

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Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

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My experience with Easton & Easton has been amazing! Gabriel Mendoza and my case manager Katie have been so helpful and taken so much stress off my plate. They’ve been super informative and honest and given me very clear expectations. They’ve taken such a terrible experience (my accident) and eased my mind about the outcome. I can’t thank them enough!! Read more…
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The Easton & Easton Law Firm is amazing! The entire team is very helpful and caring. They were always there to answer all my questions. They directed me through the entire process and stayed with me every step of the way. This team is outstanding and were wonderful to work with. Because of the tremendous effort they put on my case they were able to win my difficult personal injury case. I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm to handle my case. They are the Best! Thank you for your patience, professionalism, & guidance! I definitely recommend this firm to handle your case. They go out of their way to fight for your rights. THANK YOU… Read more…

Sofia Sanchez

I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton! Read more…

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Kyle Keith

What an amazing law firm, talk about going above and beyond to make such a painful experience go so well. I have referred a co-worker and a family member to them as well and everyone had such a great experience as I had. Read more…

Logan Ross

I can’t say enough amazing things about my experience with Travis Easton at Easton & Easton. Travis and his entire team (Katie, Amy, Dee, Michelle, & Araceli) are phenomenal. It provided me a lot of comfort to know I was being so well taken care of. I was especially impressed that every document for the case was perfectly written and specific to me. Nothing was generic, which shows the level of care and attention they put into each individual case. I had such a great experience and would highly recommend Travis Easton and his firm to anyone going through a personal injury. Travis took a bad situation and made the best of it for me. Thank you again, I’m forever grateful!!


Ashlee A.

Retaining Easton and Easton was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! From the initial consultation to our final meeting, they were nothing short of exceptional. I was forced to retain their services after firing my previous attorney for not handling the case properly. I dealt with Gabriel and Brian (partner) exclusively throughout the case. They did as promised and were great communicators throughout the entire process. I will recommend them to anyone I know going through a personal injury case. They were ultimately able to untangle the mess caused by my previous lawyer and get a result that I was extremely happy with. Their staff is exceptional as well and provided top notch customer service. Amera was also extremely helpful and easy to deal with as well.

Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

Mark B.

They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
I was treated with utmost respect and I felt like I was being represented by a close family member. The responses to my questions were quick and clear. What E & E has done for me is phenomenal.
My sincere thanks to Brian, Matt, Travis, Doug, Gabriel and Amera. They are what they are because of their dedication to provide high quality and professional service to their clients.

Vamsi P.

Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

They are the BEST!

Jennifer P.

I have nothing but good things to say about Easton and Easton. Brian handled my case professionally and communicated with me effectively throughout the process. He made sure that the process was effortless and as hands free as possible. This was super important for my busy schedule. I highly recommend Easton and Easton if you are ever found in a situation that you need an attorney.

Claudia C.

I would highly recommend Easton & Easton.
I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
Brian, Gab and Amera were so good about helping me thru the process and representing me.
I was able to concentrate on getting myself better knowing they had my back, taking care of the details and keeping me informed along the way

Linda M.

The best Law firm by far. I would highly recommend Easton & Easton, LLP and ask for Gabriel Mendoza and staff. He and his colleagues did and exceptional service. Thank you for everything. Job well done!

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