Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer in Odessa, Texas

We know how serious spinal injuries can be.

At the Kemmy Law Firm, we want to help you hold whoever caused your injury responsible and win you fair compensation. It’s been our honor to help people around Midland-Odessa recover from catastrophic injuries despite large insurance companies offering lowball settlements.

Give Kemmy Law Firm a call at (432) 400-0000 or use our online form to request a free consultation.

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Why Choose Kemmy Law Firm?

5 Decades of Experience

Kemmy Law Firm is a family-run firm of trial attorneys with over 50 years of combined experience. Let us put our knowledge to use for you.

Personal Representation

We treat our clients as an extension of our family. All of our lawyers and staff will treat you with respect and compassion from the minute you walk through our door to the day we finalize your case.

We believe in quality over quantity.

We intentionally limit our caseload to ensure we offer dedicated attention to each client. You can rest assured we’ll always keep you updated on the progress of your case. We’ll be candid and fully explain your rights and options. That way, you can make informed decisions for yourself and your family.

Excellent Results

Over the years, we’ve recovered millions of dollars for injury victims, including an award of $13.5 million for a spinal injury victim. We know your recovery is not just about money. But getting the compensation you deserve is often the difference in getting the healthcare and rehabilitation you need. That’s why we fight for the maximum compensation possible.

We Handle All Spinal Cord Injuries

Most accidents don’t completely sever the spinal cord. The force of an accident often causes fractures and compression, which damages nerves that carry signals between your brain and the rest of your body. We know how to handle all types of spinal cord injuries, and no matter how you came to be injured, we’ll know what to do.

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

If you lose all sensation and function below your spinal cord injury site, you have a complete spinal cord injury. Doctors may diagnose you with paraplegia, which is paralysis of your legs, pelvic organs, and all or part of your torso. You may have tetraplegia (quadriplegia), and your paralysis affects your arms, hands, torso, organs, and legs.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have some movement or sensation below your injury site, it’s an incomplete spinal cord injury. It’s often impossible for doctors to predict the level of movement or sensation you’ll regain. Time and ongoing medical care are necessary to gauge your possible level of recovery.

Spinal Fractures

A spinal fracture is a dislocation or break in at least one vertebra in your spine, which can damage one or more nerves. Everyone has seven bones in their cervical spine (C1-C7), 12 bones in their thoracic spine (T1-T12), five bones in their lumbar spine (L1-L5), and their sacrum (S1-S5).

Signs of nerve damage include:

  • Sharp or continuous pain
  • Numbness or tingling sensation
  • Buzzing sensation like an electric shock
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of grip
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of sensation

See a doctor right away if you have these symptoms. The sooner doctors can relieve pressure on the nerve, the better for your recovery. Damaged nerves can heal, and severed nerves can be reattached sometimes. Over months or years, you may regain sensation, movement, and strength.

Herniated Discs

Between vertebrae are discs with a rubbery outside and a jelly-like center. When the center squeezes out, it’s called a herniated disc, ruptured disc, or slipped disc. Herniated discs are relatively standard, but they cause discomfort, pain, and other severe complications if they press on a nerve.

Seek a doctor’s help if you experience numbness, a tingling sensation, or muscle weakness down one or more arms or legs. The longer a ruptured disc damages a nerve, the more likely you’ll suffer a permanent injury.

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Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injuries

See a doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Inability to move
  • Weakness, lack of coordination, or poor balance
  • Trouble walking
  • Extreme pain or pressure in your back, neck, or head
  • Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel if something is hot or cold
  • Decreased or increased sensation
  • Numbness, pain, or an intense stinging sensation
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control, including incontinence or an ability to relieve yourself
  • Exaggerated reflexes or muscle spasms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Difficulty breathing or coughing

Suppose you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms. In that case, you can go to Odessa Regional Medical Center, Excel ER Odessa, Signature Care Emergency Center, WesTex Urgent Care, or any other immediate care or emergency facility to see a doctor.

Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center Hospital are Level III Trauma Centers in the Permian Basin. Odessa Regional Medical Center is a Level IV trauma facility.

How Doctors Diagnose Spinal Cord Injuries

Doctors begin with a thorough exam. They’ll note your symptoms and measure your reflexes, physical abilities, and neurological responses.

The next step is imaging. Most likely, you’ll go through an MRI, though doctors might call for a CT scan or X-rays. These scans can show fractures, degenerative changes to the spin, bulging discs, masses, blood clots, and more. Imaging is crucial in determining where and what type of spinal injury you’ve suffered.

Treating Spinal Cord Injuries

Depending on your injury, you may go through surgery to decompress and stabilize the spine. Other surgeries include:

  • Nucleoplasty
  • Discectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Spinal fusion

Your doctor might recommend physical therapy, medications, and other care to help you recover. While nerves can heal over time, doctors can’t repair a damaged spinal cord. There are some experimental treatments, but there’s no cure for paralysis or loss of sensation from a complete or complete spinal cord injury.

Don’t expect your doctor to give you a prognosis right away. You often need time to heal before doctors can start to assess your abilities and potential recovery. You can continue to heal and experience improvement for years after your injury.

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Where and How Spinal Cord Injuries Happen

We’ve represented individuals who’ve suffered back and spinal cord injuries in:

Serious accidents aren’t flukes. Nine times out of 10, they happen because someone did something wrong. Someone was careless, thoughtless, or irresponsible. That’s why you need to call an Odessa spinal cord injury lawyer. We’ll investigate the accident to find out what happened and why.

Finding Out Who Is Responsible

Knowing the truth is the only way to determine your legal rights, including whether you can demand compensation and file a lawsuit.

Our experienced team of trial lawyers digs into your case. We gather and review evidence, such as:

  • Police reports
  • Any government agency report
  • Photos
  • Nearby security camera footage
  • Witness statements

In some cases, we hire an accident reconstruction expert. They might calculate specific facts, like the speed and trajectory of a vehicle, or create a 2D or 3D model of the accident.

After an in-depth investigation, we’ll likely know what caused your accident, who was at fault, and who is liable for compensating you. However, we can’t always know the whole truth right away. We might recommend filing a lawsuit to take advantage of discovery. During discovery, we can demand information and answers from the other side.

Proving Negligence in a Spinal Cord Injury Case

To win compensation after suffering a spinal cord injury, you have to prove someone else was negligent or liable in another way. Sometimes, like in a product liability claim, a business could be responsible without doing anything wrong. We’ll always explain the law that applies to your case and what we have to prove to recover compensation.

Most accident claims rest on proving negligence. In simple terms, negligence happens when someone isn’t careful and causes another person harm. In legal terms, negligence includes four elements: a duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.

We have to prove:

  • The other party owed you a duty of care, which means they were supposed to behave a certain way
  • The other party didn’t live up to that responsibility
  • Behaved in a way that directly caused an accident
  • You were hurt in that accident

Testimonials

When you put clients first, they notice.

They fought for us as if they were fighting for their own family.

 

If you’re looking for a law firm, where you’re not just another client. I can say from personal experience, you have found the right place at The Kemmy Law Firm. Everyone there always treated us amazingly. Not at any time were we in the dark, not knowing what was going on. Either Tom, Nick or Melissa would give us updates often on the case and explain to us the next steps. Which this made us feel like we were the only case they had. They fought for us as if they were fighting for their own family. They were compassionate about making sure we were going to be all right during the case as well as the years after the case. We are so thankful we found the Kemmy Law Firm and you will be too. Thank you Tom, Nick, and Melissa and everyone at The Kemmy Law Firm.

  Stacey Mitchell   |   07.19.2019

I would not hesitate to go to them

 

The Kemmy’s are good people that I 100% trust to always keep my best interest in mind. I would not hesitate to go to them whenever I need legal advice!

  Bianca Mero   |   07.19.2019

It felt like they truly cared about my family

 

My wife and I had a very good experience with Tom Kemmy and his law firm. I live in Iowa and as you know Tom lives in Texas. With that said, Tom and his wife were traveling and made a point to stop at my home on a Saturday just to say hi and visit. The bottom line is that my settlement was excellent and I am not sure anyone else would have been able to do what Tom and his team did.

  Kevin Johnson   |   11.26.2019

Spinal Cord Injury Compensation

If we can establish that someone else caused your spinal cord injury, then you may win compensation for:

Your Compensation Depends on Your Circumstances

You must work with a spinal cord injury attorney to get the most from your claim. Spinal cord injuries are complex and have varied effects on your current life and future. A law firm experienced with these kinds of claims knows how to prove the severity of your injury, identify your myriad damages, and demand maximum compensation.

When valuing your claim, we consider:

  • Your ability to go back to work and your future wages: Are you completely disabled and unable to work? Can you perform some work, but it’ll be tough to find a well-paid position where you live?
  • Your medical bills: Spinal cord injuries often result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills even after health insurance coverage.
  • Your future medical needs: You’ll most likely need ongoing care, doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and medical devices.
  • The costly changes you have to make in your life: If you’ve suffered some degree of paralysis, you may need to renovate your home, adapt your vehicle, or purchase a new car.
  • Your physical pain and discomfort: Spinal cord injuries are often painful, and the pain and uncomfortable sensations can last years or a lifetime. We account for the fact you may physically suffer in the future.
  • Your mental health: Catastrophic injuries often harm a person’s mental health as well as physical health. You may need mental health care to recover from the trauma of the accident. You may need treatment for PTSD, depression, sleep disorders, and other conditions.
  • Your personal life: Spinal cord injuries can hinder a person’s sexual function and ability to have biological children, profoundly impacting married couples. It also affects a person’s future romantic relationships.

Fatal Spinal Cord Injuries

Your loved one may have passed away days, weeks, or months after suffering a catastrophic spinal cord injury. We highly recommend giving us a call to discuss Texas wrongful death law. You may have the right to file a lawsuit and demand compensation for your family and love one’s estate.

Wrongful death damages potentially include:

  • Stress caused by a long recovery, with sometimes limited results for an injury that ends up being fatal
  • Cost of dealing with a family member’s life-long spinal injury, including medical bills, rehabilitation, home modifications, and job training
  • The family’s pain and suffering

If you can prove the at-fault party acted intentionally or showed a reckless disregard for the lives and safety of others, then you can demand punitive damages. In Texas, these damages punish the wrongdoer.

Our Verdicts and Settlements
Speak for Themselves

Permanent Brain Injury

The Kemmy Firm secured an $8.6 million settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered a permanent brain injury after three years of hard-fought litigation.

Permanent Spinal Cord Injury

The Kemmy Law Firm, P.C. obtained the second largest medical negligence verdict in Texas for 2017 ($13.5 million).

Total Destruction of West Texas Business

The Kemmy team secured a confidential settlement for a group of Well Owners who were forced to shut down their oil related business with a $20 Million market value.

Permanent Spine Injury for Iowa Insurance Agent

We recovered $3 Million for a family whose breadwinner and patriarch suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

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Let Us Fight for You

When it comes to spinal cord injury claims, we have years of experience building effective strategies and winning fair compensation for our clients. Trial preparation is key. It puts us in a position with the most knowledge of relevant facts, which we can leverage when negotiating a settlement.

Insurance companies often offer less early in the process. But thanks to discovery during litigation, both parties usually find all the necessary facts. Both sides ask each other questions, exchange documents, and information, and interview parties and witnesses under oath in depositions.

We make sure you receive a fair amount to help you in the long run. Over the years, we have developed an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If insurance companies don’t cooperate – we have the skill and resources to take any case to trial.

Ready To Talk To an Odessa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?

We hope you’ll give us a call right away. You have the right to hire a lawyer any time, even if you’re working with an insurance company. We recommend giving us a call before negotiating a settlement or cashing a check. A quick settlement after a spinal cord injury can be enticing, but it’s usually less than you deserve. Let us fight to get you more.

We offer free consultations, and there are no up-front fees for us to get started on your case. You only pay us if we recover compensation.

Contact us online or call (432) 400-0000.

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When you work with us at Kemmy Law Firm, you are working with a family run firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. We are dedicated and successful trial attorneys practicing in West TX, Hobbs, NM, Midland-Odessa, and across the Permian Basin. Our team handles everything from catastrophic injury claims to complex business matters. We are here to fight for you. We dedicate our time and attention to your case and use every resource available to maximize your claim and obtain the best possible outcome.