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If you have suffered a spinal cord injury that required surgery, you probably have unanswered questions about your legal rights. This page provides basic information to help you protect your interests.

At Blackman Legal Group, we have over 32 years of experience protecting the rights of people who have suffered personal injury, including individuals who needed spinal cord surgery because of injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. We combine knowledge and experience with meticulous preparation, carefully investigating every detail of your claim. We will fully explain the law and process, as well as your options and likelihood of success. As a result, our attorneys frequently settle personal injury claims at or above insurance policy limits, and we have obtained numerous judgments and recoveries in excess of $1 million.

To schedule a free case evaluation, contact Blackman Legal Group by e-mail or call our office at 415-585-5200 (toll-free at 866-692-8126) to set up an appointment.


  • Can I recover for the costs of spinal cord surgery? Yes. If you can show that the negligence or carelessness of another person necessitated the surgery, you can recover for all medical costs of surgery.
  • Can I recover for follow up care or other needs? Any expenses that reasonably result from your surgery may be recovered from the negligent party. This includes follow-up surgery if the initial surgery is unsuccessful, as well as the costs of rehabilitation or physical therapy. You may also recover for the costs of any special equipment or the need to retrofit your home to accommodate your physical needs.
  • Who is potentially liable for the costs of my surgery? Any person whose carelessness or negligence was a “proximate cause” of your injury is liable to compensate you for your losses. If your injury was reasonably foreseeable as a result of their acts, there is proximate cause.
  • How much will it cost me to pursue recovery? Personal injury claims are generally handled on a contingency basis. Your attorney won’t charge you hourly fees and won’t take any legal fees unless you recover compensation. The fee charged will be a percentage of the amount recovered. You may, however, be required to pay out-of-pocket costs, such as filing fees or the costs of an expert witness.
  • Is there a time limit to file? The statute of limitations, which governs the amount of time you have to file, is governed by state law. In California, Nevada, and Arizona, you must file a personal injury claim within two years of the date of the injury or when you first had knowledge of the injury.

Our attorneys take all spinal cord surgery cases on a contingent fee basis. We will only charge you attorney fees if we recover compensation for your losses.


We offer a free case evaluation to individuals who have suffered a spinal cord injury that required surgery. For an appointment,contact us by e-mail or call our office toll-free at 866-692-8126. We have offices throughout California. To find the location nearest to you, see our Office Locations page.