Serious Injury



Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) are any injuries which result in any damage to a part of the spinal cord or the nerves at the end of the spinal canal.

A Spinal Cord Injury can result in the loss of mobility, strength, feeling and function. Typically, a victim of such an injury experiences negative affects on their body from the point of the injury down, meaning if you break your lower back, everything from your waste down may not function properly. A Spinal Cord Injury is one of the most dehumanizing injuries a person can experience. Spinal Cord injuries result in the victim’s loss of the will to live, decrease in their overall self-esteem, and the belief of being a burden on family members and caregivers which they rely on for day-to-day survival. A Spinal Cord Injury victim will need round the clock, professional medical and emotional support, for the remainder of their lives. The cost of such care, depending on the age of the victim, can be in the tens of millions of dollars. At Stokes Stemle, LLC, our attorneys fight to get tour clients the monetary award that will cover their medical care and allow them to live their lives to the fullest.


  • Motor vehicle accidents – Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost half of new spinal cord injuries each year.
  • Falls – A spinal cord injury after age 65 is most often caused by a fall. Overall, falls cause more than 15 percent of spinal cord injuries.
  • Acts of violence – Around 12 percent of spinal cord injuries result from violent encounters, often involving gunshot and knife wounds.
  • Sports and recreation injuries – Athletic activities, such as impact sports and diving in shallow water, cause about 10 percent of spinal cord injuries.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol use is a factor in about 1 out of every 4 spinal cord injuries.
  • Diseases – Cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and inflammation of the spinal cord also can cause spinal cord injuries.


Spinal Cord Injuries are typically classified as either Complete or Incomplete. The “completeness” of a Spinal Cord injury normally depends on multiple factors including the location of the injury and the severity of the injury to the spinal cord.

  • A Complete Spinal Cord Injury occurs when all feeling (sensory) and ability to control movement (motor function) are lost below the spinal cord injury.
  • An Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury occurs when there is some sensory or motor function affected by the injury. These vary widely based on the location and force of the blow causing the injury.

While currently there is no absolute fix to a serious Spinal Cord Injury there have been several advances in treatment and rehabilitation that allow people suffering from Spinal Cord injuries to move forward with productive and independent lives. However, the required medical treatment to recover could take years to complete and leave you incurring medical bills through no fault of your own.

A Spinal Cord injury may not be immediately obvious since it is rare for an individual to immediately experience paralysis but overtime the numbness and tingling could lead to paralysis as the injury worsens without treatment or medical attention.

If you, or someone you know, has suffered from serious trauma to their head, neck or back and are experiencing any of the below signs or symptoms it is important that they seek Medical Treatment Immediately!


  • Extreme back pain or pressure in your neck, head or back
  • Weakness, incoordination or paralysis in any part of your body
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in your hands, fingers, feet or toes
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Impaired breathing after injury
  • An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
  • Loss of movement
  • Loss or altered sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity, and fertility
  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs


At Stokes Stemle – Personal Injury Attorneys our ultimate goal is to help our clients heal. Let our attorneys help you focus on getting the treatment you need and deserve to make a full recovery whilst we focus on the details.

Let the experienced and dedicated attorneys at Stokes Stemle fight for you or your loved one. We work around the clock to ensure our clients are not on the hook for insurmountable medical bills and are properly compensated for their pain and suffering. We need to review your case and answer any questions that you may have. Call us today at (334) 316-4123 and have your case reviewed free of charge right now. You may also contact us by completing the Free Consultation Form OR come by one of offices in Auburn, Dothan and Montgomery.



Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex injury that may result from a blunt force trauma to the skull or a sudden change in speed or direction that may cause the brain to suddenly and violently move around inside the skull. Many times people are unaware they are suffering from TBI as they may go undiagnosed at the emergency room following a vehicle collision, slip and fall, or assault. The top three causes of TBI are car accidents, fire arms and falls. According to the CDC (United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. who suffer from a traumatic brain injury each year.  50,000 people die from TBI each year and 85,000 people suffer long term disabilities.  In the U.S., more than 5.3 million people live with disabilities caused by TBI.  Along with Traumatic Brain Injury, people are also susceptible to SPINAL CORD INJURIES, which is another type of traumatic injury that can result from vehicle crashes.


Traumatic Brain Injury is classified into two categories: mild and severe. A brain injury can be classified as minor if loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes, think of a minor brain injury as a severe concussion. Although a MRI or Cat scan may not show signs of a TBI, call a medical professional immediately if you or a loved one exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Memory problems
  • Attention deficits
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Frustration

A severe brain injury is associated with loss of consciousness for more than 30 minutes and memory loss after the injury. Those suffering from serious brain injuries may exhibit any of the above listed symptoms as well as:

  • limited function of arms and legs
  • abnormal speech
  • inability to think
  • emotional problems


At Stokes and Stemle we understand that a Traumatic Brain Injury can have dramatic consequences on an individual and those who care for him or her. If you have suffered from TBI or think you know someone who is suffering please call Stokes and Stemle today and let one of experienced Alabama Personal Injury Attorneys help you on the road to recovery.

Call Stokes Stemle – Personal Injury Attorneys for your Free Legal Consultation at 334-316-4123, or fill out the Free Consultation Form and one of our attorneys will contact you personally.

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