Whether on private or public land, at a business or a residence, there are negligence acts, malfunctions and other situations which can result in your being injured through no fault of your own.

The legal issues surrounding severe injury are as varied as the types of accidents that cause them.

Life altering injury may be as simple as ongoing back pain from an accident that you didn’t have before to suffering traumatic brain injury, loss of mobility or any other type of long term injury that causes a person to live life differently than he or she did before.

At Avera & Smith, we have spent more than five decades assisting clients who have suffered life altering injuries of almost every type. We know that insurance companies tend to fight cases of life altering injury with special determination because it is almost always causes them long term expense.

We are proud of our track record of trial verdicts and settlements for our clients who have sustained long term life altering injury.

Here are some questions and answers that you may find helpful: 

Q. What are the most common cause of severe injury?
A. A severe back, neck or brain injury is commonly caused by car accidents, falls or result from sports injuries. Regardless of the cause, these injuries can lead to very serious problems if they are not addressed in a timely manner.

Q. What are some signs of brain injury?
A. People who suffer brain injuries may or may not exhibit symptoms. A brain injury victim may be forgetful or become easily confused. A brain injury victim may not seem completely normal and eventually suffer irreversible harm. If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms after an accident, we urge you to seek medical help immediately.

Q. I was recently involved in a car accident. I hurt my neck but it doesn’t seem that bad. Should I wait to see if it gets worse before I visit a doctor?
A. No. At Avera & Smith, we advise you to get your injuries check out right away. You may be doing more damage by not seeing a doctor.


Avera & Smith, provides results-oriented representation for accident victims who have suffered all types of spinal cord injuries, ranging from herniated disks to paraplegia. Our attorneys have the experience, qualifications, and resources needed to win, and we do not hesitate when litigation in court is necessary to prevail for our clients. In your case, we will vigorously represent you while providing responsive and caring service.


When representing you, we will work to build a strong and successful case. We want to help you get the medical care and compensation you need to rebuild your life.

Our lawyers will work with your doctor or other medical specialists to understand your current and future medical needs. We will establish and document the liability of the party responsible for your injury. Finally, we will place a value on your losses for inclusion in your claim, including medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. Avera & Smith, will seek the best possible result for you.


In cases involving paralysis and paraplegia, we will work with a life care planner. This medical professional will develop a comprehensive outline of the medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy, and personal services the accident victim will need for the remainder of his or her life. This will be a detailed plan, customized to meet the specific needs of the injured person and his or her family. For example, it could include the need for a wheelchair van, alterations to a home, or long-term care in a residential facility.

The road back from a life-altering back injury can be long and difficult. Avera & Smith, will provide strong representation, working hard to help you get the medical care, personal services, and compensation you need to rebuild your life.


For a free initial consultation with a spinal cord injury attorney in Gainesville, Florida, contact Avera & Smith.

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