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Spinal Injuries

Spinal Injuries

We tend to take a healthy spine for granted, but there are very few body parts more important to our day-to-day lives than our spines. Almost everything we do requires us to use our spine. That’s because the nerves that come out from our spinal cord go to nearly every part of our body. When a person suffers an injury to his or her spine, whether it’s a disc bulge, a herniation or a spinal cord injury, the impact on that person’s life can be devastating. Gone are many of the hobbies they used to enjoy, work can become more difficult, and even the most important relationships in a person’s life can be permanently altered.

Our firm has a unique perspective when it comes to looking at cases involving spinal cord injuries. We don’t just look at the damage to a person’s body; we look at the damage that was done to that person’s life. We’ve also done very well taking what are very complicated medical diagnoses involving spinal damage and explaining to juries what the damage means for the injured person and his or her family. This ability has resulted in some of the largest verdicts in the state. Give us a call and let us answer your questions, 973-729-1880.

We are proud of our accomplishments and of the recognition we have received in our field:


  • Selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New Jersey
  • Included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers every year since 2006
  • Inducted in The New Jersey Law Journal Hall of Fame for both the largest automobile and premises liabilities verdicts in 2015
  • Included in the 2019 American Institute of Personal Injury Attorney's 10 Best in New Jersey for Client Satisfaction
  • Consistently obtained some of the highest auto crash verdicts in New Jersey for the past 15 years
  • Consistently obtained some of the highest premises liability verdicts in New Jersey for the past 10 years
  • Received some of the highest construction accident case resolutions in New Jersey for over a decade straight
  • One member of our team has been selected among the 2019 "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys" in New Jersey and one has been selected among the 2019 "10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40" in New Jersey

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Our Verdicts


  • $1,800,000 Verdict

    19-year-old girl is rear-ended and had a herniation in her neck that will eventually result in surgery. The insurance company for the other driver, Mercury Insurance, claimed all of the spinal damage was due to old age and only made a minimal settlement offer. The jury was able to see how much the spinal damage and constant pain impacted the future for this young woman. 

  • $4,100,000 Verdict

    A 14-year-old girl’s father ran a stop sign and collided with a passing car. She suffered a herniation in her neck, which harms her ability to play the viola. She had been a serious candidate at Julliard. The insurance company, Allstate, offered $7,500 pre-trial, which forced this case into the jury’s hands. 

  • $750,000 Verdict

    A woman leaving work at 1 a.m. slipped on black ice in the parking lot outside of her office building, fracturing her ankle. She worked at an international company that conducted business at all hours of the day. The company that was hired to perform 24/7 monitoring of the property claimed it had no idea that people would be working that late and therefore should not be held responsible for re-freeze situations. We successfully argued that the snow and ice removal company, which received weather alerts every two hours, should have known that there was a re-freeze situation, and that it was well aware people worked in this office 24/7.

  • $2,000,000 Verdict

    An elevator maintained by Schindler Elevator Corporation dropped and slammed to a stop in Stateline, Nevada, severely injuring one of the passengers. Schindler and its attorneys maintained throughout the case that it did nothing wrong despite the admissions of its own supervisors that it was not maintaining the elevators to the proper standards.

  • $5,000,000 Verdict

     A 72 year-old man slipped and fell on black ice outside a Wells Fargo Bank. He suffered a spinal injury and required emergency surgery that confined him to a wheelchair. Wells Fargo and the company it hired to clear ice from the property attempted to blame the victim, but we were able to convince the jury the ice was an ongoing condition caused by a poor drainage pipe. 

  • $1,455,000 Verdict

    Аn 18-year-old woman was rear-ended on her way home from college and suffered a herniation in her lower spine. Her doctors said her injury would eventually result in a fusion surgery. The insurance company, New Jersey Manufacturers, offered only $50,000 to resolve the case before trial started. We were able to show the jury how the terrible injury to this young woman has dramatically altered her life, and the woman’s treating doctors showed how the damage to her spine is progressive. 

  • $7,750,000 Verdict

    Schindler Elevator Corporation created false work reports claiming a secretary performed maintenance on an elevator at the Headquarters Plaza building in Morristown, NJ. The elevator eventually failed catastrophically, severely injuring the carpenter inside. The man will never work again and is now in constant pain from his injuries. This case was a retrial after a previous jury entered an award of $4,000,000 in the same case that Schindler was able to get reversed on appeal. 

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If you have been injured in an accident, call us! We are here for you 24 hours a day. The consultation is free. You will not pay any fees unless we win your case, because here at Laddey Clark & Ryan Trial Lawyers, it is all about getting results for you.
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