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Serving Injured Clients Throughout Western New York
Spinal Cord Injuries

Buffalo Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

An Experienced Legal Team You Can Rely On

Few things are as life-altering as being severely injured in an accident. And, of all possible injuries you could sustain, a spinal cord injury has possibly the greatest potential of permanently and irreversibly changing nearly every aspect of your life.

If you or someone you love suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, whether in an accident or after another type of traumatic event, you do not have to face the future alone. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo spinal cord injury lawyers are prepared to walk you through your legal options and tailor a strategy to your specific needs, concerns, and goals. We have extensive experience representing victims of catastrophic injuries and, in our years in practice, have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. We are skilled negotiators, often able to recover favorable settlements from the at-fault insurance companies. However, whenever this is not possible, we are fully prepared to take our clients’ cases to trial.

About Richmond Vona, LLC

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries & Their Effects

Generally speaking, there are two types of spinal cord injuries, complete and incomplete. While a complete spinal cord injury refers to an injury that completely severs communication between the body and the brain, an incomplete spinal cord injury results in partial loss of communication between the brain and the nerves throughout the body.

Incomplete spinal cord injuries are, by far, the more common type of spinal cord injury. These types of injuries often lead to conditions like anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome, and Brown-Sequard syndrome. In contrast, though rarer, complete spinal cord injuries are much more severe. Complete spinal cord injuries can lead to paraplegia, quadriplegia, or triplegia (paralysis of three limbs).

In any case, both incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries can have a number of significant, life-altering effects, including but not limited to:

  • Partial or total loss of sensation
  • Partial or total loss of movement/function
  • Paralysis
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Inability to care for oneself
  • Difficulty getting around

While some spinal cord injury victims may never fully recover, others will make partial or full recoveries. In any case, spinal cord injury victims often go on to live long and fulfilling lives. This can be made exponentially easier when victims are able to recover compensation for the immense medical costs and other losses associated with their injuries.

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

According to numerous studies, the most common causes of spinal cord injuries are:

While these are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries, such an injury can result from any traumatic accident or event, such as a boating accident, construction accident, pedestrian accident, or act of medical malpractice. Any time a spinal cord injury could have and should have been avoided or, in other words, when it resulted from the careless or reckless actions of another person or party, the injured victim is entitled to seek compensation for their damages.

Damages in Spinal Cord Injury Claims

Spinal cord injuries require extensive medical attention and ongoing care. Often, victims will face a number of challenges in caring for themselves and may require in-home care. They could need wheelchairs and modifications to accommodate this in their homes. They may be unable to return to work or earn any sort of living to support themselves or their families.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, we understand just how huge the impact of your injuries is, both on you and your loved ones. Our Buffalo spinal cord injury lawyers are ready to fight for the full, fair compensation you are owed. We work to recover damages like medical bills, ongoing care costs, future care costs, lost wages, disability, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Our team is ready to handle all of the legal aspects of your claim so that you can simply focus on healing and moving forward.

Did you suffer a spinal cord injury due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful actions of someone else? Contact Richmond Vona, LLC today to learn how we can help you fight for a fair recovery.


Successful Verdicts & Settlements That Our Attorneys Have Achieved
  • Asbestos Exposure $3.2 Million Settlement
  • Asbestos Exposure $2.5 Million Jury Verdict
  • Asbestos Exposure $2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Delayed Diagnosis $1.2 Million Jury Verdict
  • Mesothelioma from Asbestos Exposure Seven-Figure Settlement
  • Anesthesia Error Seven-Figure Settlement
  • Serious Construction Site Injury $600,000 Settlement
  • Motor Vehicle Accident $250,000 Settlement

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you care about sustained a spinal cord injury due to the careless or reckless actions of someone else, reach out to Richmond Vona, LLC to learn how we can help. Our legal team has a proven record of success in complex catastrophic injury cases, and we are ready to fight tirelessly for the recovery you deserve. Throughout the process, we will answer your questions and provide the personalized guidance and honest legal counsel you need.

Reach out to us online or by phone at (716) 300-5885 to schedule a completely free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

  • Will my spinal cord injury heal?

    The prognosis for your recovery depends on many factors, including the type of injury you have suffered, where it is located, how severe it is, its effects, and available treatment options. How closely you follow your doctor’s orders regarding recovery, therapies, and treatment will also play a huge role in your recovery. Generally speaking, those who suffer incomplete spinal cord injuries (as opposed to complete spinal cord injuries) have a better chance of making a partial or full recovery. Talk to your doctor or rehabilitation team to learn more about your chances of recovering, as well as available treatments and therapies.

  • Will I need a wheelchair after suffering a spinal cord injury?

    Again, this depends on the nature and severity of your injury, as well as its short- and long-term effects. Those who suffer paralysis, whether paraplegia or quadriplegia, due to a spinal cord injury will likely need a wheelchair to get around. Depending on whether the paralysis is complete, partial, temporary, or permanent, you may need a wheelchair for a certain amount of time before regaining the ability to walk again (with or without assistance), or you may need a wheelchair for the remainder of your life.

  • What will my life be like with a spinal cord injury?

    It’s normal to be concerned about the future after sustaining a catastrophic injury, but the truth is, many spinal cord injury victims continue living long and fulfilling lives. Your life will surely change, but this does not mean it will get worse. With proper physical and mental health treatment, you can learn to manage your injury and adapt. Those who sustain relatively mild to moderate spinal cord injuries may even make full recoveries with continuous therapy and ongoing care. Even if full recovery is not realistic, ongoing treatment can ease some of the effects of a spinal cord injury and allow you to move forward with your life in a meaningful and effective way.

We Take Every Injury Personally

Real People, Real Stories
  • “He is a miracle worker. He found someone who knew my Dad who had passed away over 50 years ago. No easy feat. He works very, very hard for his clients. Knowledgeable and kind. I highly recommend him.”

    - Colette M.
  • “To this day, I am grateful for the dedication and compassion he displayed throughout my case. The outcome of my case was successful as a result of his drive and commitment.”

    - Sue A.
  • “Keith and John are talented attorneys and, more importantly, compassionate and dedicated people. They are driven by a desire to help, and they always fight for their clients.”

    - Michael J.
  • “They listened to my concerns and gave me excellent advice and made me feel like they cared about my injury and not just my case. These guys are true class acts. Two thumbs up.”

    - Derek G.
  • “John and Keith are not only great attorneys, but they are great individuals. They act with integrity, participating in and supporting local non-profit organizations, and they're constantly striving to learn, grow, and be the best in all that they do.”

    - Rachel M.


We Are Committed to Providing:
  • A Results-Oriented Focus

    Our legal team is prepared to do whatever is necessary to get you the full and fair financial compensation that you deserve.

  • Care, Compassion & Respect

    After all you’ve been through, you deserve someone to fight for you, while providing the individual attention you deserve.

  • Open and Honest Communication

    We value communication and honesty, and we promise to always keep you informed and up to date about your case.

  • Personalized Legal Representation

    When you entrust your case to our skilled attorneys, you become part of the Richmond Vona family - not just another case file.

Meet Our Attorneys Results-Driven, Client-Focused

With almost 25 years of combined personal injury experience, our co-founding attorneys, John E. Richmond and Keith R. Vona, have helped injury victims and their family members recover more than $150 million in financial relief.

Awards & Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Veteran-Owned Business
    Veteran-Owned Business
  • Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers