For someone to dedicate their entire career and almost their entire life to helping improve paralysis treatment for those with injured spinal cords is something to be admired, by anyone, not just us spinal cord injury attorneys.
The Baltimore Sun has printed an obituary on a spinal cord injury lawyer who passed away last weekend at a hospital just outside of Baltimore. She was 71-years-old.
Our San Diego paralysis lawyers feel great admiration to be in a field with someone who was so focused on helping better the lives of those who were living with paralysis. The woman was a highly educated individual who probably never thought that she’d point her life’s work in the direction of spinal cord injuries and the outlook for recovery. But then the unthinkable happened.
In 1978, her son was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury after a serious car accident. She founded the National Research Institute for Neural Injury and the National Spinal Cord Injury Association’s Washington office to help not only those living with any variety of paralysis but their families as well. She gave a voice to those affected by spinal cord injuries, whether they were physically hurt or simply feeling the pain of a loved one.
In time, she became a household name for her advocating and expertise on neural injury causes, treatment research and health care — all while trying to improve the political, social, economic, and legal outcomes for those dealing with spinal cord injuries. Former President Jimmy Carter appointed the woman to his President’s Council on Spinal Cord Injury and the White House Task Force for Spinal Cord Injury in 1981.
Upon graduating from law school with her degree, she founded a private practice in Bethesda, Maryland where she represented clients dealing with issues of catastrophic disabilities, focusing on quadriplegia and trauma induced to the brain. At the time of her death, she still hadn’t fully retired and was working hard to help those who truly needed it.
An expert and a champion for spinal cord injury law, this woman will be missed. Our paralysis lawyers in San Diego hope that they can continue to carry the torch and follow the trail that she has blazed for them in the last thirty years.
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced paralysis lawyer in San Diego. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.
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Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines