Helping the Injured in Tennessee Since 1977
Neck & Spinal Cord Injuries There's No Substitute for Experience 

Nashville Neck & Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Fighting for the Seriously Injured Since 1977

Serious accidents can result in a range of orthopedic injuries, but those involving the neck, back and spinal cord are among the most concerning. Not only can these injuries cause tremendous pain and limit a person’s ability to work, earn wages, and enjoy various activities, they also pose the potential for devastating and lifelong consequences.

When serious injuries and their resulting consequences arise from accidents that could have been prevented, victims may have the right to hold at-fault parties accountable. Our award-winning attorneys at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge can help explore your options to pursue a monetary recovery of your damages.

Why Choose KCB?

  • We’ve recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for victims
  • We leverage over 100 years of combined experience
  • Our attorneys have been named among The Best Lawyers in America®
  • We’re led by two Certified Civil Trial Specialists (Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton)

Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge has earned a reputation for fighting on behalf of victims across Tennessee, Kentucky, and the surrounding region. Caring and compassionate, our attorneys work closely with medical and industry experts to strengthen our clients’ claims, and take every measure possible to maximize their chances for success.

To discuss a case involving a neck or spinal cord injury with one of our Nashville attorneys, call us for a FREE consultation.

Levels & Classification of Spinal Cord Injury

At KCB, we take the time to listen to our clients.

With the help of medical experts, we can assess the severity of our clients’ catastrophic injuries, how they have impacted their lives, and what their medical prognoses suggest about any future needs and treatment they’ll require in the future. This information allows us to assist clients in seeking an appropriate level of compensation.

Understanding How the Spine Is Divided

The spinal cord is protected by vertebrae, and those bone rings are organized with the spinal nerves into several different segments. Injuries to the different sections can result in different losses of function, depending on which part of the spine is injured. In medical texts, the spinal cord is divided into five levels:

  • Cervical: The 7 vertebrae that make up the neck area. Injuries to this area of the spinal cord can result in loss of function in the arms, legs, and chest, and can affect body functions from breathing to bladder control.
  • Thoracic: The 12 vertebrae that make up the chest area. Injuries to this area of the spinal cord can result in loss of function in the chest and legs, and can affect body functions including bowel movements and bladder control. Injuries to the upper thoracic area can also have an effect on someone’s ability to breathe properly.
  • Lumbar: The 5 vertebrae that make up the area between the pelvis and chest. Injuries to this area of the spinal cord can result in loss of function in the legs and hips, and can affect body functions like bowel movements and bladder control.
  • Sacral: The 5 vertebrae that make up the area between the pelvis and the end of the spine. Injuries to this area of the spinal cord can result in loss of function in the legs and hips and can affect body functions like bowel movements and bladder control.
  • Coccygeal: The lowest level of the spinal cord controls sensation and pain felt on the skin of the lower back.

How Spinal Cord Injuries Are Classified

The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) publishes and updates the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI), a widely used classification system for documenting motor and sensory impairments following a spinal cord injury. This system grades the injured persons’ motor function below the level of injury in order to classify the severity of the spinal cord injury. The ISNCSCI classifications include:

  • Grade A: No sensory or motor function below the level of injury.
  • Grade B: No motor function below the level of injury, but some sensory function remains.
  • Grade C: Half or more than half of the muscles below the level of injury are incapable of moving against gravity, but some if not all sensory function remains.
  • Grade D: More than half of the muscles below the level of injury are capable of moving against gravity, and some if not all sensory function remains.
  • Grade E: All muscles are capable of moving against gravity.

No matter the severity, a spinal injury is a life-changing event. If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be eligible to file a claim in order to cover your medical expenses, as well as compensation for all other damages you incur, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost earning capacity, and more.

At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our spinal cord injury lawyers in Nashville, TN have the knowledge and experience necessary to fight for you in court and at the negotiation table.

Securing Compensation for a Spinal Cord Injury

Depending on where the damage is located, there can be a wide range of body motion restrictions and paralysis, including quadriplegia or tetraplegia. More severe injuries might require constant care for the rest of the individual's life. Our firm is intent on helping clients seek the compensation they need for needs that relate to:

  • Surgery and physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medications and medical devices
  • Ongoing treatment or future expected surgeries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future medical needs, including assistive care, treatment, and accommodations

Our firm represents clients with neck and back injuries caused by all types of traumatic accidents, such as car or truck accidents and falls, as well as spinal cord injuries caused by medical malpractice.

Call to Request a FREE Consultation

An injury to your spinal cord, no matter how slight, can change your life forever. At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, we have cultivated a record of success fighting for victims of catastrophic injuries, and we are available to discuss your potential case and how we can help. To speak with an attorney during a FREE consultation, contact us today.

Contact us today for a free consultation: (615) 933-2893.

Verdicts & Settlements

Unmatched Dedication Has Led to Record-Setting Victories
  • Personal Injury - Erin Andrews Lawsuit Against Hotel $55 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 62 Year Old Woman $22.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Largest Verdict in Weakley County History $15.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Davidson County $6.5 Million
  • Wrongful Death of 22 Month Old $5 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 24 Year Old College Student $4 Million
  • Wrongful Death - Tractor-Trailer Wreck $3.3 Million
  • Wrongful Death - 16 Year Old Boy $3 Million
  • Auto Accident - Rutherford County $3 Million
  • Wrongful Death & Personal Injury - Auto Accident $2.9 Million
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Client Testimonials

Helping the Injured Obtain Justice
  • We are very grateful.

    “What Mr. Clayton achieved on account of conquering numerous hurdles was beyond remarkable and we are very grateful.”

    - E.I.
  • They showed compassion and grit in a professional manner like no other law firm.

    “I would like to thank the law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge for helping me and my family in our time of need. If any of our friends in Clarksville need help in a legal way, this is the firm to call in Nashville.”

    - P.L. & L.W.
  • Love this firm!

    “I was so pleased with all the help and attention to my needs. Very helpful and knowledgeable and I would recommend them to anyone.”

    - Constance
  • A trusted friend, part of the family.

    “Mary and team did an excellent job communicating with our family throughout the entire process. She is very knowledgeable with medical malpractice and I highly recommend her in the event you or a loved one is faced with a situation such as ours.”

    - N.O.
  • Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and responsive!

    “Daniel spent ample time with my husband and I to walk through the process to ensure that we understood what was expected of us. Daniel and his staff were always prompt to respond and answer any questions we had.”

    - D.B.
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Awards & Accolades

Highly Respected in the Legal Community
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invite-only group comprised of the top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious “Best Law Firms” rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard (since 1993), Daniel Clayton (since 2010), Mark Beveridge (since 2011) and Mary Ellen Morris (since 2017) have all been recognized for their legal skill and achievements.

  • Best of the Bar
    Best of the Bar

    Randall L. Kinnard, Daniel L. Clayton and Mark S. Beveridge have been named as 2020 “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal.

  • 40 Under 40
    40 Under 40

    Our attorneys have been voted by their peers to the "Top 40 under 40" Trial Lawyers list, as awarded by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard and Daniel Clayton have been voted to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Super Laywers
    Super Laywers

    Mr. Kinnard, Mr. Clayton, and Mr. Beveridge have been voted to TN Super Lawyers®. This organization recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their practice area.

  • Best 150 Lawyers
    Best 150 Lawyers

    Our firm’s trial attorneys have been recognized among the state’s leading legal minds, and named by Business TN Magazine to its coveted “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list.

  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton, Mark Beveridge, and Mary Ellen Morris have received the highest rating for legal excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Randall Kinnard - Product Liability
    Randall Kinnard - Product Liability

    Attorney Randall Kinnard was named the 2019 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Nashville, TN.

  • Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice
    Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

  • Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury
    Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in Personal Injury Litigation.

  • Mark Beveridge - Product Liability
    Mark Beveridge - Product Liability

    Attorney Mark Beveridge was named as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN.

  • Daniel Clayton - Product Liability
    Daniel Clayton - Product Liability

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Randall L. Kinnard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invite-only honorary society comprised of less than .5% of all U.S. lawyers.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Randall L. Kinnard is a member of the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Primerus
    Primerus

    The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms – a society of top-rated, independent, boutique law firms committed to professional excellence.

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Why Choose Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

Get in Touch Today

Request a Free Consultation

To schedule a detailed consultation with one of our Nashville personal injury lawyers about medical malpractice, a catastrophic accident, or wrongful death, contact our office today. Let us put our team of respected legal professionals, independent investigators, and medical experts to work on your case immediately.

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