Denver Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
Spinal cord injuries can have profound, lasting impacts on people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. While these injuries can be caused by unavoidable events, in many cases, they result from preventable negligence.
The Denver injury attorneys at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. are tirelessly dedicated to advocating the rights of those who have suffered spinal cord injuries due to negligence.
Backed by nearly four decades of legal experience, our attorneys are highly skilled at helping the injured hold negligent parties accountable, pursue all available legal remedies and position their cases for the highest possible recoveries.
Though we understand that money may never fully reverse the impacts of spinal cord injuries, we are also aware that these recoveries can provide crucial financial support as the injured seek treatment and work on putting their lives back together.
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Spinal Cord Injury Defined: What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is comprised of various nerves, running down the center of the back and transmitting signals between the brain and the body. Damage to these nerves causes spinal cord injuries, which can be either:
• Incomplete spinal cord injuries, resulting in partial damage to the nerves – These injuries, which account for about 2 out of every 3 spinal cord injuries, still allow some function and sensation below the injury site.
• Complete spinal cord injuries, resulting in the nerves being fully severed – These injuries typically result in paralysis and a loss of sensation below the injury site. Depending on the nature of the injury, it may be possible to regain some function and sensation with the right treatment plan.
The latest statistics, below, highlight the prevalence and impacts of spinal cord injuries in the U.S.1
• Each year, about 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries are reported.
• About 282,000 Americans are currently living with spinal cord injuries.
• The average age at which people suffer spinal cord injuries is 42 years old.
• Males account for about 80 percent of all new cases of spinal cord injuries.
• Depending on the nature of the injury and the age at which the injury is sustained, the average lifetime costs of spinal cord injuries can be $1.1 million to $4.7 million. This includes the costs of medical treatments, lost wages, lost productivity and more.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury
While spinal cord injuries can be caused by various incidents, the three leading causes of these injuries are:
• Falls – Falling accidents, including slip and falls and falling from heights, are responsible for just over 30 percent of all new spinal cord injuries.
• Violence – Assaults, gunshot wounds and other acts of violence cause more than 13 percent all spinal cord injuries.
Sports-related accidents, medical mistakes and faulty products are also common causes of spinal cord injuries.
Legal Recovery Options: Am I Entitled to Compensation for My Spinal Cord Injury?
Those who have suffered spinal cord injuries due to others’ negligent or reckless actions may have various legal options for seeking financial recovery and justice. Whether or not you may be entitled to compensation for spinal cord injuries will depend on factors like (but not necessarily exclusive to):
• Whether your actions may have contributed to the injury – If your negligence may have played a role in causing your spinal injury, Colorado negligence law provides that you may still be eligible for compensation as long as you were no more than 49 percent at fault. In these cases, the compensation would be lowered in proportion to your level of fault.
• How long ago the injury was sustained or discovered – Colorado law provides two or three years for the victims of negligence to seek compensation via a civil case, with the three-year deadline applying to motor vehicle accident cases while the two-year deadline applies to cases involving other accidents and incidents (like slip and falls, for instance). Failing to pursue a case for financial recovery within the applicable deadline may result in fewer (or no) legal options.
An attorney at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. is ready to meet with you, discuss your situation and explain your legal options.
For Unparalleled Advocacy & the Best Possible Results, Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C.
If you or someone you love has sustained a spinal cord injury, contact a Denver personal injury attorney at the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. for important answers regarding your rights and possible claim.
Call (720) 463-1516 or email our firm for a free, no obligations case review. Our lawyers work on contingency – so you will not owe us any legal fees if there is no recovery in your case.
At the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C., our Denver lawyers have extensive experience helping clients obtain significant recoveries, even when they thought they were only eligible for a minimal sum. Our record of effective advocacy and success in catastrophic injury cases has earned us a stellar reputation and outstanding testimonials from previous clients.
1: All spinal cord injury statistics presented on this page are from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at the University of Alabama