Denver Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys
We Provide Fierce Representation after Life-Changing Accidents and Injuries
About 18,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury every year in the United States, and many of them have their lives permanently changed by it. Because the spinal cord is an essential part of your central nervous system, damage to it can be fatal. For those who survive, paralysis is common.
Losing the ability to voluntarily move can be one of the most traumatic and painful injuries a person can endure. As a truly catastrophic injury, spinal cord injuries can introduce legal complexities to patients as they file for compensation. You need an attorney on your side who has experience, skill, and connections with top-tier medical experts to help with your case.
The Gilbert Law Group® offers free consultations with our Denver spinal cord injury attorneys. Call us at (888) 711-5947 to learn how we can help you.
Understanding Injuries to the Spinal Cord
Most spinal injuries are fractures of the vertebra that surround your spinal cord. The bone fragments that result can pinch, sever, or otherwise damage the grey nerve matter of your spinal cord. Though the spinal cord itself can be hit or severed by an outside object, these types of injuries are much less common. The extent of the injury depends on what part of the spinal cord is affected and how deep the damage extends.
The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) uses the categories “complete” and “incomplete” to describe the extent of an injury. You should know many neurologists believe these classifications are not necessarily fixed; diagnosing an injury in this way can be difficult. The label is a function of the amount of voluntary movement that a patient exhibits within a particular part of the body. The more movement, the less complete the injury.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
More spinal cord injuries result from auto accidents than any other cause, with other common culprits being falls, sports accidents, violent assault, and physical labor. That means the majority of these injuries are caused by negligence on someone’s behalf. Those patients who suffered because of another’s actions should know they have the right to file for compensation.
If your accident can be attributed to someone else’s carelessness, call us to learn more about your legal options. We handle catastrophic injury claims stemming from:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Train accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Recreational accidents, such as those on a trampoline
The above list does not cover all potential causes for spinal cord injury and legal action. If you are unsure whether you have a case, contact our team for a free consultation.
The Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries
Severe spinal cord injuries are devastating to a patient and their family alike. While people think of paralysis as the inability to voluntarily move one’s limbs and/or trunk, involuntary processes are affected as well. Spinal cord injuries may cause
- Inability to control one’s muscles
- Loss of sexual function
- Bowel and bladder control issues
- Muscle atrophy, stiffness, and degeneration
- Breathing difficulties
- De-regulation of the autonomic nervous system
These injuries can result in serious, long-lasting medical conditions such as a reduced ability to regulate blood pressure and heart rate, osteoporosis, and chronic pain. The symptoms of a spinal cord injury will usually correspond to the area of the spine that is affected, according to ASIA, since different parts of the spinal cord affect different areas of the body. However, most victims will experience some sort of lasting disability.
Spinal Cord Injury Treatments
Treating spinal injuries is a hot topic for medical researchers because there are so many questions to be answered. While there are hopes for upcoming therapies, there is no cure for spinal cord damage. With rehabilitation, patients may be able to re-train their bodies to perform certain functions and regain a degree of independence.
However, treatment can be expensive and long-lasting—and no outcomes are guaranteed. The best thing you can do to secure your future is speak to an experienced injury lawyer to learn if you can make a claim for damages.
Compensation for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
To ensure you have access to the best treatments and resources to care for yourself, you should consider filing for compensation. Any injured party who was hurt by someone else’s negligence has the right to file for damages. Damages can be divided into two main types and exist to help you deal with both economic and non-economic losses like:
- Medical bills and ER treatments
- Costs of rehabilitative care
- Assisted living expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Permanent loss of income (disability)
Typically, damages are compensatory, which means they are meant to make a victim whole after the accident. In extreme cases, the wrongdoer’s actions are so severe that the plaintiff will be awarded punitive damages. These funds are meant to punish the negligent party and discourage similar behavior in the future.
Contact us at (888) 711-5947 if you or a loved one is facing extensive challenges after a spinal cord injury. Our Denver attorneys offer free consultations.
Leaders in Product Liability
We’ve taken on big corporations like Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and other automakers to protect the rights of injured consumers.
Nationally Recognized Personal Injury Law Firm
Our Firm is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a recipient of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News.
Making the World Safer
After being challenged by our lawyers, major companies have pulled defective products off the market.
Engineering Team on Staff
The Gilbert Law Group® is the only firm in the U.S. to have an in-house engineering team to assess and explain product defects.
Over One Billion Dollars Recovered
Since 1969, we have fought aggressively for our clients, never turning away from even the most formidable opponents.
When you are facing complex legal issues and high-profile defendants, you need a lawyer who knows how to fight these battles. Our team has taken on some of our nation’s biggest corporations and, with the help of our network of professional consultants and our skilled in-house engineering team, can help jurors make sense of highly technical evidence.
Record Trial Court Verdict - Products Case $52,000,000
Truck Burn Injury $51,100,000
Record Trial Verdict - Rear-end Collision $43,200,000
Jury Verdict Brain Damage Case $35,000,000
Heavy Truck Fire Case $29,500,000
Bad Faith Insurance - Head On Auto Collision $17.8 Million
Record Jury Verdict - Seat Belt Failure $17,500,000
Auto Accident $9,500,000
Auto Defect $9,000,000
Wrongful Death $8,400,000
As lawyers who have handled many cases involving spinal cord injuries, we know what to expect and are dedicated to meeting your needs. Whether you are filing for yourself or on the behalf of a child, we are committed to helping you understand your options and choose the best path forward.
The Gilbert Law Group® has effective representatives backed by combined decades of experience. We can help you secure justice and appropriate compensation for the loss of income and quality of life you or a family member may be experiencing after a debilitating spinal cord injury.