A spinal cord injury often causes extreme and permanent life-altering consequences. Since the spinal cord controls basic and essential functions, even a seemingly small amount of damage to the spine can result in permanent, lifelong disabilities that range from movement issues to paralysis. Filing a claim for such a severe injury is practically guaranteed to be complicated due to the complexity of the injury and resistance from the responding insurance company.
Klein Frank, P.C. in Boulder, Colorado can give you the strength you need to stand up to the challenges of a spinal cord injury claim or lawsuit. We are known nationally for our experience, case results, and genuine compassion shown to our clients. When you choose us to represent you, we’ll be in this together and fighting for a win.
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Causes & Consequences of Spinal Injuries
A spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that is notoriously expensive to treat. While robbing the victim of a career and a normal life, the injury will create an extreme financial burden. Victims often require multiple surgeries and ongoing treatment, which means families with good medical insurance may not be able to afford the best possible treatments.
Spinal cord injuries are most commonly caused by:
- Vehicle accidents: 38.5%
- Violence: 30%
- Falls: 19%
- Sports-related: 8%
- Other: 4.5%
If you suffered a spinal cord injury caused by the negligent actions of another party in Colorado, Klein Frank, P.C. is committed to recovering your entitled compensation on your behalf. With more than six decades of combined legal experience, our Boulder spinal cord injury attorneys possess extensive knowledge of state law to help you navigate through the intricacies of your case and obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Ski Accidents
Our law firm is a local favorite among people who live in Boulder, Basalt, Aspen, and beyond. As such, we are here to help clients who have suffered a spinal cord injury in a ski accident. Mistakes can happen on the slopes, and even a veteran skier can be injured due to another skier’s negligence. If you were skiing and another person crashed into you, pushed you down a slope, forced you to crash into a tree, damaged your skis, or otherwise did something to cause you to suffer a spinal cord injury, then we want to know about it.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
A spinal cord injury occurs when there is trauma that causes damage to cells within the spinal cord or severs the nerves that relay signals from the body to the brain. All spinal cord injuries are divided into two broad categories: incomplete and complete. With incomplete injuries, the cord is partially severed, which enables the injured person to retain some function. Complete injuries happen when the spinal cord is fully severed, eliminating function entirely.
The most common types of spinal cord injuries include bruising of the spinal cord and pressure on the spinal cord. Other common types include lacerations that have caused nerve fibers to be severed or torn.
Severe spinal cord injuries often cause:
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of reflex function below the point of injury
- Shortened life expectancy
- Phantom pain and numbness
- Lessened enjoyment of life
This can include the loss of the ability to breathe and other basic functions such as bowel and bladder control. Spinal cord injury victims can have secondary complications such as bladder infections, spinal and lung infections, progressive blindness, and bedsores. Growing scar tissue can cause chronic pain. Severe cases can even cause a loss of communication abilities.
Committed to Protecting Your Best Interests & Health
Spinal cord injury lawsuits often involve more complex legal and medical issues compared to a typical injury case. If you’re considering filing a lawsuit, it is critical to speak with an experienced attorney who is well-versed in spinal cord litigation. Our Boulder spinal cord injury attorneys can investigate your accident, examine all available evidence, negotiate with insurers, and build a strong case strategy just for you.
Injured? Contact Klein Frank, P.C. Today
If you or a family member has suffered a spinal cord injury that was caused by the negligence of another, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Please call our personal injury law firm to request a free initial consultation at your earliest convenience. We can conduct an extensive investigation to identify the strengths of your case, including any weaknesses. Our experienced Boulder spinal cord injury attorneys can help you understand your options before bringing forward your case.
Spinal Cord Injury FAQ
Are spinal cord injuries permanent?
In most cases, spinal cord injuries are permanent because the nerves in the spine heal incredibly slowly. Depending on what part of the body is affected by the damage, the spine might not even have the ability to heal without complex medical intervention. Physical rehabilitation can help restore mobility and function for instances of incomplete paralysis.
What is paraplegia? What is tetraplegia?
Paralysis of the lower body and legs is called paraplegia. It is more common than tetraplegia, which is paralysis of the entire body below the neck. Tetraplegia is caused by an injury to the C4 level of the spine. Both paraplegia and tetraplegia can be complete or incomplete.
What does a spinal cord injury prognosis mean?
A prognosis is a doctor’s plan of treatment and how they expect your ailments to react to it. A spinal cord injury prognosis is what your doctor thinks will help your injury the best and what that could mean for an eventual, partial recovery. Some prognoses are focused on alleviating pain and discomfort when curing the injury is not likely or impossible, such as what could be the case with a spinal cord injury.