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Denver Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Denver spine injury attorney

Denver Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Serving Colorado

The backbone is a central component of both the skeletal system and the nervous system. A strong spine is needed to maintain proper posture, and the ability to freely bend, twist, and perform other movements can be crucial as people perform daily activities. The vertebrae in the spine also protect the spinal cord, which serves as the main pathway to transmit nerve impulses from the brain to nearly every part of the body. Since it is such a crucial part of the human body, any issues that affect the spine can drastically affect a person's quality of life. Spinal cord injuries can be some of the most severe injuries that may affect a person, and they can result in a great deal of ongoing pain, as well as paralysis and other issues that may result in permanent disabilities.

The attorneys of The Gold Law Firm understand the debilitating effects that spine injuries can have on a person. When these injuries are caused by other people's negligence, victims will need to understand their options for pursuing financial compensation. Whether an injury was caused by a negligent driver, property owner, or anyone else who acted in a way that put people at risk of harm, the liable party or parties should be held responsible for all of the ways that a victim has been affected. We can fight to make sure a person will be able to receive compensation that addresses their past and future medical expenses, loss of income due to a disability, and both physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Effects of Different Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

Injuries affecting the back and spine can occur in multiple different situations. The impact of a car accident, truck accident, or slip and fall accident may lead to broken vertebrae or herniated discs in the spine, and this may cause damage to the nerves in the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are common in motorcycle accidents and pedestrian accidents, and a person who is struck by a vehicle may experience severe damage to their spine, including a severed spinal cord.

Spinal cord injuries can range in severity depending on whether they are considered complete or incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury will usually involve a severed spinal cord or other forms of nerve damage that result in total paralysis in all parts of the body below the level of the spine where the injury occurred. Incomplete spinal cord injuries, on the other hand, will involve partial damage to the nerves in the spine. In these cases, a person may retain some function and sensation, but they may experience partial paralysis, restrictions on their ability to move different parts of their body, and chronic pain, tingling, or numbness.

Injuries affecting the spinal cord are categorized based on the level of the spine where nerve damage occurred, and they are grouped into four categories:

  • Cervical injuries - The most serious spine injuries usually affect the vertebrae in the neck. These may result in total paralysis of all four limbs (known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia), as well as the main trunk of the body. In some cases, a person may become unable to breathe or speak on their own.
  • Thoracic injuries - Injuries to the vertebrae in the upper and middle spine may lead to paralysis in the legs, abdominal region, and chest. While a person may retain some function in their arms and hands, they may lose all sensation and function in the lower parts of the body. This is commonly known as paraplegia.
  • Lumbar injuries - If the spinal cord is injured in the lower back, this may result in partial or total paralysis in the legs and lower body. In some cases, a person may retain some function in their legs, but they may be unable to walk without the use of crutches, braces, or other mobility devices.
  • Sacral injuries - Injuries at the bottom of the spine or the tailbone may affect the hips and groin. A victim may experience some loss of function in the hips and legs, as well as loss of bladder and bowel control and loss of sexual functions.

Contact Our Denver County Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

Injuries affecting the spinal cord can result in life-long disabilities, severe and ongoing pain, and other issues that affect a person's quality of life. Our attorneys work with victims to pursue compensation from those who were responsible for these injuries, and we will fight to make sure they will have the financial resources they need as they work to recover from these devastating events. For a free consultation, contact our office today at 303-694-4653.

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