Spinal cord injuries can lead to significant short- and long-term consequences for the person injured. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, our team is standing by to help if you need a Denver spinal cord injury lawyer. If the careless or negligent actions of another individual or entity caused your spinal cord injury, we want to make sure that you recover the compensation you are entitled to. We have a track record of success in helping clients get through complex personal injury claims throughout the state of Colorado, and we will stand by your side throughout your entire case.
Why Choose The O’Sullivan Law Firm for a Spinal Cord Injury Case?
At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we have a success rate of more than 99% for personal injury cases in Colorado.
Our personal injury attorneys in Denver take the time to listen to every client that we work with. When we know your story, this helps us formulate the best strategy moving forward to ensure you are properly cared for.
We take Denver spinal cord injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients do not have to worry about paying any legal fees until after we successfully recover the compensation they need.
How Can an Attorney Help a Spinal Cord Injury Claim?
Spinal cord injury claims can become incredibly complex, particularly when going up against aggressive insurance carriers and at-fault parties. A spinal cord injury lawyer in Denver will play a multi-faceted role when it comes to ensuring that your case is successful. This will include:
Obtaining any evidence needed to prove how the spinal cord injury happened.
Making sure that you have the best medical treatment available so you can make as full of a recovery as possible.
Enlisting the assistance of economic and financial experts who can help calculate total expected losses.
Fully preparing the spinal cord injury case for trial if necessary to uphold your rights.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries in Denver
It should be understood that there are various types of spinal cord injuries. Often, these injuries are referred to as “incomplete” or “complete.”
An incomplete spinal cord injury is the most common type of trauma that occurs to the spinal area. In these cases, we will see that the injury does affect the spinal cord in some way but does not typically cause paralysis of various limbs throughout the body.
A complete spinal cord injury is less common, but more severe. There are three types of complete spinal cord injuries we need to discuss:
Tetraplegia. This refers to the most severe type of spinal cord injury that can occur, and this causes paralysis that affects the entire body from the neck down. Typically, these spinal cord injuries affect the cervical area of the spine.
Paraplegia. This type of spinal cord injury involves paralysis of movement and sensation in the lower limbs only. Usually, these injuries affect the lower areas of the spine.
Triplegia. This type of spinal cord injury is considered complete but results from complications arising from incomplete spinal cord injuries that become worse.
Causes of Denver Spinal Cord Injuries
If we examine data available from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), we can see that there are around 300,000 people in the US living with spinal cord injuries. Unfortunately, there are more than 17,000 new spinal cord injuries that occur every year.
These injuries can happen in a wide variety of ways. Since 2015, vehicle accidents have been the leading cause of spinal cord injuries across the country. Other common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
Falls:Falls can occur anywhere. Individuals can sustain falls as a result of hazardous conditions on another person’s property. Falls can also occur in the workplace. In general, spinal cord injuries are more likely to occur if a fall from one level to another happens. For example, if a construction worker falls from a piece of defective scaffolding, this could certainly lead to a spinal cord injury
Acts of violence:Most commonly, gunshot wounds are the type of criminal activity that is most likely to lead to a spinal cord injury. However, there are times when physical assaults can also lead to various types of spinal cord trauma, particularly when the assault leads to a fall
Sports injuries: There are various types of sports that involve significant player contact. Some of the most common sports that lead to spinal cord injuries include football, rugby, and cheerleading.
Medical or surgical mistakes:Medical professionals have an obligation to uphold an adequate standard of medical care when treating every patient. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in this country.
Spinal cord injury victims are likely to incur significant expenses, both immediately after the injury occurs as well as throughout the remainder of their lives. The first-year cost of medical care can reach as much as $1.1 million for a severe spinal cord injury, and every subsequent year of medical care may result in as much as $200,000.
How Much is a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Worth?
In order to properly determine how much a spinal cord injury lawsuit is worth, we have to dig further into the information available from the NSCIS. First, we want to look at medical costs. According to the available data, we can see that the first year of medical care can reach anywhere from approximately $380,000 to more than $1.1 million, depending on the level of spinal cord injury severity. Additionally, every subsequent year of medical costs can range anywhere from around $46,000 to more than $200,000.
These are just the medical costs. However, to truly understand how much a spinal cord injury lawsuit should pay, we have to look beyond just medical care. Yes, medical expenses will likely make up the bulk of the lawsuit payout, but we also have to consider the following:
Lost wages of the spinal cord injury victim
Lost income of a family member if they have to become a caregiver
The costs of modifying a home or vehicle to help with mobility
Medical device and prescription medication costs
Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
Looking further, we also have to examine non-economic costs such as the emotional and psychological trauma suffered by the spinal cord injury victims and their family members. These costs are more immeasurable, but they must be included because all of these individual lives will be impacted in some way as a result of the incident and the negligence of the other party.
Call a Denver Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Today
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of the actions of another individual, the team at The O’Sullivan Law Firm is ready to help you through this. We have a track record of success handling complex injury claims in Colorado, and we have the resources necessary to make sure you are properly cared for. Let us help you recover maximum compensation for your losses. When you need a Denver spinal cord injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at (303) 388-5304.