According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46% of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S. are caused by motor vehicle accidents. The neurological and physical damage caused by spinal cord injuries can be life altering for spinal cord injury victims and their loved ones. Spinal cord injuries sustained in automobile and motorcycle accidents are often caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver. If you or a family member has sustained a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident or other accident in Colorado, you should consult an experienced Colorado spinal cord injury lawyer to find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and other losses.
Automobile accidents and motorcycle accidents the leading cause of SCI in the United States. A traumatic force to the spinal column that dislocates or fractures the vertebrae can lead to serious injury to the enclosed nerve bundles that make up the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is injured, the communication to the brain and other parts of the body can be severely impaired. Damage sustained from a spinal cord injury depends upon location of the spinal cord injuries. Any body system can be impaired form a spinal cord injury, including the musculoskeletal system, which controls movement. Damage to the musculoskeletal system can result in paralysis of the lower body (paraplegia) or paralysis of all four limbs and/or the upper and lower body (tetraplegia). The respiratory, gastrointestinal, and other body systems may also be damaged due to a spinal cord injury. In worst-case scenarios, spinal cord injury victims die from their injuries, which may result in a wrongful death.
Surgery, medication, and rehabilitation are the primary forms of treatment for spinal cord injuries. Unlike other nerve cells, spinal nerve cells do not regenerate, so spinal cord injuries are irreversible. Paralysis from a spinal cord injury is usually permanent, so it is life altering for spinal cord injury victims. Medical treatment for spinal cord injuries may also include the use of specialized medical equipment to help restore maximum functioning to spinal cord injury victims. Many individuals who suffer from SCI are permanently disabled, leaving them unable to work. The CDC estimates that the lifetime costs for SCI-related medical expenses are anywhere from $500,000 to $3 million. The combination of costly medical care and loss of income is too much for most spinal cord injury victims and their families to handle.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury or lost a loved one due to a spinal cord injury in a Colorado motorcycle or auto accident, you should seek legal council from a skilled Colorado spinal cord injury attorney. You may be entitled to recover damages for your medical bills, loss of wages, and other losses through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
At the Fowler Law Firm, we understand how emotionally and physically devastating spinal cord injuries can be for our clients. We will help alleviate some of your stress by handling your spinal cord injury claim to help you receive the maximum settlement to which you are entitled. To arrange a confidential review of your spinal cord injury case, call our Fort Collins, Colorado office at (970) 232-3322 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.