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A spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most serious and devastating injuries a person can experience. A spinal cord injury can happen for many reasons, from an auto accident to medical malpractice to a bad fall. Regardless of the cause, the injury can result in a changed life and significant ongoing medical expenses. In fact, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, a person who suffers a spinal cord injury at age 25 will incur lifetime costs between $1,517,806 and $4,543,182.
If the negligence or carelessness of another person or company caused your spinal cord injury, you may hold them legally responsible. A Denver injury lawyer at Levine Law can help you to take action, enforce your legal rights, and obtain the compensation you deserve. With more than 20 years of experience, our award-winning injury lawyers have the experience to handle tough cases like those involving spinal cord injuries. To learn more about how we can help you, give us a call today.
Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries
A complete spinal cord injury (SCI) results in a total loss of muscle control and feeling below the injury site. An incomplete or partial spinal cord injury, on the other hand, impairs but does not destroy feeling or muscle control. The various types of partial SCI include:
- Anterior cord syndrome: The sensory and motor pathways in the anterior part of the spinal cord suffer damage. Most sensation is lost, except in areas where the spinal cord pathways were not damaged.
- Central cord syndrome: The injury to the spine occurs in the cervical spine, which is located in the neck. Pathways along the corticospinal tract are affected and partial paralysis can occur. Weakness and loss of feeling may also result.
- Brown Sequard syndrome. The injury to the spine occurs only along either the left side or the right side of the body, limiting or eliminating the ability to move on the affected side. Because the temperature and pain sensors cross both sides of the spine, however, the ability to feel heat, cold, and pain on either side of the body may be limited.
In addition to these partial spinal cord injuries, many people suffer spinal contusions, or temporary bruising of the spine. If you experience a spinal contusion, you may be paralyzed and lose feeling for a time, but will usually get it back when the swelling goes down and the bruises heal. It can take weeks for the swelling to be reduced when you suffer a spinal cord injury, so it is often not initially clear how much damage is permanent.
Contact a Denver Accident Lawyer after a Spinal Cord Injury
When you have injured your spine, it is crucial to seek legal help right away if someone else was responsible for the injury. You may need ongoing lifetime medical care as well as many adaptive devices and medical devices. Your life will change, and you may not be able to work or your income and earning potential may be significantly reduced. These costs are real, and they should be paid by the party who caused your injury.
At Levine Law, our Denver personal injury attorneys have extensive experience helping those who suffer spinal cord injuries. Let us put our decades of legal experience to work for you to ensure you obtain the compensation you need to live a full life with dignity after your spinal cord injury. Give us a call any time at (303) 333–8000 to see how we can help you!