Grand Junction Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
There are few injuries that can be as devastating, as life-altering, as damage to your spine. Such injuries, often caused by negligence, can leave you both physically and emotionally traumatized. Damage to your spinal cord can impact the rest of your life, impair your mobility, limit your ability to work, and even lead to paralysis. This does not even include the incredible financial hole that a spinal injury can leave you in.
The legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, understands how devastating these kinds of injuries can be, both for your body and your wallet. We often represent victims who have suffered tragic accidents. We know firsthand that you can’t rely on insurance companies to protect you or to offer the amount of compensation you actually deserve. That is why it is our mission to make sure that every victim receives the compensation they are entitled to under Colorado law.
Call our experienced Colorado spinal injury lawyers today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
The spine, while being made of hard bone, is actually an incredibly delicate part of the body. A broken radius or ulna in your arm will certainly hurt and take some time to properly heal, but once healed, you will likely not have any lasting side effects of the break. The spine, on the other hand, can lead to a lasting disability, even if you only suffer a fracture. Due to its delicate nature, there are a number of accidents that can quickly lead to extreme spine damage. Some of the more common ones include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bike accidents
- Animal attacks
- Swimming pool accidents
Even so-called “minor” accidents can still have disastrous effects on your spine. For example, something as seemingly small as slipping on some water in the grocery store can lead to a serious bruise, fracture, or even break in your spine. Such injuries can also damage your nerves and have a disastrous impact on your day-to-day life. Knowing the signs of a spine injury can be key in receiving proper treatment and healing as quickly as possible.
The spine houses nerves that travel from the brain to the rest of the body. Those nerves allow the brain to send signals and commands to various body parts, such as the limbs, organs, and muscles, to get them to move and operate. Without these nerves, the brain’s main mode of communication is lost, and it can no longer control the body. That is why a spinal cord injury can be so dangerous. When other bones break, it is incredibly painful and can lead to limited use of said bone after it heals, but when the spine breaks, it can wreak havoc on your entire body.
Knowing the signs of a spinal cord injury can help ensure that any long-term damage is minimized. Even if you think that your accident was minor or that your injuries were not extensive, if you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should seek immediate medical help:
- A tingling sensation throughout the body
- Sudden onset of pain or weakness
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of control over your bowels or bladder
- Numbness in your arms or legs
- A lowered ability to move parts, or all, of your body
- Extreme pressure or pain in your neck, head, or back
- Imbalance or vertigo
- An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
It is incredibly important that you receive treatment for your spinal injury as soon as possible. Without proper treatment, it is very likely that your injury could worsen over time. What might have been reversible at the beginning could develop into a lifelong disability.
Paralysis is just one of the possible side effects of a spinal cord injury. Because the spine holds our nerves, when it becomes damaged, those nerves can be stretched, torn, or completely severed. When that happens, the brain can lose the ability to communicate with the rest of the body. This lack of communication often leads to paralysis, or the inability to move the body. When it comes to spinal injuries, there are two main kinds of paralysis:
Paraplegia: If the injury was lower on your spine, close to the waist or hips, then you may experience paraplegia. Paraplegia is when the lower half of the body, mainly the legs, is paralyzed and does not work. Other parts of your body, such as your bladder and bowels, can also be impacted, but that is not always the case with paraplegia. Most often, people who suffer from this kind of paralysis require the use of a wheelchair to move around, which can impact your ability to get place to place easily.
Quadriplegia: On the other hand, if your spinal injury was high up, such as at the base of your neck, you may suffer from quadriplegia. Because the injury is so high up, nearly all communication with the body has been cut off, meaning you are unable to control anything from the neck down. This not only impacts your ability to move your body, but also your ability to breathe, control your bowels, and other basic bodily functions. People with quadriplegia very often need a great deal of help, both from other people and from machines that allow them to breathe and move around.
While many people in America live long, fulfilling lives while paralyzed, it is an undeniable fact that paralysis has a major impact on how you must operate in your daily life. People with paralysis cannot drive themselves and must use public transportation or have someone, either an aid or family member, drive them. On top of that, both paraplegia and quadriplegia require a certain level of accommodation that typical homes often do not have. This means you may have to move to a new house or renovate your home, both of which can be incredibly costly.
On top of the costs of renovations, treating paralysis often involves several surgeries and constant medical assistance. On a daily basis, someone with quadriplegia will likely need several machines to help them function, including a breathing apparatus and a urine and feces drainage bag. This kind of constant care is not cheap, and health insurance will only cover so much. That is why filing a personal injury claim against the person who caused your accident may be the best option for staying financially stable.
A spinal cord injury can permanently affect a person’s strength, sensation, and mobility from the point of the injury and below. Victims generally find that every aspect of their lives is impacted: they will not only be physically limited, but emotionally and socially as well.
In the most severe SCI cases, the damage will be obvious, but not all spinal cord injuries are obvious right away. Following an accident, be on the lookout for:
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you will not only need immediate medical attention, but intense care throughout the rehabilitation process. The medical expenses will pile up quickly, and you will likely miss time from work or lose the ability to work altogether. Unfortunately, you can’t count on insurance companies to help you. They often put their own profits over your well-being, despite the fact that they are legally obligated to give you proper compensation following an accident. That’s where we come in.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, our goal is to protect victims by ensuring that they have access to quality medical care and the resources they need to begin putting their lives back together. Our experienced Colorado personal injury attorneys are not afraid to take on big insurance companies, and we’ll do everything in our power to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients.
Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to schedule a free consultation.
- Spinal Cord Injuries - MedlinePlus
- Spinal Cord Injury Information Page - NIH
- Spinal Injuries - Merck Manual
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.