Grand Junction Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers
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.
The legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, represents victims who have suffered tragic accidents. We understand firsthand that you can’t rely on insurance companies to protect you. Our mission is 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.
According to data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), there are approximately 17,700 new cases of spinal cord injuries every year. Of these, 37% are the result of motor vehicle accidents - the leading cause of spinal cord injuries in the United States. The majority are car or motorcycle collisions, but a significant number of accidents involve snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), which is of special concern to Colorado residents.
The next most likely cause is a fall, such as might take place during a workplace accident or on a slippery walkway. Other causes include acts of violence, sports and recreational activities, surgical complications, and horseback riding.
While some spinal cord injuries (SCIs) might be minor and only involve temporary neck or back pain, most SCIs require serious medical care and lengthy hospitalizations. In severe cases, victims will experience incomplete or total tetraplegia: paralysis from the neck down. Only 1% of patients who experience any paralysis recover by the time they’re discharged from the hospital, so the vast majority of patients are faced with difficult recoveries at home. The average stay in a hospital following a spinal cord injury is eleven days. The average length of inpatient rehabilitation is 34 days.
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:
- Extreme pressure or pain in your neck, head, or back
- Numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in any part of your body, but especially your extremities
- Imbalance or vertigo
- Impaired ability to breathe or clear your lungs
- An oddly positioned or twisted neck or back
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 victims will likely miss time from work or lose the ability to work altogether. Unfortunately, you can’t count on insurance companies to help you. 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.
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