Compassionate Representation for Those Wrongfully Injured
Spinal cord injuries change the lives of victims and their families forever. Often causing paralysis of some or all limbs, spinal cord injuries require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and, in many cases, the assistance of a full-time caregiver for life. Care, treatment and rehabilitation costs will be astronomical over the course of a lifetime. However, if someone else is at fault for causing the spinal cord injury, financial compensation can be recovered from the individual or company whose negligence caused the injury. After seeking immediate medical attention and determining the appropriate treatment, victims should contact Denver personal injury attorney J. Todd Tenge, serving Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins, for a free case evaluation.
About Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is a column of nerves that transmit messages from the brain to the rest of the body. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae, which are divided into the neck, back, and lower back vertebrae, as well as the sacrum and the tailbone. When the spinal cord is severed, bruised, stretched, crushed, dislocated, impinged, or otherwise damaged, it loses its ability to receive and relay messages from the brain to the body’s many systems that control sensory and motor function. When sensory nerves are damaged or their signals are disrupted or cut off, then the injured person experiences numbness, pain, hot/cold sensations, etc. in effected limbs. When motor neurons are affected, the injured person loses the ability to control or cause movement. This is what may result in paralysis.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury include pain or stinging in the neck, head, or back, loss of sensation in the extremities, loss of voluntary movement, incontinence, and difficulty breathing. The effects of a spinal cord injury vary by individual; some experience complete paralysis, while others have limited function and sensation.
If a victim suffers a complete spinal cord injury, he or she will have no movement, function, or sensation below the point of the injury. Both sides of the body are equally affected. With an incomplete spinal cord injury, the victim may have limited sensory and motor function below the point of injury; also, one side of the body may move differently from the other side and sensation may be different from one side to the other.
Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result from various types of accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Mass transit accidents
- SUV rollover accidents
- ATV accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Recreational accidents
If you’ve been in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury, an attorney at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC can help you determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim, advise you of your rights to financial compensation, and handle your claim to a successful conclusion. We can make sure you and your family are financially compensated. Contact the Tenge Law Firm, LLC today.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
The annual expenses associated with the average spinal cord injury range from $228,566 to $775,567 in the first year alone, according to The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is an overwhelming financial burden for families affected by a spinal cord injury. However, if the injury was caused by the negligent actions of another person or company, you may file a claim against that person for financial damages, as well as damages for your injuries, pain, and suffering, permanent impairment, medical expenses, and lost wages. For example, the person at fault for a motor vehicle accident could be required to pay for the victim’s medical bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of present and future wages, pain and suffering, permanent impairment and other damages.
J. Todd Tenge, who has 25 years of experience handling complex injury claims, many of which involve serious spinal cord injuries, can provide excellent legal advice while filing a claim against the liable party.
Contact Our Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the careless actions of another person and suffered a spinal cord injury, attorney J. Todd Tenge, serving Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins, can help. He will review your case to determine whether you have a viable claim; if so, he will fight on your behalf to recover financial compensation for your injury. Contact the Tenge Law Firm, LLC today to schedule your one-on-one consultation.