Fort Collins Neck & Back Injury Lawyers
Have you injured your neck or back in an accident in Colorado that was caused by someone else’s negligent, careless, of reckless behavior? If you have, you know how painful and debilitating these injuries can be and how badly they can affect everything you do—at home, work, or play—robbing you of many of life’s pleasures and maybe even keeping you from being able to work. You should not hesitate in contacting an experienced Fort Collins back injury attorney for a free legal consultation right away before the case become s harder to handle over time.
Automobile crashes, falls, construction accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, sports, and acts of violence frequently result in back, neck, and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can affect any of the structures of the spinal region, including:
- Spinal cord
As anyone who has suffered a neck or back injury can attest, all of these injuries cause a lot of pain and keep you from doing the things you enjoy.
If you can demonstrate that another person, company, or government entity was at fault in causing your injuries, you have the right to demand compensation in the form of a monetary recovery. The most effective way to do this is to hire an experienced Fort Collins personal injury lawyer to assist you with your claim.
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The most catastrophic back and neck injuries are those associated with damage to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries usually cause paralysis, the extent of which depends on the region of the spine where the injury occurred. In the neck area, the result is usually quadriplegia, also called tetraplegia, which is paralysis of the entire body, including all four limbs—everything below an injury in the cervical spine. If the injury is in the thoracic or lumbar area, the result is paraplegia, which is paralysis of the lower body. In either case, the victim is typically confined to a wheelchair for life. Many people suffering from quadriplegia (tetraplegia) require a ventilator to help them breathe because paralysis affects the diaphragm.
A broken back is an injury in which the vertebrae are fractured or dislocated, often as the result of a motor vehicle. Fractured vertebrae are most common in the middle and lower back—the thoracic and lumbar spine. Surgery is usually performed to prevent compression of the spine and cord damage.
A herniated disc is a bulging or rupture of the gelatinous material that forms a cushion between the vertebrae. The herniated material can put pressure on a nerve, causing severe pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, and muscle spasms. A herniated disc in the lower back may causes pain that radiates into the buttocks and legs. In the neck area, the pain will usually radiate into the shoulders and upper arms.
Your neck and back are made up of a column of vertebrae that protect the nerves of the spinal cord. Ligaments are soft tissues that hold those bones in place; tendons join the muscles to bones. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in the back are stretched too far; a strain is a soft tissue injury from overstretched muscles and tendons. Sprains and strains cause inflammation and pain and can restrict your range of motion and limit your activities for months.
All back and neck injuries come with a high cost in medical expenses, lost earnings and productivity, and human suffering. The worst injuries, to the spinal cord, are catastrophic and permanently change your life. When your injury was caused by someone else’s wrongdoing, you have every right to hold that party accountable and to pursue compensation for all that you’ve lost.
Having the right lawyer working for you will improve the likelihood of a fair recovery that fully compensates you for damages to your finances and your quality of life. In Ft. Collins, the Tenge Law Firm, LLC has the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell and AVVO ratings and will provide the aggressive, skilled, and professional representation that can make an enormous difference in your life after a serious injury. Call today for a complimentary consultation with our dedicated personal injury lawyers to learn about your options.
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