How to File a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuits in Colorado
Learn how spinal cord injury cases work in Colorado and what you should know if you or a loved one have been hurt
When you or a loved one suffer a personal injury like a car accident or serious fall, you might have damage to your spine. Spinal cord injuries are serious. An injury to the spine can change your life in an instant.
When you suffer a spinal cord injury, there are some things that you should know about your legal rights and how spinal cord injury lawsuits in Colorado work.
Negligence: the basis for your spinal cord injury claim
There are a number of scenarios when someone else can be held liable for your spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury may happen due to someone else’s negligence. For example, when another driver fails to use reasonable care and caution by texting and driving, and their negligence causes an accident that results in a spine injury, you can bring a claim against them for your losses.
Or another example of spinal cord injury caused by negligence is when a slippery surface at a supermarket is left unattended and causes a customer to fall. Spinal injuries may also occur as a result of medical malpractice or defective products.
In all of these examples, the fundamental cause of the injury is negligence.
Identifying your spinal cord injuries
One of the challenges of recovery after spinal cord trauma is identifying the true extent of your injury. At first, you might notice a minor tingling sensation. But that tingling could be the result of serious and detrimental nerve damage.
Following an accident, you should always visit a doctor to assess the full extent of your injuries. You can work with your Colorado spinal injury attorney and medical experts in order to properly evaluate your injuries and document them for your case.
Spinal cord lawsuit damages
Another thing to be aware of when you’re building your claim after a spinal cord injury is the types of damages that may be available to you. When you or a loved one are in a Colorado accident, there are many types of damages that may be available to you:
- Rehabilitation – compensation for physical therapy and follow-up medical visits
- Mobility – compensation for wheelchairs, walking aids and even home modifications like widening doors or putting in an electric chair to make it easier to move around the home
- Long-term care – compensation for additional assistance you require like hiring home care professionals
- Lost income – compensation for past and future unearned wages you would have made had you not been injured
- Loss of use – compensation for not being able to live like you used to
- Pain and suffering – compensation for emotional distress due to your injury
- Punitive damages – compensation to punish other side for willful or wanton disregard for your safety
Preserving evidence and building your claim
When you suffer a spinal injury, it’s important to get emergency care to prevent further damage and minimize the chances of permanent paralysis. A spinal injury isn’t always immediately obvious, and after an injury it’s important to seek immediate care. Failing to see a doctor can raise doubts about the cause of your injuries.
It’s also important to take time to write down a narrative of events as soon as you’re able to after the accident. Some spinal cord injury cases last years and memories can fade with time. Your recorded recollection of events can be critical to preserve evidence.
Working with a Colorado personal injury attorney
An experienced Colorado spinal cord injury attorney can help you take the right steps to make your claim successful. We can help you identify your type of claim and review the medical evidence by putting you in touch with the right professionals to identify your injuries. Finally, we can help you calculate the many types of damages that you might deserve in your case.
If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, time is of the essence. Contact the Babcock Law Firm today for a free consultation.