YOUR COLORADO SPRINGS BACK AND SPINAL CORD INJURY LAWYERS
With more than 25% of adults in the U.S. experiencing back pain and between a quarter-million to a half-million individuals around the world suffering from a spinal cord injury each year, Heuser & Heuser recognizes the need for these injuries to be taken seriously. These are some of the most devastating injuries as the spinal column directly affects the body’s processes and ability to function properly.
Despite the severity of these injuries and the pain they cause, many of those who deal with damage to the back or spine have difficulty proving the extent of their injuries and recovering compensation for their losses after an accident. Often, when the accident was caused by another person or entity, that responsible party’s insurance company will do everything in its power to avoid paying out a fair settlement that accounts for all losses.
Make no mistake, those who caused your injuries should be held accountable for their actions. If you have a valid bodily injury case, you can rest assured that our team will do everything in our power to protect your rights and bring a just outcome to your situation.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
We believe in making it easy to get legal representation. If you can’t visit us in person, just call us up or submit the details of your case via our online form for a free consultation.
YOUR RIGHT TO COMPENSATION
If you have a right to compensation, no one can take that away. We work hard to make sure you recover what you need.
With free consultations and no fees unless you win, you never have to let the financialburden of your injuries hold you back from seeking legal help. Our services come at no risk to you, and the sooner you get started, the better your chances of a fair settlement will be!
WE’RE ON YOUR SIDE
At Heuser & Heuser, we understand the immense challenges that individuals face when dealing with back and spinal cord injuries. These types of injuries can have a profound impact on a person’s life, causing chronic pain, limited mobility, and psychological stress. The road to recovery can be long and difficult, and the costs associated with treatment and rehabilitation can be overwhelming.
Those who have suffered a back or spinal cord injury due to someone else’s irresponsible or careless actions deserve to be compensated for their losses. We recognize the severity of these injuries and the impact they can have on a person’s life, from medical expenses to lost wages and other related costs. These injuries can create significant financial hardships for victims and their families.
Our commitment to injured Colorado citizens is unmatched, and we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you.
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DO I HAVE A CASE?
Though the only way to determine for sure whether you qualify for compensation with a bodily injury claim is by consulting our legal team, we’ve provided the information below to give you a better understanding of what a valid case may consist of.
CAUSES AND CONDITIONS
Although the two are often used interchangeably, a back injury and a spinal cord injury are actually separate conditions.
Spinal Cord Injuries
The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that stretches down from the brain through the vertebrae that make up the back (or spinal column).
This type of injury occurs when the spinal cord is damaged, either by direct trauma to the cord itself or by indirect damage via the bones, soft tissues, and vessels surrounding it. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has stated that car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, along with disastrous falls, are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries. That being said, there are many other ways one could suffer an injury like this: certain cancers and other medical conditions, impact during a sports activity, or physical assault with a weapon being a few.
Damage to the spinal cord can cause weakness and sensory loss at and below the point of the injury, thus symptoms may depend on where along the cord the injury occurred. The most severe, nonfatal cases have the potential to cause paralysis of the arms and legs (quadriplegia) or paralysis of the lower half of the body (paraplegia).
The severity of the injury depends on whether the spinal cord is permanently, completely injured or only partially injured. In most people who suffer a spinal cord injury, the cord remains intact.
A back injury can occur to the bones of the spine (vertebrae), the cushioning discs between those vertebrae, or the ligaments, muscles, or other soft tissues. Even if one or more of the vertebrae is broken, it does not automatically cause a spinal cord injury. That being said, the risk is much higher for such an injury when the spine is damaged, so it’s best to be cautious and trust the medical advice of a physician in this situation.
Back injuries are often incurred on the job with sprains and strains from heavy lifting and overuse injuries from repetitive motion being some of the most common work injuries affecting the back. Sudden jerking or twisting movements, such as those experienced in a motor vehicle collision, can also lead to debilitating back problems. Sprained or strained ligaments and muscles or damaged or irritated nerves in the back can result in acute pain at the time of the injury or soon thereafter.
A torn or ruptured intervertebral disc may cause acute pain that may become chronic back pain. If the tear in the disc is severe enough, the inner fluid can herniate (leak out) and press against, or impinge upon, a nerve that can produce long-term pain and impairment.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
While Colorado’s deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit for back and spinal cord injuries is two years from the date of the accident, the best way to secure your right to fair compensation is to get in contact with an attorney as soon as you’re able.
If you wait too long to call us, you could miss out on recovering any of your damages or, at the very least, delay the settlement that you need to move forward.
Back and spinal cord injuries can have many causes and determining who is at fault can be complicated. To prove liability, the injured person (plaintiff) must show that the other party (defendant) was either negligent or intentionally caused the injury. This requires gathering evidence such as physician reports, witness statements, and expert testimony from medical professionals to establish the cause and extent of the injury.
Additionally, Colorado follows a modified comparative fault rule, meaning that if the plaintiff is found to be partially responsible for their own injury, their compensation may be reduced. As such, proving liability in a back and spinal cord injury lawsuit in Colorado requires a thorough understanding of the specific circumstances of the injury and the ability to present convincing evidence to a court or jury.
HAVE YOU SUFFERED SERIOUS BACK OR SPINAL INJURIES? HEUSER & HEUSER CAN HELP!
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WHAT COMPENSATION CAN I RECOVER?
While a consultation with our team is the only way to know the exact value of damages you are owed, below are some specific examples of what could be compensated for in a back or spinal cord injury claim in Colorado:
This may include past, present, and future medical expenses related to the injury. Examples of medical expenses that may be covered include:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor’s visits
- Diagnostic tests and imaging (e.g., x-rays, MRIs)
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Rehabilitation programs
- Medical equipment (e.g., wheelchairs, walkers)
- Home healthcare services
Past lost wages due to time off work, expected future lost wages due to a reduced ability to work, and lost earning capacity if the injury prevents the person from ever returning to their previous job may be included in the final settlement.
Pain and Suffering
This refers to the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the injury. Examples of pain and suffering damages that may be covered include chronic pain, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma), and permanent disfigurement.
When back or spinal cord injuries are caused by a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, the injured individual may be able to seek compensation for damage to their vehicle.
Though rarer than the other forms of damages mentioned above, punitive damages may be awarded if the responsible party’s actions are found to be particularly egregious or malicious.
We’ve Helped Thousands of Injured People Get The Money They Deserve
Client was hit by a truck, sustaining ankle injuries, a broken pelvis, broken ribs, and a broken wrist. Client required surgery.
Client was involved in a roll over accident. Client sustained head, neck, and back injuries which required rehabilitative care, several surgeries, and extensive therapy.
Client was rear ended and pushed into another vehicle. Client sustained a back injury and significant lost wages. Client required extensive therapy.
TELLING YOUR STORY
Getting fair compensation for a back or spinal cord injury case requires a lot of time and patience. For this reason, Heuser & Heuser will never try to rush a client into a settlement, and we always make sure our clients know where the case stands as it develops.
Long-term effects from the injury can be hard to assess because soft tissue injuries need to heal before you can determine what symptoms are permanent. More severe injuries need even more time to heal. Proper diagnosis and treatment can take several trips to a doctor or specialist, and that’s not to mention the long-term pain or disability a person may face.
The Heuser & Heuser legal team will consult doctors, therapists, economists, and other experts to construct a clear picture of damage from the injury, treatment required for recovery, and modifications needed for living with the effects of the injury. In addition, we will work with you and your family and friends, to talk about how the accident and injury have adversely affected your lives. Having the people closest to you tell your story can most accurately show the injury’s true effects.
Of course, no amount of money can eliminate the ongoing, lingering pain and often irreversible damage caused by severe back and spinal cord injuries, but, we will fight to ensure you or your loved one receive proper medical care and ongoing treatment, as well as the right to a life as close as possible to what existed before the injury.
People with back and spinal cord injuries and their families face a lot of struggles, fears, and uncertainty, but there is hope.
What Comes Next?
Free Case Evaluation
During your evaluation and consultation, we will examine the details of your unique circumstances and explain the legal options you have at your disposal. If you have a valid claim for a back or spinal cord injury case, we will also help you understand the settlement that may be available.
Once we’ve taken on your case, we will begin collecting photos, documents, and testimony from experts and eyewitnesses related to your case. This evidence will allow us to make an airtight argument for the compensation your injuries are worth.
After building your case, we’ll send our demand letter to the insurance adjuster and, if it is not agreed to, we will continue to negotiate on your behalf for the maximum settlement. You’ll never have to worry about your claim being denied or underpaid — we’re on top of it!
In the end, a final settlement offer will be made that you may either deny or accept. Of course, your attorney will be by your side with sound legal advice to help make the decision that will best benefit you.
If you accept the offer, our legal team will ensure that the agreement is carried out honestly and promptly because we know that you need your settlement as soon as possible.
BACK AND SPINAL INJURY FAQS
Can You Recover From a Spinal Cord Injury?
The extent of recovery after experiencing damage to the spinal cord largely depends on the severity of the injury. While some individuals may make a full recovery, others may experience permanent paralysis. In either case, it’s important to work with medical professionals to develop a treatment plan that can maximize your potential for recovery.
At Heuser & Heuser, we understand the nuances involved in spinal cord injury cases and can assist you in receiving compensation to cover your medical expenses and any ongoing care you may require.
Do I Have To Hire a Back and Spinal Cord Injury Attorney?
Back or spinal cord injuries caused by someone else’s negligence could be grounds for a personal injury claim. You may be able to recover much of what you’ve lost by taking legal action, but doing it on your own can be daunting and stressful, especially when you’re already dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of the injury.
That’s where a back and spinal cord injury attorney can help. Our legal defense team has been representing clients in these types of cases for over 35 years and can guide you through the legal process from start to finish.
What Will It Cost To Hire a Back and Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer?
Our attorneys operate exclusively on a contingency-fee basis. This arrangement of only charging fees once we’ve won compensation for our clients allows us to take on clients regardless of their financial situation and ensure that everyone has equal access to quality legal representation.
How Much Is a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The final compensation amount in a spinal cord injury lawsuit depends on a variety of factors, such as the severity of the injury, the extent of your medical expenses, and the impact the injury has had on your life. During your no-cost case evaluation, we’ll work with you to determine the full extent of your damages.
Where Is Heuser & Heuser Located?
Heuser & Heuser has two locations in Colorado, one in Colorado Springs and one in Pueblo. However, we proudly represent clients throughout the state. If you’re unable to come to one of our offices, we are happy to take your call or an online submission of your case to begin moving forward.
How Long Do I Have To File a Colorado Springs Injury Claim?
Colorado gives a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury cases. This means that you have two years from the date of the accident that caused your injuries to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. There are exceptions to this rule, though, and the specific circumstances of your case may affect how long you have to file. To protect your case and ensure you get your settlement in a timely manner, contact our Colorado Springs back and spinal cord injury attorneys as soon as possible.