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A spinal cord injury can impact every aspect of your daily life. You may need mobility equipment, require live-in care and long-term medical treatment, and be unable to return to your previous job. As a result, you can sustain significant physical, financial, and emotional hardship. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit—and the Boulder spinal injury attorneys at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help.

Our Boulder spinal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need to recover from your losses. We will work closely with you to identify your optimal path to maximum recovery, advocating tenaciously for your best interests during each stage of your case.

Why Choose Us

  • We have represented injured Colorado residents since 1985. Our personal injury attorneys in Boulder will leverage their skills, experience, and resources to craft a compelling and comprehensive case on your behalf.
  • Our spinal injury attorneys hold numerous awards and memberships in prestigious organizations, including repeated Super Lawyer designations and membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • The aftermath of a spinal cord injury can be painful. Our lawyers will handle each stage of the litigation process so you can focus on healing, not paperwork.

Common Causes of Spinal Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can occur for several reasons. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 17,900 people develop a spinal cord injury each year. Approximately 296,000 people in the United States live with this injury during any given time.

According to its 2020 statistical report, the NSCISC lists the following as some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries.

  • 38.2 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
  • Falls comprise 32.3 percent of spinal injury cases.
  • Acts of violence, especially gunshot wounds, are responsible for 14.3 percent of cases.
  • Sports and recreational injuries contribute to 7.8 percent of spinal cord injuries.
  • 4.1 percent of spinal injuries develop due to medical or surgical issues.

Legal Options for Boulder Spinal Injury Victims

If you developed a spinal cord injury in an accident caused by another person or entity, you may have grounds for legal action. A personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim enables you to hold the at-fault party accountable for your injuries and recover the compensation you need to recover.

However, you will need to prove that the at-fault party is responsible for your injury. During the insurance process, you will need to supply enough evidence to the insurance adjuster to establish that the other party caused your accident. During a lawsuit, you can prove your right to compensation by establishing the following four elements.

  • The at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
  • The at-fault party breached his or her duty of care.
  • The breach of duty directly caused your accident.
  • You sustained damages due to the at-fault party’s negligence that you can collect in your lawsuit.

For example, say that you are in a car accident and sustain a spinal cord injury. The accident occurs when a driver runs a red light and collides into the side of your vehicle. All drivers owe a duty of care to follow traffic laws and drive safely, making it simple to establish the at-fault driver’s duty of care. You can establish breach of duty by using surveillance footage, witness testimony, and police reports of the driver running the red light, which is an illegal act.

These same pieces of evidence, along with your medical records, can establish causation and your right to damages. Your Boulder spinal injury attorney from Purvis Thomson, LLP will work closely with you to gather the evidence necessary to prove your right to compensation and establish the at-fault party’s liability.

What Damages Are Available in a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?

Spinal cord injuries can be serious and debilitating. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be unable to walk and require long-term, around-the-clock care. Many spinal cord injury victims suffer from psychological distress in addition to these physical complications. Paying for spinal cord injury care can also be expensive; according to the NSCISC, the average lifetime expenses can range between $1.2 million up to $5.1 million.

Through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim against the at-fault party, you can recover compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you suffered due to his or her negligence. Economic damages refer to your financial losses, while non-economic damages involve your physical and emotional pain and suffering.

Common damages in spinal cord injury lawsuits include the following.

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings and benefits
  • Property damage
  • Disability accommodations
  • Live-in caregivers
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Permanent disability
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of love, care, and companionship

The attorneys at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help you calculate the full extent of your damages using evidence such as medical records, pay stubs, journal entries, and invoices. To calculate your long-term care costs, we may enlist the help of expert witnesses, such as economists and medical professionals, to determine an accurate settlement amount.

Do You Need a Spinal Injury Attorney for Your Case?

Navigating a spinal cord injury lawsuit can be a challenge without an attorney on your side. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may need to prove complex liability, defend yourself against accusations of shared fault, or negotiate with insurance companies or defense attorneys. In these situations, the lawyers at Purvis Thomson, LLP can represent your side of the story and advocate for your right to maximum compensation.

Leveraging our skills, experience, and wide network of resources, we can develop a compelling case in your favor and help you navigate the complex litigation process. By hiring a personal injury attorney to represent your case, you will always have an advocate on your side—and you will always have someone in the room who will fight aggressively to achieve the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Boulder Spinal Injury Lawyer Today

Spinal cord injuries can lead to financial hardship, emotional trauma, and long-term physical complications. In these situations, you need a Boulder spinal injury attorney who can help you hold the at-fault party accountable—and the Boulder spinal injury lawyers at Purvis Thomson, LLP can help. Contact us today to schedule a free case consultation and learn more about your optimal path to recovery.