Personal Injury

Denver Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer

Spinal Injury - Personal Injury Burg SimpsonSpinal cord injuries affect over 10,000 Americans every year. Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, are defined as any damage to the spinal cord that impairs function or mobility, temporarily or permanently.

Causes of SCIs include vehicle accidents, work related accidents, sports injuries, and falls among other things. Spinal cord injuries can cause permanent or temporary paraplegia and quadriplegia.

SCIs usually cause severe swelling of the spinal cord from the location of the injury downward. As such, patients with spinal cord injuries to the upper part of the spinal column suffer from a greater loss of function and mobility as more of their bodies are affected.

In some cases, motor function and sensation can be recovered, at least in part, though a combination of physical therapy and simply waiting for the effects of the injury to recede.

Victims of spinal cord injuries suffer physical, emotional, and financial damages.

At Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. we typically don’t handle small claims. We prefer to represent victims who have suffered serious injuries and we understand what it takes to convince a jury to award damages for severe and catastrophic injuries. We have the experience and resources to get you the compensation and support that you need.

We handle the following types of severe injury claims:

• Burn injuries
• Brain injuries
• Spinal cord injuries
• Paraplegia claims
• Quadriplegia claims

• Pain and suffering
• Loss of enjoyment of life
• Mental and emotional distress
• Disability
• Retraining
• Physical therapy
• Loss of income
• Medical expenses
• Permanent impairment
• Disfigurement

Whether the injury was incurred as a result of a vehicle accident, medical malpractice, a defective product, or a work-related accident, you need a law firm capable of handling a complex lawsuit and recovering the compensation you deserve.

What are the factors to account for in cases of severe injury?

Most severe injuries cause damage that goes well beyond the initial medical costs. Injured people may need extended therapy and may suffer both immediate loss of wages and long-term economic prospects. They may require extended or even lifetime care at a nursing home or in a care facility, and they may incur costs of medical devices on a long-term basis. Additionally, the emotional costs of severe injuries must be factored in. All of this can be overwhelming for victims and their families. That is just one reason it is important for you to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following a severe injury case, to help you establish what your damages are and help you go about recovering them from the party or parties responsible.

What is the difference between economic and non-economic damages?

Economic damages are intended to compensate you for your financial losses. This includes things like lost wages, medical bills and other expenses, and potential future earnings. Non-economic damages are compensation for emotional trauma, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other less tangible losses. In some cases, courts may also award punitive damages if the responsible party is found to have been acting knowingly or recklessly. Punitive damages are intended primarily as a punishment to the responsible party.

What if the injured party was partly responsible for the accident that led to the injury?

Most courts recognize the concept of comparative negligence. This means that each party who shares responsibility for the accident is assigned a percentage of that responsibility. For example, in some states, if the injured party is found to be 10% at fault, and another party 90% at fault, the injured party can still recover 90% of the economic and non-economic damages assigned. The laws can be complex in this regard.

If you or a family member have been seriously injured or killed in an accident or through medical malpractice, or because of a defective product, you will need an experienced serious personal injury lawyer to represent you. Burg Simpson has the experience, and the resources, to ensure that you can recover the damages you deserve for your injuries and your losses.

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. represents spinal cord injury victims nationwide. Our lawyers have the experience in spinal cord injury lawsuits and our law firm has the resources to handle the most complex cases.

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Denver, CO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, announced the winners of its Fifth Annual College Scholarship Competition. Launched in 2012, the competition encourages seniors from across the state to write a 1,500-word essay about the importance of the civil jury system as the guardian of American… Read more »

5th Annual Jeremy Bitner 5K to support fallen officers

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Bicycles and Cars — A Potentially Dangerous Combination

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Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

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Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

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Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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