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Surviving the First 90 Days After A Spinal Cord Injury

By Burg Simpson
April 11, 2018
4 min read

Every year in the United States, more than 17,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries, based on the latest data from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. It’s estimated that there are nearly 300,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury today.

That’s a big reason why Burg Simpson takes these life-altering injuries so seriously. Shareholder Peter W. Burg has long been a champion for SCI patients and has stepped up once again to contribute a chapter in the Rocky Mountain States edition of the “Spinal Cord Injury: The First 90 Days.

Peter is one of the country’s foremost trial lawyers as well as a leading authority on handling claims for people with traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries.

If you’ve been in an accident that’s left you with a serious spinal cord injury, it’s easy to overlook the fact that you might need legal help in addition to medical care. Make sure you speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

The First 90 Days

The book, written primarily by Sam Maddox, is a resource tool for SCI patients to assist and answer many questions facing survivors of a spinal cord injury and their families in the months immediately following injury.

“‘The First 90 Days’ is not a day-book or a calendar,” according to the introduction. “The timing and sequences are quite general. Your sixth week may not be like someone else’s. Your outcomes after 90 days may not be the same. No two spinal cord injuries are exactly alike, and no two people should expect the same pathway to recovery.”

Among other things, the book tackles issues such as:

  • Emergency management.
  • The basics of SCIs.
  • Rehab.
  • The mental consequences of SCIs.
  • Care-giving.
  • Research and recovery.

When, How, and Why to Select an Attorney

Peter’s contribution to the book answers some of the legal related questions a patient might have, particularly where they’ve sustained their injury in an accident someone else caused. Many victims of these injuries often overlook that they could be eligible for compensation for what they’ve lost due to the acts or omissions of someone else.

“When talking about compensation, we are not talking about winning a lottery,” Peter writes. “Compensation is about re-payment for your losses, payment for what has been taken away from you, and being provided economic resources to assist you with your medical and life care needs created due to the wrongdoing of someone else.”

Peter goes on to discuss how incredibly complicated SCI legal cases can be, from both a legal and a medical standpoint.

“Do your due diligence,” Peter advises. “Spinal cord injury is complex. Finding the right lawyer with the requisite skill, knowledge, and experience is critical.”

A History of Fighting for SCI Survivors

Burg Simpson is a law firm with decades of experience dealing with SCI personal injury cases. Among the professionals trained to handle these cases in addition to Peter Burg are:

  • Michael S. Burg, firm founder and a nationally recognized trial lawyer, as well as the only Colorado lawyer in the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.
  • Stephen J. Burg, shareholder, who represents victims of auto crashes, trucking accidents, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, wrongful death, and more.
  • Jacob M. Burg is an up-and-coming associate whose focus is on personal injury litigation.
  • Scott J. Eldredge, shareholder, is head of the firm’s medical malpractice division and has spent years dealing with cases involving SCIs.

In addition to fighting for victim’s rights, and making contributions to publications such as this, Burg Simpson has been a longtime supporter of Denver’s own Craig Hospital, one of the country’s leading rehab and research hospitals for SCI and traumatic brain injury patients. Burg Simpson shareholders frequently serve as members of the Craig Hospital PUSH for a Cure Committee in addition to helping organize the Craig Hospital Foundation’s annual flagship fundraising dinner. Additionally, Peter Burg is a past chairman of Craig Hospital’s Operating Board and spent over a decade serving on Craig’s Operating and Foundation Boards.

Burg Simpson is a personal injury law firm that’s well aware how devastating spinal cord injuries can be. Call our Denver office today at 303-792-5595 so you can speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form before it’s too late.

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