Colorado Springs Paralysis and Nerve Damage Attorneys
Few physical injuries are more devastating than nerve damage. It may impact every aspect of your life: social, emotional, and professional. Any paralysis will leave a victim facing serious challenges, often unable to work, with consequences that can last a lifetime. If you were injured in a car accident or fall that was not your fault, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek the maximum possible compensation.
At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., we are strong advocates for accident victims throughout Colorado Springs and understand how to skillfully guide our clients through a personal injury claim. Our Colorado Springs paralysis and nerve damage attorneys can sit down with you in a free consultation, learn how your injuries have affected your life, determine who is liable for your injuries, and advocate for your best interests. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 to learn how we can fight for you.
Nerve injuries are classified into three general types:
- Neurapraxia: This type of nerve injury does not typically lead to permanent disability but can limit your ability to move or feel a limb. Such injuries typically heal over several months, during which time you may be unable to work or perform your usual activities due to a lack of sensation in the affected area.
- Axonotmesis: In this type of nerve injury, the nerves do not function correctly and partially interrupt messages to the affected body part due to damage to the axons. Axons do not regenerate quickly and may require many months before motion is restored. As the tissues heal, scar tissue may form, requiring surgical intervention by a nerve specialist to restore motion.
- Neurotmesis: The nerve is irreparably ruptured. Neurotmesis is the most serious type of nerve damage. After such an injury, some motion of the arm, leg, or other body part could improve with time, but full recovery cannot be achieved.
Damage to individual nerves in a limb can result in partial or total paralysis that limits a person’s ability to move or feel, but the real danger is if the spinal cord is damaged. The spinal cord processes all information between the brain and the body. When it is damaged, a victim can suffer paralysis and chronic pain from below where the injury occurred.
The most common forms of paralysis include:
- Monoplegia: This form of paralysis affects one limb, whether an arm or leg. It can result from an auto collision that caused nerve damage on one side of the body, or in some cases, a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Hemiplegia: This form of paralysis affects both limbs on one side of the body. Over time, some people are able to restore some level of motion, but for many, the condition is permanent.
- Paraplegia: This form of paralysis is associated with a spinal cord injury, with the injury to the spine affecting nerve function in the lower limbs. In the best cases, there is some improvement achieved over time.
- Quadriplegia (tetraplegia): This occurs when the entire body below the neck is paralyzed. The individual can no longer voluntarily move the upper or lower parts of the body, including the hands, arms, chest, legs, and feet, and in some cases, the head, neck, and shoulders.
Your attorney must always keep in mind the long-term consequences of the injury to your life when pursuing financial compensation. The amount paid in a settlement or jury verdict should reflect the physical, emotional, and financial losses you have experienced due to the negligent conduct of another person.
Nerve damage and resulting paralysis are often the result of severe trauma, ranging from blows to the head in a fall to third-degree burns. After an accident, it is important to review all of your symptoms with a doctor who can determine the extent of the damage. If you are feeling any tingling in your fingers or toes, have difficulty moving certain body parts, experience an unexplained burning sensation, or lose feeling in your limbs, get treatment as soon as possible.
In our experience, nerve damage or paralysis is common in:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle collisions
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accidents
- Falls that involve blows to the head
- Crush injuries that impair nerves
- Fires and serious burns
- Violent dog bites
If you suffered nerve damage or paralysis as a result of another person’s actions, you deserve full compensation. Nerve damage can follow you for years to come and lead to serious disabilities, impacting your job and livelihood. You may also experience other health conditions, impacting everything from your sexual well-being to your internal organs’ functioning. A skilled personal injury attorney can review the costs of your injuries and fight to get you the highest possible award.
The costs of treating a nerve injury or paralysis can jump into the hundreds of thousands of dollars within months. As life goes on, the costs will continue to rise, with surgeries, physical therapy, injections, medications, and other treatments that are very costly but necessary. Your personal injury lawyer may call upon financial and medical experts to calculate the full value of your claim. A claim for nerve injuries or paralysis can recover:
- All medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Disfigurements, including facial paralysis and scarring
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., represents people throughout El Paso County, giving them a fair shot at compensation after an accident. If a negligent party caused you to suffer nerve damage or paralysis, you should not have to haggle with their insurance company to get your bills paid. Instead, let our team of Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys collect evidence, determine liability, and negotiate with the insurance adjusters. Our founder has been voted Top Attorney in Colorado Springs and has years of experience under his belt fighting for accident victims. Call us today for a free case evaluation at (719) 475-2555.