Spinal Cord Injury Claims: Seeking Personal Injury Compensation for Long-Term Costs in Denver

The long-term costs of a spinal cord injury will vary, depending on the severity of your injury, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the cost is up to $30,000 per year. To protect your financial future, you should file a claim for personal injury compensation if your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, whether it involved a car crash or a slip and fall accident. An auto accident lawyer in Denver who has experience handling spinal cord injury claims can provide guidance.


An injury to the spinal cord appears when a disturbance causes harm to the spinal column, which comprises 31 vertebrae (bones):

  • 7 neck vertebrae;
  • 12 upper and middle back vertebrae;
  • 5 lower back vertebrae;
  • 5 sacrum vertebrae; and
  • 2 fused coccyx vertebrae.

Within the spinal column is a bundle of nerves, the spinal cord, which extends from the brain and transmits signals to other body parts. When the spinal column is damaged, the spinal cord could be affected, and the result may be temporary or permanent loss of function or sensations, depending on where the damage has occurred.

Any body system that falls under control of the affected nerves could be impaired, including the:

  • musculoskeletal system (causing complete or incomplete paralysis in the legs, arms or both);
  • respiratory system (interfering with the ability to breathe on your own);
  • urinary system (causing loss of control of bladder functions); and
  • gastrointestinal system (a feeding tube may be required).

Other problems associated with this type of injury are depression and anxiety, for which personal injury compensation may be available. While the CDC estimates medical costs at $15,000 to $30,000 a year, the agency estimates the lifetime cost at $500,000 to more than $3 million.

According to other estimates, the costs during the first year could range from about $320,000 to nearly $1 million, and expenses for subsequent years could range from nearly $40,000 to about $170,000.


It’s important that you consult with an auto accident lawyer in Denver to protect yourself financially, considering spinal cord injury claims can be difficult to pursue, and you don’t want to take any chances at this vulnerable time in your life. With good legal counsel, you may be able to obtain damages for:

  • current and future medical expenses; 
  • pain and suffering; 
  • lost wages and earning potential; 
  • home and software adaptations; 
  • mobility devices; and
  • rehabilitation.

When you meet with your attorney for your first consultation, ask him or her the estimate value of your case and what documents you need in order to prove your expenses or lost income.


The Law Office of D.J. Banovitz prides itself on giving honest, straightforward answers to your questions and concerns about filing claims. When another’s negligence causes you harm, you deserve personal injury compensation.

To learn more about how a lawyer matters in preserving your claim, request a FREE copy of our book, 7 Costly Mistakes that Can Ruin Your Colorado Injury Case. When you’re ready, contact us for a FREE consultation – 1-303-300-5060.

D.J. Banovitz’ career has always concentrated on trial practice and he has litigated hundreds of cases. His passion and sole career focus has been to seek justice for people suffering from personal injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence. The hallmark of the Law Office of D.J. Banovitz, is the total commitment to professionalism, quality, and personalized care of your injury case. D.J. has dedicated his professional life to helping those most in need and is a proud and active member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. His experience includes volunteering for Colorado Rural Legal Services in Montrose, the Colorado Aids Project, consumer law, family law, criminal defense, and Alternative Defense Counsel for juveniles in Denver.