Injury Attorney Richard DehnckeLegal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death.

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Richard J. Dehncke

Richard J. Dehncke
Attorney at Law

Richard Dehncke has the distinct honor of being recognized as one of Colorado’s Super Lawyers. Injury Attorney Richard Dehncke has proudly represented seriously injured persons and their families confidently, competently, and compassionately for 30 years. His legal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Dehncke has attended the prestigious Harvard Law School Center for Legal Negotiation. He is an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Memberships include the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and Colorado Bar Association. He has been awarded the highest national AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards.


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  Colorado Spinal Cord Injury Attorney

Over 11,000 spinal cord injuries occur each year and over 250,000 Americans currently live with a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries can occur from automobile accidents, assault and battery, falls and sporting activities. No matter how severe the injury is, a spinal cord injury is always life changing and requires immediate medical attention. If a partial spinal cord break is not caught quickly, permanent and complete paralysis can occur.

Spinal Cord Injury Statistics:

  • The average age of a victim with a spinal cord injury is 31
  • Males make up 82% of all spinal cord injuries
  • Automobile accidents are the #1 cause of spinal cord injuries
  • Only 52% of all Spinal cord injury victims are covered by health insurance
  • Expenses for the first year for paraplegics is almost $152,000; lifetime expenses= $428,000
  • Expenses for the first year for quadriplegics is almost $417,000; lifetime expenses= $1.35 million

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What is a spinal cord injury:

A spinal cord injury is any injury to the spine that causes a fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae in the spine. Damage to the spinal cord occurs when pieces of vertebrae tear the cord tissue. There are 2 types of spinal cord injuries:

  • Complete: damage to the spinal cord is complete and there is no communication between the nerves above and below the injury. As a result, there will be no movement or sensation below the level of the injury. The victim will be paralyzed.
  • Incomplete: Damage to the spinal cord is not as severe and there is some communication between the areas above and below the injury. You may be able to move some of your limbs or feel sensations in some parts of your body below the injury.

Where your spinal cord is injured plays an important role in determining the severity of your injuries. The spinal cord is comprised of four sections: the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral vertebrae. Injuries to the neck involve mainly the cervical vertebrae and complete or incomplete spinal cord injuries to the cervical area result in the most devastating consequences. If the injury is complete, victims may not be able to move any of their extremities resulting in quadriplegia. Injuries above the C-4 vertebrae will also require the victim to breathe on a ventilator.

In addition to loss of sensation and movement, victims with spinal cord injuries may also experience:

  • loss of sexual functioning
  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of bowel control
  • inability to breathe
  • reduced body temperature control
  • inability to sweat
  • chronic pain

While automobile accidents are the #1 cause of spinal cord injuries, injuries to the spine can occur anywhere. In some situations, injuries to the spinal cord are a direct result of another party's carelessness or negligence. Spinal cord injuries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat and no matter how adequately you are insured, many victims find that their insurance policies are quickly exhausted. In these situations it is important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney specializing in spinal cord injury immediately to ensure that your claim is handled quickly. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries including lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of lifestyle.

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Colorado Personal Injury Attorney - Additional Practice Areas

Temporal Mandibular Joint Injury Attorney
Trucking Accidents Attorney
Recreational Vehicle Accident Attorney
Commercial Trucking Accident Attorney
Wrongful Death Attorney
Spinal Cord Injury Attorney
Bus Accident Attorney
Scooter Accident Attorney
Childhood Injury Attorney
Big Rig Accident Attorney

Rear End Collision Attorney
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Fork Lift Accident Attorney
Burn Injury Attorney
Eye Injury Attorney
Rollover Accident Attorney
Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
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Rental Car Accident Attorney
Taxi Cab Accident Attorney
The Colorado Personal Injury Law Offices of Richard J. Dehncke serves all of Colorado including the residents of cities such as Denver, Aurora, Brighton, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Thornton, Arvada, Lakewood, Englewood and Centennial, as well as Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Denver County, Larimer County, Weld County, and Colorado's Western Slope.
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