Colorado Mass Tort Attorneys – Burg Simpson

Mass Tort Frequently Asked Questions

At Burg Simpson, we’ve represented thousands of individuals who have suffered serious side effects after taking prescription medicines, or who have been injured as a result of defective medical devices. Over the years, our Denver mass tort lawyers have been chosen to lead high-profile litigation on numerous occasions, involving some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

Fill out our Free Case Evaluation form today or call us right now at 303-792-5595 to find out how we can help you if you’ve been injured by a prescription medicine or a faulty medical device.

This is a difficult question to answer because it depends on so many factors. Sometimes a settlement can be reached quickly without having to file a lawsuit if the liability is clear and the injuries are undisputed. If a lawsuit must be brought, then settlement will typically be delayed by many months while the parties engage in discovery.

Many times, cases will settle very close to trial, which can be a year or more after the case is filed. If a verdict is rendered in your favor, and a judgment is entered, the defendant will sometimes pay or settle at that time, but many times the defendant will appeal, in which case the ultimate recovery can be delayed by several years while the case proceeds through the appeal process. If you lose at trial, you have the right to appeal.

Again, the process can take several years, and if you win the appeal, you will likely need to go through another trial, and potentially, another appeal. If may be many years until you obtain compensation for your injuries.

There are several factors that go into evaluating what any particular claim is worth. Each case is different and it’s impossible to provide a specific dollar figure for any claim. No attorney can ever guarantee compensation for your claim. That being said, the experienced Denver mass tort attorneys at Burg Simpson have vast experience in nearly every kind of dangerous drug and defective medical devices claim. We can provide you with an honest evaluation of your claim and provide you with an assessment of what your claim might be worth.

Some of the factors that can affect a claim’s worth include the nature and extent of the injury, the nature and extent of medical treatment received, the nature and extent of preexisting medical problems, the nature and extent of the liability of each person involved, the ability of the injured person to return to that work, the need for future medical and other life care needs, the location where the injury occurred, and the amount on insurance available, to name a few.

When a person is unable to go back to work because of an injury, it can cause a significant economic loss that can be worth tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars depending on the job and the remaining work life of the injured individual. For example, a surgeon who can no longer perform as a doctor because of an injury might have many millions of dollars in future lost income over his lifetime. Even a construction worker making $30,000 per year can easily have many hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost income. Consider also that the nature of the person’s work may greatly impact the value of a claim. An accountant who breaks her leg in a car crash might not have significant lost income, since she can still perform her duties as an accountant. But a concert pianist who breaks his hand could be prevented from ever playing piano again. The impact on employment is a significant factor in evaluating a claim’s worth.

Where an injury occurs can also be a factor in a claim’s worth. This is because where an injury occurs might dictate where a lawsuit can be brought. The laws in each state vary, and some states protect their residents more than others. Some states allow unlimited recovery of “non-economic damages,” like pain and suffering, while others severely limit the recovery of non-economic damages. The laws in each state regarding negligence, comparative fault, and other liability issues can also affect the value of the claim. For claims that must be clearly brought in one state, the value of the claim may be affected by which county the claim is brought in. Some counties have more conservative jurors, while others are more liberal. As there may be several states–or counties within a state–in which a claim may be brought, it is important to evaluate all of those potential venues before filing a lawsuit.

Most lawsuits end up settling before trial. So, statistically, the chance that you’ll actually go to trial is actually quite low. Settlement is an important aspect of any lawsuit and should be considered by you using your attorney’s sound advice. But you have a right to go to trial and a right to have your case heard by a jury. You do not have to settle your case if you think that you are not being offered enough compensation for your injuries. Your dangerous medical devices attorney will provide you their legal advice and opinions as to the merits of your case, your chances at trial, and their opinions as to whether a settlement offer should be seriously considered or rejected.

Settlement has the advantage of certainty—you aren’t relying on a jury to decide the fate of your case. The advantage of taking a case to a jury is the ability to tell your story and to potentially have the jury award you more than what is being offered to settle your claim. Some claims should be settled. Other claims should be taken to a jury. Each case must be evaluated on its own merits when making that decision. Sometimes the defense will refuse to talk settlement, in which case you might have no choice but to take your case to a jury. But generally, whether you settle or take your case to trial is up to you.

You aren’t required to hire a lawyer. As an individual, you can represent yourself in a court of law. But you must understand that the law can be very confusing. There are many rules applicable to court proceedings. Many laws and rules, if not complied with, can result in your case being barred or dismissed. A lawyer is trained to analyze laws and rules and will advise you concerning the upsides and downsides to actions that may affect your legal rights. Your Denver medical device attorney’s job is the protection of your legal rights.

Also, a Denver mass tort lawyer trained and experienced in negotiation is likely to obtain a much better settlement than if you were to try to settle a case on your own. And many times a defendant or insurance company will not do anything at all until a lawyer is threatening them or their insured with a lawsuit. Your case may essentially be worth nothing until you actually hire a lawyer who can stand up for your rights.

And should you have to go to trial, a good lawyer is a necessity. Trial and pretrial procedures are vast and complex; someone who is not familiar with all of them is likely to trip up and lose rights and opportunities to present their best case to a jury. A lawyer knows the system, knows the judges, and knows how to present a case to a jury.

No. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation to those who have been injured by a drug or dangerous device. If necessary, we will obtain your medical records and we will conduct the review necessary to determine whether or not we can help you.

Our mass tort fee agreements are done on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee is determined as a percentage of your recovery. We only receive a fee for our work if we obtain a recovery for you. If you do not receive a recovery, then you owe us nothing. If you decide to hire us to pursue your claim, all of this will be explained in a written fee agreement.

We advance the money for all litigation costs associated with pursuing your claim (such as filing fees, medical records retrieval, and expert costs). We receive reimbursement for these costs out of any recovery. If you do not receive a recovery, then you owe us nothing.

Yes. Some of our senior shareholders have been appointed to lead national litigation against several drug and device manufacturing companies. We have the combination of powerful resources and the reputation and expertise to give you a great chance for a successful outcome. Call us today at 303-792-5595 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form here.

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

Are corporation’s people? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one the U.S. Supreme Court answered in the affirmative when it handed down its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. That 5-4 ruling struck down a prohibition against certain election communications by nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and other associations…. Read more »

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Big Pharma a big victory. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the high court struck down California’s effort to widen the scope of non-residents seeking relief from dangerous drugs. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against nearly 680 plaintiffs who were suing the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Consumers Can Sue Banks – Colorado Mass Tort Lawyers – Burg Simpson

 July 17, 2017

Consumers Win Right to Sue Banks

In a regulatory environment that has lately favored big business over the average American consumer, the underdog got a rare win this week. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent federal watchdog group, issued a rule on July 10 that will limit the ability of banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions to force… Read more »

Device Recall - Dangerous Medical Devices Attorney – Burg Simpson

 April 24, 2017

What is a Medical Device Recall?

When a person undergoes a medical procedure involving the use of a medical device, that person trusts it’s safe and effective. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it becomes clear that a medical device is causing unexpected harm to consumers, a medical device manufacturer must take measures to address such serious problems. One such… Read more »

Reverse Shoulder- denver Mass tort lawyers - Burg Simpson

 February 17, 2017

Recall Alert: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recalled by Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I Recall of its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder due to higher than reported fracture rates.  Zimmer Biomet issued the recall on December 15, 2016.  The Zimmer recall includes thousands of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulders.  The recalled devices were distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.  As part of the shoulder recall,… Read more »

Mike Burg Holds First Book Signing for Trial by Fire at Tattered Cover

 August 18, 2016

Mike Burg Holds First Book Signing for Trial by Fire at Tattered Cover

Last month at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado, a crowd of over 100 were treated to an evening with Burg Simpson attorney and author, Mike Burg. Speaking about his new book, Trial By Fire: One Man’s Battle to End Corporate Greed and Save Lives, Mike discussed his childhood and his motivations that… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

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

 April 28, 2016

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

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

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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