Personal Injury

Personal Injury Case Areas

Helping People

Personal injury cases are legal disputes that stem from an incident where someone is accidentally hurt and someone else could be legally responsible. A personal injury case can involve civil court action to find others legally at fault through judgment or mediation. In many cases, our Denver personal injury lawyers will encourage a settlement before any suit is brought.

A Colorado personal injury lawyer at Burg Simpson are committed to helping injured people rebuild their lives after a serious accident or injury. Over the last 40 years, we’ve handled almost every type of injury or wrongful death case. No other firm has the resources, reputation, or proven track record of success when it comes to helping injured individuals and their families. Fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now to discuss your case with us!


Colorado Personal injury cases typically begin when someone, the plaintiff, files a civil complaint against another party, the defendant. These complaints will claim the defendant acted negligently in some way, which contributed to the resulting accident and injury.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The middle ground between a lawsuit and a settlement includes procedures such as mediation or arbitration. Arbitration for personal injury is the most common form of alternative dispute resolution and can be quicker, less expensive, and more flexible than litigation. In arbitration, the parties present their case to an impartial third party, often in a trial-like format. he parties make opening and closing arguments, present testimony and witnesses, and offer documents in much the same way they would in a conventional trial. Visit a Denver injury lawyer now to discuss your case.


The vast majority of personal injury disputes find resolution through the settlement process, usually among the involved parties, their insurers, and the attorneys on the case. A settlement includes a negotiation process that concludes with a written agreement in which both sides forgo any further legal action. A Denver injury attorney at Burg Simpson has the knowledge needed to help with your case.

Case Areas

  • Auto/Car Accidents
    Personal injury cases involving an auto car accident must establish fault, damages, plus a connection between the accident and the damages. Our Colorado personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson can help you with your accident case. Contact a Colorado personal injury lawyer today if you are hurt in a car accident!
  • Bicycle Accidents
    A cyclist can sue the driver to recover damages, but the case often comes down to negligence. Was the driver negligent, leading to the accident that caused the injury? Or did the cyclist’s negligence cause or contribute to the accident and/or injuries?
  • Brain Injury
    One of the most frightening outcomes of any accident is a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms include: confusion/memory loss, drowsiness or listlessness, nausea and dizziness, a severe headache or any weakness or numbness on either side of the body.
  • Burn Injury
    Burn injuries are often caused by the negligence of others. As such, victims could be due compensation from the responsible parties for these types of personal injury, which may include: economic losses, such as lost income and medical expenses; non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, and permanent impairment and/or disfigurement.
  • Catastrophic Injury
    Severe and catastrophic injuries are typically those with damages that far exceed the initial personal injury. These often life-changing injuries can include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, paraplegia claims, and quadriplegia claims.
  • CO2 Poisoning
    Inhaling CO2 can stop the blood from carrying oxygen throughout the body, which can produce immediate symptoms, such as dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, confusion, vision problems, and chest pain. Continued exposure can quickly lead to serious brain injury or death. Extended or chronic exposure to low-levels of CO2 can cause injury over time.
  • Construction Accident
    Even if you’re entitled to compensation for injuries received while working on a construction site, you could still be entitled to recover additional damages against third parties, including equipment manufacturers, contractors, and property owners who might have negligently contributed to the accident.
  • Dangerous Workplace
    This is not unlike Construction Accidents, but goes beyond construction sites to include any workplace that’s responsible for an accident and subsequent injury. This is also a claim that can go beyond a traditional workers’ compensation claim.
  • Dog Bites
    There are a number of variables at play in a Dog Bite personal injury case, including the dog’s breed, Colorado’s relatively new strict liability law and the specific circumstances surrounding each case, such has the location of the victim relative to the animal and the owner.
  • Drunk Driving Victims
    Impaired drivers aren’t just the ones under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other contributing factors can include prescription medications, fatigue, road rage, and even age. All of which can impair drivers and cause accidents resulting in major personal injury.
  • Explosion Injury
    Explosions and fires can be caused by any number of things — accidents, defective products, defective construction, violations of safety codes and guidelines, lack of consumer information, and negligence in storing and handling combustible gases, among others.
  • Insurance Bad Faith
    When your insurance company tells you no, it can feel like someone pulled the rug out from under you. But the simple truth is that insurance companies care more about shareholders than policyholders. However, they’re compelled to act in good faith, which includes among other things, properly investigating claims, promptly paying them, and communicating with you about your claim. A Denver injury lawyer can help you through your case.
  • Insurance Disputes
    Few things can leave someone feeling as frustrated as a dispute with an insurance company. The cost of an insurance dispute can be devastating, financially and emotionally. A lawyer trained and experienced in negotiation is more likely to help victims obtain a better settlement.
  • Marine Accidents
    Some of the most important things to consider when it comes to marine accidents include, whether the vessel involved is private or commercial; the function of the vessel owner and/or operator; the type of accident; the type of damages; whether any injuries were suffered in the course of employment; and the accident location.
  • Nursing Home Neglect
    Nursing home residents are particularly vulnerable to abuse at the hands of their caregivers. Worse, nursing home abuse can often go unreported or unrecognized. It’s critical that nursing home residents are monitored closely for signs of abuse and neglect, which can result in a family member suffering severe injury, pain, infection, financial loss, and sometimes death.
  • Oil & Gas Injury
    People who work in and around oil and gas fields, derricks, pipelines, refineries, and drilling rigs, run the risk of serious harm every day from falls, equipment failure or collapse, drilling accidents, explosions, fires, electrocution, and exposure to toxic chemicals, among other things. Injuries can range from broken or fractured bones to catastrophic brain injuries, amputations, burns, spinal cord injuries, and other serious physical, mental, and emotional injuries.
  • Pedestrian Accidents
    Auto accidents aren’t the only cause of pedestrian injuries. Pedestrians can also get hurt with a simple slip and fall, tripping, or other dangerous injury-causing hazards present in parking lots or on sidewalks. These injuries often go beyond a typical workers’ comp claim, even if they occur on the job.
  • Premises Liability
    Premises liability personal injury cases involve situations where someone is injured because of negligence (or inaction) on the part of a property owner and/or operator and can include anything from a slip and fall to a lapse of security. In premises liability cases, evidence preservation is particularly important.
  • Product Liability
    Every year, thousands find themselves hurt by the products they use at work or at home. While some are injured by consumer or industrial products used incorrectly, many others are hurt because a product is defective and unreasonably dangerous.
  • Spinal Cord Injury
    Accidents on Colorado’s slopes aren’t all that uncommon. These personal injuries can be devastating, and even deadly, potentially leading to wrongful death, head trauma and brain injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries and back injuries. If you need help, contact our personal injury lawyers in Denver today.
  • Ski/Snowboarding Accident
    Motor vehicle accidents, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and falls can lead to spinal cord injuries, which can result in permanent or temporary paraplegia and quadriplegia. These injuries typically cause severe swelling of the spinal cord from the spot of the injury downward. As such, patients with injuries to the upper part of the spinal column suffer from a greater loss of function and mobility as more of their bodies are affected.
  • Trucking Accidents
    Your risk of severe injury, or even death, can increase dramatically if you’re involved in an accident with a semi-truck that results in personal injury. Even though these professional drivers are required to be carefully trained to work on our nation’s roadways, many just aren’t. When a truck driver causes a severe or fatal auto accident injury, they tend to leave critical legal ramifications for those involved. Visit our Colorado personal injury lawyers now!
  • Wrongful Death
    Wrongful death claims can arise out of an auto accident, medical malpractice or even a defective product. Surviving family members can be compensated for pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, lost income, funeral costs and other expenses.

Notable Verdicts, Settlements and Judgments:

  • $15 million, Wrongful Death
  • $6.5 million, Brain Injury
  • $6.4 million, Gas Explosion
  • $6.0 million, Gas Explosion
  • $5.6 million, Product Defect Case
  • $5.3 million, Insurance Bad Faith
  • $4.1 million, Oil Rig Accident
  • $3.2 million, Auto Accident
  • $2.6 million, Truck Accident
  • $1.5 million, Auto Accident
  • $900,000, Wrongful Death
  • $800,000, Auto Accident
  • $600,000, Pharmacy Error
  • $500,000, Wrongful Death
  • $400,000, Auto Accident
  • $200,000, Slip & Fall Accident
  • $100,000, Motorcycle Accident
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Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

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Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

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Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

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Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

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Colorado Cracks Down on Texting and Driving

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Seasonal Accidents – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 June 5, 2017

Different Seasons Bring Different Hazards for Personal Injury

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Worst Colorado Drivers – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

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Auto Insurance Study Finds Colorado Drivers Are Among the Worst

A recent QuoteWizard survey found that Colorado drivers rank among the nation’s worst. Colorado drivers receive more speeding tickets and drunk driving convictions much higher than the national average. Coloradoans are also more likely to be involved in collisions. In fact, the survey found that Colorado’s drivers ranked 42nd out of 50 states in terms… Read more »

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

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

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Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

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