Personal Injury

Catastrophic Injury – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer

Catastrophic Injury - Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers - Burg Simpson

Few things can change a life as quickly and as dramatically as a catastrophic injury, defined by the American Medical Association as a severe injury to the spine, spinal cord, or brain. This category of life-threatening injuries can also include skull or spinal fractures. Additionally, the U.S. National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research classifies types of catastrophic injuries based on the result: fatality, permanent severe functional disability, and severe head and neck trauma with no permanent disability.

The Colorado personal injury lawyers at Burg Simpson represent victims – and survivors of victims – who’ve suffered these catastrophic injuries, and a Denver injury attorney understands what it takes to prove to a jury that an award for damages from these life-changing injuries is justified. We have the experience, resources, and passion to see justice served and that victims receive the compensation and support they need. Fill out a FREE Case Evaluation here to discuss the details of your case as soon as possible.

Burg Simpson’s Colorado personal injury attorneys accept several different types of cases that can be classified as catastrophic, most of which are related to spinal cord injuries:

Brain injuries – Most brain injuries, by far, occur from a fall. More than a third of them, in fact, with auto accidents landing at a distant second place.
Burn injuries – More than three-quarters of all burn injuries are caused by fire or scalding.
Paraplegia claims – Paraplegia, paralysis of the lower limbs, is typically caused by a spinal cord injury. Victims are particularly susceptible to heart disease and sepsis.
Quadriplegia claims – Victims of quadriplegia typically suffered an SCI in a car accident, from a fall or through an act of violence.
Spinal cord injuries – Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries nationally – comprising nearly 30 percent of male SCIs and more than 48 percent of female SCIs.

If you or a family member have suffered one of these tragic injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Colorado personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson by calling 303-792-5595 or submitting a free consultation form now.

Pain and suffering – This can include both the physical as well as the mental distress someone suffers from a catastrophic personal injury.

Loss of enjoyment of life – These hedonic damages, as they’re sometimes called, are claims based on the detrimental change in one’s life or lifestyle. This can include one’s inability to do the things in life they once enjoyed.

Mental and emotional distress – Despite how overused this claim might be in popular media, emotional distress is often difficult to prove, which makes qualified representation more critical than ever.

Disability – A victim of permanent disability can sue if they are unable to work after their catastrophic personal injury.

Retraining – As a catastrophic injury victim, you might be able to go back to work, but unable to perform the same job as before. In some instances, victims may sue for retraining.

Physical therapy – Nearly all catastrophic personal injury victims need physical therapy to return to any form of normal life. This therapy can be expensive, and can take months, if not years.

Loss of income – This typically refers to wages (or salary) lost from the time of the injury up until the time of the settlement.

Medical expenses – This can encompass bills and other expenses for medical services such as doctor examinations, hospital stays, emergency room treatment, ambulance fees, and nursing services.

Disfigurement – This typically refers to the scars or other visible permanent effects on the victim’s personal appearance. The plaintiff may also be able to collect damages for any mental suffering tied to one’s awareness of that disfigurement.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE SUFFERS A CATASTROPHIC PERSONAL INJURY?

It doesn’t matter if the personal injury occurred as a result of a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, or a defective product – you need to consider a Denver personal injury attorney capable of handling such a complicated lawsuit and fighting for the compensation you deserve. Under no circumstances should you try to negotiate or accept any settlement on your own.

The vast majority of catastrophic injuries include damage that goes well beyond the initial medical costs. Physical therapy can take months – if not years – and in these situations that can be considered a best-case scenario. All too often, these injuries can leave someone disabled or disfigured for life, making a return to any kind of normal life all but impossible. And that doesn’t even factor in the emotional or mental costs that can linger for a lifetime. Visit our Denver personal injury lawyers now!

What if the injured party was partly responsible for the accident that led to the injury?

Most courts recognize the concept of comparative negligence. This means that each party who shares responsibility for the accident is assigned a percentage of that responsibility. For example, in some states, if the injured party is found to be 10% at fault and another party 90% at fault, the injured party can still recover 90% of the economic and non-economic damages assigned. The laws can be complex in this regard.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed in an accident or through medical malpractice, or because of a defective product, you will need an experienced serious personal injury lawyer to represent you. Burg Simpson’s Colorado personal injury lawyers have the experience, and the resources, to ensure that you can recover the damages you deserve for your injuries and your losses.

All of this can take its toll on you and your loved ones, which makes it absolutely critical that you reach out to an experienced Denver injury lawyer as soon as possible following a catastrophic injury case, to help you figure out what your damages really are so that you’re much better equipped to begin the process of recovering compensation from the party or parties responsible. If you’ve suffered a catastrophic injury or lost a loved one to such a tragic event, call for help today at 720-500-5995 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form with details of your incident now!

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