Colorado 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 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.

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

 December 6, 2018

Retired Firefighters Get Burned When Health Care Benefits are Terminated

Attorney Brian Matise at Burg Simpson handles complex civil litigation cases, and he has taken the lead on the West Metro Case. This case involves the distribution of more  than $1.8 million in funds that remained in a trust that was committed to fund health insurance benefits for 73 retired firefighters and their dependents. These… Read more »

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) gives eulogy for late President George W.W. Bush

 December 5, 2018

Former Senator Al Simpson Eulogizes President George H.W. Bush

This morning, former Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) celebrated the life of former President George H.W. Bush, his long-time friend and colleague. Speaking of the man’s warmth and integrity, Sen. Simpson delivered a moving speech on President Bush’s legacy of integrity, loyalty and sacrifice. When speaking to the press, Alan Simpson spoke on the difficulties… Read more »

Honorable Alan K. Simpson hero image

 December 4, 2018

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to Remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s Funeral

Former Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., to remember George H.W. Bush at Wednesday’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The former senator, a colleague and longtime friend of George and Barbara Bush, will be one of four speakers to deliver the eulogy at the late president’s funeral this week. Simpson and Bush established their… Read more »

stephen burg personal injury attorney handles spinal injury cases

 November 29, 2018

Stephen Burg Handles Spinal Cord Injury Cases

  Shareholder Stephen Burg handles spinal cord injury cases at Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine. Mr. Burg is a trial attorney whose practice is focused on representing victims of auto crashes, personal injury, trucking accidents, product liability injuries, gas explosions, wrongful death, and harmful drug products. He also has significant experience in handling spinal cord… Read more »

Cedar Ridge Apartments Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyers – Denver Burg Simpson

 August 29, 2018

Gas Company Found Responsible for Cedar Ridge Apartments Explosion

The news seems to be filled with stories of gas explosions. Whether it’s in a residential area, such as the one in a Denver neighborhood that blew a hole through a multi-family residence, or the one at a gas collection facility in Grand County, Colorado, that injured two workers in July, these preventable tragedies appear… Read more »

Sterilization Breach – Personal Injury Attorney – Denver Burg Simpson

 August 20, 2018

Sterilization Breaches Put Patient Lives at Risk

Odds are, if you’re at the doctor’s office or the waiting room at the dentist, it’s because you don’t feel well. You’re there because you want to feel better, and you have faith that these trained professionals can help with that. So, it can be particularly devastating when these places of healing end up making… Read more »

Natural Gas Explosion – Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson Denver

 August 17, 2018

Natural Gas Explosion Injures Several in Denver

An explosion shattered an otherwise typical, late summer afternoon in Denver earlier this week. A natural gas line burst in the historic Baker neighborhood, blasting a hole through a multi-family residential unit. The explosion left nine people injured – one of them critically. One fire department official told the Denver Post that it was the… Read more »

Kids Safe – Colorado Personal Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 8, 2018

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer Season

It’s as surprising as it is scary, but three out of four parents mistakenly think their child’s in the correct size or kind of car seat, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Considering that motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of child deaths, it’s an issue worth addressing. Nearly 650 people… Read more »

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

 November 5, 2018

Good Lawyers. Changing Lives. – Supporting Communities with Burg Simpson

All attorneys at Burg Simpson strive to make our motto more than just words. Both in and out of the courtroom, our attorneys work to support local and national communities by protecting their rights and to making certain that crisis recovery and educational opportunities are available to all. In this video, Burg Simpson shareholder and… Read more »

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

 November 2, 2018

Massachusetts Gas Explosion – Holding Corporations Accountable

The negligence of Columbia Gas caused the massive gas explosions  in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover, MA. After the gas explosions, more than 2,000 people found themselves displaced, and their towns resembled a war zone. These gas explosions could have easily been avoided. Columbia Gas had been warned twice over the last decade that an explosion was… Read more »

Attorney Tom Henderson explains why the Durango 416 Fire aims to hold the Durango-Silverton Railroad accountable.

 November 2, 2018

Seeking Justice for Victims of the Durango 416 Fire

Colorado’s Durango 416 Fire was caused by the Durango-Silverton Railroad’s coal-burning train on June 1, 2018. The blaze has been reported to be the state’s sixth largest forest fire in history, and the fire destroyed homes and businesses in Durango and the surrounding area. Burg Simpson is now representing those affected by the 416 Fire… Read more »

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

 November 2, 2018

Consumers Must Beware of Body Brokers

Body brokers are relatively unchecked and under-regulated by state and federal agencies.  Across the United States, mortuaries and hospices are committing fraud by allowing body brokers to convince families who have lost their loved ones to donate the body “for medical research.” But instead of being donated, the body ends up being dismembered and then… Read more »

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