What is a Catastrophic Injury?
A catastrophic injury is a serious injury that results in the victim having permanent damage. Some injuries that are often considered to be catastrophic include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Severe fractures
- Internal organ injuries
Individuals who sustain these types of life-changing injuries often have limited mobility or cognitive limitations, which may last for months or even years. These injuries can result in extensive medical and rehabilitation expenses and substantial loss of earnings, including financial losses related to the injured person’s future ability to earn money. In many cases, the injured person is not the only one incurring financial loss as caring for an injured loved one often requires working spouses, partners or other family members to miss substantial time from their own jobs as they devote significant time to caring for the injured person.
Our Elite Litigation Group understands the many obstacles that families face following a catastrophic injury, including the important medical and rehabilitation decisions that must be made, navigating the cost and payment options for the very best available care, obtaining short and long term disability benefits through private and/or government benefit sources, working with employers and human resources departments regarding Family Medical Leave and other job-related issues, including legally required benefits and accommodations when necessary.
This is just a short list of examples of some of the issues that may need to be addressed relating to the injuries sustained. There are many other important issues that may need attention regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding how the injury even happened in the first place. For example, who at the police department has been entrusted to complete the police investigation? What are this person’s qualifications and are they doing a good job? Has the critical evidence been preserved? What role does the police department play in protecting the interests of your family during an investigation? What is the distinction between the criminal case that the police are investigating and the potential civil case that can only be brought by the injured person? Do the circumstances warrant your family having your own accident investigation team working on behalf of your family to document, gather and preserve important evidence?
Our Elite Litigation Group has decades of experience handling catastrophic injury cases. We will answer your questions and can help your family solve these and other important issues. Our team is here to help guide and support you and your family every step of the way.
Why Choose the Elite Litigation Group at Bachus & Schanker?
Seeking legal advice can help you clarify the facts of your case, understand your options and discern the procedure for each option. With all the information you need, we hope you will feel empowered to make the decision on how to proceed, feel confident in that decision and know that we have your back.
If you are ready to share your situation with our catastrophic injury attorneys, we are prepared to help you seek justice on behalf of your loved one. Contact our team for a free and confidential consultation.
Consultation is free, there’s no hourly fees or upfront expenses.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit?
It is important to note that every case is different and the damages available in each case can vary. However, we understand that you may have questions and we can help you find the answers. As a plaintiff in Colorado, you may be eligible to recover economic and non-economic damages:
- Retail value of past medical expenses
- Retail value of future medical expenses
- Retail value of Rehabilitation costs
- Medical equipment
- Home modification / accommodation costs
- Pre-tax value of past wage loss
- Pre-tax value of future wage loss
- Value of loss of future earning capacity
- Re-Education and Re-Training costs
- Other out of pocket expenses
- Non-Economic Damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment
Should you have any questions or even if you are not sure if you or your family member may have a case, we encourage you to contact our Elite Litigation Group today to talk to one of our team members about what happened and about your options.
Defective Medical Device
Our client underwent a common hip replacement surgery but was implanted with a defective product that required multiple revision surgeries that ultimately destroyed the hip joint and caused significant permanent physical disability.
Pedestrian Struck by Car
Our client was a pedestrian that was struck by a motor vehicle and suffered a serious brain injury
Lisa was driving to work, headed south on Highway 85 during rush hour traffic, when a drunk driver, who was driving west on 136th Avenue at about 60 mph, ran a red light at the intersection of 136th Avenue and Highway 85, crashed into Lisa’s car causing devastating injuries to Lisa. She was awarded $2.1 million for injuries sustain in this accident caused by a drunk driver.
Rib Fractures & Torn Discs
Bachus & Schanker helped to recover significant compensation for a motorist that was seriously injured after being side-swiped by an uninsured driver. Our client sustained rib fractures and had to endure two surgeries to repair torn discs in his back.
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We know that what happened to you is unimaginable. Our goal is to help you have the best possible experience in the legal system. When you need skilled, experienced, and compassionate representation, the Elite Litigation Group is here for you.
Thank you for not giving up on me.
…there was a point when I wanted to give up… Bachus & Schanker did not give up on me. They just kept pushing through and letting me know that we’re on a team and that they’re there for me, to support me and help me in any way I need.
Thank you for giving me a second chance, for helping me with a second chance and thank you for not giving up on me.
When you go through an accident, so many people you find give up on you and you don’t matter anymore to them and that wasn’t the case with Bachus & Schanker.
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We urge you to please reach out to us as soon as possible to set up a no-obligation consultation. A lot of times, legal proceedings such as these are time sensitive and we want to offer you the best resources and options to help you in your time of need.