Denver Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
A catastrophic injury is one that permanently affects your life. Catastrophic injuries may create permanent disabilities that interfere with your ability to enjoy major life activities the way you did prior to the accident or cause lifelong scarring and disfigurement.
If someone else’s negligence caused you or a loved one to suffer a catastrophic injury, contact our Denver law firm Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC for help. Our catastrophic injury lawyers will help you obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve.
Call us today at 720-709-2756 or complete our contact form to request a free consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney who has your best interests at heart.
Why Choose Us as Denver Your Personal Injury Attorney
Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC takes a client-centered approach to personal injury law. With more than 32 years of combined experience, we understand the life-altering consequences of a catastrophic injury, and we want to fight for your right to pursue maximum compensation.
Our attorneys have successfully handled thousands of catastrophic injury cases with a great rate of success. We have obtained several awards and settlements of more than a million dollars, and we have recovered numerous six-figure awards for motor vehicle accident victims, traumatic brain injury victims, and others who suffered catastrophic injuries from a variety of causes.
We are not afraid to go up against large insurance companies, and we are respected and seasoned trial attorneys who are prepared to take your catastrophic injury case to court if necessary to ensure you get all you deserve.
Our attorneys have gained reputations in the legal community as leaders in our field, and we have earned honors and top rankings from prominent legal organizations. More importantly, we have received numerous five-star client reviews and testimonials about our compassion, integrity, and commitment to our clients.
We always maintain an open line of communication with all our clients, addressing any concerns or questions you may have about your case. We will base our representation on your unique need so that you can always trust our decisions throughout all proceedings.
For personalized, innovative representation that gets results, you can contact Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our Denver catastrophic injury attorneys. Call us now at 720-709-2756 or go online and complete our contact form to get started.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Colorado law treats catastrophic injuries differently than minor ones, and you may obtain substantial monetary compensation to cover all your current medical expenses, as well as your future medical expenses if you suffered permanent disability, partial or total paralysis, or other life-altering injuries.
You may also obtain compensation for the ongoing adverse effects your catastrophic injury will have on your life, such as emotional distress, mental anguish, lost income, loss of future earning capacity, and more.
We recommend that all catastrophic injury survivors retain experienced, aggressive attorneys to represent them during civil claims. Since these are some of the most serious injuries imaginable, victims deserve the best odds of a successful case.
Many victims are looking at lifelong medical bills – often running into the millions – on top of significant pain and suffering and lost quality of life. We believe someone facing these terrible damages deserves an appropriate settlement or jury verdict. A lawyer is the best way to achieve the results your injuries demand.
Examples of Catastrophic Injuries
No set of injuries qualifies as catastrophic. Instead, insurance companies and courts classify these injuries on a case-by-case basis. A review of the victim’s medical records, prognosis, and condition at the time of maximum medical recovery can decide whether the injuries are catastrophic. A few of the most common are:
- Multiple bone fractures
- Traumatic brain injury/brain damage
- Paralyzing spinal cord injury
- Amputated limb
- Permanent eye or ear injury
- Severe burn injury
- Organ damage
- Neurological disorder
Generally, an injury may qualify as catastrophic if it requires long-lasting medical care and follow-up surgeries or rehabilitation, or if it causes lifelong pain, disability, or disfigurement.
Since Colorado is an at-fault car accident state, crash-related injuries don’t have to be catastrophic to have grounds for a personal injury claim as is the case in no-fault states. You can bring a lawsuit against another driver with less significant injuries. If you are living in Denver and have suffered catastrophic injuries because of someone else’s negligence, seek a lawyer’s help immediately.
Who Is Liable for My Catastrophic Injuries?
It’s necessary to determine liability for your accident if you wish to secure financial compensation through a personal injury claim. The liable party is the person or entity that caused your injuries, typically through negligence or a wanton disregard for your safety.
The at-fault party will become the defendant in your catastrophic injury claim. Potential candidates include drivers, product manufacturers, doctors, property owners, and criminals. Sometimes, catastrophic injury cases may have more than one liable party. A Denver catastrophic injury attorney can investigate your accident and help you determine liability no matter who was involved and hold all those responsible for your catastrophic injuries accountable.
How Do You Prove Liability in a Denver Personal Injury Claim?
Proving liability in a Denver catastrophic injury case can be challenging, especially if it involves multiple parties. All personal injury claims rely on the concept of causation, and your attorney must show the other party caused your injuries through their negligent, careless, reckless, or unlawful actions. In legal terms, negligence is a failure to act in a way a “reasonably careful person” would do under “similar circumstances,” and negligence can refer to someone NOT doing something that could have saved you from suffering catastrophic injuries.
In some catastrophic injury cases, determining liability is pretty straightforward. For instance, a drunk driver ran a red light and collided with your vehicle, causing you to suffer a debilitating spinal cord injury or another severe injury. In all likelihood, evidence of the driver’s intoxication will come from official police reports, which can help you establish their liability.
However, establishing liability does not require a criminal element. If, for instance, you were in a supermarket and slipped and fell on a puddle of water or another spill, and the store managers knew about the spill but didn’t clean it up, you could hold the store owners liable for your injuries.
Catastrophic injuries resulting from medical malpractice can also be challenging because your attorney must establish your doctor failed to provide an accepted standard of care. It is not enough that they simply made a mistake. Your doctor must have neglected to provide a level of care another physician would have provided in the same circumstances.
Each case is unique, and you need an experienced Denver catastrophic injury attorney to review your claim and investigate it thoroughly to determine who is responsible for your pain and suffering.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive?
Catastrophic injury cases typically have special considerations that must be addressed. Victims often suffer serious, lifelong injuries that require ongoing medical care, treatment, and therapy, and you may have to make accommodations to your car and home.
You may also have to miss considerable time at work, or you may not be able to work again at all, or if so, in a severely reduced capacity. This can cause even more financial problems for you, especially if you were the primary breadwinner for your family.
On top of the financial issues you now face, you are also dealing with immense pain, mental or emotional issues, limited mobility, and perhaps a permanent disability, as well as other adverse effects.
You must account for all areas of your life impacted by your tragedy, and you will need to work with an experienced Denver catastrophic injury attorney who has experience handling these kinds of personal injury claims. Your lawyer can help you determine the types and amounts of compensation you can pursue, and you may recover any of the following damages:
- Economic damages to cover current and future medical bills, treatment and therapy costs, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and related out-of-pocket expenses
- Non-economic damages to cover things such as pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, disfigurement, mental anguish, disabilities and permanent impairments.
In some cases, you may also receive punitive damages. These types of damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer for their egregious negligence, wanton disregard for your safety, or unlawful actions. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, you cannot recover punitive damages from the insurance company. You must go to court, and the court only awards punitive damages at its own discretion. Still, punitive damages can be substantial, and your attorney can advocate for you in court and petition the court to award punitive damages if your case goes to trial.
Pursuing Compensation Through a Catastrophic Injury Claim
Following an accident someone else caused that left you suffering from catastrophic injuries, your first step is to have your attorney file an injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Your lawyer will gather all evidence needed to support your claim and establish the other party’s liability. As part of your injury claim, your attorney will also send a demand letter that provides a dollar amount the insurance company can pay to settle the claim and avoid going to court.
The insurance company will schedule an insurance adjuster to investigate your claim and determine if the defendant’s policy covers your injuries. Many times, insurance companies will try every method to avoid paying on a claim, or they will refuse to cover certain parts of the claim and offer a much lower settlement than what you demanded.
Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company to get a higher amount, and they cannot accept a settlement without your approval. You should never accept an initial settlement or one that is too low to cover all your expenses. After you accept a claim, you will not be able to pursue additional compensation, so you need to work with your attorney to carefully and thoroughly document all your injuries and related expenses, both now and going forward, so you can receive the full and fair settlement you deserve.
Filing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit
If your attorney cannot settle your claim, or the insurance company denies your claim and refuses to settle, you will have to take them to court and sue for the money you need. You may also sue the insurance company if they act in bad faith by not honoring the claim or violating the terms of the settlement agreement.
In some cases, insurance may not cover your injuries at all. In these cases, you will have to sue the at-fault party in court.
Filing a lawsuit in civil court requires the skills and expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney. Colorado allows you only two years to file suit in civil court for most personal injury claims, except for car accident claims, for which the state allows three years.
Claims involving wrongful death and medical malpractice have their own statutes of limitations and may limit the amount of compensation you can receive. Also, cases involving injured minor children have special considerations that may extend the amount of time you have to file. Your attorney can explain your options after reviewing your case.
Also, if the City of Denver is responsible for your injuries, for example, a city bus hit you or you fell at a public park, then you will need to file a claim with the city. This holds true for any local or state government. Submitting claims to a government and obtaining compensation is typically challenging, and the government will have strict, and usually very short, deadlines and complex processes you must follow. Your attorney can determine how best to handle the situation and complete all the necessary forms and processes for you.
Contact Us Today
At Varner Faddis Elite Legal, LLC, we understand the lifelong repercussions catastrophic injuries can have on you and your family. From live-in medical care and thousands of dollars in medical expenses to adapting to a different kind of lifestyle, serious injuries can be life-changing in every aspect.
It is our mission to serve victims of catastrophic injury through our in-depth knowledge of Colorado personal injury law and experience handling the most serious of cases. If you wish to find out what your claim could be worth, call our law firm at 720-740-2704 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
We serve the Denver Metro Area, South Denver, the Denver Tech Center (DTC), Aurora, Centennial, Greenwood Village, and Parker, as well as other locations across the state.
6025 South Quebec St.
Centennial, CO 80111