The Colorado personal injury attorneys at Melat, Pressman & Higbie, LLP have decades of experience handling all types of catastrophic and serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and burn injuries.
Being successful in a settlement or lawsuit requires more than just proving that the accident or injury was the fault of the defendant. Obtaining an adequate recovery requires a thorough understanding of the damages involved. Serious injuries place additional costs on the accident victim for years beyond the initial trauma. An inexperienced attorney who does not fully appreciate the extent of the burden can seriously undervalue a claim and accept a settlement from the insurance company that does not adequately compensate the injured plaintiff.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Depending upon the location of injury, damage to the central nervous system is likely to cause paraplegia or quadriplegia, resulting in permanent paralysis of the body ranging from the legs to the entire body from the neck down. Bowel and bladder control and sexual function are lost in most cases, and in some of the most severe injuries, involuntary muscle control is lost as well, requiring the use of mechanical devices to assist with eating, drinking, and breathing. The use of assistive technology and adaptive devices may be required in every facet of daily living, from personal hygiene and self-care to mobility and employment opportunities.
Dealing adequately with a spinal cord injury often requires developing a life care plan to identify all the likely additional costs and prepare a road map and resource kit for the individual and family to turn to when complications arise. This plan can also be an invaluable tool to your injury lawyer in Colorado Springs in settlement negotiations or courtroom presentations to thoroughly estimate the costs and challenges that will be faced.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by an impact to the skull, such as from a fall on a slippery or uneven surface, or from a severe or violent shaking of the head (whiplash), which occurs in automobile accidents when the car is brought to a sudden stop by a front-end or rear-end collision.
A brain injury can cause a number of temporary or permanent disabilities, including loss of speech, vision, hearing, memory (amnesia) or personality changes. Sometimes lost function can be restored through rehabilitation such as speech therapy and occupational therapy. Other times adaptive strategies must be taught to cope with a lifelong disability. Social workers and psychologists often play a key role in recovery. Whether the goal is relearning old tasks or discovering new ways to approach essential life functions, having access to proper care and treatment is critical to achieving the maximum recovery possible.
Burn injuries can result from exploding gas tanks, broken fuel lines, and engine fires. Electrocutions can also cause significant burns, which can occur due to exposed wiring in a building or misplaced power lines.
Severe burns can cause permanent damage to nerve endings, causing a lifetime of pain and oversensitivity or loss of sensation. Burns are not only extremely painful to endure, but the pain can last long after the initial injury. Ongoing care and treatment may be required, including a long succession of surgeries and skin grafts. In addition, burns can cause scarring or disfigurement causing significant emotional pain and trauma.
Serious Injuries Require Serious Legal Representation
At Melat, Pressman & Higbie, LLP, we have extensive experience in serious injury cases and a thorough understanding of how to properly evaluate, prepare and present a case that accounts for all injuries, losses and damages. Whether the case calls for preparation of a life care plan or expert testimony regarding the level of emotional pain, physical and mental challenges faced by our client, our lawyers work tirelessly to prepare and present an strong case. Call today for a free consultation.