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 What Makes an Injury Catastrophic and How Does it Affect My Claim in Colorado?


Catastrophic Injuries and How They Affect Your Claim

A catastrophic injury is often both life-threatening and life-altering. If you or someone you care about has been severely injured in Colorado due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a legal right to recover compensation for your damages.

What Constitutes an Injury as Catastrophic?

An injury is considered “catastrophic” if it causes severe bodily harm that can lead to long-term or permanent conditions or disabilities. Catastrophic injuries often heavily impact the victim and the victim’s family. Caring for a severely injured family member requires a significant commitment, whether monetarily, mentally, physically, or a combination of all three.

There are infinite ways a person can suffer a catastrophic injury from a motor vehicle accident to a fire or even a violent crime. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include:

  • Multiple broken bones
  • Severe lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Severe traumatic brain injury
  • Severe burns
  • Hazardous substance or chemical exposure
  • Internal organ loss
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of hearing
  • Facial or other significant disfigurements
  • Birth injuries
  • Coma

A permanent injury can involve physical or mental damage that limits a person’s employment

opportunities or hinders significant life activities such as walking, talking,

and taking care of themselves for the rest of their lives.

How Do Catastrophic Injury Cases Differ from Other Personal Injury Cases?

Every personal injury case is unique, but when it comes to catastrophe-level injuries, the case is bound to be a bit more complex. Catastrophic injuries involve a greater extent of suffering than most personal injury cases, meaning the value of the case is usually significantly higher due to the more extreme levels of damages, including:

  • Medical expenses (both past and future)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Loss of personal enjoyment
  • Disability

Colorado has a two-year statute of limitations for most types of injuries, which means you must file a personal injury compensation claim before the deadline, or you could disqualify for compensation recovery.

Partner with a Trustworthy Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Catastrophic Injury Claim

At Kim Welch Law, we are highly experienced in a wide variety of personal injury cases, including catastrophic injuries. Attorney Kim Welch has been practicing law since 1992. Her background includes years of litigation on behalf of insurance companies, and she uses the knowledge she gained on their side to your side. Her wealth of experience has helped her develop a solid and impactful strategy to represent your interests best.

Partner with a personal injury law firm that will put you first and work around your needs. At Kim Welch Law, we will work around your schedule and ensure that you feel supported through this tragic time. Give us a call at (888) 590-5510 or complete our contact form for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your catastrophic injury case. During your initial consultation, we will examine your claim’s circumstances and discuss our plan to maximize your settlement and make the process as easy as possible. Virtual appointments are available.