Are you facing a lifetime of pain and suffering after experiencing a catastrophic work injury in Denver? At Eley Law Firm, we know what you’re going through. We have 30 years of experience in helping workplace injury victims like you get better settlements due to workers’ compensation claims.
We make it easy for you to get the information you need to decide your case. Request your free case review from the expert workers’ compensation lawyers at Eley Law Firm today.
What Is A Catastrophic Work Injury In Legal Terms?
The Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act has no explicit legal definition in statute as to what constitutes a catastrophic injury.
Medically, the most common and widespread definition of catastrophic injury comes from the specialty of sports medicine. According to the Journal of Athletic Training, a catastrophic injury “includes fatalities, nonfatal injuries associated with permanent severe functional disability, and severe injuries with no permanent functional paralysis.”
This definition of catastrophic injury aligns with what Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act under 8-41-301(c) defines as “serious bodily injury.”
Serious Bodily Injury In Colorado Workers’ Compensation Law
Serious bodily injury has a “substantial risk of death” either when the incident occurred or directly after. Whether it causes death in the case of the victim or not, serious bodily injury also carries a substantial risk of:
Serious Permanent Disfigurement
Protracted Loss of the Function of Any Body Part or Organ
Impairment of the Function of Any Body Part or Organ
Examples Of Catastrophic Injuries In Denver
Understanding the legal definitions surrounding catastrophic injury helps Denver workplace injury victims understand the extent of their rights under workers’ compensation law.
These would likely be considered catastrophic injuries for Denver workers:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Crushed Limbs or Digits
Parapalegia or Quadrapalegia
Parapalegia or Quadrapalegia
Total Hearing Loss
Disfigurement and Scarring
Will Workers’ Compensation Cover My Catastrophic Injury?
Workers’ compensation will most likely cover your Denver catastrophic work injury. There are only a few legal exceptions to why an employer would not have workers’ compensation insurance, or their coverage would not extend to you.
However, the better question is not “Will workers’ compensation cover my injury?” but “Will that settlement be enough?”
That’s where a trusted catastrophic injury lawyer, like those at Eley Law Firm, can help get a better settlement offer for you or your loved one.
Eley Law Firm Is Not Afraid To Take Tough Denver Catastrophic Work Injury Cases
An employer does not want their employees to get injured. But injuries can and do happen. In our 30 years of experience in workers’ compensation cases, we have found that even the most supportive workplace can be challenging when providing proper employee coverage after a workplace injury.
So don’t resign yourself to an inadequate settlement. Work with Eley Law Firm to get the compensation you or your loved one deserve.
We’re offering free, no-obligation case reviews for Denver catastrophic work injury victims. Book yours today.