COLORADO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
Personal Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accident injuries may range from small scratches and bruises to the motorcyclist’s or rider’s death. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a biker or rider is injured or killed in more than 80% of motorcycle accidents.
This is a significant and alarming figure, yet it is comprehensible. Unlike other motor cars, a motorcycle lacks crashworthiness and occupant safety measures that protect passengers and commercial car occupants. Furthermore, motorcyclists are often thrown off motorcycles during crashes, resulting in more serious injuries.
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TYPES OF INJURIES
The incidence of brain injuries is another aspect of motorcycle accidents. In most cases, the passengers of a car are not thrown from it. Airbags and other safety measures protect them largely, preventing or lessening the consequences of a head injury. While a properly fitted and authorized motorcycle helmet may help avoid and mitigate certain accidents, a biker and rider are at a higher risk of head injury than a passenger in a car.
Medical fees may be difficult to pay for an injured biker. As a result, even if a motorcyclist is adequately insured and generally riding the motorcycle safely, the rider may find himself in a difficult situation if he or she gets hurt. There may be no immediate means of paying medical expenses incurred as a result of the motorcycle accident. While one may expect the at-fault driver’s insurance company to step in and pay the medical expenses, this is not always the case. It will be difficult to seek medical treatment and cover medical expenses if you do not have health insurance.
However, having the correct medical practitioner in place may help.
Arrangements may be established to get treatment for motorcycle-related injuries and have the provider reimbursed from the settlement funds. This is often referred to as a Letter of Protection (LOP), discussed more in the book.
A biker needs to get care and assessment from trained physicians as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. A biker may attempt to fight out personal injuries by refusing or postponing medical treatment based on his or her lifestyle and disposition. When it comes to pursuing a claim or lawsuit against an insurance provider, this may be a huge error. Insurance companies will presume that if there is a delay and/or lack of care, the personal injuries were not serious OR that the personal injuries were not caused by the motorcycle accident. As a result, both medically and in terms of claims, prompt treatment and follow-up are advised.
Insurance companies will argue the severity of the personal injuries and the value of the case even though the personal injuries are severe and seem obvious to anybody with common sense.
Insurance firms have a reputation for blaming everyone except themselves.
Motorcycle accidents may be complicated, both in terms of the cause of the accident and the injuries incurred, and the care required. Because of the intricacy of motorcycle accidents and injuries, it is important to get counsel, assistance, and legal representation from a Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney.
Motorcycle Accidents Cause Serious Personal Injuries
Before a motorcycle accident, most motorcyclists lead highly busy and productive lives both on and off the bike. Bikers are known for their zest for life. Motorcyclists take advantage of the independence and rights that we enjoy in the United States when they combine a strong work ethic with a love of the nation. Unfortunately, a motorcycle rider’s life as they know it may alter dramatically in a matter of seconds as a consequence of a motorcycle accident and the resulting personal injuries. Many motorcycle accidents result in significant personal injuries that affect the biker and their family for the rest of their lives.
Paralysis, brain damage, immobility, chronic pain, fractures, surgeries, lost pay, loss of capacity to work, neurological disorders, and others are all examples of serious personal injuries. When a motorcyclist is permanently harmed due to no fault of their own, the injured biker should have a claim or lawsuit filed on his or her behalf.
The quantity and availability of insurance for both the at-fault motorist and the biker may significantly influence how the claim or case is handled. If your insurance coverage is restricted, you’ll have a lot of concerns about how to manage the claim and the hefty medical expenses. Before making any comments or signing any releases, the accident victim and his or her family should seek counsel, assistance, and legal representation from an experienced Colorado Motorcycle Accident attorney. There are just too many twists and turns for an injured person to go head-to- head with an experienced insurance claims adjuster who is more devoted to the insurance carrier/company than to the victim. Furthermore, depending on the size of the settlement, hefty medical expenses may often be bargained down. If the wounded biker has health insurance that covers medical expenses, the health insurance company would almost certainly file a lien or seek reimbursement if a settlement is reached. These are just a few of the parts of the jigsaw that make up a personal injury lawsuit or claim on behalf of a rider who has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.
There are non-economic damages involved with a motorcycle accident, such as pain, suffering, mental anguish, and, yes, loss of enjoyment of life, in addition to the economic damages of medical costs and pay less. Remember that a motorcycle enthusiast’s enthusiasm for life is often badly and permanently harmed by catastrophic personal injuries. It’s worth noting that there’s no set formula or law that defines what constitutes fair or appropriate compensation for non-economic losses. It all relies on the facts of the case and, to some degree, how an expert Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney presents the case.
PERSONAL INJURIES AND THEIR TYPES
When a person is hurt in a Colorado motorcycle accident, the injuries might be isolated to one portion of the body or affect many sections of the body. Some people’s injuries are minor and only need a few visits to the doctor. Others have significant and life-altering injuries. Personal injuries may have long-term consequences and have a considerable influence on a person’s day-to-day activities. While certain frequent injuries occur due to motorcycle accidents, it is important to remember that each injury victim is different. Each person deserves individual attention from his or her medical professionals for suggested and required treatment, as well as legal counsel for legal issues.
Personal Injuries to the Neck and Back
A victim’s neck, middle back, and/or lower back may be injured due to a stressful accident such as a motorcycle accident. Some victims’ injuries are just temporary, and they may recover with little or no medical attention. On the other hand, many other victims suffer from lifelong neck and back injuries that may need considerable medical treatment. When a traumatic accident results in neck and back injuries, the sufferer must get medical attention and assessments from medical professionals with expertise and understanding of treating traumatic neck and back injuries. It’s also crucial to get treatment from medical professionals familiar with the car insurance payment and settlement procedure.
Let’s go over some fundamental words so you can have a better knowledge of the neck and back and how injuries might impact you medically.
Cervical Spine: Neck The cervical Spine, generally known as the neck, comprises seven bone structures called vertebrae labeled C1 through C7. The top of the neck is C1, and the bottom of the neck is C7. The cervical vertebrae are the smallest in the Spine when compared to the mid and low back. The cervical discs are located between the vertebrae of the neck.
As the vertebrae move, they function as shock-absorbing cushions. A strong shell (called the annulus fibrosis) and a squishy jelly inside make up a disc (the nucleus pulposus).
The Thoracic Spine is located in the middle of the back. The thoracic Spine, often known as the upper and middle back, comprises twelve vertebrae. The thoracic Spine connects to the lower back, often known as the lumbar Spine. T1 through T12 are the names of the twelve vertebrae. Discs are also found between the vertebrae in the Thoracic Spine.
The lumbar Spine is located in the lower back. The lumbar Spine, often known as the low back, is made up of five vertebrae labeled L1 through L5. These vertebrae also have discs between them.
Region of the Sacral (Bottom of the Spine). The sacrum is found underneath the Lumbar Spine. The sacral region comprises five fused bone segments that are referred to as S1 through S5. L5-S1 refers to the area of the Spine where the lumbar Spine joins the sacral region.
The cervical-thoracic-lumbar Spine comprises a variety of additional structures and components that link to the Spine. The functioning of the cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar Spine may be dramatically impacted if any one component is injured or impaired due to trauma. Many personal injury cases need the collaboration of a team of specialists to evaluate and treat trauma-related ailments adequately. Insurance firms will assess all claims and closely examine the majority of them to save money on their policy limitations. Insurance firms assess each case from a business rather than a human one. Some cases are reasonably assessed and resolved swiftly. Many others need the assistance, advocacy, and, yes, the struggle and support of a Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney to seek and collect the right compensation for the injured party. Contrary to common assumptions and the pictures shown by insurance companies advertising on television and radio that blanket our airways, most insurance companies use claims-handling methods meant to dispute claims or reduce the sums they must pay to settle claims.
Personal Injuries to the Shoulders
A Colorado motorcycle accident might result in shoulder trauma or damage. Injury intensity and kind may vary from a small sprain to a more serious injury requiring surgery owing to a fracture or rupture of one or more internal mechanisms.
The shoulder blades Because some fractures are difficult to mend, the arm/shoulder is immobilized, and the patient receives physical therapy for pain, function, and range of motion. Shoulder injuries that do not respond to conventional treatment and rehabilitation might potentially benefit from pain management.
The clavicle – also known as the collar bone – the humerus – often known as the arm bone – and the scapula – also known as the “wing” or shoulder blade – are the three bones that make up the shoulder.
A motorcycle accident or other trauma might result in a shoulder fracture. The clavicle is the most frequent fracture in the shoulder. Scapula and proximal humerus fractures are less frequent, although they may occur due to trauma sustained in a motorcycle collision. The soft tissues or connective tissues, including the joint capsule, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, hold the shoulder bones together. The shoulder is made up of three joints, which comprise the following:
The sternoclavicular joint, the acromioclavicular joint, and the glenohumeral joint are the three joints that make up the shoulder.
Soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles, and the joint capsule) connect these bones to produce a platform for the arm to function on.
The rotator cuff, a joint capsule that supports the arm at the shoulder joint, is a regularly reported injury from a Colorado motorcycle accident. It is made up of four tendons that link to muscles and support the shoulder. When the rotator cuff is damaged due to a motorcycle accident, the injury sufferer may feel discomfort, weakness, and a reduction in shoulder range of motion. Many rotator cuff problems result in tears that need surgery by an orthopedic specialist. An X-Ray of the shoulder, an MRI of the shoulder, and clinical tests and evaluations are typical throughout therapy and diagnosis to localize the damage and establish a treatment plan for this kind of shoulder injury.
When the upper arm bone bursts out of the shoulder socket, part of the shoulder blade, it is called a dislocated shoulder. The humerus (arm bone) separates from the scapula (shoulder blade) at the glenohumeral joint.
A SLAP tear injury, which is personal damage to the shoulder’s labrum, is another widely reported shoulder injury following a motorcycle collision. The labrum is a cartilage ring that surrounds the shoulder joint. A SLAP rupture may produce considerable discomfort and a catching feeling in the shoulder or arm with movement. Pain, trouble with everyday tasks, and instability are common symptoms of a SLAP rupture. Some SLAP tears need surgery, while others do not.
Personal Injuries to the Arm and Wrist
A Colorado motorcycle accident often results in trauma or physical harm to the arm or upper extremities. When there is a side impact or a straight head-on collision, a person’s arm might sustain catastrophic damage. When a person is hurt due to another driver’s carelessness or fault, a personal injury action or claim may be filed on their behalf.
While personal injuries to the arm or upper extremity are not as prevalent as neck and back injuries in most motorcycle accidents, they do happen. The arm is made up of three big bones, which are as follows:
The humerus bone is also known as the upper arm bone. Between the shoulder and the elbow is the humerus bone.
The forearm is made up of the radius and ulna bones. Between the elbow and the thumb side of the wrist lies the radius bone.
The forearm is made up of the ulna bone and the radius bone. Between the elbow and the little finger (pinkie) side of the wrist lies the ulna bone.
The elbow is where the humerus, radius, and ulna bones come together. Like the knee and ankle, the elbow is a hinge-like joint that allows for the bending and extension of the arm or upper extremity.
When the radius or ulna bones are fractured, a standard treatment is to cast and immobilize the arm, which will enable the bone to mend over time.
Of the skeleton When the radius or ulna bones are complex fractured, surgical intervention to install pins, plates, screws, or other hardware to stabilize the bone may be necessary.
The wrist is formed by joining the radius and ulna bones with the bones of the hand. The carpal bones (which are part of the carpus) are eight bones that make up the wrist and hand.
Ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the arm and wrist might be damaged or injured due to stress from a Colorado motorcycle accident. The biceps muscle is a muscle that is found on the front of the humerus (upper arm), and it is attached to the bones via three tendons. The biceps muscle is attached to the shoulder by two tendons (the long head tendon and the short head tendon), and the biceps muscle is attached to the radius bone by another tendon (lower arm). At the elbow joint, the tendon connects the biceps muscle to the radius bone. The triceps muscle may be found on the rear of the humerus (upper arm). The triceps muscle is responsible for straightening the arm and extending the elbow joint. Tendons are tough tissue bands that link muscles to bone.
When an accident causes damage to the arm, the arm may be shattered, or a muscle, tendon, or ligament may be torn. Serious physical injuries might come from a direct collision or damage to the arm. Furthermore, sudden strong twisting or turning of the arm may cause major personal injuries that need medical care, such as rehabilitation, pain management, and surgical intervention.
An injury victim must get prompt care, just as it is for other injuries resulting from a Colorado motorcycle accident. Furthermore, having an expert, such as an orthopedic surgeon, monitor the treatment and identify personal injuries is beneficial. Only select orthopedic surgeons manage upper extremity and shoulder personal injuries in this day and age of experts. Many insurance companies will investigate the cause of any injuries sustained as a result of the motorcycle accident. As a result, it’s critical that the treating doctors meticulously document the injuries and make it obvious in the medical records, reports, and testimony whether or not the personal injuries are related to the car accident. Because of the complexities of medical care, aggravation of pre-existing injuries, the need for proof in our legal system, and a variety of other factors, an injury victim must seek advice, guidance, and legal representation from a Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney, preferably from the start of the case to the end.
Personal Injuries to the Legs and Ankles
A Colorado motorcycle accident often results in trauma or physical harm to the leg or lower extremities. While leg or lower limb injuries are not as prevalent as injuries to the neck, midback, or lower back, severe leg injuries do occur in a significant proportion of accident victims. Above and below the knee, there are three bones that make up the length of the leg:
The femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone), and the fibula (the thinner bone that runs parallel to the shin bone) are the bones that make up the leg.
It’s worth noting that the tibia and fibula are parallel to one another. There might be a fracture of one or more bones in the leg if there is a substantial trauma or collision. A simple fracture or a complex fracture are the two types of fractures.
A simple leg fracture is a closed fracture that does not penetrate the skin and causes little to no harm or injury to the leg’s surrounding soft tissues. An open fracture is also known as a complex fracture. The severity of a complex fracture is higher than that of a simple fracture. Because of the type and severity of a complex fracture, an accident victim
is at a greater risk of infection. A comminuted fracture is classified as either a simple or a complicated fracture. Comminuted fractures are when the bone is broken into many little fragments that no longer fit together. A non-comminuted fracture, on the other hand, happens when the bone fractures but retains its shape and symmetry.
A major and traumatic fracture of one or more leg bones may need surgery and the implantation of hardware in the injured victim. For example, in certain femur bone fractures, a hole is drilled into the femur to allow for the implantation and positioning of a metal rod to provide limb stability owing to the shock and fracture (s). Some fractures of the lower extremities may need the implantation of screws and plating.
The lower leg comprises the tibia and fibula bones, which are connected by the ankle joint. Between the tibia and fibula bones is a third bone called the talus. Ligaments, which are strong collagen strands or fibers that connect the three bones, keep them together. The ankle, like the knee, is a big joint. A motorcycle collision may cause an ankle injury due to force, trauma, or twisting.
A personal injury victim should be treated and examined by a professional who regularly handles leg injuries or lower limb injuries. An expert and skilled orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist should assess and treat the accident victim if a leg fracture or a compromise or rupture of the ligaments (foot and ankle surgeon).
Personal Knee Injuries
A Colorado motorcycle accident often ends in knee trauma or personal damage. The human knee is said to be the biggest joint in the body. The knee is one of the most easily damaged joints, according to studies and surveys. In other words, the knee is prone to damage from motorcycle accidents and other types of stress due to its composition and structure. Tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones make up the knee. The patella (knee cap), tibia (shin bone), and femur (thigh bone) all unite in the knee.
The knee is made up of cartilage, which is made up of and kept together by cartilage in the following forms:
The end of the femur and tibia and the rear of the patella are covered with articular cartilage. The articular cartilage offers a slippery component that assists in leg bending and straightening. The meniscus is often referred to as the knee’s shock absorber. The meniscus, unlike the articular cartilage, which is slippery, helps cushion and stabilize knee movement. The meniscus is strong and rubbery in appearance and function.
As previously stated, the knee serves as a type of meeting point for bones and other components. Ligaments join the bones, basically holding them together and providing knee stability. The following are the names of the four ligaments:
The collateral ligaments, which are found on both sides (inside or medial (MCL) and outside or lateral (LCL)), are situated on either side.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are cruciate ligaments that are positioned in the front/center and back/center of the knee, respectively (PCL).
The quadriceps tendon and the patella tendon are tendons that serve as connective tissue for the knee.
When it comes to fractures, the patella bone is one of the most prevalent. A knee fracture is widely recognized as a consequence of trauma, particularly the kind of stress suffered in a motorcycle collision. Impact on the ground, the bike, or a motor car may cause a fracture.
A Colorado Motorcycle Accident may result in bodily injuries to one or more of the many knee components as a consequence of an accident or rapid movement or force. Therapy, pain management, and, if required, surgical intervention may be used to treat the knee. X-rays and MRI examinations are often used to identify a knee injury and determine the best therapy course. A ligament or meniscus tear may be excruciatingly painful, interfering with job duties and everyday activities. A knee injury may have a substantial impact on a person’s stride and walking capacity. In the years after a significant knee injury caused by a Colorado motorcycle accident, it is usual to witness the beginnings of arthritis and the need for a knee replacement.
Personal Injuries with Laceration and Scars
Many motorcycle accidents result in lacerations and injuries that need stitches or staples in an emergency department, urgent care center, or other medical facilities. Even more extreme conditions may need hospital surgery. When an accident victim has lacerations or scarring injuries (road rash), specific actions should be followed to ensure that they get proper medical attention and follow-up. Furthermore, if an insurance claim is filed, verification of the injuries is critical. Here are some things to remember:
Firefighters and other emergency responders. Often, emergency personnel is sent to an accident site to provide medical treatment and assessment. If there is a laceration or other open wound, getting it cleaned and prepared for subsequent treatment and follow-up in the emergency department is critical. A local emergency department treats many lacerations and wounds. The level of treatment supplied will be determined by the depth, size, and severity of the injured victim’s injuries.
Photographs and video footage of the injuries are available. Photographs and videos of the injuries may aid in documenting the injuries for both tracking the course of the injuries and for legal/insurance claim or case paperwork.
Family Doctor for Follow-Up Care If the injuries are minimal, a Primary Care Physician may handle the follow-up (PCP). It is critical to follow the PCP’s directions.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Follow-up Care Many lacerations and scarring injuries need the use of a plastic and reconstructive surgeon for follow-up treatment. The severity of the injury, the natural healing process, and the age of the injured victim will all influence the care and treatment provided.
Photographs and videos of the injuries are also available. To adequately and precisely record the type and degree of the injuries throughout time, it is frequently useful to have images and films of the injuries as time passes.
Lacerations and scars are compensated. The amount of compensation paid or awarded to an injury victim with these injuries will be determined by several factors, including:
Age of the injury victim;
Permanency of the Injury;
Size of the Injury;
Reversibility of the Injury;
Amount of Insurance Coverage;
Amount of Medical Bills;
Extent of Medical Treatment; and
When a person is permanently injured or scarred due to the carelessness of another person or corporate organization, it may be heartbreaking. Even minor injuries that heal over time may be distressing. When a person is hurt due to the negligence of another person, company, or government organization, it is frequently beneficial to get legal counsel to address any difficulties that may develop, such as medical bills, insurance, compensation, and other issues.
Traumatic Brain Injuries – Damage to the Brain
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious personal injury that causes various symptoms, impairments, and disabilities. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may occur when the brain is impacted inside the head and against the skull as a result of direct trauma to the head OR a violent back and forth motion (whiplash) of the head with the brain being impacted within the head and against the skull. It’s worth noting that our knowledge of TBIs is still developing. While all areas and studies of medicine need time to develop, it seems that the research of Traumatic Brain Injury is still in its infancy, although there appears to be a lot more awareness of TBI these days. The entire population, without a doubt, has to be informed of the indications, symptoms, and concerns related to TBI. This is particularly true for the sufferer of personal harm and his or her family.
It is also important to highlight that a traumatic brain injury is not the same as a musculoskeletal injury. The brain is much more complicated than the femur or leg bone. Cognitive functions and personality are controlled and influenced by the brain. The leg is largely a mechanical body component that performs mechanical functions. A Traumatic Brain Damage is significantly more difficult to identify, evaluate, and treat than a leg or other sort of musculoskeletal injury.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are the two types of traumatic brain injury. There may be a short period of loss of consciousness and/or disorientation after a mild traumatic brain injury. There might also be some disorientation. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, according to some experts, is defined as a TBI that lasts less than 30 minutes and causes loss of consciousness, confusion, and/or disorientation. Since TBIs may manifest themselves in various ways in different persons, there is no true agreement on this trait. Even if diagnostic investigations such as a brain MRI and/or a brain CAT scan are negative, a person might suffer and be diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Cognitive difficulties, headaches, mood swings, impatience, and trouble thinking or processing information are symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
For more than 30 minutes after the impact of the collision or traumatic occurrence, severe traumatic brain injury might cause loss of consciousness, confusion, and/or disorientation. Each patient must be assessed based on his or her unique symptoms to create a baseline based on the individual’s circumstances before the collision or traumatic occurrence. There may be more severe cognitive challenges, speech deficits, short-term and long-term memory deficits, emotional disorders, and several other problems with severe Traumatic Brain Injury that may influence the personal injury victim’s livelihood, lifestyle, and activities of daily living.
It is not simple to pursue a personal injury lawsuit or claim. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) sufferers frequently need examination and treatment from specially trained professionals to diagnose, evaluate, and treat these significant personal injuries. Certainly, as soon as possible, a board- certified neurologist should be engaged in the treatment and follow-up of the accident sufferer. Following that, more testing may be done if needed, reasonable, and appropriate by the treating neurologist and other medical practitioners treating the TBI. In all injury instances, it’s critical to differentiate between the victim’s pre-injury and post-injury state and functional skills. For example, if an injury victim was a straight-A student before the accident and began failing courses, this might be a major documented shift in the injured sufferer’s cognitive and functional abilities. The pertinent facts, circumstances, medical records, tests, and evaluations of the medical professionals, including but not limited to the treating neurologist, should all be considered when evaluating each injury victim.
A legal claim or lawsuit may be undertaken on behalf of a person who has suffered significant personal injuries such as a head injury, brain damage, or concussion. The facts and merits of the case or claim must be considered. A person who can demonstrate blame, harm causation, and damages are entitled to compensation for injuries and damages caused by a negligent individual, corporation, government, or other legal organization. The amount of compensation will be determined by a variety of criteria, including the following:
The severity of the head injury;
Medical treatment provided for the injury victim;
Medical treatment expected or needed in the future;
The effect of the head injury on employment;
The effect of the head injury on activities of daily living;
The number of medical bills;
The amount of future medical bills;
Whether the injuries will affect employability in the future; and
Because brain and head damage cases may be complicated, having legal counsel from a Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney who has handled head injury cases can be beneficial.
Accidents with Catastrophic Consequences
Many motorcycle accidents in Colorado result in catastrophic injuries or death, similar to traumatic brain injuries. The injuries sustained by motorists are frequently less severe than those suffered by motorcyclists due to the pressures involved in most motorcycle accidents. In car accidents, musculoskeletal injuries (neck and back) are often less severe in lower-velocity collisions than in collisions with more severe forces and crash dynamics.
Motorcycle accidents often result in the loss of life, limbs, motor function, and the ability to care for oneself. While the medical treatment options for such injuries are comparable to those described in this book, catastrophic injuries are life-altering injuries addressed differently under the law due to their significant ramifications on one’s future.
Catastrophic injuries may need the use of prosthetic limbs, round-the-clock medical attention, and daily help with activities of daily life such as grooming, bathing, toileting, and eating. Catastrophic injuries sometimes need home modifications to accommodate ramps, wheelchairs, and other assistive devices and equipment. Individuals who have sustained such permanent injuries are entitled to seek reimbursement for reasonable and necessary medical expenses under the law for the rest of their lives. “Future economic damages for medical bills” is how they are frequently referred to.
Cases and claims cannot be pursued once the statute of limitations has expired. Claims often conclude with a settlement or a trial. An injured individual has just one opportunity to be reimbursed for their injuries under the law. As a result, the jury or claims adjuster must be informed on the type, scope, and long-term effects that a catastrophic injury may have on a person. Experts such as vocational rehabilitation experts, burn-injury experts, life-care planners, and other medical specialists are used by attorneys to help courts, juries, and parties project the medical and health needs of the catastrophically injured person for the rest of his or her statistical life expectancy as accurately as possible. These specialists provide estimates to an acceptable degree of medical certainty or likelihood based on their knowledge and competence. Those future requirements are frequently included in a comprehensive report or plan known as a “life-care plan.” The life-care plan will next be reviewed by another expert (usually an economist), who will estimate the expenses required to execute the plan for the balance of the individual’s statistical life expectancy.
Attorneys who have handled Colorado Motorcycle Accidents and other cases involving catastrophic injuries can assist the injured victim’s medical providers and experts by ensuring that the reasonable and necessary expenses for future medical care and treatment are documented and presented to jurors effectively. After hearing the evidence, these are the persons who may be requested to decide the number of such damages.