Colorado Springs Crush Injury Attorneys
Representing Victims of Traumatic Injuries
Accidents, particularly auto accidents, can be devastating. Your car is destroyed, you are suffering from serious injuries, and your medical bills are mounting. Worst of all, your injuries, whether they involved shattered bones or torn muscles, could leave medical professionals with no choice but to remove your limb altogether. An amputation could cost you your job and any future earnings you were hoping to gain. How are you supposed to pay for your medical bills with no income?
The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. understands the frustration you are likely feeling right now. There are few things more upsetting and frightening than facing a serious crush injury with no way to pay off your medical debts. However, if your injury was caused by another person’s negligence, a skilled Colorado Springs crush injury attorney receive proper compensation from the party responsible on your behalf. For excellent legal help and to learn if you can file a claim, call our firm at (719) 475-2555 and schedule a free initial consultation.
What Is a Crush Injury?
When involved in a serious auto accident, your body can become pinned between objects, such as between two vehicles or against your car’s steering column. This can cause a great deal of force to be exerted on your body, crushing bones, muscles, and other tissues. That kind of injury is considered a crush injury, and it can be incredibly dangerous.
Our bodies were not meant to withstand high levels of force. While your bones can certainly take a hard hit, they can only withstand so much. Two cars slamming together is more than enough force to completely shatter bone, and, in turn, tear muscles and organs.
What Causes Crush Injuries?
The most important factor involved in crush injuries is pressure and force. Auto collisions, serious falls, and even dog bites can exert enough pressure and force to crush your limbs and even your organs. As personal injury attorneys, we at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. have seen crush injuries time and time again. In our experience, the most common causes include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective products
How ever your crush injury occurred, chances are that you are now in a great deal of pain and dealing with a large amount of medical debt. These types of accidents can follow you for years to come and severely impact your livelihood.
The Long-term Damage of a Crush Injury
You cannot simply walk off a crush injury. Oftentimes, these kinds of wounds result in deep internal damage. Bones are crushed, muscles are bruised and torn, and organs are punctured or ripped. This type of damage needs to be treated immediately by a medical professional. In fact, you may even need to receive emergency surgery for the internal damage.
One of the most difficult outcomes of crush injuries is an amputation. While removing a limb is always the last resort, sometimes doctors have no choice. They simply may not be able to repair your shattered bones. Worst of all, the shards left in your limb can cause further damage by shredding the tendons, ligaments, and muscles surrounding them. The constant damage opens the door for potential infections, and then sepsis. Or, it may lead to you developing compartment syndrome, which is a medical emergency. In either situation, removing the limb may be necessary to avoid severe internal bleeding and death.
There are some groups more at risk for crush injuries than others, however. People in typical passenger vehicles, such as cars and vans, are far less likely to suffer from crush injuries because their vehicles have protective, metal walls. These walls help keep the driver and passengers safe from the impact of the accident, as well as keep them from becoming crushed against the road. However, those on bikes, motorcycles, or foot are not so lucky. With no walls to protect them, any impact can throw them to the ground or road, where their bodies can easily be crushed against the pavement.
What Is My Case Worth?
When evaluating the impact of a crush injury, you may be left in a place of hopelessness. Not only are you in incredible pain, but you must also contend with your medical bills and long-term damage. How is it fair that you have to pay for an accident that wasn’t even your fault? Well, The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. is here to tell you that it isn’t fair and that with the right attorney by your side, you may not have to pay after all if you pursue a personal injury claim.
When filing a claim against the party responsible for your crush injuries, you will want to start by calculating the amount of compensation you are owed. To begin this process, you should gather all bills, receipts, and invoices that are related to the accident and add them up. You will also want to collect old pay stubs or tax returns to calculate the amount of money you have lost in missed paychecks. Altogether, this should give you your total economic damages, meaning the full monetary amount that you have lost due to the accident. This can include:
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Lost job opportunities
Once you have finished calculating your economic damages, you can go on to determine how much you want for your non-economic damages. Non-economic damages allow you to receive compensation for the damage done to you physically and emotionally, as opposed to just your wallet. After all, your pain and suffering are worth proper compensation. Non-economic damages can include:
- Emotional trauma
- Lowered quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
These can be harder to calculate, as they do not have clear monetary value, but with an experienced attorney by your side, you can decide how much your crush injuries are worth.
Start Your Claim Today
No one should be left swimming in medical debt, especially if their injuries weren’t even their fault. If you are suffering from crush injuries due to someone else’s negligence, then you need a top-notch Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer to fight for your case. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience achieving positive case results on behalf of injured clients. We can thoroughly investigate your accident, collect evidence of wrongdoing, calculate the costs of your injuries, and advocate for compensation in a settlement negotiation or jury trial. To get started, call our firm at (719) 475-2555 for strong legal support today.