There’s no special definition of “serious personal injury,” and everyone likely considers their injury to be serious. But when evaluating a case in terms of negotiating with an insurance company or preparing for trial, there are certain hallmarks of a serious injury.
Generally, serious injuries have long term or permanent consequences. They involve physical, psychological or economic disability or a significant impact on a person’s life. Broken bones, herniated discs, significant burns and injuries that require surgery would fall into the category of serious. Injuries to the brain or spinal cord are almost always considered serious. Without doubt, the loss of a limb or an essential organ is a serious injury.
Costs and expenses can be a good indicator of the seriousness of an injury. A person who has significant medical and surgery bills, lost wages and similar expenses almost certainly is suffering from a serious injury. Future or continuing medical expenses, additional lost wages (or even loss of a job or complete disability) or other special costs such as rehabilitation or in-home care, also indicate that the injury is probably serious.
Past and future pain, suffering and emotional distress are major components of serious injuries. Pain and suffering is the most difficult aspect of a case to put a dollar value on. Years of experience and monitoring the outcome of every personal injury jury trial throughout the state of Colorado gives us the expertise to value pain and suffering.
That’s why you need The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya if you are seriously injured. For more than 20 years we have specialized in building serious personal injury cases. We are very successful at making insurance companies and juries understand that, not only do you have physical injuries, but that you deserve to be compensated for your suffering.
If you think you’ve been seriously injured, give me a call at (303) 758-4777 or email me at DLS@dlslawfirm.com for a free evaluation of your case. You can also visit us on the web at www.dlslawfirm.com.