Grand Junction Crush Injury Lawyers
Having a part of your body caught in a machine or crushed between two surfaces can result in a severe injury that may lead to losing a limb, internal organ damage, and a lifetime with disabilities. A crush injury typically requires extensive medical treatment. It may lead to the loss of an arm, hand, foot, or leg, a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or fatal injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered a crush injury due to the negligence of another, you have the right to pursue compensation for all damages. Our Grand Junction personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, offer a no-cost case consultation.
According to a leading online medical resource, crush injuries are defined as:
“An injury that occurs because of pressure from a heavy object onto a body part. A crush injury may also arise from the squeezing of a body part between two objects. Depending upon their severity, crush injuries can be complicated by bleeding, bruising, broken bones, open wounds, poor circulation, or breakdown of muscle.”
While some crush injuries are less serious, most cause soft tissue damage and orthopedic damage that require immediate emergency medical care. Those who sustain crush injuries are usually unable to return to work for a significant period, if ever, and have their quality of life significantly reduced.
Crush injuries most often occur in the workplace, but they can also be caused by defective products or an array of other types of individual or corporate negligence. Some of the more common causes of crush injuries include:
- Construction accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Accidents involving heavy equipment
- Falling debris
- Falling from heights
- Structure collapses
Your case will hinge on proving that another’s negligent act caused the accident and your injury. While this may seem complicated, it’s quite simple when you break it down. If you take the example of a construction accident, numerous parties can be held liable in various scenarios, including:
- Improper or inadequate training on equipment, leading to an accident (a general contractor, foreman, manager, or the driver can be held liable)
- Violations of OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations regarding safety on a construction site (the general contractor or site owner can be held liable)
- Faulty equipment (the manager, owner, or maintenance crew can be held liable)
The sooner you contact an attorney the better, while the evidence is still available. The more evidence of negligent behavior leading up to your accident, the better.
A crush injury sustained while working construction gives you the right to workers’ compensation benefits, but if a third party holds liability for what occurred, a lawsuit can be filed to pursue a higher level of compensation. While workers’ compensation benefits will cover the cost of your medical care and a portion of your income, these benefits do not include pain and suffering damages – often the largest amount of compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
The value of your case should be enough to put your life back together and compensate you for the pain, suffering, and added living expenses you experience due to the injury. Determining the exact value of your case is a detailed process where we work with medical and financial experts to assess the value of your case. Some of the forms of compensation paid in a successful case Include:
- Medical costs, both immediate and long-term
- Pain and suffering
- Alterations to your home to account for a physical disability
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
Our personal injury attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC, have decades of success in personal injury law. We take on a limited number of cases, allowing us to devote all the resources needed, and provide personalized care to those we represent. When we take on a crush injury case, our legal work is on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe no legal fees unless we are successful.
We offer a free consultation to determine whether you have a case, and we are available to help with any questions you may have regarding personal injury law. Contact us today at (970) 243-4357 and let’s see what we can do to help you put your life back together.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.