Injury Attorney Richard DehnckeLegal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death.

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Richard J. Dehncke

Richard J. Dehncke
Attorney at Law

Richard Dehncke has the distinct honor of being recognized as one of Colorado’s Super Lawyers. Injury Attorney Richard Dehncke has proudly represented seriously injured persons and their families confidently, competently, and compassionately for 30 years. His legal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Dehncke has attended the prestigious Harvard Law School Center for Legal Negotiation. He is an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Memberships include the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and Colorado Bar Association. He has been awarded the highest national AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards.


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  Colorado Burn Injury Attorney

Burn injuries are some of the most painful and complicated injuries one can face. Over 40,000 victims are treated for burn injuries every year according to the American Burn Association. ( Unfortunately, they are also one of the most expensive injuries to treat. A severe burn that covers 30% of total body area can cost between $100,000 and $700,000 in hospital and doctor’s fees. (

In general, the more severe a burn is, the longer it will take to fully recover. There are three degrees of burn injuries:

  • First-degree burns usually involve minor tissue damage and only involve the epidermis of the skin. These burns may be red, swollen and painful but will usually heal with minimal treatment.
  • Second-degree burns involve both the epidermis and the underlying skin known as the dermis. These burns are usually deeper and cover a larger surface area causing blisters to form. If not properly treated, a second-degree burn can progress into a third-degree burn. Victims with second-degree burns need to seek immediate medical attention and recovery time is usually prolonged.
  • Third-degree burns are the most severe burn injury because they affect the epidermis, dermis and the hypodermis underneath. Many times, these burns are numb due to the extensive nerve and tissue loss. Healing is usually very slow and recovery is extensive. In general, third-degree burns will usually leave behind extensive scarring and skin grafts and surgeries may be needed.

If a burn injury is severe, fatal complications may occur including shock, infection and respiratory distress. Burns that cover large surface areas or that is unusually deep may even result in death. In addition to the physical dangers associated with burn injuries, many burn victims also find themselves dealing with psychological and emotional trauma.

In severe cases, burn injuries may not be able to heal appropriately on their own. In this situation, a plastic surgeon may need to perform a skin graft to close the wound and reconfigure the affected area. A skin graft is a procedure that takes a piece of healthy skin from one area of the body and transplants it to the affected area. After a skin graft is performed, the victim will begin the long and arduous process of trying to heal. Recovery after a skin graft can be anywhere from 6 weeks to several months. Unfortunately, not all skin grafts are successful. Some may require additional surgeries to stimulate new blood vessel growth.

Burns can occur anywhere and to anyone. They can occur on the job, or in the comfort of your own home. Burn injuries can occur from explosions, open flames, steam, hot water, electrical currents and even through radiation exposure.

Thermal Burns:

Thermal burns are probably the most common form of burn injuries. These burns are usually caused by contact with open flames, steam or hot water. Infants are often victims of hot water burns when parents or caregivers mistakenly forget to check the temperature of bathtub water.

Electrical Burns:

If you come into contact with a live electrical current, the result can be deadly. In addition to burning the skin, electrical burns can also cause major internal damage as the electrical current flows through the body. How long you were in contact with electricity and the size of the voltage usually determines how severe your injuries will be.

Defective Product Burns:

Every day, products are recalled due to unsafe features and if a flaw in the product caused your injuries, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. A product liabilities claim may be filed against the manufacturer, supplier, distributor or retailer and a qualified personal injury attorney will be able to determine who is responsible for your burn injuries.

If you are severely injured and burned, you will probably require years of medical treatments, surgeries and therapies to fully recover. In addition, you may be unable to work or perform your job during this time leading to unnecessary financial hardship. A qualified burn injury attorney may be able to get you the compensation you need to regain your life.

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Colorado Personal Injury Attorney - Additional Practice Areas

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The Colorado Personal Injury Law Offices of Richard J. Dehncke serves all of Colorado including the residents of cities such as Denver, Aurora, Brighton, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Thornton, Arvada, Lakewood, Englewood and Centennial, as well as Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Denver County, Larimer County, Weld County, and Colorado's Western Slope.
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