Colorado Accident Lawyer
You are not alone.
Over 30 million Americans annually are treated for unintentional, or “negligent,” injuries. According to a CDC study, of those 30-plus million injuries, over 161,000 result in death. And over 40,000 of those are due to traffic accidents.
Serious or catastrophic injuries result from many different incidents: traffic accidents, collisions with commercial vehicles and trucks, medical procedure mistakes, falls, unsafe property conditions, and defective products, among others.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, it is important to contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free consultation right away so you can learn your legal options. You will always speak directly with a partner who will immediately begin working on a plan to safeguard your future and the future of your family.
What is negligence?
In order to prove negligence, you do not have to prove that a party or corporation acted intentionally. Instead, for negligence, we must prove that the party or corporation failed to exercise reasonable care in engaging in an activity or business, and as a result, someone was injured.
Under Colorado law, the jury or judge must determine the amount of fault each party has, including the injured party. If the injured party is determined to be fifty percent or more at fault for their own injury, they cannot be compensated. However, if the jury or judge finds the injured party to be less than fifty percent at fault, they may then be compensated.
An injured party who is determined to have contributed to some extent to their own injuries can still be compensated. They will only see their compensation lessened by the amount that they contributed. For instance, if the injured party is determined to have contributed to the incident by 10%, they will still receive 90% of their compensation.
In Colorado, “compensation” means the dollar amount paid to an injured person by the negligent party who is responsible for the injury. It is designed to attempt to make the inured party whole again, but despite the common understanding of compensation, there are very specific qualifications and categories.
- Lost Income and Lost Earning Capacity
- Permanent Disability or Disfigurement
- Disruption of Family Relationships
- Pain and Suffering
- Past, Current, and Future Medical Expenses
- Property Damage
- Punitive Damages
The Colorado legislature has chosen to limit the amount of compensation an injured person can be awarded in many of these categories. Our office is opposed to such limitations. We do not believe it us up to the legislature to determine what your life-long suffering or time away from work and family is worth. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and our attorneys are skilled in working to apply any available exceptions for our clients.
Statute of Limitations
Each type of negligence has a deadline by which the matter must be resolved or a lawsuit must be filed. In Colorado, most traffic related cases must be filed within three years, and most premises liability cases must be filed within two years.
However, there are MANY exceptions and often shorter deadlines for filing.
Do not wait to contact an attorney. Your case may fall into a category that has a much shorter deadline than most. If you miss the deadline, even if you were unaware of it, your case cannot be revived.
Call us immediately if you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another person or corporation. Do not delay. The longer you wait, the more evidence is slipping away and the more your clock is ticking toward your deadline. You will receive a free consultation with a Partner, and we will start immediately on a plan to get you the help you need.
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