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Types of Compensation for Car Accident Victims in Denver

Colorado state law allows victims of car accidents caused by another party to be compensated for their damages.  The victim may seek economic damages, non-economic damages, and physical impairment damages, depending on the circumstances and the injuries.  A third-party relative of the victim may seek compensation under certain circumstances, including a spouse seeking damages for loss of consortium. Since your damages can be greatly reduced, or even eliminated, if you are found to be partially at fault in the accident, it is important to secure the services of a skilled car accident attorney before you file a lawsuit or begin settlement negotiations.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are easy-to-quantify expenses that arise from a car accident.  They can include medical bills, lost work time, transportation to hospitals and clinics, and other out-of-pocket expenses.  These damages need to be documented and stated with specificity before you can recover.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are designed to compensate you for intangible losses, such pain and suffering. Under Colorado law, these damages are capped.  When the legislation was passed, these caps were set at $250,000 or $500,000 (if there’s clear and convincing evidence that $250,000 is not enough).  These amounts have been increased to reflect inflation and now around $500,000 and $1 million.

Physical Impairment Damages

Under Colorado law, there are additional damages that can be obtained when the victim, who has suffered from harm as the result of another person’s negligence, has to live with a permanent impairment or disfigurement.  These damages are based on the type of harm that the person has experienced and there is no cap applicable to these damages.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoer, are not awarded in Colorado in most cases.

Loss of Consortium

Loss of consortium is a third-party claim that can only be filed by the spouse of the victim. It is designed to compensate the spouse for the loss of sexual relations, love, companionship, and other intangible benefits of a marriage partnership that might be lost if the victim is seriously injured, particularly if the injury is lifelong.

Wrongful Death

As the name implies, a wrongful death claim only can be filed if the accident victim dies. Only the victim’s spouse, parents or children (including adult children) can file a wrongful death lawsuit.  However, there are restrictions about who can file based on the time since the death of the victim and whether the deceased had a spouse or children who could have brought a legal action.  Wrongful death damages are designed to compensate for loss of financial support, mental anguish, and the same sort of intangible benefits, such as love and companionship, for which loss of consortium is designed to compensate. The executor of the deceased victim’s estate may file a wrongful death lawsuit if there are no family members who are empowered to commence a lawsuit for specific types of loss.

Zinda Law Group is an Experienced Denver Injury Law Firm

If you were injured in a car accident in the Denver area or by a party that resides in Denver, skilled legal representation is necessary from the very start of the process.  Zinda Law Group is a prominent Denver law firm that is respected by its clients because of the dedication that our attorneys show our clients. Our attorneys are experienced in car accident personal injury cases and they will exhaust every legal avenue to seek full compensation for your damages. Call 303-800-1501 and we will schedule you a free initial consultation to discuss your options.

 



 

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