Denver Personal Injury Lawyer
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Our Denver personal injury lawyers help people seek compensation after suffering an injury in an accident that was not their fault. Through advising clients of their legal position, investigating their cases and negotiating with insurance companies, our lawyers help clients seek compensation and allow them to focus on their recovery while we seek to settle their claims on their behalf.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
Compensation in personal injury lawsuits comes in two forms, economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include:
- medical costs and future medical bills for treatment and rehabilitation
- loss of income and future loss of income
- property damage
Non-economic damages include:
- compensation for a reduction in quality of life
- pain and suffering
- emotional damages
What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury describes physical, economic, or other harm you may have experienced if you were injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person. If you have been injured and want to seek compensation, you must file a personal injury claim. In doing so, it must be proven that the person at fault owed some duty of care to you and negligently breached that duty, which led to your accident and injuries.
What to do after an Accident?
1. Seek Medical Attention
If you are injured in an accident, immediately seek medical attention. You should see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident, even if you do not immediately seem to be injured. Call 911 or immediately go to an Emergency Room. When you make an injury claim, we will need to show medical records of your injury to prove that you were injured.
2. Report the accident
Report the accident immediately to the local authorities. Tell them what occurred in as much detail as possible, but do not admit fault. Be sure to obtain the accident report, where possible.
3. Document the Accident
Take photos and document the details of the accident and your injuries. Be sure to include names and information of those involved; the date, time, and location; insurance information; and any witnesses. Be sure to write down what happened, any damages or injuries, and medical treatments.
All this information will be beneficial to your attorney when they are building your case for compensation.
4. Contact a personal injury attorney
If you have been injured, you should contact an experienced Denver personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Even if an insurance company offers to make a payment or settlement, it may not be enough to cover your losses and possible future costs. An injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you seek maximum compensation.
How to File a Personal Injury Claim
1. 100% FREE Consultation
Start with a phone call to our Denver accident attorneys. Explain your case to them, and from there you may want to arrange a meeting to further understand, who was responsible, the possible extent of your damages, and your legal options to pursue compensation.
Your lawyer will then proceed to build the most robust case possible for you, through investigation. Here they will review accident reports, assess any information you have given then, analyze witness statements, medical records and gather any additional evidence.
3. Negotiation and Settlement
Your lawyer will then proceed to negotiate with the other side to seek compensation for your injuries. Negotiations generally happen with insurance companies. The most significant benefit to you is knowing that your lawyer has included damages in their negotiations that the insurance company may not have. This means that having a lawyer negotiate for you may increase your compensation amount compared to what the insurance may offer to you.
The majority of cases settle before reaching a courtroom, meaning that you can focus on your recovery while your attorney focuses on seeking compensation for you. However, if your case does move to trial, your attorney will be with you every step of the way.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Auto accidents involving two or more passenger vehicles, resulting in physical harm and property damage or loss, often caused by distracted driving, reckless driving, speeding, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Vehicle accidents involving large cargo trucks (semis, 18-wheelers, “big rigs”) resulting in physical harm, property damage, or loss.
Accidents involving a motorcycle, resulting in physical harm, property damage or loss.
Bus accidents may occur because of negligence by a bus driver, other drivers, defective or malfunctioning vehicles, or improper maintenance.
Bike accidents often occur when drivers fail to give bicyclists enough room on the roads or fail to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists.
E-scooter accidents happen for a number of reasons, either by a defective scooter or in cases when a scooter rider is hit by another vehicle.
Pedestrian accidents involve pedestrians being struck by a moving vehicle, such as when a driver runs a red light or fails to yield at a crosswalk.
Anyone can suffer workplace injuries or injuries caused while performing job-related duties. Common accidents include:
- Falling from a height
- Ladder Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Oilfield Accidents
- Injured by dangerous machinery
- Injuries from lifting objects.
You may be able to seek compensation through workers’ comp benefits. However, an attorney is still recommended for even these cases to seek maximum compensation or pursue additional claims beyond workers’ compensation.
Premises liability includes cases where a person is injured on another person/businesses’ property. Common accidents include:
- Slip-and-falls-on ice
- Unsafe conditions on a sidewalk
- Accidents because of a hazardous environment inside a building
These accidents can be caused by slippery floors, cracked or uneven sidewalks, broken stairs, or similar dangerous conditions. Property owners must generally ensure their property is in a reasonably safe condition.
In Colorado, a dog owner is held strictly liable if the dog seriously injures or kills a person lawfully present on private or public property. This means victims only have to show their lawful presence on the property and that the party’s dog caused the victim’s injuries.
If a loved one has recently been killed in an accident caused by negligence or wrongful acts of others, you may be able to seek damages against the at-fault party. Common wrongful death claims involve auto accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, or workplace injuries.
- Wrongful death
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Broken bones or fractures
- Mental disability
- Internal injuries
- Soft-tissue damage (bruises, strains, sprains)
- Pain and suffering
When seeking compensation for an injury, liability must be proven. This means that your attorney must be able to show, based on the facts of your case, that another person was at fault for your accident. To do that there are several facts that need to be established:
1. Did the person at fault have a duty of care towards you?
Duty of care is a legal obligation that a person or business has towards a person. It requires the person to pay attention and show reasonable care towards anybody who may be put in harm’s way by their actions or inactions. The purpose is to ensure that people and businesses are obliged to ensure the safety of those around them.
2. Was the person at fault in breach of that duty of care?
To prove that a person is at fault, it must be shown that they breached their duty of care towards you. For example, in a car accident caused by a driver who ran a red light, their duty of care is towards other road users. They may be seen to be in breach of that duty of care if they ran a red light and caused an accident.
You must next prove the breach of duty of care resulted in your injury, meaning any damages were a result of the at-fault person’s breach of the duty of care. For example, if a person ran a red light and hit your car which led to an injury.
To qualify for injury compensation, you must prove you were harmed and incurred losses. This can be done through medical reports and receipts/invoices for expenses arising from the accident. Compensation may vary depending on the case, types of damages, and other specifics.
Who Can I Sue for my Injury?
You may be able to sue any party that caused your accident. On the road, that may be another driver, a truck driver or other road users. In a workplace accident, it may be your employer, and in an accident in a public place, it may be a business that didn’t ensure a safe environment for its visitors.
The party that you sue will heavily depend on your particular case, to understand your position better, speak with a personal injury attorney.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
The defendant’s insurance company may attempt to negotiate a settlement. When dealing with insurance companies, follow these important steps:
1. Don’t settle for less
Before discussing your injury or claims, and certainly before accepting any settlement offer, consult with an injury attorney. The insurance adjuster will be trying to settle the case for the lowest amount possible and may not be acting in your best interest. Without an attorney, you might inadvertently hurt your case or accept an offer far lower than what your case might be worth.
2. Let your lawyer do the negotiating
Your Denver injury attorney knows how much you are willing to accept to settle your case while the insurance company knows the maximum amount it is willing to pay to settle the case and avoid trial. Your lawyer will use experience, knowledge of similar cases, and the extent of your damages to pursue fair compensation.
3. Start Strong
Your attorney will begin by demanding a high amount, followed by the insurance company’s low counter-offer and attempt to weaken your claim. The two sides may debate coverage, liability, or the extent of your injuries and damages. This process continues until a settlement is agreed upon by both parties. If no settlement can be agreed upon, the case may proceed to trial.
Statute of Limitations in Denver
When pursuing a personal injury case, it is important to know the relevant statute of limitations or time limit you have to file a lawsuit before it is barred. Denver follows the Colorado statute of limitations. The time limit to make a claim in Denver is generally two years from the date of the injury. In some cases, it may be longer, for example, for injuries sustained in a car accident Colorado allows 3 years to make a claim.
Colorado does allow for discovered injuries, meaning if an injury is not immediately apparent after an accident, but is discovered at a later date, the statute of limitations only will begin with the discovery of the injury, or when it should have been discovered under normal circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I hire a personal injury attorney?
You should hire an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident that was not your fault. This will allow your attorney plenty of time to investigate, determine liability, preserve evidence, and make sure that any claims are pursued within the applicable time limits.
What is the difference between personal injury and bodily injury?
A bodily injury pertains only to physical injuries suffered. However, personal injury refers to financial losses, decreases in earning potential, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages resulting from an accident.
Are pain and suffering included in compensation?
Pain and suffering, as well as mental and emotional injuries, are often included in negotiating settlements or in presenting your damages at trial so that you can receive compensation for these non-economic damages caused by the other party’s negligence.
We Serve All of Colorado
At Zinda Law Group, our injury attorneys have helped injury victims in every area of Colorado, including the following cities:
|Commerce City||Fort Collins|
Why Hire Zinda Law Group?
The Denver personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have helped thousands of individuals recover the compensation they deserved for their injuries.
Our Denver accident lawyers have decades of combined experience, and we deliver the knowledge and resources of a large firm but with the personalized and compassionate attention of a small practice.
Here are just some of the things that set us apart from other law firms:
- Client Service: Our clients receive the individualized attention they deserve. From the initial consultation to the final result, our attorneys guide clients every step of the way, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Maximize Recoveries: We seek to maximize our recovery in every case, and our firm has achieved many outstanding settlements for our deserving clients.
- Resources: We have the ability to handle large case expenses, conduct investigations, hire expert witnesses, and utilize cutting-edge technology from the start to help build the strongest case possible.
- Litigation-Focused: We treat every case as if it is going to trial, and our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to fully litigate a case from beginning to end.
- Fast Results: Our skilled and aggressive attorneys reach favorable results efficiently and expediently.
TALK TO ZINDA LAW GROUP
Our accident lawyers are on hand to help you navigate the legal process in Denver. We know that it can be daunting to file a claim for the first time. That is why we have everything covered, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we focus on settling your claim. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the most persuasive case possible and seek maximum compensation.
Our firm also believes that an injury victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we secure a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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