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Finding the right personal injury lawyer can be overwhelming. When you have been injured from an accident or an intentional wrongdoing, it is important to know what the law says about your situation so that you are not deceived or blocked from the opportunity to seek compensation.
People often believe that lawyers should only be hired if you want to sue or are getting sued, but accident attorneys near you in Thornton are equipped to help in many stages of a dispute outside of a trial. Moreover, Colorado law firms like Zinda Law Group offer free consultations where experienced injury lawyers can handle the complexity of issues and explain potential options to resolve them.
Types of accidents that can result in personal injury
Personal injuries can happen in a variety of settings. What is required under the law can change depending on what setting the injury happened in, so it is normal to not know when or how to negotiate for a higher compensation. Below is a list of the types of accidents that can cause injuries; a free consultation with a lawyer may help you seek maximum compensation for these:
Colorado is a “fault” car accident state, which means that the person who is at fault is the one responsible for covering the cost of injuries and damages from the accident. If you are not at fault for an accident, the other person (or the person’s insurance company) should pay for your related costs such as vehicle repairs or medical bills. A Thornton accident lawyer can review settlement claims and help you seek the maximum amount of compensation for minor accidents or accidents where everyone has insurance. If the other driver is uninsured, a lawyer can also help you understand your insurance policy coverage for uninsured motorist accidents and make sure it meets the standard of Colorado law.
Wrongful deaths in Colorado happen when someone’s “wrongful act, neglect, or default of another” causes a person to die from a related injury, and it is the wrongdoer’s responsibility to cover the losses resulting from the death. Survivors who can bring a claim on behalf of the person who died are the spouse, children or heirs, and parents.
Medical Mistreatment or Malpractice
An injury while receiving medical services can be devastating because a patient may suffer an additional illness or injury that could have been avoided. Examples of medical malpractice are misdiagnoses, improper medication or dosage, or an unnecessary surgery. In other health care professions, such as mental health, a health care professional may be responsible for damages if the professional did not fulfill the duty to warn someone when the warning could have prevented an injury or death.
In 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 5,333 fatal work injuries in the United States. Colorado had a steady range of 70-80 fatal work injuries between 2015-2019. Although it may rarely occur, fatal and non-fatal injuries that happen at work can still have a significant impact on your life. It can put you in a hard financial situation where you have to pay for expensive medical bills, but you no longer have a steady flow of income because you had to take time off or you can no longer do your job because of your injury.
Under Colorado law, the employer is liable to compensate an employee who is hurt while working. However, if the employer is properly insured, this may limit your ability to seek higher compensation if you knowingly took on a risk that resulted in the accident. A personal injury lawyer can review the amount the insurance is offering and can also give advice about additional options given the details of your situation.
Dog Bite or Injury
If a person is bit or injured by a dog, the dog owner can be responsible for any economic costs of the injury. A couple of requirements is that the injured person must have been lawfully on the property where the accident occurred and did not knowingly provoke the dog to harm the person.
As long as the injury did not happen within one of the exceptions, the injured person can file a claim against the dog owner. Exceptions where a claim cannot be brought is if the injured person works with dogs and is injured while performing job duties or if the property where the dog is has a warning sign that says, “Beware of Dog.”
If a person is injured by a product, the manufacturer of the product can be held liable for the way it was made, installed, assembled, or designed. The manufacturer can also be held liable for failing to warn consumers about a known potential danger if the product is used or misused. In Colorado, it is usually the manufacturer and not the seller (if they are different) who can be sued because of the “Innocent Seller” provision.
When an injury occurs at a business or a private property of another, whether the owner is responsible for paying for related costs depends on a few factors. For example, if you are a customer and you are injured on a business property because of a danger it knew about, the business can be held responsible if it failed to do something to protect you or failed to warn you about the danger.
Types of compensation
In personal injury claims, there are two main types of compensation which are sometimes referred to as economic or non-economic damages. If you schedule a free consultation with a Zinda Law Group personal injury attorney, he or she will be able to answer your questions regarding which types of damages have been successfully sought after by people who have filed accident claims similar to yours.
Economic damages are monetary losses that can be calculated. These can include:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle damages
- Property damages
- Loss of wages
- Future economic losses
Non-economic damages are losses that cannot be calculated by traditional means but can still be awarded. These can include:
- Pain and suffering (physical)
- Emotional pain and anguish
- Disfigurement or disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss related to reputation
Calculating economic damages can be complicated, especially when figuring out whether a particular bill can be repaid, whereas non-economic damages are typically harder to prove and require expertise in cases and legal arguments to articulate why a person in a specific situation deserves them. Tort law—laws related to personal injuries—can affect what compensation can be sought, deadlines to file claims, and who can be considered at fault.
Sometimes in personal injury cases, a court may award punitive or exemplary damages. One aim of exemplary damages is to punish a defendant who has acted with fraud, malice, or willful and wanton conduct. Willful and wanton conduct means that the person had to have known that the action was dangerous and did not care about the consequences or the safety of others. Although it is possible to receive exemplary damages, it is the judge’s or jury’s choice whether or not to award this category.
Colorado law has a “cap” or maximum amount of non-economic damages that can be awarded in a claim. This means that even though the jury may award a certain amount, if it is higher than the cap, the person receiving the non-economic damages can only be paid the highest amount allowed in the law. Hiring an experienced personal injury law in Thornton is beneficial for guiding you on what have been the most successful types of compensation in cases similar to yours.
Mind the statute of limitations
In Colorado, the general statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years after the incident. The timing of when the “incident” occurs can be different depending on the type of accident, so it is best to contact a Thornton personal injury lawyer as soon as possible because the situation may be time sensitive.
contact zinda law group today for a free consultation
At Zinda Law firm in Thornton, our personal injury attorneys have a wealth of resources and experience in handling many types of personal injury cases. After your first confidential consultation, we can determine whether you should be able to seek the maximum compensation available for both economic and non-economic damages in cases like yours.
The cost of legal services is a legitimate worry and a common reason many people hesitate to reach out to a lawyer. That is the reason we offer 100% free consultations and a “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.” Our No Win, No Fee Guarantee means you do not have to pay unless we successfully obtain a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case.
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