If someone injures you deliberately, recklessly, negligently, or accidentally, you may be entitled to compensation. That includes damages for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses that resulted from your injury. A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover those losses.
Should You File a Personal Injury Case?
Most Colorado personal injury cases result from negligence. If you have been injured and suffered damage through someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
The Law Offices of James Colgan will help you determine whether you have a case and manage your personal injury lawsuit from investigation to settlement. With over 25 years of trial experience, they know Colorado’s personal injury laws inside and out.
Statute of Limitations
If you have been injured due to negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Colorado law requires that a personal injury claim be filed within a specified period, depending on the injury. You want your personal injury attorney to have as much time as possible to conduct the investigation and pursue your settlement.
Types of Personal Injury
If your injury has been caused by someone who has breached their duty of care, you can sue them for personal injury and damages that result from that injury. Some examples of types of personal injury include:
- Automobile accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and Fall
- Construction site injuries
- Defective products
For example, if you walk past a construction site and a piece of plywood falls on you. The owner of this site was negligent for not securing the board to prevent its falling and injuring someone.
If you are partially at fault for the incident that resulted in your injury, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit. In Colorado, modified comparative negligence rules apply to personal injury cases. Generally, each party is responsible for the percentage of the damages they caused.
For example, if you are walking down the street and someone’s dog bites you, the dog’s owner may present evidence that you were teasing the dog or yelled at the owner. In this case, your provocation caused the dog to perceive a threat to its owner and defend them.
The jury may decide that you were partially responsible for the dog biting you. If the damages amount to $10,000 between medical expenses, lost wages, scar treatment, etc., and the jury finds you 30% at fault, you will receive $7000 as compensation.
In the case of a car accident, Colorado is not a no-fault state and the modified comparative negligence rules apply to personal injury cases related to car accidents, as well.
In Colorado, there are two types of compensation: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are quantifiable—your medical bills, lost wages, repair costs. Non-economic damages are subjective and include pain and suffering, emotional impact, and potential future losses.
Economic damages are easy to prove. You provide your receipts, invoices, pay stubs, and any documentation you have for the amounts you’ve paid out.
Non-economic damages are more difficult to prove and quantify. The Law Offices of James Colgan have decades of experience in negotiating personal injury claims. Contact us today so we can get the best possible settlement for you.