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Advice from your Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyer
The Colorado Springs injury attorneys at Levine Law have been representing injured clients for more than 20 years. We recognize the stress that can arise from complex litigation proceedings after sustaining injuries in an accident. Additionally, our lawyers know how much is at stake when you are fighting to recover compensation to cover your losses and financial burdens.
To help you to better understand the civil litigation process and your rights after an accident, our attorneys answer questions frequently asked by accident victims below. While a knowledgeable Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer should always evaluate your case, these guidelines should provide you with a better understanding of your rights.
1. When can I make a personal injury claim?
You can take legal action and make a personal injury claim any time you sustain serious injuries due to the negligence, carelessness or wrongdoing of another individual or entity. For example, if your injuries were caused by a driver who was speeding or driving recklessly, you can make a personal injury claim against the driver. In addition, if a doctor provides sub-standard care; if a property owner lets his property fall into dangerous disrepair; or if a nursing home is negligent, then you can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for serious injuries arising out of these negligent actions.
The key factor in every personal injury case is whether the defendant had an obligation to behave responsibly, and in some way failed in that obligation, which led to injuries.
2. How do I make a personal injury claim?
You can make a personal injury claim by filing a lawsuit in the court located in the area where the accident occurred. Your case can be resolved in two ways: by trial or settlement. During trial you will be required to present your case and evidence to a judge and jury. After reviewing the evidence, the jury will either award compensation or find the defendant not liable. Alternatively, you can, with the help of your Colorado Springs personal injury attorney, negotiate a settlement agreement with the defendant before your lawsuit is filed or at any time during the litigation process prior to the jury reaching a decision. A Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer can take care of the legal details for you by negotiating a fair agreement or aggressively litigating on your behalf in court.
3. Why should I file a claim?
Successful personal injury claims hold the person or company who hurt you accountable – or “liable” – for their wrongful acts and for the injuries you suffered. If the court finds the defendant liable, the defendant must compensate you for your damages and financial losses. Damage awards help deter people from wrongful behavior, and ensure that you do not experience financial losses because you had the misfortune of an accident. Treating a serious injury can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. A verdict or settlement can help compensate you for your financial losses.
4. What types of compensation can I receive in a personal injury case?
The law allows accident victims to be “made whole” by the person or company responsible for their injuries. This means you can obtain compensation for the losses and damages you incur that result from the negligence or ill-action of another. For example, 100 percent of the medical costs associated with the accident should be covered, including current and future medical bills. Additionally, if your injuries forced you to take sick days, miss work or take unpaid leave, you should be compensated for the lost income. If you can no longer work or are unable to earn as much money as you did prior to your injury, then you should seek compensation for your financial losses. A Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer at Levine Law can help you obtain compensation through a settlement or lawsuit.
In addition, you can be compensated for non-economic or non-financial losses including any pain and suffering or emotional trauma you endure.
Finally, in the event that an accident results in death, the family members of the deceased may recover additional damages in a wrongful death claim. Family members may seek compensation for the loss of financial support and loss of companionship.
5. Should I hire a lawyer for my personal injury case?
You should always consult with a Colorado Springs personal injury lawyer if you have been injured by another’s negligent actions. Filing and litigating a personal injury claim is a complex process. Your attorney can explain the legal protections and rights afforded to you to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
A Colorado Springs personal injury attorney can help. At Levine Law, our law firm has more than two decades of experiencing helping accident victims. We are recognized as Super Lawyers and have been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Let us put our legal knowledge and experience to work in your case.