Metier Law Firm is committed to helping people across Colorado who have been injured in accidents that were the direct result of someone else's negligence. Founded in Fort Collins in 1986, we have been making sure our clients get the justice and financial compensation they deserve.
Our expert personal injury attorneys are well versed in the laws specific to Colorado, and they have experience with how to navigate the system. In the event that you need a reliable accident injury lawyer, make sure to give us a call, and you will receive a free consultation about your case.
In Colorado, personal injury claims are considered assertions of a person’s right to compensation for the costs incurred due to the negligence of another. Put simply, it is a legal declaration that a victim can make that says their injuries, and the costs that result from them, were caused by someone else and that the responsible party has to cover those expenses.
The most important thing to keep in mind with personal injury claims is that the damage must be done to “one's body, mind, or emotions broadly,” as defined by the Merriam-Webster Legal Dictionary. This means property damage is not considered personal injury.
After an accident that results in personal injury, most people are likely to be focused on their health and recovery, and rightly so. Your own well-being should be your top priority, but there are a few things you can do after the event itself that will greatly help your personal injury claim later on. The best things you can do after an accident are to:
The last thing you want after getting injured is to make the injury worse or be injured again. However, you were hurt, be it in a car accident or in the middle of an oil field, get yourself to a safe place, away from further harm, as soon as possible.
If you need immediate medical attention, call for help right away, but even if you don’t feel any pain, you should see your doctor for an evaluation. Not only might they find undiscovered injuries before they become more serious, but they will create an official medical report about your accident.
The more documentation you have of both the scene and of your injuries, the stronger your case will be. If you are out of danger and not seriously hurt, try and get as many clear and well-lit shots from as many angles as possible. A good personal injury lawyer can use these to build a stronger case when it comes time to negotiate.
Though it may be tempting to discard anything that reminds you of your traumatic experience, it is best to hold on to anything you had on yourself at the time. Attorneys with experience in personal injury cases know where to find evidence to support their arguments, and the more places they have to pull it from, the better. Put your clothes and shoes in a clean bag and store them somewhere secure until you are able to talk to a lawyer.
Depending on the location and particular circumstances of your accident, there may be different ways to officially document an incident. If the police were called, like in the event of a bicycle accident or a motorcycle crash, they will create and file a police report that you will have access to. If your injury occurred at work, there is likely a proper channel in place to properly report any accidents. Make sure you get a copy as soon as you can and give it to your personal injury attorney.
From the police report to your medical bills, save every piece of paperwork pertaining to any aspect of your accident. When you and your lawyer go to negotiate for a claim in a certain amount, having the receipts, invoices, and expert evaluations available to back it up is essential.
The most important thing you can do after an injury-causing accident is to contact a reputable personal injury attorney with experience in Colorado, like the ones at Metier Law Firm. The process of filing a claim and receiving compensation is extremely complex and often confusing, so having a seasoned professional there to walk you through it is all but a necessity.
When it comes to claims for a personal injury, a victim can seek compensation for a variety of incurred costs, but they all fall into two broader categories. Special damages refer to things that are easily measured and calculated. General damages are more open to interpretation because they entail much less tangible, but no less life-changing, losses.
Some of the claims a personal injury victim can pursue include:
Pain and Suffering
Reduced Quality of Life
Loss of Consortium with a Spouse
The statute of limitations in Colorado for personal injury claims is 2 years after the incident. This means that two years to the day after the accident that caused your injuries, you lose the legal right to file a claim for the injuries you suffered. There can be exceptions, however, if the victim was a minor at the time or the injury was caused by a motor vehicle. It is in your best interest to call a personal injury attorney as soon as you can, so they have adequate time to investigate, file and negotiate your claim.
Personal injuries can occur in many different places and in many different ways, but any time an individual is harmed due to the negligence of another, a claim can be made. To succeed, the victim must prove that negligence occurred and lead to the accident, which is much more complicated than it may seem. That is why you should contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Metier Law Firm. We know Colorado law in and out, with over 35 years of helping people who have been injured.
The dedicated attorneys in Denver, Colorado Springs, and those in our flagship Fort Collins office are ready to fight for you if you or a loved one are the unfortunate victims of any of the following:
After a traumatic accident, the last thing you want to do is deal with insurance companies and file legal documents. You should have the time and resources you need to heal and get your life back together, and at Metier Law Firm, we want to make sure you do. We have helped countless people across the state of Colorado, and we can help you, too. Our personal injury lawyers have the expertise and the legal knowledge to get you the compensation you deserve. Just give us a call at any one of our Denver, Fort Collins, or Colorado Springs offices to get a free consultation.
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It depends, largely on the severity of your injuries and the willingness of the insurance company to settle with you. Some cases can be finished in a matter of weeks, while others drag on for years, but a strong case and a good personal injury attorney tend to speed the process up.
Not before talking to a personal injury lawyer. Often, the first settlement offer is well under what the insurer is really willing to pay in the end. Your attorney will know what a fair number is, and how to negotiate for it.
If they operate on a contingency basis you pay nothing for their services unless you win. The lawyer will cover all the costs to file and negotiate your case, in exchange for a percentage of any money you are awarded, usually somewhere between 20-40%.
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If these questions have crossed your mind, let us help. You may need a little direction or may not need an attorney at all, but you deserve to be confident knowing your options. Your confidential consultation with us is totally free.