Personal injuries can lead to significant setbacks for a victim. This can include setbacks related to physical and emotional pain and suffering as well as financial setbacks for the victim and their family. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we are here to help if you need a Denver personal injury attorney by your side. If the careless or negligent actions of another individual, business, or entity have caused you or a loved one harm, our team will investigate the claim in order to determine liability. Our goal is to secure full compensation for your losses so that you can move forward with your life.
Why Choose The O’Sullivan Law Firm?
At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, our team is dedicated to providing a client-centered approach. We get to know our clients’ goals so we can ensure that we are meeting their needs at every step of the way.
At our law firm, we guarantee that an attorney will handle your case, not a paralegal, legal assistant, or case manager. Every client will work directly with an attorney, and an attorney will always be in charge of the case.
The O’Sullivan Law Firm has a track record of success, and we have secured significant multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout Colorado.
How Will an Attorney Help a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury lawyer in Denver is necessary when handling complex injury claims. Unfortunately, most injury victims do not have the resources or legal expertise necessary to investigate their own cases and stand up to the other parties involved. A skilled personal injury lawyer can:
Obtain any evidence needed to prove liability for the injury, which can include photos taken after the injury occurred, video surveillance of the incident, eyewitness statements, police reports, and more.
Enlist the assistance of trusted medical professionals who can evaluate the client’s injuries and help properly calculate their total expected losses.
Gather all medical records, proof of lost earnings, and receipts for out-of-pocket expenses to help properly calculate all financial losses.
Obtain and fully review all insurance policies and negotiate with aggressive insurance carriers in an effort to secure total compensation for their client.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Denver
Personal injury cases arise anytime the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of an individual, business, or entity caused harm to somebody else. These cases can arise in countless ways throughout Denver. At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, our attorneys regularly help clients who have sustained injuries caused by the following types of incidents:
Please understand that this is not an all-inclusive list of the ways that personal injury cases arise in Denver. We strongly encourage you to speak to one of our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation of your case so we can help determine the best steps moving forward for your particular situation.
Steps to Take After an Injury Occurs in Denver
There are various steps that personal injury victims in Denver need to take after the incident occurs in order to help maximize their chances of receiving full compensation. Some of these steps begin immediately after the injury occurs and include:
Seeking immediate medical care. The number one priority in these situations is for an injury victim to seek medical care as soon as possible. Even if the injuries do not seem severe, it is important to understand that the signs and symptoms of many injuries do not appear until hours or even days after an incident occurs. By seeking medical care quickly, an injury victim in Denver will be accomplishing two things: They will be ensuring their well-being, and they will establish a solid link between the injury incident and the medical care they receive.
Reporting the incident. Where an injury gets reported will vary depending on the particular type of case we are dealing with. For example, vehicle accidents need to be reported to the police when they occur. Workplace accidents need to be reported to a supervisor or the employer when they occur. It is important to make sure an official report is made after any type of injury incident.
Gathering evidence. If it is safe to do so and if a person’s injuries do not prevent them from doing so, gathering evidence can begin. This often includes using a phone or another type of camera to take photographs of everything at the scene of an incident. Additionally, the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses should be written down so that these individuals can be contacted later on.
After the initial injury incident is over, there are still steps that need to be taken in the days and weeks that follow.
Continuing medical care. It is crucial for any injury victim to continue all medical treatment recommended by a doctor. Discontinuing medical care before a doctor says that a person has reached maximum medical improvement could be detrimental to a case.
Contacting a skilled attorney. Injury victims should contact a Denver injury lawyer who can get involved early in the case and begin the process of gathering and preserving evidence. An attorney can conduct a complete investigation into the incident and handle every aspect of the claim on behalf of the client.
What Types of Compensation Are Available?
There may be various types of compensation available to personal injury victims in Denver. In general, the goal of the personal injury attorneys at The O’Sullivan Law Firm is to ensure that our clients receive both economic and non-economic damages in an effort to make them “whole.”
Economic damages refer to the types of compensation that are relatively calculable after an injury occurs. These are often referred to as special damages and can include the following:
Coverage of medical expenses
Physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses
Medical devices and prescription medication costs
Lost income if a victim cannot work
General household out-of-pocket expenses
Property damage expenses
Non-economic damages refer to the types of compensation that are more challenging to calculate after an injury occurs. These are often referred to as general damages. These types of losses do not necessarily come with bills or receipts that can be added up, but frequently include the following:
Physical pain and suffering damages
Emotional and psychological damages
Loss of quality of life damages
Loss of consortium damages for a spouse
How Much Compensation Is Available for These Claims?
There is no set amount of money paid to personal injury victims in Denver. Rather, there are various factors related to each case that play a role in determining how much compensation will be paid to the victims. These factors can include the severity of the injury, the length of time it takes for the victim to recover, the level of the victim’s pain and suffering, and whether or not there was any shared fault for the incident.
A skilled Denver injury lawyer will gather up all of the medical bills, proof of out-of-pocket costs, and pay statements in order to properly calculate the economic damages that should be paid to a victim. When working to calculate non-economic damages, an attorney will usually use a multiplier method. This means that they will reach a total for the economic damages and then multiply the total by a set number, usually ranging from 1.5 to 5.
For example, if a personal injury victim incurred $100,000 in total economic damages, an attorney might use a multiplier of three (3) to reach a non-economic damage total of $300,000. This will bring the total damage request to $400,000.
When working to properly determine the total amount of compensation in these situations, a Denver personal injury attorney will often work with trusted medical, economic, and financial experts. These experts may even be called to testify on behalf of the injury victim in a personal injury trial.
What Is Shared Liability?
It is not uncommon for there to be disputes about who actually caused an injury. In some cases, more than one party may have been careless or negligent and contributed to the injury incident. For these situations, we recognize that Colorado operates under a “modified comparative negligence” system. In this state, an injury victim can still recover compensation even if they are partially at fault for the incident, so long as they are less than 50 percent at fault for what happened. Any person determined to be 50 percent or more responsible for an injury incident will not be able to recover compensation for their losses.
Any person less than 50 percent responsible for an injury will still be able to receive compensation, though the total amount of money they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
For example, suppose Driver A is determined to be 55 percent responsible for causing a crash, and Driver B is determined to be 45 percent responsible for the collision. In this scenario, Driver A would be unable to receive any compensation. Driver B would be entitled to receive compensation, though the total amount of money they receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. If Driver B sustained $100,000 worth of losses as a result of the crash, they would only receive $65,000 to account for their 45 percent of the fault.
Colorado Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Injury victims in Denver need to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in civil court. The Colorado personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurs. If a personal injury victim fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year time frame, they will likely lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.
The wrongful death statute of limitation in Colorado is also two years from the date of the deceased’s death. However, this statute of limitation differs for those who lose their lives in a vehicle accident. In these cases, the wrongful death statute of limitations will be extended to three years from the date of the deceased’s death.
We strongly encourage any person who has sustained an injury caused by the actions of another to seek assistance from an attorney as soon as possible to ensure their claim gets filed on time. Please understand that the statute of limitations put forth under the law has nothing to do with any deadlines put in place by insurance carriers. If an insurance claim is not made within a short amount of time after an injury occurs, it is very likely that the insurance carrier will delay or deny the claim unnecessarily.
How Much Does a Denver Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
At The O’Sullivan Law Firm, we take Denver accident and injury claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not be responsible for paying any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. Our attorneys will only collect legal fees after we successfully obtain the compensation that our clients need to get through this difficult time.
We believe that this type of fee arrangement helps level the playing field for personal injury claims. With a contingency fee set up, our attorneys can help injury victims stand up to at-fault parties and aggressive insurance carriers in order to ensure they are properly cared for.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another individual or entity, the team at The O’Sullivan Law Firm is here to help. We have the resources and experience necessary to conduct a complete investigation into these cases. We have no problem standing up to aggressive insurance carriers and at-fault parties as we work to secure full compensation for our clients’ losses. When you need a Denver personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case or calling us at (303) 388-5304.