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.
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:
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.
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:
After the initial injury incident is over, there are still steps that need to be taken in the days and weeks that follow.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Individuals who sustain an injury often have many questions, and we want to try to answer a few of the most common ones here.
Yes, it is entirely possible to file a lawsuit against a business if the actions of the business or its employees caused you harm. In order for these claims to be successful, injury victims will have to prove that the business knew or reasonably should have known that their actions or inaction could result in an injury. A skilled personal injury lawyer in Denver will fully understand the process of holding businesses accountable for injury claims.
Injuries that occur on a college campus may very well fall under premises liability laws. Just like any other type of property owner or business, the operators of a college campus have a duty to ensure the safety of any person who has the right to be there, including students, faculty, and authorized visitors. Some of the most common causes of campus injuries include a failure to provide adequate security, inadequate lighting on campus, unsafe buildings, wet floors that cause slip and fall incidents, unsafe roadways, and more.
It is entirely possible to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation if you sustain an injury due to an unsafe condition on your neighbor’s property. If you were invited onto your neighbor’s property as a guest and sustained an injury while you were there, you will likely be able to recover compensation through their homeowners’ insurance policy. Homeowners are required to let you know about any dangerous conditions that currently exist.
It can be very difficult to understand how long it will take for a personal injury claim to resolve. In some situations, a personal injury case will be resolved within a month or two after an injury occurs. However, when there are disputes over who caused an injury or how much compensation should be paid, these cases can drag on for quite a long time. Even though most injury cases are resolved through settlement with insurance carriers, it could take several months or even more than a year for the settlement to come through. There are various factors that go into how long it takes for these cases to conclude, including the severity of the injuries, whether there is any shared fault, the size of the insurance carriers involved, and more.
Most personal injury cases do not end up going to trial. As we mentioned, the vast majority of injury claims are resolved through insurance settlements. However, if the insurance carrier denies a claim or refuses to offer a fair settlement amount, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit. Even after a lawsuit has been filed, this does not mean that you will have to go to trial. The only time a personal injury case goes all the way to trial is if the attorneys for both sides cannot reach a fair settlement agreement during the discovery process or through mediation.
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 client’s losses. When you need a Colorado personal injury attorney, you can contact us online for a free consultation of your case or call us at (303) 388-5304.