Denver Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car accident that occurred because of another driver’s negligence, you can expect that person’s insurance company to contact you. Often you will be contacted by phone, and the insurance representative will likely have a number of questions for you about the accident.
Many accident victims do not realize that the information gathered in these conversations is frequently used as the basis to lowball or even deny a legitimate claim. That’s why it’s so important to consult with an expert at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm. We will handle all communications with insurance companies and aggressively fight for full and fair compensation.
We Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable
Before you talk to anyone from the insurance company, it is essential that you seek the advice of a qualified personal injury lawyer who understands the law and can protect your interests. At The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, we handle every aspect of your car accident claim so that you can focus on your health and wellbeing.
FAQs About Car Accidents
Why do I need a car accident lawyer?
Car accidents involving injuries can be extremely complicated. Insurance companies are looking to pay the least amount possible, so they will fight aggressively for their case. Taking on an insurance company on your own can be next to impossible, and even if you are awarded compensation, it will likely be the lowest possible amount.
There are many aspects of your case that require experienced management, such as gathering evidence, consulting with medical professionals, investigating the circumstances of your claim, proving fault, and more. Allow The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm to take care of these details for you while you focus on nurturing your physical and mental wellbeing.
How much does a car accident lawyer cost?
At The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, we never ask for any payment upfront. We will aggressively pursue your case and only get paid if you do. Every case we accept is fully prepared for trial. When insurance companies see our firm representing an injury victim, it sends a clear message: Make a fair settlement offer or face me in court.
We will work hard to make sure you are able to obtain the just compensation you deserve. Rely on The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm to do everything in our power to obtain the compensation you deserve. We will not place your future in jeopardy by accepting a settlement that does not consider your needs.
Should I accept an initial settlement?
One of the most common accidents that people make is accepting the first offer that the insurance company provides. Insurance companies will offer you the lowest amount of compensation possible, which means that you could settle for much less than you deserve. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the attorneys at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm and get the compensation you need and deserve for your car accident.
What if I can’t work after a car accident?
Often, after a car accident, the injuries you sustain can keep you from working. This can be very discouraging and frustrating. However, it’s essential to take the time to heal from your injuries and encourage your mental health. When working with The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, we will assist you in working with your doctors and specialists. Not only will we ensure that you’re seeing qualified medical professionals, but we can also explain that your claim is pending to help ease the stress of payment.
What if the driver who hit me is uninsured?
All motorists in Colorado are mandated by law to have insurance. However, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. This means that, occasionally, an accident can happen involving a person who doesn’t have coverage. This can complicate things, but if the driver who hit you is uninsured, you may still be able to file a claim. You may be able to seek out compensation through your own insurance plan if you have uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM or UIM) coverage.
What if I was partially at fault for my accident?
Proving fault in a car accident can be complex. In Colorado, comparative fault laws seek to assign a percentage of fault to each driver involved in an accident. If one driver’s fault is higher, that driver cannot recover damages.
For example, if one driver is assigned 40% of the fault and the other is assigned 60%, the less at fault may recover partial damages, but the driver with more fault cannot. If the lower-fault driver was awarded $100,000 in court, he/she would receive $60,000, or the amount minus the plaintiff’s fault (40%, in this case). In a 50/50 case, neither driver would be eligible to seek damages because neither has a lesser fault than the other.
Comparative fault laws can be difficult to understand. Whether there is a clear fault in an accident or both drivers are deemed to hold some fault, it’s always best to consult with a qualified Denver car accident lawyer to make sure you receive fair compensation.
Common Injuries With Car Accidents
When a car accident occurs, it’s not unusual to experience a wide range of injuries, from minor scrapes and bruises to whiplash, to broken bones and chronic pain. The injuries you experience will depend on the severity of the accident. It’s important to understand that injuries resulting in medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages could lead to compensation. Some of the injuries we see most frequently include:
- Whiplash or neck injuries.
- Back injuries.
- Head injuries (including traumatic brain injuries).
- Injuries to limbs or loss of limbs.
- Leg and knee injuries.
- Injury to the trachea or larynx.
- Chest injuries.
Remember that even minor injuries can result in medical costs, missed work, and pain and suffering, so don’t think you have no chance for recovery just because you didn’t break a bone or suffer a concussion. If you have contusions (bruises), lacerations (cuts), or burns that require medical attention or prevent you from working, you can seek compensation. The same is true for whiplash, which may require ongoing chiropractic care, physical therapy, medication, and more.
Injuries that require surgical intervention are certainly eligible for compensation, as are broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and anything that causes lasting damage or requires ongoing care. You should also know that damages can go beyond physical injuries to include psychological injuries.
If you suffer mental or emotional trauma related to a car accident, you may seek damages. For example, some people involved in car accidents end up with PTSD, anxiety, depression, or other psychological conditions that can impact personal relationships and the ability to work. They may require ongoing therapy, medication, or other care.
At The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, we fight to recover compensation for all of your injuries, whether they’re physical or psychological, so you have the best chance to cover the costs of immediate and ongoing care.
Common Reasons For Car Accidents In Denver
There are many reasons why people get into car accidents. The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm will aggressively pursue all areas of fault to understand your claim fully. Some of the most common reasons for car accidents include:
- Drunk driving.
- Distracted driving.
- Reckless driving.
- Drowsy driving.
- Failing to yield.
- Road rage.
The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm Fights For Your Fair Compensation
At The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm, you won’t find just another Denver car accident lawyer looking to make a quick buck off your pain and suffering. We care about every client, and we don’t want you to take a speedy settlement that won’t meet your needs now or in the long term.
We fight hard to make sure insurance companies don’t wear you down with delays and denials while your medical bills pile up, and you’re unable to work. We always prepare to take a case to trial. If insurance companies fail to make a fair offer of settlement, we’ll seek fair compensation in court.
Our firm will fight to get you compensation for:
- Medical expenses (ambulance, hospital bills, rehabilitation, etc.).
- Disability or disfigurement.
- Loss of quality of life.
- Wage loss and lost earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
When appropriate, we’ll also seek punitive damages. We know a settlement can’t erase the trauma you’ve experienced. Still, it can at least alleviate the stress of mounting medical bills and other costs during your recovery, especially if you’re unable to work. We want you to receive every penny you’re due, and we go above and beyond to ensure you get it.
Damages Following A Car Accident
If you’re involved in a car accident, you may suffer physical injury or walk away relatively unscathed, with only minor cuts and bruises. That said, even those who aren’t physically injured in an accident may suffer long-term effects that impact their ability to function as they did before and lead a normal life.
This is important because, under Colorado law, different types of damages may be claimed and awarded in the aftermath of a car accident. It’s best to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Colorado car accident attorney to understand the compensation you’re due.
See below for a breakdown of the different types of damages you may claim:
– Economic Damages
This is the most common and best-understood type of damages resulting from a car accident because it involves the costs and monetary losses you incur, either directly or indirectly, stemming from the accident. If you are injured in an accident, economic damages could cover your medical bills, including ongoing/anticipated medical costs and lost wages. If a family member has died in a car accident, dependents may be eligible to seek compensation for lost support that the deceased would have provided.
– Non-Economic Damages
In addition to tangible costs that are relatively easy to calculate, accident victims can also seek non-economic damages for reasons like physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional trauma, and loss of consortium (harm to one’s relationship with a spouse). These losses can be difficult to value, but you could be awarded significant compensation for them.
On January 1, 2020, the cap for non-economic loss increased to $613,760, although courts could add to that amount with “clear and convincing evidence.” Under SB 19-109, signed into law in April 2019, this cap will continue to increase every two years in perpetuity.
– Punitive Damages
In addition to compensatory damages, which seek to compensate accident victims for losses, you may also be eligible for punitive damages. This type of damages is meant to punish at-fault drivers in particularly egregious cases where they are deemed to have acted with “fraud, malice, or willful or wanton conduct.” Excessive speeds, driving under the influence, and distracted driving could result in punitive damages, for example. Punitive damages can meet, but not exceed, the amount of actual damages in a given case.
Preparing Your Case With A Qualified Denver Car Accident Attorney
When an accident occurs, there are several things you need to do immediately. If you are able, dial 911 and wait for police and paramedics to arrive. If you’re injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Provide the police with a statement when they arrive on the scene.
You should also exchange information with anyone involved in the accident, including other drivers, passengers, and witnesses. You’ll want to collect names, contact information, and driver’s license information from other drivers. Make sure witnesses give their statements to the police.
It’s also a good idea to take pictures of the scene of the accident and damage to your own car and other vehicles. Make sure to get license plates and make/model for each car involved. Do not move any evidence: Make sure to capture photos of the scene as is. This can not only help with insurance claims but can also help to remind you of what happened later on.
If you are unable to complete these tasks on your own, you must ask someone to do it for you, such as a passenger in your vehicle or a witness on the scene. The steps you take immediately following an accident can ensure that you have the evidence needed to seek fair compensation.
Next, consult with the experts at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm and inform your insurance provider of the accident. DO NOT speak with anyone else’s insurance company. If agents call you, refer them to your attorney at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm.
Always remember: The job of insurance agents is to save the company money, not provide you with fair compensation. They will use the information you provide to minimize your settlement, delay payout, or even deny your claim outright. They may delay as long as possible in the hopes you’ll accept a low-ball offer or simply give up. With your medical bills piling up, they know you can’t wait as long as they can.
The qualified lawyers at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm have the knowledge and experience to make the best case possible on your behalf and ensure that insurance companies deliver the compensation you deserve. Let us fight the insurance companies for you to ensure a fair settlement.
Factors In Determining Accident Severity
The severity of an accident can naturally impact the settlement amount, and several factors are usually taken into consideration when determining the severity of an accident. These include:
- The speed of both cars involved in the accident.
- The size and weight of the vehicles involved.
- Road conditions (When roads are slick due to rain or ice, or visibility is low due to fog or snowstorms, it may slow reaction times or even result in loss of control of the vehicle. Braking may do nothing in icy conditions, and this can lead to greater damage.)
- The actions of drivers (If the at-fault driver is driving under the influence, speeding, tailgating, or otherwise behaving negligently, it can increase the severity of the accident and lead to punitive and compensatory damages.)
- Safety equipment (Your settlement can be affected by the effectiveness of equipment including airbags, child seats, etc.)
Let the experienced Denver car accident attorneys at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm ensure that all factors are examined when determining the accident’s severity.
Statute Of Limitations In Reporting Auto Accident Injuries
Under Colorado state law, you have only three years from the date an auto accident occurred to file an injury claim. This applies to anyone injured in an accident, from a driver or passenger to a cyclist or pedestrian.
In some cases, you may not notice immediate injuries in the wake of an accident. Common injuries like whiplash could take several hours or even days to develop. You may not even know if you have a mild concussion, but symptoms can creep up on you. Head injuries can be very disruptive and can include symptoms such as:
- Light/noise sensitivity.
- Memory problems.
- Sleep disruption.
You might think you can’t claim injuries after the fact, but if symptoms related to a car accident show up later, you can file a claim, as long as you meet the statute of limitations. If you miss the deadline, however, you may be unable to recover damages.
If you develop an injury after a car accident and you’re unsure if you can file a claim, you need a qualified Colorado car injury lawyer. Contact the experienced attorneys at The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm for a free consultation to determine if you have a case.
Strong Representation In Any Type Of Vehicular Claim
Contact The Paul Wilkinson Law firm to receive an honest assessment of your claim. In addition to car accidents, we also specialize in other personal injury claims involving:
- Semi-trucks, including rollovers and jackknife accidents.
- Delivery vans.
- Moving trucks.
- Garbage trucks.
- Construction vehicles.
- Charter buses.
- RTD buses.
- Taxis and limousines.
- Slip and trip and fall
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The Right Car Accident Attorney For Your Case
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, reach out to The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm today. We will investigate your claim and take care of all the details, including helping you obtain help for your injuries.
To schedule your free case consultation, reach out to us today (24/7) at 303-333-7285 (PAUL) or via our Contact page.