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    Colorado Personal Injury Laws You Should Know

    When someone else’s careless, negligent, or wrongful conduct leaves you injured, you have the right to take legal action. By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek financial compensation for specific losses—known as “damages”—related to your injuries. In most cases, you will have to prove that the other person or party is liable for your damages to successfully resolve your claim.

    How do you prove such claims? What paperwork do you need to file? Our personal injury lawyers in Denver can help you navigate these issues as well as difficulties you may not realize are on the horizon.

    Navigating the legal system after a serious accident or injury can be daunting. Right now, you should be focused on getting the medical care you need and recovering from your injury—not fighting with the insurance company for a fair payout. When you turn to Boesen Law, you can be confident knowing that our Denver personal injury attorneys will handle every last legal detail of your case. From investigating your claim and gathering evidence to communicating with the insurance company and seeking maximum compensation on your behalf, our team will be there for you every step of the way.

    Continue reading to learn more about filing a personal injury claim in Colorado and how Boesen Law can help, or call us at (303) 999-9999 to set up a free, in-person consultation.

    Understanding Personal Injury

    In our state, a personal injury is defined as any harm suffered by an individual as a result of another’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional actions. This harm can manifest physically, emotionally, or psychologically, covering a wide range of incidents from automobile accidents and workplace injuries to slip-and-fall accidents and medical malpractice. Denver personal injury lawyers play a crucial role in assisting victims to understand the breadth of what constitutes a personal injury and in providing the legal expertise required to pursue justice and compensation for their suffering and losses.

    What Is an Injury Claim?

    In the state of Colorado, a personal injury claim primarily hinges on three critical elements. First, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, a legal obligation to avoid causing harm. Second, it’s essential to establish that the defendant breached this duty of care through their actions or inactions. Lastly, the plaintiff must demonstrate that this breach directly resulted in their injuries, linking the defendant’s conduct to the damages suffered. Understanding these components is crucial for filing a successful personal injury claim, as each element plays a foundational role in validating the claimant’s case in the eyes of the law.

    Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Personal Injury Claim

    Filing a personal injury claim can be a complex process, and it’s important to avoid common mistakes that could potentially harm your case. Our team of experienced Denver personal injury attorneys at Boesen Law are here to guide you through the process and ensure you don’t make these costly errors.

    Here are some common mistakes to avoid when filing a personal injury claim:

    Not seeking immediate medical attention: It’s crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, even if you don’t initially feel injured. Delaying medical treatment can not only worsen your condition, but it can also weaken your claim.

    Not gathering evidence: Collecting evidence is vital to support your claim. This includes taking photographs of the accident scene, obtaining contact information from witnesses, and keeping track of any relevant documents such as medical records and bills.

    Providing recorded statements without legal representation: Insurance companies may try to obtain recorded statements from you shortly after the accident. It’s important to consult with a personal injury attorney before providing any statements, as they can help protect your rights and ensure you don’t say anything that could be used against you.

    Accepting the first settlement offer: Insurance companies often offer low settlement amounts initially, hoping that you’ll accept and close the case quickly. It’s essential to consult with an attorney who can negotiate on your behalf and help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.

    Waiting too long to file a claim: In Colorado, there is a statute of limitations that sets a deadline for filing a personal injury claim. Waiting too long to take legal action can result in the loss of your right to seek compensation. It’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure your claim is filed within the required timeframe.

    By avoiding these common mistakes and working with our skilled Denver personal injury attorneys, you can maximize your chances of a successful personal injury claim and receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Boesen Law today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

    When Can I File a Personal Injury Claim?

    How the Colorado Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Works

    There are several things you should know before filing a personal injury claim. First, the state of Colorado has a statute of limitations, or filing deadline, for personal injury lawsuits. The Colorado statute of limitations for personal injury only gives you two years from the date of injury (in most cases) to sue the liable party for damages. If the statute of limitations expires before you take legal action, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case.

    Second, you can only file a personal injury claim if you have grounds to do so. Generally speaking, cases can be brought on the grounds of negligence, strict liability, or default. If you have a case based on strict liability (such as a dog bite claim) or default (including some product liability claims), you do not necessarily need to prove that anyone negligently caused you harm.

    However, to bring a personal injury case based on negligence, you will need to prove the following:

    • You were injured and suffered measurable economic and/or non-economic damages; if you were not injured or did not suffer measurable economic or non-economic damages, you do not have a case
    • The person or party against whom you are bringing the claim (the “defendant”) owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a responsibility to follow the law, act reasonably, and/or prevent foreseeable injury
    • The defendant failed to uphold the duty of care, whether by acting negligently, recklessly, wrongfully, or unlawfully or by intentionally inflicting injury/attempting to cause intentional harm
    • The defendant’s failure to uphold the duty of care was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries, meaning you would not have been injured or suffered damages had the defendant upheld the duty of care

    A Denver personal injury attorney from our law firm can thoroughly investigate the details of your case to determine exactly what happened and, most importantly, who is liable for your injuries and damages. We often work with accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other professionals who help us analyze evidence and build powerful cases on behalf of our clients.

    Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Denver?

    At Boesen Law, we are ready to do everything possible to secure the best possible outcome for you. While there is no law stating you must hire a personal injury lawyer, there are many reasons to trust your case to an experienced legal team.

    First, numerous studies have shown that people who work with personal injury attorneys tend to recover better settlements than those who try to resolve their cases on their own. This is likely because insurance companies know that attorneys will aggressively pursue just compensation and are, therefore, more likely to settle claims for a fair amount rather than undergo the time, expense, and hassle of going to trial.

    Another reason to work with a personal injury attorney is that your attorney will be able to handle the various legal details of your case, allowing you to focus on your physical recovery. Our Denver personal injury lawyers take care of everything, from gathering and submitting various documents to analyzing evidence and communicating with the insurance company, all while ensuring you remain up to date on your case. We provide honest and consistent client communication and are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    When you turn to a professional legal team for help with your personal injury case, you benefit from their extensive experience, insights, and resources. You also have the option of pursuing maximum compensation by taking your case to trial, if necessary.

    How Can a Denver Personal Injury Attorney Help with Your Injury Case?

    Our attorneys have decades of experience handling all types of personal injury claims, including cases involving:

    We also represent clients in complex wrongful death cases, as well as issues involving insurance bad faith and Social Security disability claims.

    Our team is ready to assist with all aspects of your case. No matter how complex or challenging your situation may be, we can help you fight for the justice and fair compensation you are owed. There are no legal fees for you unless we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf, and our multilingual staff can assist you in English, Russian or Spanish.

    Schedule a free, in-person case evaluation today; call (303) 999-9999 or contact us online.