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Boulder Personal Injury Attorney

When you or a loved one suffers injuries due to the negligence of someone else, call Dormer Harpring. The negligent party may be legally responsible for paying your medical bills and compensate you for time off work and lost future income. The Boulder personal injury lawyers at Dormer Harpring will listen to your story and advise you of your legal options.

Our civil attorneys are:

  • Experienced, educated, and skilled in personal injury law
  • Respectful and honest of people from all walks of life
  • Courageous and willing to fight for just and fair compensation for our clients

No one should pay for the mistakes of another, nor should they bear the stress and pain of a personal injury claim alone. Call us today to schedule your free claim evaluation and discuss our personalized service and representation.

How Can a Boulder Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family after a personal injury is to retain an experienced attorney. It is unwise to try and settle a personal injury claim on your own. Insurance companies only want what is best for themselves and their bottom line, but at Dormer Harpring, we want only what is best for you and your physical recovery.

Our Boulder injury lawyers will handle all aspects of your claim, including:

  • Collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses
  • Reviewing accident and medical records
  • Retaining any needed accident and medical experts
  • Handling all calls and correspondence from creditors and insurance companies
  • Completing and filing documents
  • Representing you in negotiations and settlement talks
  • Filing a lawsuit in the appropriate court
  • Evaluating your claim to assess an appropriate settlement amount
  • Proceeding to trial if no proper settlement is available

Speaking with an attorney at Dormer Harpring is risk-free. We offer contingency fee payment options meaning we base your fee on the amount we recover. Let our team help you move forward towards your best resolution and start your healing process.

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

When the negligent actions or inactions of one party causes another person harm, that person may have a personal injury claim. A personal injury claim is a civil legal matter, not a criminal prosecution by the government. The harmed person is compensated monetarily for the harm done to them.

Compensation for a personal injury claim is to pay for medical bills and financial expenses that are accident-related. Both current and future costs are available to a claimant. Common types of personal injury claims include:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Premises liability
  • Brain injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Rideshare accidents
  • Ski injuries
  • Product liability

In Colorado, there are statutes of limitations placed upon personal injury lawsuits depending on the type of accident. It is prudent to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your personal injury claim and its statute of limitations.

What Is Negligence in Colorado?

In personal injury law, negligence refers to the failure to act in a way that a reasonable and prudent person would have acted in the same or similar circumstances. A person can be guilty of negligence with any action or omission that falls outside of the accepted standards of care. When negligence causes injury or harm to another person, the injured victim may hold the negligent party legally and financially responsible.

How Is Fault Determined in Injury Cases?

Determining fault in an injury case in Boulder takes identifying the party or parties who caused or significantly contributed to the accident in question. During a personal injury case, it is the injured victim’s burden to prove a defendant’s fault based on a preponderance of the evidence. This means the plaintiff or plaintiff’s attorney must demonstrate using clear and convincing evidence that the defendant more likely than not caused the injury.

Proving fault in an injury case takes evidence of four key elements:

  1. A duty of care was owed. The defendant had a legal responsibility to act in a reasonable manner.
  2. A duty of care was breached. The defendant did not act in a reasonable manner based on the circumstances.
  3. The defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident. The defendant’s misconduct or wrongdoing was the proximate (main) cause of the accident.
  4. The plaintiff suffered compensable losses. The plaintiff has real and specific financial, physical or emotional damages from the accident.

Evidence that may be available to help you prove fault includes a police accident report, eyewitness statements, photographs and videos, medical records, and expert testimony. The right attorney in Boulder can help you collect evidence and present it in a clear and convincing manner to an insurance company, judge or jury for the best odds of proving fault.

How to Proceed After a Personal Injury Accident

A lot of fear and confusion immediately follows a personal injury. There are steps to take after an accident that will help in any future recovery.

The most important of these are as follows:

  • Seek medical attention and attend all follow-up appointments
  • Document the scene by taking pictures and gathering all witness information. If you are unable, ask someone else to do so
  • Call the police and file an accident report
  • Contact your insurance company and notify them of the accident. Never admit fault
  • Speak with a personal injury attorney before making any statements or signing any documents

If you cannot complete all of these steps before seeing an attorney, do not worry. The right personal injury lawyer in Boulder can help you with an insurance claim or injury lawsuit regardless of what steps you did or did not take after your accident.

What Damages Can I Recover in Colorado?

A successful personal injury lawsuit in Colorado can provide a monetary award to make you whole again. This means enough financial compensation to put you in the financial position you would have been in had the accident not occurred. There is compensation available for many different types of damages in Colorado. A positive settlement or jury verdict could include an amount to cover your past and future:

  • Medical expenses
  • Ongoing health care
  • Lost wages
  • Lost capacity to earn a living
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

Before you accept a settlement from an insurance company, discuss the value of your case with a lawyer. The value of your claim is something an attorney in Boulder can estimate for you. An insurance company may try to devalue your claim, while an attorney will want you to receive the best financial outcome possible.

Time Limits for Colorado Personal Injury Claims

Act quickly if you believe you have grounds for a personal injury claim in Colorado. There is a statute of limitations, or a legal deadline for filing, of two years in Colorado. This means if you do not file a claim for your injury within two years of your accident, the courts in Boulder will most likely bar you from financial recovery.

There is an exception, however, if you discover your injuries later. In this scenario, you will have two years from the date of discovery rather than the date of the accident to file. There is another exception if you are attempting to hold a government entity liable. In this case, Colorado law requires you to file a claim within 180 days of your accident. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to meet your deadline.

Get Help from a Boulder Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Our Denver personal injury attorneys will gladly review your claim and advise you on the appropriate next steps in your claims process. We want you to succeed in your personal injury claim and can help you make the best decisions available in your case to do just that. Contact us today by phone or through our contact page to determine if you have a personal injury claim.