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What you should consider when looking into a Denver personal injury attorney


September 11, 2019

So you’ve been injured...now what? You might look into a Denver personal injury attorney, and if that’s the case there are some things you should keep an eye out for, be aware of, etc. We are here to help you navigate these tricky waters, and end up with the attorney that will fight tirelessly for you and your rights. 

What Should You Look For?
Let’s start with what you should look for. There are so many personal injury attorneys out there...it can get overwhelming. But there are a few key things you should look for, and we promise you you won’t regret it.

A Focused Practice
You attorney should have a focused practice in personal injury. Why? Some law firms and even attorneys try to do it all, and while some can make that work not all of them can. You want someone who is experienced in personal injury, particularly one who is familiar with Denver laws and work with them day in...and day out. An attorney with a focused practice on personal injury will do just that. 

Trial Experience
You’d be surprised by the number of attorneys who don’t have any trial experience, and this could put you at a big disadvantage. What if your defendant (the person you are planning to sue), doesn’t settle? What if it DOES have to go to court? If your personal injury attorney has no experience, not only will they be overwhelmed but they might not know how to navigate a courtroom with expertise. It’s extremely important that you find an attorney with trial experience...just in case.

Reputation 
Does the attorney have a positive reputation? Not just in “wins,” but also in personality? If you have an attorney who has a history of winning, but it extraordinarily difficult to work with that might not fit with your goals and what you are hoping for. Make sure you do your research ahead of time, and that means more than just their website. What you should consider is looking into referrals and additional means of recommendations. Don’t just rely on Google or the firm’s website...do some digging and see what you can find. 

Cost
Whew, this one is an intimidating one. One of the things you should certainly consider is cost. Most attorneys will allow for a free consultation, where they will listen and address different aspects of your case. After an initial consultation, most attorneys will request a contingency fee. In other words, you don’t pay anything upfront and instead pay when your case is settled.

What Should You Ask?
Now that you know what you should look for...there are a few things you should ask when “interviewing” or speaking with potential attorneys. We can promise you while it might seem awkward at first, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Case Outlook
You’ve done the research, but now it’s time to ask the attorney what their experience is with your type of case. Do they align with the research you’ve done? Or does it vary greatly? If it varies greatly… you might want to consider the fact they could be bluffing. Also, listen to how they talk about their wins, loses, and experiences - that can tell you a lot about what type of lawyer they are. 

Case Outlook
You should always ask the attorney what they think about your case outlook. Do they think you will win? Are they confident in your prospects? If they are confident, you should also ask how much they think you can win - monetary-wise. Chances are you won’t get an exact number but they might be able to get you a range. If they do get you an exact number, take it with a grain of salt. It’s not going to be feasible for them to uphold that type of promise to you.

Logistics and Cost
Finally, always ask about the logistics of the case. Who will work on the case, who will handle the day-to-day operations, will someone argue the case in trial if it comes to that? Also, ask what the costs are associated with the case. Do they work on a contingency fee? If you win, how much will they take? 

Questions are always awkward to ask...but it can certainly benefit you in the long run. You’ll need to be careful when choosing a personal injury attorney and it’s going to be important to get an attorney that works for you and your needs. 

Mark A. Simon is someone who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure that you receive the highest possible settlement for each individual case. He will begin the investigation process immediately, ensuring you receive the best representation possible. When it comes to a personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience and opt for the first person you find. Select an attorney who will get you the outcome you desire and the settlement you need. If you are in the Denver metro area and require legal help or assistance, contact him at 303-321-4878 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
 
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Best Reasons to Hire a Denver Personal Injury Attorney After You’ve Been Injured in an Accident


August 21, 2019

Getting into an accident, whether it be in a car, or simply on foot, can be a devastating and stressful ordeal to go through. Not only is there plenty of physical pain as a result of the injury, but there can also be a ton of emotional stress which accompanies such an incident, compounding the situation and creating a huge hurdle to have to overcome. And it’s not just the matter of recovering from your injury, as you will also want to seek compensation for the damages you have received. It goes without saying, but in the course of fighting a serious legal battle against insurance companies and individuals, you will definitely want to have someone on your side who can advocate for your rights. With that in mind, here are the best reasons to hire a Denver personal injury attorney.

They Understand The Law Better Than You Do

Ok, you may be good at studying for tests and are pretty proficient at learning things on your own. Perhaps you might be adept enough to navigate a small legal fight, something along the lines of small claims court, where you can prove your case without having to hire legal representation. Unfortunately, this is not the case when it comes to fighting a personal injury case, as there are many things a lawyer will have knowledge on that will not be readily apparent to the average person. Knowing what to say, how to file your case, and what type of case you need to make in a court of law are all things that a lawyer will be able to advise you on. 

They Can Get You a Higher Payout Than Fighting The Case By Yourself

One of the biggest reasons an individual usually decides to go it alone in their fight to win compensation for their injury is because they are trying to avoid having to pay lawyer fees, which they believe will cut into the amount of money they receive. Although it’s nice to believe you’ll be able to achieve the same level of settlement on your own as you would with a lawyer, this is almost always not the case. Even factoring in lawyer fees, a qualified Denver personal injury attorney will almost certainly be able to get you a much bigger payout than had you decided to go it alone.

Mark A. Simon is someone who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure that you receive the highest possible settlement for each individual case. He will begin the investigation process immediately, ensuring you receive the best representation possible. When it comes to a personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience and opt for the first person you find. Select an attorney who will get you the outcome you desire and the settlement you need. If you are in the Denver metro area and require legal help or assistance, contact him at 303-321-4878 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
 
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Injured in an Accident? Here are some characteristics in a Denver Personal Injury Attorney You Should Avoid


August 7, 2019

The act of becoming seriously injured in an accident can be a stressful and traumatic experience, as the injury can completely alter your life path and your functionality. In order to receive compensation for your injury, you will inevitably look for someone to represent you and advocate for you on your behalf in the form of a personal injury attorney. Unfortunately, there are plenty of attorneys who you will end up losing money, and possibly the entire case, as a result of hiring. In order to receive the highest amount of money from your settlement, here are some of the characteristics your Denver personal injury attorney shouldn’t have.

They’re Fresh Out of Law School

Ok, experience isn’t always the biggest determining factor in terms of deciding whether you are able to receive fair compensation for your injury. However, hiring an attorney who is still figuring out how to navigate the legal system isn’t the best situation you want to have. Young attorneys can do a fine job of representing you, to be sure, but they can also make plenty of rookie mistakes which can cost you dearly in court. To play it safe, it’s best to hire someone with plenty of experience in the court of law in order to ensure you are represented properly.

They Don’t Understand the Extent of Your Condition

When it comes to advocating fully for your case, an attorney needs to have a solid understanding of the medical issues in play. While a broken bone may eventually heal, it may also lead to a lifetime of pain and other complications which go far beyond the initial injury. An attorney who is ignorant of these medical issues will not be able to fully advocate for your case, as they will inevitably leave out plenty of relevant details when presenting your case to the court.

If you want to hire an attorney who will get you the highest possible settlement for your case, you should make sure your attorney understands the extent of your medical condition. Make sure they have a solid history of defending clients and advocating for the biggest possible payout. Don’t simply settle for someone who claims they know what they’re doing when the evidence suggests otherwise, as you will end up losing money in the process.

Mark A. Simon is someone who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure that you receive the highest possible settlement for each individual case. He will begin the investigation process immediately, ensuring you receive the best representation possible. When it comes to a personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience and opt for the first person you find. Select an attorney who will get you the outcome you desire and the settlement you need. If you are in the Denver metro area and require legal help or assistance, contact him at 303-321-4878 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
 
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Things to Consider When Taking On an Insurance Company From Your Denver Personal Injury Attorney


July 24, 2019

When it comes to your personal injury case, you should be mindful of many things throughout the legal process. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not in the business of simply handing out money without putting up a fight, as they will want to give you the least amount of money possible. Typically, insurance companies will use anything they can dig up against you as a way to delegitimize your case. You certainly don’t want to do something which can harm the outcome of your case, as there are plenty of mistakes which a person can make during the course of their case. Here are some of the things to consider when taking on an insurance company.

Hire a Trusted and Exceptional Legal Team

Although it can certainly be a tempting prospect to opt to take on an insurance company yourself, it’s definitely not a wise thing to do. Inevitably, you will make a mistake which can cost you dearly in the long-term, as insurance companies are adept at finding ways to use your words against you in a court of law. For this reason, it is always highly recommended to locate and hire a trusted legal team to advocate for you throughout the process.

Don’t Speak to the Insurance Company Yourself

Once you have located a trusted legal team to help you advocate for your rights, you will want to let your attorney handle all communications with the insurance company. Although you may think it is easier or simply more convenient to speak directly with the insurance company reps yourself, it’s definitely not advised to do so, as you may end up saying something which can harm your case and result in less money for you once the settlement comes through.

Always have your attorney speak directly to the insurance company, as they are trained in the art of knowing what to say and how to say it. Even the smallest slip up can prove extremely costly during the legal proceedings of your case, certainly not something you will want to have to deal with if you want the highest possible payment for yourself. When it comes to dealing with the insurance companies, it is almost always in your best interest to simply avoid speaking to the insurance company yourself just to be safe.

Mark A. Simon is someone who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure that you receive the highest possible settlement for each individual case. He will begin the investigation process immediately, ensuring you receive the best representation possible. When it comes to a personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience and opt for the first person you find. Select an attorney who will get you the outcome you desire and the settlement you need. If you are in the Denver metro area and require legal help or assistance, contact him at 303-321-4878 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
 
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HELP! I was injured on the Fourth of July


July 18, 2019

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest celebrations in the United States - with thousands celebrating each year it can be a busy and exciting time. However, fireworks can be dangerous and the consumption of alcohol can increase the chance of injury significantly. So what do you do if you were injured during Fourth of July celebrations? Do you have a case? Your Denver personal injury attorney is here to help.

Personal Injury
  • There are two questions that you need to ask yourself prior to taking any legal course of action: 
  • Did the accident happen on your property or someone else’s? 
  • Was it negligence?
If the firework accident happened on someone else’s property, you might have a case. But the next step is determining if your injuries were caused by the negligence of whoever was lighting the firework show you attended. If there is no evidence of negligence on the part of those lighting the fireworks, then you might not have a case. It’s important that when reflecting on the incident, to speak to others who were there but also consider what actions led up to your accident. 

If the accident happened on your property, you may not have a case. The only way you could possibly have a case is if there was a firework malfunction as a result of a manufacturer defect. If you failed to properly follow manufacturer instructions when setting off your fireworks, you are not able to seek damages from the manufacturer. But you have to be able to prove that there was a manufacturer detect and you need to consider where the fireworks came from. Many fireworks are imported into the United States from China - meaning you would need to sue the local fireworks store that you purchased the fireworks from. While you might be able to get some damages from them, it won’t be nearly as much as you are hoping. If you are wondering if you have a case, as always, give us a call. 

The second question plays into what we just talked about. You’ll need to determine whether it was negligence on part of the person setting off the fireworks, or if it was due to a product defect. To help determine this, it’s likely you will need the help of a personal injury attorney, as well as some help from anyone else in attendance. You’ll need to determine if all firework instructions were followed and safety precautions were taken into consideration. If the answer to this question is yes, then you might have a defective product on your hands - in which case you might need to speak with a product liability lawyer. 

If the firework’s instructions were not properly followed, and safety precautions were not followed, then you might have a cause for negligence. If your neighbor/friend who hosted the fireworks show simply didn’t attempt to keep everyone safe, talk to your lawyer. We are here to help you determine your next steps and if you have a lawsuit.

Preventing Firework Injuries in the Future
There are several things you can do in the future to avoid injuries related to fireworks. While you might not be able to completely prevent injuries, you can do the following to lessen your chances: 
  • Follow the directions on the fireworks’ package
  • Do not create homemade fireworks, and do not set them off
  • Do not allow children to set off, or handle, fireworks 
  • Only set fireworks off in an outdoor location and away from things that might catch fire easily
  • Prepare for emergencies - keep buckets of water nearby and first aid supplies at the ready

Property Damage
If you’ve experienced property damage as a result of your neighbors setting off fireworks, we recommend starting with evaluating the damage and then speaking with your neighbor. If you feel that the damage is severe enough that it needs to be fixed (IE: a damaged roof versus singed flower beds), talk to your neighbor about their insurance information. Our first recommendation is that you attempt to settle any issues with insurance first - it’ll give you far less headaches. 

It might also be possible for you to file a lawsuit for property damage, but we highly recommend speaking with a property attorney first. Disputes with neighbors can get ugly, and it’s important to carefully evaluate your decision to sue prior to filing the lawsuit and notifying your neighbors. 

Mark A. Simon is someone who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure that you receive the highest possible settlement for each individual case. He will begin the investigation process immediately, ensuring you receive the best representation possible. If you are in the Denver metro area and require legal help or assistance, contact him at 303-321-4878 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.
 
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