Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you are putting yourself at risk of being involved in a car accident. Car accidents are a leading cause of injury—and even death—in the Denver metro area. Regardless of how careful you are behind the wheel, accidents can still happen.
When it happens to you and you suffer injuries, you need a personal injury attorney to help you make a claim against the at-fault driver, receive the compensation you deserve, recover from your injuries, and move forward with your life.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be difficult, especially if you are trying to recover physically and emotionally. The claims process can be long, tedious, and confusing, which is why it’s essential to have an attorney in your corner.
With our experience in personal injury law, we are well-equipped to handle every aspect of your car accident claim so you can focus on getting healthy again.
Another reason to hire a personal injury attorney is because of the time limit you have to file your claim. If the statute
of limitations passes before you get your claim in order, you could miss out on a chance to recover damages. In Colorado, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you miss that, you miss your chance to get the compensation you deserve.
How Much Does It Cost to Have a Personal Injury Attorney?
After being the victim of a car accident, dealing with the medical bills, car repair costs, and lost wages if you cannot work can be overwhelming. You might be worried that hiring an attorney will only add to your financial strain. But the truth is that getting an attorney is the best decision you can make from an investment standpoint.
Insurance companies have one goal: to pay out as little money as possible. They will probably make you an offer that is well below what you should get. Even an amount of money that sounds like a lot may not be all of the damages to which you are entitled. An experienced attorney has a better idea of the amount of compensation you deserve—and will work on your behalf to ensure you get it. Not hiring an attorney to represent your best interests can be a very costly mistake.
What Should I Do After I Am Involved in an Accident?
It’s crucial that you do certain things in the aftermath of an accident. Sometimes people do things that seem natural but can actually hurt their chances of recovering damages.
Here’s what you should do after an accident:
- Check yourself as well as your passengers for injury and try to get to safety. If it’s possible to do so safely, move your car to the side of the road so you don’t create a hazard for other vehicles.
- Call 911—even it appears that no one is hurt. A copy of the police report will be an important part of your claim whether a lawsuit is ultimately filed or not. When discussing the accident, stick to the facts and do not apologize or take any of the blame. Find out from the responding officers how you can get a copy of the police report.
- Don’t leave the scene of an accident until you have spoken with the authorities and they give you permission to do so or medics take you away for treatment
- Exchange information with the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck. You’ll need their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance information, and license plate number. This information will be needed for your insurance claim.
- Take photos of the accident scene. Include damage to vehicles and any injuries you might have. Don’t forget to take pictures of things that can provide evidence to strengthen your claim, such as skid marks. Note stoplights, road damage, and anything else at the scene that could have contributed to the accident.
- Seek medical treatment. Even if you think your injuries are minor, the adrenaline after an accident can hide the severity of injuries until later. This is particularly true of head and internal injuries, both of which can be serious. If treatment for your injuries is recommended, be sore to follow the doctor’s instructions.
- Contact an attorney. Don’t talk to any insurance representative or make a recorded statement until you have spoken with a Denver personal injury attorney first.
What Kind of Damages Can I Recover After a Car Accident?
There are two types of damages that you may be able to recover after a wreck:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
Economic damages refer to the compensation you get for the expenses incurred as a result of the accident. These can include:
- Medical expenses such as hospital and doctor bills, diagnostic x-rays and scans, surgeries, and so forth
- Future medical expenses you might need such as physical therapy
- Lost wages when you were unable to work after the accident
- Future wages if your injuries will prevent you from doing the same work you did before the accident
- Non-economic damages cover intangible losses, including:
- Physical pain and suffering you experienced because of the accident
- Mental and emotional trauma such as depression, anxiety, and inconvenience
Every car accident claim is different, and many factors will come into play when the amount of your claim is determined. Working with an experienced attorney can help you gain a better understanding of how much your claim might be worth, so you recover all of the damages to which you are entitled.
Contact Denver Personal Injury Attorney Mark A. Simon
There are many details that need to be handled after a car accident, and your focus should be on your recovery. Mark A. Simon can work with the insurance company to ensure you get the damages you deserve. We will take the appropriate steps to protect your rights and prevent any mistakes from being made that could jeopardize your case. Contact us