Do you have questions regarding your personal injury claim? The Law Office of James H. Guest, has the answers you need to feel confident about your next steps toward recovering compensation. Check out the answers to some of our clients' most commonly asked questions or contact our firm online or by calling our Denver office.
Protecting victims' rights and best interests after a serious personal injury accident is what we do best here at the Law Office of James H. Guest, L.L.C., in Denver. If you need help filing a claim regarding your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one, contact us online or call to schedule a free initial consultation today. Let us personally handle your case, recover maximum compensation, and help you get back to your life sooner.
A personal injury can stem from a range of situations including but not limited to:
"Compensatory damages" are damages that often have a compensable cost associated with them. Examples of this include:
- Hospital bills
- Reconstructive surgery costs
- Charges for doctors visits
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Prescription medication costs
- Medical devices and in-home medical equipment
- Modifications to a home to accommodate a disability
- Lost wages
- Funeral and burial expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
"Punitive damages," on the other hand, are meant to punish the negligent party by forcing them to pay additional compensation beyond what is being asked for compensatory damages. Unlike compensatory damages, which are calculated based on the total economic damages suffered by a victim or a victim's family, the calculation of punitive damages is left to the discretion of the plaintiff.
- Punitive damages that are often sought include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of future employment
- Mental anguish
- Permanent disability
You may even be able to collect compensation in cases where there is an assumption of risk, such as failing to wear a seatbelt while driving a car or disabling the safety guard on a power tool. The same rules of comparative negligence apply in these situations as well.
- Handle all talks with insurance adjusters to ensure nothing gets said that could jeopardize your claim
- Gather police reports, witness statements, medical records and other important documents that could help bolster your case
- Handle all legal matters, including negotiations with the insurance company
- Make sure you're getting maximum compensation to cover all of your present and future financial needs
Here it should be noted that it's very important to make your decision about hiring a lawyer sooner rather than later in Colorado as there are statutes of limitations on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. If you wait too long, you may forfeit your right to obtain compensation for your injuries.
- Personal injury - within three years of the accident
- Medical malpractice - within two years of discovering an injury or evidence of negligence
- Wrongful death - within two years of a loved one's death
It should be noted that there are some exceptions to these time periods. An experienced lawyer can explain what is the case for you in your situation.