Am I Entitled to Compensation for a Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you have been the victim of an accident or injury in Colorado, you may be entitled to receive economic recovery from those who are at fault. What you can recover will depend upon the kind of damages you experienced because of the accident or injury — both during and after the incident.
Here are some types of accidents and injuries for which you may be able to take legal action to monetary compensation for damages in Colorado. Remember that an experienced attorney will explain your options, and will work to ensure that you receive all compensation to which you are entitled.
- Disfigurement: When an accident or injury has left a person deformed or disfigured by scars or other permanent effects on personal appearance, the injured person may be able to collect damages for any mental suffering that arises due to the disfigurement
- Future Medical Expenses: If the plaintiff proves that he or she will need continued medical care as a result of the accident or injury
- General Damages: Compensation for harm that results from wrongful conduct, such as physical and mental pain, and loss of enjoyment of life after an accident or injury
- Household Services: The cost of hiring somebody to do things around the house while a person is recuperating from an accident or injury, provided that the expense would not have been incurred had the plaintiff not been injured
- Loss of Consortium: Deprivation of the benefits of married life after an accident or injury: including affection, solace, comfort, companionship, society, help and assistance, and sexual relations between spouses.
- Loss of Consortium of a Child: Parents may be able to recover damages when their child is injured, and the injuries are severe enough that they interfere with the normal relationship between parents and their children
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life: A diminished ability to enjoy the day-to-day pleasures of life, “loss of enjoyment.”
- Loss of Society and Companionship: In wrongful death cases, loss of society and companionship damages represent the benefits from the love, comfort, companionship, and closeness that a person and his or her family would have enjoyed had the person lived
- Lost Earning Capacity: After an accident or injury, these damages may be recovered if a person proves that his or her ability to earn money in the future has been impaired or diminished by the injuries
- Lost Wages: These damages represent the amount of money a person would have earned from the time of the injury to the date of settlement or judgment
- Medical Expenses: Bills and expenses for medical services such as doctors, hospital stays, emergency room treatment, ambulance fees, and nursing services
- Medical Surveillance: The cost of monitoring a person’s medical condition after the person was exposed to a hazardous substance, so that any illness or injury might be detected early
- Mental Anguish: Any mental suffering or emotional distress associated with an accident or injury, including fright, terror, apprehension, nervousness, anxiety, worry, humiliation, mortification, feeling of lost dignity, embarrassment, grief, and shock
- Pain and Suffering: An award for past and future physical pain in connection with an accident or injury
- Permanent Disability: These damages are proved by medical testimony, and ordinarily a doctor must examine a plaintiff claiming permanent disability.
- Present Cash Value: The current value of projected future earnings: the amount that, if invested wisely, will over time produce the amount a person would have earned had he or she not been injured