“Personal Injury” law is the umbrella name for a wide variety of cases. Typical personal injury cases include cases where people get hurt in a car crash caused by another person, or are injured by the negligence of a doctor. Wrongful death is another type of personal injury case.
These are just some examples of “personal injury” cases, there are many others, but all personal injury cases share 3 basic requirements: 1) a person or company acted negligently (they did something no reasonable person would do or failed to do something any reasonable person would do); 2) the negligence CAUSED an injury; and 3) the injured person has damages.
Personal Injury Questions in Colorado
There are common questions associated with the pursuit of a personal injury claim.
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact Azar & Associates, and we will promptly respond.
What are the fees involved?
We usually work on a contingent fee basis so that there is only a fee for the attorney’s time and services if there is a recovery. We do not charge any fee unless money is recovered. If no money is actually recovered, you owe us nothing for our time. If there is a recovery, the attorney fee is a percentage of the total recovery. This percentage is set out in the “retainer” agreement, the contract that must be signed to authorize us to go to work for you.
How are the costs of the case handled?
We usually advance the costs of your case. Costs are the out of pocket money that has to be spent to properly prepare your case and might include hiring an investigator to interview witnesses and gather information, ordering and paying for medical records, meeting with your doctor(s) and having reports prepared to prove your case, filing fees should a lawsuit have to be filed, the cost of having the law suit served on the defendant, the cost of a court reporter should there be depositions (sworn statements under oath) among others. At the end of your case, we get reimbursed for our actual out of pocket cost advances.
In a car crash, who pays for my medical bills and wage loss?
In Colorado, the right to recover your losses is limited in part by the no-fault law. That law prevents those with only minor injuries or with minor medical expenses from suing or recovering from the at-fault driver.
The no-fault law requires that each automobile operated on the public streets and highways of Colorado be covered by insurance (or be self-insured). This required insurance will, at a minimum, without regard to fault, generally pay for that vehicle’s driver’s or passenger’s medical or rehabilitation expenses, up to $25,000.00 or more, if such medical or rehabilitation expenses are incurred within a certain time period from the accident, generally five years. No-fault insurance will also pay for such driver’s or passenger’s loss of income caused by the accident, up to $400 per week for the first 52 weeks after the accident. However, these expenses and losses paid by insurance generally cannot be recovered in a claim against the other driver, even if that other driver negligently caused such expenses or losses.