Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Helping Injured Victims Obtain Compensation and Justice
A serious injury can change your entire life in an instant. When you are harmed as the result of the negligence or recklessness of another, you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries. Whether your injuries are due to a car accident, medical malpractice, a slip or fall or any other unfortunate event, a Denver personal injury lawyer at Levine Law can help. Our legal team wants to make sure that you understand your rights under the law and we will do everything we can to help you recover maximum compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability and other damages.
How a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Can Assist Colorado Accident Victims
Those who have been injured need an advocate on their side who understands what they are going through and can help them to protect their legal rights. For more than 20 years, the experienced Denver personal injury attorneys at Levine Law have been representing accident victims, helping them get the justice to which they are entitled under the law.
Personal injury or tort cases can be brought in any situation where someone is injured by the negligence of another person, company or entity. The aim of these cases is to make sure that injured victims are "made whole." Having a knowledgeable attorney on your side is the best way to ensure that the laws work as they should to protect you.
If you or someone you care about has been hurt in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you should expect to receive direct and honest answers when you meet with a legal representative. Denver personal injury lawyer, Jordan Levine, and his entire legal team are committed to providing you with the information and advice you need to make the best choices for your individual situation. We encourage you to review the questions and answers about personal injury cases set forth below and invite you to schedule a free consultation with us to discuss your case.
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?
When you have been hurt in a serious accident, the first thing you need to do is to make sure you get proper medical treatment. Once your immediate medical needs are attended to, you may begin to wonder whether you have the right to seek financial compensation for your injuries. While some individuals may try to navigate the legal system on their own to recover compensation, it is always best to work with a Denver personal injury lawyer that has experience handling cases similar to yours.
At Levine Law, our legal team has over 20 years of experience advocating for individuals who have been harmed in all types of accidents and injury cases. We offer free consultations where we will meet with you to review your case and outline all remedies that may be available to you. We listen carefully and believe in providing honest and straightforward answers to our clients’ questions. There are many different factors that can affect the outcome of a personal injury case, so we want to make sure that we have all of the information to develop a complete picture of your situation.
In order to be successful in a personal injury lawsuit in Colorado, you need to be able to prove four core elements:
- Duty of Care. The first element that a plaintiff in a Denver personal injury action must establish is that the person or entity that caused the injury owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. The duty of care will depend upon the type of accident and the specific parties involved. For example, in a medical malpractice action, the plaintiff must demonstrate that a physician-patient relationship existed at the time of the incident. Receiving informal advice at a party from a doctor would generally not constitute a legal physician-patient relationship, whereas being treated by a doctor in the hospital would.
- Breach of the Duty of Care. Upon establishing that a duty was owed, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached that duty. A breach of duty occurs when the defendant violates the accepted standard of care, such as where an individual is texting while driving or a doctor makes an error in prescribing a medication.
- The plaintiff must also prove that the injury he or she suffered was caused by the defendant’s breach of duty. Consider, for instance, a situation where a truck driver fails to stop at a red light and hits a pedestrian crossing in the crosswalk.
- In order to recover compensation, the plaintiff must be able to establish that he or she suffered harm and incurred losses as a result of the defendant’s breach of duty. Depending on the specifics of the case, a damages award can compensate a victim for physical, emotional and/or financial harms and losses.
While at first look these four elements may appear to be straightforward, the reality is that proving all of these elements in a personal injury case can be very challenging. At Levine Law, your Denver personal injury lawyer will undertake a thorough and careful review of your situation to determine whether all four of the required elements can be established. The founder of our firm, Jordan Levine, has handled hundreds of personal injury cases on behalf of injury victims throughout the Denver area. He knows how to properly investigate and analyze the facts and evidence to build the strongest possible cases for his clients.
How Will a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Handle My Case?
When you are injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another, you generally have two options to recover compensation from the responsible party: 1. Negotiating a settlement or 2. Filing a lawsuit. Regardless of which option you choose, our attorneys have extensive experience helping personal injury victims and their loved ones recover maximum compensation for the harms they have suffered.
Whether you decide to settle or pursue a lawsuit, it is important to recognize that large corporations and insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with. When a personal injury claim arises, their objective is to pay out the least amount of compensation possible. At Levine Law, we are not intimidated by big corporations and powerful insurance companies. While many of our cases are resolved through negotiated settlements, we are certainly prepared to battle it out in court if a fair settlement cannot be reached in your case.
How Much Time Do I Have to File My Case?
It is important to understand that if you or a loved one are hurt or killed due to the negligence of another, you will only have a limited period of time to pursue a legal claim for damages against the responsible party or parties. This time period is known as the “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations for a particular case is based upon the specific cause of action along with a number of other factors surrounding the case.
General Personal Injury Cases
In Colorado, the current statute of limitations for filing a general personal injury action, such as a slip and fall or a dog bite, is two years. In the event you fail to meet this deadline, you will generally be barred from pursuing a lawsuit for damages.
Injury Cases Involving Motor Vehicles
If your case involves a car, motorcycle or other types of a motor vehicle, the statute of limitations will be extended to three years from the date of the crash. However, if an individual has died in the accident and you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you will only have two years to file your claim because, in Colorado, wrongful death lawsuits are subject to a two-year statute of limitations.
The “Discovery Rule” Exception
In some situations, an injury may not be apparent until long after the negligent act has occurred. In other cases, it may not be reasonable for a person to know the cause of his or her injury. In Colorado, the “discovery rule” acts as an exception to the standard statute of limitations deadline. Under the discovery rule, the applicable statute of limitations does not begin to run until the date upon which you discovered or should have discovered through the exercise of reasonable diligence, that you suffered an injury that was caused by the negligence of another.
For instance, if you are a victim of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations will start running on the date you either know or should have known that your injuries were caused by the malpractice of your health care provider. Additionally, if your injury claim involves a minor child (a child under the age of 18), different time deadlines may apply for filing your lawsuit.
Figuring out the applicable statutory deadline for a personal injury action can be a very complicated process. Because time is ticking, it is critical to speak with a Denver personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident or injury occurs. When you contact Levine Law, our injury attorneys will examine your case to determine how much time you have to pursue your claim under the applicable law. Even if you think that the statute of limitations may have expired, we encourage you to reach out to us immediately so that we can determine what options may be available in your case.
What Types of Compensation Can I Recover in a Colorado Personal Injury Case?
In Colorado, as in other jurisdictions, personal injury damages can be separated into three broad categories: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
In most personal injury disputes, the plaintiff is entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include all financial losses associated with the accident:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Wage loss (past and future)
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage
- And more
Non-economic damages include all losses that are not easily measurable from a financial standpoint. Typically, these losses are more personal and subjective:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship, guidance, etc.
- And more
The third category — punitive damages — is somewhat different. It is only infrequently awarded, and that too, for a different purpose. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages are awarded to discourage others from engaging in similarly problematic conduct.
As such, punitive damages are meant to be quite significant to achieve their “discouraging” effect. Punitive damages operate as a multiplier on the pre-existing economic and non-economic damages. So, for example, if you are entitled to a $100,000 recovery, then the punitive damages awarded could be up to $700,000, making for an $800,000 recovery in total.
To make a claim for punitive damages, your Denver personal injury attorney will have to show that the defendant engaged in willful, malicious, or egregious misconduct. The court will also have discretion as to whether to award such damages even if you qualify.
Cases Our Denver Personal Injury Lawyers Will Handle
At Levine Law, our AV-rated attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers and are experienced in their fields. We handle a wide variety of cases and represent the rights of victims injured in many different ways. Personal injury cases that we handle include:
No matter what type of accident or injury your case involves, our legal team is prepared to help. We are experienced and dedicated professionals with a single objective – making sure you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured, call Levine Law today at 303-333-8000 or contact us online. Your consultation with a top Denver personal injury attorney is free, and you only pay legal fees if your case is successful. Our legal team is committed to providing you with exceptional representation every step of the way.