Denver Personal Injury Attorney

Attorney Jeffry Dougan

Did you know that in the U.S., there are on average 25,000 deaths resulting from personal injuries every year, and even more people survive but sustain serious injuries? Based in Denver, Colorado, the attorneys at Marathon Law understand how difficult life can become after suffering from a personal injury. In our practice, it is important to get our clients the maximum compensation that they deserve. Insurance companies will try to settle quickly and low-ball your personal injury claims.

Injury can result in death, piling up of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other types of damages that we can recover on behalf of our clients. Marathon Law is comprised of attorneys serving Colorado, including but not limited to the Denver metro area, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Our offices are located at 2701 Lawrence St., Suite 111, Denver CO.

What is a personal injury?

We have worked with clients from Denver, other parts of Colorado, and beyond on a wide variety of cases where the

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injury occurred in Denver or in other cities in Colorado. Ideally, you’ll want to schedule a free consultation (in-person, Zoom, or phone) with a personal injury lawyer at our firm in Denver, CO to discuss the specifics of your case. Here, we will summarize the major categories of personal injury cases to get you started.

1) Accident cases

As any personal injury lawyer knows, there are many types of accidents. But most accidents occur due to negligence or the callous behavior of one person that results in injury to another, which seems to happen with too much frequency in Denver. The statute of limitations in a vehicular accident case is generally 2-3 years in Colorado. Some different types of accidents are listed below:

a) Motor vehicle accidents

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As our attorneys have learned in their practice, motor vehicle collisions are common among our clients, especially in Denver, CO. Some crashes involve substantial vehicle damage and may result in personal injury or wrongful death. Our attorneys highly recommend that if you’re involved in a vehicular collision, you should call the cops and ask for a police report. Also, take photos and video of the scene in as much as you can do so, safely, especially with the heavy traffic that we have in Denver. This is evidence that will help strengthen your legal case and make it harder for an insurance company to refuse to compensate you fairly. If the accident occurred due to the fault of other parties, then you’ll need a personal injury lawyer to help you recover on your claim. If your crash happened in Denver, it is very important that you consult with attorneys serving the Denver metro area.

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b) Motorcycle Accident

In Colorado, many people enjoy taking motorcycle rides in the mountains, often leaving from Denver. Unfortunately, this also means some people are being injured in motorcycle accidents on Colorado roadways. Motorcycle drivers are extremely vulnerable on Colorado roads. Motorcyclists are more exposed to the tarmac and weather conditions, which can include ice and snow in Colorado. Motorcyclists are smaller in comparison to a car or almost any other motor vehicle. As such, motorcycle crashes can be life-altering. Traumatic brain injuries and back injuries, among others, are very common in motorcycle accidents. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you to evaluate your potential claims and pursue legal options.

c) Truck Accident

Interstate 70 is a major thoroughfare serving Colorado with a lot of truck traffic that passes through Denver on the way Trucking accidentto other parts of Colorado and beyond. Trucks are massive vehicles and can be involved in massive accidents, as well. Trucks can crush several vehicles at one time and injure many people. Trucks are very heavy. They can weigh up to 20 times the weight of an average passenger vehicle. To establish the liability of the trucking company or its driver, your attorney should be able to access a lot of available data, like driver’s logbooks (which will tell you if the driver was over-worked), video from HALO cameras, etc. During a free consultation, your personal injury lawyer can explain to you the different kinds of data needed to make a legal case against the trucking company and/or its driver.

d) Bus Accident

Bus accidentA bus also is a large vehicle that can be very dangerous in a collision. Buses and bus drivers have previously caused fatal injuries to pedestrians and motorists and damage to cars. Buses are used by public transportation, such as the Regional Transportation District (RTD) located on Blake St. Denver CO 80202, private bus companies, and school districts. Each of these entities can be made liable by your personal injury lawyer if there was negligence on their part, especially with the right evidence. Many buses have video cameras mounted inside the bus. In our practice, we at Marathon Law have successfully recovered on behalf of clients involved in collisions with buses in Denver.

e) Motorboat & Rafting Accidents

While boating and rafting are not major activities in Denver CO 80202, people do enjoy this type of recreation in other parts of Colorado. Motorboat and rafting accidents can also cause personal injuries. In 2020 alone in the U.S., there were 5265 motorboat accidents in which 767 people died and 3191 people were injured. These motorboat and rafting accidents are caused by negligent human conduct and a lot of people suffer due to it. An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to put value to your claim; will be familiar with the industry standard for compensating a particular injury, and know-how to negotiate for a better settlement on your behalf.

f) Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents

Bicyclists are also at risk of experiencing a fatal personal injury in an accident, particularly, it seems, in Denver CO.bicycle accident

Similarly, pedestrians who suffer personal injury are often at the mercy of bigger vehicles driving on the road. Both bicyclists and pedestrians can recover from the insurance provider of the car or truck that was at fault. Getting evidence of the driver’s liability is especially important, including photos of the scene and video from HALO cameras. Attorneys who deal with personal injuries on behalf of clients know that whatever settlement is being offered to you right now might not count for much in the long run, and you may need much more in compensation. Make sure you get legal advice from a top-rated law firm based on the particulars of your case.

g) Light Rail Accidents

Light rail is the tram or train operating in your city, including in Denver CO 80202. Knowingly or unknowingly, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles may collide with the light rail. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you may be able to sue the light rail company if their train operator negligently caused the accident in which you were injured. Be sure to ask for a free consultation from a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options when suing a light rail company like RTD in Denver CO.

h) Aviation Accidents

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Generally speaking, airplanes are safer than most other forms of transport. Aviation accidents are not very common; they are maybe one in a million. But when airplane crashes do happen, they often involve a large number of people. Noticeable aviation accidents involve plane crashes or planes being shot down. Most often, crash victims have filed personal injury lawsuits against the airlines for compensation. Now to prove the negligence of the airlines or their pilots can be an uphill task for any injury attorney or law firm. But firms have been successful in doing so and obtaining maximum compensation for their clients. The previous experience of your personal injury attorney will matter in dealing with aviation accidents or for claiming compensation for the wrongful death of airline passengers.

i) Construction/Demolition Accidents

Construction and demolition activities both deal with heavy building equipment and material. A construction or demolition accident may cause wrongful death or serious personal injuries. Improper or no use of safety equipment, hazardous work environment, improper maintenance of machinery, and dropping construction materials without warning are just some of the ways you can be injured in a construction or demolition accident. Worker’s compensation is often denied, even when workers are injured on the job. Medical costs can be a nightmare for such accidents.

2) Medical Malpractice

medical malpracticeMedical malpractice is the negligence committed by medical health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, dentists, technicians, hospitals, and hospital workers, whose performance of duties departs from the standard of care and thereby causes injury to the plaintiff(s)/victim(s). You may want to sue the hospital or medical professionals who negligently caused birth injuries to your child.

3) Defective Products

Manufacturers of a consumer product, a vehicle component, medical device, pharmaceutical or other product owe a duty of care to the public. Sometimes these products do not function as they should. If that happens, the product manufacturer becomes liable for personal injuries caused by its improper/malfunctioning product. Personal injury attorneys deal with defective products cases and know how to make a claim for your injury.

4) Intentional Acts

Personal injury law covers a wide area of tort law, including assault (the perpetrator intentionally puts the victim in reasonable fear of imminent harm) or battery (intentional application of force to cause someone injury). If these intentional acts cause some emotional and/or physical injury, the victim can hire an attorney to bring a personal injury case and obtain compensation.

5) Premises Liability

Premises liability means that an owner/possessor of the premises owes a duty of care to the various people who may visit the property. Some common types of premises liabilities include the following:

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a) Slip and fall incidents

b) Poor maintenance of premises

c) Wet floor, caution signs not marked

d) Swimming pool & hot tub issues

e) Security concerns

Premises liability can also arise in many other circumstances, but it will be better to seek the advice of a firm dealing with premises liability cases. Your attorneys will be able to work out who is liable in a premises liability injury case.

6) Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance bad faith means an insurance company’s refusal or evasion of its obligations by refusing or delaying a policyholder’s legitimate claim or by failing to investigate and process a policyholder’s claim. You can sue your insurance provider if it does these types of things. Injury cases can be very serious and if the insurance companies evade their liability to pay you, you should definitely sue them. But please hire a top-rated law firm, which has its practice areas in bad-faith insurance cases.

7) Defamation

Defamation is also part of personal injury law. Defamation can be proved when someone else publishes a statement about you that is not true and that statement harms you by lowering your reputation in the eyes of other people. Defamation can yield a considerable amount of damages from the defendant who published the defamatory statements. A legal team with experience in dealing with defamation cases will be able to put a better value on your claim. Defamation in itself is a separate tort and comes under the realm of personal injuries.

Personal Injury Lawyer in Denver CO

In Denver Colorado, a person is awarded compensation based on how at fault they are. If you are at less than 50% fault, you will be entitled to recover for your injuries. For example, if a person is injured in a car accident and his total personal injury claim awarded to him will be $50,000, but if he is at 10% fault then he will receive only $ 45,000 (after a 10% reduction). Although this formula is not always followed exactly by the book, generally, it is observed.

What types of injuries can be compensated in a personal injury matter?

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A personal injury law firm such as Marathon Law can get you maximum compensation for the following injuries-

1) Wrongful death;

2) Traumatic brain injuries

3) Back injuries

4) Loss of limbs

5) Fractures

6) Burn injuries

8) Paralysis

These injuries can be life-altering in more than one way. Therefore, you need a good legal firm who can represent you effectively, which doesn’t cave to big insurance conglomerates and be ready to go to trial, to get you the maximum compensation for you in Colorado.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages cannot be easily ascertained and assigning a value is a subjective task (everybody will have a different opinion on the amount of compensation to be paid). You can recover non-economic damages for the following:

1) Pain and suffering

2) Loss of enjoyment of life by restriction of use of all faculties of the body

3) Emotional pain and suffering

4) Loss of enjoyment of life

5) Loss of consortium

Quantifying these types of damages can be difficult as they are subjective, but the amount of money involved can be very substantial. While economic damages are easily quantifiable, it is the non-economic damages that play a pivotal role in settlements and jury awards after a trial in court. Your personal injury lawyer can help you put a value on your non-economic damages.

Who makes personal injury laws?

top rated attorney Jeffry DouganWhen we talk about personal injury in the U.S., what are the personal injury laws called? The laws involved are called tort law. Tort means civil wrongs or harm caused by one party to another for which the wrongdoer compensates the harmed party.

Tort law is a part of common law, also known as judge-made law. Tort law differs from state to state but the basic principles remain the same, which is that compensation for personal injury is to be paid. But what will be the exact amount depends upon the application of tort law in each state.

So to make most of your claim for compensation for personal injury, hire a top-rated lawyer from that state where you are filing the case as that attorney will be conversant with the law in that state.

Statutes of limitations, which define the time period in which personal injury cases can be filed, are also different in different states. There are some specific laws in some states which touch upon particular subjects, such as worker’s compensation in case of personal injuries, and they vary in every state.

How to choose a good lawyer/law firm to represent you in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado

1) Contingency fee basis

Now some Denver personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, which means they will only charge you a fee when they win you a favorable settlement or award. This can be a good arrangement as long as you understand how you’re being charged. You should have an idea of what percentage of your settlement or award the law firm/attorney will charge for their time, as well as what costs will be deducted from your settlement/award. How will the billing system work? There should be clarity between a lawyer and their client regarding the lawyer’s compensation for handling your case. You don’t want your lawyer to charge you exorbitantly from your settlement or award when they win the case for you.

2) Free consultation

All of these above-mentioned details should be made clear in your first meeting with your law firm/injury attorney. Ask your injury attorney/law firm for one free consultation, where you present your case to the firm, either at their law office or by Zoom/phone call. Please take all documents pertaining to your case to the personal injury lawyer. A free consultation helps you (if he/she can become your lawyer), as well as the personal injury attorney to gauge your case (if he/she will be able to take your case).

3) Ask the law firm about practice areas

During your free consultation, you should find out what are the practice areas of the law firm/personal injury attorney. You should also know your personal injury lawyers’ track records with previous settlements or awards which they have obtained for clients in cases that are similar to yours. A simple internet search might acquaint you with top-rated attorneys and firms that practice in Colorado and deal with cases similar to yours. Also, ask your personal injury lawyer about how many settlements or trials they have gone through to get their clients compensated. You should prefer attorneys with a mix of trial experience and settlement. In Denver, Colorado, you will find injury attorneys with both.

4) Choose among law firms located near you or where your case is

As different states in the U.S. have different laws, it is important to choose a firm or an attorney from within your state or where the injury occurred. Your attorney needs to be conversant with the laws prevailing in the state for your case. For example, if your personal injury occurred in Denver, CO, it is good for your case to hire injury attorneys in Denver, CO. If you contact a law firm based on seeing their advertisement but that firm is not in your state or where the injury happened, then they may refer your case to another law firm in the right area.

5) Trial lawyers

Personal injury law is a peculiar type of law. It is important that your legal team consists of experienced personal injury attorneys who are not intimidated by massive insurance conglomerates and can go to trial if needed. It is advisable to file your claim immediately after the injury to give your injury attorney some room to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company and still have enough time to opt for a trial.

Should I file a personal injury claim?

You should file a personal injury claim when you are injured due to the direct/indirect actions or omissions of others. Firstly, call your personal injury lawyer immediately. If you don’t have a personal injury lawyer, contact one as soon as possible and schedule a free consultation. It very well may be that you have a personal injury claim. Medical bills, lost wages, and long-term therapy can make your financial situation dire very quickly.

There is no need for you to run around for your injury claim and do everything yourself. Instead, hire a top-rated lawyer in your area who specializes in car accident cases, truck accident cases, and other types of personal injury mentioned above.

People often don’t realize that they have a valid personal injury claim and end up blaming one thing or another for their misfortunes. It should be a common practice to consult a personal injury attorney in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado after you have suffered injuries to clarify whether you have a claim or not.

Why should I file a personal injury claim?

The principles of equity and justice demand that one who is a wrongdoer or causes loss to another should be made liable to pay for those who have suffered from their actions. A personal injury claim is just you asserting your rights and claiming what is rightfully yours.

We at Marathon Law have been serving Denver and Colorado clients and their families for a very long time. Our goal is to maximize your settlement claims with a proven track record. We value our clients and understand their injuries and claims.

An insurance company will try to low-ball your settlement with various tactics like demanding that you accept their offer by the end of the day and a whole lot of other shenanigans. They don’t want you to consult a personal injury attorney.

Please don’t negotiate alone. Choose from various top-rated personal injury attorneys who have been doing this for quite some time and know all the tricks of the trade. Personal injury cases are very common and you may be entitled to a fair settlement. Be sure to seek professional help from a personal injury attorney by starting with a free consultation.

How can Denver personal injury lawyers help youtop rated attorney Malissa Williams consulting with client

1) Identify the party at fault and put a value to your claim;

2) Help you in preparing the statement of claims and demand letters to insurance companies;

3) Negotiate and re-negotiate a settlement with the insurance company on your behalf;

4) Collect crucial pieces of evidence and get witnesses on board;

5) Prepare all legal documents related to the personal injury on behalf of clients;

6) Provide you with sound legal advice and forge a solid legal strategy;

7) Hire experts to examine medical records and help get compensation;

8) Prepare for trial, if the need arises;

9) Selection of the jury, presenting evidence and arguments in the trial; and

10) Collection of judgment and setting up a case for an appeal if the need arises.

Your first priority is to hire top-rated injury lawyers in Denver, Colorado with a proven track record in handling clients and cases similar to yours. Relevant trial experience with injury cases also matters. If you are searching on the internet, please read reviews of that personal injury lawyer/law firm. Hiring a competent attorney who can win your case is the most important step.

Steps in a personal injury case

All claims are not the same. Every personal injury client faces unique challenges. But there are some standard steps that you will find in almost all personal injury cases. Injury lawyers in Denver CO or in Colorado, generally, will follow these steps.

1) Causing Injury

The defendant does something or fails to do something that results in injury to the plaintiff. The plaintiff is thereby injured from the consequences of the defendant’s act or omission. The causing of such injury may be due to negligence, rashness, recklessness or mistake. Whichever it may be, the law mandates compensation to the victim or injured people.

2) Breach of legal duty

In every personal injury matter, the breach of a legal duty is different and will depend on the circumstances. To determine this, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney who has helped clients like you. For example, when a vehicle is driving at night, its lights should be functioning and turned on, especially on a busy street like Tejon Street in Denver CO. This is a duty of care owed by the driver to everyone else on the road. Likewise, food manufacturers owe a duty to consumers that food will be fresh and free from all germs and bacteria at least until the expiration date.

3) Damages

As a result of the defendant’s negligence, you suffer damages, which can be economic or non-economic in nature. For example, another driver runs a red light and hits your car on Colfax Ave. You’re injured in the crash and paramedics take you to the emergency room of a hospital in Denver CO. The resulting hospital and ambulance bills may be counted toward your economic damages for which the other driver is liable. If you begin to suffer anxiety and difficulty working as a result of the crash, your personal injury lawyer will likely recommend that you seek non-economic damages for loss of enjoyment of life. During a free consultation, your Denver personal injury lawyer and her legal team can discuss more about damages with you.

4) Settlement talks occur

In almost all cases, your personal injury lawyer will open settlement talks on your behalf with the at-fault driver’s representatives, which may begin with the insurance claims adjuster and continue with their defense attorney. Everyone involved is aware that going to trial may get the injured person more money. But in trial, there is a risk of not winning at all or getting less than you would like. Therefore, you should discuss with your personal injury lawyer whether trying the case or settling is the better option.

If the victim settles without filing suit, then he/she gets the money upfront without the cost of litigation. If the parties are unable to reach a settlement agreement, your personal injury lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf. Sometimes settlement occurs soon after the lawsuit is filed. It is all about leverage. The more leverage you have, the better for you.

Top-rated trial lawyers should be on your legal team if you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit. Having a law firm work for you is the best scenario, as it is more likely that your attorney at the firm will have had clients in the past like yourself.

5) Disbursement of money & grant of settlement

If the settlement occurs, it is imperative that you receive the settlement amount within a reasonable time. Always push for tighter deadlines and only sign an agreement after your personal injury lawyer has reviewed it. Remember that if you have hired the services of an attorney on a contingency fee basis, the attorney has ample incentive to work hard and make sure you receive maximum compensation.

Get help from our personal injury attorneys

We at Marathon Law are always on the side of injured people. We understand how difficult is to deal with any personal injury. When we represent you, all the burden of negotiating and dealing with big insurance companies will be taken off of you.

 

About Us

We at Marathon law represent victims in personal injury cases. We are a small husband-and-wife firm especially catering to your needs as a client and providing you with enough time and attention to understand your case. We have dealt with many personal injury cases and have gotten our clients significant settlements. Our legal team doesn’t fear big insurance companies, and we’ll do everything in our power to maximize the settlement you deserve.

Free Consultations Available

If you are looking for a top-rated personal injury lawyer serving the Denver metro area, have questions about your personal injury case, you can contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Our offices are located at 2701 Lawrence St., Suite #111, Denver, CO 80205. You can call us at (303) 704-1222 to schedule a FREE consultation with our attorneys. At this time, we are excited to offer attorney video consultations through Zoom, so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home.

We are proud to be serving the Colorado community, including clients in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins, and other areas in the state.