Denver Personal Injury Attorneys

Denver Personal Injury AttorneysAt Norton and Bowers, P.C., we’re not satisfied by simply settling a case on your behalf and calling it a victory. When you become our client, after sustaining a personal injury, we look into every potential source of compensation, and we use every appropriate legal tool to maximize the amount of your recovery. Our Denver personal injury attorneys represent accident victims from Boulder to Colorado Springs and throughout the state. We have represented clients in the Western Slope, as far away as Durango, in Ft. Collins and even in Wyoming.

In many personal injury cases involving private auto insurance or a homeowner’s liability policy, the amount an injury victim can recover is often limited by the negligent party’s insurance coverage. However, in serious injury cases or wrongful death cases, that usually isn’t enough. In the most egregious personal injury cases, our clients face catastrophic injuries and permanent disability.

WHAT KIND OF COMPENSATION WILL YOU RECEIVE?

In a personal injury claim, a plaintiff may be able to recover a wide variety of damages that are intended to compensate for all of his damages or losses in the accident. The damages can include both compensatory as well as non-compensatory damages.

Economic Damages

The economic damages that you can name in your claim include medical expenses that we have suffered as a result of your injuries, and lost income from days lost off work as a result of the injuries.

Your medical damages must cover the cost of hospitalization, surgery, medications, diagnostic tests, therapy and all forms of treatment that you have received. The extent or duration of your medical treatment can influence the damages you recover. Remember, that if you have undergone long and expensive treatment for your injuries, you may be able to claim that you suffered significant pain and suffering because of the extensive treatment. If you underwent treatment using Western medicine, you are much more likely to recover significant damages than if you underwent treatment using any form of holistic treatment, like acupuncture. Even if these therapies were beneficial to you, and were much more beneficial than Western medicine, you may find that the damages recovered are lower in comparison. Similarly, if most of your treatment consisted only of physical therapy, the damages you require may be lower, even if you underwent physical therapy for a longer period of time. These are important matters that you must discuss with your Denver personal injury lawyer at the time of filing your claim. To ensure that you recover maximum possible damage in your personal injury claim, maintain strong documentation of your medical treatment. Maintain medical records, hospital records, bills and invoices, and other forms of evidence. Retain your diagnostic records, including x-ray reports, MRI reports, CT scans and ultrasound reports.

You can also account for any potential diminished income in the future as part of your economic damages. Economic damages will also help pay for your property damage, including damage to your car in the accident. For assistance filing a claim, speak with a Denver car accident lawyer.

Noneconomic Damages

Noneconomic damages are a little more difficult to quantify. These are those damages that are meant to compensate you for the nonfinancial injuries. These damages will help to compensate you for the pain and suffering that you suffered in the accident, as well as emotional suffering and emotional anguish. For instance, if, in the weeks and months after the accident, you suffered from sleeplessness, anxiety, trauma, or symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, you may be able to claim damages for pain and suffering.

Other noneconomic damages can include loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium, which is usually claimed by the spouse of the injured plaintiff, and is meant to compensate for the loss of marital relations, and loss of spousal affection as a result of the injuries.

Punitive Damages

Sometimes, in a personal injury case, a court in Denver may award punitive damages to punish the defendant for severely neglectful, malicious behavior that involves willful or wanton misconduct. The aim is not only to punish the defendant, but also to set an example for others or to deter others, from similar behavior.

In Colorado, certain types of personal injury claims may warrant a claim for punitive damages. The laws make it difficult and challenging for plaintiffs to claim that the defendant was guilty of malice, or willful or wanton conduct, but in some cases, plaintiffs may find it easy to prove that the defendant was indeed guilty of such malice. For instance, in a drunk driving accident that has resulted in severe damages, injuries, disability or death, a court may decide that the defendant behaved with malice, because everyone knows that driving while intoxicated can increase a person’s accident risks.

In such a case, the court may decide to award punitive damages. Usually, these awards are large, but in Colorado, courts will impose a cap on the amount of these damages. A court may restrict the punitive award to equal the actual damages awarded by the court.

WE FIGHT FOR THE MAXIMUM COMPENSATION

At Norton and Bowers, P.C. our Denver personal injury attorney always seek alternative sources of compensation to cover our clients’ losses. Techniques for increasing your compensation in a personal injury case may include:

  1. Helping you apply for restitution through the criminal courts
  2. Applying for county sponsored victim compensation funds in appropriate cases
  3. Helping you apply for workers’ compensation while investigating your personal injury options after a workplace accident
  4. Providing free service on the property damage component of a car crash claim
  5. Finding ways to access your own insurance after a serious injury through uninsured or underinsured motorist claims
  6. Performing asset checks on at-fault/negligent drivers to determine their ability to contribute personally
  7. Seeing that your insurance company treats you right by protecting you against bad faith claims and unfair settlement practices

Our familiarity with the insurance industry gives our clients the additional leverage that can be key to resolving your claim on favorable terms. Our Denver personal injury attorneys have pursued many cases over the years where a prior attorney did not look in the right places for insurance coverage. Whether you have suffered a serious or catastrophic injury, are the survivor of a wrongful death victim or have sustained lingering injuries to your neck or back we provide personal, courteous, and attentive service to every client.

Some law firms act as if they are doing you a favor by taking your case. This is simply wrong. At Norton and Bowers, P.C. we know that we work for you. We live in the community and treat our clients like our friends and neighbors . . . because they are. We actually care about our clients and listen to you. We will not coerce you to settle nor will we force you to go to trial. The decision to settle or sue will be made with our advice, but always with your goals in mind.

PUT US TO WORK FOR YOU

Norton and Bowers, P.C. serves clients on a contingency fee basis This means that there is no attorney’s fee until we recover for you. If you’ve been injured because of another person’s negligence, or lost a loved one, in the Denver area or anywhere in the State or Colorado, contact us right now at 303-400-8100 to arrange a free consultation. You’ll be able to speak directly to an attorney about your case, not just a paralegal. Offsite, weekend, and evening appointments are also available. If you’re injured in Colorado because of someone else’s negligence, put the personal injury attorneys at Norton and Bowers, P.C. to work for you as quickly as possible.

 

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