Grand Junction Personal Injury Lawyers
What You Need to Know About Serious Bodily Injury in Colorado
After a serious accident in the Western Slope, you probably need a lawyer. Why? To get fair compensation for your injuries.
If you attempt to settle your claim alone, you’ll undergo all that stress and still be likely to receive less money than you should. As an individual, you’re not prepared to deal with what insurance companies will put you through in an effort not to have to pay out on your claim.
Insurance companies are notorious for three tactics: delay, deny, and defend. If you were injured in an accident, insurance companies may delay handing your claim, deny that you were hurt badly, and defend their decision in a court battle. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can stop this from happening and get you the money you deserve.
The legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, has spent over 20 years protecting the rights of Colorado injury victims. Our Grand Junction personal injury attorneys put their skills and experience to work behind every client’s claim. To find out more, call us at (970) 243-HELP (4357) for a free consultation.
What Is Serious Bodily Injury?
In Colorado, serious bodily injury is defined as "bodily injury which, either at the time of the actual injury or at a later time, involves a substantial risk of death, a substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any part or organ of the body, or breaks, fractures, or burns of the second or third degree.”
In other words, these are injuries that have a substantial impact on your future life. If you suffered serious bodily injury, you have every right to hold the liable parties accountable in a lawsuit.
Damages in a Serious Injury Claim
In a personal injury claim, the victim can seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. In a serious bodily injury claim, the victim can seek compensation for those same damages, as well as things like:
- Loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Permanent injury or disability
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Reduced earning capacity
- Training for a new career
- Emotional and mental duress
- Mental health therapy
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injury, such as wheelchair ramps and lifts, special beds, hand-driving controls, etc.
- Cost of in-home care
- Loss of a family member’s career, if the family member has to quit work to care for you
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
Why You Can’t Trust Insurers
According to this CNN investigative report, some insurance companies offer a first-time settlement called a “smaller walk-away settlement” that—you guessed it—relies on the victim’s fear that if this offer is not accepted, he or she will get nothing at all. Since the medical bills are piling up fast and serious injury victims desperately need treatment, many fall prey to this tactic.
Insurance companies do not want you to hire an attorney. They know that when you hire an attorney to handle your claim, you will end up with more money. In fact, most of our personal injury clients at Peters & Nolan, LLC, come to us after first trying to tough it out with the insurance companies themselves. They’re understandably frustrated, and in most cases, we’re able to really help them get their lives back.
What Our Experienced Lawyers Can Do For You
If you’ve suffered a serious bodily injury, your priority should be healing and moving on with your life. Talk to Andrew J. Peters and Andrew J. Nolan before talking to anyone else. Call (970) 243-HELP (4357) today for a free consultation.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we’re a low-volume firm that takes the most deserving personal injury cases. If we take your case, we’ll deal with all the legal aspects. We’ll use our considerable skills to get you compensation that is worthy of your injuries. We’ll work with physicians and other experts to estimate the long-term losses you will incur, and see to it that the liable party compensates you for those losses as well. Plus, if we handle your claim, you owe us nothing until we get that fair compensation. Our vested interest is in you.
Don’t trust insurance companies. They are only interested in making money, and will offer you the smallest settlement possible, hoping that you’ll be naïve and accept it. Don’t let this happen to you. Call us.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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