October 2, 2015

Large Truck Accidents Require Skilled Legal Assistance

Filed under: Uncategorized — sloat @ 5:02 pm
Large Truck Accident

Large Truck Accident

Large truck accidents are nothing like a typical car accident. In a car accident between two drivers, drivers exchange information, file a report and contact their insurance companies. Injuries sustained aren’t typically as severe. Large truck-passenger vehicle accidents are more complicated because of federal regulations and laws and determining liability. And, the injuries sustained are often more severe and possibly fatal.

Large truck drivers have to follow federal regulations governing the industry to avoid causing an accident. A skilled personal injury attorney in Boulder will know how to wade through those regulations to determine if the truck driver violated any of them.

Determining Liability

You or a family has been injured in large truck crash. You know it was the truck driver’s fault. However, there’s the possibility other parties are responsible too such as:

• The owner of the trailer or truck
• Company or person who leased the trailer or truck from the owner
• The truck manufacturer
• The loader or shipper of the truck’s cargo
• Maintenance companies
• Local, state or federal government entities

Skilled Legal Assistance is Necessary to Receive the Compensation You Deserve

Large truck accident claims are complex because majority of the parties possibly liable for the crash have deep pockets. They use their extra money and legal resources to avoid paying a plaintiff injured through no fault of his own.
One tactic used is to keep shifting the blame from party to party. For example, the cause of the collision was the large truck’s faulty brakes. The manufacturer of the defective brakes may try to blame the driver or leasing company claiming the parties failed to maintain the brakes properly.

If one or more of the negligent parties offers compensation, referred to as a settlement, it may be a low figure. Unfortunately, those injured in an accident won’t know this if they try to settle the claim without a personal injury attorney in Boulder.

Sloat & Nicholson, P.C. is here for You and Your Family

Large truck accidents can have a devastating effect on your life, health and future. You don’t need more stress trying to determine who to sue and when or how to file a claim. Contact Sloat & Nicholson, P.C. for assistance. We are Colorado personal injury lawyers with the legal skills needed to help you receive the settlement you deserve.

August 24, 2015

How to File An Injury Claim After A Slip And Fall Accident

Filed under: Personal Injury, Premises liability — Tags: — sloat @ 6:00 am

boulder injury lawyersIf you or a loved has been injured as the result of another person’s or company’s negligent behavior you may have the right to file an injury claim and receive compensation for any medical costs that have been suffered. In Colorado this is known as a “premises liability claim”. This claim can be filed whenever negligence is proven by a property owner, manager or operator of a premise.

When filing a premises liability claim you must be able to prove you were legally on the property that the property owner was responsible for keeping safe. You will also need to verify the injury you incurred as the result of that property owner’s negligence. The majority of premise liability claims are for, “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents. In the United States, there are approximately 2.5 million slip and fall accidents every year.

Filing a claim for a slip and fall injury is much like filing an auto accident report. Remember these steps if you or a loved is injured:

* Get medical attention. You need to receive medical attention immediately after you’ve suffered any injury and this is no different. You will also need your physician’s verification of the injury and the cause of it. If possible, find out if there will be future medical attention necessary for your injuries and how that will affect your ability to work and live normally.

* File an accident report. Just like you would file an auto accident report after a vehicle accident, you need to file an accident report for your injury. The best time to do this is before you leave the property.

* Photograph all evidence. If you are physically able, photograph all evidence showing how you fell, including the injury if you can. These photos will help your attorney prove negligence in your case.

* Obtain all contact information from witnesses. Write down all names and contact information of any person who witnessed your accident. Your attorney may need to contact them for verification.

* Contact your attorney. Boulder injury lawyers will understand how the laws in your area work and will have experience negotiating, if necessary, with insurance companies. Do not talk to any insurance companies before you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

August 17, 2015

Texting and Driving Can Be Deadly

Filed under: auto accidents — Tags: — sloat @ 6:00 am

Colorado Car Accident Attorneys

You might have some idea that texting while driving can be dangerous, but a recent study confirms that the two are an absolutely deadly combination. In a driving simulator while using their MP3 players and sending text messages, twenty-one teens drove out of their lanes, ran over pedestrians and slowed down unnecessarily while being behind the wheel. This study was presented to the Pediatric Academic Societies in May just this year.

The study was conducted using teens as an example due to CDC records showing those between ages of 16 and 20 are responsible for more than 5,000 deaths each year in motor vehicle accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to texting while driving, contact a car accident attorney in Boulder.

Colorado Laws on texting and driving

Colorado has laws that prohibit texting while driving. If the driver is under the age of 18 they are not allowed to use a cell phones while driving at all. They are only allowed to use them for:

* Reporting reckless use of a vehicle by another driver.

* Reporting a hazard to other drivers which are on roadways.

* Reporting a hazardous material or medical emergency.

* Reporting a fire.

* Reporting an accident where one or more injuries has occurred.

Colorado law prohibits all drivers from texting while driving. However, you can only be convicted of breaking this law if a law enforcement officer sees the driver texting while they are behind the wheel of the vehicle.

The dangers of driving while texting

A driver becomes distracted when they text while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 18% of all fatal crashes in 2012 were the result of distracted drivers. That percentage represents over 3,300 people who were killed and an additional 421,000 people injured in crashes resulting from distracted drivers.

A car accident attorney in Boulder will know the law and can help you protect your rights if you or someone you know has been killed or injured as the result of a distracted driver. Driving while distracted by a cell phone endangers both lives and property. The levels these accidents have reached are unacceptable. You deserve experienced legal representation if you have been injured from a distracted driver. A car accident attorney in Boulder can help get you the compensation you deserve.

August 10, 2015

What Information Is Needed For An Auto Accident Report?

Filed under: auto accidents — Tags: — sloat @ 6:00 am

accident lawyer in BoulderYou just had an auto accident. You are shaken up and unable to focus on any one thing. Experiencing trauma like this can make it difficult for anyone to concentrate on what to do next. That said, the first thing you should do is call the police and the paramedics, if needed.

Once the police enter the scene, they are evaluating everything they can with their eyes. Their investigation of the incident will include asking questions and gathering all other pertinent information to make an official police report.

Auto Accident Report Information

The police officer filing the auto accident report will need a lot of information, including:

• Cause of accident
• Your state issued license for identification
• Vehicle registration card
• Description or photos of damages to involved vehicles
• Location of accident
• Day, date and time of accident
• Weather and road conditions on day of the accident
• Name(s), address, and phone number of the other driver(s) involved
• Make, model, year, license plate number and color of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident
• Name, phone, and address of auto insurance company for all driver(s) involved in the accident

Police Report

A tow truck will be called to retrieve damaged vehicles at the scene of an accident. The police will add the name, address and phone number of the company to the report. If there were witnesses to the accident, their names, addresses, and phone numbers will be added to the report as well.

Other information for the police report would pertain to passengers, if applicable. Specifically, the number of passengers, along with their names, addresses, and phone numbers. The police will need all injured parties’ information, including descriptions of all injuries.

The officer completing the form will also have to include his/her information to the auto accident report. This includes:

• Officer’s name
• Officer’s badge number
• Officer’s department name, phone number and address

If you or a family member were injured in an auto accident, you should consider seeking the advice of a personal injury lawyer to help protect your rights. Boulder injury lawyers, like the team at Sloat & Nicholson P.C., will help you get the compensation your deserve for the injuries you incurred.

July 27, 2015

When To Hire A Slip and Fall Attorney

Filed under: Personal Injury — Tags: — sloat @ 7:38 pm

slip-and-fallWhat is considered a slip and fall accident?

Falling over something due to slipping or tripping can cause serious injury. These accidents can happen anywhere - at work, on another person’s property or even just walking down the sidewalk. If you have ever been injured in this way, Colorado slip and fall attorneys can help you recover the money you’ve lost due to medical expenses or lost wages from missing work.

These types of injuries fall under a law known as personal injury law. A personal injury law case is one in which people owe others a “duty of care”. In other words, they have a duty to act in a way that will not cause harm or injury to others. If a person is negligent and you are injured due to this negligence, the negligent party is obligated to compensate you. Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of personal injuries, but there are others including -

  • Injury in the workplace
  • Dog bites
  • Medical malpractice
  • Truck, car and motorcycle accidents

How can a Colorado Slip and Fall Attorney help you?

In Colorado, attorneys have spent years studying the laws surrounding personal injury claims and have represented thousands of cases for victims of slip and fall accidents. Hiring a Colorado lawyer means that you are hiring an expert in the field.

These lawyers also work on what is known as a contingency fee. This means that you will not have to pay any fees out-of-pocket during the case. You will also not have to pay your attorney if you do not win your case. In fact, only if you win your case will you be obligated to pay your attorney a fee, normally a percentage of what you are awarded as compensation.

Once you hire an attorney, they will do all the legal work for you so you can spend your time focusing on recovering from your injury. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, do not waste any time contacting an attorney. There is critical work they will need to do right away in order to pursue your case, including - investigating the site of the accident and talking to witnesses.

To speak with an expert personal injury attorney about your case contact the office of Sloat & Nicholson P.C. today!

July 20, 2015

What to do after an Auto Accident

Filed under: auto accidents — Tags: — sloat @ 7:26 pm

boulder auto accident lawyersGet somewhere safe

If you are involved in an auto accident, the first step is to pull over to the side of the road somewhere safe. Do your best to get the other driver’s attention so that he can also pull over to a safe area near your vehicle. Once your vehicle is out of harm’s way, grab your smartphone, or a pen and paper, and write down the other driver’s vehicle license plate number as well as his vehicle’s make and model.

Do not admit fault

When you approach the other driver, it is imperative that you do not admit fault, even if the accident was likely caused by your error. Do not say that you are sorry or admit any type of wrongdoing. The words that you say during this interaction can be used against you when determining fault. Ask the other driver for his name, license, contact information and insurance information.

Take pictures and notes

If you have a smartphone or a digital camera on hand, take pictures of your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle and the vicinity of the accident. If you do not have a camera on hand, try and draw a picture of the accident scene or take notes so that you do not forget any of the accident details. If you spot any witnesses in the area who may have seen the accident, approach them and take down their contact information as well. Their observations about the accident could help you prove that the accident was not your fault.

Contact the insurance company

Next, contact your automobile insurance company. Tell them that that you were involved in a car accident and describe the damage to the vehicle as well as yourself. Explain how the accident occurred. Then provide your insurance company with the other driver’s name along with his insurance and contact information.

Then contact the other driver’s insurance company, as there is no guarantee that he will actually report the accident to his insurer. If you don’t feel comfortable making this phone call, lean on your attorney to do it for you. The conversation with the other driver’s insurance company should give you an idea of how they plan to handle the claim and provide some insight as to how your vehicle repairs will be performed and your injuries tended to.

Contact an Attorney

If you have been in an auto accident, the Boulder auto accident lawyers at Sloat & Nicholson P.C. can help. Contact them today for a consultation about your case. Their auto accident lawyers have years of experience and will help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights while you and your family recover from the aftermath of your auto accident.

July 13, 2015

Boulder Wrongful Death Attorneys Offer Help to Grieving Families

Filed under: wrongful death — Tags: — sloat @ 2:21 am

boulder wrongful death attorneyColorado has specific laws devoted to helping resolve legal issues surrounding a person’s death. These laws include family members having the ability to file a wrongful death claim against a person or entity. A wrongful death claim is a personal injury lawsuit which tries to establish one or more parties’ liability for someone’s death. The specific act can be:

• Reckless
• Negligent
• Intentional

Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim in Boulder?

Whether or not you can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one depends on when you file. If you are the surviving spouse of a loved one, you can file a lawsuit during the first year after your loved. In the second year after the death, both the surviving spouse and children are eligible to file a claim.

In the event that your loved one has no surviving immediate relatives, you can file if you’re the parent of the deceased person. The executor, or representative, of the individual’s estate is also able to file a wrongful death action. This is commonly referred to as a survival action.

What Must I Prove in a Wrongful Death Claim?

Colorado has several things a Boulder wrongful death attorney must prove in order to win a wrongful death claim. These elements include:

• Duty of Care: The defendant owed your loved an obligation not to harm him.
• Breach of Care: The defendant violated, or breached, her obligation when she injured your loved one.
• Causation: You must show the defendant’s actions caused your loved one’s death.

What does the “Burden of Proof” Mean?

It means the plaintiff has the responsibility of proving that the defendant is liable for the death they are being accused of.

What does “Damages” Mean in a Personal Injury Claim?

The term damages generally refers to money. In a wrongful death lawsuit, you can sue for:

• Lost wages your loved one would have received if he/she had lived
• Loss of benefits – life insurance, etc.
• Loss of companionship

If you’re the estate’s representative, you can sue for:
• Expenses related to the person’s death like medical, hospital and emergency care
• Funeral expenses

In some circumstances, punitive damages are also available. These damages are ones that punish the defendant in order to deter others from committing the same type of reckless or negligent behavior.

Contact a Boulder Wrongful Death Attorney

Sloat & Nicholson P.C. have a combined 70 years of legal experience. Contact us to understand more about your wrongful death claim. We’re ready to help you obtain the justice you deserve during this tough time.

June 22, 2015

What is the “Modified Comparative Fault Rule” and How Does it Affect My Case?

Filed under: auto accidents — Tags: — sloat @ 9:58 pm
personal injury attorney boulder

personal injury attorney boulder

The right to collect compensation for wrongs suffered due to the negligence of others is a basic protection guaranteed in every U.S. state. The basis for all such lawsuits is the assignment of fault, but each state has its own system for allocating damages once a fault-level has been determined. The system used in Colorado, “the modified comparative fault rule,” has the potential to diminish or even eliminate a claim.

The Four Fault Rules

To better understand the impact of Colorado’s system, we must put it in proper perspective by examining the systems used elsewhere.

  1. 1. The first, and harshest, system is called “pure contributory negligence.” Under this rule, even the slightest amount of fault assigned to the injured party eliminates the claim. Only four states and the District of Columbia use this system.
  2. 2. The remaining three systems all take note of the relative fault of the plaintiff and the defendant and are called “comparative fault systems.” Pure comparative fault, used in 12 states, adheres to the exact percentage in every instance. Even if the plaintiff is 99% at fault, he could still seek damages for the 1% fault assigned to the defendant.
  3. 3. South Dakota has a system all its own, known as “the slight/gross negligence comparative fault rule.” A partially at-fault defendant is only allowed to collect on a claim if the defendant’s negligence is deemed ”gross” and his own “slight.”
  4. 4. The remaining 33 states, including Colorado, use a modified comparative fault rule. This rule bans all claims if the plaintiff’s fault is 50% or greater. Otherwise, the plaintiff’s claim is diminished by the percentage of fault assigned to him.

Other Relevant Rules

Colorado compares the combined fault of all defendants against the plaintiff, rather than comparing them individually. The modified comparative fault rule is generally applied to all tort actions in Colorado, including personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage. There is also a two year statute of limitations from the date that the injury and its cause were both known or should have been known with the exercise of due diligence.

The Importance of a Skilled Attorney

To obtain the maximum reimbursement for the wrong your have suffered, it is imperative to obtain the services of a skilled attorney. Sloat and Nicholson personal injury attorneys in Boulder have years of experience securing full and fair compensation for claims filed in the Boulder, CO, area and beyond.

June 15, 2015

Pusuing Legal Action in the Event of a Brain Injury

Filed under: Personal Injury — Tags: — sloat @ 9:46 pm

Brain Injury Law Firm

Brain Injury Law Firm

People don’t realize that in Boulder there is a brain injury law firm. Granted, it’s not specifically listed under the heading “brain injury law firm, but if you’ve suffered a serious injury like a Traumatic Brain Injury, spinal cord injury, or any other personal injury of this nature resulting from an auto, motorcycle, truck or bicycle accident, it is ridiculous to attempt litigation without formal legal representation. You could be entitled to a substantial settlement for your injuries, and there might be options available to you that only someone with a proper legal background would know about.

Sloat and Nicholson P.C.

Medical expenses can be outlandish in this country, and most people flat-out can’t afford them. Sloat and Nicholson P.C., Personal Injury Attorneys, specialize specifically in cases where a Traumatic Brain Injury or other serious injury may have occurred. It’s easy to contact them, and they even offer a no-cost, no obligation consultation designed to help you understand your legal options. Sloat and Nicholson have received the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, and are here to make sure you get the justice you are entitled to under the law.

They cover a variety of claims, including:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Large Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Slip-and-Fall
  • Dog Bite Injuries
  • Drunk Drivers
  • Wrongful Death
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Bicycle Accidents

Your injuries won’t disappear on their own; especially if those injuries are as serious as some of the cases the attorneys of Sloat and Nicholson have handled. So contact them today. There’s no reason not to receive the settlement that you deserve.

June 8, 2015

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Jury Trial Lawyer

Filed under: Jury Trial Lawyer — Tags: — sloat @ 8:00 pm
Jury Trial Lawyer

Jury Trial Lawyer

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident, hiring an experienced jury trial lawyer will go a long way to serve your best interests. An attorney will advocate on your behalf to pursue justice in the form of a settlement or a favorable verdict. Do not try to navigate the rocky legal waters by yourself. You will have to invest hours into legal research and you will constantly be second guessing whether or not you are doing the right thing.

Trust in Experience

Lean on the expertise of an accomplished trial attorney. He will study the nuances of your case, determine its merits and attempt to predict the results of a trial by jury. Your jury trial lawyer will represent you in all negotiations and in the courtroom so that you do not have to do any work. Your trial lawyer will weigh evidence, build a credible argument and provide guidance as to what should be done. Attempting to manage all of these responsibilities without the help of a savvy jury trial lawyer will prove to be an exercise in futility.

An experienced jury trail lawyer will speak on your behalf and attempt to secure a fair amount of compensation. Most jury trial lawyers build a solid enough case to force the hand of opposing counsel to settle before an actual trial. The importance of having an attorney by your side every step of the way cannot be understated. Your personal accident has the potential to impact the rest of your life. Don’t risk your future by attempting to maneuver the legal maze. It is rife with pitfalls that an experienced jury trial lawyer can help you avoid.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

Your jury trial lawyer will always be just a phone call away so that you can rest assured that you are receiving the best representation. Your attorney will be there with you from the initial case review all the way to a jury’s verdict if necessary. Opt for an accessible jury trial lawyer with a reasonable case load and you will find that your case really does get the attention that it deserves. Align your fate with a skilled jury trial attorney today and you will be much more confident that you will receive all of the financial and medical compensation that you rightfully deserve.

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