June 21, 2016

When Do You Need a Boulder Accident Attorney

Filed under: auto accidents — sloat @ 3:42 pm

Auto accidents are an unfortunate fact of life for about 98% of U.S. residents, who will at some point in their lives be involved in one. They range in severity from simple fender benders to multi-car pileups with fatalities. It is  advantageous for you to find an accident attorney in Boulder who can represent you whether or not the accident was your fault. A few of the more common circumstances where you might need legal representation for accidents include:

  • Pursuing claims against the other party
  • Defending yourself from a civil suit
  • Dealing with insurance companies.

Pursuing Claims

If you believe you are owed financial compensation from another party involved in the accident, you will need an accident attorney in Boulder who knows the ins and outs of the law as it pertains to your case. The defendant in your case will absolutely have a lawyer, making it imperative you have someone on your side who can handle the paperwork, filings, and evidence gathering that needs to be done to successfully pursue your claim.

Mounting a Strong Defense

In cases where you may have been at-fault, you may have to defend yourself from claims brought up by other parties against you. Trying to defend yourself in this type of situation is generally a  bad idea, especially when a knowledgeable attorney can more than pay for themselves by reducing the amount of money you owe, or winning the case outright.

Insurance Complications

Whether or not you were at-fault for the accident, there is a good chance an insurance company will try to pay out less than they owe. Another party’s insurance company may try suing you for the damages they had to pay to their customer, or your own insurance company may try to refuse your claim, even if the accident was clearly not your fault. Getting legal representation usually shows these companies that you do not intend to take their actions lying down and it often leads them to settling with you.

June 14, 2016

3 Crucial Steps When Considering a Personal Injury Case

Filed under: auto accidents — sloat @ 8:52 pm
When you or someone you love experiences a traumatic car accident and you find yourself considering or committed to a personal injury suit, there are a few things you should keep firmly in mind. A failure on any of these points can transform a flawless, ambiguity-free case into a lengthy courtroom duel.
1) Keep documentation.
When it comes to legal disputes, there’s a saying worth keeping in mind: it doesn’t matter what’s true, it matters what you can prove. Whether it’s in a court or at a negotiation table, thorough documentation of all the harm done to you by your accident will determine the success of your case. This includes medical documentation, work documentation, and mental health documentation. If you lose out in a way that doesn’t come with a receipt, make your own notes. The more thorough the better.
2) See appropriate professionals.
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury, you need to see a specialist. If you’ve suffered emotional distress, you need to see a therapist. If you’re experiencing difficulties at work, you need to contact human resources. This overlaps largely with the need for documentation, but it bears repeating. See the professionals who can identify and help with the problems which arise from your injury or you won’t have the proof you need to make your case a success.
You’ll also want to see someone who can inform you of the technicalities associated with pursuing a case after your injury. A car accident attorney in Boulder can help you more in ten minutes than ten hours of Googling and self-research. The little details you might overlook if you act unassisted matter far more than you may realize.
3) Avoid signing, saying, or doing anything until you confirm the situation.
The final step isn’t something to do, but more an attitude to assume: caution and skepticism. When it comes to personal injury cases, the fine details can matter more to the outcome than the basic facts of the case. Every move you make bears consequences.Your signature on document which looks neutral can harm you in court. Even something as innocuous as saying “I’m sorry, are you okay?” right after an accident can backfire.Take the time to get your bearings and contact someone you can trust to assess the situation from a legal standpoint before you commit to anything.
If you need further advice, or you’re looking for an attorney, you can visit us at www.SloatLaw.com to contact us or read more about personal injury cases. You can also reach us at (303) 447-1144 to discuss your case.
When you or someone you love experiences a traumatic car accident and you find yourself considering or committed to a personal injury suit, there are a few things you should keep firmly in mind. A failure on any of these points can transform a flawless, ambiguity-free case into a lengthy courtroom duel.
1) Keep documentation.
When it comes to legal disputes, there’s a saying worth keeping in mind: it doesn’t matter what’s true, it matters what you can prove. Whether it’s in a court or at a negotiation table, thorough documentation of all the harm done to you by your accident will determine the success of your case. This includes medical documentation, work documentation, and mental health documentation. If you lose out in a way that doesn’t come with a receipt, make your own notes. The more thorough the better.
2) See appropriate professionals.
If you’ve suffered a spinal injury, you need to see a specialist. If you’ve suffered emotional distress, you need to see a therapist. If you’re experiencing difficulties at work, you need to contact human resources. This overlaps largely with the need for documentation, but it bears repeating. See the professionals who can identify and help with the problems which arise from your injury or you won’t have the proof you need to make your case a success.
You’ll also want to see someone who can inform you of the technicalities associated with pursuing a case after your injury. A car accident attorney in Boulder can help you more in ten minutes than ten hours of Googling and self-research. The little details you might overlook if you act unassisted matter far more than you may realize.
3) Avoid signing, saying, or doing anything until you confirm the situation.
The final step isn’t something to do, but more an attitude to assume: caution and skepticism. When it comes to personal injury cases, the fine details can matter more to the outcome than the basic facts of the case. Every move you make bears consequences.Your signature on document which looks neutral can harm you in court. Even something as innocuous as saying “I’m sorry, are you okay?” right after an accident can backfire.Take the time to get your bearings and contact someone you can trust to assess the situation from a legal standpoint before you commit to anything.
If you need further advice, or you’re looking for an attorney, you can visit us at www.SloatLaw.com to contact us or read more about personal injury cases. You can also reach us at (303) 447-1144 to discuss your case.
A car accident attorney in Boulder can help you more in ten minutes than ten hours of Googling and self-research.

When you or someone you love experiences a traumatic car accident and you find yourself considering or committed to a personal injury suit, there are a few things you should keep firmly in mind. A failure on any of these points can transform a flawless, ambiguity-free case into a lengthy courtroom duel.

1) Keep documentation.

When it comes to legal disputes, there’s a saying worth keeping in mind: it doesn’t matter what’s true, it matters what you can prove. Whether it’s in a court or at a negotiation table, thorough documentation of all the harm done to you by your accident will determine the success of your case. This includes medical documentation, work documentation, and mental health documentation. If you lose out in a way that doesn’t come with a receipt, make your own notes. The more thorough the better.

2) See appropriate professionals.

If you’ve suffered a spinal injury, you need to see a specialist. If you’ve suffered emotional distress, you need to see a therapist. If you’re experiencing difficulties at work, you need to contact human resources. This overlaps largely with the need for documentation, but it bears repeating. See the professionals who can identify and help with the problems which arise from your injury or you won’t have the proof you need to make your case a success.

You’ll also want to see someone who can inform you of the technicalities associated with pursuing a case after your injury. A car accident attorney in Boulder can help you more in ten minutes than ten hours of Googling and self-research. The little details you might overlook if you act unassisted matter far more than you may realize.

3) Avoid signing, saying, or doing anything until you confirm the situation.

The final step isn’t something to do, but more an attitude to assume: caution and skepticism. When it comes to personal injury cases, the fine details can matter more to the outcome than the basic facts of the case. Every move you make bears consequences.Your signature on document which looks neutral can harm you in court. Even something as innocuous as saying “I’m sorry, are you okay?” right after an accident can backfire.Take the time to get your bearings and contact someone you can trust to assess the situation from a legal standpoint before you commit to anything.

If you need further advice, or you’re looking for an attorney, you can visit us at www.SloatLaw.com to contact us or read more about personal injury cases. You can also reach us at (303) 447-1144 to discuss your case.

June 7, 2016

A Boulder Attorney’s Tip on How to Avoid Auto Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

Filed under: auto accidents — sloat @ 8:38 pm

It’s not unusual for drivers to become distracted or even doze off on the road late at night. Boulder auto accident attorney firms know these scenarios all too well due to their regrettably frequent occurrence. There’s plenty of things drivers can do to avoid becoming distracted to begin with, such as:

  • Turning off or putting away any mobile phones
  • Not eating and driving simultaneously
  • Not getting overly involved in any conversations with passengers

A Quick Tip for Avoiding Distracted Drivers

There isn’t quite as much advice available to conscientious people who want to know how to protect themselves from other distracted drivers. However, a good starting point could be learning to recognize an obviously distracted or  impaired driver, particularly if they’re intoxicated with alcohol or cannabis.

Similarities and Differences between Impaired and Distracted Drivers

Not paying attention is the important thing to look for when identifying drivers who may be dangerous to drive near. A car that constantly switches back and forth between lanes or stops suddenly at red traffic lights and/or stop signs could be operated by either an impaired or a distracted driver, so you’ll want to keep a distance from them or pass them whenever you safely can.

Drivers who seem to be stuck in the far left lane for what feels like an eternity may be distracted by their mobile phones, since they often don’t think they’ll need to pay attention as much in this lane while using their phones. Some of these drivers can also be in a kind of road trance, where they lose focus on their driving and the road around them. In either case, you’ll want to try to create as much distance between your car and theirs as possible.

Checking the Stats on Colorado Automobile Accidents

It would be wonderful if distracted driving accidents were relatively uncommon occurrences, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Over 15,000 texting-related accidents were reported in the United States in 2015. Based on the findings of a Colorado Department of Transportation survey, 38% of all Colorado drivers have talked on their phones while driving, and 25% have texted while driving. These are frightening statistics. As a result, CDOT is planning to post road signs to alert Boulder drivers to the risks of auto accidents caused by distracted driving.

April 8, 2016

The Risks of Spinal Cord Injuries

Filed under: Spinal Cord Injury — sloat @ 1:44 am

The spinal cord is a part of your central nervous system. The spinal cord connects your brain to your body thereby creating the central nervous system. The rest of your body connects to your spinal cord via a web of nerves.

Types of Injuries

You can suffer a variety of traumas to the spinal cord, vertebrae (the bones that protect the spinal cord), ligaments or discs in the spinal column. Injury to the ligaments, disks or vertebrae can cause back pain, arthritis, inflammation, disk degeneration and other chronic issues. Those issues, like inflammation, can also harm your spinal card. Damage to your actual spinal cord can impact your ability to walk, control your hands or even breathe.

Common Causes

Alcohol is a factor in almost 25 percent of injuries. From motor vehicle accidents to bar fights, alcohol is a common denominator. For the majority of people, car accidents are the biggest cause of spinal injuries. They account for more than 35 percent of all new spinal cord injuries each year. This is likely due to the fact that:

  1. The car is the primary mode of transportation, so almost everyone has one and uses one every day.
  2. Many people do not appreciate the high speeds that cars can travel, even a 35 mph accident can cause serious spinal injuries.

The remaining three significant causes are violent acts, athletic injuries, and disease which account for about 24 percent of injuries.

What Happens if You are Injured?

Regardless if the injury is serious or not, any damage to your spinal cord can reduce a variety of bodily functions like walking, talking or breathing. The degree of the effect depends on the nature and location of the injury. The closer the injury is to your spine or brain, the more of your bodily functions that could be affected. For example, an injury to your lower back can affect your legs, bladder control, and sexual function.

What do You do If You are Injured?

If you suffer a back injury, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible. Once your medical needs are addressed, you may want to speak to a spinal cord injury lawyer. Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you could face years of medical bills and physical therapy. A legal settlement can go a long way toward securing your future.

April 4, 2016

Boulder Accident Lawyers Ensure You Obtain a Settlement

Filed under: Personal Injury — sloat @ 1:40 am

If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury of any sort, you should know that it might be possible to obtain compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills and lost time from work. Personal injuries that result from the negligence of another party often result in lucrative settlements or judgments. Negligence is defined as the failure to take due care to prevent injury to another person. If you have even the slightest suspicion that another person’s actions or failure to act are in any way responsible for your injury, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Boulder accident lawyers will prove critically important in your quest for justice. Ally with a personal injury attorney and he will zealously advocate on your behalf while you recuperate. An attorney will pinpoint evidence, file a lawsuit on your behalf, obtain medical/police reports, handle negotiations with opposing counsel and represent you in a court of law.

Perhaps you suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a large truck smashing into your vehicle. Did you know that some large trucks contain digital recording boxes similar to those in airplanes?  These devices track the truck’s movements to paint a picture of what happened during an accident. You can lean on your personal injury attorney to uncover such critical evidence.

Or maybe you were struck by another vehicle while riding your motorcycle and suffered a variety of injuries. Team up with a personal injury attorney and he will track down any eyewitnesses and explore the option of expert testimony. Your attorney will also meticulously tabulate the total cost of the accident in terms of medical bills, lost time from work and pain/suffering.

Let Your Attorney do the Work While You Attempt to Return Your Life to Normal

The days, weeks and months following your accident will be quite strenuous. This is not the time to attempt to figure out how to navigate the highly complicated legal system that is rife with hurdles. Use the time following your accident as a period to recover. Once you are back to normal, you’ll be able to return to work. Don’t bog yourself with the details of a lawsuit while you attempt to get back into your pre-accident routine. Leave that work to a personal injury attorney who understands the complex nuances of the legal system.

April 1, 2016

The Hidden Complications in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Filed under: wrongful death — sloat @ 1:35 am

Wrongful death actions, like personal injuries, operate to assign “fault.” What sets wrongful death actions apart is that they are not brought surviving family members but by the decedent’s estate, a decedent is a person who has passed away. This particular legal maneuver limits the kind of damages that can be recovered. A Boulder injury attorney from the Sloat & Nicholson, P.C. Law Firm can help you.

Limitations on Damages

Wrongful death actions, unlike personal injury claims, are limited to economic damages. Economic damages are things you can measure like lost wages, medical bills, and repairs. Conversely, noneconomic damages are things you cannot, like pain or emotional distress.

As a surviving family member, you can bring your own lawsuit for emotional distress or loss of companionship but this is a separate lawsuit. Depending on the court and judge, you might be able to join the actions into single lawsuit however this is not a guarantee.

Recoverable Damages

Unfortunately, economic damages are usually relatively minor. The real dispute centers on what is referred to as economic potential. Economic potential is like an expanded way to measure lost wages. For a lost wages claim, you add up the number of days you missed due to an accident and multiply that by the amount you earn per day.

Economic potential is how much you are able to produce in your life. It is based on your age, health, education, work history and ability to bear children, form adult relationships and maintain a family. Essentially everything that you can accomplish during your life is valued. The court adds up all of this potential and assigns a value to represent the amount lost.

Issues with Elderly Plaintiffs

As you probably noticed, a lot of this is based upon work potential and health. This means if your loved one was elderly or sick then the amount you can recover is significantly less. This is due to the fact that they are probably not working, they are unable to bear children and they are approaching the end of their life, they have very little economic potential. So, as far as the court is concerned, even though a life was lost the economic damages are small because he or she was nearing the end of their economic potential.

The unfortunate effect is that many of these lawsuits, which may have valid claims, are not prosecuted.

March 23, 2016

Fight For Justice For Your Loved One With the Help of a Boulder Wrongful Death Attorney

Filed under: Uncategorized — sloat @ 10:52 pm

Coping with the sudden or unexpected death of your loved one can be one of the most difficult times in your life. When your loved one’s death is caused by the direct actions or negligence of another individual or company, however, the emotional challenges you face may only intensify. Fortunately, a Boulder wrongful death attorney can help you sort through the complicated details that surround your circumstances and assist you with obtaining justice for your loved one.

Wrongful Death Damages

While no amount of monetary compensation can replace that special person in your life, reimbursement for medical and funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of companionship, and numerous other damages are often awarded to surviving family members to make coping a little easier. By easing the financial burdens that surviving family members often face after such a loss, survivors are able to concentrate on more important matters- like appropriately grieving and healing.

Additionally, when the other party’s gross negligence, recklessness or intentional actions caused your loved one’s death, the courts may award punitive damages as well with the intention of punishing the offending party and discouraging others from performing similar actions. While punishing those at fault for the loss of your loved one’s life won’t completely remove the pain and suffering that you and your family members experience, just knowing that you fought for, and achieved justice can often bring a sense of closure and relief to survivors.

Your Loved One Deserves Justice

When your loved one loses his or her life due to the fault of someone else, taking legal action is likely one of the last things on your mind. It is vital for you and your family members to consider retaining an experienced, aggressive and compassionate Boulder wrongful death attorney without delay, however. Failure to file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years will result in you and your family members losing your right to compensation, and in essence- obtaining justice for your loved one’s death.

A Boulder Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover Damages After an Accident or Injury

Filed under: Uncategorized — sloat @ 10:51 pm

If you have been injured in an automobile accident or suffered any type of physical or mental pain due to the carelessness of another person or entity, you can benefit from professional legal assistance. A personal injury attorney will prove invaluable to your quest for justice and financial compensation.

How a Personal Injury Attorney can Help in the Immediate Aftermath of Your Injury

After your accident you should be squarely focused on returning to your normal life. You will have to obtain medical attention, give your injury ample time to heal and then rehabilitate so you can resume your typical daily activities. This is no time to attempt to learn the intricacies of personal injury law. Reach out to a savvy personal injury attorney who will zealously advocate on your behalf. He will compile evidence in the form of medical records, accident eyewitnesses, police reports and other documentation while you dedicate yourself to healing.

An Attorney Will Help You Navigate the Complicated Legal Maze

Ask any injury victim who has attempted to represent himself throughout the legal process in a Pro Se manner and he will likely testify that doing so was a grave mistake. There is simply not enough time to learn the nuances of the law. Furthermore, courts require that plaintiffs complete and file an array of legal documents in a thorough and timely manner. These forms, requests, motions and other types of paperwork are often extremely complicated. It is imperative that you ally with a skilled personal injury attorney to facilitate the legal process. Add in the fact that the defendant’s insurance company will respect an experienced attorney and it is easy to see why so many choose to team up with a skilled practitioner of law.

How an Attorney Will Increase the Odds That You Will Receive Compensation

Ally with a savvy legal professional and you will drastically boost your chances of receiving a substantial settlement offer. Sometimes, all it takes is correspondence printed on a personal injury attorney’s letterhead for the defendant’s insurance office or counsel to wilt. If opposing counsel knows you have allied with a respected personal injury attorney, he will be much more inclined to float out a considerable settlement offer. The same is true of cases that reach the courtroom. A personal injury victim who is represented by a knowledgeable attorney will stand a greater chance to obtain a favorable judgment.

How the Auto Accident Claims Process Works

Filed under: Uncategorized — sloat @ 10:43 pm

When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the results can be devastating. When significant property damage/loss or severe injury occurs, the shock of the accident may leave you a bit rattled. You may not be thinking very clearly, and often the last thing on your mind is filing an auto accident claim. The sooner you begin the auto accident claims process, however, the better chance you have of receiving the compensation that you deserve so you can put the crash behind you and concentrate on healing and getting on with your life. Unfortunately, you may not be familiar with exactly how the auto accident claims process works, or how to proceed. Understanding what to expect and remembering a few “do’s and don’t’s” can be vital to achieving a successful outcome.

When You Are Involved in an Accident

  • If you are capable, gather as much information as possible at the scene of the crash. Remember to obtain the name and contact information for the other driver(s), passengers and any witnesses.
  • Photos of the accident can be extremely helpful when processing the auto accident claim. If possible, take photos of the location of each vehicle, any property damage, license plates and anything else that might be relevant.
  • Contact your insurance company and report the accident as soon as possible. Be prepared to offer details about what occurred immediately preceding the accident, as well as answering any questions about damages, etc.

What to Expect From Your Insurance Company

It is extremely important that you remember that the insurance company is not on your side. Whether you are partially at fault, or the other driver is completely at fault, your insurance company (and theirs) will most likely do everything possible to minimize monetary compensation. They may offer you a lower amount than what you deserve or even deny your claim completely. Understand that the insurance company is not obligated to reach a settlement with you, and your best course of action is often to hire an experienced auto accident attorney, especially if you have suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. Never sign a waiver or agree to a settlement without seeking legal advice from an accident attorney.

An experienced accident attorney can often maximize the amount of monetary compensation you receive for things like:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Mental and physical pain
  • Property damages

February 24, 2016

Understanding Colorado’s Dog Bite Statute

Filed under: Uncategorized — sloat @ 12:01 am

dog biteColorado’s dog bite statute is a strictly limited take on the responsibilities of the dog owner in cases where an individual suffers bodily injury by a dog. Hiring a Colorado dog bite attorney may be necessary to determine what the victim is entitled to, and proving fault for the incident in the first place.

Who is Eligible for a Settlement?

Colorado’s dog bite statute only applies to someone who suffers bodily injury from a dog while lawfully on public or private lands. Bodily injury is defined as any bruising, laceration or muscle tear that requires medical attention, or any disfigurement or injury that requires corrective or cosmetic surgery. This statute does not apply to individuals who are trespassing on private property, who have intentionally provoked the dog, or certain dog care professionals such as groomers and dog show judges. In addition, it does not apply to any dog that is working in a military or police capacity, or for dogs who are working in ranching, hunting, herding or other related activities.

What Kind of Settlement Will You Get?

Settlements for dog bites are limited to only economic losses when it can be proven that the dog’s owner was negligent in their responsibilities as an owner. This means that the settlement amount will be based on actual past medical bills, future medical bills, psychological treatments, and lost wages due to the injury. Non-economic losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress and reduced quality of life will not be factored into the final agreement.

In cases where the victim is able to prove that the owner was knowingly negligent in handling the dog, it is possible to make a claim for non-economic damages. The victim must prove that the owner knew the animal’s propensity for aggression and failed to act as any other reasonable owner would in the same situation. The only way to know if your case is eligible for this type of claim is to hire an experience Colorado dog bite attorney to evaluate the facts and determine whether or not there is enough information to pursue the dog owner for compensation.

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