That depends upon a number of factors including: who was at fault in the accident, the extent of the injuries, medical expenses and lost income.
You should consult an experienced attorney for an answer to this question because the answer will vary from case to case. Claims are limited by the Colorado Statute of Limitations, which is usually three years for automobile accidents and two years for other injuries. There are however, situations where shorter time limits apply including a requirement of notice to governmental entities within 180 days.
Most personal injury attorneys are willing to work on a contingency basis and are paid a percentage of the amount that is collected for the client. Clients are, however, responsible for certain costs, but these costs are usually advanced by the attorney and paid from the recovery.
This depends upon the type of injury, when the accident occurred, and whether there was insurance in force at the time of injury. In many cases, insurance is available to pay medical expenses, but in other cases payment would have to wait until the claim is resolved.
If another party is at fault and they are insured, most insurance companies will provide a rental car for a reasonable period of time.
We recommend that everyone purchase medical payment coverage. If you have health insurance, a small amount of "med pay" may be enough. If you do not have health insurance, we recommend buying the most medical payment coverage your insurance company offers.
We generally recommend that you do not give a recorded statement and you do not sign the release forms sent to you by the other person's insurance company. Although you are required to cooperate with your insurance company, you should limit communication with the other person's insurance company.
It is best to consult an experienced attorney immediately after the accident. The attorney may want to see you right away, may advise you to wait until you know the extent of injuries or may be unwilling to represent you, but because there is no cost or obligation involved, it is always a good idea to contact an attorney sooner than later.
In some cases we advise our potential clients to negotiate themselves, but in most cases the client is better served by having an attorney handle the negotiation. Insurance adjusters are experienced professionals working for the insurance company's best interest and not yours.
As a general rule, attorneys who are compassionate and who have experience in particular areas of the law are well qualified to represent their clients. In addition, a successful record handling your type of case is also something that should be considered.
The Law Firm of Sloat & Nicholson P.C. are experienced Boulder injury attorneys handling cases involving motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, insurance bad faith, and most other types of accident injury cases in Boulder, Longmont, Denver, and throughout the state of Colorado. Call 303-447-1144 today to discuss your case with a Boulder personal injury attorney, or simply fill out our case consultation form.