May 7, 2014
The process of filing and resolving personal injury lawsuits can be confusing or mysterious to injured people who want to seek justice and compensation for their injuries and losses. To clear up some of this confusion, here and in a few upcoming parts of this blog, we will answer some frequently asked questions about personal injury lawsuits and settlements.
Keep in mind that the answers provided herein are general and that you are encouraged to consult with the Denver personal injury lawyers at Cristiano Law for more specific information and advice regarding your case and your rights. Initial consults are free, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with us to discuss your legal options.
I’ve been injured in an accident. How do I know if I have a case?
In general, the basis of the claims in personal injury lawsuits is that some person or party acted negligently or recklessly and that these actions caused the plaintiff (i.e., the injured person) to sustain injuries or damages (like, for instance, property damage). In legalese, negligence is simply defined as someone’s failure to act with the same level of care that a “reasonable person” would exercise under similar conditions.
In reality, determining when negligence or recklessness may have played a role in causing an accident or injuries may be a bit more complicated, especially when it comes to assessing when parties not present at the scene of the accident may have contributed to the incident (like, for example, when an equipment manufacturer may have been negligent in testing the safety of a part or device).
In such cases, it’s best to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer who can carefully evaluate your case to determine every possible negligent party associated with the accident/incident.
How long after an accident or injury do I have to file my claim?
2 years. This two-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits in Colorado means that:
- The clock starts running for these cases on the date when the accident or incident occurred.
- It’s also possible for the clock to start running from the date on which the individual discovered his injuries (such as when, for instance, he was officially diagnosed).
- If an injured person tries to file a personal injury lawsuit after this two-year time limit has passed, his case will likely be dismissed, and he will lose out on his rights to compensation.
For more answers to commonly asked personal injury lawsuit questions, be sure to check out the second and third parts of this blog to come.
Denver Personal Injury Lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC
If another’s negligence or recklessness has caused you harm and injury, the Denver personal injury attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC are ready to put their experience and resources to work for you.
For more than 33 years, our dedicated and trusted lawyers have been upholding the belief that the practice of law is a helping profession. As a result, they have been firmly committed to providing people who have been hurt by the careless, indifferent or deceitful actions of others the highest quality of legal services. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, our Denver personal injury attorneys will always stand up for our clients’ rights, will provide them with honest answers about their case and will work vigorously to help them secure the best possible outcomes to their important legal matters.
We welcome people who think they may have a case or who would like to learn more about their rights and options to attend an initial consult with one of our Denver personal injury lawyers. In most cases, these initial consultations are free, and we can get a case started at no cost to our clients.
To set up a meeting with one of our attorneys, call us at (303) 407-1777 or email us using the form on this page.