Have you been injured in an accident or on the job? Not sure what to do next or how to deal with insurance companies? First off you should take care of your injuries immediately by seeking competent medical treatment. Next, it is important that you contact an experienced Colorado attorney as soon after your injury as you can. If you think you have a claim against someone else for your personal injuries you need the help and advice of an experienced attorney to help you so that you do not lose your right to seek compensation.
You should also document as much as you can about the accident and your injuries. If you can take pictures of the accident site and vehicles, etc. as well as taking pictures of your injuries it will be helpful later in your case. Also, keep all of the receipts, invoices or other documents relating to your injuries or losses. Get names and addresses and phone numbers of witnesses as well as information about all of your medical treatments. If you have any other damages or losses, document those also.
If the other party has insurance that might cover the accident or your injuries or losses you should make a claim with that insurance company as soon as possible. Also, if you have your own insurance policy that might cover any of your injuries (like an uninsured motorist or under-insured motorist coverage in your own policy) you should put your own insurance company on notice and open a claim with them also.
You should be careful about giving a written or verbal statement to anyone other than the police at the scene of the accident. You would be better off to contact an experienced Colorado attorney before giving any other statements, even to your own insurance company. Remember the old warning, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”
Finally, never sign any release or waiver of liability before talking to an attorney. Without the assistance of competent legal counsel there is no way for you to evaluate how much your case is worth in settlement or after trial. If you sign a release or waiver, you will not be able to go back later and bring a claim, so be careful what you sign, even if it is from you own insurance company.
Remember, you only have a limited amount of time to file your personal injury claim in Colorado. The statute of limitations dictates how long you have to file the claim with the court after you are injured. In some cases, the statute of limitations starts when the person becomes aware of the injury or should have become aware of the injury (the Discovery Rule). Colorado statute of limitations laws may differ from those of other states.
There are numerous ways you can lose your right to seek recovery for your injuries and there are also restrictions on the amount you can recover. If you have been injured and think you are going to seek compensation for your injuries, we would be glad to help you find an experienced Colorado personal injury or workers compensation attorney to help you protect your rights. Just enter your information on this page or call us at (720) 457-5959 to set up a free initial consultation.
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