How Much Is A Personal Injury Attorney Going To Cost Me?
If we don’t win your case at trial or achieve a settlement outside of court, then the answer is—zero dollars. At your initial interview, we’ll sit and have a friendly chat with you; we’ll learn about all the details of your accident, whether it was an auto accident or slip and fall injury, etc., and you’ll ask us questions and get to know us. We believe in being 100% open with our clients and we have never received even one question from a client that we did not enthusiastically respond to. We love to answer your questions because we are absolutely confident that the more you learn about us, the more you’ll want to work with us and let us be your advocate. Our track record is solid.
But what is the cost to you? With many clients, during the first meeting when we decide if we’re a good fit for each other, we most likely will offer to work on contingency in your personal injury case. If we offer you a contingency fee agreement, which likely we will, you won’t have any worries at all about fees. The contingency fee agreement will stipulate a percentage of your financial settlement that will be paid to us for our time, effort, experience, and expenses paid by our firm to file and manage your case. In this scenario, we will be coming on board as your personal injury attorney, and working your case at no out of pocket cost to you whatsoever. When we win your case, either through an out of court settlement or jury trial, then and only then will you be paying us for our efforts and time. Thus you pay only when we win for you; you can’t beat that price.
Can Pre-Existing Injuries Affect My Auto Accident Claim in Colorado?
If you’ve been involved in an accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. Your health is, and should always be, your top priority. Get medical help even if you don’t ‘feel’ any injuries, because an auto accident can bounce your body around and injure you, sometimes in ways that you may not realize until later. It’s not uncommon for someone to leave the scene of their accident only to end up heading to the emergency room later with pain or worse. If you leave the scene without reporting directly to the ER, a clinic, or your own personal physician, the opposing party and their insurance company will probably argue that your injuries could have been sustained later after you had the accident, and as such, they will try to make the case that they are not liable. Always get checked out right away by a healthcare professional. And be sure to get all documentation of your visit, including your diagnosis, etc., everything that states what your injuries are, how they occurred, and what treatment you have received and will be needing in the future.
Consult with your personal injury attorney to learn more about gathering the right kind of information. And remember, it is always in your best interest to let your personal injury attorney handle the communication as well as all negotiation with any insurance adjusters/insurance company personnel.
Now what if you have a pre-existing injury, and the accident has made it worse? If you are involved in an accident and have a pre-existing injury, then you must, without question, see a physician immediately, preferably your own personal physician who is aware of your medical history, and have them review your current injuries. And inform your personal injury attorney about your pre-existing condition and the conversations you’ve had with your attending medical personnel. It is imperative that your personal injury attorney understand your pre-existing injury or condition so they can assess how it impacts your current claim and case.
There are many types of pre-existing conditions and some of the most common are as follows: prior surgeries; scoliosis; neck pain; vertebral fracture; back pain; herniated discs; on-the-job accidents related to activities; TMJ; nerve damage; broken bones and sprains; chronic illnesses that produce arthritis, pain, or difficult healing, such as degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, neuromuscular disorders, etc.
The Impact of Colorado Torts
Colorado law has been designed carefully to protect individuals, and in many cases, if your pre-existing condition was aggravated/made worse by the accident that was caused by the defendant’s wrongful or negligent actions, they may be liable for all your damages. Consult with your personal injury attorney about Colorado law and ask about ‘apportionment,’ which could affect your settlement or jury award. If you’re in Greenwood Village, CO, Arapahoe County, Colorado, or another area of our beautiful state, call us today and we’ll be happy to help you fully understand Colorado torts and how we can help you.
Consult with Your Personal Injury Attorney Regarding the ‘Thin Skull’ Rule
In regard to the ‘thin skull’ rule, the court has affirmed that a plaintiff does not need to prove the existence of his or her pre-existing condition before jury instruction. This court ruling stands as a supporting mechanism for a victim in that their personal ‘frailty’ is not a defense. For example, although a senior citizen late in their years, or an infant, may both be more susceptible to serious injuries than other individuals, their susceptibility or vulnerability in no way decreases a negligent party’s liability.
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