Any time someone injures you negligently or recklessly, you should seek compensation for your injuries. At the Olson Law Firm, we have represented countless clients in personal injury lawsuits and have sued motorists, businesses, and medical professionals.
Unfortunately, there is no “average” settlement personal injury clients receive in Denver. Instead, everything depends on the facts of the case. Read on for more information.
Determining the Economic Costs of Your Injuries
Typically, injured victims can receive full compensation for:
• Medical bills for any treatment, such as surgery, hospital or doctor visits, rehabilitation, medical equipment, and prescription drugs. If you need ongoing treatment, then you can receive an amount to pay for that treatment.
• Lost wages. If you could not work as you recovered, you can receive compensation for any missed income.
• Property damage. You can receive money to fix or replace any damaged property.
Hold on to all medical bills, receipts, pay stubs, and repair estimates. Your lawyer will use these to help calculate the economic costs of your injuries.
Calculating Less Tangible Injuries
Our clients can also receive compensation for less tangible injuries like pain and suffering, which is hard to put a dollar amount on. Nevertheless, you generally will receive more in pain and suffering for more serious physical injuries. For example, someone suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury that impairs their speech and mobility will receive more than someone who breaks their leg.
Injured victims in Colorado can also receive compensation for disability or permanent impairment. These damages can be substantial, since victims have had their lives permanently turned upside down.
Although estimating non-economic losses like these is difficult, we can carefully research other settlements to help us arrive at a realistic number.
How Your Own Negligence Affects Your Settlement
You might have contributed to your injuries in some way. For example, you might have failed to use your turn signal when a speeding driver rear-ended you. Or you might not have followed your doctor’s advice, in which case you made your injuries worse.
In these situations, you can expect to receive less money in a settlement. For example, if you were 50% responsible for your car accident, you will receive about half of what you normally would. If you were 25% responsible, your settlement will be reduced by a quarter.
Before your lawyer can settle your case, he will need to fully understand what happened and whether you contributed to your injuries in any way. Once your lawyer has all the facts, he can minimize your own negligence to maximize the amount of compensation you receive.
Speak with a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer
As you watch medical bills arrive daily in the mail, you might fear how you will support yourself and your family. Fortunately, legal help is here.
At the Olson Law Firm, our team of skilled personal injury lawyers has helped thousands of injured clients get the compensation they need to put back the pieces of their lives. We are pleased to offer a free consultation where you can meet with one of our lawyers and tell us more about your case. Please reach out to us today.