In the beginning, nobody really knows. Some things that delay a case are hard to predict at the beginning of your case. However, you can minimize unnecessary delay by choosing a lawyer who wants to get you full justice without wasting time.

Major Factors

In my experience, the answer to this (common) question most often depends upon how long it takes a client to recover from their injuries, and how initial negotiations with the at-fault insurance company go.

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Medical payments (med-pay) coverage pays for a car accident victim’s medical treatment as medical bills are incurred regardless of who was at fault, and sometimes without reducing the total amount recovered from the at-fault insurance company.

Med-pay must be included in every auto insurance policy offered in Colorado unless the insured specifically rejects it in writing. Whenever the law requires insurance companies to include a specific coverage, a person should think very carefully before waiving it. Med-pay is no exception.

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“Independent” Medical Examiners in Personal Injury Cases Are Typically Hired and Paid by the Defense/Insurance Company

Many of my personal injury clients are surprised to learn that in almost every civil lawsuit involving an injury, the plaintiff is required to undergo an examination by a doctor who is hired by the defense. These doctors are referred to as independent medical examiners (IME), which gives the impression they are in fact neutral and disinterested experts. Their title can give the impression these […]

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The answer could be “all of them”. If you are injured in a Colorado car accident, you should expect the at-fault driver’s insurance policy to pay for repairs to your vehicle, as well as compensation for your medical treatment, any lost wages, pain and suffering, etc. But there are other policies and coverages that could become important in your case.

Your Own Insurance or Theirs?

When you report the accident to your own auto insurance company, you may be asked […]

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Exploitation or a step toward a better system?

Britain is planning to televise portions of their criminal trials. Of course, we’ve been doing that here in the U.S. for a long time for high-interest cases. Having television cameras in a courtroom might raise concerns of exploitation or show trial behavior. Lawyers are going to behave differently for the camera, we think. Worse still, maybe the judge will too. But how so? Are there benefits beyond transparency to public scrutiny? Will some […]

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Easily Overlooked

Everyone knows it is possible to get compensation for physical injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. But most serious injury cases also involve harm to the victim’s mental health too, and these can be easily overlooked.

If your injury attorney does not notice, care about, or pursue damages for mental health conditions, who will? Yet personal injury clients and attorneys sometimes fixate so much on the physical injuries and treatment for those physical injuries that the mental impact of […]

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1. Get to safety and get medical care.

If you are injured in an accident, your first priorities should always be to get to a safe location and to get the medical care you need. Everything else I am listing in this post is a lower priority than those two essentials. Too often victims of auto accidents suspect they might be hurt, but decide not to seek medical help because they just are not sure it is needed. They tend to […]

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