When most of us do something that is reckless or careless, and in doing so cause injury to another, we are held responsible. Sometimes by the police. We could be charged with a crime for that kind of thing, or we could be sued, or both. 

Police officers work within a different reality than most of us. They are required to make split-second decisions regarding use of force. That has always meant they benefit from special protections the rest of us […]

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If you have a personal injury case in Colorado, it pays to put some thought into how your use of social media could impact your claim. The days of parties to an injury lawsuit overlooking social media posts during preparation of their cases are gone, and no social media platform is exempt. In short, the only way to be sure your social media posts and communications will not be used in court is to not use social media. For many that […]

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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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