Centennial Personal Injury Lawyer
At its core, personal injury law has one central concept: Other people owe you a duty to act as a reasonable person would under the circumstances. If not, they must pay you for all the damages they have caused you.
Beyond that, there are many different types of personal injury cases. This area of the law covers practically every single way that someone else might cause you personal injury. Although personal injury can include emotional distress and damage to your reputation, the most common type of personal injury case is when someone has caused you physical harm.
There are many different places in the Centennial area where you can be at risk of an injury. When you get in your car, you can get hit by a careless driver on Colorado State Route 470. Even if you do not get behind the wheel yourself, you can be injured when riding on an RTD bus or train.
Even when you try to enjoy entertainment or amusement at a Broncos game or Elitch Gardens, you rely on someone else to do their job the right way and do as anyone else will do. The same goes for shopping at stores like King Soopers or Walmart, or malls like the Centennial Promenade. You can even suffer a personal injury in your own home when you are not even going anywhere when a landlord or a neighbor has been careless.
You have legal options if you have suffered an injury through someone else’s wrongful act. Varner Faddis Elite Legal LLC gets results for our clients and holds others accountable for what they have done.
We have obtained settlements and verdicts that provided clients with
- $1,250,000 for personal injuries
- $1,130,000 for personal injuries
- $750,000 for wrongful death
- $800,000 for motor vehicle accident injuries
- $590,000 for premises liability injuries
Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation to learn how we can seek the maximum value of your claim.
Common Types of Personal Injuries
Personal injury cases can include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Premises liability
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Physical assaults
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Personal Injury Cases Follow the Same General Rules
Although personal injury law encompasses many accidents, there are some unifying concepts:
- You must prove that someone was negligent in your case
- There is usually an insurance company involved that puts its interests well ahead of yours
- You need a tenacious and determined lawyer to fight for you to help you get the best possible result
What to Do After You Suffer an Injury
To start from the beginning, there are two things that you must do after you suffer any personal injury:
- See a doctor to get your injuries treated and diagnosed
- Call an experienced lawyer to help you seek compensation
Why You Need Prompt Medical Treatment
From the medical side, you need prompt treatment after your injury. First, your health is on the line. Many personal injuries can be life-threatening. Even if you do not notice immediate symptoms, they may show up days after an accident. When you do file a claim, an insurance company can give you a hard time if you wait too long to see a doctor.
On the personal injury legal side, everything that you do should focus on two goals:
- Proving that someone else was to blame for your injuries
- Maximizing your financial compensation when someone has a legal obligation to pay you
Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
When it comes to proving fault in your case, every claim has the same basic test (even though it may apply differently depending on your type of case). There is no one law on the books in Colorado that says what negligence is. Instead, the law has developed through state and federal court cases that apply Colorado law.
The first element of the negligence test is that someone else owed you a duty of care. Many are surprised to learn that strangers they have never met and may never meet owe them a duty of care. If you come near another driver on the road or someone else’s property, they owe you a duty of care. They cannot do whatever they want. When their actions injure people, they must pay.
The second and most contested element of any personal injury case is proving that someone else acted unreasonably under the circumstances. The law does not require that everyone be perfect at all times. Instead, they must act as any reasonable person would under the circumstances.
If you are a driver, you keep your eyes on the road, drive rested, and don’t break traffic laws. If you own property, acting reasonably means inspecting your property for dangerous conditions and working to resolve them or warn others of them within a reasonable amount of time. Acting reasonably varies depending on the case and what the person is doing.
Assuming you can satisfy the third element of the case in proving that you have suffered an injury, you must then prove that someone else was the cause of your injury. In other words, you might not have suffered an injury had it not been for the defendant’s actions.
How to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
The way that you prove negligence is through assembling the evidence of what happened in your accident. You must show what happened to compare it against what someone else might and should have done.
Your lawyer will gather the evidence, which can include:
- Eyewitness testimony from people who saw the accident or people who knew what happened
- Video camera footage of the accident
- Pictures from the scene of the accident
- Corporate records, such as maintenance logs or employee records
- Police reports after the accident (although these will not be admissible in court)
- Criminal proceedings from the same fact that involve the defendant
You will either present a claim to the insurance company, and they will accept liability, or you will need to present this evidence to a jury.
Your Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Once you show that you are entitled to money, you must agree on an amount with the insurance company or prove your damages to a jury. If you have filed an insurance claim, here is where your case can get complicated.
Insurance companies are for-profit businesses. Their owners are often shareholders who expect the insurance company to deliver specific financial results. An insurance company posts worse financial results the more that they pay in claims, so they always look to pay you far less than you deserve.
Once your lawyer reviews your case, they will explain what they believe you deserve. Personal injury law mandates that the defendant pays for all the damages they have caused you, whether they are objective economic damages or more subjective non-economic damages.
Insurance Companies Want to Enrich Themselves at Your Expense
The defendant has likely purchased insurance to pay for their damages up to a certain amount. Even if you have been in an accident with an uninsured motorist, your car insurance policy will cover you up to your policy limits. At least, this is how everything is in a perfect world. However, when dealing with an insurance company, nothing is ever perfect because they have a natural conflict of interest in handling claims.
Insurance companies do not respect or care about the people who file claims. Their interests are their financial well-being. What makes them sit up and notice is when a claimant comes to the table with an experienced lawyer who has a strong track record of delivering results. They know who they are up against, and insurance companies know us. They know not to try to take advantage of Varner Faddis’s clients because we will not let them get away with it.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyers Help You
You should have an attorney by your side in any personal injury case.
Our personal injury lawyers can:
- Learn more about your case and answer any questions that you may have
- Investigate your accident and obtain the necessary evidence to prove that someone else was to blame
- Quantify your damages so you know how much to seek in your claim or lawsuit
- File a claim for compensation with the insurance company or a lawsuit in court
- Negotiate a settlement agreement with the defendant or their insurance company
- Handle all your communications with the insurance company or the defendant’s attorney
All you need to do is work with your attorney to make decisions in your case based on their work and advice. Our attorneys can bring in real case results.
How to Get Top Dollar for Your Personal Injury Case
Your end goal is always to get the appropriate compensation for your personal injuries. Many things can happen along the way that can jeopardize this aim. When you have experienced an injury, the medical bills pile up quickly, while you may not have money coming into your account. Simply stated, you need this money, but the insurance company does not want to pay it.
At Varner Faddis, we deliver results for our clients using the latest technology and a new way of thinking. We do not hesitate to take on insurance companies and large corporations if they are standing in the way of what our clients legally deserve. It does not matter who is on the other side of your case. We take on powerful companies on behalf of our clients. We do everything in our power to advance our clients’ interests and get them the most possible compensation for their injuries.
Centennial Personal Injury FAQs
Here are a few questions that potential clients often ask us about personal injury cases.
I am not working right now. How can I afford an attorney?
You do not need to pay a lawyer upfront for their services. In fact, you only pay them if you win your case. Winning means receiving a settlement check or a jury award. Then, your attorney gets paid out of the proceeds of your case. If you do not win your case, you will not need to pay an attorney, limiting the amount of risk to you. The personal injury system wants you to get legal help and structures attorney compensation to make it easy for you.
The insurance company has denied my claim or will not pay me enough. What should I do next?
The insurance company is an intermediary. It is not a judge, nor is it a jury. Although they act like it, they do not have any power over you. If they will not pay you what you deserve or will not pay you at all, you can take your case to court. There is nothing that says that you have to even deal with an insurance company. Filing a lawsuit will add some time and risk to your case, but you may have no other choice.
Should I accept the insurance company’s first settlement offer?
In an overwhelming majority of claims, the resounding answer to this question is no. The insurance company gives itself room in any claim because it views the settlement process as a negotiation.
Any negotiator will not make their best offer first. Besides, if the insurance company slips one by you and gets you to take a lowball offer, they have boosted their profits by saving money they otherwise had to pay. Our lawyers can review the settlement offer and let you know what we think.
Contact a Centennial Personal Injury Lawyer Today
The first thing you need to do is contact a lawyer for a free consultation. Do not worry about getting to us. We will make it easy for you to get the legal help you need by meeting you wherever and whenever is best for you. The key is that we meet you soon. Call an attorney at Varner Faddis today at (720) 770-8335 or contact us online for your free case evaluation.
6025 South Quebec St.
Centennial, CO 80111