A personal injury case is a legal claim that arises from injuries caused by the carelessness, negligence, or fault of another person or institution. Personal injury cases include car accidents, where a driver was negligent, slip and fall incidents, where a person slips on an icy sidewalk or spillage, or animal attacks, or when injuries were caused by dangerous products or improperly manufactured equipment. Most personal injury cases have common features: an injury, medical bills incurred through treatment, lost wages, and oftentimes a residual or permanent injury.
A personal injury case starts with an injury. By way of example, in an accident where there are no physical harms, the victim may sue the responsible party for property damage but they would not have a personal injury case. Without a physical and/or emotional injury, it does not matter who was at fault or how careless the other person was. If there were no damages, there is no personal injury case.
The second essential element in every personal injury case is legal fault by another person or institution. If there is no fault, no one is legally responsible for the injury and no one can be sued. It is not uncommon for an injury to be entirely the victim’s fault. Often, however, somebody else’s negligence is to blame.
The most important job of any personal injury lawyer is proving fault. It is easy when fault is obvious, such as when a driver rear-ends another vehicle. But even apparently simple cases can raise legal or factual questions. For example, who is to blame when both drivers are asserting the other is at fault? Personal injury lawyers can help investigate negligence.
To effectively develop and prove a personal injury case is the hallmark of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Most personal injury cases settle long before trial. Unfortunately, however, the more serious cases with complicated facts or disputes about reasonableness of treatment and/or bills may be unlikely to settle.
Contact Our Experienced Denver Injury Lawyers
If you have been involved in a Denver car accident, call us at 720.863.6904 or email us for your free consultation. Our lawyers handle a wide range of cases, including Car Accidents, Bicycle Accidents, Bike Accidents, Motorcycle Collisions, Pedestrian Accidents, Slip and Fall Accidents, Dog Bite Accidents, and any other form of personal injury in Arvada, Aurora, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Commerce City, Lakewood, Littleton, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, and other parts of metropolitan Denver, Colorado.