Frequently Asked Questions
One in ten thousand people end up with a personal injury claim. The process is unfamiliar and can be overwhelming. If you are dealing with an insurance company you are at risk. I specialize in helping you navigate these unfamiliar waters.
Insurance companies have one goal in mind when it comes to dealing with injury victims. They intend to pay you as little money as possible for your claim. Most insurance companies will deny claims initially and then make low ball settlement offers in the hope that can take advantage of you when you are most in need of compensation.
DO I NEED A LAWYER TO HANDLE MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
Personal injury law can be very complex. If you are not represented, you are not going to get fair value for your claim.
WHAT IS A NEGLIGENCE CLAIM, AND HOW DO I PROVE IT?
Negligence is a failure to act in a manner that a “reasonable person” would do under the same circumstances. It can involve acting in a reckless manner, or might even be failing to take action that would prevent an injury.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DIFFERENT PERSONAL INJURY CASES YOU HANDLE?
The Kelly Law Firm has represented numerous victims of negligence arising from:
- Dangerous workplaces
- Motorcycle accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Automobile collision injuries
- Negligent premises security
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Ski collision injuries
- Toxic inhalation
- Negligent security
- Oil and gas worker injuries
- Defective product injuries
WHAT TYPE OF COMPENSATION CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE AFTER A SETTLEMENT?
You are entitled to compensation for what has been taken from you, including:
- Lost income, past and future
- Medical expenses for current and future care
- Pain and suffering, mental anguish, and emotional harm
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A PERSONAL INJURY SETTLED ARE TRIED IN COURT?
You get one chance to get fair value for your claim. If you are seriously injured, you won’t know the value of your claim until you have reached a plateau from which your doctors can predict your future needs and impairments. If the insurance company is unreasonable, you may need to file a lawsuit. Serious claims take no less than one year from the date of injury in order to be settled properly, and if you need to begin a lawsuit, it is not unusual for the process to take several years from the date of injury to the date you are able to collect compensation.
WILL I NEED TO GO TO COURT?
Not all personal injury claims end up in trial. Nevertheless, getting ready for trial will insure that you have the best possible settlement offer to consider before you trust a jury to make the decision.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO HIRE YOU?
The Kelly Law Firm works for people on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t get you compensation, we do not earn a fee.
DOES IT MATTER WHEN I FILE A LAWSUIT?
Yes, Colorado law has a strict statute of limitations on personal injury cases, and most claims need to be filed within two years from the date of injury. If you don’t file in time, you are forever barred from getting compensation.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK A LAWYER?
A few of the things you may want to ask include:
- What is your experience handling personal injury cases?
- How many cases have you handled that are similar to mine?
- What is your rate of success in similar cases?
- Are you a trial lawyer, or do you deal only in out-of-court settlements?
- Does your law firm have sufficient resources to pursue my case?
WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOUR LAW FIRM TO REPRESENT ME?
The Kelly Law Firm only represents people who are the victims of wrongdoing. Your case is unique to you, and we won’t represent you unless we believe in your case. If we are not asking a jury to give you justice, it will mean that our work on your behalf has resulted in an insurance company paying you fair compensation for your claim.
Protect yourself. Give us a call at 720-398-9289.