Filing a Personal Injury Claim
If you have been involved in any kind of accident in our state, you may decide to move forward with a personal injury claim. You’ll need to have a good grasp of the process you will undertake.
It doesn’t matter if you reside in Aurora, Denver, or anywhere else in Colorado; the state’s process for a personal injury claim will remain the same.
You will have two main options available to you: You can either file a claim against your own insurance, or you can file a claim against the at-fault person or entity.
It is best to contact a personal injury lawyer for more information. It is always beneficial to have someone who is experienced in personal injury claims to help you navigate the process.
Colorado’s Statute of Limitations
You don’t have forever to reach out to an attorney and file a claim. There are two “statutes of limitations” for personal injury claims in Colorado. A statute of limitations is how long you have to file your claim after the accident has taken place. In Colorado, it depends on the type of accident that occurred.
If you were involved in a non-auto accident, then the statute of limitations is capped at two years. This will include any accident that is due to negligence. What does this mean for you? Once the accident occurs, you have two years to file the initial claim in the court system.
However, if you were involved in a car accident, the statute of limitations is raised to three years. In this case, you would have an extra year to file the initial paperwork necessary to receive damages.
Make sure you do not miss the deadline for your filing, though. In almost all cases, the court will dismiss your case, and you will not be able to receive any damages.
Once you have decided you want to file a personal injury claim, you may wonder what types of damages are available for you to collect.
There are three types of damages you can potentially receive in Colorado. They are:
- Economic Compensatory Damages (fixed prices, such as medical bills)
- Non-Economic Compensatory Damages (non-fixed prices, such as emotional distress)
- Punitive Damages (damages that came from a malicious accident)
When you work closely with an attorney on our team, we will get to know you and your story. Then, we’ll seek to discover what kind of damages you are most likely to receive from your claim.