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Auto Accident

If you've been injured in a car accident, your whole life can change. Similarly, if someone you love is injured or killed in a car crash, the emotional and financial distress can be overwhelming.

At The Soignier Law Firm, LLC, our attorneys are ready to consider the potential cases of car accident victims and the families of wrongful death victims. We serve all of Colorado, particularly car accidents in Southwest Colorado. We're here to help you recover your losses, whether it is to compensate for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, or other harms and losses.

When we take a case, the Colorado car accident attorneys at The Soignier Law Firm, LLC strive to understand the unique challenges present in each case to better assist our clients with questions they may have and ensure that their legal rights are protected.

In Colorado, car accidents result from a number of common factors including speeding, texting and cell phone usage, careless driving, reckless driving, negligence, failing to obey traffic signals, drugs, alcohol, defective products, and other factors.

According to statistics compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 554 people were killed in car accidents in Colorado in 2007, and thousands more suffered serious injuries.

At The Soignier Law Firm, LLC, we have personal injury attorneys with over 18 years of medical experience that can prove invaluable in an auto accident case. We can evaluate your medical records using our medical experience to determine how best to proceed with your case and how to get the most value out of your case.

Under Colorado law, the person who causes a car accident is financially responsible for all of the provable damages related to the accident. Typical damages following a car accident may include damages to property (such as car damage), and bodily injury (damage to the vehicle occupants themselves). For legal purposes, a bodily injury claim is generally sub-divided into two categories:

To establish a claim for your injuries related to a motor vehicle accident, three requirements must be met: 1) Fault for the car accident must be proved, and it must be clear that the at-fault driver is responsible for causing the accident; 2) you must have incurred damages; and 3) you must prove that the damages being claimed were caused by the automobile accident.

The recoverable bodily injury damages can be divided into different categories: 1) economic damages, which include past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, impairment of earning capacity, and other out-of-pocket expenses; 2) non-economic damages, which include inconvenience, loss of quality of life, emotional distress, pain and suffering; and 3) physical impairment and disfigurement.

After being injured in a car accident, the first question many people want answered is "who will pay for my medical expenses?" The person who causes the automobile accident (or their insurance company) is ultimately financially responsible for all of the reasonable and medically necessary accident-related medical expenses. Unfortunately, in most cases, the medical expenses are not paid by the at-fault driver (or their insurance company) at the time the medical expenses are incurred.

Instead, in most cases, reimbursement for the medical expenses is one part of a single lump sum settlement fund that is negotiated only after all accident-related medical care is complete. Therefore, in the short term, (before the final settlement) in most cases, the medical expenses need to be covered by some other source such as private health insurance or med-pay through your own auto insurance carrier. The choice made among potential payment sources for medical care may have different implications on the personal injury case.

People often wonder if their accident or their injuries are big enough to even justify hiring an attorney. Given all the complexities that may be involved in handling injury claims, it is very important to consider having any type of car accident injury claim reviewed by Colorado car accident lawyers.

An initial consultation with The Soignier Law Firm, LLC regarding injuries sustained in a car accident is always free. If The Soignier Law Firm, LLC agrees to take the case, most clients will be offered the opportunity to have us work on a "contingency fee" basis. This means the law firm is paid a percentage of what is recovered, rather than charging by the hour for our legal services. Contact us today to evaluate your case.