personal injury accident

A seasoned Fort Collins personal injury lawyer from Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt LLC can protect your rights. If you’ve been injured it can have a devastating affect on your career and personal life. Nobody has the right to take away your health and happiness without compensation.

What is a Personal Injury?

A personal injury is harm done to your body. It is also known as bodily injury. It is different from other types of legal injury like property damage or defamation in that it actually requires your body to have been hurt.

How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

This is impossible to answer precisely without a lot more information. We would need to sit down with you and talk about your injuries, how they happened, who caused them, how much time you missed from work, whether you’ve fully recovered, etc. Essentially, every case is different, and we would be treating our clients wrong if we just guessed at their case’s value without all the facts.

However, we can tell you what this depends on. The biggest factor is your injuries. We need to know your diagnosis, your prognosis, and your treatment costs before we can even hazard a guess at the value of your case. The second thing is whether someone else is liable. If someone else is clearly at fault, your case is worth more than if liability is more difficult to prove. We also look at how these injuries have affected your life. For example, if you are in a wheelchair, your case is worth more than if you have fully recovered. We also look at the legal basis for your claim. Some cases have caps on certain damages, which have to be factored into the equation.

If you want to know what your case is worth, call Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC today to talk to a personal injury lawyer Fort Collins citizens can rely on.

How can a Personal Injury Lawyer help?

Personal injury lawyers spend all day dealing with insurance claims related to personal injuries. Because of this, they are better than most people at making these claims. If you’re lucky, you will never have to make a personal injury claim. If you’re really unlucky, you may make 2 or 3 claims in your lifetime. The personal injury lawyers at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt, LLC have made hundreds of personal injury claims. And we’re good at it.

A personal injury case usually takes three steps. First, we collect records. The insurance company isn’t going to pay money for your injuries without proof of them. So we have to get that proof together. Usually, this involves collecting the police report, witness statements, medical records and bills, and employment or education records. But sometimes it’s more complicated than that. We regularly make freedom of information act requests to get information related to our clients’ claims.

After you get all the records, you move to stage two, sending a demand letter. During this process, you write to the insurance company explaining why they should pay you money for your injuries. You also explain how the injuries affected your life. Ultimately, you demand money in exchange for a release of your claims.

Depending on how stage 2 goes, you may move to stage 3, litigation. If you don’t settle your case with a demand letter, you may have to litigate your case. That means filing a lawsuit and, if necessary, going to trial. A personal injury lawyer Fort Collins trusts is really important at this stage as it is highly ill advised to file a lawsuit without one if at all possible.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

Typically, personal injury lawyers like us work on contingency. This means you pay us at the end of your case out of the settlement. We usually charge between 1/3 and 40% of the amount you are paid as fees. Even if we take your case on contingency, you may have to pay the costs of your case. However, we often can advance costs for our clients so they don’t have to pay for their case as they go along. You would then have to pay us back at the end of the case. Of course, there are exceptions to both these situations, and we can’t always take cases on contingency.

Do I Have to Give the Insurance Company my Medical Records?

The short answer to this is yes, you do. But it’s more complicated than that. By making a personal injury claim, you are waiving your medical privilege as far as your injuries go. So, if you injure your back, you will have to give the insurance company your medical records related to your back. However, you would not have to give up records related to bunions, for example. A personal injury lawyer Fort Collins can count on can help you navigate these issues and determine which records you are required to turn over.

Some insurance companies ask you for a medical release so they can collect your records. While that can save some time, it is usually not the best option. If you give the insurance company a release, you are allowing them to get all your records. This is extremely intrusive, and violates your privacy. That’s why it’s usually best to hire a personal injury lawyer in Fort Collins who can help you navigate these issues.

If someone has injured you, you have the right to pursue damages. Contact us at Cannon Hadfield Stieben & Doutt today to meet with a personal injury lawyer Fort Collins residents rate highly for legal guidance.