McCormick & Murphy, P.C.
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Colorado Springs, CO 80905
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50 Years of Legal Experience and Millions in Recoveries
If you are here because you have recently suffered a serious personal injury in Colorado Springs, let us first express our deepest condolences. With over 50 years of combined legal experience in the personal injury field, we are fully aware of just how difficult this time can be for you or your affected loved ones.
At McCormick & Murphy, we believe that our responsibility is to help guide you through this difficult time, and ensure that you are able to get your life back on track by fighting to get you the settlement you deserve.
There are undoubtedly numerous questions running through your mind; about your insurance coverage, your ability to get back to work, the possibility of being compensated for a loss of income, property, or even mental distress. Below, we have done our best to address some of the most important questions to ask in the time following a personal injury.
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Common Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury, in legal terms, refers to an injury to the body, mind, or emotions, as opposed to injury or damage to property. In the standard personal injury claim, the injured person or, the plaintiff, will file suit against the negligent party, whose negligence caused the accident which caused the injury. Damages in personal injury cases include, but are not limited to, emotional distress and physical injury.
Some of the most common types of accidents, which result in personal injury, include:
- Auto accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.)
- Bicycle accidents
- Wrongful death
- Dog attacks
- Premises liability (slip and fall)
- Traumatic brain injuries
While we call these accidents, there is typically negligence on behalf of one or more responsible parties that is at least partially responsible for the accident, and the consequent injuries. The job of a personal injury attorney is to prove this liability, thus ensuring that the injured person receives the compensation they deserve.
Colorado Statute of Limitations (SOL)
It is important to understand what kind of claim you have so that you can be sure to avoid losing the ability to bring about said claim once the statute of limitations expire.
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file suit.
This is one of the reasons why it is important to consult an attorney as soon as you are able following your accident.
In Colorado, the SOLs for some of the most common forms of lawsuits are as follows:
- Personal Injury involving a motor vehicle – 3 years, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-101(1)(n)
- Personal Injury – 2 years, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102(1)(i)
- Product Liability – 2 years, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102(1)(b)
- Property Damage involving a motor vehicle – 3 years, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-101(1)(n)
- Property Damage – 2 years, Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102(1)(i)
Proving Liability in Personal Injury Cases
In Colorado, the burden of proof in personal injury cases falls on the shoulders of the victim. It is important to understand that with most personal injury cases, the goal of the insurance companies who represent the negligent parties is to settle for the smallest possible amount. In order to accomplish this goal, beware of the following tactics:
- Hassling you for statements regarding the accident. Remember that it is in your best interest to withhold from commenting on your accident until you have consulted an attorney.
- Attempting to have you settle quickly. The faster the insurance companies can settle your claim, the less they are likely to pay out. This is because the true costs of any given personal injury case may not become clear until months after the accident. This is another good reason to consult an attorney as soon as you are able.
- Asking misleading or manipulative questions. Because they want to settle for less, it is in the best interest of the insurance company to frame questions in a manner which weakens your case.
It is the job of your personal injury attorney to prove that the negligence of another is what caused your injury, and that those injuries require compensation from the responsible party. This is why it is critical that your attorney has a reputation for taking cases to trial to secure the full value of your case.
A lawyer who is satisfied with simply settling, is one who will normally leave money on the table; money you need to get your life back.
I was rear-ended in Colorado Springs back in 2009. I hired McCormick and Murphy and they filed a lawsuit on my behalf. Eventually the insurance company settled my case for $65,000.00. I thought McCormick and Murphy did a great job for me, and I was very pleased with them.
Disclaimer: Information provided on this site is NOT formal legal advice. It is generic legal information. Under no circumstances should the information on this site be relied upon when deciding the proper course of a legal action. Always get a formal case evaluation from a licensed attorney if you think you might have a personal injury lawsuit.