Legal Representation If You Were Injured in Aurora
Aurora, Colorado is known as the Gateway to the Rockies. It offers outdoor activities, unique attractions, and a range of entertainment options. The majestic Rocky Mountains serve as a backdrop for shopping, ethnic eateries, conventions, and special events. Incorporated in 1929, Aurora is one of the principal cities comprising the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metropolitan area.
As Colorado’s third-largest city, Aurora is a melting pot of world cultures and cuisines, and offers live music and world-class accommodations. With its 350,000 residents and many visitors, the city experiences its share of heavy traffic, and the motor vehicle accidents that go along with it.
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced lawyer. Our personal injury attorneys at the Tenge Law Firm, LLC have been serving Aurora and other Colorado communities for more than two and a half decades. We focus our practice exclusively on representing injured people in personal injury legal matters.
What Is a Personal Injury?
A personal injury claim is a legal dispute that arises when a person suffers bodily injury or mental or emotional harm for which someone else is legally responsible. Most personal injury claims for accidents and injuries are settled informally, out of court. This typically occurs in the form of negotiations among the parties and their insurance companies and attorneys. Once agreed upon, a settlement is followed by a written agreement, in which both parties relinquish their rights to take any legal action on the matter in the future.
Sometimes, the responsible party’s insurance company may refuse to make an offer sufficient to cover the injured party’s losses. In such cases, it may be necessary to file a claim in civil court and take the case to trial to fight for full and fair compensation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Firm Handles
Our team of personal injury lawyers has been aggressively pursuing compensation for our clients since 1992. We handle a range of personal injury cases including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Construction site injuries
- Slip or trip and falls
- Product liability
- Workers’ compensation
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
For general personal injury claims, the statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) is two years from the date of injury in Colorado. This time limit applies to slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and other types of personal injury. If you are bringing a claim against a city or county or the State of Colorado, you only have 180 days in which to file.
Motor vehicle accidents are an exception to this rule, with a longer time limit. The statute of limitations for a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or other types of traffic collisions is three years from the date of injury. One possible exception to the statute of limitations is the discovery rule. This applies when it is not possible or reasonable for the injured person to know the cause of injury – or even that an injury has occurred – until after (sometimes long after) the date of the injury. An example of when the discovery rule may apply is lung cancer that has taken decades to develop after asbestos exposure.
What Types of Damages Can You Recover for Personal Injury in Colorado?
Each personal injury claim is different. Plaintiffs in Colorado may pursue both economic and non-economic damages for their losses. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, damages you may be entitled to pursue may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages or earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Permanent disability
In certain personal injury matters, punitive damages, designed to punish the defendant rather than compensate the plaintiff, may also be awarded. Punitive damages can only be awarded if you can prove that the harm you suffered was a direct result of fraud, malice, or willful or wanton conduct.
Why Choose Us?
At the Tenge Law Firm, LLC, we are a full-service personal injury law firm. We will assist you with everything involved in your case, including getting you medical providers and a rental car, handling insurance disputes and delays, protecting your credit rating, and handling your personal injury claim for compensation. Call us at (303) 752-5821 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help after a serious personal injury.