Making a Difference
in Our Client’s Lives

Denver Personal Injury Lawyer

At Purvis Gray Thomson, LLP, our Boulder and Denver personal injury lawyers offer compassionate legal advice and representation to the victims of serious accidents throughout the state of Colorado.

These types of accidents can occur in a number of ways from motor vehicle accidents that involve commercial trucks or motorcycles to skiing and other recreational activities. We have helped numerous clients facing serious, life-altering injuries, no matter the cause.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorneys are nationally recognized for our dedication to our clients. Over our years of operation, we have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts.
  • We have decades of experience representing all types of personal injury claims, from motor vehicle accidents to defective product cases and injuries on someone else’s property.
  • If you are recovering from a recent injury, navigating the complex litigation process can be a challenge. Our personal injury attorneys will handle all aspects of your case on your behalf, allowing you to focus on recovery.

Examples of Cases We Handle

Our practice encompasses accidents involving:

  • Catastrophic injuries — Brain injuries can have lasting effects. Spinal cord injuries are difficult to treat and require close medical attention. We help the victims of accidents pursue fair and reasonable compensation for their injuries.
  • Premises liability — We have been involved in several accident cases applying for the Colorado Premises Liability Act and Colorado Governmental Immunity Act, including injuries from inflatable structures.
  • Products liability — When you, or someone you care about, is injured by a defective product, our tenacious personal injury attorneys can help you protect your rights and pursue an appropriate claim. Often these cases are handled through a mass tort or class action procedure that combines a number of claims related to a dangerous product or catastrophic event.
  • Insurance claims and bad faith — While insurance adjusters may appear to be on your side, their goal is typically to minimize the insurer’s costs. We have successfully represented many people in disputes with insurers, helping them protect their rights.
  • Wrongful death claims — When accidents turn deadly, we help the families of victims pursue compensation for their losses.

If you, or someone you love, has sustained a serious injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it can be helpful to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. No matter the circumstances that led to your accident, we are here to help.

How to Prove a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Colorado

For an accident to be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that another person or entity’s negligence caused it. Many types of accidents can be grounds for a personal injury claim, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, and sports and recreational injuries. To establish the presence of negligence in your case, you will need to provide evidence that proves the following four elements.

  • Duty: The at-fault party owed you a duty of care at the time of the accident. This duty will vary based on the nature of your accident. For example, property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises, while drivers have a duty to follow traffic laws.
  • Breach of duty: The at-fault party breached his or her duty of care through a negligent act or failure to act. For example, a landlord who fails to provide adequate security to his or her residents breaches his or her duty to maintain safe premises. Drivers who run red lights also breach their duties of care.
  • Causation: The breach of duty directly caused your accident and subsequent injuries. For example, a driver who runs a red light may collide into the side of your vehicle, resulting in crushing injuries. You may be assaulted by an intruder in your apartment building if your landlord does not provide proper security services.
  • Damages: You suffered damages in the accident that you can claim in your lawsuit. These damages may include economic losses such as medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. You may also hold the at-fault party accountable for your non-economic damages, also known as pain and suffering.

You can use many pieces of evidence to prove the at-fault party’s negligence, such as medical records, witness testimony, surveillance footage, and correspondence. In cases involving complex liability or an unclear chain of events, your attorney can enlist the support of expert witnesses who can evaluate your case and provide testimony on your behalf. Expert witnesses may include medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists, economists, and mechanics.

Colorado’s Comparative Negligence Rules

Although you may be able to establish the four elements of negligence, the at-fault party may claim that you are responsible for the accident. A landlord may claim that you were wearing improper shoes that caused you to slip on an unmarked hazard, or another driver may claim that you were texting and driving at the time of your collision. If the court accepts these claims, your award could be at risk.

Colorado’s modified comparative negligence laws dictate that a court reduce a personal injury award by the amount of liability that a plaintiff shares. If the court finds you 50 percent or more responsible for the accident, you will not be eligible to recover any compensation. For example, say that you are in a collision with a driver who fails to yield the right of way and surveillance footage that you were texting and driving.

In this situation, the court may assign you 40 percent of the liability. If you request a $100,000 settlement, you will only receive $60,000. If the court decided to assign 60 percent of the fault to you, you will receive $0 out of your original $100,000 settlement. In these situations, you need a Denver personal injury attorney on your side who can defend you against these accusations and firmly establish the defendant’s negligence.

Damages Available in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover compensatory damages for the financial, physical, and psychological losses that you sustained in the accident. With this compensation, you can pay for necessary medical care, support yourself and your family during your recovery period, and hold the at-fault party accountable for the pain and suffering you endured.

Some of the most common damages in Colorado personal injury claims include the following.

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Property repairs and replacements
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Chronic pain
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Emotional distress
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Stress
  • Disability accommodations
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy

In some cases, you may also qualify for punitive damages. While compensatory damages are intended to help you recover from the losses you sustained due to the at-fault party’s actions, punitive damages are intended to punish the at-fault party for especially egregious behavior. Under Colorado law, courts can award punitive damages in cases involving fraud, malice, or willful and wanton conduct.

For example, say that you are in an accident with a driver who makes an unsafe lane change. If the driver simply failed to check that the lane was clear before making the change, you are not likely to be eligible for punitive damages. If the driver cut you off aggressively in a fit of road rage and intentionally meant to harm you, you could use evidence to prove that his or her actions rose to the level of willful and wanton conduct. In this situation, you could hold him or her accountable for punitive damages in addition to compensatory ones.

Colorado Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits

Under Colorado’s statute of limitations law, you only have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. If your case involves a car accident, you have three years from the date of your collision to file. If you do not file within the appropriate time period, the court will likely dismiss your case. There are certain exceptions to this rule, but they are not common.

  • If you were mentally incompetent or under the age of 18 at the time of your accident, the statute of limitations period begins on the day you turn 18 or when your mental competence is restored. However, this exception does not apply if you have a legal representative.
  • If the at-fault party leaves the state of Colorado for some time during the statute of limitations period, the period of his or her absence will not be counted toward your filing deadline.

To preserve your right to compensation, it is important to speak with a Denver personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your accident. Your lawyer can help you identify the appropriate deadline and initiate the first steps toward filing your claim.

Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need an attorney on your side. The personal injury litigation process can be complex without the tools and resources of a lawyer, and unintentional errors could delay or disrupt your case. Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent your claim can provide several benefits to your case, including the following.

  • Personal injury attorneys can help you negotiate with defense lawyers and insurance companies. Navigating these conversations can be a challenge without the right skills or training, and your lawyer will have significant negotiation experience. He or she will advocate for your rights during each stage of your case.
  • Your attorney will understand the legal process and have experience handling cases similar to yours. He or she can navigate you through each step of litigation and help you prepare, offering advice and guidance to support you on the path to recovery. With an attorney on your side, you can avoid common errors that could delay your case or harm your ability to secure compensation.
  • A personal injury lawyer will understand how much your claim is worth. Before you enter negotiations or file your claim, it is important to estimate your potential settlement so you can avoid accepting an insufficient offer. Your attorney will have the tools and resources to calculate the full extent of the compensation you may qualify for. He or she will also evaluate any offers you receive.
  • Your attorney will help you craft a compelling case in your favor. Personal injury firms have the time and resources necessary to conduct a full-scale investigation into your accident, gathering evidence and enlisting the help of expert witnesses who can provide testimony on your behalf. Investigating an accident on your own can be a challenge without these resources, especially after a recent injury.

If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, trust the Denver personal injury attorneys at Purvis Gray Thomson, LLP. With decades of experience and a track record of successful settlements and verdicts, our lawyers will fight tenaciously to secure the compensation you deserve.

Set Up A Free Consultation

To arrange your free initial consultation and case evaluation, please send us a confidential message online or call us at 303-442-3366.