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healthcare.jpgFor many who have suffered a serious accident, medical bills are just the beginning. While your hospital or ongoing medical bills are likely to be substantial, simply having them paid by the individual or company that hurt you may not feel like nearly enough. Colorado state law says you could very well be right. The damages you can recover after a serious motor vehicle crash or other accident caused by someone’s carelessness are not limited strictly to your medical expenses. When your life has been permanently altered, you may be eligible for compensation above and beyond just the cost of the medical care you need. An experienced and aggressive attorney may be able to make the case that you should be compensated for additional economic and non-economic damages.

What Types of Compensation Could I Receive if an Accident Has Changed My Life?

A major injury can affect nearly every aspect of your life. You may be unable to function or even enjoy your life the way you used to. Types of damages other than medical bills you could receive after a serious accident include:

  • Lost wages - If your injuries left you unable to work, the income this accident cost you could be included in your request for compensation. Some people whose line of work involved manual labor are no longer physically able to perform their job duties and find it very difficult to change injuries.
  • Pain and suffering - Long-term or chronic pain can seriously reduce your quality of life. While receiving financial compensation cannot undo or stop your pain and suffering, it may help you find ways to feel more comfortable without the stress of financial worries.
  • Disfigurement - If your accident left you disfigured, you may experience substantial distress.
  • Emotional distress - Serious accidents are often traumatic. You may experience feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, or depression. PTSD diagnoses after a major accident are not uncommon. Some motor vehicle accident victims report feeling afraid to get back in a car.
  • Loss of enjoyment - After a serious injury, you might not be able to enjoy the activities you used to. If your hobbies included things like playing sports, hiking, or cooking, and you are no longer able to do those things, it may be quite upsetting.

If you suffered serious injuries as a result of another’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident. The quicker you start the process of filing a claim, the easier it may be for your attorney to preserve critical evidence.

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CO injury lawyerColorado is well-known for its ski slopes. Our state’s many ski resorts attract visitors from all over the country during the wintertime. Skiing and snowboarding can be great fun but are also at times dangerous. There are a number of ways for accidents to happen on Colorado’s ski slopes, and in some instances, it may be possible to recover compensation for your injuries. However, whether you will be able to recover depends on a number of factors. Your accident will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis by a qualified attorney to determine whether seeking damages is the right course of action for you.

What Does Colorado’s Ski Safety Act Do?

If you plan on participating in these winter sports over the holidays, you should be aware of the Colorado Ski Safety Act. This act limits the liability of ski resort operators for injuries that occur on their property. Ski resorts cannot be held liable for accidents and injuries “resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing.” The act effectively recognizes that skiing and snowboarding are risky activities that may result in injuries even if the resort has done everything possible to promote safety.

Inherent hazards would include things like changing weather conditions, the chance of crashing into something, and natural variations in terrain and steepness. They would not include, for example, an accident caused by a malfunctioning ski lift that was overdue for service.

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Fort Collins personal injury attorneyWhen you think of the effects of a serious accident, such as a car crash, physical injuries like broken bones, lacerations, bruises, and head or back trauma may be the first things that come to mind. However, severe accidents can also affect the lives of injury victims in other, less tangible ways. As such, victims are often eligible to recover non-economic damages in addition to compensation for their medical expenses when they pursue a personal injury claim. Appropriate dollar values for non-economic damages can be difficult to determine, and they can also be limited by statutory caps under Colorado law.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages compensate for things like the victim’s pain and suffering, stress and anxiety, loss of companionship, and emotional distress. Determining a monetary award for these types of injuries can be very challenging for all parties involved. While the injuries may certainly be very serious, there are many factors that jurors will likely consider when trying to determine adequate compensation for the victim, some of which include:

  • The severity of the injury and the extent to which it interferes with the victim’s life

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colorado boat accident lawyerFort Collins and the surrounding areas have some gorgeous areas for those who enjoy boating. Whether you are looking to go fishing, water skiing, kayaking, or just enjoy a leisurely cruise, boats are welcome at  Horsetooth Reservoir, Boyd Lake State Park, Carter Lake, and Lonetree Reservoir. Unfortunately, boating activities also bring the risk of boating accidents. Last year, the state of Colorado reported 34 recreational water-related deaths. The state is already reporting four deaths so far this year, with two in Larimer County, with the warm weather season just beginning.  

Boating Accident Statistics

According to data collected by the U.S. Coast Guard, there are approximately 4,000 boating accidents that occur nationwide each year, resulting in more than 600 deaths and leaving thousands more injured. Around 80 percent of those fatalities are caused by drowning, and the Coast Guard reports that more than 85 percent of those victims do not have life jackets on at the time of the accident.

Just like car and other vehicle accidents, alcohol is a significant factor in fatal boating accidents, responsible for almost one-fourth of all incidents. Colorado law enforcement report that there have already been numerous arrests for BUI (boating under the influence) already this season. Other frequent causes of boating accidents include:

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fort collins personal injury lawyerIt has been well documented that even a minor brain injury can result in major issues, leaving a victim dealing with confusion, headaches, coordination issues, and even seizures. Multiple studies reveal that years after the injury has healed, a victim could have new medical problems that are triggered by that brain injury. In one new study, researchers in the U.K. have determined that victims who sustain a traumatic brain injury have a significantly increased risk for stroke years after the initial injury.

The Study

The study was done by researchers from the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Research, using data collected from 18 different studies conducted in four countries. The compiled data revealed that people who had sustained brain injuries had an 86 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke than people without brain injuries. That risk is highest during the first four months following the injury, but a victim still has a significant risk of stroke for up to five years later. Even more alarming, the studies show that the severity of the brain injury made no difference in a victim’s stroke risk. Since more than 70 percent of brain injuries are considered “mild,” the study team suggests that any brain injury should be deemed a “chronic condition” even if the victim has recovered.

Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries

This study is not the first to reveal that brain injuries have a significant long-term impact on victims’ lives. Prior studies have found brain injuries increase the risk of many neurological conditions, including dementia, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 2.5 million people suffer brain injuries each year. Vehicle accidents and falls are responsible for almost half of these injuries. When a victim suffers a brain injury, the recovery and rehabilitation process can be a long and painful one. Many victims are left with high medical bills and are usually unable to work while they recover. The brain injury may also leave them with life-long disabilities, and as many of these studies show, at risk for dangerous medical conditions later in life.

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