FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS
Do I need a personal injury?
A personal injury attorney provides legal representation to individuals who have been hurt or injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, business or other entity.
Should I negotiate with the insurance adjuster myself without the help of an attorney?
No. Representing yourself and negotiating with an insurance adjuster is usually not a good idea! Because you are not an attorney and have not handled personal injury matters before, you are often not aware of the full value of your case. The insurance adjuster may take advantage of your inexperience. Insurance adjusters typically will offer a lot less money to a person representing themselves than they would to an attorney representing a client.
How do Colorado Springs personal injury attorneys charge?
Most lawyers in Colorado Springs take personal injury, premises liability, dog bite cases, slip & fall and auto / car accidents on a contingent fee basis. This means that the lawyers do not collect any fees unless they are successful in settling your personal injury case or winning a verdict. The lawyer typically will take the case costs from the settlement or verdict at the end of the case. Most attorneys advance case costs.
Will my Colorado Springs Colorado Springs personal injury attorney keep what I tell him confidential?
In Colorado there is attorney-client privilege. Your attorney is precluded from disclosing confidential information that you do not want him or her to disclose to others. There are certain limited exceptions to the attorney-client privilege which usually do not apply.
What type of costs are typically incurred in Colorado Springs personal injury cases?
Out-of-pocket costs are expenses that are incurred by your lawyer to properly settle or litigate your case. The out of pocket expenses are usually advanced by the lawyer. Medical providers usually charge a nominal fee to copy your medical records. Most doctors also charge a fee to write a comprehensive medical report detailing your course of treatment, injury prognosis and whether or not your injuries are permanent. If it is necessary to have a doctor testify at the trial of your case, then the doctor may charge a substantial fee for his attendance.
The amount of costs incurred in your case varies from case to case and depend on how complex your Colorado Springs personal injury case is. The more serious your injuries ar,e the more out of pocket expenses that may be incurred. Most attorneys will get prior approval before incurring a substantial monetary cost on your behalf.
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