What does a lawyer do for a client after a scooter accident? - Front Range Injury Attorneys

What does a lawyer do for a client after a scooter accident?

After a scooter accident in Denver, Colorado, you may deal with catastrophic injuries, lost wages and expensive medical bills. The insurance companies involved in your case will use their decades of experience and hundreds of claims adjusters to find ways to pay as little as possible for your damages or preferably, pay you nothing at all. By hiring a Denver scooter accident attorney, you give yourself an advocate who can put knowledge and experience to work for you as a client. Learn more about what our scooter accident attorneys can do for you.

Investigation and legal liability

Often the first step in any personal injury case is determining what happened in your scooter accident and who is at fault. These fact issues tie in to the legal liability of another person to pay for your damages. In the course of our attorneys’ investigation, we obtain police reports and photos, collect evidence from you and look for witnesses and other third party evidence that explains the e-scooter collision and who caused it. This is an important step in the lawyer-client relationship.

After collecting evidence for our clients, our lawyers review the evidence against the legal liability theories that requires the negligent party to pay your damages under Colorado law. Under a negligence theory, we must show our client suffered personal injury by proving the negligent party:

  • Had a duty of care to our client
  • Breached that duty of care to our client
  • The breach caused injury to our client
  • The injury resulted in compensable damages.

Investigating the Accident Scene

To gather evidence effectively, personal injury lawyers often visit the accident scene themselves or hire professional investigators. They examine the physical location, documenting any factors that may have contributed to the accident, such as hazardous conditions, defective equipment, or inadequate signage. By conducting an on-site investigation, lawyers can gather valuable evidence to support their client’s claim.

Collecting Eyewitness Testimonies

Eyewitness testimonies play a vital role in personal injury cases. Lawyers interview individuals who witnessed the accident to obtain their firsthand accounts. These testimonies help establish the sequence of events, identify responsible parties, and provide essential details about the incident. Personal injury lawyers skillfully extract information from witnesses to strengthen their case.

Gathering Medical Records and Expert Opinions

To establish the extent of injuries and their impact on the client’s life, personal injury lawyers collect medical records and consult with medical experts. Medical records provide crucial evidence of the injuries sustained and the subsequent medical treatments received. Additionally, expert opinions from healthcare professionals can further substantiate the long-term consequences of the injuries and their effect on the client’s well-being.

Obtaining Police Reports and Official Documentation

If law enforcement authorities were involved at the accident scene, personal injury lawyers obtain copies of the police reports and other official documentation related to the incident. These reports often contain valuable information, including statements from involved parties, contributing factors, and any citations or charges filed. Such official documentation can significantly strengthen the case.

Analyzing Photographs and Video Footage

Photographs and video footage of the accident scene are valuable evidence that accident lawyers carefully analyze. They assess the images and videos to identify crucial details, such as road conditions, vehicle positions, and visible damages. These visual records provide objective evidence and help recreate the accident’s circumstances, supporting the lawyer’s arguments.

Reviewing Digital Evidence and Electronic Data

In today’s digital age, scooter accident lawyers also consider digital evidence and electronic data. This includes analyzing smartphone records, GPS data, social media posts, or any other electronic evidence relevant to the case. Such information can help establish factors like distracted driving or a defendant’s negligent behavior, strengthening the client’s position.

Evaluating my case and damages

After our Denver law firm investigates a client’s case, we must evaluate the case under Colorado law and evaluate the damages you suffered. Our lawyers use their years of experience to consider the factual and legal strengths of your case, as well as any legal defenses. We also must evaluate your damages to determine the fair value of a client’s case.

Damages in legal terms means the harm you suffered as a result of your injury. Damages are typically classified in three types:

  • Economic damages
  • Non-economic damages
  • Punitive damages

Economic damages are the financial costs associated with your injury. These include documentable costs like medical bills, lost wages and future lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages are not directly documentable. These include harm suffered by you as a person, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. Punitive damages are extra damages a court can award to punish particularly bad conduct. They are rarely awarded in personal injury lawsuits.

Our lawyers carefully consider each type of damages a client experienced in their scooter accident case and how to prove the amount of those damages. Every client’s case is different and requires a unique evaluation.

Demand letter and negotiations

After you complete treatment for your scooter accident injuries, that is usually the time for your lawyer to begin attempts to negotiate a client’s case. At that point the medical records and bills are available to fully understand the physical and mental effects of the injury as well as the economic damages incurred by the bills. Hopefully a client fully heals so at the end of treatment your lawyer can obtain all the evidence of your damages.

Your lawyer will obtain all of the records, bills and other evidence of your damages. After evaluating your case, your lawyer will draft a demand letter. The demand letter explains why the insurance company owes you compensation for your scooter accident and how much you are willing to settle your case. Your lawyer will send the demand letter with evidence of your damages for their review.

The insurance adjuster will in turn evaluate the client’s demand letter and evidence to determine what the insurance company thinks your scooter accident case is worth.

Both parties will present initial settlement numbers the other side will typically reject. As the adjuster and client consider each other’s positions, they can negotiate by moving closer to the other’s position. Your lawyer will conduct negotiations on the client’s behalf and advise you of the appropriate value of your case.

If the parties reach a midpoint in agreement, a settlement is reached. The parties will exchange a settlement release and check to conclude negotiations. If our client and the adjuster cannot agree, then we must consider litigation.

Lawsuits

If a lawyer cannot reach a settlement on behalf of a client, the alternative resolution is filing a personal injury lawsuit. Litigation is a long process with several important steps along the way. Your lawyer will perform most of the work in your lawsuit. At the end of your lawsuit, you may have a trial in front of a judge or jury in Denver. The jury or judge will decide the value of your scooter accident case. After a trial, there may be additional legal steps, such as an appeal. Once your lawsuit concludes, that will be the end of your case even if you lose at trial or get less money than you were offered in a pre-litigation settlement offer.

Often in a personal injury lawsuit your lawyer will reach a settlement pretrial. Almost every Colorado lawsuit requires mediation before a trial. Mediation is a formal settlement negotiation process with a mediator. If you reach a settlement at mediation or informally pretrial, your case will conclude with the settlement.

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