Accidents happen and people get hurt. That is just part of life. In most cases, the accidents are truly just that: accidents. Mistakes that reasonable, well-meaning people make that result in someone getting hurt. Unfortunately, not everyone uses care all the time to prevent accidents. Sometimes, accidents that are caused by the extreme carelessness of one person cause serious injury or even death to someone else. While no one can go back in time and prevent the accident, these injuries can be exceedingly costly. Medical bills can mount quickly, sometimes requiring long-term care for the rest of the person’s life.
When you have been seriously injured because of someone else’s careless behavior, you shouldn’t have to suffer the financial hardship of medical bills, property damage and lost wages on top of your physical injuries. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Taussig & Smith, P.C. have been handling serious personal injury claims since 1983.
As Denver and Boulder personal injury lawyers, we help people obtain compensation for the harm done to them by the wrongdoing of others. One of the most important concepts to understand when thinking about personal injury law is negligence. In simple terms, negligence is one of two things:
A great deal of civil law depends upon the reasonable person. In many cases the reasonable person test doesn’t require any special knowledge. In the examples above, anyone who has a driver’s license should know which direction to drive on the highway so no reasonable person would drive the wrong way. And any reasonable adult should know that a broken window is dangerous and should take steps as soon as possible to make the situation safe. On the other hand, the reasonable person test sometimes requires specialized knowledge. If you take your car to the mechanic for repairs but the mechanic makes a mistake that damages your car further, the reasonable person test would take a mechanic’s knowledge into account. The question is no longer whether a reasonable person would make the mistake, it is whether a reasonable auto mechanic would make the mistake. This is because when you take your car to an auto mechanic for repairs, you have the right to expect a reasonable degree of competence. The same applies to doctors, electricians and lawyers.
There are many types of personal injuries and each situation presents a unique set of facts that requires careful analysis and expertise. We can assist you in determining whether you have a claim and, if so, identify the responsible parties and the compensation to which you are entitled. Personal injury claims can arise out of the following areas and are within our practice experience:
As a general rule, it is best to seek legal advice soon after an injury to make sure that evidence is preserved and to make sure that you meet legal deadlines which, if missed, could prevent you from filing a claim and obtaining compensation. Furthermore, it is important to understand that an accident may have a cause that is not easy to see. If you are in an accident caused by faulty equipment, like a car crash caused by brake failure on one car, it may be that the brakes were not manufactured or installed correctly, and there may be liability on the part of the manufacturer or some other party other than the driver.
If you have suffered serious injury in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury law firm today to discuss your options. It is difficult enough to deal with injuries sustained from any of these situations so let the skilled personal injury lawyers at Taussig & Smith, P.C. discuss and handle these legal issues for you. They work hard to get their clients the compensation they deserve.
Taussig & Smith handles cases throughout the state of Colorado.