Like other small towns off the beaten path, Mesa sees more accidents in a year than many people might realize. Those who live here or are visiting could be hurt in a motor vehicle collision or while visiting a business. Injured victims have certain rights, but only an experienced Mesa personal injury lawyer can effectively advocate on your behalf.


What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury is a body of civil law that covers injuries to a person’s body or reputation. Most of our clients suffer physical injuries in an accident caused by another person’s negligence. At Cimarron Ridge Legal Group, we have extensive experience in motor vehicle accidents, premises liability claims, slip and falls, and medical malpractice.

Personal injury victims have a right to compensation when someone else’s negligence is to blame for their injuries. Many of our clients have obtained money for the following:

  • Medical care, including transportation to the hospital, surgery, doctor visits, prescription drugs, and rehabilitation.
  • Lost wages or self-employment income.
  • Property damage, such a damage to a victim’s vehicle damaged in a collision.
  • Pain and suffering, for the physical and emotional distress that accompanies any bodily injury.

Every accident is unique, so we can’t say ahead of time how much compensation you can receive. However, we can meet for a free consultation and look over your case.


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What Compensation Can a Car Accident Victim Receive?

Our auto accident clients have obtained compensation in a settlement for all of the damages listed above. Colorado is a fault state, so any victim should make a claim on the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy.

Car accidents can be complicated. Often, multiple insurance policies are in play. For example, you might have large economic losses that exhaust the other driver’s coverage. If you have underinsured motorist coverage, you might make a claim on that policy. If you have medical payments coverage, you might also tap that insurance to cover the cost of medical care.

Fault is sometimes in dispute, with each side pointing the finger at the other. Under Colorado law, fault might be shared between our client and another motorist. Our client can sue if they are up to 49% to blame—but not more. Any compensation they receive will be reduced by their percentage of fault, according to Colorado Revised Statutes § 13-21-111.

Can a Slip and Fall Victim Receive Compensation?

In many cases, yes. Our Mesa clients have fallen in people’s homes, in businesses, or out on public property. There are many causes for these slips, including accumulated snow and ice, as well as loose floorboards or carpets.

Landowners owe visitors certain duties. Under the Premises Liability Act, injured victims can only sue in certain situations:

  • If you were trespassing, you can only sue if the landowner willfully injured you.
  • If you were a licensee, like a social guest, you can only sue if the landowner failed to use reasonable care to address hazards they knew about, or if they failed to reasonably warn guests of unusual dangers they did not create.
  • If you were an invitee, you can sue only if the landowner failed to use reasonable care to address hazards they actually knew or should have known about.

Landowners include the title owner, tenants, property managers, contractors, and vendors, among others. Sometimes, there might be more than one defendant you can sue, which often increases the odds of a fair settlement.

What if a Loved One Dies in an Accident?

The Colorado law on wrongful death addresses this situation. Surviving family members can bring a civil suit to hold accountable the person who caused the death. This is a civil case that certain family members can bring.

The key question in a wrongful death case is whether the death was “wrongful” under the law. Examples include any death caused by negligence, recklessness, or intentional conduct. A speeding motorist who strikes a pedestrian could be liable, as could someone who accidentally struck a motorcyclist when changing lanes. The statute can cover criminal acts, such as homicide, but also covers other actions that are wrongful but not necessarily criminal.

If successful with their claim, family members can receive compensation in the form of money damages for certain losses, such as the wages and benefits their loved one would have earned had they lived. Other damages cover intangible losses like the loss of companionship, love, and care that the deceased would have provided.

Please contact a Mesa personal injury lawyer for more information. We offer free consultations where we can discuss your case confidentially. Call us today at (970) 644-5194.

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