What Is a Personal Injury—and What Are the Most Common Causes of a Personal Injury?
If you’ve been injured in an accident and you believe another’s wrongful actions directly caused your accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed, unsure of where to turn. Your medical bills may be mounting, and you may be unable to return to work. If you can’t work, you can’t pay your normal monthly expenses, let alone your medical expenses.
A personal injury occurs when bodily or emotional harm is suffered as a result of an accident that resulted from another person or entity’s negligent, careless, reckless, or malicious behavior. A personal injury claim covers actual bodily harm, pain and suffering, and emotional distress resulting from the accident.
Compensation for your personal injury accident could include existing as well as anticipated future medical expenses, lost current and future wages, and pain and suffering. Damages in a personal injury claim are meant to make the injured party “whole.” While this is not always possible, the settlement should allow you to return to as much of your normal day-to-day life as possible.
The most common cause of personal injury claims is automobile accidents, which are often the result of a negligent driver. Other types of personal injury accidents include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Accidents that occur inside a theme park or water park
Slip and fall accidents can occur in any number of places, including grocery stores, parking lots, restaurants, nightclubs, escalators, sidewalks, stairwells, and more. If you’ve been injured by another’s negligence, don’t try to handle the aftermath alone. A Commerce City personal injury attorney from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya can help you get your life back on track.
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Where Do You Turn When You’ve Suffered an Injury?
Attorney Dianne Sawaya understands exactly what you are going through following your personal injury. It can be extremely difficult to know what to do next. How will you get the medical treatment you need—and how will you pay for it? How will you convince the insurance company to pay you what your claim is worth? What if the insurance company is delaying your claim for no good reason? No matter what your issue is, Dianne Sawaya and her legal team can help you through this challenging time in your life in the best way possible—with the best outcome possible.
Attorney Dianne Sawaya was born and raised in Denver. This allows Dianne to fully understand the individuals she helps on a daily basis. Dianne has practiced law for more than 30 years, with 20 of those years devoted to achieving fair personal injury settlements for Denver accident victims.
Attorney Dianne Sawaya and the legal team at the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya:
- Have more than 200 positive Google reviews
- Will charge you no fee unless you receive a recovery
- Always offer 100 percent free consultations
- Will maximize the settlement you need and deserve
- Are smart, aggressive, and compassionate
- Will help you get the medical treatments you need to get better
Don’t suffer through this tough time on your own. Dianne Sawaya is ready to help you face these challenging issues in the best way possible.
About Commerce City, Colorado
Commerce City is a home rule municipality located in Adams County, CO. With a population of about 63,000, Commerce City is the 18th largest municipality in Colorado. Commerce City is considered a part of the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO metropolitan statistical area, known for an oil refinery operated by Suncor and a soccer stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Cemeteries were among the first establishments in Commerce City, including Riverside Cemetery, founded in 1876, and Rose Hill Cemetery, established in 1892. Commerce City was largely devoted to agriculture (pig farms, dairies, and wheat fields) until the late 1920s. A refinery moved into Commerce City in 1930, and grain elevators were built in the late 1930s. in 1942, Rocky Mountain Arsenal was founded, east of the growing community.
Today’s Commerce City is a thriving community that offers many amenities. The 15,000-acre Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest urban preserves in the entire country, housing more than 330 species of wildlife. The city’s largest park—Pioneer Park—is equipped with state-of-the-art baseball fields, a year-round skate park, and a waterpark featuring a 5,000 sq. ft. leisure pool and three water slides. While enjoying the relaxing view of the Rocky Mountains, Commerce City residents have accidents—just like others in the U.S. These accident victims can significantly benefit from having a highly-skilled Commerce City personal injury attorney.
What Should I Do Following an Accident?
Following any type of accident, you should immediately seek medical attention. Accident victims often do not realize how serious their injuries are because of the rush of adrenaline that floods the body at the time of an accident. This adrenaline rush can mask injuries that will then show up hours or even days later. If your accident was caused by another’s negligence, you will almost certainly want to file a personal injury claim to recoup your losses. If you are checked out by a physician following your accident, you are much more likely to be taken seriously and given a fair settlement.
You should also always call 911 following an accident. In some instances (particularly car accidents), the negligent party may ask that you not call the police. Perhaps the other driver was drinking at the time of the accident, does not have auto insurance, or is driving on a suspended license. They may ask that you just let them pay for the damages out of their own pocket. No matter how persuasive the other driver is, you should always contact the police to protect your own health and your future.
This may happen following other personal injuries as well. If you suffered a slip and fall at a business, the business owner may ask that you forego calling the police. The same could be true if you are bitten by a dog and the owner of the dog asks you not to contact the police or animal control. The best rule of thumb is to always contact the police following a personal injury accident. If you are physically able following an accident, you should also do the following:
- Take photos with your cell phone of the scene of the accident, other people involved, the license plate of a car, witnesses, or anything else that will help you prove liability.
- If there are witnesses to the accident, obtain contact information from them.
- Once you are home after seeking medical attention, write down everything detail you can remember about the accident. The smallest detail can end up being incredibly important once you file a claim for damages.
- Following a car accident, contact your own insurance company to let them know about the accident, providing the basic details.
- Contact a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible following your accident. The sooner you have a Commerce City personal injury attorney on your case, the more likely you are to receive a fair settlement.
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?
It may not be readily apparent whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim. Perhaps you think you might have been partially responsible for the accident, therefore, are not entitled to compensation. Having a personal injury attorney take a look at the facts of your accident can help you determine whether you have a personal injury claim. Most personal injury claims are filed on the basis of negligence. This means that if the following statements are true, you most likely do have a personal injury claim.
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant. As an example, if you were hit by a driver who ran a stop sign, that driver owed you—and every other driver on the road a duty of care to drive safely and follow all traffic rules and laws. The restaurant owner owes every customer a duty of care to clean up spills immediately, so they do not become a fall hazard.
- The duty of care you were owed was breached—i.e., the defendant failed to act in a reasonable manner to ensure your safety.
- Damages were incurred as a direct result of the breach of duty of care. This means you suffered injury or other damages because of the breach of duty.
- Those damages cost you money or otherwise altered your future.
- The slip and fall incident occurred within the past two years. The statute of limitations in the state of Colorado gives you two years from the date of the accident to file your slip and fall claim, and three years from the date of the incident for auto accidents.
- You haven’t made any errors that would limit the defendant’s liability. Postponing medical care, refusing to follow your doctor’s orders, posting about your accident on social media, or giving the insurance adjuster a recorded statement following your accident are all issues that could limit the defendant’s liability. Speak to Attorney Dianne Sawaya about any of these errors—she may be able to limit the damage caused by such an error.
How a Commerce City Personal Injury Attorney from the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Can Help
When your financial future as well as your health are at risk, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may be uncertain of what steps you need to take to safeguard your finances and get the medical attention you need. Attorney Dianne Sawaya is a compassionate, experienced, well-respected Commerce City personal injury attorney. Dianne and her knowledgeable legal team are ready to work long and hard for you and your family, taking a personal approach to each case. We work for you—not for big insurance companies or big corporations—and we truly care about you, your family, and your future. Contact the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya today.