Who is held responsible for my catastrophic accident?
The forces involved in an electrical shock or explosion often inflict terrible, catastrophic injuries. The science of the accident and the potential severe consequences make these accidents unique. Unlike many personal injury accidents for which there is a typical plaintiff and defendant – such as when a skier collides with another skier or semi truck crashes into car – the explosion or electrical shock cases each involve specific circumstances and failures of safety measures.
A thorough understanding of the chemistry or physics which resulted in the accident is essential to pinpoint mistakes. To determine responsibility requires investigation and understanding of the statutory and regulatory rules which may have been ignored when the catastrophic accident occurred.
My accident occurred in Colorado, do I need to file in Colorado?
Because most accident claims arise from state law, the claim will be pursued in the state where the accident occurred. Regardless of where you are now, if your catastrophic accident occurred in Colorado, the claim will need to be filed in Colorado.
How long do I have to file an accident lawsuit?
Lawsuits for personal injury accidents must be filed with the court within two years of the accident; this is the statute of limitations for accident lawsuits in Colorado. Read more about time limits.
What will I gain from an accident lawsuit?
Serious electrical accidents or explosions are often traumatic, and made more so by the difficulty of understanding the facts surrounding the event – finding out what happened is the first concern of most accident victims. Sadly, one of the only certain ways of discovering the truth is to file a lawsuit. Accident victims tend to feel unengaged with any criminal prosecution or regulatory investigation; a civil lawsuit allows the injured victim to control the process of getting answers.
Compensation for economic losses such as medical expenses (including those paid by your medical insurance provider) and loss wages should be sought for both the past and future. These are typically expenses easily supported by documents, such as payroll stubs and medical bills. More challenging are the losses for which there is no hard measure, but these losses – such as a permanently impaired body or the diminished ability to enjoy life – also deserve compensation. Both the economic losses and the non-economic injuries are legitimate elements of the damages for which you look to the responsible party for compensation. Read more about damages.
What should I expect as a plaintiff in an accident lawsuit?
Pursuing a personal injury claim, including an explosion or electrical shock case, is a significant personal and financial decision – you will invest about two years in the process until your case will be ready for settlement or trial. The process begins with the filing of a complaint by the plaintiff, the injured party. Several months are spent on investigating and collecting evidence by both sides in preparation for trial, and the only way to achieve a top settlement for your case is to be ready for trial. Read more about the litigation process.
The common element in the catastrophic accident cases which we handle is the technical sophistication needed to adequately represent the victims. We have represented numerous victims of catastrophic accidents. To learn more specific information about your type of case, choose from:
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For your catastrophic accident case, as in all of our personal injury cases, you will only be asked to pay attorney fees if we are successful in recovering compensation for you. Call for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer at Chalat Hatten & Banker to discuss your accident, toll-free at 1.800.221.5526.