Personal Injury Lawyer Boulder
The Law Office of Stuart Mann is dedicated to helping those who have been affected by a personal injury by helping to rebuild their lives. Whether you, a family member, or someone you know was injured or killed in Colorado, you are legally entitled to file a claim against the people who caused or contributed to your injuries.
Personal injuries can be traumatic, life-changing events that may have long-term effects on your life, such as physical and/or emotional pain and suffering. Your injuries may prevent you from working and you could be faced with significant hospital bills.
Stuart Mann has been devoted to representing everyday people injured or killed in Colorado for over 30 years. Stuart represents everyday Coloradans hurt in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, bicycle accidents, and many other areas. Our Colorado personal injury lawyers represent neighbors, friends, and people in our community-never big insurance companies.
Personal Injury Claim Process
When you file a personal injury claim in Colorado, you’re making a claim against another person’s (or company’s) insurance carrier, and not another person directly. This means if you’re awarded money, it’s paid by the defendant’s insurance company and not the defendant themself.
Dealing with the insurance paperwork and back and forth is time-consuming and complicated. Additionally, insurance companies have dozens of lawyers representing their best interests and will try to pay you as little as possible, no matter how severe your injuries are.
Don’t accept less money than you deserve or spend countless hours of your life dealing with this alone. Speak with an experienced Colorado personal injury attorney today-one who can help you legally define and assign fault to help recover the maximum compensation that you’re legally entitled to. Let our Colorado personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Stuart Mann negotiate with the people who hurt you and their insurance companies so that you can focus on continuing to live your life. You don’t have to deal with these issues alone.
Initial consultations are always free, you have nothing to lose by talking with us about your situation. If we end up working together, we don't get paid unless and until you do.
Although every case is different, we often discuss the following topics with our clients when it comes to personal injuries in Colorado:
How much does a personal injury attorney cost?
Most Colorado personal injury attorneys, including us, work on a contingency basis. This means that if we don’t recover money for you, you owe us nothing.
Initial consultations are always free, so you have nothing to lose by talking with us about your situation. Speak with a personal injury attorney in Colorado today at (303) 991-2233 or use our online contact form.
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
Personal injury lawsuits in Colorado are legal disputes that can arise when someone suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else may be legally responsible for that harm. In legal terms, a personal injury means someone suffered damages to the body, mind, or emotions.
Who am I actually suing in a personal injury lawsuit?
When you file a personal injury claim in Colorado, you’re making a claim to the defendant's insurance company and not the defendant themself. Meaning the money that you’re asking for would be paid by the defendant’s insurance company and not the actual person or company who caused you harm.
Dealing with insurance companies is a complicated and time-consuming process. From a legal standpoint, working with a personal injury attorney in Colorado brings a lot of clarity to the situation and can help you recover the maximum amount of damages.
Do I need a personal injury attorney?
If you were injured and wanted to represent yourself in a Colorado personal injury claim, you have that right. Dealing with the defendant’s insurance company is a complicated and time-consuming process. Having a Colorado personal injury attorney on your side is almost always the right choice. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers at their disposal with one goal in mind: paying you as little as possible.
A reputable Colorado personal injury attorney understands how insurance companies operate and their tactics and can help determine the full amount of damages that you’re entitled to (more below).
What can a personal injury lawyer do for me?
Talk with you about what happened, what your options are, and help determine if you have a valid claim.
If a valid claim exists, a Colorado personal injury attorney can open a thorough investigation as to the basis of your claim by gathering and reviewing evidence. If necessary, expert witnesses can be hired to support your claim.
Determine who is at fault, to what degree, and why.
Defend you against claims of shared fault (legally speaking, comparative negligence-more below).
Determine the full extent of damages that you have suffered (more below).
Issue a demand letter outlining what happened, who’s at fault, and who owes what (what you’re asking for).
Review any settlement offers and discuss them with you.
Negotiate with insurance companies about any settlement offers they might make.
Represent you in trial, if it comes to that (more below).
What are the different types of damages in a personal injury claim?
Compensatory damages are money awarded to a plaintiff (the injured person) to compensate them for damages, injury, or other incurred losses. Compensatory damages are awarded in civil court cases (like a Colorado personal injury claim) where loss has occurred as a result of the negligence or unlawful conduct of another party. Compensatory damages include economic, non-economic, and impairment damages.
Punitive damages, or exemplary damages, are damages assessed in order to punish the defendant for willful and wanton conduct and/or to reform or deter the defendant and others from engaging in conduct similar to that which formed the basis of the lawsuit. Although not extremely common in Colorado personal injury lawsuits, if the defendant’s actions are egregious, punitive damages can be sought.
What types of damages can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?
In Colorado personal injury cases, monetary damages are paid to the person injured (the plaintiff) by the defendant’s insurance company. These damages are calculated on what the injuries ‘cost’ from a physical, mental, and/or emotional standpoint. Typically, damages fall under three categories (with one exception): Economic Damages, Non-Economic, and Impairment Damage. Some common areas in which damages can be determined include:
Medical treatment - this can be either treatment that has already occurred and/or to cover future treatment and expenses
Income - if your injuries caused you to miss work, this money can likely be recovered. Additionally, if an accident prevented you from making additional money in the future, that can also be considered. Legally speaking, this is usually deemed a loss of earnings or earning capacity.
Property loss or damage - vehicles, bicycles, cell phones, computers, and even clothes can be considered.
Emotional distress - typically a factor in very serious or catastrophic personal injury claims, monetary damages can include the emotional and physiologic impact of injuries, for example, sleep loss, fear, anxiety, stress, etc.
Loss of consortium - in personal injury cases, these damages typically stem from how injuries affect a relationship between, for example, a husband and wife. Examples include the loss of companionship and being unable to maintain a sexual relationship.
Loss of enjoyment of life- if areas such as your hobbies, interests, or recreational activities have been affected/limited by your injuries, you may be entitled to monetary compensation in the form of loss of enjoyment of life damages.
Pain and suffering - if you suffered pain and/or serious discomfort as a result of your injuries, you may be able to recover pain and suffering damages. These can also cover future pain and suffering.
Within the state of Colorado, physical impairments and physical disfigurement are categorized separately from economic and non-economic damages. This includes damage for scarring in addition to other physical impairments, such as cosmetic disfigurement, disruption of bodily function and/or internal organs’ natural process, neurological damage, and other impairments. Based upon your level of impairment or disfigurement, you may be entitled to recover these impairment damages.
How do I know if I have a valid claim after an injury that wasn’t my fault?
There are a number of different situations that can be grounds for a personal injury claim in Colorado: car accidents, construction site accidents, bicycle accidents, and slip-and-fall injuries, to name a few. A Colorado personal injury attorney can provide more information. Typically, a valid claim exists if the following criteria are met:
Someone owed you a duty of care (examples include another driver on the road, your employer, or a store owner).
The at-fault party did not exercise reasonable care. An example would be another driver causing an accident because they were speeding or driving under the influence (DUI).
This negligence (not exercising reasonable care) directly resulted in you being injured.
If you have questions about this topic or others, it's always free to talk with us. Initial consultations are always free, so you have nothing to lose by talking with us about your situation.
Who can file a personal injury claim?
Anyone. If you or someone you know was injured as a result of someone else's negligent actions (see above), a personal injury claim can be filed. Remember, when you file a personal injury claim in Colorado, you're seeking to recover money from the other person's insurance company and not the other person themself.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after an injury?
Each state sets its own rules, called the statute of limitations. In Colorado, you usually have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. In some cases, this could be two years from the date you actually discovered your injuries, which may be different from the date of the event or, legally speaking, the date of loss. When it comes to car accidents in Colorado, you have three years to file a personal injury claim.
No matter what the statute of limitations in your case is, you should speak with a Colorado personal injury attorney as soon as possible, even if you’re not sure how you might proceed. Personal injury attorneys can do a better job building up your case the earlier they’re involved.
Does my personal injury case have to go to trial?
In truth, most personal injury claims in Colorado do not go to trial but settle outside of court. Although, it may take some time to get an appropriate pre-trial offer for your case. Part of a Colorado personal injury attorney's job is to negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company as it’s usually in their best interest to settle before trial - more so if your case is especially strong. You have the final say on what offers you will or will not accept and if you don’t accept any, your case may need to go to trial.
It is EXTREMELY important to work with a personal injury lawyer in Colorado that has a reputation for taking cases to trial, even if you decide you don't want to.
If the defendant’s insurance company knows your attorney usually settles without putting up much of a fight, they will absolutely try to take advantage of you. Here, a strong offense is usually the best defense. For the defendant’s insurance company, a strong defense is usually the best offense.
When would a personal injury case likely go to trial?
When liability is contested - if parties cannot agree on how an accident happened or who is at fault, they may not produce any settlement offers.
If parties cannot agree on the type and/or severity of your damages
When the settlement offers are too low - the defendant’s insurance company will almost always offer numerous ‘low-ball’ offers, hoping that you’ll accept less money than you’re asking for. It’s their job to pay you as little as possible, and oftentimes they succeed. It’s your Colorado personal injury attorney's job to recover as much as legally possible for you.
How long will this process take?
There isn’t one answer and ultimately, this is up you. Insurance companies almost always offer an initial ‘low-ball’ dollar amount to settle quickly. Many times, this amount isn’t even close to what is actually recoverable or what you deserve. If you suffered serious injuries it may be impossible to tell soon after an injury what future care and medical bills will look like.
As your Colorado personal injury lawyer builds up the case to request the full amount of recoverable damages, the defendant's insurance company will likely draw out negotiations with the hope that you will accept a low offer, because you’re tired of waiting. Frankly, this process can be tedious and patience is key. The defendant wants you to settle for less than you deserve - that’s their job. A reputable Colorado personal injury attorney’s job is to recover as much as legally possible, and sometimes, that takes time.
Remember, you are always in control of this process and if you decide to accept an offer at any time, you have that right.
Boulder Personal Injury Law Firm
We realize the thought of calling a Boulder personal injury attorney might raise questions, or maybe you’ve worked with a subpar attorney before. At the end of the day, the defendant’s insurance company's lawyers want to pay you as little as possible as they represent the insurance company, not you.
If you decide to work with a reputable personal injury lawyer, their job is to maximize the value of your case and be prepared to go to trial, if it comes to that. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years. Our adversaries recognize and respect us as lawyers. They know that we prepare every case as if it were going to go to trial. This alone gives us a competitive advantage over many of our peers.
Insurance companies know how to spot vulnerability on the plaintiff’s side and will do everything they can to exploit that and pay you less than you deserve. Hire a Boulder injury lawyer that you trust and feel good about and one that has a proven track record of success.
Call our experienced personal injury attorneys in Boulder today - it’s always free to discuss your situation, and we never get paid unless you do. We’re here to help you get what you legally deserve.
What Our Clients
Stuart Mann is the embodiment of professionalism. Their staff's efficient and polite demeanor makes business interactions pleasant and quick. The team consistently evidenced a devotion to their clients, to their clients' interests, and to justice. They carry out this ethic calmly, respectfully, but firmly. On top of all this, Stuart has repeatedly given back to the community. Specifically, the firm has accompanied Cyclists 4 Community and its nonprofit mission since 2013 with both tangible and substantial support for making the community a better place in the first place.-Client
I was treated like a member of the family. They were always willing to answer my questions and help in any way they could. Best of all, they did a great job and we got a great settlement for my case.-Client
I always felt like the top priority of the firm and their team. They provided the best legal services for me throughout my case. Their office is professional, competent, and they also connected with me personally so that I genuinely felt supported.-Client
Stuart Mann was amazing to work with. His firm took on our case and it was such a wonderful experience working with them and not having to worry about anything. The settlement that came through was so nice to have after being in a scary accident. We are happy we decided to work with them.-Client
During the long months that followed my bicycling accident and resulting injuries -- my bike and I were run over by an SUV driver -- Stuart Mann was my closest and most trusted advisor. I can say without hesitation, their legal guidance and representation were consistently everything a client hopes for. But just as importantly, they were exceptionally kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable partners throughout all that transpired. Really, I cannot say enough about the firm. Good humans make good attorneys, and Stuart Mann is both.-Client
When I lost my son in an automobile accident it was devastating. Stuart helped our family cope with the loss. His guidance and expertise in wrongful death cases was tremendous. He was respectful yet demanding in handling the case. While there is never enough money to bring back a lost child, Stuart made the defendants pay for their actions and recovered a huge amount of money to help our family. He did a great job.-Client
When we went to the settlement conference, I was ready to accept what was offered, but Stuart encouraged me to go to trial. He was not afraid of the insurance company or their lawyers. At trial, we received three times more than the insurance company offered us. I was very impressed with his trial skills.-Client
My car accident left me shattered, physically and mentally. Stuart’s offer of help came soon after I was released from intensive care, and he’s been on my side since. When you’re involved in a big accident, there are so many things you need to concentrate on, and it’s been a great comfort to know I don’t need to spend untold hours dealing with insurance companies or hospital billing departments. Thanks Stuart!-Client
Stuart Mann worked so hard for me throughout my whole case and fought for the settlement that I deserved, not what was offered by insurance. They handled every facet of my case and made the whole process easy for me. I'm incredibly appreciative of his work.-Client
Having been the innocent victim of a head-on auto accident caused by texting while driving, I sought Stuart Mann’s legal counsel. From the outset he was fully dedicated to accompanying me through a lengthy recuperative process, using his skills, experience, and resources to achieve justice and adequate financial compensation on my behalf. His unconditional concern for my well-being and his involvement of time and effort on my behalf freed me from legal concerns and responsibilities, allowing me to focus my efforts and energy on physical and mental recovery. I strongly recommend Stuart Mann to anyone needing the legal services he offers.-Client
It has been over a year and a half since my brother’s bicycle accident with a car in Boulder, Colorado. The details of the accident were in my brother’s favor, as he was in the crosswalk traveling with traffic. His case was brought to several legal firms in Colorado, but none would take the case due to his mental disability and apparently unable to gain significant ‘compensation’. Fortunate for us, his case was eagerly accepted by Stuart Mann. My brother was treated respectfully and with care, without being discriminated against due to his disability. He won a sizable settlement all due to the detailed knowledge Mr. Mann has for the legal profession and his involvement in the biking community.-Client
Stuart Mann has represented me on numerous occasions over the past 9 years. They are fearless, tireless, and focused representatives. I add integrity and fairness to the recipe and I feel I have the best legal representation in Colorado. Trust in your attorney is key to believing you are getting the best possible legal representation…the Law Office of Stuart Mann has all of my trust.-Client
After my auto accident, I had to have my hip replaced. The insurance company said that my need for a hip replacement was not accident related. Stuart believed in me and my case and we were able to obtain the maximum amount available. His hard work helped change my life.-Client