A Personal Injury Lawyer Serving the People of Colorado
Glenwood Springs, the county seat of Garfield County, was named the Most Fun Town in America by both USA Today and Rand McNally. No one needs to tell me this, though – I spend a lot of time here, since one of my offices is located on 8th Street downtown. Much of my free time is spent in places like Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Canyon.
I generally use Interstate 70 and Colorado State Highway 82 to get in and out of town, depending on where I am going. In contrast with Garfield County’s natural beauty, however, I don’t like what I often see on the highways – after all, nobody wants to pass by a horrific traffic accident that they know could very well have claimed them as a victim.
When an Accident Happens
It is only fair that when you are injured in an auto accident that was someone else’s fault, the financial burden should be theirs, not yours. I’m not just talking about medical bills and lost earnings – I am also talking about hard-to-quantify but equally real losses such as the physical pain and suffering and mental anguish that arise from a serious accident. Colorado law provides you with the right to a full remedy.
I Will Fight for Your Rights
A legal claim is one thing; cash in your pocket is another. To turn a claim into cash, you are going to have to negotiate a private settlement or, if necessary, win at trial. That is what I do. In my quarter-century of experience, I have dealt with stingy auto insurance companies on many occasions. I know how their minds work, and I can put that knowledge to work for you.
“I want to thank you for doing a great job of representing us on this matter. This experience has been a good lesson but I realize it could have been much worse without your guidance and work on our behalf. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for your help.” – G.B.
Types of Auto Accident Claims
Some of the most common types of claims I deal with include:
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will my personal injury verdict or settlement be taxed?
It depends on:
- Compensation for economic and non-economic damages are not taxed by the IRS.
- Judgment interest is taxed as “interest income.”
- Punitive damages (if any) are taxable as “other income.”
The verdict or settlement agreement should clearly distinguish these, so the IRS will not overtax you.
What is the mandatory minimum auto insurance in Colorado?
In Colorado, the legal minimum auto insurance coverage is:
- $25,000 per injury victim;
- $50,000 per injury accident, no matter how many victims; and
- $15,000 in property damage.
Colorado is a “fault” state – you should make a third-party claim against the defendant driver’s auto insurance carrier.
Can I win if the accident was partly my fault?
Yes, if you were less than 50 percent at fault. Under Colorado’s comparative fault principles, your damages will be reduced in proportion to your fault – by 20 percent if you were 20 percent at fault, for example. Ultimately, the court determines fault.
How long do I have to file an auto accident lawsuit?
Generally, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This deadline can be extended if you didn’t discover your injury until later. If you are suing the government, you may be required to file a claim with the appropriate government office within a few weeks to a few months after the accident.
No Legal Fees Unless You Win
I’m not talking about a money back guarantee. What I mean is that you will never owe me a penny in legal fees in the first place, until and unless you win compensation in court or at the settlement table. Nothing comes due until the other side actually transfers the money – and in the unlikely event that the total amount is zero, then your total legal fees will be zero.
Contact Me Today
Here at Mark S. Rubinstein, P.C., I handle all my cases personally – there is no “junior associate” for me to delegate them to. If you have been injured in an auto accident in Glenwood Springs or elsewhere in Garfield County, or if you live or work there, call me as soon as possible at (970) 704-0888 or toll-free at 1-855-704-0888; otherwise, contact me online. Either way, I will be happy to schedule a free initial evaluation of your case.