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What will my injury compensation cover?

Being in a car accident is a traumatic enough experience that the aftermath can seem overwhelming. A lot of questions immediately come to mind. Am I covered by my insurance? Who pays for what? What sort compensation am I entitled too?

A lawyer can be your best resource when seeking advice and representation after an accident. Here are a few things to consider if you have been injured in an automobile accident in Colorado.

Most personal injury claims are associated with automobile accidents. Beyond the vehicle repairs and property damage, physical injury and emotional distress are important parts of any claim. You can also be compensated for other intangible factors which may not immediately leap to mind. Listed below are just a few of the things for which you can claim personal injury compensation.

  • Medical bills- Any medical expenses not covered by your insurance can be covered as part of a personal injury claim.
  • Pain and suffering- Emotional distress and other non-economic factors that negatively impact your quality of life.
  • Loss of income- Colorado law allows for loss of income to be covered if it is over $400 dollars a week for the first 52 weeks after an accident.
  • Disfigurement or disability- Any injury that affects your appearance or causes ongoing pain and disability will be considered. You can also claim compensation for loss of ongoing earning potential if an injury impacts your future ability to work.

As any funds awarded under a personal injury claim are intended to compensate you for your loss, they are not considered income and are not taxable by either the federal or state government.

Many of the factors listed above can be hard quantify. With property and vehicle damages, a quote for repair is relatively straightforward by comparison. But the medical expenses from an auto accident can be an ongoing and changing target to hit. Medical problems may not appear until well after the accident occurred, and the impact to future earning potential and quality of life is hard to estimate. Not to mention emotional distress and suffering.

As such, it helps to retain qualified legal assistance that can help guide you through the claims process. Cliff Enten is an experienced personal injury lawyer who represents clients throughout the Colorado Front Range. The firm has been the leading personal injury law firm in Colorado for over 20 years, and wants to use that experience to help you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive.

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