Personal Injury FAQs


What is a personal injury?
Personal injury law was written to protect those who are harmed due to the negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or deliberate misconduct of others. Under the law, if you are harmed in this way you have the right to be compensated for your losses and damages. The most common type of personal injury case stems from a car accident in which you sustain injury, property damage, or the loss of a loved one due to the actions or inactions of the other party. A personal injury claim is then made against the responsible party and / or his or her insurance company. These cases are most often negotiated into a settlement. In some cases, they must proceed to court to be decided by a judge and jury.
What kind of damages can be obtained through a personal injury claim?

After a personal injury, you will likely need medical care which may be short­ term or extensive and long­ term. Therefore, your damages will include medical expenses that were incurred as well as future predicted ones that will arise due to your injuries. Other damages which you may be due include lost earnings or wages due to the inability to work while injured. Non­economic damages may also be awarded for pain and suffering, emotional distress, permanent disability, scarring, and other similar concepts. The amount of compensation you receive will be based on the nature and extent of your injuries. For instance, those who suffer catastrophic injuries may require lifelong medical care and personal assistance which will greatly influence the settlement or award due them.

How do I know if I have a legitimate claim?

The best way to determine if you have a valid claim and what that claim may be worth is to get your situation reviewed by a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. Don’t rely on insurance company representatives and don’t settle until you get proper legal guidance. Why do I need a personal injury lawyer? Can’t I just take care of it myself? Of course you have the option to take care of your claim yourself. But you should always remember that insurance companies are in business to make a profit so it is always in their best interests to pay out as little as possible on claims. By hiring a personal injury lawyer who is skilled and competent, you will have a legal professional looking out for your best interests only. You will also be sending a message to the insurance company that you won’t be taken advantage of. General statistics show that injury victims who are represented by an attorney win better settlements than those who don’t have representation.

Will I have to go to court to resolve my claim?

The vast majority of personal injury claims are settled outside of court through negotiation. Having an aggressive attorney with tough negotiation skills adds to your advantage. Should your case not be resolved in a satisfactory manner in that manner, you will have the option of taking your case to court in litigation where your attorney will represent you before a judge and jury. The Law Offices of Jarrett J. Benson will advise you throughout the duration of your case so you can make informed decisions. As an experienced trial lawyer, I am not afraid to fight for your best interests in court.


To learn more about what is involved in your particular personal injury case, contact my firm to request afree consultation with a Denver personal injury attorney today.