April 25, 2017
Utah court rules on ‘worst ever’ Yelp review
The ruling centers around a Yelp review posted by Stephen Glover in 2015. Upset over his representation in a divorce case by attorney Terry Spencer, Glover posted a review that began with “Worst ever,” and proceeded to criticize Spencer...
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February 3, 2017
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February 2, 2017
3 questions to ask before hiring a personal injury attorney
Hiring a personal injury attorney, or even considering it, may leave you feeling confused, overwhelmed, or possibly suspicious. After all, there are dozens of attorneys advertising their services for victims of auto accidents - how do you choose? This article will provide three questions for you to consider when hiring (or choosing to hire) an attorney for your personal injury case:
1. Is your attorney qualified? A somewhat rhetorical or obvious question, but ask it anyway. Find out how many personal injury cases your attorney has handled. Ask how many personal injury jury trials they've been involved in as a plaintiff's attorney. How many years have they practiced law? Some personal injury cases can be complex, so less experience may equate to less practical knowledge of prosecuting a personal injury case. Does this attorney have some basic knowledge of handling a personal injury claim, i.e. the statute of limitations for an auto accident claim in Colorado? The more information you can get from the attorney, the more confident you'll feel in hiring this individual.
2. Will you get along with this attorney? I realize the answer to this question might require a crystal ball, but go with your instinct here. Ask yourself: does this attorney have my best interests in mind? Alternatively, is this attorney looking at your case as a way to enrich themselves? Is this attorney someone who genuinely cares about your case, your situation, the effects of the incident on your lifestyle? At the most basic level, attorneys are problem solvers - will this attorney help you solve the problems associated with your personal injury case? Is this attorney someone who is the right fit for your personality? Personal injury cases can sometimes take months to years to resolve. That's a long time to work with someone. Better to know now that it's a good fit.
3. How does the attorney get paid? The vast majority of personal injury cases are handled on a contingent fee basis, meaning the attorney only gets paid if he/she is able to collect an amount for you; the attorney is then paid a percentage of the amount collected for you (that's why it's called 'contingent'). Remember this: in a personal injury case, no attorney that I'm aware of can heal your broken arm, or remove the scars, or heal your injured body (let me know if you find one). Instead, an attorney collects money for you to compensate you for your injuries. Bottom line, your case will have a monetary value, whether obtained through a settlement or assigned by a jury. Be sure you understand how your attorney will be compensated, and also ask how costs in the case will be paid.
The more you arm yourself with knowledge about the attorney-client relationship in a personal injury case, the more confident you'll feel that you made the right choice. It's your case, the attorney's job is to represent you.
At Cave Law, I offer free consultations to discuss these three questions and more. Call us at 720-213-3737.
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December 5, 2016
TIPS TO AVOID WINTER CAR ACCIDENTS!
Below are some safety tips to consider when driving
in the snow:
any kind of distractions while driving.
Cell phones, radio dials and even other passengers in your car can all hinder your attention to the road. When driving in extreme conditions, staying focused and alert at all times is critical, and this attentiveness will allow you to react quickly and efficiently when necessary. It is easy to become distracted by even the slightest of things, and sometimes you aren’t aware of it. Answering a text message or changing the radio station should be the least of your worries when driving in the snow. Remember that your safety and the safety of those around you comes first and foremost.
- Ninety-eight percent of national survey respondents know distracted driving is dangerous; nearly 75 percent admit to having done it. —Center for Internet and Technology Addiction
data indicates that in 2015, cellphones were a contributing factor in 17 fatal
driving fatalities are increasing in Colorado.
- In 2015, 68 (13 percent) of the 546 Colorado traffic fatalities were caused by distracted driving.
- In 2014, 59 (12
percent) of the 488 Colorado traffic fatalities were caused by distracted
driving is a problem across all age groups.
- CDOT found that 37.4 percent of
Colorado distracted driving crashes between 2012-2014 involved people between
the ages of 21 and 34.
slowly and try to avoid braking abruptly.
Take it slow and go easy! Abrupt movements of any kind cause a quick
transference of weight, and can have more damaging effects than slow, easy movements.
You can minimize skidding by braking lightly and by using on-and-off motions
when coming to a stop. For manual cars, try to avoid abrupt downshifts, as this
can cause the wheels to skid. Attempting to power up hills can also have
negative effects, because applying extra gas on snow-covered roads may cause
your wheels to start spinning.
your tires properly inflated.
The air in your tires expands when heated, and contracts when cooled, meaning during colder weather, it’s common for your tire pressure to decrease, posing a threat to your winter driving. Check the pressure throughout the cold winter months to maintain strong, healthy tires. When properly inflated, your tires are able to perform at their best, and will provide better handling, dependable traction and a more comfortable ride.
your following distance from the car in front of you.
It’s important to leave a substantial amount of space between you and the car in front of you.
If you are the one who’s being tailgated too closely by the car behind you, change lanes to avoid the potential danger of this driver. Relax your driving, avoid rushing and give others their space.
use cruise control in winter conditions.
During the winter months, attempt to make a
conscious effort to ensure that you are not using it when driving in snow, ice
or hail. If your car skids while cruise control is activated, it may continue
to accelerate and rapidly spin the wheels in an attempt to maintain the
selected constant speed. This is extremely dangerous and can make it more
likely for you to lose control of your car.
At Cave Law, I know that regardless of how cautious you are when driving during winter conditions, sometimes accidents are inevitable through no fault of your own. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto, truck or motorcycle accident this season, I am here to help. I handle multiple cases each winter and will assist you in getting back to health and receiving the compensation you deserve. Don’t settle for anything less. Call me for your 100% free consultation.
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November 9, 2016
2 insurance premiums mean 2 separate payouts, Colorado Supreme Court says (Calderon v. American Family), and why that's important to you
Mr. Calderon was injured in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. Like many of my clients, sometime prior to the incident Mr. Calderon purchased two policies of insurance - uninsured/underinsured (um/uim) motorist coverage and medical payments (MedPay) coverage. Following the accident, the MedPay coverage was used to pay Mr. Calderon's medical providers. Mr. Calderon made a claim for his um/uim coverage, and after getting nowhere with his insurance company, Mr. Calderon filed a lawsuit. The jury returned a verdict in his favor but the trial court reduced his award by $5000 as a set off for the medpay coverage. In other words, the trial court said Mr. Calderon received the benefit of his paid-for medpay coverage ($5000) and he therefore wasn't entitled to keep that as part of the jury's award. The Colorado Supreme Court disagreed. In short, the Court said the amount of um/uim coverage cannot be reduced in a particular case by a setoff from any other coverage, including MedPay coverage. The jury awarded Mr. Calderon $68,338.97 in damages against his insurance company; the trial court reduced that by $5000. The Supreme Court said this was wrong - Mr. Calderon had paid two separate premiums (one for MedPay, one for um/uim coverage) - and therefore Mr. Calderon's damages could not be reduced by the $5000 paid out in MedPay coverage.
Now, why is this important to you?
- When purchasing insurance, work with your agent to fully understand the coverages you are purchasing. Insurance policies are often confusing, poorly written, and mostly benefit the insurance company.
- Never let the insurance company dictate what you may be entitled to
- Auto accident cases can sometimes be complex and involve many different insurance providers and coverages; always consult a qualified attorney after you've been involved in an auto accident
My firm offers free consultations for all auto accident cases. If you've been injured in an auto accident, call me today to discuss your rights and options. 720-213-3737
October 4, 2016 --- It just got easier to find out who caused that car accident