John R. Fuller P.C.

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Archive for March, 2014

insurance policyEven when a car accident is relatively cut and dry and liability is clearly established, your ability to recover damages is limited by the ability of the at-fault party’s insurance coverage. While an experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you get the maximum amount of compensation, if the “at fault” driver does not carry insurance or carries very little, your options may be limited. Colorado State Mandatory Car Insurance Requirements All states have a mandatory minimum car insurance requirement. In the State of Colorado, all drivers are required by law to carry auto liability insurance and proof of this insurance. The minimum requirements are:
  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury
  • $15,000 property damage liability
All insurers are required to offer Colorado motorists Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage. While it can be rejected, most motorists do choose to carry this policy. It will pay you in the event you are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver. While most drivers carry coverage in excess of these minimum statutory requirements, there are many drivers that do not carry insurance at all—or who carry below the minimum requirements. Knowing insurance policy limits is extremely important. Your attorney may be able to file a claim against the “at fault” driver’s insurance policy and then tap into your own UM/UIM policy if the other driver doesn’t carry enough insurance coverage to meet your medical expenses. In some cases, your attorney may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking additional compensation, which may include garnishing wages or attacking the responsible party’s assets. While insurance coverage doesn’t affect the emergency medical care you receive, knowing that you don’t have compensation for your injuries can play a large role in your recovery. Accident victims who don’t have insurance may live in pain, rather than pay for pricey prescription painkillers; they may refuse additional surgeries that could improve their prognosis; or they may avoid attending therapies due to the expense. This can lead to future complications or a chronic level of pain/suffering. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver car accident attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.
denver personal injury attorney Spinal cord injuries are on the rise, due in large part to an increase in elderly accidents—particularly slip and falls. John Hopkins researchers studied over 43,000 adults who were treated for spinal cord injuries between 2007 and 2009. They found that elderly victims over the age of 65 experienced an increase in spinal cord injuries. In 2007, there were 79.4 injuries per million; in 2009, that number had climbed to 87.7. Over that same 3 year period, it was found that falls were the leading cause of these traumatic spinal cord injuries, with car crashes coming in a close second. Unfortunately, when elderly patients do slip and fall and suffer a spinal cord injury, they are 4x more likely to die in the emergency room and 6x more likely to die from complications during their inpatient stay. Spinal cord injuries are not only traumatic for patients, but they are also costly. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center estimates that spinal cord injury victims will spend between $1 million and $5 million during their lifetime, thanks in large part to improving technology that allows victims to live longer lives. In addition, spinal cord injuries cost the healthcare system more than $5 billion a year. Understanding the costs associated with spinal cord injuries, as well as the complications that can arise after the initial injury is extremely important. Your attorney will need to consider all of these factors when advocating for your rights and ensuring that you receive the compensation you need throughout your life. Spinal cord injury victims will need money to cover all medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. After all, your life may never be the same—you need an attorney who can help you plan for the obstacles you will now face and ensure that your future isn’t jeopardized further. Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured by another person’s negligence, it is paramount to retain the services of an experienced Denver personal injury attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.  
 Denver car accident attorney If you are involved in a car accident with one other vehicle, establishing fault is usually a matter of deciding if you or the other driver is to blame for the accident. Occasionally, there may be a third party responsible, such as a government entity or construction road crew. When the accident involves multiple vehicles, however, establishing fault can become increasingly difficult. Multi-vehicle crashes or pileups usually result from a chain reaction. In most multi-vehicle accidents, there may be multiple parties to blame for different components of the accident. You yourself may share some of the blame for the accident or for a portion of the pileup. With so many differing points of view, it can be difficult to establish negligence and know which insurance company to contact. To make matters worse, insurance companies understand these complications and are usually reluctant to reach settlements until the chain of negligence is fully established. To further complicate matters, passengers in varying vehicles may be seeking compensation from all parties responsible or from the driver of the very vehicle they were riding in. As such, you may find yourself seeking compensation from other drivers’ insurance companies and defending yourself from lawsuits at the same time. The complexities that surround multi-vehicle crashes are endless and require a law firm with the resources to fight aggressively for your rights. Insurance companies do not usually reach settlements quickly when there are multiple parties involved and everyone begins pointing fingers at everyone else, in an attempt to reduce their own liabilities. When significant injuries or deaths are involved, the complications become even greater, with much more at stake. Injured accident victims or families who have lost a loved one will need money for medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. Choosing a lawyer who understands the complications that can arise in a multi-vehicle crash is important to obtaining the compensation you need—and deserve. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt by another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.    
denver personal injury attorneyCar and motorcycle accidents often occur at lightening speeds and with little warning. The impact from those crashes can leave victims with crushed and broken hands, arms, legs, and feet. While orthopedic surgeons and physicians are usually able repair the majority of broken bones and limbs, there are times when complications and even infections can interfere with the healing process. When this occurs, it may be necessary to remove the injured extremity in an attempt to save the accident victim’s life. After an amputation, accident victims will need to relearn even basic skills, such as walking, driving, or even dressing themselves. In addition, they may be unable to continue in their chosen profession, and be forced to find new lines of employment. It is important to understand the true costs of limb loss before you agree to a settlement. These costs are not always apparent and future expenses, such as prosthetic devices, must be taken into account. A study conducted by John Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy found that the total lifetime costs of amputation was well over a half million dollars. This included costs such as hospitalizations, prosthetics, rehabilitation, therapies, outpatient doctor visits, and pain medications. It did not, however, take into account lost wages, loss of future earnings, or pain and suffering. Prosthetic Devices are Expensive If you have suffered the loss of a limb, you will need to be fitted for a prosthetic. These artificial hands, arms, and legs can be costly and cost between $5,000 and $50,000 depending on their design and material. In addition, being fitted for a prosthetic means additional rehabilitation to learn how to use the new device. It is important to know that these costs are not a one time only cost either. Prosthetic devices are usually changed out every 3-5 years, and this ongoing cost must be taken into account before reaching an appropriate settlement. Contact an Aurora and Denver Personal Injury Attorney If you or someone in your family has lost a limb due to another person’s negligence, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Denver personal injury attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.
Denver Medical Malpractice AttorneyHealth care professionals are required to provide medical treatment that falls within accepted and approved medical standards. When an anesthesia error is made by a Denver medical professional that results in injury or death, the health care provider may be held accountable for medical malpractice. Unfortunately, medical malpractice claims can be difficult and complicated. As such, it is important to discuss your legal options with an experienced Denver medical malpractice lawyer immediately. Time is of the essence; so don’t delay. In the State of Colorado, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a claim. Anesthesia Medical Malpractice: Anesthesiologists, anesthetists, surgeons, medical staff, surgical nurses, as well as their support staff may make anesthesia errors. Additionally, any medical professional who administers or monitors anesthesia may commit an error that harms or kills the patient. Anesthesia errors or complications may occur prior to, during, or after surgery. These types of errors include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Dosage errors
  • Incorrect anesthesia
  • Administering medication that creates a harmful reaction in combination with the anesthesia
  • Failure to thoroughly examine the patient’s medical history
  • Administering insufficient amounts of anesthesia resulting in the patient experiencing the surgery but being unable to communicate this
Complications Caused by Anesthesia: Anesthesia complications are primarily caused by human error. Complications may include:
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Brain trauma
  • Collapsed lung
  • Infection
  • Organ trauma, organ dysfunction
  • Permanent disability
Wrongful Death Lawsuit If your spouse, child, parent or sibling lost their life in an anesthesia-related incident, you may pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages may include funeral expenses, medical costs, lifetime projected lost income of the deceased, and more. Compensatory Damages for Anesthesia Errors: If you were injured by anesthesia errors or complications, you may seek monetary compensation for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, loss of income, projected costs of long term care, loss of consortium and other losses. Your personal injury attorney in Denver, Colorado will discuss your case with you and together you can review your options. Contact an Aurora and Denver Medical Malpractice Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured by an anesthesia error, it is important to seek out a lawyer who will advocate for your health and legal interests. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured medical clients. Contact our Denver medical malpractice attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.
Denver Car accident attorneyFender benders are a fact of life, and they occur nearly every day in every city across the United States. These accidents are also known as low impact accidents because they occur at relatively low speeds and usually only cause minor property damage. In many cases, police reports are never even filed and accident victims simply exchange insurance information and move on with their day. Unfortunately, even low impact accidents can cause injuries that can take days and even weeks to become fully apparent. When the injury does finally surface, accident victims may not realize the correlation between their injury and the accident they endured. When a 2,000-pound automobile or truck collides with another car at just 10 mph, the result is an impact force of 3.7 tons. This force is enough to damage the soft tissues in the neck and back, leading to whiplash, herniated discs, and back sprains. Whiplash is the most common, due to the jarring forces of low impact collisions. Unfortunately, even though low impact accidents can cause injuries, the majority of insurance companies are suspicious of these types of claims. As such, they may delay or deny your claim unfairly or investigate you closely in an attempt to prove fraud. Documentation of your injury is critical to winning your claim and the compensation you need. Your attorney may need to show medical tests, diagnoses, and even expert testimony to fight the insurance company on your behalf. Proving that your low impact accident caused an injury is difficult—but with the right legal representation, it is not impossible. Your experienced Denver car accident attorney can help you after a low impact accident, so you can focus on your rehabilitation and on your recovery. Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney If you or someone you love has been injured in a low impact car accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover. Contact our Denver personal injury attorneys for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help. Call us at 303-597-4500. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail.