Understanding Negligence Laws in Colorado

Hi there! Natalie Anne Lipnicki-Stuart is back with a new post about the negligence laws in Colorado. A friend of mine works at Justice for Colorado, a personal injury firm in Denver, and she informed me that negligence laws play a major role in personal injury cases.

It’s important for you to understand the negligence laws in your state, because they dictate whether you can file a claim, how much compensation you can receive, and how long you have to file a claim. Read on to learn more about Colorado’s negligence laws.

What is Negligence?

Negligence is the concept that all persons have a duty not to cause harm to others. In some cases, people have even more specific requirements, such as a store owner’s duty to maintain safe premises at all times. If negligence is found to have played a role in causing a person harm, the injured party can sue for damages.

Does Colorado Use a “Fault System” when it Comes to Auto Wrecks?

Yes, Colorado uses a fault system for car crash cases. This means that the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying for the injured party’s damages.

What is Comparative Negligence?

Comparative negligence is when the actions of both involved parties in an accident are compared. For instance, if you were travelling five miles over the speed limit and a drunk driver crashed into you, your negligence will figure into your claim. Because you were speeding slightly, your damages can be reduced by the negligence assigned to you.

How Long Do You Have to File Your Claim?

You have two years to file a claim for an accident involving negligence in Colorado.

What Types of Compensation Can You Receive?

You can be compensated through an injury claim for all the damages you suffered as a result of your accident. You can receive a settlement or award that should be equivalent to the losses you’ve faced. 

Your compensation could cover things like pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, mental distress, physical therapy treatment, mental health services, and lost life enjoyment.

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I’m Natalie, and I care greatly about educating all Americans on the legal system and rules that govern all of our lives. Legal studies should be for everyone—not just for lawyers. Visit me again next week when I’ll be back with another blog post on a different legal topic.