I have over 30 years experience in practicing personal injury law in the State of Colorado. So many clients, trials, arbitrations, settlement conferences, so many horribly hurt people.
How many of you think there are too many lawyers and too many lawsuits in this country? I do, but, how many of you think there should be justice for an injured mom, dad, or child who is horribly hurt in an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Should an injured person have the right to recover money when they lose income for long periods of time from being out of work when they are recovering from an injury? Would you personally need money if you lost your income for a long period of time if you were injured? Should the negligent person or drunk driver and their insurance companies be responsible for the medical costs if somebody is horribly hurt?
The answer in...
THE SAD DEATH OF BETTY GONZALES
Betty Gonzales gave me a hug and told me she would fix her best home cooked meal.
It was Friday afternoon, December 7, 2007. She was leaving the Pueblo courthouse with her husband John and son Pete. They had won their jury trial.
On May 5, 2006 at 5:00 p.m., John was hit by a semi. He was driving north from Walsenburg on Interstate 25, in rain and fog. John was taken by ambulance to St. Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. He was critical. He was placed in the Intensive Care Unit. His diagnosis was internal bleeding with ten fractured ribs. He survived to live with chronic back and rib pain. He was 71 years old.
When a spouse is hurt in an accident, the other spouse has rights, loss of companionship, loss of the ability to help out, loss of intimacy. That is why Betty was in...
Who pays the verdict in a personal injury case? Is it the defendant? Is it the defendant’s insurance company, Allstate, State Farm, Farmers, American Family, GEICO, Progressive? Or is it the insurance company paying a portion and the defendant, who is on the hook, and will lose personal assets? The answer, the insurance company pays the entire amount, not the Defendant.
What I am going to tell you about who pays in a personal injury case is something that every insurance company in America does not want the jury to hear. In fact, they do not want a jury to openly discuss at trial who pays. Insurance is a fact of life in the United States of America. Each of us pays for insurance. We pay for insurance for our cars, for our homes, health insurance for life insurance and we pay insurance for virtually every product that we purchase. For...
I ran across this article about overcoming tragedy. It reminds me of the countless clients who have done their best to overcome injuries that sideline them from the physical activities that we all love in Colorado. I think Laura has a brilliant future. Maybe as a writer. David S. Hoover
Before it happened, I jokingly said that some days were the worst days of my life. I said it often when I woke up late and missed the bus or got a bad grade. But when you really experience the worst day of your life, your entire world is rocked and a stupid bad grade just doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
I remember September 14, 2011 just like it was yesterday, even though now it has been almost a year. Almost. That day I had a cross country meet after a visit to the doctor’s office. I was awake at five thirty...