Colorado Personal Injury Resources

Colorado was named after the Colorado River which Spanish explorers named, “Rio Colorado,” due to the reddish silt that flows into it from the mountains. It is located centrally among the Mountain states and it surrounds most of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Colorado became a state in the centennial year of the United States Declaration of Independence and accordingly received the nickname “The Centennial State.” Personal injury cases in Colorado are usually handled in the state court. They can be filed in the county or district where the incident happened. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, is 2 years from when the incident happened. For cases that involve motor vehicles, the limit is 3 years.
Colorado had an estimated population of 5,187,582 in the year 2012, which makes it the 22nd most populous in the United States. The state had a total of 378,845 civil incoming cases, which is 7,503 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 5,039 are tort cases, tried in the District Court. In 2000, caregiver Sherry Lynn Muniz, working in an adult assisted living facility, was struck by 83 year old Helen Everly. Muniz subsequently brought suit against Everly’s granddaughter, Barbara White. In the end, the jury favored the defendants because she was mentally incapacitated and ruled that Mrs. Everly did not know what she was doing.
The state of Colorado has a modified comparative fault law, meaning the ability to recover damages is limited. Damages may only be recovered if one is less than 50% responsible for the accident and damages will be reduced depending on the degree of fault. Like the rest of the country, in Colorado, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents.

Colorado State Resources
State of Colorado: http://www.colorado.gov/
Official Portal of Colorado: http://www.colorado.gov/
Colorado Legislature Online: http://www.leg.state.co.us/
Colorado Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://www.colorado.gov/government/government/index.html
Colorado Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.co.us/
El Paso County Official Website: http://www.elpasoco.com

Colorado Court Resources
Colorado Courts Online: http://www.courts.state.co.us/
Links for Colorado Courts: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Index.cfm
Colorado Office of Court Administration: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/
Supreme Court of Colorado: http://www.coloradosupremecourt.us/
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Colorado Legal Associates
State Bar of Colorado: http://www.cobar.org/
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
El Paso County Bar Association: http://www.elpasocountybar.org
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Colorado Legal Resources
Personal Injury in Colorado: http://research.lawyers.com/Colorado/Personal-Injury-in-Colorado.html
Colorado Legal Resources: http://www.cobar.org/page.cfm/ID/20131/
Colorado Constitution: http://tornado.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/constitution_print.htm
Colorado Legislature and Statutes Online: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CGA-LegislativeCouncil/CLC/1200536136342
Colorado Rules of Evidence: http://www.boulder-bar.org/bar_media_manual/evidence/13.11.html
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Colorado Public Records finder: http://www.freeprf.com/colorado.html
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com
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