Does The Jury Know?

If I file a lawsuit to recover damages for my medical bills and other damages that I suffered in my car accident, and I proceed to trial, will the jury know that the other driver is insured (and that the other driver will not have to come out of pocket if the jury awards damages)?

In Colorado, damages are to be determined without reference to the defendant’s ability to pay, including the consideration of whether the defendant has liability insurance. Evidence of insurance is inadmissible evidence to show that a person acted negligently or otherwise wrongfully. CRE 411.

In some rare, limited circumstances, evidence of insurance may become admissible if such evidence of insurance is offered for some limited purposes, for example to show ownership of a vehicle, or bias of a witness.  However, in my experience, insurance companies zealously protect the jury from becoming aware that the defendant is fully insured.

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By |January 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Does The Jury Know?|

Three Lighthearted Quotes Every Lawyer Should Know

In the age of social media, quotes have become an easily shareable way to spread inspiration, humor, and knowledge. However, with so many quotes shared so rapidly, it can be easy to simply overlook the impact of a particular quote or even remember the saying for the future.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of our favorite quotes that deal with out everyday profession in a more lighthearted fashion. In a line of work that can often be stressful, it’s important to focus on the bright side and have a laugh. Here are three of our favorite playful quotes that might just speak to anyone in the world of litigation.

“I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.” – Stephen Wright

“A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a “brief.” – Franz Kafka

“Where there’s a will, there’s a lawyer.” – Robert Elliott Gonzales

Quotes come from Holidappy and Notable-Quotes.

By |January 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Three Lighthearted Quotes Every Lawyer Should Know|

Law Blogs To Follow in 2020

Happy New Year! We’d like to thank all of our followers for so much support throughout 2019, and hope that the new year and new decade bring more positive and unforgettable moments.

A few weeks ago, we posted a list of some of our favorite law-related podcasts, including Legal Toolkit and Lawyer 2 Lawyer. Continuing that theme, we would like to take this opportunity to put the spotlight on some of our favorite blogs that tackle legal issues from advertising and misleading consumers to social media law.

Socially Aware

With the 2010s coming to a close, it’s hard not to see just how social media has shaped an entire decade. Along those lines, it’s been quite an experience to examine just how the law is changing around the rapidly evolving social media landscape. Socially Aware acts as a go-to hub of information on social media law, with analysis on Instagram ad copyright issues and the complexities of content curation.

The Legal Geeks

If you’re looking for something you won’t find on your standard law blog, you’ll want to visit the Legal Geeks website. With legal analysis of episodes of popular shows such as The Mandalorian and questions such as “Does Thor Working With the U.S. Government Violate the Establishment Clause?” answered, fans of all things sci-fi and law will definitely find some entertainment.

Financial Panther

Student loans can be extremely daunting for any recent law school graduate. However, Kevin Ha had a strategic approach to his debt and wants to share his stories […]

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Law Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts are definitely a force in the entertainment industry, allowing anyone with a microphone, an internet connection, and a discussion topic to broadcast their thoughts to the world. And, as you’d imagine, we happen to enjoy law podcasts here at Law One. Here are just a few law-focused podcasts that definitely deserve a subscription.

The Lawyerist Podcast

Every week, Stephanie Everett, Aaron Street, and Sam Glover come together to discuss everything from practicing law and beyond. A few recent episodes discuss the scientific side of charisma, maximizing a remote workplace, and not taking unscheduled phonecalls. Check them their official website here!

Legal Toolkit

Any podcast that can product consistent content for nearly a decade is surely something to behold. This is the case with Legal Toolkit, a show that specializes in management advice for your practice. Host Jared Correia looks at a number of topics through a legal lens, such as data literacy, cryptocurrency, and virtual bookkeeping. New episodes can be found on their official website.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer

The longest continually-running legal podcast, Lawyer 2 Lawyer is hosted by established law bloggers Robert Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams. Together, the two discuss a number of the most popular topics in the legal world, often with conflicting viewpoints. The podcast has currently recorded over 500 podcasts, so you’ve got a little bit of catching up to do. Check out the Legal Talk Network for new episodes!

Opening Arguments

Legal topics aren’t always the most “fun” to talk about. […]

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Introducing our New Social Media Videos

There’s no doubt that video is the future. With the rise of social media and the increasing speed of information, video has become an increasingly efficient manner of spreading ideas and entertainment. With this in mind, our social media team has begun creating informative videos on our fields of expertise. Some of these include facts revolving around dog bite injuries, back-related issues, and personal injury settlements. Make sure to take a look at our videos below and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!

By |November 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Introducing our New Social Media Videos|

Follow Us on Social Media!

Are you interested in keeping up to date with Law One news and content? Make sure to follow us on our various social media channels! Our general posts include everything from news surrounding Law One events and updates to law statistics and facts. For example, some of our recent posts have included our collaboration with the Colorado Chiropractic Association Convention and a short video detailing personal injury settlement facts. 

Make sure to keep an eye out for our content on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The law community is extremely active on social media, so we make sure to keep up with all the most relevant hashtags, such as #denverlaw, #personalinjurylawyers, and #lawyersofInstagram. We’ve made a lot of great connections through these hashtags, with local law firms and national professionals alike, so make sure to check them out!

Is there any other types of content you’d be interested in seeing? Reach out to our social channels and let us know! 

By |October 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Follow Us on Social Media!|

The Importance of a Will

The primary importance of a will is that you can designate what assets are going to go to which person. You can designate a certain asset to go to a certain person, that a group of assets will go to a group of people, or that your entire estate goes to a certain group of people in certain percentages. You can also designate a personal representative. A personal representative is what’s also known as an executor. That person is going to garner all your assets, pay all your debts, and then distribute the property that’s left in accordance with your wishes. You can also designate a guardian in your will. Although not binding on the court, normally the court will follow your wishes and designate the guardian you select. Finally, you can designate a minor as one of your beneficiaries. If you do so, we can create a trust such that that minor will be paid in time as you direct.

By |May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Importance of a Will|

Dog bites and recovery

To recover in Colorado for a dog attack, there is no longer a requirement that the victim prove that the owner of the dog knew of the dog’s vicious tendencies, if serious bodily injury results. A person who suffers serious bodily injury from being bitten by a dog while lawfully on public or private property is entitled to bring a civil action to recover economic damages against the dog owner regardless of the viciousness or dangerous propensities of the dog or the dog owner’s knowledge or lack of knowledge of the dog’s viciousness or dangerous propensities. C.R.S. 13-21-124.

Serious bodily injury means substantial risk of serious permanent disfigurement, a substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of the function of any organ of the body, or any break or fracture. C.R.S. 18-1-901.

If the  owner knew of the dangerous propensities of the dog, the victim may then recover noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and permanent impairment. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, call us for more information.

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By |April 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Dog bites and recovery|

Auto Claims

 

On occasion, the at fault driver that causes injury in an auto accident cannot be found, whether they leave the  country or get “lost” in this country. If that driver is insured at the time if the accident, such insurer can  become the agent for service of process if it can be demonstrated that reasonable effort was utilized to locate the absent at fault driver. In that event, a civil action can still be pursued against the absent at fault driver, up to the limit of the insurance coverage. This applies even if the at fault driver terminated coverage after the accident but before the lawsuit is filed.  C.R.S. 42-7-414(3).

 

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By |December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Auto Claims|

Maintenance Calculations

Guidelines for Maintenance (formerly alimony) in Colorado: The Colorado Legislature revised the maintenance statute effective January 1, 2014. There are now guidelines for maintenance, similar to those of child support. Under the relatively new law, the amount of presumed maintenance is calculated by taking forty percent of the higher income party’s monthly adjusted gross income less fifty percent of the lower income party’s monthly adjusted gross income. C.R.S. 14-10-114. There are certain exceptions and conditions. To strategize regarding maintenance in your case, you need an experienced, intelligent attorney.

 

Experienced. Ethical. Intelligent. Personable. Law One.

 

Joseph Elio

Law One

1444 Blake Street

Denver, CO 80202

303.831.8313

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By |October 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maintenance Calculations|