What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Being involved in a personal injury lawsuit can be incredibly stressful and intimidating for a variety of reasons. Not only are you trying to focus on recovering from your accident injuries, but you’re also faced with the daunting task of being involved in the legal system. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer can make all the difference in your case should you find yourself involved in a personal injury claim.

Personal injury attorneys can guide you through the complexities of the justice system while simultaneously taking stress off your plate, allowing you to focus on the recovery process. If you are unsure of what a personal injury attorney does or whether you need one, reach out to the legal team at Bachus & Schanker to discuss your situation today!

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What does a personal injury lawyer do?

A personal injury lawyer focuses on helping injury victims recover compensation for the losses they sustained in an accident. Individuals who are injured are typically entitled to monetary payment for all the ways they have suffered, including economic and non-economic damages. 

When you work with an experienced personal injury lawyer, you will likely receive competent and thorough legal representation throughout the duration of your lawsuit. Some of the services you can expect from your personal injury attorney include: 

  • Gathering evidence to support your claim and build a strong case
  • Speaking to the insurance companies and their legal teams
  • Filing documents and take the necessary steps to progress your claim
  • Valuing your damages and claim the maximum amount for your losses
  • Negotiating a fair settlement 
  • Representing you in court if your case goes to trial

Although going to trial is not as common as the media portrays it, the personal injury attorneys at Bachus & Schanker have extensive experience representing clients in the courtroom and are proud to fight for your rights in front of a judge. We are confident in our skills to argue your case in the courtroom, and we will guide you through every step of the process to ensure you know what to anticipate at each point.

You can read more on each of these services below!

Protects your interests

A personal injury attorney understands the severity of what it is you are experiencing, which only enhances their drive to protect your interests. Insurance companies and opposing parties often try to take advantage of the accident victim; however, the personal injury attorneys at Bachus & Schanker know your rights and how to protect them, ensuring you receive nothing but the maximum compensation you are owed. 

Insurance companies do what they can to pay less or not pay at all

Unsurprisingly, any insurance companies involved are likely not working in your best interest. Instead, insurance companies typically focus on their only end goal: settling the claim in the fastest and cheapest way possible. Unlike your personal injury attorney, insurance companies do not care whether you receive the appropriate compensation for your medical recovery or other expenses. This is why having a personal injury attorney who knows how to fight against these entities is essential to the success of your personal injury claims.

Handles communication

Like any lawsuit, personal injury cases involve a lot of communication on your behalf. Whether it’s correspondence with the courts, opposing counsel, insurance companies, or medical professionals, there will certainly be plenty of communication throughout this process. Since handling this communication can be overwhelming for many victims, our personal injury attorneys handle every aspect of communication on your behalf, ensuring that the correspondence is handled properly and allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Less stress allows you to focus on recovery

Given the stress that comes with a personal injury lawsuit, it’s not surprising that this stress can impair an accident victim’s recovery process. This is yet another reason why it’s so important to have a personal injury attorney representing your interests. Knowing that your lawsuit is in the hands of a trained professional, you will be able to focus exclusively on your road to recovery.

Investigates the facts

Investigating the facts is one of the primary responsibilities of a personal injury attorney. It is our job to ensure we know the facts of your case like the back of our hand so that we may build a strong and impenetrable argument on your behalf.

Discovery process

The discovery process is the point in a lawsuit where both sides collect any necessary evidence relevant to the case. Common discoveries requested during a personal injury lawsuit include medical records, police reports, insurance claims, and lost wages.

Accurately calculates damages

Damages in a personal injury claim are the combined total of economic and non-economic damages. Economic losses can be totaled with evidence and accounting. Non-economic damages are based on verifiable losses based on the severity of physical injuries and the plaintiff’s emotional suffering.

Our attorneys realize that understanding economic and non-economic damages can be difficult for plaintiffs, which is why we are happy to break down the difference for you so you can thoroughly understand the damages and compensation you are owed for your accident. 

Economic damages are also known as compensatory monetary damages. These types of damages reflect direct expenses and bills incurred due to the accident. Common economic damages include medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, include any losses that are not directly financial. Instead, non-economic damages reflect the actual losses and suffering that an accident victim experiences as a result of the incident. Common non-economic damages include emotional anguish and pain and suffering.

In Colorado, personal injury law creates guidelines for calculating punitive damages, if appropriate, allowing the plaintiff to achieve justice in addition to monetary compensation for their damages. 

Our attorneys at Bachus & Schanker are well-versed in Colorado law and are confident in our abilities to reach a favorable and accurate settlement on your behalf.

Negotiates settlements

Given our extensive experience handling personal injury lawsuits, it’s unsurprising that our legal team is very comfortable negotiating settlements on our client’s behalf. We pride ourselves in thoroughly understanding what our client needs as well as how to communicate effectively with the opposing counsel. We understand what needs to be said, when it needs to be said, and how to portray our arguments. We never settle for anything less than what you are owed for your accident and take negotiations as seriously as possible.

If a settlement can’t be reached, represents you at trial

In the rare situation that a settlement is not reached in your personal injury lawsuit, our attorneys are expertly skilled at arguing a case in the courtroom. Since trials can be long and costly, we do what we can to minimize any unnecessary aspects as well as ensure that you remain well-informed throughout the entire duration of the trial. 

If you have been injured, let the experienced lawyers at Bachus & Schanker help

Here at Bachus & Schanker, our personal injury attorneys take pride in representing our clients and advocating on your behalf for justice following the accident. Our legal team proudly offers the following services for our clients: 

  • Decades of combined experience in personal injury law
  • No upfront costs, no hourly fees, and no out-of-pocket expenses
  • A team of specialized attorneys and support staff available around the clock
  • Over $1 billion was recovered in successful settlements and verdicts
  • A compassionate and supportive approach to helping our clients and their families
  • Aggressive negotiation and litigation skills to recover maximum compensation for our clients

We understand better than anyone how difficult and traumatic it can be to be involved in a personal injury lawsuit. Let us handle the legal side of things while you and your loved ones focus on what matters most: recovering.


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Kyle is a member of the Colorado and Florida Bar associations and has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for more than twenty years in total. Over the years, Kyle has achieved justice for many clients. He has served on numerous committees and repeatedly won recognition from his peers at both the state and national level. He is proud of the role he has played in the passage of state and national legislation to protect consumers and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer.