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Auto accident checklist - If you are involved in an auto accident be prepared to take the following steps in order to protect your recovery and claim: (1) report all accidents to the police and obtain a police report number; (2) seek medical treatment if you are injured without delay; (3) take pictures of the accident and the vehicles involved if possible; and (4) obtain party and witness information, including name, address, phone numbers, and email addresses.  You should also obtain information for the other party's insurance company before you leave the scene of an accident.  Recovery for your injuries can seem daunting, so contact a lawyer at KCH if you have any questions.

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The Other Guy Caused the Accident; Who Pays My Medical Bills?

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YOU DO!  Even when your personal injury is someone else’s fault, you are initially responsible to pay your own medical bills while insurance companies are investigating the accident and determining liability.

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Mediation

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Using ADR in Domestic Cases- Many family law practitioners recommend using alternate dispute resolution (mediation) in highly contested family law matters. 

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Tucker and the Collateral Source Rule - In 2010 the Colorado Supreme Court addressed the "billed v. paid" issue in personal injury cases.  The fight was whether a tort plaintiff is entitled to recover the full amount billed for medical treatment, or whether recovery is limited to the discounted amounts actually paid by an insurer in full satisfaction of billed amounts.  Tucker, 242 P.3d 1080 (Colo. 2010), clearly favors the plaintiff.  Defendants are not entitled to a post-verdict setoff of the difference between the billed and paid amounts.

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