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Attorneys Committed To You
The Gasper Law Group, PLLC is one of the top law firms in Colorado Springs and serves El Paso County, Teller County, Douglas County, Pueblo Count and the Greater Denver Metropolitan area. Our well-established law firm enjoys a solid reputation and provides clients with experienced, high-quality and dedicated representation in the areas of Family Law (Divorce), Civil Law (Personal Injury), and Criminal Defense.
We help our clients by offering invaluable advice, performing excellent legal work and advocating zealously for our clients in court. Sometimes, however, the economic reality of litigation is a tough pill to swallow. Rest assured, however, that The Gasper Law Group understands that, even though legal assistance can be expensive, excellent and experienced representation can be provided in an affordable manner by offering Low Retainers and No Interest Payment Plans.
By offering Low Retainers and No Interest Payment Plans, The Gasper Law Group can continue to work with clients to ensure they get the best representation without being burdened with the ever-increasing initial costs of retaining an attorney and then maintaining legal representation by paying outrageous sums of money throughout a client’s case. We are proud of our representation of clients and our ability to keep our legal fees reasonable. The Gasper Law Group Team is not all about the money; we are all about Helping People First!
Knowledgeable Legal Representation for Injured Individuals in Colorado Springs
With a commitment to using cutting edge technology in the service of our clients, the injury attorneys at the Gasper Law Group offer diligent representation to accident victims in Colorado Springs and beyond. Our legal professionals provide individuals throughout Southern Colorado with experienced, dedicated representation in many areas, including personal injury, family law, insurance bad faith, and criminal defense. Whether you have been struck by a careless driver, are contemplating a divorce, or are facing prosecution, we can help you understand your rights and potential options.
Pursuing a Negligence Claim After an Accident
If you have been harmed due to another person’s negligent conduct, such as in an auto accident or in a slip and fall, you may have a claim for damages. Lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, property damage, and other forms of harm may all be compensable if another individual or entity is found to be legally liable for your injuries. It is important to take action without delay after an accident, since a law known as the statute of limitations restricts the period within which you can bring a lawsuit.
Generally, personal injury cases are based on showing the four standard elements of negligence. First, you must demonstrate that you were owed a duty of care, or legal obligation to act in a reasonable manner, by the person or entity that you are suing (the “defendant”). You must also show that the defendant breached that duty by engaging in some careless conduct. For example, drivers have the responsibility to operate their vehicles with at least as much care as the ordinary person would use in a similar situation. Careless behavior like violating traffic rules or driving too fast for conditions usually will fall short of this standard.
After you have identified the duty and the behavior that constituted the breach, you must draw a direct causal link from the defendant’s carelessness to your injuries and identify quantifiable damages that you incurred as a result. To establish causation, you would need to show that you would not have been hurt if the defendant had met the appropriate standard of care, and that your injuries were a foreseeable result of the careless actions. Damages can be both economic and non-economic, which means that they can be based on objective costs or tied to the subjective harm that you experienced.
In some instances, a defendant may argue that the accident victim was partly at fault for his or her own injuries. He or she still can recover compensation, however, as long as that amount of responsibility is less than 50 percent. Any eventual damages award will be reduced in proportion to the victim’s degree of fault.
Sensitive Guidance in Family Law Matters
While the laws governing divorce, child custody, child support, and related family law matters are well-established, these cases are generally decided according to their particular facts. Every situation is unique, and our attorneys will explore the nuances of your needs and goals carefully before advising you.
A Colorado resident is entitled to file for divorce when the marriage is irretrievably broken, meaning there is no possibility of reconciliation. Neither party is required to prove fault.
Colorado is an equitable distribution state, meaning the judge need not divide marital property evenly, but instead can divide the couple’s assets based on what is fair. Marital property generally includes any property accumulated during the marriage. The court will examine several factors to determine how it should be divided, such as each spouse’s contribution to the marital estate (including homemaking), the dollar value of the marital property, each spouse’s economic circumstances, and whether either spouse contributed separate property to the marriage. Separate property is defined as property acquired prior to the marriage, or by gift or inheritance, and is typically not subject to the court’s division.
In child custody disputes, a Colorado court will need to determine the best interests of each child involved. This process includes considering factors such as the parents’ desires, the child’s relationship with the parents, the child’s adjustment to new circumstances, and each parent’s ability to encourage communication between the child and the other parent. The court generally will not modify a custody order unless both parents agree or a substantial change in circumstances occurs.
Holding an Insurance Company Accountable for Acts of Bad Faith
Insurers owe a duty of good faith and fair dealing to the individuals who have policies with them. Accordingly, an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing automatically arises by operation of law in every insurance contract. If an insurer violates that covenant, our lawyers can help the insured individual sue the company on both tort and breach of contract claims.
Tort claims have additional advantages beyond breach of contract claims, since tort claims permit the policy holder to be awarded punitive damages. Furthermore, consequential damages on breach of contract claims are generally subject to constraints not applicable to tort actions. In some cases, the policyholder can recover his or her attorney fees, court costs, plus two times the covered benefit. Thus, if the insurance company’s conduct is particularly egregious, the policyholder sometimes can recover more than the original value of the claim.
Fight Criminal Charges with the Assistance of a Skilled Professional
Our firm can also provide experienced criminal defense for Colorado residents facing prosecution. Some of the matters that we have handled include DUI offenses, sex crimes, and cases in municipal courts. While being accused of a crime is a deeply stressful experience, it is important to remember that defendants have many rights to protect them. For example, evidence that is seized by law enforcement in violation of those rights can be excluded at trial, undermining the case against you. Moreover, the prosecution must prove every element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and a tenacious attorney can help make sure that it is held to that high standard.
El Paso County Attorneys Skilled in Asserting the Rights of Accident Victims
If you are in need of legal representation in El Paso County or the surrounding area, the experienced family law, criminal defense, and accident lawyers at the Gasper Law Group may be able to help. To set up a FREE initial consultation with our office, you can call us at 719-227-7779 or complete our contact form. We take pride in guiding our clients through some of the most challenging times in their lives. Many of the people who have sought our services have come from Castle Rock, Woodland Park, Pueblo, Canon City and Southern Denver, among other communities in Douglas County and throughout the state.
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