Who We Are and What We Do
Rick has an extensive background in the criminal justice system as well as working on cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents.

Rick has been a prosecutor in both the 18th and 21st Judicial Districts and spent a number of years as a peace officer, culminating as a Captain with the Mesa County Sheriff's office.

Our office has an experienced and knowledgeable staff to help take the burden off the injured person.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of cases do you take?

I take personal injury cases that originate from vehicle accidents.

What is your fee for taking my case?
I take cases on a contingency fee basis. What that means is that I only get paid my percentage based on your receiving a settlement. In other words, if you don’t get paid, I don’t get paid.

What is the best way to contact you about taking my case?
The easiest way to contact me is to call my office at 970-243-3500.

Ok, I have an appointment to meet with you. What should I bring?
Bring any information you have regarding your accident and injuries. In most cases, this will include three main items: an accident report, including witness statements and their contact information as well as the police report and any pictures of the accident itself, any correspondence between yourself and the insurance company that you are working with, and all medical bills that you have incurred as a result of the accident, including prescriptions.

How long will it take to settle my case?
There is no set answer to this question. Each case is completely unique and the time it takes from start to finish will vary based on different factors, including the insurance companies’ processes and the extent of you injuries.

What does Colossus have to do with my case?
Some insurance companies use a program called Colossus, or some variation of it, to settle insurance claims. Essentially, it is designed for the adjuster to insert certain numbers pertaining to your case and injury, and it determines the amount that you will receive for your claim. Its intent is to insure that companies award amounts of money based on certain standards. Because it is a computer program, it is susceptible to returning inappropriate amounts based on subjective injuries, such as pain and suffering.

Colorado Car Insurance at a Glance

The state of Colorado has minimum requirements for auto insurance and at this writing are $25,000 liability coverage per person and $50,000 per accident.

This means that if you own a car in Colorado you have to carry this much insurance to legally meet the state's requirements; so that insurance is available if someone is injured due to negligence of the car's owner or driver.

There is no requirement to carry such insurance as collision, comprehensive or even, uninsured motorist coverage for personal use automibles.

Colorado is now what is referred to as a tort system state, which means that each party is responsible for their medical coverage (in most instances although there are factors that can change this, so be aware) and the at fault party may be required to pay for the injuries, damage, suffering and reimbursement of the medical bills of the party that is injured.

Some auto policies offer a degree of medical coverage for injuries sustained in an accident and these vary by policy. Coverage is also available for protection from uninsured motorists who may damage or injure you and have no complying insurance or not enough insurance to cover your damages.

Colorado is also a comparative negligence state which means that a party may be found to be at least partially at fault for causing their own injury and this can be a factor in determining the amount of compensation that the injured party is entitled.

More complete and updated information about Colorado's requirements for automobile insurance can be found by going to the state department of insurance website at-www.dora.state.co.us or calling them at 1 -800 - 930 - 3745.

Settling on an amount of compensation for an automobile accident can be a complicated process and may involve a number of time limits and methods of settling the case to prevent a loss of rights for the injured party.

A person wishing to settle their case should either contact a legal professional or at a minimum do extensive research to determine the rights and obligations they have when attempting to settle the case.

Nothing on this website is or should be construed as legal advice and before acting in this or any legal matter a person should contact an authoritative body or competent professional. The information contained on this website is not warrantied and is for general informational purposes only.