Hillary R. Ross, Esq. is a Partner in the Firm’s Denver office. Ms. Ross’ practice focuses on personal injury claims, employment, consumer claims and class actions in both state and federal courts as well as appellate matters. Prior to joining The Bourassa Law Group, Ms. Ross was a staff attorney at a regional Denver law firm representing employers in employment and labor law matters.
Prior to relocating to Denver, Ms. Ross was an associate at a national employment and labor firm in Los Angeles, representing employers in employment and labor litigation with an emphasis on class action wage and hour claims. Ms. Ross obtained her law degree cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. Ms. Ross is admitted to practice in all State Courts in California and Colorado, as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the District of Colorado, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.