Choose a lawyer who has won tough cases.

An “easy” case (for example, think of a drunk driver caught in the act by security cameras) can be quickly settled by a rookie or inexperienced lawyer. There are not many of these easy cases. Anyone can settle an easy case (as compared to trying a less obvious case to a jury, to a verdict).

So, the lawyer you should hire for your own personal injury or insurance case is the one who has run the gauntlet and won jury trials, particularly in cases with an “unpopular” client where the deck was stacked against them, and cases where the opposing party was not a drunk driver and was otherwise presentable in court.

Jim Gigax has successfully represented unpopular parties such as illegal immigrants and insurance companies in jury trials, so your case, while still very challenging, won’t start with the opposition already two touchdowns ahead.

Jim helps people with injury and insurance cases in Colorado and Wyoming*.

Some of Jim’s cases are summarized below.

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Insurance Cases

As a policy holder, the insurer owes many things, including prompt payment of claims. A denied claim or a delayed claim is not hopeless. If an insurer delays or denies your claim without a good reason, the insurer may owe you not only a check for the amount of the claim, but also compensation for your losses or damages that the delayed or denied claim caused you.

For example, emotional distress damages can be very large in bad faith cases, even though the insured did not suffer any financial hardship from the delay in payment of the claim.

On top of these compensatory damages, the insured may recover punitive damages if there is strong proof that the insurer has acted with willful and wanton conduct, or malice, fraud and/or oppression. For instance, evidence that an insurer ignored facts in its file which supported the claim while focusing on the facts justifying denial may be enough to obtain punitive damages.

Published Cases

Golden Rule Insurance v. Lease, 755 F. Supp. 948 (D. Colo. 1991); Martin v. Principal Cas. Ins. Co., 835 P.2d 505 (Colo.App. 1991); Golden Rule Ins. Corp. v. Greenfield, 786 F.Supp. 914 (D.Colo.1992) Baldwin v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co., 283 F.Supp.2d 1148 (D.Colo. 2003); Myers v. Alliance For Affordable Services et al., 318 F.Supp.2d 1055 (D.Colo. 2004); Medina v. Conseco Annuity Assurance Co., 121 P.2d 345 (Colo. App. 2005); Fabjancic v. Union Central Life Insurance Co., 2006 WL 2406268 (D.Colo.); Sierra v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co., 2013 WL 5323083 (D. Colo. 2013); Romero v. Reiman Corp., 2012 WL 9385475, (D.Wyo. 2012).

More on Attorney Jim Gigax

 

MDAF-logoJim is a member of the exclusive Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for lawyers who have obtained more than one million dollars for a client in a single case.

Jim Gigax is a Life Member of the MILLION DOLLAR ADVOCATES FORUM®, which is one the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 3000 members throughout the country.

 

Jim Gigax, with more than two decades representing insurers and policy holders, brings this experience to policy holders to obtain the benefit of the policy for which they paid their hard-earned dollars. An informed plan to maximize coverage and enforcement prospects is absolutely critical to any person’s financial security. Retaining seasoned, qualified, un-biased counsel to assist you in your insurance issue is critical to preserving your rights under your policy. Jim entered the insurance field in 1986, when he was General Counsel to Rocky Mountain Life Insurance Company, and Associate General Counsel to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado. He re-entered private practice in 1988.

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Jim is listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys

*The Wyoming State Bar does not certify any lawyer as a specialist or expert. Anyone considering a lawyer should independently investigate the lawyer’s credentials and ability, and not rely upon advertisements or self-proclaimed expertise.