Colorado Personal Injury Attorney

Trial Attorneys For
Complex Personal Injury Cases

Serving Colorado for over 35 years

When an injury affects your life, we fight to protect your future.

Whether your injury was caused by a motor vehicle collision or a slip and fall, accident victims often have one thing in common: they are not sure what to do next. The time period immediately following an accident or diagnosis often leaves victims feeling frightened, confused, and overwhelmed. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate this difficult time alone. The experienced attorneys at Chalat Hatten & Banker are here to answer your questions and protect your legal rights in the compassionate and dedicated manner you deserve.

Chalat Hatten & Banker has been recognized by some of the most renowned organizations in the legal field, our peers, and satisfied clients for the consistent, high quality of our work.

Call (303) 861-1042 today and learn how we can help you. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to discuss your case and your legal options. There is absolutely no charge to consult with our legal team, and we represent clients on a contingency fee basis which means you don’t anything until we secure money on your behalf.

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    What Sets Our Personal Injury Law Firm Apart?

    Our attorneys are proven trial lawyers with more than 100 years of combined experience in injury and death cases, and a rich history of success obtaining results for our clients. Chalat Hatten & Banker is known for our honest, ethical legal counsel and tenacious, trial-ready advocacy. Our practice is exclusive to serving accident victims and their families — helping people just like you get back on their feet.

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    We are consistently ranked as one of Colorado’s top injury law firms. We have a proven track record of maximizing results for our clients, including publishing several record-setting verdicts and awards. Year after year, our lawyers are recognized as leaders in the field, earning our industry’s most prestigious awards for ethical standards, client service, and results. Our team is your assurance of competency and reliability when you need it most.

    ClientS COME FIRST

    We’re good at what we do because we follow a simple guiding principle: the client comes first. Direct access to your attorney, communication, responsiveness, and personal attention are our promises to you. You will receive the legal care you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal counsel combined with the utmost in client service, every step of the way.

    Contingency-Fee Based

    If you have been injured in an auto accident, any concern about legal fees should not stop you from contacting a personal injury attorney. That’s because every case we represent is handled on a contingency fee basis which means you don’t pay any attorney fees until we secure money on your behalf. There are no upfront costs or hourly fees, and there is never a charge to consult with our team.

    2022 Best Law Firm in Colorado Personal Injury Award
    Colorado Law Best Personal Injury Lawyer Jim Chalat Award
    2022 Super Lawyers Award Best Personal Injury Lawyers Denver Colorado
    Top Personal Injury Lawyers in Denver 5280 Award

    Case Results



    Recovered on behalf of our client from Idaho Springs who suffered catastrophic injuries after a drunk driver left a mountain road and slammed into him as he was laying in his driveway, changing the oil in wife’s car.


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    Jury verdict for our client whose Ford Explorer’s seat malfunctioned after being rear-ended, causing significant injuries to his back and neck.


    wrongful death/drunk driving

    Recovered for the family of a Denver man who was tragically killed by a drunk driver.



    Recovered on behalf of a minor who sustained a comminuted fracture to her left humerus, a fracture of her left elbow, a non-displaced pelvic fracture, and a severe right frontal skull fracture after colliding with a snow groomer.

    What Our Clients Say


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    Your Lawyer’s Reputation Matters

    Our attorneys are, first and foremost, trial lawyers — we begin preparing for trial from day one. We have a proven record of success obtaining results for our clients, and we have a reputation among insurance companies, colleagues, and adversaries alike as lawyers who are excellent in the courtroom. Our lawyers know how to try and win cases, which means opponents make serious settlement offers when they know our firm is your counsel. Although most cases settle before trial, we believe that building a strong case from the onset is critical to success. Often, the strength of our preparation allows us to settle a case efficiently and effectively without trial.

    A Team Approach To Meet Your Needs

    We take enormous pride in our reputation for our craftsmanship and our ability to develop creative case strategies. Our attorneys work together as a team to ensure that no matter which attorney you are working with, you benefit from each lawyers’ skill, knowledge, and experience. With each case, every need and every opportunity are pursued. We leave no stone unturned in thoroughly preparing and presenting your case. Quite simply, we never cut corners for the people who entrust us with their fight. We are committed to passionately pursuing the best interests of our clients and to personally treating each individual client’s matter as if it were our own.

    What to Expect When You Work With Us

    Personal injury claims can be complicated and often involve complexities that you may not be equipped to handle on your own. We know how to take on powerful insurance companies and businesses as well as negligent individuals, and we have the resources necessary to pursue your case to the fullest extent.

    From our initial consultation all the way to the end of your personal injury case, you can count on us to be there for you every step of the way. Our firm is here not only to seek justice for you but also to give you peace of mind throughout the process.

    Here are the number of ways our award-winning legal team will deliver for you:

    • Offer a no-cost, comprehensive initial consultation
    • Explain your rights, the legal process, and answer your questions
    • Fully investigate the auto accident or personal injury incident
    • Thoroughly collect and assemble all relevant evidence 
    • Provide the resources needed to build a strong Denver personal injury claim
    • Work closely with crash reconstruction experts, physicians, and other relevant experts 
    • Identify and pursue the full extent of your damages 
    • Build a strong demand according to Colorado accident and personal injury laws and the facts of your case
    • Negotiate a full and fair settlement with the insurance company 
    • If necessary, represent you in court 

    Practice Areas

    As a law firm that has provided formidable personal injury representation since 1987, Chalat Hatten & Banker is among the most experienced at helping accident victims in the Denver Metropolitan Area and other Colorado communities. We’ve protected the rights of seriously injured victims in the following types of cases for more than three decades and will fight to do the same for you.





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    Meet Your Dedicated Team

    Founding partner Jim Chalat, car and auto accident lawyer in Denver, Colorado.
    Linda Chalat, personal injury and car accident attorney in Denver, Colorado.
    Auto accident attorney Russell Hatten in Denver, Colorado.
    Car accident lawyer Evan Banker in Denver, Colorado.

    Personal Injury FAQs

    do I need a personal injury attorney?

    Whether or not you need, or should hire an attorney, will depend on the facts of your case. As well as how comfortable you are negotiating and navigating the process alone. Though the law allows for you to pursue compensation without an attorney, if you bring your case on your own, you’re subject to the same standards as you would be if you had an attorney. You must follow the same formalities for your case filing documents. The rules of discovery, admission of evidence, and civil procedure all apply to you. If you make a mistake, it can greatly affect your ability to recover compensation, even if you have a strong case.

    Typically, claimants who have an attorney handling the case recover 3.5x more money than if they were to go at it alone (yes, even after attorney fees are considered.) Thus, your best bet to recover the maximum amount possible is to work with an experienced attorney.

    How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

    The total amount of compensation a victim of a Colorado car accident or personal injury accident can recover varies depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Since no two incidents are ever exactly the same, the most effective way to determine the value of your case is to consult with an attorney with experience in personal injury matters to discuss your specific situation.

    However, if you were involved in an auto collision, our car accident settlement calculator tool can help give you a ball-park estimate of what your case might be worth. Call us today for a free, no-obligation case review.

    How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

    Many Colorado personal injury attorneys, including us, represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no upfront costs and no hourly fees. And, more importantly, you do not pay anything until your attorney recovers compensation on your behalf. Moreover, the attorney fee is taken directly from the settlement or monetary award, only after a successful resolution. This means clients don’t ever have to worry about tapping into their checking or savings accounts to pay their lawyer. 

    There are many benefits to a contingency fee arrangement. Because a Colorado personal injury attorney who is paid on a contingency basis only earns money if there is a successful outcome, this type of fee structure provides extra incentive for the attorney to maximize the financial recovery for the client. In addition, this type of payment structure allows more people access to a lawyer without needing to pay for anything upfront. Or being stuck with an out-of-pocket expense after a case is closed. 

    In Colorado, injury attorneys typically take 33-40% of your settlement amount to represent you as a client. They will also deduct any costs that the firm paid for upfront, like obtaining medical records. Our attorneys are happy to speak with you to make sure you understand how the payment arrangement works.

    How Long Will It Take To Settle My Case?

    The time it takes to settle a case is often difficult to predict since every personal injury case is unique. There are many factors that affect how quickly your case will settle—how complex your situation is, how much medical treatment you need, how cooperative the insurance company and at-fault parties are, among others. Sometimes, cases resolve in a few short weeks. In other cases, litigation can take a year or more. Most cases fall somewhere in the middle. However, the more complicated your case, the longer you can expect it to take. It’s important to remember that good results take time, but you do have some control over the length of your case because it’s up to you to accept or reject settlement offers.

    How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

    A statute of limitations refers to a law that limits the maximum time frame during which legal proceedings can be initiated after an alleged offense. For general personal injury and wrongful death claims, Colorado’s statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. For motor vehicle accident claims, you have three years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim.

    What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

    Car accidents in Colorado are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Even a seemingly minor crash can end up resulting in potentially serious injuries that prevent you from working or engaging in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. When you suffer injuries in a car accident, what you do in the aftermath can impact your rights and the compensation you can recover. If you are injured, your first priority is to seek medical attention. Everything else comes secondary. These are the next steps you should take following a car accident in Colorado.

    Contact Chalat Hatten & Banker Today

    If you or a loved one has been injured, call us today at (303) 861-1042 or contact us online. Your consultation with a top Denver personal injury lawyer is free, and you only pay legal fees if your case is successful. Our legal team is committed to providing you with exceptional service every step of the way.

    “We are trusted to represent clients in matters of great importance – for our clients, that means the one chance an injured person has to hold the responsible party accountable, to stand for David and take on Goliath in a court of law.

    That is the fight that we make our trade.

    Evan Banker, Partner