On Monday, January 28th, Denver accident lawyer Steve Kaufman will argue in the Colorado Court of Appeals to uphold his approximately $500,000 verdict on behalf of his injured client against Shelter Insurance.  Mr. Kaufman tried this case with another Kidneigh & Kaufman Denver personal injury lawyer, Charlie Crichton, in August 2011 in Denver District Court.  On behalf of their injured client, Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Crichton argued that the client’s insurer, Shelter Insurance, did not sufficiently advise the client about uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in order to allow him to make an informed decision regarding whether to purchase or reject the coverage.


Prior to trial, Shelter Insurance offered nothing in settlement to our client.  After a four day trial, Denver accident lawyers Mr. Kaufman and Mr. Crichton obtained a verdict of approximately $500,000 for their client.  This award included underinsured benefits, double damages for Shelter’s unreasonable delay, attorneys’ fees, interest, and costs.


Currently, Shelter Insurance has filed an appeal, briefs have been filed, and Mr. Kaufman is scheduled for oral argument in front of the Court of Appeals on the 28th.  A decision by the Court of Appeals is anticipated shortly thereafter.


We care about our clients: Denver Personal injury lawyers at Kidneigh & Kaufman treat each client like a person, not a case. We actually return phone calls and an attorney, and not just a paralegal, will be involved in handling your claim. One thing you can be sure of is that someone will always be there to help you through the process and you will always be able to talk to someone about your case.


We obtain the maximum recovery we can: As Denver accident lawyers, we make it our job to try to understand what each client is going through and have successfully received more than $65 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients from insurance companies and corporations. We’ve successfully handled all kinds of personal injury cases and obtained the compensation necessary to help people get back on their feet financially and emotionally following an accident. We’ve helped people who’ve had surgery after a car accident, or a slip and fall at the grocery store or on ice at their apartment.


We go above and beyond for our clients and are willing to take cases other attorneys won’t: We’ve helped families whose lives have been turned upside down due to defective products like a heater exploding and birth injuries caused by medical malpractice. The truth is we are willing to go above and beyond for our clients and because we look at each case individually, we have many times taken cases other attorneys have turned down and even cases where our client received a ticket – and We Have Prevailed! We’ve even forced insurance companies to pay 6 to 10 times their policy limits when they denied and low-balled claims.


Kidneigh & Kaufman is your Denver personal injury lawyer.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us. As we like to say, “Our Door is Always Open,” and you are under no obligation to do anything. There is no charge for an initial meeting and, in most cases, we work on a contingent fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you obtain a recovery. Come meet with us and learn more about the Kidneigh & Kaufman difference.


30 yrs

For over 30 years, Steve Kaufman has been working as a Denver personal injury lawyer.  After graduating from Rutgers Law School he started his first job with Jon Kidneigh working as a Denver accident lawyer.  After only two years on the job, Steve and Jon tried the first toxic shock syndrome (TSS) case to go to trial in the country against Procter & Gamble. From that point on he’s successfully handled almost every kind of personal injury case, many of which have been difficult and complicated.  Mr. Kaufman has handed cases big and small, but most importantly he is not afraid to fight for you and has won many cases at trial and on appeal.  Mr. Kaufman is a Colorado native, married, and has 5 kids.  His oldest daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Charlie are also attorneys at Kidneigh & Kaufman and are helping to carrying on the fight against insurance companies and corporations.


Jennifer Crichton graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2006 and has been working with her Dad as a Denver personal injury lawyer at Kidneigh & Kaufman ever since.  During her time at Kidneigh & Kaufman, she has been involved in all types of personal injury matters, including: automobile and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, dog bite attacks, sexual assaults, product caused illnesses and injuries, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, disability, wrongful death, and many other cases involving serious injuries, permanent impairment, and/or significant disfigurement.  She enjoys working on behalf of Plaintiffs and helping those who have been injured understand their rights and obtain compensation for their injuries. She currently lives in Denver with her husband, Charlie, also an attorney at Kidneigh and Kaufman, and their two sons.


Charlie Crichton also graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and came to work at Kidneigh & Kaufman in 2011 after working as a Deputy District Attorney in Adams County for  four years. During his time at the District Attorney’s Office, he had the opportunity to work on nearly every different type of criminal case, ranging from traffic offenses all the way up to first degree murder. He tried over 50 jury trials in his 4 years, giving him substantial trial advocacy experience and understanding.  Charlie has had the privilege of representing personal injury clients in a wide variety of case, as well as representing criminal clients in all stages and types of criminal proceedings including traffic, misdemeanor, and felony offenses. When he is not working, Charlie enjoys spending time with his wife and their two young boys, Griffith and Cameron. When he can sneak away for a few hours, Charlie likes spending his time outdoors running, golfing, snowboarding, or playing basketball.


Clark Litten has practiced law for 20 years and decided to become a workers’ compensation attorney so he could help people injured on the job.  He has handled everything from death and paralysis cases, down to extremity, arm and leg claims.  He has also had the honor of representing a countless number of people on their Social Security Disability claims.  He feel very proud and fortunate that he has been able to help people with their Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases and would consider it a privilege to represent you.  Mr. Litten is a Colorado native, married for 20 years, and has a teenage son and daughter. 

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If you’ve been injured in an accident recently, you likely know by now the insurance company is not on your side.  You’ve probably experienced difficulty getting the adjuster to call you back, have property damage that still hasn’t been dealt with, and mounting medical bills you don’t know how you’re going to pay.  You shouldn’t have to deal with these issues on top of treating your physical pain and trying to get well.  Denver accident lawyers at Kidneigh & Kaufman can help assist you with these matters, as well as obtain compensation for your personal injuries.


In this regard, Denver accident lawyers at Kidneigh & Kaufman can assist you with:

1.  Obtaining compensation for your injuries and lost wages

2.  Getting your car damage paid for

3.  Finding a medical provider to treat you

4.  Getting your medical bills paid

5.  Dealing with the insurance companies

6.  Understanding your insurance coverage

7.  Evaluating your claim

8.  Obtaining necessary documentation to settle your case

9.  Understanding the law as it applies to your claim

10.  Deciding on whether to accept a pre-suit offer or file suit

In addition to helping you with your personal injury matter, Denver accident lawyers at Kidneigh & Kaufman can also help assist with your criminal defense matters.  Call us today for a free consultation.


For over 30 years, the lawyers at Kidneigh & Kaufman, PC have helped injured people obtain settlement for their personal injury cases.  As Denver accident lawyers we can assist you in the following areas:

Personal Injury
We handle all types of personal injury cases.  This includes any auto, motorcycle, truck, or other motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, bicycle and pedestrian accident, animal bites and attacks, sexual assaults, product caused illnesses and injuries, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith and coverage issues, disability, wrongful death, brain damage from fetal distress or other accident, injury or loss of limb from machinery, and any other case involving injury, impairment, or disfigurement.

Automobiles, Motorcycle & Truck Accidents
We help those persons who have been injured as a result of any type of motor vehicle accident, including automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, cargo vans, and RV collisions.  This also includes any pedestrian or bicyclist involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.

Slip and Fall Injuries
Our attorneys can help if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident.  These accidents often occur in parking lots or on common sidewalks or walkways as a result of a landlord or building owner’s failure to keep the area free of ice and snow. Similarly, slip and falls occur regularly in grocery, department, and convenience stores.  Again, these often happen due to the store’s failure to routinely check the store floors for spills or other debris. If you sustain a slip and fall injury, we can help.

Defective Products
Whether it be a design or manufacturing defect, failure to warn of a possible hazard, or a breach of warranty, Kidneigh and Kaufman, PC will help you hold those who make dangerous products responsible for your injuries.  We got our start going after Procter & Gamble because women suffered toxic shock syndrome by using their tampons, and have handled cases against the makers of exploding heaters, defective doors, and other dangerous products.

Brain Injuries
There are many different types of brain injuries, ranging from the obviously traumatic to the seemingly minor. Brain injuries often occur as the result of an auto accident, slip and fall, assault, or medical malpractice.  We understand the complexity of trauma to the brain and know that any type of head injury can result in cognitive and neurological impairment that affects every aspect of your daily life.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
All too often the injured victim of a negligent driver is not fairly compensated due to the driver’s lack of insurance or inadequate policy limits.  Our attorneys can help determine if there is uninsured or underinsured coverage to help cover your losses and provide you with maximum compensation.

Medical Malpractice
If you’ve been injured as a result of a medical professional’s treatment falling below the standard of care, this is negligence and you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries.  Whether it be a preventable adverse outcome or a failure to act, our legal team can help determine liability and hold the medical professional accountable.

Bad Faith Claims
An insurance company owes you the duty of good faith and fair dealing.  Therefore, if an insurance company wrongfully denies your claim or delays payment to you long after their investigation has been completed and payment deemed owed, you may have a claim for bad faith.  Attorney Steve Kaufman is experienced in handling bad faith claims and has argued and won them at the trial and Appellate court levels.

Insurance Claims
In cases of insurance coverage disputes, we can help review the specific facts of your case and all the relevant policies to determine if you have been wrongfully denied coverage.  Due to the complexity of insurance coverage issues, we understand that it’s not always about the black and white language written in the policy, but often about what you were told by the agent you trusted to guide you, what waivers of coverage you may or may not have signed, and sometimes even the coverage of those persons you resided with at the time of your accident.

Social Security
If you have a physical or mental disability that prevents you from working, you may qualify for social security benefits.  Whether it’s submitting your initial application for benefits or appealing a denial of benefits, our attorneys can provide you with the help and direction you need.

Disability Claims
Insurance companies regularly deny meritorious disability claims.  If you purchased a disability policy and are now fighting with the insurance company to provide the coverage you paid for, we can determine if you have a case and help you obtain the benefits you are entitled to.

Workers’ Compensation
We help workers who have been injured on the job learn their rights, obtain medical treatment, and receive compensation for their lost wages and permanent injuries.

At Kidneigh & Kaufman we understand your needs and will work as your Denver accident lawyer.


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