Personal Injury Accident Attorneys in Utah
What is a personal injury lawyer?
A Personal injury lawyer is an attorney that helps or defends individuals injured by another person or entity. This can include injuries from a car accident, from a defective product, from assault and battery, a slip and fall on the premises of a company or property owner’s land as well as types of injury including wrongful death cases.
If you were injured by a person or entity through negligence, reckless or intentional behavior you can recover damages for the injuries you incurred from that person or entity. A personal injury attorney can also help the other side that caused the injury and help them navigate a defense. Typically, if you have an insurance policy, like an auto policy, your insurance company will provide a defense attorney on your behalf.
Personal injury attorneys also help individuals receive the proper amount of damages from injury from their own insurance company. A personal injury can also help you recover from the insurance company of the person or entity that injured you.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
It is good to have a personal injury help you navigate your case. A personal injury understands the nuances of the law, the likelihood of recovery for injuries, the amount of damages you incurred and what you need to prove your case and to prove the other side is liable for the damages you suffered. A personal injury attorney will also know what facts need to be gathered and what witnesses are needed to help prove your case and negotiate a proper amount on your behalf.
Most individuals don’t know how to navigate the law revolving the liability of another entity or person or the nuances with dealing with insurance companies. Insurance companies can appear to be your friend while you pay your monthly premiums, but they may become a big headache at your biggest time of need. Your insurance company may not fully compensate you for all of your injuries. Your insurance company may also say that both you and the other individual or entity were both at a percentage of fault where no party can recover from the other party. This requires the skill of a personal injury to assess who was more at fault.
How to find a personal injury lawyer?
Sometimes it is good to ask around friends or family members or local attorneys who are not personal injury lawyers, who they would go to for a personal injury case. You can also search online or check the state bar website for personal injury attorneys.
When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?
It is best to hire a personal injury as soon as you can and help you navigate and investigate your case. An attorney can help you obtain much-needed compensation you need to help cover your injuries and incurred costs from the injuries. A personal injury attorney may also be able to locate and find other insurance policies you can recover from you may have not known was available. The sooner you hire a personal injury attorney, the easier it will be to investigate the facts and issues surrounding the case and perhaps try and negotiate a deal on your behalf.
If you hire an attorney later than sooner, some evidence or witnesses may go missing and it may be harder to piece your case together. There is also a time-limit on when you can file a lawsuit with a statute of limitations. If you wait too long, you may not be able to even file a lawsuit in a timely manner and or give an attorney enough time to evaluate your case and determine if you have a valid lawsuit. The failure to file in a timely manner will bar you from ever receiving much-needed compensation for your case.
What can I recover in a personal injury case?
A personal injury attorney can help negotiate a proper amount from the individual that injured you and properly compensate you for your injuries. Compensation can include lost wages and benefits for time off work. It can also include medical expenses you incurred as well as future medical expenses. It can also include compensation for any damages to your property.
It can also include any out of pocket expenses you had to pay for such as the use of savings or retirement benefits or borrowed money from friends and family to your injuries.
You can also get compensated for the physical pain and suffering you dealt with past and future.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Some personal injury attorneys may charge their hourly rate to take on your case with an up-front retainer agreement and you would have to inquire what the hourly rate is for that law firm. This will be the case typically if you need a defense attorney. Some law firms may have a contingency agreement where if you recover for your injuries, that law firm will get a specific percentage of that recovery amount which can be around 33% instead of charging an hourly amount.
What questions should I ask a personal injury lawyer?
In an initial consultation, or at the inception of your personal injury case, some good questions to ask your personal injury lawyer is on the payment structure between you and your attorney. If it is a contingency case, it would be good to know if you will have to pay any fees if you don’t prevail on your case.
It is also good not to embellish your case to try and “sell” your case to the attorney and simply tell them the facts on what happened, favorable or not favorable to you to best help your attorney evaluate your case. It will also be important to ask how much you could recover for your injuries and what the likelihood of prevailing is on your case. How much you could recover and the likelihood of prevailing can help you better gauge whether or not it is a worthwhile personal injury case to pursue.