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Parking Lot Car Accident in West Valley City, Utah

By on Nov 7, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

A little while ago, I represented a client who was injured in a parking lot at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah. My client was a student at Hunter High School. During a break in classes, my client climbed on a friend’s car to play around. The friend was in the car and decided to drive forward through the parking lot with my client still on the vehicle. Unfortunately, my client fell off the car and struck his head on the asphalt of the Hunter High School parking lot in West Valley City, Utah. The impact caused injuries to his head and he couldn’t recall the event. The driver, in an attempt to avoid responsibility for driving with my client on the hood, made up a different story of how the events had transpired. That is when my client contacted me. We immediately began gathering facts surrounding the accident, including the Hunter High School incident report. It soon became apparent that the other students involved had been giving inconsistent stories about what occurred that day in West Valley City, Utah.  Finally, the driver admitted to changing the story of events about what had happened, but still claimed my client was responsible for getting up on the vehicle in the first place. We prepared a demand package and sent it to the insurance company. The insurance company decided to offer their policy limit, rather than fight me and my client in court. Because my client was under 18 years old, we then had to get court approval for his settlement. Any settlement to a minor in Utah where the minor will receive more than $10,000 requires court approval and a hearing. Finally, we were able to get the settlement approved and get my client compensated. If you have had an accident or injury, call us today. It doesn’t matter if the car accident happens on a highway, in a parking lot, or in a driveway. We can still assist you. Even if the other person is lying about what happened with the accident, we can usually investigate the facts of the accident and prove that they are not being truthful. Just like this car accident at Hunter High...

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Car Crash in West Valley City Resulting in Shoulder Injury

By on Oct 22, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Not too long ago I represented a client that was injured in a car accident in West Valley City, Utah. My client was injured when he was hit from behind by another car as he was waiting for a red light. His car was damaged. The trunk was smashed in a little bit, along with his bumper. Because of the way he was holding onto the steering wheel, he also injured his shoulder. The shoulder injury eventually required surgery. After he finished his medical treatment, I presented the insurance company with a demand package and a settlement amount. The insurance company eventually responded that they did not believe my client’s injuries came from the car accident in West Valley City, but rather, were from a previous work injury. While my client did have a previous shoulder injury from work, that injury was a couple years prior and he had been doing well up until the accident. At that point, I knew we were in for a fight with the insurance company. Had my client not hired me, he may have ended up taking a small settlement from the insurance company. I knew he deserved more, especially since he had substantial medical bills from the surgery and because he had missed quite a bit of work. I started the fight against the unfairness to my client by writing letters to his doctors asking for their opinion on the cause of my client’s injuries. Even the first letter from the surgeon did not satisfy the insurance company, so I had to have the surgeon write another letter explicitly refuting the insurance company’s assertions. I also provided the insurance company documents showing the my client’s prior injury was not problematic before the accident. To my surprise, the insurance company continued to deny our argument and would not offer my client the settlement he deserved. Finally, I filed a complaint in court and sent a copy to the insurance company. At that point, the insurance company knew we were serious and indeed we were. We knew a jury would give my client a fair amount. The insurance company apparently did as well. Finally, they admitted the car accident in West Valley City caused...

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When a Car Accident Case Goes to Trial You Need A Trial Lawyer

By on Oct 10, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents | 0 comments

When it comes to an auto accident, most of these claims are settled outside of court. However, if all of the attempts that you put forth fail in resolving your claim, your case will most likely go to trial and you will need a trial lawyer to help you along, not only with the case itself, but with the court trial itself. Below, we talk about what a trial is and why hiring a lawyer is so important. What Is A Trial? A trial is a culmination of proceedings in a personal injury case. During the trial, both parties will be given a chance to present evidence to the court. Once this type of process is finished, the court and the judge will come up with a final decision as to who is in the fault and who is not. Your trial lawyer can better guide you on exactly how the state of Utah and a trial concerning car accidents works. Car accidents will usually be tried one of two ways; 1- You may be tried to a judge – this is called a bench trial. 2- You may be tried to a jury – this is called a jury trial. What Type Of Evidence Will Be Presented? During a trial both the defendant and the plaintiff will be allowed to provide evidence. The evidence can include anything in written form such as police reports, eye witnesses that saw the accident happen, etc. The plaintiff is also allowed to present medical bills and records as well such as treatment from Doctors, medical bills, damages done to you or your car and records of injuries noted by a Doctor. Your trial lawyer can actually be helpful in getting the proper forms and evidence together so that you know exactly what to present to the judge or to the court. There’s nothing worse than having no idea how to handle a case like this, only to have it thrown out (or lose) because you weren’t prepared beforehand. That is why a trial lawyer can be so helpful in cases like these. Jury Deliberation If the case is a jury trial, at the end of the evidence and statements, the jury will...

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Can a passenger make a claim against a driver for a car crash?

By on Oct 10, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Can a passenger make a claim against a driver for a car accident? Here is the situation: You are riding as a passenger in the car your friend is driving. You are heading down Redwood Road in West Valley City, Utah heading to the Valley Fair Mall. Your friend is talking to you and playing with the radio while driving. He does not notice that the traffic light ahead has just turned red.  Unfortunately, he continues through the intersection and your car is hit by another car driving from East to West. That other car had a light that had just turned green.  Fortunately, no one is seriously hurt in the accident, but you are taken to the hospital with a broken arm. At the hospital, they tell you that you will need surgery. You do not have health insurance to pay for your medical bills. What do you do? No one wants to sue a friend, associate, or family member. Fortunately, most of the time we can simply make a claim with your friend’s insurance company and you won’t need to sue your friend. So typically, we will help you with the claim against their insurance. By having a lawyer, the insurance company knows you are serious and will make you a fair offer the vast majority of the time. If the driver is a family member, you may not need to sue them even if you cannot reach a settlement with their insurance. There is a law in Utah that allows claims against family members to be resolved through arbitration, rather than going to litigation or a jury trial. Ask us about the details. I recently represented a client who was making a claim against her husband. Her husband had fallen asleep while driving their vehicle and rolled their vehicle as she rode with him. She was injured and I assisted her in making a claim against their insurance company. As I explained above, we were able to resolve the claim without the need for her suing her husband or going to court. If you have been involved in a car accident as a passenger, please contact us for help. There are many available that do not...

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Car Accident in Southern Utah

By on Sep 26, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I recently helped a couple who were in a car accident in Southern Utah. The couple did not live in the United States and so they had a lot of concerns about how things would be handled, including their medical bills. I believe that they originally did not get a lawyer right after the accident because they did not know that I work on a contingency fee. In other words, the client never has to pay us anything directly, but rather we take a percentage of what we win for the client. They also had some concerns about whether they would win on their case and whether their case was big enough to justify hiring an attorney. I explained to them that I  thought their case was sufficiently large to justify hiring an attorney, as are most accident injury cases. They had cleared the threshold required by Utah law, which is that they each incurred at least $3,000 in medical expenses, absent another statutory qualification. I also explained that according to at least one study, injured parties that have an attorney usually received 3.5 times more money, which clearly makes hiring an attorney the best decision, even when the attorney fee percentage is taken out. Although it was a little tricky to navigate some of the nuisances of assisting clients out of the country, I was able to get them a great resolution. In fact, their settlements exceeded even my expectations when we started their cases. The clients were very happy and I was glad to be able to assist them. Regardless of where you live, or if you are on vacation when an accident happens, you should also get the assistance of a lawyer. The same principles apply if you do not have a drivers license or if you did not get auto insurance, as required by law. Your actions do not excuse the negligence of the person who injured you and they will be held responsible. Call us today-...

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Car crash in West Valley City, Utah

By on Sep 17, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

I recently represented a client who was in a car crash in West Valley City, Utah. My client collided with another vehicle in an intersection in West Valley. The insurance company for the other driver claimed  my client was equally at-fault for the accident. At that time, I was not representing this client. My client was extremely upset, because she felt the other driver was the one who was at fault for the accident. Even worse, my client had not paid her own auto insurance bill. Therefore,  her own insurance coverage had lapsed. So she had no option to have her own insurance replace her car or cover her for her substantial injuries. Fearing that she would not get the surgery she desperately needed and  would be left in financial ruin, my client reached out to me. My client did not have a vehicle to drive since her vehicle was a total loss, so I agreed to meet her and her husband at a restaurant by her home in West Valley City. Immediately after meeting with her, I contacted the other insurance company and forcefully explained why their driver– and not my client– was at-fault for the accident. The insurance company initially said they needed to investigate the accident further. This was not acceptable, so I continued to provide evidence as to why the accident was the fault of their insured and repeatedly contacted their insurance adjuster. I also threatened litigation, which we would have pursued if they did not accept responsibility for the accident, as I felt my client had a strong case. Eventually, the other insurance company did accept responsibility for the accident and paid to replace my client’s vehicle. My client went on to get the surgery she needed and has since healed well. Later I was able to get the other driver’s insurance company to tender the limits of their policy as a settlement for my driver. She thanked me repeatedly for my assistance and I was happy to help her out. Feel free to contact me if you have been in an accident. Even if you don’t want or need representation, I’m happy to give you advice on your situation....

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