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Car Crashes from Snow Storm in Utah

By on Feb 21, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Large snow storms hit the Salt Lake Valley area February 19, 2018. All areas of the valley were affected including West Valley City and West Jordan. According to many news outlets, Sandy city was hit the hardest with some areas receiving two feet of snow! All of this snow lead to dangerous driving conditions all over the Salt Lake Valley. Many new outlets reports over 300 crashes alone on February 19, 2018. It can be very difficult to drive in snow storms and avoid crashes. The most simple rule is to slow down. Some drivers feel that because they have superior tires, this rule does not apply to them. It does. Any car or truck can slide on black ice. Snow often turns into black ice. So slow down when it is snowing. It is not worth risking injury or death to arrive at your destination 10 minutes earlier. Some vehicles were hit multiple times after being involved in the initial collisions. To avoid this from happening and possibly getting seriously injured in a subsequent impact, the Utah Highway Patrol has requested that if the initial crash involves minor property damage or no injuries to move the vehicles off the highway or freeway to a safer location. Once in a safer location, police can respond to that location to assist. In fact, many police vehicles were involved in subsequent impacts on Monday. Therefore, it is not only dangerous for the occupants of the vehicle, but also for police officers as well. We have all probably seen videos of vehicles sliding out of control on ice and striking police cars or people. Let’s try to avoid that this year in Utah. Obviously, if you are seriously hurt in the initial impact in your car or truck, then it may be best to remain where you are and many times your vehicle will be immobile anyways. If you are hurt in the snow storm car crashes and need assistance, feel free to call or text us anytime. We can advise you as to your rights and assist you with your injuries....

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Most Common Types Of Back Injury From A Car Accident

By on Feb 8, 2018 in blog, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Your spine is one of the more common areas to be injured during a car accident.  Even with technological and safety features such as airbags and seatbelts, you can still get a back injury from the impact of another car or object. Today we will be taking a look at those most common types of back injury in auto accidents that you can suffer from. Whiplash A whiplash is one of the more common types of an injury in a car accident.  This type of an injury occurs when the neck is snapped backward.  While whiplash will go away with rehab and rest, sometimes this can cause more severe issues down the line.  Whiplash will cause everything from a back injury to headaches, stiffness, even dizziness. Spinal Fracture While seatbelts are meant to keep us in place and safe when a car accident happens, they aren’t fool proof by any means.  A seatbelt, while it will keep you safer than not wearing one, still allows the top part of your chest and head to still move around.  Add in the force of another car hitting you, you hitting another car or an object and this can result in a back injury such as spinal compression fracture. Often these will heal on their own, but sometimes they will require surgery and rehab.  A spinal fracture can cause muscle weakness, bladder issues, pain, and numbness. Disc Herniation The discs between your vertebrae can absorb a lot of pressure and force when you’re in a car accident.  It’s no surprise that these discs can shift out of place an when that happens the discs can actually compress your nerves.  Most all of the disc herniation cases can be fixed with natural home remedies and conservative care such as applying hot or cold packs to the area.  However, in some special cases, surgery will be needed. Onset Symptoms From A Previous Back Injury You can also have worsening symptoms from previous injuries which can cause things like spinal stenosis.  Special stenosis isin’t usually caused by a car accident, but if you already had issues with your back or had a back injury prior to the car accident, the accident can actually bring onset...

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Multiple vehicle car accident in West Valley City

By on Jan 26, 2018 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I recently represented another client who was involved in a multiple vehicle car crash in West Valley City, Utah. My client was actually one of several vehicles involved in the crash. The person who caused the crash hit the initial vehicle so forcefully that it pushed that vehicle into several other vehicles, causing a chain-reaction crash. This was no fender-bender crash in West Valley City. Several of the vehicles were so mangled from the accident that they hardly looked like the same cars they were before the car accident. Indeed, one of the people injured in the accident, whom I did not represent, had catastrophic injuries. Fortunately, my client did not have too serious of injuries. She was initially taken to the hospital with a concussion and followed-up later with a chiropractor for neck and back pain. She made a good recovery eventually. As there were so many people injured in the car accident in West Valley City, my client had concerns about whether or not there would be enough insurance money to fairly compensate her for her injuries. We discussed the options with the client and worked through her cases. We were able to get her fairly compensated for her injuries. We also had to make a claim with her own insurance company for this car accident in West Valley City, Utah, which we were able to do since she had underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) insurance. This allows you also to make a claim with your own insurance company if the driver who causes a car accident doesn’t have enough insurance. My client also contact us several months after the car accident in West Valley City. As long as you have not waited more than 4 years after a car accident in Utah, it is still not too late to contact a personal injury lawyer. Contact us today and let’s see if we can help you as well....

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Different Types Of Liability In A Restaurant or Bar

By on Jan 9, 2018 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Running or owning a restaurant can be a really fun experience. It can also take up a lot of your time and require your full responsibility. Not only for your actions, but the actions of others.  If you run a restaurant or plan to buy one in the future here are a few liabilities you will want to consider. DUIs One of the most common types of liability in a bar or restaurant are those that revolve around DUIs.  Somewhere around 30% of the traffic fatalities that happen each year are due to DUIs.  But, don’t think that regular automobiles like cars and trucks are the only thing to look out for.  If you have an establishment, for example, in the mountains that allows snowmobile drivers or people on ski-lifts to get off and come in your restaurant, these people are also a liability. Make sure that you purchase a Liquor Liability Policy if you plan on having liquor or alcohol in your establishment. Activity Hazards At first thought, you might not be able to think of any activity hazards that might happen in your establishment. But, here are a few to get your brain moving: – Mechanical Bulls – Falling from Chairs – Bar Fights – Burns from the bartenders flaming alcohol trick – Making bananas foster or other food items in front of tables These hazards aren’t just for your patrons either. They cover  your employees as well.  In order to properly be covered for Activity Hazards in your establishment, you need to write down exactly the types of risks involved and put them on your insurance application so that the agent can give you the right amount and  type of coverage. Missing Exit Zone If you do not have an exit zone in your establishment OR you do but the light on the sign is broken or out, you could be asking to get sued not only by anyone in your establishment that might get hurt because of an emergency, but  family members of anyone who is killed in the event of an emergency.  This light should always be on and should never be blocked. Flammable Decorations In the same way, you need to recognize possible injury for activity hazards, you also...

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Is my car accident injury case too small for me to get a lawyer?

By on Dec 23, 2017 in blog, Car Accidents, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Is my car accident injury case too small for me to get a lawyer? I get this question a lot. Sometimes potential clients are worried about wasting my time and so they are afraid to ask for help for their injury case. The answer is always to contact a lawyer if you have been hurt in a car accident. We can then advise you as to whether or not your case is worth retaining a lawyer. Sometimes what seems like a little case can turn out to be a very large case. For example, I recently represented a gentlemen who had been involved in a crash in West Valley City with little property damage. I agreed to represent the client and it turned out that his injuries were much more severe than originally anticipated. In the end, he ended up with a good settlement, which he would not have received without assistance. He also had substantial medical bills, so a settlement was needed to not leave him in debt. So sometimes you never know how severe your injuries might be right after the accident. For that reason, it is best to consult an attorney. Everyone once in a while, cases will go the opposite way. Over the years, I have represented a few clients who seemed to have moderate injuries. However, those injuries quickly resolved and those clients did not qualify for a settlement as their medical bills did not exceed $3,000, nor did they fit any of the other requirements under the Utah statute for a settlement for general damages. In those rare situations, the personal injury protection usually covers all the clients’ medical expenses and I do not charge a fee for my time and services, as I work on a contingency fee. So there is no risk to hire me if your case does not work out or your case does not develop into a case we can pursue. Once again, my best advice is to always contact a lawyer if you have been hurt in a car accident. As mentioned above, we can help screen your case and we do not charge a fee if it does not work out. Call me today-...

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Why You Need A Utah Injury Lawyer For A Slip and Fall Accident

By on Dec 12, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

At first thought, a slip and fall accident  may seem like one of the least dangerous types of accidents. But they can cause quite a bit of damage and injury.  One of the biggest issues with falls is that when people first falls to the ground they don’t immediately notice they have been injured. Or, if so, to what extent.  Only after they attempt to get up do they realize that they broke a bone,  have an ankle sprain,  or worse.  Another reason slip and fall accidents are so dangerous is because of how you fall. Talk to anyone that has had an accident like this and most people will tell you  when they started to fall they tried to break the fall by putting out their hands or arms.  Add in a hard surface like a tile floor in a restaurant or a sidewalk outside and this can result in hand, wrist and arm injuries.  It’s only natural that we reach out when we are falling – and yet this is what causes the most injuries! What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents? If you think slip and fall accidents are only caused by slippery floors, think again.  Slip and fall accidents can also be caused by: Snow on the ground Ice on the ground Sidewalks, driveways or pathways being cracked, missing pieces or being broken Violations of safety codes Proper signage not being put into place Liquid spilled Torn carpet – tiles that are missing on the floor – broken or missing steps Benefits Of Hiring A Utah Injury Lawyer Larger Case Settlement:  When you hire a Utah Injury Lawyer you have an Advocate for your case which means you have someone on your side who not only has experience in slip and fall cases, but is available to you when you need them.  You can ask questions, inquire about the progress of your case and more.  More importantly, when you have a Utah Injury Lawyer you have someone who will get you the compensation you are entitled to such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and outside costs such as rehabilitation. Aggressive and Persistent Representation When you try to deal with a settlement on your own – you might not feel like you have the...

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