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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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Details On Utah’s Statute Of Limitations

By on Nov 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The statute of limitations was created in order to create fairness for both the plaintiff and the defendant. Every state has its own statute of limitations for filing civil actions against a person or a business. It doesn’t matter if it’s a health issue and you want to file against a doctor or a hospital for medical malpractice or have caused injury to another person, each situation has a set amount of time for the statute of limitations. These types of laws are intended to ensure that not only the integrity of evidence or witness testimony is processed properly, but this also means a person or even a business cannot hold the lawsuit over someone else’s head, which could in turn be used for blackmail. If you are unsure of the statute of limitations in Utah, there is a small list below, but in order to really be sure about your specific situation it’s in your best interest to hire a lawyer. These are only 3 examples out of 25+ which is why it’s beneficial to do your own research, but also rely on a lawyer for answers and information as well. Wrongful Death: Cases for the wrongful death of a family member must be carried forward within 2 years – usually this type of limitations happens when a surviving family member is seeking compensation for a loved one. Or because the person that passed away was the income maker of the household. Medical Malpractice: 2 years after discovery, but not more than 4 years from the date of the act, neglect, mistreatment, or occurrence. Slip and Fall: According to the Utah statute of limitations, when it comes to a slip and fall incident, you have approximately 4 years to make a claim if you were injured. On the other hand, if you had a slip and fall, but were not injured but had personal property damaged due to the dangerous property conditions, you have 3 years for the statute of limitations. If you think you do have a case, it’s important to seek legal guidance now, rather than later before your time is up. Once your time is up and the statute of limitations has expired, unfortunately that’s it....

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What Is A Brain Injury and Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

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

Every single year, brain injuries account for 1.7 million deaths, ER visits and even hospitalizations. The really important factor you need to know about a brain injury is that you don’t need to be involved in an accident at a high rate of speed in order to have one. In fact, most people who hire a  brain injury lawyer have gotten the injury from a fall, sports activity, car accident or even work-related injuries. The 2 Types Of Brain Injuries There are 2 major types of brain injuries: Open and Closed. In an open brain injury the skill is fractured. This can be caused primarily because of the fact  your head comes into contact with another hard surface – such as a floor. On the other hand, a closed brain injury deals with an injury where you do not have a fractured skull, however, you might still have interior bleeding, swelling, formation of clots, etc. In some cases a closed injury can be more dangerous than an open one because of these factors. It doesn’t matter if its an open or closed injury though, any type of injury involving the brain, head or skull can cause paralysis, death, loss of speech, slurred speech, loss of memory and even cause you to go into a coma. Warning Signs Of A Brain Injury If you or a loved one has been in some sort of an accident and you want to know right then and there if they have a brain trauma or injury, there are certain questions you can ask them in order to try and figure it out. *Note: They should still go to the hospital. The warning signs include: – Confusion as to where they are, who they are, who you are – Sluggishness, being overly tired, loss of consciousness – Slurred speech, loss of speech, chopped speech – Severe headaches – Nausea, dizziness It’s also possible that you can suffer a brain injury and not feel like you are suffering at all. You should still immediately call 911. Common Brain Injuries Bruising and swelling within the skull from sports related accidents, car accidents or anything else force your brain to be jolted around. The amount of force this causes...

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