Personal injury law is a complex minefield of legal traps and pitfalls – thanks to the games played by insurance companies. That’s why having an experienced legal team by your side is critical to the success of your case.
When you’ve been in an accident, having the right attorney handling your case is the most important decision you’ll make.
Our legal experts at Craig Swapp & Associates are available right now to speak to you now through a phone or chat conversation. Getting help for your personal injury case is easy, fast, and free.
The motto of our personal injury law firm means that victims of accidents and negligence only need to make one simple phone call to get the legal help and personal attention they need.
Craig Swapp & Associates is well-known for its motto: “One call, that’s all!” Whether you live in Idaho, Utah, or Washington, getting the help you need after a car accident or personal injury is just one simple phone call away. The personal injury lawyers of our firm are committed to doing what’s right and helping people hurt by others when they need it most.
These values have been instilled in all of our injury attorneys through the leadership of our founder, Craig Swapp. Craig has been a passionate advocate for victims’ rights throughout his legal career, and he has been a member of the American Association for Justice and the Board of Governors of the Utah Association for Justice.
When you’ve been hurt thanks to someone else’s carelessness, just remember “One call, that’s all!” By contacting Craig Swapp & Associates, you’ll get an experienced lawyer on your side who will help you take on the insurance company, determine what steps to take next, and gauge how much your claim is worth. With our firm, you’ll get the legal help and the results you need and deserve.
My biggest fear was that it would be pointless to pursue legal action in my case. I felt like maybe I didn’t have much of a case. After speaking with Paul, I realize it was not of my own fault and that others can be held responsible for the pain and suffering I went through.
- Dollie J., West Jordan, UT
I was afraid that my issue was too small to be handled, and that it would just be rejected. Or that I'd end up having to pay for my medical expenses and any of your teams expenses. I would definitely answer yes, it was resolved! I wasn't ever made out to feel like my little issue didn't matter, and my expenses were paid for- just what I wanted/needed.
- J. Rojas, Caldwell, ID
I was afraid of the fees I would have to pay a lawyer. I waited over a year before hiring your law firm. I finally reached out to your online help where they were able to help me understand the process and what would happen. In all honesty I absolutely loved working with the individuals that were involved in my case. They were genuine & heartfelt about my case. It felt as though they really cared and were concerned about me, not just as a client but as a person.
- Lacey B. Salt Lake City, UT
My biggest fear was not having all the expenses caused by the accident paid for in full. I was assured they would be taken care of but I admit I was skeptical. When we wrapped everything up (which happened quicker than I was originally told) I had extra money in my pocket. I honestly thought there was a catch but my attorney explained everything to me in detail. If I am ever in that position again I'll be giving Craig Swapp a call.
- Robert N., Spokane, WA
Before calling your firm I had 2 big worries. One was I didn’t want to do more paper work, and that fear was resolved when I had to do very little, but Craig Swapp and Assoc. did most of it, and when I did have to come in to sign papers they worked around the times I could do it. Worry 2 was I didn’t want people to think I was “sue happy” and that I was just out to get money. I just wanted my bills to be paid for that were from the accident, and that was resolved I think by Mr. Wes Mortenson and Theresa because they listened to what I had to say.
- Amber W., Spokane, WA
Choosing the right attorney is important for the success of your case—in fact, it’s absolutely critical. Make sure you make the right choice by choosing Craig Swapp & Associates.
After an accident or injury, it’s absolutely essential that you recover your damages and losses from the responsible party in the form of financial compensation. Doing so will allow you to get the medical care you need, repair your property, and simply move on. But getting that compensation is not easy, which is why you want to contact the personal injury lawyers of Craig Swapp & Associates.
Craig Swapp & Associates has the experience you want on your side. Our injury attorneys have handled a multitude of cases that run the gamut when it comes to accident type and injury severity. No matter what you’ve been through, our law firm will know how best to handle your case and get the best outcome available for your personal injury case.
Also, the resources available to our attorneys are extensive. With five locations across three different states, Craig Swapp & Associates has developed a network of legal contacts and expert witnesses, as well as a variety of other resources that can make or break the outcome of your case. When your future wellbeing is on the line, you want to know that your attorney has all the necessary tools available.
Finally, our personal injury law firm has a powerful reputation in the legal community of the Intermountain Northwest. When an insurance company hears that Craig Swapp & Associates is handling your claim, they’ll know that you mean business. We strive to settle cases quickly through negotiations, but the insurer will know that we’re not afraid to go to court and get the compensation you need.
With serious injuries come lengthy recoveries. It’s very likely that you’ll need to take time off work following your accident so that you can adequately recuperate. Unfortunately, the inability to earn a living can leave you in financial ruin when you steadily accumulate a mountain of medical bills and leave household expenses unpaid.
Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of for another moment. If you choose to work with a personal injury lawyer at Craig Swapp & Associates, you’ll have a team of highly trained professionals by your side who will advocate for your best interests and put your case first. We will work diligently to establish liability and maximize the amount of your final settlement so that you can reclaim control over your life.
Having the assistance of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney when filing your claim can greatly benefit your case. When you are recuperating, the last thing you’ll want to do is get out and gather witness statements and other supporting evidence.
Your lawyer will gather the evidence you need to win your case, and we’ll also negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, work to prove that the responsible party is liable for your damages, and calculate the true value of your personal injury claim so you don’t have to settle for a penny less than what you deserve.
With Craig Swapp & Associates, you’ll have a dedicated professional by your side who will constantly fight for your right to full compensation.
Our firm deals with some of the most catastrophic injuries accident survivors can endure. The recovery time in these instances is often lengthy and will require both physical and occupational therapy to learn how to live with any permanent effects of your injuries.
Here are a few of the types of injuries that our clients have suffered after being involved in a serious accident:
Your personal injury attorney will work with your physician to establish the extent of your injuries and how they are expected to impact your life in the future. Craig Swapp & Associates will account for each and every loss so that you are able to recoup the full cost of your damages and losses.
Almost any kind of accident has the potential to inflict a serious or catastrophic injury that qualifies for a personal injury claim. Our firm handles claims in the states of Idaho, Utah, and Washington, and we have outlined some of the most common types of accidents our clients have been involved in below:
Possibly the most frequently seen type of accident, motor vehicle collisions also result in some of the most serious injuries. These wrecks can involve automobiles, tractor-trailers, motorcycles, pedestrians, boats, and bicycles alike. The sudden impact of a crash between any combination of these can cause devastating injuries and property damage for everyone involved.
There are many different individuals and entities that could have contributed to the cause of your crash, and they often depend on the type of motor vehicle accident you were involved in. More often than not, the driver of the other vehicle will have been driving unsafely or recklessly in one of the following ways:
Vehicle parts manufacturers could be found liable if a malfunctioning or defective part was the cause of the crash, while the department of transportation in your state can be sued if a problem with the roads played a part in causing the collision.
Before suing any of the above parties, we will first negotiate with the insurance company. Idaho and Washington operate under fault laws for car accident, while Utah is a no-fault state for car accidents. The difference between fault and no-fault is as follows:
Premises liability accidents occur when you are on someone else’s property and they have failed to ensure that all hazards are clear so that no one is injured. Slip-and-fall accidents are the most common example.
These types of injury-causing accidents most often occur when store owners don’t de-ice their walkways prior to opening for business following a snowstorm or restaurant owners don’t utilize wet floor signs when there is a spill. The owner of the property will almost always be liable for your damages if you were injured due to a danger on their property.
As with all personal injury claims, we will need to establish negligence in order to move forward with a medical malpractice suit. Negligence as it pertains to the medical profession refers to a mistake or an error in the treatment or care of a patient by a medical professional that another medical professional of similar training, experience, and education would not have made.
Responsible parties who could be named in a medical malpractice claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer could include a nurse, surgeon, physician, pediatrician, obstetrician, chiropractor, dentist, doctor’s office, or even the hospital where you were being treated.
You might have a product liability claim if you purchased a product and it was defective, malfunctioned, or caused you harm in some way.
Defective product injury claims differ from other types of accidents in that nearly anyone involved in the chain of distribution of the product can be held accountable for the damage caused by the defective item, as they each have an obligation to ensure the safety of the product before it hits shelves or becomes available to consumers.
When you entrust your elderly relative or loved one to the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility and they fail to provide appropriate care—even going so far as to abuse their patients—the nursing staff, physicians, and even the facility as a whole might be held accountable for their negligence.
If you are attacked by a dog, the owner of the dog will likely be responsible for compensating you for your losses. Both Utah and Washington State have strict liability laws that will hold the dog’s owner liable for your damages, while Idaho adheres to the one-bite rule.
Idaho’s one-bite rule means that the dog owner cannot be held liable the first time a dog bites, particularly if the canine didn’t have a history of aggression prior to the first bite. Strict liability means that the owner is responsible for a dog bite even if the dog didn’t have a prior history of aggression.
There are many potential parties that could be held responsible for the damages you suffered in your accident. Nearly anyone who contributed to the cause of your accident should be required to pay for every expense and loss that you’ve endured. What many personal injury victims fail to consider is what happens when they are partially responsible for causing the accident—or even what will happen if they’re accused of being responsible.
In Idaho, Utah, and Washington, the law allows injury victims to recover damages from the at-fault party even if they are partially liable for the accident they were involved in.
In both Idaho and Washington, the law known as comparative negligence reduces compensation by the victim’s percentage of the blame. In Utah, the law states that if you are more than 49 percent liable for causing the accident, you will not be able to recover your damages from the other involved party. Any percentage less than the 49 percent threshold will qualify for compensation.
This makes it incredibly important to work with a personal injury lawyer. You can count on the insurance company and the at-fault party’s lawyers to try and use these negligence laws to their advantage, and that’s something Craig Swapp & Associates simply won’t allow.
When people purchase an insurance policy and make regular payments to pay the premium, most believe that their insurance company will be on their side after a car accident or other injury-causing event. Unfortunately, far too often this isn’t the case. As a for-profit company, the insurer loses money on each claim they pay out, which is why they will look for any reason they can to deny claims.
Insurance adjusters will even go so far as to use deceitful tactics, such as manipulating your statement to make it appear as though you admitted or accepted blame for causing the accident. They do this so that they can reduce the amount of money they would otherwise be required to settle for.
Your personal injury attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates will be aware of these insurance strategies for reducing settlements and won’t allow the insurer to place unwarranted fault on you for causing the accident. We will make sure that you don’t get taken advantage of and settle for less than you are entitled to.
To have a chance of recovering your injury damages and losses, you will need to file your claim within the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in your state. We have offices in Idaho, where the time limit is two years; Utah, where the limit is four years; and Washington, where the statute of limitations is three years.
The clock starts running from the date of the accident you were involved in, or from the date you are diagnosed with an injury or illness directly related to the accident. The time period to file a claim then runs until the two- to four-year period is reached, depending on which state you’re in.
In order for us to ensure that we obtain full compensation for the losses you suffered, your personal injury lawyer will need to examine every way in which your injuries have impacted or will impact your life. We do this by considering both your economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the losses that have a direct influence on your finances and might include your lost wages, the loss of potential future earnings such as bonuses, promotions, salary increases, contributions to your retirement savings account, and your medical expenses.
Once your personal injury attorney knows what your economic damages entail, we move on to calculating the value of your non-economic damages. These cover the impact your injuries have on your lifestyle and emotional state. Frequently seen non-economic damages in personal injury claims include the following:
When you’ve suffered a serious injury and you’re ready to take matters into your own hands by holding the at-fault party accountable for their negligent actions, reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer with Craig Swapp & Associates. Your attorney will stop at nothing to secure the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and get your life back to normal.
Our personal injury law firm is proud to provide free, no-obligation consultations to all new clients. Schedule yours today by giving our offices a call at 1-800-404-9000 or by completing the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Some of the most common case types that our firm routinely represents are listed below:
The type of personal injury you suffer will largely depend on the seriousness of the accident you were involved in. We have seen everything from broken bones and whiplash to traumatic brain injuries and amputations.
You should always be prepared to go to court, although our personal injury attorneys are usually able to avoid going to trial by successfully negotiating with the insurance company to obtain a settlement that is both fair and reasonable.
When you choose an injury attorney at Craig Swapp & Associates, you won’t have to worry about how much it costs unless we win your case. We don’t charge our clients a dime unless or until we win.
Yes, you can sue a government agency if their offices or agents were the direct cause of the accident you were involved in. You will need to act quickly, however, as the statute of limitations in claims against the government is only one year in Utah and six months in Idaho.
When you are partly responsible for the injuries you suffered, you can still pursue claims against the other involved parties who bear the rest of the blame. However, your monetary compensation will be reduced by the level of blame you hold. If you are in Utah, the law is similar, but if you are found to be more than 49 percent responsible, you will not be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
It would be ill-advised for you to give a statement to the insurance adjuster. Although your words could be honest and accurate, insurance companies rarely, if ever, prioritize the needs of injury victims above the best interests of the insurer’s profit margins.
They will take your statement and twist your words to make it seem as though you are more at fault than you really are.
Your lawyer will not allow the insurance adjuster to blame you for the accident when you are the victim. We will negotiate with the insurer to ensure that you receive a settlement that will meet your needs.
No, you are not legally obligated to accept an offer made by the insurance company. In fact, if the insurer made you an offer quickly, it’s very possible that they understand that your claim is worth a lot more and they are hoping to avoid paying you the full amount of compensation.
Before accepting an offer, you should review it with a personal injury lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates so we can go over what your damages really are. You don’t have to settle for less than you are entitled to when we’re handling your claim.
Our personal injury lawyers work in conjunction with your physician to calculate the total value of your damages. This involves examining your economic damages like medical expenses and any property damage you’ve experienced. Next, your lawyer will consider all your noneconomic damages and the extent of each.
Additionally, we will need to consider how your injuries will impact you in the future, whether you need extended medical care or will be unable to participate in activities you once loved because of the extent of your injury.
We will work hard to ensure that your every medical cost, both now and in the future, is covered. Some medical expenses that might be included in your claim are as follows:
When claiming pain and suffering as a damage in your personal injury claim, we are referring to both the physical and emotional effects your injuries have on your life. If you suffered from third-degree burns, for example, you would have experienced excruciating pain. Many injuries can also cause extreme depression, which would constitute suffering.
If a family member was injured in an accident and passed away due to critical injuries, Craig Swapp & Associates will pursue a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for causing the accident.
In some states, including Idaho, Washington, and Utah, wrongful death claims are pursued the same way a personal injury lawsuit is, and damages are calculated as if the deceased had been alive and able to file a claim on their own behalf.
Many kinds of evidence can support your personal injury claim. Your injury attorney will conduct a thorough investigation and obtain photographs and video footage, witness statements, expert testimony, medical documentation, and police reports.
The types of evidence your personal injury lawyer gathers will depend on the kind of accident you were involved in. For instance, if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, we would request breathalyzer and field sobriety results to see if the other driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Alternatively, if you were harmed by a defective product, we may obtain safety inspection reports of the product in question.
Generally speaking, most states will put a cap on noneconomic damages like pain and suffering, or in medical malpractice claims in general. This amount will vary based on what state you live in. For example, Idaho places a $250,000 cap specifically on noneconomic damages, while Utah has placed a cap of $450,000 for any type of case that isn’t a medical malpractice claim.
If you live in Washington, things can get a little more complicated, as there is no specific dollar cap on damages, but rather a limitation on the amount that you’ll receive based on the injury victim’s average annual income and life expectancy. So, say that your average annual income is $45,000 and your life expectancy is approximately twenty years. Your damages cap would be calculated by multiplying 0.43 by $45,000 by twenty and then equal $387,000.
It’s important to note that this cap is placed only on the damages for pain and suffering in Washington State. There is no cap on the amount of total compensation you will be awarded in any state.
You will be awarded punitive damages in your injury lawsuit if the judge determines that the actions of the defendant were malicious or egregiously negligent. Punitive damages are unique in that they aren’t meant to compensate you for your losses; they are designed to make an example of the grossly negligent behavior of the wrongdoer.