Utah Personal Injury Lawyer
When an accident leaves you injured, the damages and losses that result can permanently alter your life. You deserve full compensation for what you’ve been through, and a Utah personal injury lawyer can help you get it.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in an accident, you’re likely already well aware of how thoroughly it can change your life for the worse. From draining your finances to damaging your quality of life, few life events are as overwhelming and pervasive as a catastrophic injury.
The road to recovery is often long and can be incredibly expensive, resulting in a steady stream of medical bills and making it difficult to work. However, if someone else caused the accident that injured you, it could entitle you to financial compensation to cover your damages and injuries. This usually means going through an insurance company or an opposing attorney, which can make the compensation process nearly as difficult as the recovery process.
Fortunately, Craig Swapp & Associates can bear the brunt of the burden when it comes to handling the legal hurdles. A Utah personal injury lawyer from our office can ensure that you get fairly compensated while focusing on getting your life back to normal.
Any Accident Can Cause a Serious Injury
With few exceptions, nearly any accident that causes a catastrophic injury can qualify you to seek compensation for losses and damages. Every claim starts with a thorough investigation into what happened, so you’ll want a Utah personal injury lawyer on your side who has experience handling claims for a wide variety of different accident types:
- Motor Vehicle Crashes – Accidents involving cars, buses, motorcycles, and 18-wheelers are easily the most common cause of injuries. From drunk driving to cell phone use to dangerous roads, many different parties can be at fault in these situations.
- Defective Products – Cell phone batteries that explode, electric blankets that catch fire, medication that doesn’t work—the examples of products that cause injuries through no fault of the consumer are nearly endless. If this is how your injury was caused, you might have grounds for a product liability case.
- Premises Liability – Every property owner has a legal obligation to maintain safety on his or her grounds. Whether you were attacked by a vicious dog or slipped and fell on a slick surface, if the owner failed to address a problem, you might have a case.
- Construction Accidents – While injured workers often think they have to settle for work comp, if willful negligence, malice, or a third party outside of your employer caused the accident, you might be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
Proving Your Utah Personal Injury Claim
One of the two most difficult challenges of filing and winning a personal injury claim are investigating and proving your case. In order to know who’s liable for your injuries and losses, you must first know what caused the accident. Investigating an accident when you’ve just been seriously injured is unrealistic for you on your own.
You will likely need some help in proving who the at-fault party is. To prove fault, evidence will need to be collected.
Why do you need to prove fault anyway? Because the personal injury laws in Utah require only a negligent party to pay damages to an accident victim. You must show that your accident was caused by another person’s careless or reckless actions in order to collect compensation.
Below, here are some of the types of evidence your Utah personal injury lawyer may use to help you win your claim:
- Accident scene photos and other physical evidence
- Police and accident scene reports
- Accident scene investigator testimony
- Witness statements
- Photo and video evidence of the accident
- Medical history and medical injury evidence
Types of Injuries Common in Utah Personal Injury Cases
Unfortunately for us as humans, there are thousands of ways we can be hurt. Our bodies are more fragile than we would probably like to think. That’s why it’s so important that people take care to prevent accidents before they hurt other people.
When you’re hurt in an accident, your damages will increase in correlation with the seriousness of your injuries. The more extensive your injuries, the more expensive your medical bills and other losses will become.
There are many types of accident injuries, but some that are considered to be extensive injuries leading to heavy losses are the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – These are very serious injuries that lead to cognitive issues and can affect your ability to work for life.
- Severe Burns – Burns can be extremely painful injuries leading to mobility loss, permanent nerve and tissue damage, and scarring.
- Broken Bones – Broken bones can be very serious injuries and may never heal fully, leaving you with pain and mobility issues.
- Organ and Other Internal Damage – All internal injuries are serious, and your health could be majorly impacted.
- Loss of Limb – The loss of a limb is a traumatic injury that could change your life forever, leading to extensive lifestyle changes for you and your family.
- Spinal Injuries – Injuries to the spine can be quite serious, even causing partial or total paralysis.
Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
It’s possible that you’ll receive a settlement offer soon after getting injured. Unfortunately, these initial offers are typically woefully inadequate when it comes to covering all of your losses and damages. The insurer will manage to “overlook” the less obvious damages, such as pain and suffering, and completely ignore future expenses you aren’t even aware of yet. Always remember that their goal is to settle cheaply and for as little as possible.
Your Utah personal injury lawyer will handle the negotiations so that you don’t have to worry about getting taken advantage of in this way. We’ll make certain that you receive compensation for all of your financial losses and any damage done to your quality of life. It’s important to work with your doctor to ensure that all of your medical care is accounted for, and that you don’t just receive compensation for current expenses.
In the end, if your injury has caused a hardship in your life, whether it’s financial or emotional, you should be compensated for it:
- Medical bills for surgeries, treatments, medication, and equipment
- Lost income and wages, as well as reduced future earning ability
- Transportation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost companionship
- Lost enjoyment of life
Utah Personal Injury FAQ
No doubt you have countless questions when you’re considering filing an injury claim against the party that has harmed you, and when you contact a Utah personal injury attorney with our firm, your questions can be answered. However, for your convenience, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about personal injury claims down below.
Can more than one party be to blame for my accident?
Yes. It’s very possible for more than one party to be responsible for the accident that hurt you. For instance, if you are involved in a crash with a semi-truck, both the driver and the truck driver’s company could be liable for your injuries and losses. Pursuing both parties will help to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you’re owed.
What does no-fault car insurance mean?
In Utah, when you’re in an auto wreck, you will not be able to seek damages against an at-fault party for your losses unless your losses exceed $3,000. If they are under that amount, you would need to look to your own insurance company to reimburse you for your losses. If your damages are over $3,000, then you can file a claim against the person responsible for the crash.
What’s the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim in Utah?
In Utah, you have four years from the date of your injury accident to file your claim. If you don’t file within that time frame, then you will not be permitted to file a claim. It’s also best to file your claim as soon after the accident occurred as you possibly can. If you delay, important evidence could be lost and witnesses could forget what happened.
What happens if I’m partially to blame for my accident?
You can still file an injury claim if you were partially to blame for your accident, with one main caveat. You must be less than 50 percent responsible or you will not be able to seek damages from the other party. In addition, your damages will be reduced by the percentage of blame that rests with you. This is called comparative fault.
Consult with a Utah Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident, you can’t afford to take risks with your compensation—your future well-being depends on it. By working with Craig Swapp & Associates, you’ll benefit from experienced legal representation, a proven track record of success, and substantial legal resources, all of which will be employed to bring your case to the most successful conclusion possible.
Your case starts with a free consultation to go over the details of your accident with a Utah personal injury lawyer. To arrange a time for yours, simply call 1-800-404-9000 or complete the contact form found at the bottom of this page.