The scope of today’s personal injury cases is vast, and with good reason. While it may not seem like a slip and fall accident has much in common with a product liability accident, Utah’s personal injury laws allows you to pursue compensation for both.
It’s not up to you alone to determine when you have a personal injury case on your hands, either. If you come to harm in circumstances where negligence may play a role in your condition, our Utah personal injury lawyers can help you take action. You can discuss your accident with the 1Law team to learn more about your legal rights.
The umbrella of personal injury cases is vast. While the specifics of your case may vary depending on what circumstances led to your losses, the case itself may well still fall underneath personal injury’s long shadow. In Utah, this category includes:
The vast array of circumstances that can lead you to a personal injury case can feel overwhelming. That, however, is where 1Law’s team comes in. Our personal injury law firm may address your case under this broad umbrella, but we can also zoom in and elaborate on the specific personal injury legislation that applies to your losses.
If you want to secure compensation for a personal injury accident, you need to prepare to take your case before a civil court. You don’t start your case by contacting a judge, though. Instead, you need to file a personal injury complaint.
A personal injury complaint, or claim, informs one of Utah’s civil courts of the details of your accident. In your complaint, you can elaborate on your injuries and name the party you believe to be liable for your losses. Our personal injury lawyers in Utah can also begin to establish a trail of evidence to back both your allegations and your request for compensation.
Utah’s statutes of limitations for personal injury cases vary depending on the details of your case. According to Utah Code Ann. §78B-2-307, you can take four years to file if you endured a car accident. However, Utah Code Ann. § 78B-6-706 only gives you two years to file defective drug cases.
On average, you’ll have between two and four years to bring your case to a county clerk. That inconsistency of time frame makes it important to reach out to an attorney as soon as you can after an accident, though. With that in mind, call on a personal injury lawyer as soon as you decide to take legal action. We can detail your deadlines and hold you to them.
When a personal injury case involves a corporation or similarly expansive institution, that institution may have its legal team contact you. If this contact comes before you’ve secured legal representation, the company may attempt to convince you to avoid bringing your losses before a civil court. Others may make settlement offers to try and make up for your losses.
Settlements are not bad things. They can help you contend with your bills. However, most institutions will make a settlement offer with their bottom line in mind. The first offer you receive will likely undersell the value of your personal injury losses.
Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can compare these offers against an independent settlement estimate to garner their value. In doing so, we can ensure that the settlement does cover the full extent of your losses. At the same time, we prevent the institution from using legalese to trick you out of your right to legal action.
Some parties file personal injury cases to seek justice for someone else’s perceived wrongdoings. Civil cases, however, do not result in criminal charges. Rather, these cases more often allow you to secure the financial support you need to overcome your personal injury losses.
With that in mind, you can use your personal injury complaint to elaborate on what kind of compensation you’d like from the allegedly-liable party. This compensation can include coverage for your:
This is not a comprehensive list of the compensation possibly available to you. Instead, each personal injury case involves unique losses. We can calculate what your possible compensation looks like during our first consultation. Our personal injury attorneys in Utah can then take that estimate with us as we approach a traditional trial or settlement negotiations.
After you submit a personal injury complaint, we can prepare for your case’s approval. Should a court choose to consider your personal injury case, you can either begin settlement negotiations or discovery.
Settlement negotiations allow you to approach the party you named in your complaint with a request for compensation. You can still back your request with evidence of the liable party’s wrongdoings. Our attorneys can subsequently refer to that evidence if the defendant attempts to deny you your right to financial support.
Discovery, alternatively, is the first stage of a traditional trial. During this stage, we can exchange information regarding the case with the defendant. You may be required to answer questions regarding your losses and relationship with the defendant. We can guide you through this process to better protect your right to future legal action.
In turn, we can prepare you for:
You can engage in negotiations before a traditional trial and even as the trial begins. Our goal is to secure you the financial support you deserve for your losses, and we will remain open to the avenues that allow for your recovery as your case develops.
If you can’t tell whether or not you have a personal injury case on your hands, you can call our team. We can assess your losses and help you categorize the case that you want to bring forward. We can then help you file your claim and attend compensation negotiations. If the defendant chooses not to cooperate with you, we can bring your case to court.
Are you ready to discuss your personal injury losses? Contact us online or over the phone. A 1Law personal injury lawyer in Utah can schedule a date for your first case consultation. Get ahead of your case’s statute of limitations and give our team a call.