How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney

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Hiring a personal injury attorney is not too much different than hiring an employee. Gather names of candidates, narrow down the list, and meet with the candidates. The differences are that you will have to find the attorney names and be well prepared for the initial consultation.

Gather Names of Potential Personal Injury Attorney to Hire

To hire a personal injury lawyer for your case, your first step is to gather names of potential candidates. There are multiple places to find names. You have probably already searched Google and found some names in the results and on various sites. Feel free to write down any names that stuck out and keep searching. There are websites for individual law firms and websites that serve as attorney directories. Our firm’s website, www.ccplawyers.com, is an example of a website maintained by a law firm. An example of a directory website is www.licensedlawyer.org. LicensedLawyer is maintained by the Utah State Bar, is neutral, and can give you a more balanced approach to searching for an attorney.

Narrow Down the List

Research the attorneys on your list of candidates. See what they have to say about themselves on their website. Not all personal injury attorneys handle the same type of personal injury cases. For example, car accident cases differ from industrial accident cases. So, make sure any prospective candidates claim they handle your type of case. You will then want to reach out to some of them and schedule appointments for a consultation. Ensure ahead of time that the consultation will be free. If it is not, you should probably try meeting with other attorneys first.

Meet with Potential Candidates

It is ideal to meet with an attorney before hiring him or her to handle your case. Whether an attorney knows how to handle your type of case is only the starting point. You will want to check to see if the attorney interacts well with you and get a feel for whether you are comfortable trusting your case to the attorney. You will also want to have a chance to meet with the attorney’s staff and other attorneys in the firm who will provide support for your case.

Be Well Prepared for Your Consultation

Anytime you go to a consultation with an attorney, he or she will want to impress you and convince you to hire them. But, in the personal injury arena, the sword cuts both ways. Personal injury attorneys, particularly the kind working on contingency, want good cases and good clients. They want to know that if they take your case, they will have your full cooperation. They want to know whether your case is the type they want to handle. Show up to your consultation with documents about your personal injury, your medical expenses, and your other damages. If you have police reports or insurance documents, bring those along. Ensure that you can explain everything clearly and concisely. This will help the attorney, and it will help you make the most of your attorney search and your overall case.

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Do You Need A Utah Car Accident Attorney?

If you got in a car accident, this post contains a few things to reduce your stress and anxiety. Whether you have been seriously injured or not, a car accident attorney can help get you peace of mind.

How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?

When a person has been injured in a car accident, they have four years to bring a lawsuit to recover medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, or other losses they experience. While most of these cases settle with the insurance companies, some do not. The best way to settle your case is to prepare as if you were going to court. Settlement is often preferable to court since most don’t have the resources to cover their losses while waiting for the court. An experienced car accident attorney can advise you on whether settlement or court is the best option.

What Does a Well-Prepared Case Look Like?

A well prepared personal injury case will have detailed medical records, police reports, pictures of damages, and a detailed narrative of life after the accident. In every claim for personal injury, you must be able to show damages. Damages are your losses; it can include your medical expenses directly related to the accident, lost wages, pain, and suffering. The goal of the law is to compensate you for your losses so that you are in as close to the same circumstances as you were before the accident.

However, Utah law does not allow a person to sue for personal injuries that result from a car accident if their damages are less than $3,000. The more details you have, the better you can communicate to the insurance company (or the court) what your actual damages are.

What Can I Do Now To Prepare My Case?

Something you can do to prepare for a car accident is to speak with your insurance company about PIP. (Personal Injury Protection). Utah law requires automobile drivers to carry $3,000 of Personal Injury Protection (PIP).

This PIP pays for the reasonable value of all expenses necessary. This covers medical services, lost wages, and other expenses related to your accident regardless of who is at fault. You may want to consider raising that coverage to at least $10,000 because even settlements can take several months. Most healthcare providers will not suspend payment of bills during this period. You are still responsible for paying your medical bills and a larger PIP benefit may help ease the burden of paying those bills.

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Personal Injury & Statutes of Limitations

If you have been injured you should consider consulting with an attorney soon.  If believe you might have a claim against those responsible you should check out the statutes of limitations.

What Are Statutes Of Limitations?

In Utah, laws have been passed that give a time-limit for being able to file a claim. These laws are called statutes of limitation.

These statutes serve as a deadline for filing various legal actions, including personal injury. Typically, a statute of limitation starts running on the date of the injury. It can also start on the date when the injured party discovered or should have discovered their injury.

If the deadline for your lawsuit has already passed, the defendant need only point this out to the court.  The action will be dismissed no matter how grievous the injury or need of the plaintiff.

What Are My Options?

Those who have suffered an injury for which another party is responsible need not sue or even sue immediately.  It might not be advisable to sue immediately.  However, it is wise for them to know the date by which they must commence their lawsuit.

Statutes of limitations are not always black and white—they can be tolled (a legal term for extended, basically) and the day from which they began to run is not always immediately apparent. The best way to learn the deadline you must file your lawsuit by is to consult an attorney.

At Christensen Law, we can help you ascertain the applicable statute of limitations and help you weigh your options with regard to your prospective personal injury lawsuit in general.

In addition to the deadline by which you must file your lawsuit, there may be other important dates or time periods that affect your claim. There may also be steps you should take soon so as to ensure that your lawsuit will be as successful as possible.

Contact Us

If you think you have a case, or perhaps need some advice on how to proceed, we are here to help. You can contact us at 801-303-5800, and our assistant can set up a free consultation for you. You can also request a free consultation here.

You may also email us at ssc@ccplawyers.com to schedule an appointment if that is more convenient for you.

 

 

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Life Insurance Question From A Caring Husband

Question About Life Insurance

Why should I, the debtor, continue to pay monthly life insurance premiums if when I die my wife the beneficiary who is debt and judgment-free, has the money taken by Uncle Sam?

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Answer

You raise several good questions. Some of these are investment questions that you should consult a tax attorney about. If you set up life insurance properly, the proceeds will go to your wife outside of your estate. However, this requires following specific rules. If you are the owner of your own policy, there may be an inclusion problem. Even if the proceeds are included in your estate, your wife would not have to pay taxes unless the amount exceeds your available lifetime exclusion.

If the tax is not a problem, then you need to decide if life insurance is a beneficial investment. Finally, this is marked as a divorce question. If you are in fact divorced, you may be required by your divorce decree to provide life insurance to guarantee support payments at your death. Typically life insurance is not ordered unless the parties agree to that provision. You may want to see if she would agree to drop any insurance requirement in divorce mediation.

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