Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have a case?
A: You might. Under Utah law, a person who is injured by another’s intentional or negligent conduct has the right to file suit to recover his or her damages. The best way to tell whether you are entitled to compensation for your damages is to contact our office and set up a free consultation. Our attorneys will be able to tell you whether you have a cause of action and whether you are entitled to recover anything. We are here to advise you no matter the scale of your accident or extent of your injuries.
Q: How much time do I have to file suit?
A: It depends on your case. Most personal injury claims in Utah have a four year statute of limitations window from the date of injury. However, it is advisable to be proactive and contact an attorney early on. Often cases, especially complex ones, require extensive medical records to be collected and marshalled. This process takes time and getting started late risks: medical bills being missed, lost wages being overlooked, and damages excluded. Also, hiring an attorney early can help avoid collection actions and negative impacts on your credit because attorneys can negotiate the deferment of medical bills until your case is settled.
Q: Why hire an attorney?
A: Attempting to navigate confusing insurance regulations and negotiate with difficult insurance companies can be overwhelming and time consuming. Having an experienced professional represent you will facilitate a better settlement and allow you to focus on what is important: healing and getting your life back on track. In addition, our staff can assist with personal property settlement, medical bill deferment, and lien payment.
Q: How much do I need to pay?
A: If we agree to take your case you do not need to pay anything unless, and until, we recover. If we do not recover on your behalf, you do not need to pay any attorney fees.
Q: What should I bring to my free consultation?
A: Please bring all documents that relate to your injury, including but not limited to:
- Medical records,
- Police reports,
- Picture identification,
- Insurance cards,
- Copies of policies,
- Any correspondences you have received from insurance companies,
- Any correspondences between you and the party that hurt you,
- Any photographs, and
- Contact information of witnesses.
Q: How long does it take to resolve a case?
A: It depends on numerous factors including: severity of damages, necessity of treatment, length of treatment, extent of medical records, etc. Some cases can be settled in months and other cases require years. Because each case is unique, settlement time will depend on the specific facts of your case. Please contact our office for a free consultation to allow our staff to learn the facts of your case and provide a more accurate time frame.