Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Utah
Understanding Your Legal Rights
Unfortunately, accidents are a part of life. While we can’t always prevent these accidents from happening, you have certain legal options if you are injured in an accident caused by someone else.
The state of Utah allows injured individuals (or, in some cases, the family members of catastrophically injured or deceased individuals) to file personal injury claims. The purpose of this is to allow victims to recover monetary compensation for “damages,” or the losses they have experienced due to their injuries.
Navigating the legal process can be tough, especially when you are already dealing with serious injuries. You should spend this time focusing on getting the proper medical care you need to heal, not on fighting with the insurance company for a fair settlement. At Steele Adams Hosman, our Salt Lake City personal injury lawyers are here to represent you and your rights. With more than 35 years of combined experience, we understand how the system works. Our team will provide the personal attention and support you need, as well as the aggressive advocacy you deserve.
If you or someone you love was injured due to someone else’s carelessness, contact Steele Adams Hosman at (801) 999-1506 for a free consultation. Hablamos español.
Who Can File a Personal Injury Claim?
Generally speaking, nearly anyone who has been injured in an accident or traumatic event can file a personal injury claim. Because Utah is a no-fault auto insurance state, you can file a claim with your own auto insurance provider after an accident regardless of who was at fault. This is true whether you were injured in an accident involving multiple passenger cars, a large truck or commercial vehicle, a motorcycle, or even a pedestrian or bicyclist.
In some cases, you may be able to go outside the no-fault system and bring a claim against a negligent driver or another party responsible for the accident. The same is true when it comes to non-motor vehicle accident cases, including claims involving:
- Dangerous property conditions
- Slips and falls
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
If the insurance company (or another liable party) refuses to offer a fair settlement, you could be entitled to file a lawsuit and pursue justice in the courtroom. Contact our personal injury Lawyer in Utah today for the legal help you need.
Most personal injury lawsuits are brought on the grounds of negligence. To have a case based on negligence, you will need to prove the following:
- The defendant (the party against whom you are bringing the case) had a responsibility to act reasonably and avoid conduct that could cause you foreseeable harm (“duty of care”)
- The defendant failed to act reasonably and/or breached the duty of care by acting negligently, wrongfully, or intentionally inflicting injury
- You were injured and suffered measurable damages, such as medical expenses, lost income/wages, and pain and suffering
- The defendant’s negligent or wrongful actions or inactions caused your injuries, either directly or indirectly (“causation”)
At Steele Adams Hosman, our Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys fully investigate claims to determine exactly what happened and how our clients have been affected. We use this information to develop innovative legal strategies aimed at securing the best possible results.
If you have questions about your case, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.