Personal Injury

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, and 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.

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.

How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Utah?

Like other states, Utah has what is known as a “statute of limitations” on personal injury cases. This means you only have a certain amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit in Utah. In most cases, you have four years from the date of the accident or injury to bring your case to court. Sometimes, this deadline may be deferred, such as in cases involving injuries that were not immediately discovered or cases involving minors, but these exceptions are rare.

Note that the four-year statute of limitations applies to personal injury lawsuits, not claims. Often, the amount of time you have to file a claim after an accident or injury depends on the insurance company and the specific policy involved. In general, the sooner you act the better. As time goes on, your memory of the incident can fade, and important evidence can be lost. If you miss filing deadlines, your chance to recover compensation for your damages could be jeopardized.

When you reach out to our team at Steele Adams Hosman, we will immediately begin gathering relevant details of your case and putting together supporting evidence. We often work with a team of specialists, including accident reconstructionists and expert witnesses, to build powerful cases for our clients. Our attorneys understand the importance of taking immediate action to secure the fair settlement you are owed. Although we cannot guarantee a specific outcome for your case, we can assure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive the justice you deserve.

Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Immediately after an accident, you may be contacted by the other person or party’s insurance company. The insurance adjuster may try to get you to make a statement or accept a settlement; we strongly advise you to avoid speaking to the insurance adjuster until you have talked to an attorney.

Even though it may seem like they are trying to help you, the insurance company is not on your side. Like any other for-profit business, their main goal is to lower costs and increase profits—something they often try to do by taking advantage of people who don’t fully understand their rights. Any settlement offered by the insurance company is likely to fall far below what you actually need and deserve. If you sign anything or accept this first settlement, you could lose your right to seek the full, fair compensation you are owed.

When you work with an attorney, you put yourself in the best possible position when it comes to maximizing your recovery. Insurance companies know that an attorney from Steele Adams Hosman will not back down from a fight. Often, they are far more willing to fairly settle claims rather than go up against our attorneys in court. However, when they refuse to play fair, our experienced trial lawyers are ready to represent you and your rights throughout the litigation process.

As your legal team, we will handle every detail so that you can focus on healing. Our firm will meet all important deadlines, submit necessary paperwork, and help you prepare for everything that comes next. We truly care about you and your recovery.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation

At Steele Adams Hosman, we are committed to providing our clients with compassionate and dedicated legal representation. As a client, you will receive personal attention from your attorney, as well as direct and honest communication regarding your case. We take the time to get to know you, your story, and how your injuries have affected your life.

There are no upfront or out-of-pocket costs when you turn to our firm. Instead, we only collect legal fees if we successfully recover compensation for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Call (801) 999-1506 or contact us online using our secure submission form.

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