Experiencing an injury never makes your life easy, but particularly if it wasn’t your fault that it happened in the first place. To add insult to injury, many culprits of personal injuries avoid paying for their mistakes all too often. That is, unless you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Layton, UT.
At LeBaron & Jensen, P.C., we believe that victims of personal injury deserve a fair outcome. Our team of attorneys and counselors will help you obtain compensation through aggressive representation and individualized counseling.
Types of Injury Cases
The term “personal injury” simply refers to cases where people have experienced a traumatic injury due to the negligence of another party. Victims often experience emotional and physical pain, along with financial stress and other life-changing repercussions.
If you feel like the above description describes your situation, seek our help through a personal injury lawyer. We’ll help you deal with the difficult consequences and aftermath of your injury to ensure a secure future and recovery.
Our Layton, UT firm has experience in the following areas of personal injury:
- Class action suits
- Defective products
- Unsafe premises accidents
- Construction injuries
- Automobile accident injuries
- Wrongful death
- Workers’ compensation
- Pharmaceutical cases
Whatever the case, we’re confident that you’ll find the legal aid you seek.
The Importance of Experience
Although some lawyers may have incredible skills winning divorce cases and drafting contracts, you need someone with an intimate knowledge of Utah personal injury law. Don’t make the mistake of consulting with just any lawyer that will take your case; instead, choose a personal injury lawyer from LeBaron & Jensen, P.C. to help you succeed.
Our team of capable attorneys and counselors possess ample knowledge of Utah injury law to help you pursue your claim. Whether you’re in Layton, UT or surrounding areas of the state, trust our resultsoriented firm. We’ll help you resolve your case while minimizing your expense and stress.
Take the first step to relief and recovery by contacting LeBaron & Jensen, P.C. at (801) 773-9488 for a consultation today.
I’VE BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, NOW WHAT?
Most people who have been in an accident have a lot of questions: Who is going to pay my medical bills? Do I have a good case? How can I support my family if I can’t work? How long is it going to take? Do I need an attorney? What should I do next?
WHO IS GOING TO PAY MY MEDICAL BILLS?
While simple, insurance should pay for your medical bills. That’s why we buy insurance. However, figuring out whose insurance will pay is more complicated. Utah law requires all automobiles to have liability insurance and personal injury protection (known as PIP). Liability coverage is provided by the at-fault driver’s insurance for the other party’s injuries. For instance, if you are rear-ended, the driver that hit you is liable and his insurance should pay as part of liability insurance. PIP, on the other hand, is provided by the injured party’s own insurance and must be used before liability insurance. For example, if the medical bills from getting rear-ended are $5,000 your insurance would typically pay the first $3,000 as PIP insurance; and the at-fault driver’s insurance would pay the remaining $2,000.
DO I HAVE A GOOD CASE?
Although there are a myriad of factors that go into how good a case is, there are two questions that can help you know if your case would be good.
First was the accident someone else’s fault? If someone ran a red light and hit you, they should be liable, but if you ran a red light, the accident was your own fault.
Second, are your medical bills over $3,000? If not, you should be able to get your own insurance to pay all of your bills under PIP without much hassle. If your bills are over $3,000, then PIP would likely be exhausted and you would have to get the at-fault driver’s insurance to pay. That is where we can help.
If you have any questions as to whether you have a good case, give us a call and you can talk it over with an attorney for free.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY FAMILY IF I CAN’T WORK?
In addition to paying medical bills, PIP also provides payment for lost income up to $250 per week for a maximum of one year. PIP can also provide $20 per day for household services. Contact your insurance company for more information about your PIP benefits.
Even with all that help from PIP, the medical bills can still stack up. In such cases, if you have a good case, we may be able to work with your doctors and service providers to put a lien on any settlement we get for you. That way, you can get the treatment you need to get better and your accounts won’t go to collections.
DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
An attorney can take care of getting you fairly compensated for your injuries while you focus on getting better. Protect yourself and your rights by hiring an attorney. A good lawyer understands the way insurance companies work and has the additional leverage of threatening legal action if a fair settlement is not reached. We can help you get a larger settlement and do it faster that if you are unrepresented.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY ATTORNEY MEETING?
The most important thing after you get in an accident is document everything. This will protect your rights by making it possible to prove your case later, in court if necessary. When you meet with your personal injury attorney there are a few items to remember to bring to your meeting.
Insurance Letters – Letters from the at-fault party’s insurance and your own insurance.
Pictures – Take pictures of your injuries and your vehicle.
Lost Wages – Records of your lost wages and all time you were unable to work because of your injuries (Example: paycheck stubs, tax returns, doctor notes of missed time, etc)
Journal – Write down all of your complaints and how your injuries progress after the accident.
Doctor Information – Attend all your appointments with your doctor until treatment is complete and bring records if you have them.
Medical Bills – Document all your medical bills and related expenses (Example: prescriptions) and continue to bring them in as you receive them.
Witnesses – Make sure that you have the name and address of any witnesses to your accident.
Car Repair – Don’t have your car fixed until you are sure you have pictures of it. If fixed, bring your car repair estimate.
Police Report – If you have it available.
Remember not talk to anyone from an insurance company about your injuries. They will be trying to gather information to get a lower settlement or avoid paying you altogether. If you are represented by an attorney, you can refer all calls to them.