Why do I need a Utah Personal Injury Attorney?

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When you or your loved one suffer an injury as the result of somebody else’s action, perhaps it seems natural that the person would offer to compensate you for your injury, or that their insurance company will do the right thing and offer a fair settlement. Unfortunately, that rarely happens. Many people will not take responsibility for their actions, and insurance companies profit from under-compensating injury victims. Insurance companies and their attorneys also know the governing law backwards and forwards, and they know that most non-attorneys have no idea what legal rights and remedies they possess.

An experienced Personal Injury Attorney knows how to build your case, how to negotiate your case with an insurance company, and, if necessary, how to take your case to trial. While it is possible to negotiate your claim with an insurance company yourself, insurance companies will typically do everything they can to take advantage of you and to effect the lowest possible settlement, while attempting to elicit statements from you that will damage your position if you ultimately decide to sue.

A Utah personal injury attorney is in a good position to help you obtain a favorable settlement that, even with the attorney fee deducted, significantly exceeds what you can obtain on your own.

Where can I find a Utah personal injury attorney?

You can find the names of attorneys from a variety of sources. You may seek advice from friends, or from your doctor or another health care professional. You may look in the Yellow Pages or an online attorney directory. You may contact a State Bar attorney referral service. There are many ways to seek a Utah personal injury attorney, but there are no magic answers to finding a good attorney.

Are there special types of Utah personal injury attorneys for different types of cases?

Yes. When you are seeking a Utah personal injury attorney, you should consider that most of them do not practice medical malpractice law, and many do not handle workers’ compensation cases. Just as you would seek a specialized doctor to provide a special type of medical care, the practice of medical malpractice law is very specialized and in seeking an attorney it is almost always best to seek out an attorney or law firm which has significant experience in that area of law. Some attorneys specialize primarily in workers’ compensation law, which is typically handled through a special system of administrative courts.

Further, beyond workers’ compensation and medical malpractice, certain law firms specialize in particular types of injury or cause of action. There are personal injury law firms which focus primarily on burn injuries, or brain and spinal cord injuries. There are personal injury firms which concentrate primarily on car accidents, construction accidents, or litigation over defective products. You will benefit from asking whether an attorney you consult has experience with your type of injury before you make your hiring decision.

Aaron Larson. “Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer.” Exert Law. 8 Oct. 2009 [http://www.expertlaw.com/library/personal_injury/injury_lawyer.html].

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