Do you have a personal injury case? If so, do you need a lawyer?
It depends. I know that’s not the answer you were hoping for.
Walk through these steps to help determine whether you have a case that a lawyer will take. This isn’t meant to cover all possible scenarios. But it can give you a good idea about what we’re looking for as personal injury lawyers in Utah.
We hope this question funnel helps you understand whether you have an injury case. Remember, personal injury can be a car or trucking accident, bicycle accident, dog bite, industrial accident, or any other way you get injured.
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Do you believe you are 50% or more at fault for the accident that caused your injuries?
If your answer is no, then go to question 2.
Did this accident happen at work?
Did someone other than a co-employee contribute at all to the accident?
Did this accident happen while using or driving a motor vehicle?
If you were in a car accident, is at least one of the following statements true:
Did the accident either cause new injuries or aggravate old injuries?
If your answer is no, then you may not have a case that requires an accident lawyer. To make an injury claim, we require that you have physical or mental injuries.
Does the person or company at fault have insurance or another way to reimburse you?
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Whether you have a case depends on three things: fault, injuries, and insurance.
First, you can’t be the one at fault. In most states, if you are at least 50% at fault for the accident, then you cannot recover a penny for your injuries. If you are less than 50% at fault, then you can recover for your injuries (minus the amount of the percentage of your fault.) For example, if a jury awards you $100,000 for your injuries and decides you are 30% at fault, then you would get $70,000.
Deciding who is at fault is not always an easy task. Oftentimes, more than one person is at fault. It can take some time to investigate the facts to decide about fault. Parties often do not agree on who is at fault for an accident. Ultimately, your case outcome will depend not only on the facts themselves but also on how well your attorney frames the facts in your favor.
Second, you must have injuries serious enough to pursue a claim. In car accident cases, you need to have at least $3,000 in medical bills, permanent impairment or disfigurement, or a death to bring a claim for personal injury. However, this is only a requirement in car accident cases. If you don’t have damages in excess of $1,500, you may be better off resolving it without an attorney. Never assume your injuries are too minor for a lawyer to help.
Lastly, the person or company at fault needs have insurance or enough money to pay you for your injuries. If there is no way to get paid for your injuries, then the time and stress of seeking payment will be pointless. An experienced attorney will know what insurance policies may be available to help compensate you for your injuries.
To know for sure whether you have a claim, please call us now. We can’t wait to talk!