What are the first steps after an accident?
Immediately after your accident, it’s crucial that you seek medical
attention so a doctor can run tests, diagnose any injuries, and treat
them in a timely fashion. Some people don’t feel pain in the moments
after their accident and think they can head home, only to be in severe
pain days or weeks later.
After you get treated and hold onto your medical records and receipts,
call a personal injury attorney. An attorney can handle communication
with insurance companies so you don’t have to answer phone calls
and say something they can potentially use against your claim. A well-established
attorney like Jeff Metler can also collect evidence to support your claim
and establish liability.
Who can file a claim on behalf of a deceased family member?
Just as every state has its own statutes dictating how much time victims
have to file a claim, they also have laws establishing who can legally
file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a deceased person. In Utah, “heirs”
such as the surviving spouse, adult children, and parents of the deceased
can file for wrongful death. Individuals who can prove they were financially
independent on the deceased, like stepchildren or other blood relatives,
can also file a claim.
Can I trust the insurance company?
Insurance companies specifically train their employees to give out the
bare minimum and avoid having to spend money. Despite what you’ve
been raised to believe or what the adjuster tells you over the phone,
insurance companies aren’t looking out for your best interests –
they’re trying to save a dime. They also regularly take advantage
of injured individuals by offering low settlements knowing they’re
likely to accept them without question. When we represent you, we can
protect your rights and fight to ensure you get the amount you deserve.
How long do I have to file an injury claim?
All states have their own statutes that establish deadlines for filing
various legal claims. Utah often has four-year statutes for injury claims
such as car accidents, but this length of time can vary depending on the
accident. For example, there’s a three-year statute of limitations
for claims filed for injuries caused by asbestos exposure, while medical
malpractice victims have just two years to file a claim. Jeff Metler and
his team are happy to sit down with you to determine how much time you
have to successfully file your claim.
online or by phone at
(801) 349-1009 for a free case evaluation in English or Spanish. Our Northern Utah legal
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