Why Use a Lawyer?

Why Use a Lawyer

You may have just been in an accident. It may have been a dog bite, car accident or motorcycle accident. Many people wonder if using a lawyer is necessary to get the compensation they use. Here are a few ways decide if hiring representation is the best option for you.

Perform a Cost-Benefit Analysis

A cost-benefit analysis is where you measure the cost of hiring a lawyer versus the possible benefit of having one. An example of this is if you suffer a dog bite. The dog owner’s insurance company is willing to offer you $5,000, but your hospital bills and physical therapy are going to cost over $10,000. The lawyer you are considering charges $1,000 retainer and $50 per hour. He/she expects that it is going to take eight hours of work on your case. That brings your total to $1,4000. This means that you could gain $5,000 by using a lawyer with a cost of $1,400. In this instance, it is a good idea to hire a professional for your dog bite case.

How Complicated Is the Law?

Legal practitioners spend their whole careers studying the law. Probably you, like most other non-lawyers, spend almost no time studying the law. If you are involved in a complicated dispute such as a divorce, a difficult loss of a loved one or at risk of losing your license for a car or other accident, you should hire representation. They will know the best course to take to offer you the best chance of success.

There are many other reasons to consider hiring a lawyer. If you are in Salt Lake City and in need of representation, there are many great options that will get you the results you deserve. Don’t miss the opportunity for you to get the compensation you’re due. You don’t have to fight alone when you’ve suffered a loss.

HELPFUL TIPS FOR DRIVING SAFELY ON RURAL ROADS

From the outskirts of Salt Lake City to other, more remote parts of the United States, living in a rural area comes with its own unique set of perks. Familial privacy, spacious properties and a more intimate connection with Mother Nature generally atop the list of benefits for those who forego the convenience of living in a city for the family farm, ranch, cabin or distant home.

That said, while an escape from the hustle and bustle of an urban environment in Salt Lake City or elsewhere might be seen as a definite positive, it can be hard for new residents to adjust to the poor road conditions which often frequent rural settings, thus causing many an auto accident.

As is the case with just about anything in life, practice make perfect. In the meantime, however, if you’re still adjusting, there are a few things you can do to keep both you and your family safe from uneven rural roads.

First and foremost, it’s important that a motorist’s eyes always be on the lookout for danger, so as to avoid the need for a personal injury lawyer later on. Blind turns, sudden dips, potholes, muddy conditions and nearby farm equipment should always raise the level of caution a driver uses while out and about.

Furthermore, assume the worst will take place and prepare accordingly. This isn’t limited to an auto accident, mind you. Tire punctures, engine damages and even getting lost in the middle of nowhere happen more often than you’d think. Unfortunately, a cell phone or helpful lawyer won’t always be enough to get you out of trouble.

Just in case, always have extra gas, a spare tire, first-aid kit and spending money on-hand. Though not every auto accident is avoidable and a lawyer might very well be needed to help set the record straight, making a conscious effort to drive safely while on rural roads just outside of Salt Lake City—or any other removed location, for that matter—can do a wealth of good for rural motorists.

Free Initial Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been injured and need legal help, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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How Do I Get The Most Money For My Personal Injury Case?

How Do I Get The Most Money For My Personal Injury Case

How do I get the most money for my personal injury case? This is a question I frequently hear when I talk with someone who has been in a car accident. The question is justified as there are often past medical bills to pay, future medical bills, and sometimes a lifetime of suffering.

The first issue we have to address is what are the insurance company policy limits? According to Utah law, when you are in a car accident, the other driver is required to have insurance.  The insurance of the other driver will have limits on the amount they will pay on behalf of their driver. The limits are typically broken down into separate categories for bodily injury and property damage. For example, in Utah the minimum is $25,000 per person or $65,000 combined for bodily injury. However, the driver may have insurance limits that are much higher, sometimes $100,000 per person or sometimes even a $500,000 combined single limit. Commercial vehicles, such as most semi-trucks, will have insurance limits even higher. It is not unusual to see a $1,000,000 policy or even a $5,000,000 policy.

If the other driver does not have sufficient insurance or have any insurance, another type of claim can be made, which will be addressed elsewhere.

The next step to maximize your recovery by getting the necessary and proper treatment. If your doctor or the ER doctor recommends that you see a specialist, you should do this, even if you don’t have health insurance. We can arrange for financing or liens so that our clients can get the treatment that they need. If you do not follow your doctor’s recommendations, the insurance company might point out that you are being non-compliant.

Sometimes it is also important to get a second opinion. Some doctors can be dismissive of patients who have been involved in car accidents. I have even seen this in the ER. Maybe the doctor or the ER are overwhelmed on that particular day and they just want to get the patient out as soon as possible so they can treat other patients. In those situations, we can help you find a doctor to get a second opinion. It is always better to know now for sure whether or not you have been insured, rather than to find out 5 years later after you have already settled your case.

In addition to these above, there are numerous strategy options that I pursue for my clients to enhance their recovery. Some of these are far too detailed for this blog and some involve complicated legal maneuvers. There is a reason statics show that those clients who have an attorney representing them often have settlements three times higher than those without an attorney.

I just recently help a woman in West Valley City who had been in a car accident. The insurance company offered her nothing at first, as she had gone through an intersection on a yellow light. After a few months of fighting and arguing with the insurance company, I was able to get them to offer their policy limit. Their offer went from $0 to the limit. That is what our office can do for you.

Free Initial Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Legal problems come to everyone. If you ever have a car crash, or need an Injury Lawyer, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

Michael R. Anderson, JD

Ascent Law LLC
8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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Birth Injury Claims and Medical Malpractice

Birth Injury Claims and Medical Malpractice

Having a baby is one of the most rewarding experiences of human life. After nine months of growth and care, a new life is brought into the world. Normally this experience is one of blessed joy; however, what happens when something goes wrong?

Birth injuries due to negligence are some of the most common drivers of medical malpractice lawsuits. If something happens to you or your unborn baby as a result of your doctor’s negligence, your doctor could be held liable for injuries or even wrongful death. If you suspect a birth injury could have otherwise been avoided, contact your local personal injury lawyer to see if you are eligible for compensation.

Birth injuries can affect either the mother or the unborn or newborn child. Common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, cranial and spinal cord injuries, fractures and bone injuries, infant brain damage, cephalohematoma and Erb’s Palsy. These injuries, while not uncommon in Provo or elsewhere, can typically be avoided through proper medical supervision. For example, cephalohematoma can be avoided by following proper vacuum extraction procedure. Bone fractures and physical deformities can also be prevented by avoiding excessive use of force during delivery.

In the case of many birth injuries, a doctor’s actions — or lack thereof — can be found directly responsible for you or your child’s injuries. For instance, in the case of infant wrongful death due to umbilical cord strangulation, the medical staff could have executed an emergency C-section in order to save the baby. In the eyes of a lawyer, failure to do so may result in liability for the child’s wrongful death.

In addition to being physically and emotionally draining, fetal injury and wrongful death cases are often difficult to prosecute. If you suspect that an injury sustained during childbirth could have reasonably been avoided, contact a local medical malpractice lawyer and discuss the best course of action for your situation.

THE SAD TRUTHS BEHIND AUTISM AND BIRTH INJURY

Truthfully, childbirth is one of life’s most beautiful, rewarding experiences. Whether you’re new to parenthood in Utah or are more than familiar with child rearing in other American states, welcoming a new child into the world is simply an unforgettable happening.

However, not all childbirths occur without their own respective flaws. Because I’m an injury lawyer, I’ve seen far too many hopeful adults, what should be a routine infant delivery turns into a series of heart-wrenching, emotional events, occasionally resulting in wrongful deaths. In fact, according to recent, in-depth research, there very well might be a strong link between attention deficits and birth injuries.

According to medical researcher Viola M. Frymann, at least 80 percent of children who battle ADD, ADHD or even Autism, underwent some sort of birth injury during the delivery process. She says: “The most common injuries occurred during the labor and delivery period, a time in which the nervous system can be severely damaged, leading to cognitive and psychological problems.”

Typical birth-related injuries include, yet aren’t limited to forceps and vacuum extraction complications, erroneous epidural administrations and complex umbilical cord issues. With wrongful deaths and incidents of medical malpractice abounding here in Utah and elsewhere, it’s important to pay attention and stand up for those who can’t formally defend themselves: infants.

Free Initial Consultation with an Injury Lawyer

If you need a personal injury lawyer in Utah, call Ascent Law for your free consultation (801) 676-5506. We want to help you.

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8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

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Injury Lawyer Salt Lake City

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Injury Lawyer Salt Lake City

Have you been hurt in a car accident?

Have you been the victim of a slip and fall injury?

If you have been harmed and it’s not your fault, you may be entitled to recover money to pay your medical bills, your lost wages and for your pain and suffering.

This may be the most important article you read this year.

Injuries, Accidents and How Insurance Companies Settle Claims

A slip and fall, car accident or intentional accident that leaves you injured but it can also leave you financially injured. Most of us think that we have insurance to cover such events, and while this is somewhat true, the insurance companies are primarily concerned with paying as little as possible while transferring the burden of the costs to you. This is why having an injury attorney on your side is so important.

Most people living in Utah do not fully understand all of the minute details of how insurance companies really work. Insurance companies are generally looking to improve their bottom line and turn a profit for their owners – not pay your medical bills. Let us take a look at how insurance companies work with hospitals to save money and transfer costs to you, the insured.

Personal Injury Settlements in Utah Explained

If you are in a serious injury or car accident and break your leg, the insurance company usually pays the hospital a percentage of the actual cost to treat your broken leg. This is because they have written contracts with the hospital to pay lower amount for their insured’s treatments. Typically, if you break your leg and decide to pay the hospital in full out of your own pocket, the cost would be $5,000 for example. Now most of us assume that our insurance company pays the hospital the full $5,000, but that is not the case. The insurance company will only pay a portion. For example they may pay $4,000 for the procedure. This happens because insurance companies create complex contracts with the hospitals at a discounted rate. If the hospital does not agree to offer a substantial discount, the insurance company will not allow the hospital to be in their “covered network” of providers. This means that the hospital will generally not be able to treat any of the people covered by the insurance company. This could potentially be thousands of patients for that hospital.

Due to the insurance companies having the upper hand in contract negotiations with the hospitals, the hospital always negotiates and agrees to some form of a discount. Either way, the insurance company will always pay less than full cost for the procedure. If you have a the right injury lawyer on your side, the lawyer can also do this. We have done this for our clients. We can usually reduce medical bills if you’ve been injured. Unfortunately, this is really hard for you because you are the one that was injured and they want you – the end consumer or user – to pay the full price of what they charge.

Depending on your insurance policy and coverage exemptions, you will most likely be required to pay for a portion of your medical care. This can include the deductible and any other special circumstances. Your policy may indicate that you are responsible for the first $1,000 of an inpatient stay (plus your deductible) and that the insurance company will pay the remainder. These amounts vary dependent upon your specific policy.

If your insurance company can, they will shift as much of the costs to you as possible in a serious injury accident. This can result in you suffering huge financial difficulties. If your insurance company agrees to only pay a percentage of the cost of your treatment this will very likely be the way it is. For example, they may agree to pay 85% of cost. Now if you have a serious injury accident and the bill comes to $225,000 (which is not unheard of) then you would be responsible for $33,750 of the total bill. If you don’t have a personal injury attorney on your side by that time; then, you may have to consider filing for bankruptcy. That is something you shouldn’t have to do if you weren’t at fault. The good news is that attorneys at Ascent Law have experienced in both personal injury cases as well as chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies. If you have to file bankruptcy because there is no coverage anywhere and you are stuck with huge bills – we can help with this as a last option.

Horror Story of Personal Injury Gone Wrong

We’ve had a client who fell from a 3 story building on a construction site. This was during the great recession. Because the insurance companies denied coverage and the company owner went out of business, our client was stuck with medical bills in excess of $500,000. The good news is he was able to file a medical bankruptcy and get rid of all of that debt and move on with this life. He is lucky to be alive.

What Should You Do If You’ve Been Injured In Salt Lake City Utah

If another person is at fault in your and you’ve been injured as a result of a serious accident then you face a big fight with that person’s insurance company. These companies will look for quick cheap settlements (or no settlement at all) and will try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge of what you are actually entitled to receive. Another example would be if both you and the person who is at fault have the same insurance company. This creates a whole new, and not uncommon, circumstance where your insurance company will try to save money on both sides of the issue.

If you suffer from a serious personal injury, you need a competent and experienced lawyer to watch out for your best interests. Regardless of whether or not someone else is at fault for your injury you need a lawyer to help you through the process. Everyday thousands of Americans are getting a raw deal from their insurance company and most never even realize it; they just simply accept it as the way things work. The lawyers at Ascent Law work as a team and will help sift through the complex insurance coverage policies and will help you to find the parts of the policy that provide you with the most comprehensive coverage possible so you can recover.

When faced with a serious personal injury the last thing you should have to worry about is how you are going to pay your medical bills. Unfortunately, it is a reality that you need to take steps to make sure that you will not be stuck with an outrageous bill that your insurance company should cover. A lawyer is the only one who is truly on your side when you are faced with a serious personal injury, because he or she is working for you and no one else.

You’re next step is to call our office and speak with an attorney who cares about you, wants you to recover and wants to make the insurance company pay for your injuries. You need Ascent Law on your side.

Call:(801) 676-5506

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8833 S. Redwood Road, Suite C
West Jordan, Utah
84088 United States

Telephone: (801) 676-5506

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