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.

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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

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

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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.

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Hazardous Road Conditions That Cause Car Accidents

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Each year, more and more cars hit the city streets and freeways in Salt Lake City. Car accident attorneys based in Utah, our firm has dealt with just about every type of accident out there that you can think of. Many accidents arise from hazardous road conditions that could have been avoided in the first place had someone done their job to take care of them. Oftentimes, these accidents end up getting reported as the fault of the driver. However, that is not always the case.

In the majority of hazardous road condition cases, the condition was not seen until it was far too late to do anything about it. Whether it be because it was too dark outside or there were not any signs around alerting to the danger, these individuals should never be deemed responsible for something that was not their fault. Just check out the different examples below.

Salt Lake Car Accident – First Case

In this instance, the driver went down on the overpass of the freeway. The asphalt that once covered the overpass was gone. This left a major seam in the roadway and caused it to be uneven. Since there were no warning signs around the area, the rider had no way of knowing that was going to be there. They were a seasoned professional and still went down on their bike.

Due to the lack of proper warning signs and the arch in the bridge, the rider could not see the hazard until they were just a few feet away. There is no way to prepare for something that you cannot see. Even though the city should have posted a sign, the rider should also be prepared for the unexpected when traveling.

Draper Utah Car Accident – Second Case

In this situation, a seasoned rider was out driving on an interstate highway in the dark. They had pulled over onto the side of the road to turn their reserve tank on. While coasting onto the shoulder of the road, the tire of the bike ended up hitting into an edge trap. This two to three-inch lift is created when they are in the process of repaving the road. This caused the bike to go down without warning.

There were no warning signs along the side of the road. However, the rider could easily have seen that there was no asphalt down on the road before ever coming up to the accident site. While there should have been signs out there, you cannot always depend on them to be there. If you notice any type of construction on the road, you have to expect the unexpected, especially when your visibility is limited. Taking the proper precautions is pivotal in preventing injuries.

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In this particular case that our Salt Lake personal injury lawyer has seen, the rider was out on a surface ride early in the morning. There was an underground vault that had exploded up the road further. This blew out the manhole cover that would normally cover the street. This caused all of the traffic signals and lights in the area to end up going out and making the area completely dark. While the rider did know that the lights were out in the area and proceeded with caution to go through the area, they did not know anything about the manhole cover not being there. This caused them to go down on the displaced cover. There is very little that could have been done to prevent the rider from hitting into the manhole cover and avoiding the accident.

Layton Utah Injury Case

In this case, the rider went down when they ran into a sink hole out on the street. The officer who responded did admit that the hole was so bad that they had to block the area with their car to prevent anyone else from being injured. At the deposition, the officer testified that the color of the road and the shadows made it extremely difficult to be able to see the hole. The pavement crew chief ended up coming to the accident scene and said that he knew about the problem but hadn’t had time to fix it just yet.

If you notice that something does not seem right and you do not have a good range of visibility in front of you, it might be time to adjust your speed and pay close attention to avoid any potential injuries from occurring.

Most of the time, motorcycle accidents end up happening because of something that they could not avoid. While there are cases where the driver could have done something differently to avoid the accident, that is not necessarily always the case. It all depends on what the conditions were surrounding the accident scene and whether there was enough time for the proper entity to correct the problem in the first place.

The cases above were all prosecuted successfully. If you are dealing with anything like one of the cases above, you need to speak to a licensed accident attorney who can help you with your claim.

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It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. Legal problems come to everyone. Whether it’s your son who gets in a car wreck, your uncle who loses his job and needs to file for bankruptcy, your sister’s brother who’s getting divorced, or a grandparent that passes away without a will -all of us have legal issues and questions that arise. So when you have a law question, 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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