At Deiss Law, in Salt Lake City, Utah, we aggressively advocate for our clients who’ve suffered injuries because of defective products, slip and falls, automobile accidents, and other incidents. Big corporations and insurance companies that may be liable for these injuries sit behind big legal teams with years of experience, and we gladly and competently take them on. If you’ve been injured, we may be able to help you obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Thousands of Americans are injured in automobile accidents every day. Utah is a no-fault state, so even if you were blameless, your insurance company will only pay your personal injury protection (PIP) amount. If your medical bills exceed your PIP coverage, or you have suffered permanent disability, disfigurement, impairment or dismemberment, you may seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance company or bring a lawsuit if the insurer does not pay adequately. Without aggressive advocates willing to pursue your case, you may end up with a much smaller recovery, if any.
For truck accidents, it’s even more complex, and likely involves worse injury. The driver, the driver’s employer and perhaps even an additional corporation may all have some liability. We can help you untangle the circumstances of your case and seek maximum compensation for your harm.
Utah law has a comparative negligence standard, meaning that if you were injured in a fall because of a hazard on someone’s property, you can seek recovery even if you were up to 49 percent responsible, as long as the defendant is more responsible. However, the same standard lowers the amount awarded in proportion to your liability. This makes skilled counsel essential, even in cases that settle, which rely on predicted trial outcomes to determine the award. We take a practical approach to these matters by negotiating when possible and being undeterred if the matter needs to go to court.
Some of the most complex injury cases involve defective products. Not only do you need to identify whether the retailer, wholesaler or manufacturer was responsible for the injurious defect, but in many cases, every party involved is a corporation with its own legal team. Utah law recognizes three types of products liability: design defects, manufacturing defects and failure to warn of dangers. You have two years from when you discovered, or reasonably should have discovered, both the injury and its cause to file suit. More preparation can dramatically increase your chance of recovery. Our experience, advice and skill can give you the leverage you need in pursuit of your claim.
If someone dies due to the negligence, recklessness or malice of another, Utah law allows the following surviving relatives to file suit for wrongful death:
In addition, a named personal representative of the estate and the guardian of the person who died, if there was one, can file suit. Our attorneys are committed to helping clients obtain compensation for the untimely loss of their loved ones.