When someone else causes injury to you, whether on purpose or through negligence, you have the right to compensation. In most accidents, an insurer will end up paying the bill. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters often apply questionable techniques when claims are made. Their goal is not to look out for you. It’s to release their company from its responsibility to pay for your damages. If they do offer a settlement, they’ll likely understate the true cost of your claim—which goes beyond the car repair and doctor’s bills you’ve collected. Even if you can calculate the sum of all your losses, it can be difficult to negotiate a fair payment.
When you retain our personal injury team, you are bringing in the resources you need to protect your best interests. Like insurance adjusters, we have experience handling accident claims and injuries, so we won’t accept lowball offers. We can negotiate on your behalf without falling for the ploys insurance adjusters may try to use against you. You are also giving yourself leverage. When they hear our name, insurers will know we’re not afraid to take them to court if they refuse to pay. In some cases, that’s enough to get you the settlement you deserve. When it’s not, you’ll have a team of expert litigators on your side
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We've handled tens of thousands of cases across a variety of practice areas and put that experience towards providing you with unbiased legal advice and guidance.
We know how difficult it can be to process things following an accident. During our initial consultation, our goal is to really help uncover the specifics of your case and help you and your family begin moving forward.
Most personal injury cases don’t go to trial, but it’s best to be prepared. With our trial experience and wide legal network, we can prepare a strong argument backed by expert witnesses if needed. If you’re injured, it’s not only your right to receive fair compensation, but also a necessity. You should be able to access the treatment you need and have the means to support yourself through your recovery. Talk to our team today to see how we can help you.
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In all personal injury cases, the claimant must show someone else holds responsibility for their damages after an accident. You may also hear this called “fault” or “liability.” To prove it, you must show the at-fault party owed you a “duty of care,” or a responsibility to keep you safe.
Though you may not realize it, everyone constantly owes a duty of care to those around them. Every time you get behind the wheel, you are tacitly agreeing to follow the rules of the road so no one else is hurt. When you see someone in the grocery store, you are responsible for refraining from violence. In short, your conduct should not cause harm to anyone else, even if you make a mistake.
Once we identify the duty of care the at-fault party held, we must show they acted outside of it. Then, we can link their actions to the injury and damages you face. This is the process we take in every personal injury case.
Damages refer to any harm, both tangible and not, caused by the accident. Economic damages, also called special damages, are all the expenses you accrued. They include:
- Medical bills and projected future medical expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of earning potential
- Costs of hiring temporary assistance
- Repairs of damaged property
Most insurers won’t tell you everything you’re allowed to claim and only offer just enough to cover your current medical and repair bills. Our attorneys can help you calculate the less obvious expenses that are related to the incident.
Non-economic damages are often called “pain and suffering,” though they encompass more than just that. When we evaluate your case and the accident’s overall impact on your life, we can determine which of these damages should be included in your settlement.
Dealing with insurance adjusters is difficult at any time. When you’re trying to recover from an injury, trying to get a fair settlement from one may seem next to impossible. We understand the burden you and your loved ones are under after an accident. That’s why, if you retain us, we will step in to provide not only the legal support you need but also guidance and care throughout your recovery.
Our team can take care of investigating your accident, finding evidence, submitting paperwork, and negotiating your settlement with the insurance adjuster. If necessary, we will also handle all aspects of filing a lawsuit and preparing for trial.
The Dodd & Kuendig team came together because we all care about helping people. You may be in a difficult situation, but you are not alone. Reach out to our attorneys for a same-day consultation at (435) 296-7434.
Q:When Do I Need a Lawyer?
A:Insurance adjusters often reach out one or two days after an accident, so we suggest you retain an attorney as soon as you can. However, you can bring a law firm into the claims process at any time if you start out on your own.
Q:What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?
A:Dodd & Kuendig works entirely on a contingency basis, meaning you will not have to pay us any fees until we win for you. We know accidents and injuries bring enough financial stress—and we don’t want to add more.
Q:Will My Case Go to Trial?
A:A very small fraction of personal injury cases go to trial. Most insurers will agree to settle rather than go through the hassle of a lawsuit. However, should we need to litigate for your recovery, we are prepared to do so.
Q:What’s the Statute of Limitations in Utah?
A:Most personal injury suits are generally needed to be filled within 4 years of the accident. However, do not wait too long to get help—some case types, such as medical malpractice and wrongful death, have shorter statutes of limitations.
Q:What Is Comparative Negligence, and Why Does it Matter?
A:If the accident victim is found to have partial fault, their compensation can be reduced by the percentage of liability they hold. Because our state evaluates comparative negligence in all personal injury cases, it’s important to have an attorney to fight against untrue accusations.