FAQs

Why should I hire an attorney if I’m injured?

If you are injured in an accident, you will get overwhelmed with the paperwork, dealing with insurance companies, knowing which medical treatment to get, going to the medical appointments, getting the medical bills paid, and getting the compensation you deserve. An attorney can handle all this for you, and get you a better outcome with…

Will Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit Affect My Insurance?

After experiencing the effects of a surprise injury – whether from an automobile accident, an intentional act of violence, a defective product, or any other situation in which you were injured by the wrongful actions of another – you are no doubt dealing with a host of confusing questions that you never wanted to confront….

How can I get my car repaired?

You need to report your property damage claim to yours and to the at-fault party’s insurance companies as soon as possible. You should have received the at-fault party’s insurance information at the accident scene. If you do not have it, call the police officer or department that investigated the accident and request a copy of…

Will I have to file a lawsuit?

Most of the time, you will not need to file a lawsuit to resolve your personal injury claim. After making a claim for injuries, the parties will work to settle the claim with terms that all parties will accept. These pre-lawsuit negotiations usually lead to a resolution of the claim. Most people do not want…

What if a family member is at fault for my injuries?

Yes. If you have been injured in an accident, and a family member is at fault for the accident, then you will need to make a claim against your family member’s insurance company. The insurer will then step into your family member’s shoes and handle the claim. As an example, say Mom is driving Daughter…

Do I have a case?

Whether you have a case depends on three main factors: fault, injuries, and insurance. First, you can’t be the one at fault. In most states, if you are at least 50% at fault for the accident, then you cannot recover a penny for your injuries. If you are less than 50% at fault, then you…

Can I bring a claim against or sue the government for personal injuries?

Yes. If a government representative is at fault for causing an injury, the injured person may seek compensation from the government. The procedures for state and federal government are different when making a claim for personal injuries. In both instances, you will need to provide notice to the government before you make a claim or…

Are there caps or limits on how much I can get for my personal injury case?

In some cases, Utah law limits how much money you can receive for damages you sustain in an accident. These limits are often called “damages caps.” The two most common examples of damages caps are when suing medical providers and the government. Damages caps limit the amount of money you can receive for general damages,…

Do I need an attorney even if I have minor injuries?

Yes, you should still hire an attorney, even if your injuries are minor. Before deciding that your injuries are not serious enough to hire an attorney, give us a call, and we can discuss how to maximize the value of your case.

Can I bring a claim on behalf of my injured child?

Yes, absolutely. A minor child, or a person under the age of 18, cannot bring an injury claim on behalf of him or herself. Therefore, a parent, guardian, or someone appointed by the court must bring the claim on behalf of the minor child. If the minor child receives a settlement or award, then the…

What is my case worth?

You are entitled to receive money for special (economic) and general (non-economic) damages. Special damages are damages that you can more easily calculate: past and future medical bills, loss of future earning capacity, past and future wage loss, past and future benefits and pensions, property damage, etc. These damages are supported by medical bills and…

What type of automobile insurance should I buy and how much?

Automobile insurance policies have 3 primary coverages: property damage, bodily injury, and underinsured/uninsured motorist. It’s important to understand all of these coverages before purchasing auto insurance. Property damage covers damage to your vehicle when in an accident. There is usually a $500-$1,000 deductible that you pay before these coverages kick in. Property damage is the…

Who will be handling my case?

At Jensen Law Firm, an experienced attorney will handle your case. This is unique. At most personal injury firms, you will deal mostly with a paralegal or secretary at each phase of your case. At these firms, it is common for the client to never even speak with an attorney, except maybe at the beginning…

How long will my case take until completion?

This depends on the specific facts of your case, including whether you are partially at fault for the accident, whether you had pre-existing injuries similar to those that you received in the accident, how badly you are injured, and how quickly you supply needed information to the attorney. If there are complicating factors that the…

Should I give a statement to anyone about my accident?

The short answer is no. Other than with a police officer or medical provider, it’s better to not speak to anyone about the accident. Never speak to a representative from an insurance company about the accident. If you are unsure of whether you should talk to someone about your accident, then you probably should not….

Is it okay to post about my accident on social media?

In most cases, you do not want to post anything on social media regarding the facts of the accident or your injuries. In fact, during the pendency of your case, take a break from all social media. Insurance companies will find you on social media and look for any content that will undermine your case….

Can I still receive compensation if I was partially at fault for the accident?

Yes. If you are not 50% at fault or greater, than you can still receive compensation for your injuries. If you are less than 50% at fault, then the amount of your percentage of fault decreases your recovery accordingly. For example, if a jury awarded you $100,000 for your injuries, but decided you were 30%…

Does the at-fault party pay my medical bills?

Not usually. In almost all cases, your health insurance company will need to begin paying bills when you begin treating. If Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is available, then your health insurance company will begin making payments once PIP is exhausted (for more information on PIP, see What is No Fault Insurance and PIP?) If you…

What is No Fault Insurance and PIP (Personal Injury Protection)?

In Utah and in twelve other states, every person injured in an accident, regardless of whose fault, is entitled to receive No Fault benefits. These benefits are part of automobile coverage. Under No Fault you are entitled up to $3,000 for medical bills, $250 per week for lost wages, and up to $25 per day…

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The statute of limitations is the period of time in which you have to file a lawsuit to preserve your claim. If you wait to file a lawsuit of the statute of limitations deadline has passed, then you can no longer make a claim. It is critical that you contact ATTORNEY right away to avoid…

What should I do after I’m injured in an accident?

If you or a loved one are involved in an accident, the first priority is to seek medical treatment as soon as possible and for as long as needed. If you have ANY symptoms, do not refuse medical treatment at the scene. Inform the first responders of every symptom and injury. Do not assume that…

What is negligence?

When someone is negligent, he or she does something or behaves in a way that is unreasonable. For example, if I leave a saw blade in my front yard while children are playing in the yard, most of us would agree that I should not do that. Doing so would be unreasonable. Most of you…

Will my case go to trial?

It is rare that a case goes all the way to trial. More than 90% of cases settle before going to trial. A high percentage of cases settle before filing a lawsuit. Some will settle after filing a lawsuit but before going to trial.

Can I bring a case for a family member who dies in an accident?

In the unfortunate event that you have a family member die in an accident, you may bring a “wrongful death” claim against the responsible person. Typically, for married people, the spouse makes the claim for herself/himself and children, if any. If the decedent had no spouse, then any heir may make the claim. An heir…

Do I need an attorney if I’m injured on the job?

Yes. If you are injured while on the job, contact us immediately. You are entitled to Workers Compensation benefits from your employer. If there’s a person partially or fully at fault for your injuries, and that person is not an employee of your company, then you can make a third-party claim against that company. In…

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

Mediation is a way to negotiate a settlement of your injury claim. Both parties agree on a mediator (usually a retired judge or lawyer). The mediator receives all the pertinent case information from each side’s attorney. The mediator then meets with all the people involved at one office location. The parties then exchange settlement amounts…

Who pays my medical bills if I don’t have health insurance?

Unfortunately, it may take months or years to receive a settlement or award from the responsible party. Until then, without health insurance, you are stuck with the bills. This can cause a great deal of stress, affect your credit score, and even lead to bankruptcy. It is always best to pay your medical bills as…

Do I owe my attorney anything if I lose?

No. We only get paid if you get paid. If you lose your case or are unable to receive money in a settlement, then we eat all of the cost. You will never have to pay costs or attorney’s fees out of your own pocket.