Avvo – Lawyer Review Site
When you hire an attorney, you want to make sure that he or she is honest and fair. If you get mixed up with a dishonest attorney, this could end up as a nightmare. You can search your attorney’s or potential attorney’s name in Avvo.com to see whether he or she has been disciplined by a state bar where that attorney practices. If the attorney has been disciplined, this should be a red flag for you.
Bureau of Labor Statistics – Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
This is a great website to check out the statistical data for each state as it relates to work place accidents and injuries. This data helps understand accident trends. This is helpful to clients who need to show the seriousness of a particular hazard at work. For example, there may be numerous trench collapses cases in the state of Utah. This supports the fact that employers may not be providing adequate safety measures to prevent cave-ins during trenching operations.
The Center for Auto Safety
This website provides a lot of free information on motor vehicle safety. There’s information about recalls and latest trends among car manufacturers that are putting you at risks. There’s information on lemon laws and how to go about making a claim for a car that you bought that turned out to be a lemon. Additionally, you can search the database for safety and recall information on a specific make, model, and year of a particular vehicle that you own or are interested in purchasing.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
If you want to know whether a product is safe or can potentially injure you or your family, search for your product on this website. You can check this website for the latest recalls and news covering dangerous products. The Commission keeps track of complaints from consumers who have used the product and realized a danger or hazard associated with the product. You can also find injury statistics for a wide variety of injuries
File a complaint – Utah Insurance Department
We hope that all insurers treat claims fairly and give full consideration to the impact an injury can have on a person’s life. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Fortunately, there are specific rules that an insurance company must follow when handling your injury claim. When the insurance company fails to follow these rules, you can file a complaint with the Utah Insurance Department. The link to this website takes you to the complaint portal and gives instructions on how to complete a complaint.
Government Representative Database
This webpage allows you to search for the proper governmental entity to notify when you plan on filing a lawsuit. Any time you are suing the government, you need to send written notice to the proper governmental department and representative. The government is required to tell the public who accepts the written notice on behalf of the government. If you don’t send notice to the correct person, your claim may be lost forever.
Where Kelley Blue Book estimates the value of your vehicle, Healthcare Bluebook estimates the cost of medical treatment that you may need in the future. Clients will often get told that they will need medical treatment in the future, so we want to be able to include these future costs in our negotiations with the insurance company. This website provides a useful tool to be able to estimate those medical procedures when we discuss the value of a case with the insurance adjuster.
Kelley Blue Book
If you’ve ever wanted to know the value of your car, you’re probably familiar with Kelley Blue Book. This is probably the most widely used tool to obtain an estimate for the value of a vehicle. If you are in a car accident, use this website to know whether you are getting a fair offer from the insurance company to settle your property damage claim.
This website provides you with all the applicable state and federal rules for all types of industrial or work accidents. These rules often govern our work accident cases. They give us the rules of the road, so to speak, so that we know how to hold the company accountable for its shortcomings when it comes to safety.
SAFER system UDOT
If you’re involved in an accident with a semi-truck, or a commercial vehicle, this website provides a snapshot of the company and its fleet of trucks. You can find crash data, financial information, insurance coverage information, and basic profile information for the company. This is a great place to go to get initial information for the company that caused your injuries.
Social Security Disability Application
If you are injured in an accident and become disabled, you may consider applying for social security disability income. If you’ve been told by your doctor that you are disabled and need supplemental income until you can get back to work, go to this page to apply for social security disability income. Keep in mind that you have a better chance of qualifying for benefits if you do an in-person interview with the case worker.
Statutes of Limitations (Deadlines)
This webpage offers a concise summary of the statutes of limitations periods for the various kinds of personal injury claims. The statute of limitations period is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after you’re injured. If you don’t file within this period of time, you may lose your case forever. Your limitations period can be as short as one year, so make sure you contact a lawyer before you reach the one year anniversary of your accident.
Unemployment Benefits Application
Go to this webpage to apply for unemployment benefits in Utah. You can qualify if you are unemployed through no fault of your own, received a minimum amount of wages before you were unemployed, and you are actively seeking work or employment. If you meet these qualifications, click on this link to begin applying.
Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act
This webpage contains the rules that insurance companies must follow after you’ve been injured in an accident. If the insurance company fails to follow these rules, you can file a complaint with the department of insurance or use the violations as further support for any breach of contract claims you make in subsequent litigation.
Utah District Courts (state)
This website provides you with court information, including contact information and local rules for each court. You can go to the particular court where your case is filed in to find helpful information about filing fees, court rules, judge bios, and more.
Utah Business Search Database
This webpage provides a searchable database of all business entities filed within the state of Utah. You can download corporate filings, determine where the company is headquartered, find names of corporate leadership, and see whether the company is active. This can be a very useful tool when a company’s representative injures you.
Utah Safety Council
This website is a great resource when trying to understand how to maximize the safety of workers and the general public in a variety of scenarios. Knowing the rules for different scenarios helps us know who is at fault for an accident and whose insurance company should have to pay for any losses that arise out of an accident. You can also find news and current trends on all things dealing with safety in the state of Utah.
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