Apr 13 2017

SHOULD I SETTLE MY CASE OUT OF COURT?

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When an accident or wrongful death occurs, the injured party has a legal right to compensation. Most individuals assume that the best way to collect this compensation is by taking their case to court and letting a judge or jury decide. If you have a good lawyer, this can be a valid option, but it would be wrong to assume that it’s your only one.

Many people have received just compensation and avoided the hassles of courtroom trials by negotiating a settlement. Recent studies indicate that as many as 95 percent of American civil cases never make it to trial. An experienced and aggressive lawyer, like those at William Rawlings & Associates negotiate a compensation agreement, settlement is made and both parties leave satisfied.

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Mar 28 2017

Avoiding Auto, Truck and Pedestrians Accidents

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The standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations defines defensive driving skills as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” This definition is taken from the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course.  It is a form of training for motor vehicle drivers that goes beyond mastery of the rules of the road and the basic mechanics of driving. Its aim is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others. This can be achieved through adherence to a variety of general guidelines, such as following the assured clear distance ahead and two second rules, as well as the practice of specific driving techniques.

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Feb 27 2017

Injury Lawyer Tip: What to do after your FREE CONSULTATION

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You’ve been hurt in an auto accident in Utah or perhaps another state and, unfortunately, the accident was caused by another party’s negligence. Soon, it becomes clear that you will need to hire a lawyer to ensure that you’re fairly compensated for your troubles.

You have located a reputable personal injury law firm, you’ve arranged for a free consultation. Before speaking with an auto accident attorney, you’ll want to be prepared to get the most out of your free consultation. Before you go into that consultation here are a couple of tips for making certain that a positive interaction occurs.

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Jan 30 2017

We Are Your Award Winning Utah Accident Lawyers

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William Rawlings & Associates as your accident lawyers give free consultations to injury victims throughout the State of Utah almost every day.  We are also licensed in the state of California and Idaho should your travels take you there.

Some people have either tried handling their personal injury matter on their own, or are very reluctant to get a lawyer involved because of what they have heard about lawyers, or are unsure about how the legal system works.  Most of these people usually end up getting legal representation in the long run because they find out sooner than later that the responsible party’s insurance company is not playing fair.

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Dec 28 2016

Utah’s Most Experienced Injury Attorneys

As Utah’s most experienced personal injury attorneys, with over 35 years experience, we have recovered millions of dollars in damages for accident victims who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We handle everything from the simplest injury cases to catastrophic injuries even leading to death.   Here are some of our most recent settlements and Jury awards:

Rear-End Accident – Suffered Neck Injuries

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Oct 05 2016

POKEMON GO —STOP!

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The mania surrounding “Pokemon Go” is escalating as more users find themselves in precarious situations while playing the augmented reality game.  Two California men fell off a bluff while playing the smartphone game, while another player was stabbed by group of men in a park.

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Sep 25 2016

5 Steps after Slip and Fall Accident

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Slip and Fall Accidents are unfortunate regardless of how or where they occur, and very often are the cause of serious injuries.  If you are injured due to carelessness or negligence of someone else, you may have a right to recover for damages.

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Sep 08 2016

Grilling Safety Tips: Prevent Fires at Your Summer Cookouts

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As the weather warms up in Utah, many of us are looking forward to firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this fun summer tradition is accompanied by many serious hazards. Read on for grilling safety tips to help protect your family, guests and home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association’s 2016 Home Grill Fires Report, grill-related incidents were the cause of nearly 9,000 home fires per year between 2009 and 2013. On average, these fires resulted in 160 injuries, 10 deaths and over $100 million in property damage annually.

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Aug 24 2016

6 STEPS TO CHOOSING THE BEST UTAH INJURY ATTORNEY

Pic 6 stepsIt’s worth the time and effort to be very selective in whom you choose to represent you.  So how, exactly, do you choose the best Utah Accident lawyer?

(1) Identify Type

Your uncle may handle corporate law cases, but does that mean he handles accident cases.  One law firm may practice 10 different types of law, while another may specialize in just one. You want someone who is an expert in what you need. So think about what kind of lawyer will handle your case.  If you have you been in a car accident you require the expertise of a personal injury lawyer.

IMPORTANT:  Don’t rely on television commercials, bench ads or the phone book.  These types of advertisements can’t tell you if the firm is credible, reliable and/or professional.

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Aug 03 2016

Is My Personal Injury Settlement Tax Free?

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If you sue for personal physical injuries like a slip and fall or car accident, your damages are tax-free. That may seem odd, since you may be seeking lost wages because you couldn’t work after your injuries. But a specific section of the tax code–Section 104–shields damages for personal physical injuries and physical sickness. Before 1996 “personal” damages were tax-free. That meant emotional distress, defamation and many other legal injuries also produced tax-free recoveries.

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