Personal Injury – FAQ
WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?
Most injury claims can be settled for their full value through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, without having to go to court. Our firm settles almost 98% of our accident cases outside of court. However, if the Insurance Company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement to compensate you for all of your present and future loss, this may require that you participate in legal proceedings.
WHEN SHOULD I CALL A UTAH INJURY ATTORNEY?
You should contact an accident attorney as soon as possible after being injured so that your rights and evidence are protected. Do not give the insurance company a recorded statement as this can be used against you at a later time. You may give them your version of the accident as long as it is not recorded. Our Salt Lake City accident attorneys will begin to work for you immediately and make sure you get the medical attention you need even if you don’t have your own medical insurance.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A UTAH PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?
This is going to be one of the biggest decisions that could affect the best outcome and the rest of your life. Most accident attorneys offer a free consultation so take the time to interview your attorney. Ask what is their philosophy? You will be working with them for a long time. You will want a firm that will help you with all aspects of your case, not just the injury portion. So choose a firm that will help you with property damage, rental car, doctor referrals and specialists you can’t afford and disability payments for time off work. Ask around and talk to family and friends who have had to use an accident attorney. Approximately 50% of our new client referrals come from previous clients and we are the Utah auto accident attorneys that other lawyers recommend to their family and friends.
WHAT IF I CANNOT AFFORD A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?
William R. Rawlings & Associates will be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation evaluation of your personal injury claim. All of our accident and injury cases are handled on a zero fee guarantee which means you pay us nothing until we settle or win your case. We also advance all costs upfront such as costs for filing fees, medical reports, medical specialist evaluation etc. There are no out of pocket expenses for you. Call us today to speak with one of our experienced. Salt Lake City accident lawyers for free.
WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
A personal injury lawyer practices law relating to injuries suffered by an innocent party through some other party’s negligence. Our Firm has over 35 years experience in handling these types of claims and getting our client’s lives back on the right track after they have been injured. Also, the Insurance Company has their own attorney whose job it is to deny claims or pay out as little as possible. Put our experienced Personal Injury attorneys on your side. We will fight to get your medicals bills paid, loss of earnings and general pain and suffering award.
I WAS INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT AND NEED MEDICAL ATTENTION. HOW DO MY BILLS GET PAID?
Almost every Utah car insurance policy has at least $3,000 available for medical bills, no matter who was at fault for the accident. However, most of our client’s medical expenses exceed that $3,000 threshold. You may submit your remaining bills to your Health Insurance, however, if you do not have health insurance, we at William R. Rawlings & Associates will contact all of your medical providers and obtain a lien on your behalf for any and all treatment you may need from Physical therapy to surgery. This lien simply states that the medical provider agrees to hold on to their bill and continue to treat you until you are released and agree to wait for payment until your case is settled.
WHY IS THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER TELLING ME NOT TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
The Insurance Company will do everything they can to get you to sign a release for very little money. Most of the time they will make this offer before you are even through treating. Once you sign that release you cannot go back and ask for more help with more treatment or a future surgery, etc. Put our award winning Personal Injury Attorneys on your side. We will make sure you are fully compensated for your claim and all of your out of pocket expenses.
I REALLY NEED TO TALK TO AN ATTORNEY, BUT CANNOT AFFORD ONE. NOW WHAT DO I DO?
William R. Rawlings & Associates has a ZERO Fee Guarantee which means you pay us nothing until we win or settle your case. You may call us anytime FREE to discuss your case and the best part is we are available 24/7. There are no out of pocket expenses to you. We front any costs involved and again do not get reimbursed until we win or settle your case. Call us NOW…you have nothing to lose…It’s FREE!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FREE CONSULTATION?
We will be happy to meet with you at our office, your home, your office or wherever is convenient for you. This meeting will allow us to get to know you and discuss the facts of your case. We will be able to tell you at that first meeting if you have a claim and what we will be able to do for you. There is no pressure involved. You may go home and think about it or decide to retain us at this meeting. The sooner we get started on your claim the sooner we can get you on the road to recovery.
I JUST GOT INTO AN ACCIDENT. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Knowledge is powerful and sometimes knowing what NOT to do can be more important to your claim.
- DO NOT give a recorded statement. You can give your account of what happened, to the police, insurance adjusters etc. however; there is absolutely no LEGAL requirement that it must be recorded.
- DO NOT wait to hire an attorney to protect your rights
- DO NOT think the Insurance Company will be fair or CARE!
- DO NOT leave the scene of the accident until the police arrive.
- DO NOT get out of your car until it is safe to do so.
- Call our experienced auto accident lawyers at William R. Rawlings & Associates. It’s what we do and have been doing successfully for over 35 years!
WHY HIRE WILLIAM R. RAwLINGS & ASSOCIATES?
Here is what makes us different and the Best Choice to handle your injury claim. We have attorneys who were former Insurance Adjusters and Insurance Attorneys. We fully understand the Insurance Company’s process and games and strategies they play to avoid paying claims. We have been settling claims for over 35 years so the Insurance Companies know us, know we don’t back down AND that we are not afraid to go to trial if that’s what it will take to get you full compensation for your claim. Also, we are always available 24/7 to answer a question about your claim and eliminate some of the stress involved from being in an accident once we discuss the process with you. We have been recognized by our Peers as Top Personal Injury Lawyers in Salt Lake City and have also been named Utah’s Legal Elite and Top Trial Attorneys.