Swenson & Shelley Law
- 43 S. 100 E. Suite 201 St. George, UT 84770
- Phone: (435) 767-7777
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No one should be forced to shoulder medical bills and struggle to make ends meet after an accident caused by someone else. If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, it’s time to learn about your legal rights. At Swenson & Shelley, our St. George personal injury lawyers help people like you fight for fair compensation after serious accidents.Accident victims deserve the relentless pursuit of justice that Swenson & Shelley can provide.
Contact us today for a free case review with a trusted St. George personal injury attorney from Swenson & Shelley. We can answer all your questions and help you decide on the best path forward for your recovery.
St. George is the county seat of Washington County, located on the Arizona border. This means the city sees more than its share of vehicle collisions, premises liability incidents, and significant injuries caused by negligence that could have been prevented.
Data from the Utah Department of Public Safety found that 26% of all fatal crashes in the state had a speed-related contributor. This includes going over the speed limit and, sometimes, going the speed limit but faster than road conditions permit. Sadly, according to newly released traffic data, the state’s traffic deaths remain the highest in two decades.
There were 61,406 motor vehicle accidents in Utah last year, equating to approximately 168 Utah car accidents per day. Of these, around 30% resulted in some injury, and 320 people were killed, marking the second consecutive year that deaths topped 300, a figure that previously hadn’t been seen in the state since 2003.
At Swenson & Shelley, our St. George personal injury attorneys are knowledgeable, compassionate, and adept at helping accident victims throughout Utah. Every accident is unique and requires customized legal solutions to pursue actual results. No matter how it occurred, you do not have to fight your personal injury battle alone. We can help.
Not every accident will result in a personal injury case. One of the most crucial aspects of proving a personal injury case is establishing that someone else’s negligence directly caused your injury. Examples of negligence include a distracted driver who slams into another vehicle or a busy store owner that allows an ignored spill to cause a dangerous fall. You will need an experienced attorney to investigate your accident and determine who can be held responsible.
In addition to determining who was at fault, your attorney will need to demonstrate what losses you have suffered as a result. This can include physical, financial, and intangible losses such as pain and suffering. It can also include losses you expect to incur in the future as a result of your injury.
Many types of accidents can lead to a personal injury lawsuit. At Swenson & Shelley, our experienced attorneys have a long track record of success in cases involving:
Please reach out to our St. George personal injury law firm today for a free review of your case. We will answer all your questions and let you know if we can help.
Utah, you can potentially recover both economic and non-economic compensation, or “damages.” Utah defines economic damages as money that will fairly compensate a victim for their measurable losses. Measurable losses may include:
The total amount of compensation that a victim could be owed depends on the unique circumstances of their case.
A statute of limitations is a time limit. Utah gives victims involved in accidents four years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a victim files a lawsuit after the statute of limitations expires, generally, a Utah court will refuse to hear the case.
Getting an attorney on your side early is crucial, even if you are filing an insurance claim. In some cases, insurance adjusters can drag out settlement negotiations or fail to negotiate in good faith. The process can waste time and limit your ability to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve.
Most people think they know what to do after a significant accident. Call the authorities, see a doctor, take photographs of the accident scene. Unfortunately, even the smallest misstep can make a difference in the amount of compensation you may be able to recover. Consider these additional tips to help you protect your rights and strengthen your claim:
At Swenson & Shelley, we take a proactive approach to helping accident victims manage their cases. From our initial consultation, we will help you take stock of all your legal options. We will advise you about the path that offers the best chance at a favorable outcome. We then begin the process of protecting your legal rights and managing communications with insurers or opposing attorneys. We also take an active role in:
During every step of the legal process, we will keep you updated on the progress of your case. We believe in transparent communication, so you’ll never feel like you are being left in the dark.
At Swenson & Shelley, our personal injury lawyers in St. George know that while vehicle collisions are prevalent in Utah, they are not the only forms of negligence that lead to injuries and fatalities throughout the state.
Our dedicated St. George personal injury attorneys represent clients who have been injured or tragically lost their loved ones to negligence during:
At Swenson & Shelley, we understand the devastating circumstances accident victims face. Our personal injury attorneys in St. George help you get your life back on track.
When the Worst Has Happened, We Fight for What’s Best for You.
Our dedicated team of personal injury attorneys in St. George takes the pressure off our clients from their first call to our office. Our compassionate lawyers and support staff do more than hear the details of your case during our free consultations. We listen to how your personal injury incident has impacted your daily activities and overall quality of life.
We genuinely want to understand what has happened to you, where you are in your treatment plan, and what you need to move forward so we can provide the legal and personal support you deserve.
Once we understand the details of your claim, our St. George personal injury attorneys will work quickly to investigate your case, preserve the evidence, and start identifying all possible liable parties so no claim detail is left to chance. We have a long track record of producing tangible results for our clients, and we would be honored to do the same for you and your family, starting with a free consultation.
We do not charge any fees upfront for our services. Instead, you pay us only if we secure payment for you. That makes getting legal help accessible and allows you to focus on your recovery. Contact us now to learn more.
This can be a confusing task because you see so many people on TV, in newspapers, and in advertisements for personal injury attorneys everywhere. You need to look at a couple basic things.
First, you need to look at the experience. Not just how long somebody’s been an attorney but how much they’re involved in the actual personal injury arena on a day-to-day basis. You don’t want somebody who’s doing criminal law one day, doing a bill of trust the next day, and then taking a personal injury case if they get a chance.
You also want to look for somebody who’s a trial lawyer. It’s important to prepare your case as if it’s going to trial because that helps in the settlement, and if you do have to go to trial, it helps there. Most importantly, insurance companies know who’s willing to go to trial, who’s willing to fight and spend that extra effort on a case, and who’s not.
It’s not a good idea. Insurance adjusters are trained to ask questions in a specific way to get the information they need to help their case, which means hurting your case. Their entire goal is to reduce the amount of damages they pay out. Do not speak to an insurance company or give them a recorded statement until you’ve talked to an attorney.
Some people come in wanting to tell their story in court. Others want to avoid trial at all cost. In St. George, you always have the option of settling the case before trial. This is your case. We’re not going to file a lawsuit without asking you first and explaining to you what the process is. The ultimate decision is yours. What we offer is our opinion and our experience on whether or not we think filing a lawsuit and taking the case to trial will add value and give you the opportunity to settle your case for more and fair money.
One of the areas that an injured party is able to recover is for the damages of emotional distress. People sometimes don’t understand the impact of emotional distress until they get a few weeks down the road and the reality of their injury sets in. They understand that when you’re in pain, any aspect of life is less enjoyable. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing. If you’re hurting, it’s more difficult to enjoy and appreciate the life that you’re living.
In St. George, you can pursue compensation for this emotional stress caused by the injury.
One of the biggest mistakes is not seeking the medical care that you need right away. If you’re injured, you need to seek out the medical care of trained professionals who can help you get the treatment that you need.
Number two, people don’t follow the advice of their doctors. They don’t go to their follow-up appointments. They don’t follow their doctor’s recommendations, and they delay the healing process. Insurance companies look at whether or not you’re following the instructions of the doctor when trying to make a recovery.
Number three is not seeking out the help of an attorney. An attorney can come into a case early on, help organize the case, and help you avoid making a lot of these mistakes that people commonly make.
Number four is when seeking out an attorney, make sure you choose an attorney who is dedicated to personal injury work and is a trial attorney as well. An attorney can make one of the biggest impacts on your case, and the attorney you hire could determine the ultimate outcome and value of your case.
This is a very difficult question to answer because there’s no formula that can be used. It’s based on the specifics of the case. It depends on how severe the injury is, how bad it impacts the individual who’s hurt, how long it’s going to impact them, and how severely it’s going to impact them. What are they going to lose for work? What kind of future medical bills are they going to incur? All of those things go into it.
One of the other things that you have to factor into it is the amount of insurance that’s available to cover that loss because you could have a significant injury but not enough insurance to cover it, and that affects the value of a case.
That depends on a number of factors. The main factor is how long it is going to take for you to recover from the injuries that you have sustained. Minor injuries heal quicker. Bigger injuries take a longer amount of time to heal.
What we want is for you to get to a stable point where your medical providers have a good understanding of what your injuries are and what it’s going to take for the ongoing care. At that point, we’ll gather up the bills and the records that have been produced by your medical providers and we’ll begin to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. Many times, we’re able to resolve cases through settlements if the insurance company is able to come to the table with a fair offer. In the event they are unwilling to come to the table with a fair offer, we would then file litigation.
We are always pushing your case to settle and to resolve as quickly as we can, while understanding at the same time that you only get to settle the case one time. Once your case is over, we can’t come back at a later date and ask to reopen it.
Preexisting conditions are interesting because insurance companies look at them and say, “You’ve already had the injury. We didn’t really cause an injury.” The problem is with the preexisting injury, you’re more susceptible to a new injury or a re-aggravation of that injury. So when an accident causes something new, oftentimes because of the preexisting injury, it makes it worse.
When negotiating with an insurance provider in St. George, UT, we never recommend taking the first offer. In fact, unless the insurance adjuster is offering 100 percent of the insurance policy, we have never had a situation where an insurance adjuster is not willing to give more money above and beyond their first offer. We do not recommend taking the initial settlement offer. It’s our experience that there is typically more money to offer, more room to negotiate, and we can help you through that process.
The reality is most cases do not end up going to trial or being decided by a jury. Many cases can settle prior to filing litigation. You can negotiate a claim with an insurance adjuster and reach an agreeable resolution. We’re unable to do that with some cases, and so we file litigation and start the litigation process. During that process, there are a lot of things that happen that can help the case continue to negotiate and work toward a resolution. Even most of the cases that do end up in litigation still settle before trial.
In the event that a case does go to trial, rest assured that our attorneys have extensive experience taking cases to trial. We’re not afraid to take a case to a jury verdict, and we will make sure that you’re comfortable with the process, understand what to expect, and are well-prepared for a trial.
Ready to talk to a skilled St. George personal injury attorney about your case? Get in touch with the experienced legal team at Swenson & Shelley. We want to offer you support and guidance through this challenging time.
For a free initial consultation, contact us today.