In order to recover the costs of your injury, the state of Utah requires you to furnish proof that you were injured due to the careless behavior of another person. This is called negligence. A person responsible for at least 50 per cent at fault is considered liable. If you are less than 50 per cent at fault for your own injury, you may collect money, but the amount will be adjusted to reflect the percentage of fault you bear.
A group of people may be held liable if they were responsible for the injury, but they must only cover the amount of damage that matches up to their level of fault.
|Utah Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Future earning ability, lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, cost of household help|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Defendants are proportionately liable for damages|
|Contributory Negligence||Modified contributed negligence: you may not be awarded damages if you are found to be 50% or more at fault, if you are found to be 49% or less at fault you may recover damages based on proportion of fault.|
A company may be negligent if you are injured when using a product that has a defect. You must prove that the item was being used in an approved manner and that the product injured you due to the defect itself. You will have to prove that you incurred damages due to the injury.
The state law of Utah says that medical expenses are covered no matter when they occur: in the past, the present, or are likely to occur in the future. You may also file for compensation for the loss of income that is due to the injury or for a reduced ability to work. A personal injury suit can cover the money you may have spent hiring a person to do household work that you could not accomplish. Any other expenses associated with the injury can be compensated under a personal injury claim. Disability or disfigurement can also be covered, provided it is permanent. Mental health problems, such as depression or high anxiety, can be compensated. If your family relationships were harmed, Utah personal injury law requires compensation.
When you begin filing a personal injury claim, you must inform the party or parties responsible for the injury that you are filing against them. Do not get rid of any evidence pertaining to your injury. You should preserve the clothing you were wearing at the time of the injury and any property that was damaged. You should also keep any photographs that were taken of your injury or your property after the damage was done.
Seek counsel from a Utah personal injury lawyer before speaking about the claim with an insurance adjuster.