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If you have been seriously hurt or injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact a personal injury lawyer Salt Lake City, UT trusts. If this is your first time dealing with a legal matter, we understand that it can be confusing and difficult. At Rasmussen & Miner it is our goal to help you feel informed and comfortable throughout this process. If you think you may qualify for compensation based on an injury obtained from someone else’s negligence, speak to a personal injury lawyer Salt Lake City UT relies on to get you the results that accident victims deserve.
Negligence as a law term is defined as “failing to take proper care resulting in damage or injury to another.” This broad standard can be interpreted many different ways. This is why it is important that you collect evidence corresponding to the four major elements of negligence: Duty, Breach, Causation, and Damages.
The duty element of negligence is a person or company’s legal responsibility to take proper care and precautions when putting a client in a potentially harmful situation. Duties can be defined in law or seen as common principles, such as the duty to not purposefully drive into the back of another’s car, or the duty to put out a camping fire so it does not spread. When a company or person has violated their duty, this is called a breach.
When a person or company does not follow their duty to exercise care and caution and causes someone to get injured, their negligence is considered a breach. If you feel that the negligence, recklessness, or intentional action of a person or company contributed to your injury, please contact us for a free case evaluation.
Breaching one’s duty to provide a harm-free environment is often not enough to support your case. There has to be an injury obtained by that negligence with causation. Causation is the link between the breach of duty and the injury that it caused. There has to be a link between the breach and injury to have a solid case. If you aren’t harnessed properly on the rope swing and you break your foot later that day there is no causation, however if you aren’t harnessed properly and you break your foot from falling off the swing, you may have the grounds for causation necessary to file a strong case.
Suffering an actual injury because of the other party’s negligence is an important factor in your case. You want to ensure your injury is well documented so that you have the evidence you need to support your claims. You can then sue for economic damages (lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, etc.) as a result of the injury caused by the responsible party’s breach of duty.
If I’ve Been Injured in an Accident, What Are the First Steps I Should Take?
The first thing that you’ll want to do if you’ve been injured is to seek medical attention. Everything else can wait while you call for an ambulance, call for someone to help you to the hospital, or (depending on the nature of your injuries) make a short drive to seek medical attention on your own. When you’re speaking with medical professionals, speak honestly and don’t downplay your symptoms out of apprehension that you’ll appear “weak.” Being injured isn’t weakness and downplaying your symptoms now may negatively affect the outcome of your case down the line.
If you’re waiting for someone to take you to the hospital and you feel capable of doing so, jot down the names and contact information of any witnesses to your accident and take pictures of the accident scene. This information could aid an experienced Salt Lake City, UT personal injury lawyer at our firm as they seek to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Finally, you’ll want to connect with the experienced Utah legal team at Rasmussen & Miner and (if appropriate) connect with law enforcement to file a police report. This latter step is standard in auto crashes but not in, for example, medical malpractice cases. If you’re unsure of whether you need to file a police report regarding your accident, please make sure to ask us when you call to schedule a risk-free, confidential consultation with an experienced Salt Lake City, UT personal injury lawyer at our firm.
A Word About Social Media
Until your case is resolved, be extra cautious when texting, emailing, and engaging on social media. Depending on how contentious your case becomes, opposing counsel could seek to use your electronic communications as evidence. Even seemingly innocuous posts, photo and/or video uploads, comments, texts, and/or emails could potentially be used to negate their client’s liability or to undermine your claims. For example, say that you hurt your arm during a motor vehicle collision. If you post a photo of you holding your daughter in one arm and your son in the other, opposing counsel could insist that this image is proof that you are not injured as you claim to be.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to avoid any electronic communication or social media interactions that could possibly affect your claim. With that said, we understand that electronic communication and social media are often critical tools used to connect individuals with their loved ones, colleagues, and services. If you can’t limit your usage at this time, please be extra careful when you do use these communication tools. And if you have questions about whether you should interact in a certain way, please ask us first. In this regard, it is truly far better to be safe than sorry.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you have been injured from another party’s negligence, call our firm today to explore your options. A personal injury lawyer Salt Lake City UT trusts from Rasmussen & Miner can fight for the compensation you may deserve. Call (801) 363-8500 today.