When you are in Utah car accident, you should hire a Utah located and licensed personal injury attorney. Often I see people who are involved in Utah car accidents hire an out of state personal injury attorney to settle their Utah car accident. Hiring an out of state personal injury attorney devalues your case for the following reasons:
(1). The Insurance Companies Knows your Attorney is Out of State. When you hire an out of state attorney to handle your Utah car accident, the insurance companies knows it and will devalue your case accordantly. The insurance company simply looks up on the state’s bar association to see if you where your attorney is licensed at.
The problem arises because the insurance company knows that the California attorney will generally not drive to Utah to attend court hearing and therefore just want to settle your claim. Also the insurance company knows that the California attorney, even if licensed in Utah also, will have to associate with a Utah attorney to have court hearings covered, find depositions locations and therefore will have to split the attorney fees. More incentive for your out of state personal injury attorney to convince you to just settle.
Your claim will be devalued if you do not have a Utah based and licensed attorney handling your Utah car accident claim.
(2). Lack of Medical Provider Networks. Your out of state personal injury attorney will not know the local medical provider network to ensure your injuries are properly documents. Again, your case is devalued.
A good personal injury attorney will know the local orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and other physical medicine doctors. Proper medical documentation of your injuries makes or breaks your claim for fair and adequate compensation.
(3). No Face to Face Interaction. When you hire an out of state personal injury attorney to handle your Utah car accident case, your California attorney will not get to know your case, and how it has effected you. There probably will be no office visits where you can discuss your case with the attorney and as a result it will be difficult for that out of state attorney to tell your story to the jury with any convincing power.
Never hire an out of state attorney because your car accident claim will be devalued. Call a local Utah personal injury attorney who really practices personal injury and not just dabbles in it.
Call car accident attorney Jacob S. Gunter at (801) 373-6345 for a free consultation.