Frequently Asked Questions

How are you different from other Utah personal injury law firms?

The biggest thing that makes us different from the others is that we are trial attorneys first. When we take your case, we will be prepared to go all the way to trial. Unlike other personal injury firms, we are willing to fight insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.

Many personal injury firms (especially those that advertise on billboards and TV) will treat you like just another number. Their only interest is to settle with the insurance companies as fast as they can.

They don’t care if you get all the money you are entitled to receive; they just want the case to end so they can line their own pockets. They have no intention of ever going to trial. We do things differently.

How much will a personal injury attorney cost?

There is no cost for initial consultations, so you can discuss your case with The Garner Law Firm risk-free. Any information you share with us will be kept strictly confidential. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means that you don’t have to pay us anything until we win or settle your case.

Why do I need an attorney?

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s mistake, you need a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies do this every day, and they don’t get to be big companies by paying a lot of claims.

In fact, they have teams of experts whose job it is to reduce the amount they pay out on claims. If this makes you feel a little sick inside, it should. Someone paid premiums on that insurance policy, sometimes for years, expecting that if they made a mistake, the insurance company would compensate the people they hurt.

The idea that a rich insurance company would take those premiums every month, and then work so hard to avoid paying claims is disgusting. That machinery is exactly what you are up against when you are injured in an accident. You need expert advice to help you navigate these dangerous waters, and avoid being taken advantage of by the insurance industry.

It is important to remember that your personal injury claim will not be decided by the person who accidentally hurt you. The claims are decided either by the insurance company or by a jury in court.

We are here to protect you, and to uphold the rules of law that promote and protect the safety of the community. If careless people and their insurance companies can hear your experience and be made to provide full compensation, they will learn to be more careful, and our community will be safer for everyone.

Insurance companies avoid paying damages by pointing the finger. They will claim that your injuries aren’t real, that it was someone else’s fault, that your suffering is made up, and if that doesn’t work, they may even suggest that you are a liar and a cheat.

We know this sounds a little extreme, unfortunately, this is an argument we see insurance companies make over and over.

Their lobbyists spend billions of dollars every year trying to convince people like you that frivolous lawsuits are filed all the time, and that money-grubbing plaintiff’s and their lawyers are ruining America.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by the negligence of someone else, you know this “tort reform” propaganda is false. It takes a skilled attorney to help jurors understand that people do not go through the hassle and expense of filing a time-consuming lawsuit when their claims are frivolous.

You need an experienced attorney to fight for you against this “tort reform” bias, and help jurors understand who you really are, and what you are suffering because of this needless accident.

The insurance company said I don't need an attorney, is that true?

It is a violation of the Utah Administrative Code for an insurance company representative to discourage you from hiring a lawyer. If that happens, make sure and take down the name of the representative and the name of their company so that we can report them to the insurance division.

Utah created this rule because your interests and the interests of the insurance company are not the same. This suggests that even the State of Utah recognizes that it is better for you to deal with insurance companies through an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Again, if you have been injured in an accident, always get an opinion from an experienced personal injury lawyer. You have rights, and lawyers are trained professionals who will help to protect those rights. At the Utah Trial Lawyers, you can get unbiased legal advice at no cost to you.

Why not get the opinion of an experienced Utah trial lawyer before trying to deal with the insurance company, especially when it doesn’t cost you anything?
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