Jack C. Helgesen’s Answers

Jack C. Helgesen

Layton Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. In personal injury from auto accident, insurance company modified my signed limited medical records release.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jack C. Helgesen
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. David B Pittman
    4. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    4 lawyer answers

    In theory, you should be able to settle the claims separately because the the driver and his insurance company are separate. However, you will be required to sign a release of claims against the driver, and every release of claims includes a release of claims against the driver's insurance company. So, you will need to have the company agree to amend the release so you can pursue your claims against the company.

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  2. Should I have one attorney for two cases? I was in not one, but two accidents. Is it better to have one attorney or two?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Jack C. Helgesen
    2. Matthew West Driggs
    3. Aria Nejad
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Justin D Heideman
    5 lawyer answers

    I would encourage you to use the same attorney for both accidents if you were injured in both. Having two accidents complicates both cases and you need a very careful lawyer to identify and separate the injuries you received from each accident. Defense lawyers and insurance adjusters from the second accident will blame the first accident for your injuries. Lawyers and adjusters opposing you on the first accident will blame the second. It is very important that you have a unified approach to...

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  3. I got into a minor car accident and want to make sure I have docs to prove damage is paid and taken care of.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    2. Jack C. Helgesen
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Kevin Coluccio
    5. Nathanael Prada
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree. You should talk to a lawyer. We can't tell online what you are giving up because we don't know the facts a don't know have the full release.

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  4. Who pays the bill if my son broke his arm on wet monkey bars at recess on an obviously rainy day

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Aria Nejad
    2. Jack C. Helgesen
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    5. Richard Todd Rosenstein
    5 lawyer answers

    In theory, the school district may be responsible. Schools do not have insurance which pays this when you submit a bill. Utah law requires you to file a governmental claim with the school district within one year after the injury, and give the district sixty days to approve or deny the claim. Most such claims are denied, so you might be required to file a lawsuit to prove negligence against the school district and to have the bill paid. In practice, you will probably have to pay the bill and...

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  5. Am receiving social security disability for my back. Can I sue for another back injury?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Michael McPherson
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Don Paul Harvey
    4. Jack C. Helgesen
    5. Ian Matthew Thomas
    6. ···
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    Unless your injury was a work related injury (you likely don't work while on disability) you will have to prove the injury was someone's fault before you have a claim insurance will pay. If you think your injury was caused by another person's carelessness, you should see a lawyer.

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  6. Can children of a deceased mother without a will take their step-father to probate court?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Jack C. Helgesen
    2. Michael A Jensen
    3. David L. Carrier
    4. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
    5. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, a child can file a Utah probate action for a mother who was married. The more important question is whether your mother owned anything in her own name. If she did, you should be entitled to a share. You should call a lawyer to discuss your situation. Many Utah lawyers like those in our firm will meet with you without a fee and evaluate your case.

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  7. My name is on a family trust. Can I sell or give my portion to some one else, so my name is not on the trust.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Sarah Faith White
    2. Charles Adam Shultz
    3. Jack C. Helgesen
    4. Kelly Scott Davis
    4 lawyer answers

    The short answer is that you cannot give your portion of the trust away without a penalty. Under federal and Utah Medicaid laws, you are required to report to Medicaid all transfers you or your husband have made in the five years prior to the date your husband applies for Medicaid. If you have an interest in the trust now and you give it away, your husband will be penalized by a denial of benefits until the sum of your gift is "spent down" on his medical expenses. You should talk to a Utah...

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  8. Can a professional guardian submitted false reports to the courts?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    2. Jack C. Helgesen
    3. Kelly Scott Davis
    4. Michael Leo Potter
    4 lawyer answers

    Every court in the United States requires guardian reports to be truthful. Since you filed the motion, you should complain to the court that allegations in the report were false. You should also contact an elder law attorney in Michigan and ask for a free consultation to discuss the possibility of elder abuse.

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  9. I want to change my plea on a traffic accident

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jack C. Helgesen
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Matthew G Koyle
    4. Michael Shemtoub
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, you should have pleaded not guilty. You don't say whether you pleaded guilty or entered a plea in abeyance, which is treated differently. If your plea was guilty, I think you made a mistake. You don't say how long it has been since you went to court. If it was recent, you might want to ask the court to withdraw your guilty plea. You can also talk to the prosecutor about it. From your description of what happened, you should have a good chance of winning. I would encourage you to see a...

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  10. I'm injured help!

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Matthew West Driggs
    2. Matthew D Jefferson
    3. Jack C. Helgesen
    4. David Ian Schoen
    5. Gary Ralph Ilmanen
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    Unless your friend had permission from Gold's Gym to take you there, you will be considered a trespasser. Under Utah law, "a landowner owes no duty to a trespasser, except to refrain from causing willful and wanton injury to him or her." This quote is from the Utah Supreme Court case of Pratt v. Mitchell Hollow Irrigation Co., 813 P.2d 1169, 1172 (Utah 1991). A willful injury is an intentional injury, and the Gym did not intend to hurt you. If your friend had permission to bring a guest, you...

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