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Garrett S. Handy
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  • I live in Utah. I was in an auto accident. I was not at fault. The other driver was ticketed. Who do I sue for damages?

    Since Utah is a no-fault state. How do I get help with medical bills? Do I sue my own insurance company? Do I sue the other driver's insurance company? Do I sue the person directly?

    Garrett’s Answer

    You would file suit against the at-fault driver and name the driver personally as a defendant in the suit. You may not need to file a lawsuit just quite yet. There are steps to take before filing the lawsuit in an attempt to settle the case with the at fault driver's insurance company.
    Your own auto insurance company should pay at least the first $3,000.00 of your medical bills under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) portion of your policy - this is the "no fault" coverage.

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  • Geico driver hit me. Got a PI lawyer, but the property damage was up to me to handle. I am being thrown around. What do I do?

    So after three weeks and a lot of stressful interaction, they send me to a shop. The Geico rep apparently had to leave for something, so the local shop tech was assigned by him to handle it. The car had previous damage. I spoke with the shop tech ...

    Garrett’s Answer

    Agreed. Find a PI lawyer that will also help you with the property damage.

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  • What are my options after being rear ended and needing to leave my job due to injuries

    I was at a red light at a dead stop when a guy in a lifted ford f150 hit me from behind going 15 it pushed my car to the one in front of me. I have back, neck, and shoulder issues i also have a double torn meniscus that is getting operated on in a...

    Garrett’s Answer

    I don't necessarily think it's a negative thing that you've continued to work in spite of your knee pain (if I'm understanding your question correctly). You're a single mom and you're doing what you have to do to support your family. I think this give you credibility and some insurance defense lawyers find this refreshing - you're a hard working person. In my opinion, you need to work up your lost wage claim and if you're claiming future lost wages and loss of earning capacity, this will need to be backed up with solid documentation and perhaps expert opinion.

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  • How much pain and suffering should I ask for?

    I am having surgery due to a car accident I was in, I was the passenger of the car that got hit. I have an attorney and when I asked her how much I will be expecting in pain and suffering she just says when all the medical is done they will go fro...

    Garrett’s Answer

    There are many factors to take into account when determining the value of your case. Generally, an experienced personal injury attorney can give you a wide range of case values to give you a ballpark idea of how much your case is worth. However, I also prefer to have all of the evidence, including completed medical treatment before I really start talking numbers with a client. The other thing to take into consideration, especially in a surgery case, is the available liability policy limits. Finally, in order to evaluate your case, I would need to know what kind of surgery you had and what kind of outcome you have experienced.

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  • Can I sue my orthodontist from 2006 (more than 6 years later) in Utah?

    I got my braces on when i was 11. I had them on until i was 16 when i asked for them to be taken off after 5 years of no results. During this time they continually told me the reason my teeth weren't making progress was my fault. They never provid...

    Garrett’s Answer

    Actually, in Utah the statute of limitations for medical malpractice is only two years. Since you were a minor at the time of the malpractice, the statute of limitations would have started to run when you turned 18 and expired when you turned 20. On the other hand, another question to ask is, when did you discover the malpractice?

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  • My son was walking in front of his best friends car when his best friend hit him with the car who is responsible ?

    The boy did not realize my son was still in front of the car and started moving my son ended up on the hood the the friend hit the breaks because he was scared and then my son flew off and the boy ended up driving over his foot. we are not insured...

    Garrett’s Answer

    Auto/Pedestrian cases can be very fact intensive. I would be important to take a look at all of the available evidence, such as photos, witness statements, police report, damage to the vehicle, etc. Generally, the driver of the vehicle is going to be liable when hitting a pedestrian from behind. However, there can be circumstances where the pedestrian can have some blame/fault also. It would be a good idea to talk to a personal injury lawyer to get some specific advice. Also, some of the medical bills (typically up to at least $3,000.00) will be covered by the car's auto insurance - this is true regardless of fault.

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  • What steps do I need to take against a dealership that sold me a vehicle under deception?

    I purchased a 2007 Nissan Altima in December 2010 from Tim Dahle Nissan in Sandy, Utah. During the transaction, I specifically asked the salesman if there were any issues with the title. He assured me at the time the title was free and clear and p...

    Garrett’s Answer

    You may be able to get some questions answered by calling the Utah Department of Consumer Protection. I know they routinely investigate these types of situations.

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  • Is it legal for doctors to with hold my own medical records?

    i have had a lump in my neck for the past decade and had it checked in 2003. Everything came out okay, i recently had it checked again last month and the doctor who ordered my labs and ct scan will not give me my results unless i see him. He claim...

    Garrett’s Answer

    I believe that you are entitled to your medical records. Under HIPAA, the patient has a right to his or her medical records as long as a proper, HIPAA compliant, medical authorization is provided to the medical provider.

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  • I got hit by a deaf lady that ran a red light, I have 4 fractured vertebra along with other problems. How much could I sue for?

    My biggest fear was getting in a car crash, I feel I can't even ride in a car anymore. I know this will effect my career and future money income.

    Garrett’s Answer

    Well, it sounds like you have significant injuries, which could translate into a significant settlement. However, we would need to look how how the injuries are going to affect your life. How much are the medical bills? What limitations do you have? Will you have a full recovery? What is the prognosis? There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when determining how much a case is worth. I always advise clients to wait to settle or sue until we know the full extent of your injuries and how your life has been harmed. Only then will you be sure you are getting what you deserve.

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