A day out on the town in the Westmore neighborhood looks different for everyone. Parents might enjoy watching their children play at Westmore Park, while other residents might prefer browsing the shops or meeting friends on University Parkway for dinner. A good day is when no one gets hurt.

Yet, some Utah County residents experience bad days that leave them hurting physically, emotionally, and financially for a long time. Insurance companies make things worse when they drag out settlements or offer accident victims less than they deserve. If getting fair compensation was as easy as hopping on and off the UVX, everyone would do it.

Many personal injury victims struggle with unaccommodating insurance companies and complex legal processes, battling stress and worry. Worse, their mistakes could negatively impact their ability to claim economic damages for their losses. The resourceful lawyers of Siegfried & Jensen would like to shoulder the burden of the law for you.

We can stand up to insurers, helping you set things right so you can focus on recovering your well-being. Call us at (801) 845-9000 or send us a message at any time – there is no risk since the consultation is free. 

Maximizing Compensation for Workplace Accidents

Employment rates in Orem, Utah, increased from 2020 to 2021, meaning more people entered the workforce. Higher employment rates mean economic growth, less poverty, and a more stable quality of life.

Though many employers strive to ensure workplace safety, accidents still happen. When they do, workers need to understand their rights.

Workers’ compensation insurance benefits

The law requires nearly every Utah employer to maintain insurance for their workers. To collect benefits, you must report work-related injuries or medical conditions within 180 days. Of course, the best course of action is to let your employer know as soon as possible.

Next, your employer should report the claim to its insurance carrier. Within 3 weeks, you should receive a “First Report of Injury” form and a copy of a publication called “Injured Workers’ Rights and Responsibilities.

An approved claim entitles you to benefits which could include:

  • Healthcare expenses: Reasonable and necessary costs of treating a job-related injury or illness, including hospital stays, medicine, prosthetic devices, and mileage reimbursement for medical travel
  • Indemnity: Replacement of a portion of an injured worker’s lost wages for missed work, based on the level of disability and his or her average weekly wages
  • Death: Weekly compensation paid to the surviving spouse or dependents of an employee who died due to a work-related injury or illness

The Utah Insurance Department administers and regulates this program. However, they cannot assist in “disputes over what is owed or if the procedure or service is related to the work injury.” Without an advocate supporting you, it is understandable to feel frustrated and outraged if the Labor Commission rejects your claim.

Our experienced legal team can investigate your claim and identify any mistakes that led to denial. If necessary, we can help you apply for a hearing before the Labor Commission’s Adjudication Division or request a Claims Resolution Conference.

Personal injury lawsuits for occupational injuries

Most of the time, workers’ compensation covers job-related injuries. Knowing about the few exceptions could reveal other legal options.

You could be eligible for personal injury damages if:

  • Exposure to a toxin in the workplace caused an occupational medical condition
  • Someone (such as a coworker, visitor, or manager) intentionally hurt you
  • Your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance
  • A third party (e.g. a negligent driver, pet, or healthcare worker) caused you harm
  • Defective products, machines, tools, or equipment injured you
  • You work as an independent contractor

Personal injury claims dealing with workplace injuries require individual attention since no two cases are exactly alike. An attorney can explain your legal options, equipping you to make an informed decision about what is best for you.

The following section will examine dangerous or faulty products. If you have questions about another type of claim, please browse our practice areas or start an online chat with us by clicking the icon at the bottom of your screen.

Pursuing Damages for Defective Product Injuries

Orem is home to outstanding local products, ranging from delicious scones to beautiful stained glass to innovative wine-barrel art. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers make their goods with the same love and care as our local artisans.

In 2022, over 12 million people visited emergency rooms for consumer product injuries. Clearly, many defective products are unsafe to use.

Defective products can cause various injuries, such as:

  • Bruises
  • Cuts
  • Burns from chemicals, electricity, or other heat sources
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord trauma

In other cases, manufacturers fail to warn users of a known risk. For instance, if you use a saw to chop down an Alder birch tree, you should be aware of the inherent dangers associated with the product. If there was no warning label or the instructions were unclear, an attorney could help you take legal action to hold the at-fault party responsible for injuries that ensued due to negligence.

Seek Professional Legal Help Today

Accidents are discouraging, but good things can still happen in Utah. Though any injury can be a setback, in our 30 years of defending our clients’ rights, Siegfried & Jensen attorneys have secured over $1.2 billion in personal injury compensation. We want to use our skills and experience to ensure you receive a fair settlement for your losses.

Maximizing personal injury settlements takes creativity, persistence, and skill. If you have been injured in an accident, reach out to our law office near Westmore in Orem, Utah, for help. There are no upfront charges since we only get paid if we win compensation for you.

Freedom from your medical debt, repair bills, and lost income does not have to be a dream. Our powerful legal team is here to deal with the insurance companies and legal complexities so you don’t have to face the stress. Our representatives are always available to take your call at (801) 845-9000, so don’t hesitate to contact Siegfried & Jensen today.