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Lesiones personales y pérdida de propiedad

LESIONES PERSONALES Y PÉRDIDA DE PROPIEDAD


ÁREA DE PRÁCTICA / ABOGADOS DE LESIONES PERSONALES DE UTAH

Posicionado para representar a los demandantes y acusados en reclamos por daños personales y pérdidas de propiedad por subrogación, hacemos consultas para víctimas de accidentes que han sufrido lesiones graves en accidentes catastróficos o potencialmente mortales, así como de empresas que buscan protección de responsabilidad por daños personales.

Los abogados exitosos y con experiencia en lesiones personales y pérdida de propiedad por subrogación, que saben cómo ganar los casos de los demandantes y los demandados, tienen una ventaja única en la representación de los clientes que presentan un reclamo. Esos abogados saben cómo y por qué los casos se resuelven rápidamente y qué casos deben ser juzgados. Saben cómo proporcionar lo que la compañía de seguros o el evaluador de reclamos necesitan al comienzo del caso, y cómo presentar esa información en el momento adecuado para crear la mejor oportunidad de un arreglo temprano.



REPRESENTACIÓN LEGAL DE LESIONES PERSONALES



En el bufete de abogados Richards Brandt, comprendemos completamente las estrategias en ambos lados de las reclamaciones por lesiones personales. Nuestros abogados de lesiones personales de Salt Lake City están bien posicionados para asesorar y representar a ambos lados de un reclamo por lesiones personales de manera hábil y agresiva. Si usted es conductor o pasajero en un accidente automovilístico, dueño de una propiedad, aseguradora o conductor de camión, no dude en contactarnos para obtener asesoramiento especializado.

Nuestros abogados de lesiones personales tienen un portafolio amplio de acuerdos y resultados para asegurar con éxito las partes lesionadas, los familiares de las víctimas de accidentes fatales y las compañías de seguros. Hemos llevado a juicio una gran cantidad de casos de lesiones personales y sabemos cómo presentar pruebas complejas y argumentos convincentes a jurados y jueces en los tribunales estatales y federales de Utah, incluyendo los tribunales de apelación. Esa amplia experiencia en los uicios proporciona la base necesaria para producir los mejores acuerdos posibles para nuestros clientes.

Los abogados de Richards Brandt representan a personas en casos de lesiones personales que involucran lesiones graves y objetivas, que incluyen muerte por negligencia, lesiones de la médula espinal, cuadriplejía y paraplejía, lesiones cerebrales, daños a la propiedad con grandes pérdidas y otras lesiones catastróficas.



SUBROGACIÓN



La subrogación es relevante en la industria de seguros. En pocas palabras, una persona, el asegurador, realiza el pago de una obligación que es responsabilidad principal de otra parte, el asegurado. Un ejemplo podría ser, su horno tostador se incendia y quema su casa o negocio. La compañía de seguros haría los pagos bajo la póliza, pero finalmente recuperaría los daños del fabricante de la tostadora. Nuestros abogados representan a la compañía de seguros y al asegurado en este caso.

ACTUALIZACIONES RECIENTES DE LA LEY DE LESIONES PERSONALES Y PÉRDIDA DE PROPIEDAD



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ABOGADOS DE LESIONES PERSONALES EN RICHARDS BRANDT EN SALT LAKE CITY



PÉRDIDA DE PROPIEDAD

Perder una propiedad no solo es financieramente difícil, sino que también tiene un impacto personal. La pérdida de propiedad personal y comercial puede ser perjudicial para su vida y su negocio. Es posible que tenga derecho a daños y pérdida de ingresos, trabajar con uno de nuestros abogados con experiencia le proporcionará el mejor resultado.

También podemos ayudarlo a interpretar su cobertura de seguro de propiedad personal y comercial antes de que tenga un reclamo, así como trabajar con su compañía de seguros después de presentar un reclamo para recuperar la pérdida financiera, reemplazar los artículos y restablecer su integridad.

La pérdida de propiedad a veces resulta en un litigio de seguros. Trabajar con abogados litigantes es fundamental para encontrar el resultado más favorable en cualquier situación de litigio.

En el proceso de documentar los artículos perdidos o dañados, identificar qué reparaciones pueden ser necesarias, obtener estimaciones para reparar o reemplazar la propiedad, etc., debe tener cuidado al aceptar acuerdos o cobrar cheques de su compañía de seguros. Nuestros abogados pueden guiarlo a través de este proceso abrumador y brindarle el asesoramiento legal que necesita para recuperarse exitosamente de su pérdida.

Si ha resultado lesionado o si su negocio puede estar sujeto a responsabilidad en una demanda por lesiones personales, comuníquese con Richards Brandt hoy mismo para programar una consulta con uno de nuestros abogados con experiencia en lesiones personales. Estamos comprometidos a representar a clientes en casos de lesiones personales de gravedad y muerte por negligencia en todo el estado de Utah.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)



BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS & CORPORATE GOVERNANCE / FEATURED FAQS



Answered by:

Barry G. Scholl

Barry Scholl

Shareholder, Cybersecurity Section Chair and Business Practice Chair

A: To decide which entity is right for you, we look at: liability, taxation, and maintenance. Both corporations and LLC’s have limited personal liability—this means that owners are usually not responsible for business debts. However, corporations and LLC’s are taxed very differently—corporations are classified as a separate taxable entity, whereas LLC’s are typically taxed as a pass-through entity (unless you choose otherwise). And corporations and LLC’s have different levels of maintenance—LLC’s have fewer reporting requirements and can operate solely with members acting as the managers. Conversely, corporations are required to hold certain annual meetings, keep certain records, and appoint boards and officers to manage the company for the stockholders. Every situation is unique so we recommend that you consult with an attorney in making your decision. Contact our firm, Richards Brandt, if we can help you decide which entity is right for you.

Answered by:

Barry G. Scholl

Barry Scholl

Shareholder, Cybersecurity Section Chair and Business Practice Chair

A: To decide which entity is right for you, we look at: liability, taxation, and maintenance. Both corporations and LLC’s have limited personal liability—this means that owners are usually not responsible for business debts. However, corporations and LLC’s are taxed very differently—corporations are classified as a separate taxable entity, whereas LLC’s are typically taxed as a pass-through entity (unless you choose otherwise). And corporations and LLC’s have different levels of maintenance—LLC’s have fewer reporting requirements and can operate solely with members acting as the managers. Conversely, corporations are required to hold certain annual meetings, keep certain records, and appoint boards and officers to manage the company for the stockholders. Every situation is unique so we recommend that you consult with an attorney in making your decision. Contact our firm, Richards Brandt, if we can help you decide which entity is right for you.

Answered by:

Barry G. Scholl

Barry Scholl

Shareholder, Cybersecurity Section Chair and Business Practice Chair

A: To decide which entity is right for you, we look at: liability, taxation, and maintenance. Both corporations and LLC’s have limited personal liability—this means that owners are usually not responsible for business debts. However, corporations and LLC’s are taxed very differently—corporations are classified as a separate taxable entity, whereas LLC’s are typically taxed as a pass-through entity (unless you choose otherwise). And corporations and LLC’s have different levels of maintenance—LLC’s have fewer reporting requirements and can operate solely with members acting as the managers. Conversely, corporations are required to hold certain annual meetings, keep certain records, and appoint boards and officers to manage the company for the stockholders. Every situation is unique so we recommend that you consult with an attorney in making your decision. Contact our firm, Richards Brandt, if we can help you decide which entity is right for you.



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Personal Injury Legal Representation

Richards Brandt Miller Nelson usually represents defendants in personal injury property loss claims through assignment by their insurance carriers. However, our experience on the defense side makes us especially effective in injured persons, provided that we do not have a conflict. We welcome inquiries from accident victims who have suffered serious injuries in catastrophic or life threatening accidents, as well as businesses seeking personal injury liability protection.

Experience and success representing both plaintiffs and defendants give an attorney a distinct advantage when a claim has been filed. This type of experience gives the personal injury attorney a better understanding of which cases are better settled quickly and which should be tried. Experienced personal injury accident lawyers also know how to provide what the insurance company or claims evaluator needs at the beginning of the case, and how to present information at the right time to reach the most beneficial outcome for the client.

Salt Lake City Personal Injury Attorneys

The personal injury attorneys at Richards Brandt fully understand the strategies on both sides of personal injury claims. Our lawyers are well positioned to advise and represent either side of a personal injury claim adeptly and aggressively. Whether you are a property owner, insurer, truck driver, or a driver or passenger in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact us for skilled personal injury legal representation.

Common personal Injury Cases

Our attorneys are experienced in many types of personal injury cases. These include, but are not limited to:

    • Auto Accidents
    • Boat Accidents
    • Dog Bites
    • Industrial and Work Accidents
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Bike Accidents
    • Truck Accidents
    • Wrongful Death
    • Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Our Utah personal injury attorneys have an extensive history of successfully securing settlements and results for injured persons, family members of fatal accident victims, and insurance companies. We have taken a tremendous number of personal injury cases to trial. We know how to present complex evidence and compelling arguments to juries and judges in Utah state and federal courts, including appellate courts. That extensive trial experience provides the necessary foundation for producing the best possible settlements for our clients. The knowledgeable, experienced Salt Lake City personal injury lawyers of Richards Brandt represent individuals in cases involving serious and objective injuries, including wrongful death, spinal cord injuries, quadriplegia and paraplegia, brain injuries, high-loss property damage, and other catastrophic injuries.

Contact us directly to discuss your legal needs

If you have been injured or if your business may be subject to liability in a personal injury lawsuit, contact Richards Brandt today to arrange a consultation. Our skilled and experienced attorneys are committed to representing clients in significant personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the state of Utah.

Immigration Issues and Personal Injury Defense

Personal Injury Law Books & Gavel

Tanya N. Lewis Peters
February 2013

Regardless of the political issues currently swirling around immigration reform, it is important to have a grasp of basic immigration law principles when defending personal injury cases.

A few recent cases are illustrative of the effects that an undocumented worker’s status can have on claims of personal injury, plaintiff employment, or similar claims.

Hoffman v. NLRB, 122 S.Ct. 1275 (2002). In this case, the employer petitioned for review of, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cross-applied for enforcement of, an NLRB order awarding an undocumented worker backpay from date of his illegal termination until the employer discovered he was unauthorized to work. A panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered enforcement. Following grant of a petition for rehearing en banc, the Court of Appeals again granted enforcement. On appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice Rehnquist, held that federal immigration policy foreclosed the NLRB from awarding backpay to an undocumented worker who had never been legally authorized to work in the United States.

Madeira v. Affordable Housing Foundation, 315 F.Supp.2d 504 (S.D. New York 2004). Here, an injured undocumented worker’s status did not prevent him from recovering compensatory damages for defendants’ violation of New York’s Scaffold Law. His undocumented immigrant status was relevant to determining whether lost wages were appropriate and how much should be awarded.

Silva v. Wilcox, 223 P.3d 127 (Colo. Ct. App. 2009). Here, to the extent that a defendant is able to establish that a plaintiff immigrant is not authorized to be in the United States and has secured employment by violating the law or is in violation of the law in some other particular manner related to such employment, so that the plaintiff is unlikely to remain in this country throughout the period of claimed lost future income, the jury should be provided that information in determining whether to award damages for lost future wages.

During discovery, an attorney may wish to direct written discovery to the plaintiff that asks about citizenship and immigration status. During the deposition of a plaintiff believed to be an undocumented immigrant, potential questions to ask include: Are you a U.S. Citizen? Where were you born? What is your immigration status? Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.? If so, how is that documented? Have you ever applied for Medicare or Medicaid? (Don’t assume they haven’t – a Medicare audit last year revealed that people living in the U.S. illegally had collected over $120 million in Medicare benefits as of 2012. This could trigger Medicare Secondary Payer Act issues in the future.)

You can also take the deposition of the employer. Always do this as a 30(b)(6), and always serve the notice as a Notice of Deposition Duces Tecum. You can also subpoena the documents beforehand using Rule 45. Ask them to provide a complete employee file, including hire documents. Define “hire documents” as the employment application, I-9 form, and any copies of documents inspected in conjunction with the I-9 form. (This is, of course, in addition to any wage loss documents you want to obtain, such as W2s, W4s, payroll information, etc.)

Using best practices in the handling and workup of these cases can minimize carrier/defendant exposure by putting you in the best position for pretrial motions, including motions in limine.

Of course, this raises the issue of what to do when defending a case and your client (defendant) is undocumented. For example, this problem arises when a driver hired by an employer turns out to be working illegally, and then causes an automobile accident while in the course and scope of his/her employment. First, try to exclude the defendant’s immigration status under Rule 401. Second, TXI Transportation v. Hughes, 306 S.W.3d 230 (Texas 2010) is extremely helpful. It held that neither the illegal immigrant status of a gravel truck driver, nor his use of a fake Social Security number to obtain his commercial driver’s license, was relevant to a negligent entrustment or hiring claim against the employer. It also held that the illegal immigrant’s status was inadmissible to impeach the driver’s testimony, and that erroneous admission of evidence relating to the driver’s immigration status was not harmless.

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