Archive for January, 2012

Utah Drunk Driving Accidents Prevented

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Utah Drunk Driving Accidents PreventedNew Year’s Eve is a time of annual celebration and New Year’s resolutions, but this past holiday was a special one specifically because of the increased awareness of potential drunk drivers.   The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Highway Patrol instilled a so-called ‘blitz’.  A blitz is fundamentally when more than 50 troopers are involved in a mission.  This particular mission had the support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and officiated a 12-hour period of an increased number of troopers on the highways.  The result was a victorious effort which prevented numerous Utah drunk driving accidents and consequently made New Year’s Eve a great memory for many rather than a night of anguish.  The highway patrol ultimately arrested 72 individuals who were suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, including a 19 year-old female who backed into trooper’s vehicle with a blood alcohol level of twice the legal limit.

Drunk Driving Accidents and Accident Books

Drunk driving could possibly lead to fatal consequences, which can be very much prevented.  Even though New Year’s Eve in the Salt Lake Valley was deemed safer through the great efforts from highway patrolmen, this is not the case every night.  Included is a list of statistics about drunk driving provided by MADD, which we all should ponder:

– An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.

– MADD serves a victim or survivor of drunk driving every nine minutes.
– This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes – one every 50 minutes.

– One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.

– Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.

– 50 to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.

– Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.

– Since 1980 MADD has nearly saved 300,000 lives …and counting.

If you or a loved one should unfortunately become a victim of a drunk driver, there is assistance available for you.  The Christensen Law Firm compassionately represents each client with a personal touch.  We offer free accident books which will aid you in fully understanding the rights of all parties involved with the incident.  For a free accident book call 1-800 LAW BOOK.

Experiencing Memory Loss?–Call A Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Experiencing Memory Loss?–Call A Traumatic Brain Injury AttorneyA traumatic Brain Injury Attorney can help if you have suffered a brain injury caused by someone else’s carelessness.  We all know that the brain is one of—if not the most—important organ in the body; without the brain, existence ceases.  Associated with the brain is our ability to remember.  Memory is the ability to recall information that has been experienced or learned in the past, whether that is playing as a child, or playing with our own child.  Those memories are precious and should be guarded as sacred treasures.

Losing precious memories because of someone else’s recklessness is a tragedy.  There is not much that can reclaim lost memories; it may come down to journals and old photographs in order to remember lost thoughts and experiences.  If you have been injured because of someone else, call the Christensen Law Firm (801 506-0800).  They specialize in personal injuries and specifically brain injuries.  They have a traumatic brain injury attorney ready to help you.

The Christensen Law Firm also provides a series of Utah accident books that can help you better understand how the law can help you and your loved ones.  There are three main books they provide gratis:

7 Biggest Mistakes that Can Wreck Your Utah Accident Case

1. Delay or doing nothing

2. Failing to tell your doctor everything

3. Not following your doctor’s orders

4. Hiding past accidents and injuries from your lawyer

5. Misrepresenting your activity level

6. Waiting too long to seek legal help

7. Not working as a team with your lawyer

The Utah Dog Bite & Attack Handbook

This book lays out Utah laws that protect you as a victim.

The Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook

This book provides insider information about your rights regarding bike accidents.

These three Utah accident books are free and should be utilized. The Christensen Law Firm has a traumatic brain injury attorney ready to help you, were you in an accident.  Know that your memories are precious and should be treated as such.  If you have suffered a brain injury, call the Christensen Law Firm today, 801 506-0800.

A Personal Injury Attorney Talks About Sarah Burke’s Fatal Injury and $200,000 In Medical Debt

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

A Personal Injury Attorney Talks About Sarah Burke’s Fatal Injury and $200,000 In Medical DebtThe Salt Lake Tribune reported that famous skier Sarah Burke, while preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Park City, tore a vertebral artery causing her brain to bleed.  She was held at the University of Utah Neuro-critical care unit for nine days until she passed away on January 10th.  Because Sarah is a Canadian citizen she was not covered under any healthcare plan while in the United States, thus her family inherited an estimated $550,000 in medical expenses, of which $200,000 will be charged to them.  At this time, the University of Utah is working with Health Canada to determine what kind of coverage plans are available to pay for the expenses. Currently there is a website set up in the honor of Sarah Burke to raise funds to help her family pay for any medical expenses for which they will be held responsible.  This family not only had to bury their beloved daughter and wife, they have to worry about incurred debt resulting from her fatal injury.  Sarah’s family makes great examples of why appointing a personal injury attorney can be beneficial in such a traumatic time.  We express our sincere condolences to Sarah Burke’s family at this time.

Free Accident Books

In truth, such an event could happen to anyone. Although there is perhaps a greater inherent risk in a career such as professional skiing, we are never fully in control of our environments and accidents like these can occur. Even in accidents such as this one, some compensation can be sought in certain legal conditions. We had such a client not too long ago, injured in a snowboarding accident, for whom compensation was achieved and which allowed him to pay those sometimes stifling medical bills.


Whiplash?—Seek a Utah spinal cord injury lawyer

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Whiplash?—Seek a Utah spinal cord injury lawyerSuffering from neck pain due to whiplash is not something anyone wishes to deal with on a daily basis.  Neck pain can be extremely debilitating, especially when associated headaches cause distraction from the task at hand, whether that be studying for school, reading, working on the computer, attending important meetings, or something as simple as watching a movie.  When the pain reaches a certain level, there is not much else to do but seek help.  A Utah spinal cord injury lawyer may be helpful in obtaining for you compensation when your pain is the result of another’s negligent action.  The Christensen Law Firm, PLLC, specializes in spinal cord injuries and will do their best to aid you, making sure you do not suffer any more than you already have.

According to, there are many causes to whiplash, and the symptoms can be severe.  Having a clear understanding of the causes, symptoms, and when to seek medical attention is vital to your overall health and recovery.

Whiplash Causes

  1. Common causes
    1. Car accidents
    2. Sport injuries
    3. Blows to the head
    4. Falling objects
    5. Being assaulted
  2. Repetitive stress injuries or chronic strain
    1. Holding a phone between neck and shoulder
  3. Child abuse
    1. Shaking of a child

Whiplash Symptoms

  1. Pain in the neck
  2. Swelling in the neck
  3. Tenderness—back of neck
  4. Difficult rotating or maneuvering neck
  5. Headaches
  6. Shooting pain from neck to shoulders, back, or arm

When to Seek Medical Care

  1. The best time to seek medical care is immediately after injuries incurred
  2. Neck injuries are far too dangerous to self-diagnose and should be treated by a medical professional
  3. If the injury causes headaches; shoulder pain; dizziness; weakness, tingling, or loss of function in the arms or legs; seek immediate medical attention.

If you suffer because of whiplash, caused by someone else’s carelessness, you need the Christensen Law Firm, PLLC. They offer free Utah accident books that will better help you understand your rights concerning personal injuries caused by others’ negligence.  Feel free to call 1-800 LAW BOOK and obtain your free copy today.

Wrongful Death Occurs In Negligent Car Accident

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Wrongful Death Occurs In Negligent Car AccidentWhat is a wrongful death, and when does it occur?  A wrongful death occurs when an individual dies as a result of the negligent actions of another.  This happened recently when a 62-year-old man from Jackson County, West Virginia was killed instantly when another car slammed into him while at a complete stop and waiting to make a left hand turn.  Unfortunately, cases such as this happen quite often.  A wrongful death attorney is an advocate for the legal heir of the deceased to help them receive what they are entitled.

Compensation For Family Members in a Wrongful Death

Dealing with a loss of family member is already a traumatic event.  Dealing with the expenses that follow any death, including funeral and other medical expenses, only complicates the grieving process.  You may be eligible for compensation.  The list below details some of the expenses that may be recovered:

-medical expenses

-wage and income loss

-pain and suffering

-survivors loss

Wrongful death is beyond tragic for everyone involved, including the attorneys asked to represent the case.  The grief associated with such an incident is all encompassing, thus as wrongful death attorneys The Christensen Law Firm thoroughly manages the case so family members can attend to their own emotional needs.  If you find yourself in a position of losing a loved one from a wrongful death, call us at 801 506-0800 to schedule a free consultation. If you prefer, you can first increase your knowledge on how best to proceed following a wrongful death by calling 1-800 LAW BOOK to get one of our free accident books.


Personal Injury Resulting From Texting While Driving

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Personal Injury From Texting While DrivingTexting while driving is becoming an increasingly large issue, despite state bans being instituted in most states in recent years.  According to the Salt Lake Tribune, one such devastating case was last year when a 19 year old driver from Missouri caused a vehicle pile-up due to texting while driving that killed two individuals.  It was apparent he was distracted by something while behind the wheel, for it was recorded that he had received eleven text messages in the eleven minutes leading up to the accident.  Fortunately, most of the people involved in the pile-up survived.

Personal Injury Law

A lot can happen in a day, and unfortunately personal injuries could be included in a day’s events.  Whether the personal injury results from someone texting while driving or due to a bicycle accident, the result could have significant consequences, including physical, mental, emotional, and legal.  Ultimately, a personal injury case means that someone has been injured.

Although a personal injury could be a major inconvenience, the following damages may be recovered following an accident:

-medical expenses

-wage and income loss


-pain and suffering

-survivors loss

This list of damages that may be recovered is just one example of the legal aid a personal injury lawyer could provide.  After being involved in a car accident during college and seeing first hand how difficult it is to deal with insurance companies while maintaining work and other personal responsibilities, attorney Kenneth Christensen is here to assist you.  The Christensen Law Firm has an array of free accident books that will help you know how to act following a personal injury.  To receive an accident book, call the Christensen Law Firm as your earliest convenience at 1-800 LAW BOOK.

How A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help A Nation Of Tired People

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Personal Injury Car AccidentThe best part of insomnia is sole possession of the remote control.  The worst part?  The morning.  And most of the afternoon.  And the early evening.

ABC News has declared the United States a “nation of tired people” following a report in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

According to the report, an estimated 50 million to 70 million U.S. adults experience chronic sleep disorders which leads to daytime nodding off.  This may lead to trouble with your boss but it can lead to even more serious trouble if it occurs when you are driving.

Most of us believe that there are a lot more fall asleep crashes than reported,” said Dr. Allan Pack, director of the Center for Sleep at University of Pennsylvania. “This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. It’s probably not reported accurately because a number of states don’t even having a ‘falling asleep while driving’ tick in the box when reporting a car crash.  I’m not sure that people understand the biology of all this. I think people believe that if they cut back on their sleep there is no real consequence. Everyone knows the dangers of alcohol, but I don’t think people understand the dangers of drowsy driving.

In a survey conducted for the study, about one in 20 participants admitted that they had dozed off while driving at least once in a month.

This can lead to someone veering off of the road.  But unfortunately, it also leads to horrible and tragic accidents if the car enters another lane.  If you’ve recently been injured due to the negligence of another, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The personal injury lawyers at the Christensen Law Firm can help.  They offer free consultations, peace of mind, and excellent results.  Contact them today at 801-506-0800.