Kramer Law Group - October 2019

Nearly 500 personal injury lawyers work in the state of Utah. While you may not have known the number was that high, if you’ve driven down any major city interstate (especially in Salt Lake City), then you’ve seen all the personal injury billboards and probably aren’t that surprised after all. If you’re in an accident and need legal representation, how do you know which attorney to choose and which ones to avoid? What makes one law office stand out above the rest? While there are plenty of competent firms out there, here at Kramer Law Group, we’ve made it our mission to put our clients’ needs above anything else. We know that following an accident, many clients feel like they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. Trying to navigate life when you’re physically and/or emotionally injured can be one of the toughest and most stressful experiences to endure. If you’re starting to feel the weight of your accident and injury, we want you to know you don’t have to face this struggle alone. To make your work with us as convenient as possible, we come to you, no matter where in Utah you might be! Plus, we offer 24/7 case consultations. Call us at any time, day or night, and we can start your free case review. Our dedicated team also helps car accident victims take care of their immediate transportation needs by securing a rental car while working to get a damaged vehicle repaired or replaced. Lastly, we guarantee that if we don’t help you win your case, then you don’t have to pay any fees. With over 10,000 cases won, we work hard to get the results you want and need. From the first time you contact us until the resolution of your claim and beyond, our top goal is to provide you with attentive, personalized service that exceeds your expectations. We know you have a lot of options when it comes to personal injury legal representation, but we want you to know we care about you, and we want to do all we can to make a tough situation better. Call us today to get started! YOU’RE NOT ALONE IF YOU’RE FEELING THE WEIGHT OF YOUR INJURY At Kramer Law Group, we pride ourselves on always aiming to consistently better ourselves and grow in a way that positively serves our clients. Referrals are an excellent way for us to help even more people. To those of you who have recommended our services to your family and friends, thank you so much. If there is anyone else you believe we could help, don't hesitate to send them our way! HOW CAN WE HELP?


We’ve all played a harmless trick or two, but sometimes, Halloween shenanigans get out of hand. They can lead to hurt feelings, outraged neighbors, and, in the case of Purtell v. Mason, a lawsuit. In the days leading up to Halloween, all was not quiet in the village of Bloomingdale. Previously parked in a storage unit, Jeff and Vicki Purtell’s 38-foot RV was now parked in front of their house. In protest, neighbors petitioned to town officials, wanting an ordinance put in place to prohibit RV parking on residential property. While the ordinance was under consideration, Jeff Purtell took matters into his own hands. He erected six wooden tombstones in his front yard. They seemed to be innocuous Halloween decorations, but these tombstones displayed a special message for the neighbors. Each headstone was inscribed with a sarcastic message and house number, implying the occupants’ death dates. These messages soon caught the neighbors’ attention. “Bette wasn't ready, but here she lies, ever since that night she died. Twelve feet deep in this trench, still wasn't deep enough for that stench! 1690.” Insulted and a little afraid, Purtell’s neighbors called the police to have the headstones removed. After a couple of visits, Officer Bruce Mason arrived and threatened to arrest Purtell if he didn’t take the tombstones down. Purtell obliged, but the matter wasn’t put to rest. THE VERDICT Purtell sued Officer Mason on the grounds of violating his rights to free speech, and the case made it all the way to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Sykes ruled that the tombstones did not constitute fighting words and were protected under the First Amendment. However, she also ruled that Officer Mason was entitled to qualified immunity, as any reasonable officer would act the same under the circumstances. The bigger question might be how this case made it all the way to the U.S. Court of Appeals. As Judge Sykes wrote in her opinion, “Lawsuits like this one cast the legal profession in a bad light and contribute to the impression that Americans are an overlawyered and excessively litigious people.” A GRAVE LEGAL MATTER


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