Arizona Personal Injury Attorneys
The term personal injury can cover a lot of ground. Any time you have been injured due to someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness, you may be eligible for a personal injury claim. We understand the level of frustration and anxiety you might be under. It is hard to deal with medical bills adding up and if you are missing time at work to recover, it can make everything even more frustrating. Our experienced Arizona personal injury attorney knows how this feels and wants to help you get through everything to reach a successful outcome. Once you read a bit about your personal injury case, please call our office as soon as you can for a free consultation and to let us get started working on your case.
Types of Accidents and Common Injuries
As mentioned, personal injury is a term that encompasses a lot of different areas. There are several different kinds of accidents that our personal injury attorney covers. They include:
- Bike accidents
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
These accidents have the potential to ruin someone’s life. It is not uncommon for people to almost get killed in these accidents. It is hard to deal with being a victim of personal injury because it could have been avoided. The most common types of injuries we see in personal injury cases are:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Traumatic brain injury
- Concussions or contusions
- Nerve, tendon, or tissue damage
You should never delay seeking medical attention for two reasons. Your health is the most important thing and you do not want to have to risk worsening your case because you did not see a doctor. Also, it is important to seek medical attention so that you can prove that this accident caused you injuries that needed treatment.
What to Do Right After Your Accident
Immediately after the accident, it is not uncommon to be in shock. Your adrenaline levels are probably up and you might not feel your injuries yet. Getting an officer on the scene is sometimes important to help with the collection of information if it is an auto accident. At every scene, there is going to be evidence that should be collected through photos and videos. At a slip and fall scene, there may be faulty steps that you fell on. At a dog bite scene, there may be a broken gate that the animal got through to attack you. Your scenario is bound to have evidence that you will want to collect. You will also need the contact information from any witnesses so that they can help you later on as well as the insurance information from the liable party.
Bringing Your Claim on Time
You have to follow what is called the statute of limitations for your personal injury case. What that means is that you have a deadline in which you are allowed to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. Arizona permits two years from the date of the accident in which you can do these things. If you wait past this deadline, you will be barred from receiving compensation. It is always best to act quickly so that your evidence, witness testimony, and treatment plan is clear.
How to Get Full Compensation
Arizona is one of the more lenient states in regards to receiving compensation even if you are found to be at fault for the accident. In fact, you can receive compensation when you are 99% at fault for the accident. How that works, though, is that your award will be reduced by the amount of fault you shared. For example, if you are awarded $100,000 in damages while being found 30% at fault, your award will be reduced to $70,000.
Avoiding the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
After your accident, you will be contacted by the liable party’s insurance company. They will come off as helpful and polite, but please be warned that they are not interested in what is best for you, which would be the fullest amount of compensation possible. They want to make sure that they owe you as little as possible so that they don’t lose money. When they contact you, they will ask you for a recorded statement. It is important for you to never give them one. It will only hurt your case because the way they ask questions is loaded. Any answer you give, they will try to twist it to favor them. The best thing you can do is tell them to take up all communication with your attorney.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
If you are suffering from injuries due to someone else’s negligence, please do not hesitate to call our skilled and dedicated Arizona personal injury attorney today to set up a free consultation. We will protect you from the insurance company and make sure you are on track to get the best possible result.