If your catastrophic injury was caused by someone else’s error or poor judgment, you can demand compensation for your damages and losses. Speak with a Mesa personal injury lawyer to find out how best to proceed.
Getting injured in an accident is bad enough, but dealing with all the medical bills and other damages that follow can make the situation go from bad to worse in no time. If this is your situation and someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you at least have the option to seek compensation from them, but actually getting the funds you’re owed is sometimes easier said than done.
In most cases, an insurance company will be involved, and convincing them to provide you with a full settlement is almost always an uphill battle. They might try to blame you for what happened, or they might attempt to convince you that your claim is worth far less than it truly is. Far too many injury victims fall prey to both tactics, leaving them without a means to pay for the medical care they so desperately need.
Fortunately, by working with Milton Wagner, a Mesa personal injury lawyer, you can deal with the insurers and their attorneys on even footing. Attorney Wagner has in-depth experience negotiating with these professionals and can get you the comprehensive settlement you deserve.
Do You Have Grounds for an Injury Claim?
One of the foremost concerns of many injury victims is determining whether they even have grounds to file a personal injury claim to begin with. Arizona follows pure comparative negligence. This means that as long as someone else was at least partially at fault, you’ll be able to seek a settlement for your damages and losses.
However, each party involved in the accident—including you—will be assigned a percentage of the negligence according to how your actions contributed to the cause. This percentage will then be used to reduce the settlement that you receive. So, if you’re 10 percent at fault and are awarded $100,000 in damages, you’ll only receive $90,000 in the end.
Mitigating the amount of fault that you are found responsible for prevents your final payout from being decreased, which is why it’s so important to work with a Mesa personal injury lawyer from the beginning. Proving the responsible party’s negligence will require both a compelling case and the legal knowledge and courtroom experience to successfully dispute the other side’s argument.
Proving Fault for a Catastrophic Injury
Building a convincing case for your personal injury claim means investigating what happened at the time that you were hurt. Any accident reports will need to be reviewed and all available evidence will need to be collected. Eyewitnesses will need to be interviewed, and in some cases, expert testimony may need to be secured.
Our Mesa personal injury lawyer can handle this process on your behalf, regardless of how you were injured. These are just a few of the case types that Wagner Law can help you pursue compensation for:
Premises Liability – A property can’t simply be left in disrepair. If you were hurt in a slip-and-fall, dog attack, or fire that was caused by a negligent land or building owner, you can seek restitution from that individual or company.
Product Liability – Defective products leave thousands of consumers sick or injured every year. Whether you were hurt by bad medication or a faulty gas grill, the manufacturer owes you a settlement.
Workplace and Construction Accidents – An on-the-job injury doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re limited to work comp. If a third party was involved or if malice or truly egregious negligence were present, you might have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Medical Malpractice – All healthcare providers owe a duty of care to their patients. Whether you were hurt by a negligent doctor, dentist, hospital, or pharmacist, you can pursue compensation.
Serious Injuries and Damages
Assessing the value of your personal injury claim is just as important as proving who was at fault. Avoiding an inadequate settlement requires knowing what your claim is worth before beginning negotiations. Injury victims who forego legal representation typically make two mistakes at this juncture: not taking into account their future accident-related needs and failing to realize that their non-economic damages should also be compensated.
As an experienced Mesa personal injury lawyer, Attorney Wagner can make certain that your final payout factors in both points. Every injury is unique, however, so it will be important to work with your doctor to determine for how long your injuries will affect you and what the cost to your finances and quality of life are likely to be.
Brain damage, spine injuries, and amputations are easily some of the most significant, as these wounds are either difficult or impossible to fully recover from. Your medical expenses are certain to be considerable, and you could lose significant income if you’re unable to continue in your current profession. That doesn’t even mention how your personal life will be affected: Your marriage could suffer and you’ll probably be unable to participate in many activities that you once enjoyed.
Broken bones and severe burns might seem less serious at first, but these injuries can require surgery to correct and might result in permanent disfigurement. Even in the best scenarios, they’re incredibly painful and can cause significant emotional distress.
Mesa Personal Injury FAQ
Recovering from a catastrophic injury is neither easy nor inexpensive. You probably have many questions and concerns, so we’ve provided answers to some of the more common ones in this section. If you would like more information, please contact us so that you can speak with our Mesa personal injury lawyer.
What is loss of consortium?
Loss of consortium refers to the lost companionship caused by your injury. Whether your friends treat you differently after your injury or lost sexual function has damaged your marriage, this is a non-economic damage that should be factored into your demand for compensation.
Will I need to go to court for my injury claim?
Not necessarily. Most personal injury claims settle out of court through negotiations. The stronger your case is the more likely this becomes. Trial will only be necessary if the insurance or at-fault party refuses to produce a serious settlement offer.
What is a deposition?
Depositions require the parties involved in the accident to be asked questions while under oath as part of the discovery process. The information gained can provide important evidence that will greatly strengthen your case.
Consult with a Mesa Serious Injury Lawyer
Whether your injury was caused by a careless nurse or you were burned by a defective product, you could have a case for compensation. Don’t let an insurance company tell you what your claim is worth, however. Instead, speak with Wagner Law and find out how much money the insurer should really provide you with in your settlement.
Milton Wagner is an experienced Mesa personal injury lawyer who can help you get the most for your claim. All new clients are provided with a free, no-obligation consultation, so there’s no risk involved in exploring your legal options for compensation. Just enter your information in the form below or give our office a call at 602-456-4166.