After an injury, you need to know if you can get compensation to cover your losses and damages. Find out if you have a case by working with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer.
The time following an accident of any sort can be one of the most stressful and uncertain times that you ever have to live through. A serious injury can lead to a mountain of medical bills, make it impossible to work, and inflict a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. All of this can be made to feel even worse when you weren’t the one at fault for causing your injury.
When someone else was responsible, that person or entity should also be liable for compensating you for your damages and losses. Getting a settlement almost always means going through an insurance company, however—and these companies are notorious for prioritizing their profits over paying injury victims what they truly deserve.
Fortunately, a Phoenix personal injury lawyer from Wagner Law can help you take on the insurance company so that you can receive the funds you need to pay for your recovery. We can help you determine if you have grounds for a case and then make certain you get a full settlement—not the bare minimum the insurance will try to get away with paying you.
Cause and Fault in Personal Injury Accidents
While the different types of personal injury accidents are many and varied, they all have one thing in common: someone was at fault for what happened. In many cases, this might even be more than one party.
Regardless, your Phoenix personal injury lawyer will need to conduct a full investigation into the accident to determine who was liable. This will involve collecting all available evidence, contacting witnesses, and reviewing accident reports and medical records.
Examples of Personal Injury Accidents
These are just a few examples of different types of personal injury accidents and how negligence can be involved:
Motor Vehicle Accidents – Traffic collisions are easily the most common cause of catastrophic injuries. Whether you were hit by a car, truck, or motorcycle, the driver, a parts manufacturer, a road crew, and even a government agency could all potentially be liable depending on what happened.
Premises Liability Accidents – From slip-and-falls to faulty-wiring fires to dog bites, property owners and managers can be held accountable when they fail to keep their grounds safe for visitors. These individuals often try to remove the hazard immediately after the accident or deny that the victim was allowed on the property, however.
Product Liability Cases – From defective drugs to dangerous children’s toys, when companies value their profits over consumer health, injuries and illness are the result. Depending on the defect, the manufacturer, distributor, advertiser, or retailer could be at fault.
Medical Malpractice – Doctors and other healthcare professionals have a responsibility to take their patients’ health as seriously as their own. If your doctor’s negligence left you sick or injured, your Phoenix personal injury lawyer can help you seek a financial settlement.
Construction Accidents and Workplace Injuries – After getting hurt on the job, you might be told that work comp is your only option. Depending on the specifics of your case, you might be able to seek more comprehensive compensation through a personal injury claim.
Your Injury Type Will Affect Your Compensation
The bulk of your settlement will be determined by the nature of your injury and its extent. A Phoenix personal injury lawyer from our firm will consult with your doctor so that the cost of the medical care required by your recovery and the injury’s expected impact on your life will be fully accounted for in your demand for compensation.
For example, a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) could make it impossible for you to maintain your current lifestyle. Your personal relationships might suffer and it could very well be impossible for you to return to work. On the medical side, a TBI is likely to require a great deal of medication and ongoing medical care.
Similarly, a spine injury could result in all of the above and also require specialized mobility equipment such as wheelchairs in order for you to get around. You might even need to renovate your home or vehicle to make them handicap accessible.
Even injuries that initially appear less serious, such as a broken bone or burn injury, will still have a dramatic effect on your finances and quality of life in the meantime. All of your losses will need to be factored into your settlement, both financial and non-economic: medical bills, lost income, caretaker expenses, pain and suffering, and decreased quality of life.
Negotiating with Insurance After a Catastrophic Injury
Because a serious injury can have such a huge negative impact on your life, it’s important to make certain that you get the compensation you need to recover and move on. As mentioned, your settlement will most likely come from an insurance company who isn’t going to make your needs their main priority.
A Phoenix personal injury lawyer from our office can negotiate with the insurance and their attorneys to make certain that your best interests are represented. We’ll do all of the following on your behalf:
Present the insurance with a demand letter detailing the amount of compensation you deserve and precisely what needs to be compensated
Provide a compelling argument accompanied by evidence that demonstrates how the at-fault party was liable for what happened
Explain how you were either not at fault or how your fault was minimal
Negotiate settlement terms that will make it clear that the insurance company would be best served by settling your claim fairly and avoiding court
Going to trial will only become necessary if the other side refuses to offer a fair payout for your injuries. Should this happen, we’ll represent you and provide counsel throughout the process, giving you the best opportunity for a favorable verdict.
Phoenix Personal Injury FAQ
When you’ve been injured in an accident of any sort, you’re almost certain to have a number of questions that you’d like to have answered. Below, we’ve provided answers to a few of the ones we hear the most often. To get more information, please contact us to speak with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer directly.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Arizona?
In Arizona, you are allowed two years in which to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for the damages and injuries you suffer because of an injury or accident.
Can I seek compensation if I was partially at fault for my injury or accident?
If you were partially at fault for your accident, you can still seek compensation, but the amount of your settlement will be affected. Arizona observes comparative negligence, so the percentage of fault you were responsible for will reduce your financial award by the same percentage.
What are non-economic damages?
Non-economic damages cover all of the negative intangible ways that your life has been changed by your injury. These include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, emotional distress, and lost enjoyment of life. In some cases, you might also be awarded punitive damages to punish the at-fault party.
Get Help from a Phoenix Serious Injury Lawyer
When you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s recklessness, you have a right to compensation for your expenses and losses. At Wagner Law, we can help you deal with the insurance company and make certain that you don’t get stuck with an inadequate settlement that leaves you paying for medical care out of pocket years down the road.
To explore your legal options, schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a knowledgeable Phoenix personal injury lawyer. Getting started is as simple as giving us a call at 602-456-4166 or submitting the contact form below.