When the negligence and carelessness of another leaves you dealing with injuries and unforeseen expenses and losses, you deserve compensation. Find out what your case is worth and how best to proceed by consulting with a Scottsdale personal injury lawyer.
While most people probably think of traffic accidents when they think of personal injury claims, the truth is that any accident that results in a serious injury could potentially qualify for compensation. Simply put, if your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, then you have a right to seek a settlement for your damages and losses.
Getting fairly compensated, however, is rarely an easy task. The at-fault party is unlikely to be interested in paying you more than they absolutely have to, and it can be difficult to know what should be included in your request for compensation. Attorney Milton Wagner, an experienced Scottsdale personal injury lawyer, can help you solve both of these problems.
What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?
As mentioned, nearly any accident type could potentially count as a personal injury scenario. If the wounds you suffered required significant medical care or resulted in permanent disability or disfigurement, you most likely have grounds for a claim—as long as someone else was at fault for what happened.
These are just a few examples of different accident types that our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation for and how fault might come into play:
Traffic Accidents – The injuries suffered in collisions with cars, commercial trucks, and motorcycle are often devastating. The driver, a trucking company, vehicle manufacturer, or government agency could all potentially be liable.
Dog Bites – When a dog’s owner or handler fails to properly train or restrain it, that individual is responsible if the canine attacks or mauls someone. Where the attack took place can complicate whether you have grounds for a case, however.
Slip-and-Fall Accidents – If a property owner left a slick or slippery surface unattended to and you fell because of it, it might be possible to prove that they were at fault for the conditions that led to your injury.
Construction Accidents – While most people assume that workers compensation is the only option available after a workplace injury, there are actually certain situations that might allow you to file a personal injury claim and seek comprehensive compensation.
Medical Malpractice – Whether you experienced a birth injury or had a family member who was the victim of nursing home abuse, our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer can help you hold a negligent healthcare provider responsible.
Compensation for a Catastrophic Injury
Once fault has been established and a compelling case has been built, the next step is performing a full assessment of the value of your claim. Your settlement should account for every financial expense and every way that your injuries have diminished the quality of your life.
Our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer will work closely with both you and your doctor to ensure that the settlement you receive is both fair and comprehensive. It needs to take into account your future needs in addition to your current ones, so your doctor’s input will be invaluable.
Listed below are some of the items you will be able to seek compensation for when they apply to your claim:
Current and future medical expenses for procedures, surgeries, equipment, and medication
Lost income, wages, and earning potential
Caretaker wages and transportation expenses
Modifications made to your home or vehicle to make them handicap-accessible
Physical or emotional therapy
Pain and suffering
Lost companionship or sexual function
Lost enjoyment of life
A Serious Injury Is a Personal Injury
The type of injury you experience will need to be taken into account when valuing your claim. Some injuries can fully heal in time, while others might have lasting effects and even result in permanent disabilities. These negative effects can greatly damage your future finances and quality of life.
Milton Wagner, our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer, has experience litigating cases for a number of different injury types. He can help you determine how your injury will negatively impact your future and for how long. The at-fault party’s insurance company or attorney will be hoping that you only seek compensation for your medical expenses, so it’s important to ensure that you factor in the intangible losses caused by your injury as well.
Any of these injuries could result in severe non-economic damages that greatly diminish your enjoyment of life in addition to the medical expenses they incur:
Many injury victims worry about going to court for their claim, even if they know that they weren’t even remotely at fault for what happened. The fact is that the vast majority of injury claims settle out of court through negotiations.
After your claim’s value has been assessed, our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer will send the at-fault party a demand letter that details your request for compensation. In most cases, this demand will go to either an insurance company or an opposing attorney.
They’ll usually make a counteroffer and negotiations can commence. How willing they are to meet our terms usually depends on how strong the evidence in your favor is. Court only becomes necessary when they won’t make a serious offer.
If trial becomes your best option for a fair settlement, we’ll represent you through the legal proceedings. We’ll keep you informed and prepared as our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible, regardless of whether your case can settle through negotiations or not.
Scottsdale Personal Injury FAQ
When injuries happen in accidents, questions are sure to follow. Here, we’ve answered a handful of frequently asked questions we hear on a regular basis. To ask additional questions, please contact our office to speak with our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer.
What is a statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations imposes a time limit on how long you have to file a personal injury claim seeking compensation. In Arizona, you have two years in which to press a lawsuit.
How does a contingency fee work?
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay anything up front and that your attorney’s fees come out of your final settlement amount. If you don’t receive a settlement, you don’t have to pay your attorney anything.
Is it possible to seek compensation from a government agency if they caused my accident?
Yes, a government agency can be held accountable for negligence just like anyone else. However, special rules apply in these cases in Arizona. You have a much shorter time frame to work with: You must file a formal claim within 180 days and a personal injury lawsuit within one year.
Work with a Scottsdale Serious Injury Lawyer
Being injured because of someone else’s negligence deserves compensation from that same individual. Wagner Law knows personal injury law, and we can put our experience to work on your behalf. We offer all new clients a free case evaluation to discuss the details of their case, and there’s never any obligation to proceed if you decide you don’t want to.
To schedule a consultation with Milton Wagner, our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 602-456-4166 or contact us through the form on this page. Don’t wait to take action; get started on the path to bring you peace of mind and financial security today.