If you or someone you love has been involved in an Arizona vehicle accident or injured by someone else’s negligence in another way, you may be wondering when or if you should contact an attorney. The hours, days and weeks following an accident can be extremely stressful for an accident victim, after suffering a serious injury or the tragic loss of a loved one. With a legal advocate on your side, you can significantly increase your chances of recovering fair and full compensation under the law for what happened to you.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The following are only a few of the reasons you may want to hire a personal injury attorney:
Property Damage or Loss
Property damage or loss to a vehicle that has been involved in an accident will vary dramatically depending on the type of accident, the type of vehicles involved, the speed at which the vehicles were traveling and many other factors. If your vehicle has sustained significant damage, an attorney can help you negotiate fair compensation for your loss. As Arizona is a “fault” car insurance state, you can make a claim through either your own insurance policy or against the policy of the at-fault driver. You also have the legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible driver, which may be advisable if he or she carries sufficient insurance coverage to pay a fair amount in compensation. Attempting to file a claim directly with your insurance company may not get you the results you seek. Many insurance companies will begin by offering far less than your claim is actually worth. In some instances insurance companies will employ scare tactics in an effort to get an accident victim to accept less than he or she should be due. An attorney will help you fight for your rights and assist you in pursuing the maximum compensation.
When an individual sustains severe injuries in a personal injury accident, it is vital that emergency medical care be provided at once. Failure to have your injuries examined by a medical professional could put your claim at risk. Even if you do not believe your injuries are significant, you need to seek medical attention immediately following an accident. Some injuries and symptoms may not appear right away and internal injuries and closed head injuries can prove to be fatal if not treated at once. The last thing you need when coping with injuries from an accident, slip and fall or any other injury is to be weighed down with a large amount of medical debt due to accident-related injuries. An attorney can help you seek compensation for medical bills, physical therapy costs, rehabilitation, loss of income and other qualifying expenses. If you sustained medical malpractice injuries due to a negligent doctor or other hospital staff, be aware that there are statute of limitations that specifies how long you can wait to file a lawsuit. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Loss of Life
If you are the parent, child or sibling of an individual who has lost his or her life in due to someone else’s negligence you may be able to pursue damages from the individual responsible for your loved one’s wrongful death. Hire an attorney to help you file a wrongful death lawsuit, so that you can seek the compensation for your tragic loss. Financial remuneration for pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of companionship and more can all be sought when an individual loses his or her life as a result of another person’s negligence or reckless conduct.
Arizona law requires individuals to exercise reasonable caution in relation to others. Careless, dangerous actions that injure others are the basis for a negligence lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you gather the evidence needed to prove negligence by investigating the facts of the accident, and getting key testimony from eyewitnesses. Sometimes, in more complicated accidents, an attorney will help you find an accident reconstruction expert to bolster evidence of liability. An experienced, skilled personal injury attorney knows what to look for, how to acquire key pieces of evidence, and how to get the evidence ready for admission at trial.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer? Yes, Learn What We Can Do For You
There is only a limited amount of time in which an individual can seek compensation for personal injuries or property damage. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is typically two years from the date of the accident. Waiting to file these types of claims is never a good idea, as there are other factors that could affect your case as well as the timeframe in which you have to file, such as the preservation of critical evidence and getting testimony of eyewitnesses on record. If you are seeking the help of an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney, or you would like to find out more about what our firm can do for you, call Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC to schedule a free, initial consultation now. Our firm provides representation in all types of cases including nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, slip and falls, accidents, premises liability and more, and we have the experience and skills needed to provide the aggressive legal representation you deserve.