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Surprise Personal Injury Law Firm


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Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, P.L.L.C.

15331 W Bell Road, Suite 212

Surprise, AZ 85374

Phone: (623) 213-7276

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The law firm of Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC offers a diverse, client-focused practice to residents of Surprise, Arizona, and surrounding communities in the West Valley. The five attorneys in our legal team benefit from decades of combined experience in many different areas of personal injury law, which allows our firm to assist clients in a wide range of legal issues. The firm’s diverse personal injury practice areas provide clients with a comprehensive outlook that ensures sound legal counsel.

Our firm is large enough to handle complex and resource-intensive cases. Yet, our size also enables ample resources to give each client representation that is friendly, personalized, and comfortable. When clients visit us at our Surprise, Sun City, or Scottsdale law offices, they can expect a calm, informative, and professional environment.

Contact us today by phone or online to discuss how we can help after a serious accident. Our Surprise personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations, and we do not charge a fee unless we secure compensation for you.

Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle

With our attorneys’ broad range of skills and experience, we can assist clients in many different types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those that involve:

  • Motor vehicle accidents (including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle and pedestrian accidents)
  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Premises liability (including slip and falls and swimming pool accidents)
  • Dog bites and other animal attacks
  • Medical malpractice

At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, we want our clients to  focus on their health while our team seeks full and fair compensation for the physical, emotional and financial harm they have suffered. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.

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Contact us today to schedule a completely free case evaluation, and find out how we can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.

What Do You Have to Prove in a Personal Injury Claim in Arizona?

Many people don’t realize all the complex steps that go into recovering compensation for an injury. Although it would certainly be nice if insurance companies and negligent parties would voluntarily agree to pay for the harm they cause, this is rarely what happens. Instead, most victims must fight very hard in order to force the responsible parties to pay full and fair compensation.

Here’s a brief look at what a Surprise personal injury lawyer will have to prove in order to recover compensation in your case:

  • The defendant owed you a duty. First, you must show that the defendant owed you some type of duty. In the law, this just means that there was some sort of relationship that required a level of care be used. For car accidents, the law requires all drivers to exercise reasonable care when driving their cars. For a slip-and-fall injury, the law requires property owners to use reasonable care in maintaining their premises. Therefore, the first step is proving what type of duty the negligent party owed you.
  • There was a breach/violation of the duty. Next, you will have to prove that the party you blame for your injuries did something negligent. In other words, did that person or company breach its duty to you in some way? Running a red light is a form of violation that could be construed as a breach of a driver’s duty. A business owner failing to put up a railing or leaving a hidden danger unrepaired could be considered a breach.
  • The breach caused the injury. The next step is proving that the defendant’s violation or breach directly caused your specific injury. It is never enough to just show you were hurt. You must also show that the defendant specifically did something (or failed to do something) that directly led to your injuries. In other words, if it weren’t for that person’s actions or inactions, would you have been injured? If not, you may have a case.
  • You suffered loss as a result. Lastly, the law looks to see whether there are any damages. No matter how negligent someone is, if no one actually suffers a loss, there will probably be limited recovery. A classic example would be a drunk driver (clearly breaching his duty to others on the road) who rolls into your vehicle at 1 MPH. No matter how terrible the conduct, if you aren’t actually injured, and there’s no damage to your vehicle, then there really isn’t a case. You must be able to prove some damage, usually in the form of physical injuries.

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?

Man suffering neck pain from accident.

Our experienced Arizona personal injury lawyers will work quickly to build a clear case against the party that injured you, whether it’s a driver, a property owner, a negligent healthcare provider, or some other entity that caused your injuries. It all begins with a careful look at the facts. At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, we focus on each case and each client as a unique set of facts.

  • Free consultation. Every case begins with a careful and thoughtful initial appointment. During this initial case consultation with a Surprise personal injury attorney, you will have the opportunity to open up and discuss what happened. The attorney is speaking to you as a legal advisor, but also as a counselor. The goal is for you to be honest and forthcoming, so the lawyer can help identify strengths and weakness early on in the case and give you the best chance of success going forward.
  • Case evaluation. Once the attorney has the basic information that’s needed to move forward, our firm will begin a comprehensive information-gathering investigation. We talk to witnesses, do scene inspections, and gather information in order to figure out how the incident happened and whether you have a strong case for compensation.
  • Building a strategy. As our team gathers information, we begin to shape a strategy for countering any insurance or defendant tactics to avoid compensation. There are a lot of tricks out there that insurance companies and large corporations deploy to get out of paying you for your injuries. We know them all, and we will work hard to stifle their efforts to avoid liability.
  • Gathering the evidence. Our attorneys know where to look for evidence. In almost every case, we will have to gather your medical expenses and healthcare records. In addition, we look for incident reports and police reports. Perhaps in another case, it’s the black box crash recorder on a semi-truck. Maybe it’s a city’s last two years of property inspections that show major violations for a property manager failing to make necessary repairs. Whatever the evidence, you can rest assured we will be looking for it.
  • Consulting with experts. No two cases are the same. When injuries are complex, we frequently retain highly skilled medical experts to review records and evaluate medical treatment in order to show how your injuries will likely affect your life. We may also work with crash reconstruction experts, engineers, industry safety experts, and even actuarial experts and accountants who can examine your life expectancy and future earnings.
  • Fighting for just compensation through settlement. Most of our clients want justice. They don’t particularly care about making a big scene. Victims of personal injuries are not “out to get” anyone. They don’t care about “getting rich.” They just want to be treated fairly and know that their rights have been protected. We let our clients focus on getting better and taking care of their injuries, while spending time with their families. We take on the insurance adjusters, collection companies, and various claims representatives. We use our long history of proven success in and out of the courtroom to leverage fair personal injury settlements for our clients.
  • Taking your case to a jury. Our goal is always to fight for fair and just compensation as swiftly and efficiently as possible. But when defendants and their insurance companies are unwilling to negotiate or will not treat you fairly, our dedicated litigation attorneys are not afraid to file a lawsuit and pursue justice. This may mean taking your case all the way to a jury in pursuit of a judgment against the defendant.

Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim

One of the most stressful parts of getting injured is figuring out how to pay for all the unexpected expenses. For instance, an injury victim can expect to pay for medical care, specialists, and medications, all of which can really eat up the monthly budget. To compound the problem, if the injuries are severe, the person might be out of work trying to recover. Therefore, money is probably tighter than usual.

Many people who are injured by someone else’s negligence wonder what they can do to make the responsible person or company pay for all these unexpected and unfair expenses. Fortunately, for many people, there is hope. A Surprise personal injury lawyer can evaluate your claim and determine whether you may be eligible for compensation related to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future anticipated medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future anticipated loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Wrongful death damages in cases involving the loss of a loved one

What We Do

The legal team of Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC brings a service based approach to clients in Glendale, Arizona. We have years of combined experience in a diverse range of practice areas. We are small enough to offer each client the personalized representation they deserve, but large enough to handle complex, resource intensive cases.

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How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Arizona?

Man surrounded by stack of paperwork.In general, personal injury claims are governed by a two-year statute of limitations in Arizona. This means, for the vast majority of injuries, you’ll have just two years from the date of your injury to bring a lawsuit in an attempt to hold the responsible party accountable. If you miss the deadline, your case will be forever barred and you will lose any right to compensation. It’s a strict rule, but one you can’t afford to ignore.

There are times when this can be much shorter, such as when a government agency or local municipality is to blame. For instance, if a city worker causes your injury, you must give “notice of the claim” within just six months or your rights are extinguished. Sometimes, it can be tough to know exactly what limitations apply, so it’s extremely important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Surprise, Arizona, right away.

Steps to Take if You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident in Surprise, AZ

If you’ve been injured in an accident or due to some other type of negligence, there are several key steps you should take right away. No matter your injuries or the type of negligence, these will always be a good idea:

  • Don’t talk to insurance companies or defendants. Whether it’s an auto accident, medical malpractice, a slip and fall, or some other type of injury, never talk to the insurance companies without first talking to your own attorney. You would be surprised at how the insurance companies often call within minutes of learning about an accident, looking for a quick way to settle the case for pennies on the dollar of what it’s work. Insurance adjusters won’t think twice about using anything you say against you. Get solid legal advice from an attorney who works for you.
  • Get emergency medical attention. Make sure you go to the hospital or a doctor right away. Preferably, you should do this immediately after your incident or injury. Getting care right away will not only ensure that you are safe, it will also document and prove that your injury was indeed caused by the event.
  • Don’t miss doctors’ appointments. As hard as it may be, do whatever you can to make your appointments. Missing appointments makes it look like you don’t take your injury seriously or it doesn’t really bother you that much. Don’t give the insurance companies an excuse to deny your claim.
  • Hire an experienced lawyer early. The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the harder it becomes to recover evidence and show what really happened. Even the best personal injury lawyer will struggle to prove your case if witnesses forget what happened, documents go missing, or you say something incriminating in a recorded statement. The sooner a lawyer is working with you, the better.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Surprise Personal Injury Lawyer?

Lawyer talking to judge in the courtroom.At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, clients hire us based on a contingent fee, which means our payment is contingent upon our success in the case. If we lose or fail to collect money on your behalf, our services are free, and we collect nothing for our work. We do this for a number of reasons:

  • Cost of pursuing justice. We understand that it often costs thousands of dollars to pursue justice in a personal injury case. Just the cost of filing a lawsuit or hiring process servers, court reporters, expert witnesses, and other routine costs can be prohibitive to the average person. For this reason, we front all of these expenses and only get reimbursed if we succeed in collecting compensation for our clients.
  • Access to justice. We know how expensive justice can be, and so do the big corporations and the insurance companies. By charging a contingent fee, we allow our clients a fighting chance at justice by putting them on even footing with wealthy major corporations.
  • Shared goals. Since our fee is based on our ability to recover compensation for you, you can be guaranteed that your attorney has the same exact goal you do – maximize compensation and win. Your success is our success.

Our Surprise Personal Injury Lawyers Help People With Catastrophic Injuries

Some injuries just set you back for a bit, while others change your life forever. We routinely help clients with some of the most serious and life-altering injuries you can imagine. Here are just some examples of the injuries we’ve seen in our decades of collective legal experience:

  • Disc injuries. Disc injuries can range from painful to debilitating. Often an MRI is required to identify the severity of the injury.
  • Spinal cord injuries. These injuries may lead to partial or permanent paralysis that requires ongoing care for the rest of a person’s life.
  • Broken bones. While broken bones heal, they can also cause nerve damage, internal bleeding, and may heal improperly, leaving deformities and scar tissue.
  • Traumatic amputations. Nothing can replace a lost limb or other body part. Amputations can leave a person with phantom pain and challenges for life.
  • Head injuries. Head injuries can be fatal, and even minor injuries can take months or years to fully resolve.
  • Brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) happen when there is a physical injury to the brain. This can be slight or severe, but in all cases the effects can be devastating.
  • Concussions. Concussions may seem minor, but they can lead to long-term complications and even accelerate a person’s mental decline in old age.
  • Disfigurement. Whether from burns, amputations, or major scars, disfigurement can be a lifelong and humiliating impairment for those who must live with their body forever altered.

In some cases, catastrophic injuries prove fatal. Under these circumstances, we may be able to help family members pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.

Car Accident Attorneys in Surprise, Arizona

Couple involved in car accident interviewed by the police officer.The Arizona Department of Transportation recently reported that more than 6,800 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Maricopa County, including 1,375 crashes in Surprise. As we know all too well at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, many of these crashes were completely preventable. They resulted from drivers’ negligent decisions and actions.

If you have been in a car accident in Surprise, you may already believe that the other driver was at fault. As many seriously injured drivers, passengers and victims quickly learn, insurance companies often work hard to avoid paying settlements even when liability appears to be indisputable.

Our law firm helps residents of Surprise and the West Valley engage insurers who try to deny full and fair compensation to them. Our injury practice includes:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Because of our considerable experience with motor vehicle accidents, and our close work with accident victims and their families, we understand the unique medical care and treatment that victims need. We also know the heavy toll of medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering.

We conduct thorough accident investigations and develop a full accounting of our clients’ costs and losses. We work hard to develop fact-based cases that clearly establish our clients’ right to  financial recovery. We then vigorously negotiate with insurers to do what is right. If necessary, we are prepared to go to trial.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a traffic crash of any kind in Surprise, contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.  As you prepare to meet with a personal injury attorney, you benefit from ordering a copy of the collision or traffic report from the law enforcement agency that responded to your crash, which may include:

Surprise Police Department
14250 West Statler Plaza, Suite 103
Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 222-4000

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
550 West Jackson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 876-1000

Real Estate Lawyers Serving Surprise, Arizona

The financial advice website, WalletHub, ranked Surprise at No. 5 in its most recent list of the country’s “fastest growing local economies.” The many factors that led to the city’s high ranking, including increased employment opportunities and rising household incomes, have also made Surprise a hot residential and commercial property market.

Whether you are a current resident or business owner in Surprise or someone who is planning to move to the area, Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC can assist with your legal needs. We help clients with a wide array of real estate matters, including those that involve:

  • Buying, selling or “short-selling” property
  • Resolving boundary, easement and zoning disputes
  • Negotiating real estate contracts
  • Working with lenders to refinance mortgages
  • Handling property exchanges
  • Leasing property
  • Developing commercial property
  • Resolving foreclosure liens
  • Handling landlord-tenant disputes
  • Litigating homeowners’ association disputes

Our law firm’s real estate clients benefit from our attorneys’ experience in many different areas of the law, including estate law, family law, personal injury law and criminal defense.  We can help clients to identify and overcome complex issues that often arise in real estate matters, including potential estate planning concerns or litigation risks. To learn more about how we may assist with your real estate transaction or real estate dispute, connect with us today.

Estate Planning and Estate Litigation Attorneys Serving Surprise, AZ

Many people know Surprise as being one of the best places in the country to retire. Communities such as Sun City West and Sun City Grand have helped to establish this reputation.

Many clients that Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC serves are retirees or those who are looking forward to retiring and leading a comfortable life in Surprise. We are proud that many of our clients will have fewer worries in their retirement years because they have taken care of estate planning needs with our law firm’s assistance.

We help clients to address estate planning issues such as:

  • Medical care instructions in case they become incapacitated
  • Distribution of their assets to family members, friends, charities and others
  • Business succession and transfer when they retire, become disabled or pass away

Many clients tell us that their estate planning sessions with Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC provided the first comprehensive overview of their finances and assets ever experienced. Others come to us for periodic reviews and updates of existing estate plans.

Regardless of the size of your estate, we can help you organize and ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. By doing so, you may reduce future court costs, taxes and legal fees that would otherwise diminish the estate that you leave behind to your beneficiaries.

Our attorneys can also assist with a variety of estate litigation matters for clients in Surprise, including contested wills and other disputes that arise during probate, trust and estate administration.

Contact our firm today to learn more about the experienced, committed and effective advocacy we can provide to protect your finances and your family.

Divorce and Family Law Attorneys in Surprise, Arizona

At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, our family law attorneys recognize the emotional challenge that accompanies ending a marriage. We try to assist you in navigating the divorce process by providing pertinent and individualized attention to you. Our goal is to arm you with the necessary information to make well-informed decisions about family, finances and your future.

We will work with you to handle all aspects of your divorce, including resolving issues with child custody, child support, community property division and spousal support. With our extensive experience in divorce mediation, we can work diligently towards reaching a separation or dissolution agreement with your spouse.  If, necessary, we will be ready to protect your rights and interests through litigation.

Additionally, our law firm also drafts premarital (or prenuptial) and postnuptial agreements in an effort to avoid future adverse scenarios.

Connect with us today by phone or online to discuss your legal needs if you are considering a divorce in Surprise or seeking legal advice and representation for any other family law matter.

Criminal Defense Lawyers in Surprise, AZ

The lawyers of Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused in Surprise and other areas in the West Valley. We believe that people charged with crimes – whether a low-level misdemeanor or high-level felony – deserve vigorous representation. We fight for our clients and pursue the best possible results.

Our criminal defense attorneys utilize vast experience in the area to advance client interests.

Our firm assists clients in Surprise in criminal cases that involve:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Drug offenses
  • Domestic violence charges
  • Assault and other violent crimes

The criminal justice system in Maricopa County can be highly complex and confusing. If you try to move ahead in your case without assistance from an experienced and highly dedicated criminal defense attorney, you can easily make mistakes that prove costly in the long run. Don’t wait to get in touch with us about your case.

Surprise, Arizona Court Information

Mushkatel Robbins and Becker PLLC are car accident lawyers serving Surprise ArizonaWhether your case involves civil or criminal law, you should have a good understanding of the court system in Surprise.

The Superior Court of Arizona is a statewide trial court with general jurisdiction, which means it hears the widest variety of cases, including most civil and criminal cases that our law firm handles. Each county has at least one Superior Court facility.

Several Superior Court locations are located throughout Maricopa County, including one in Surprise:

Northwest Regional Court Center
14264 West Tierra Buena Lane
Surprise, AZ 85374
(602) 372-5375

You should note that Maricopa County Probate Court presides over probate and intestate matters as well as cases that involve guardianship and conservatorship issues. The Maricopa Family Court has jurisdiction over divorce proceedings and other family law cases.

Municipal Court

The Surprise City Court is a separate branch of city government and a part of the statewide court system. It handles cases ranging from minor traffic violations to Class 1 misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine (plus surcharges). The Surprise City Court is located at:

Surprise City Court
6081 North Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 222-4800

Justice Court

Justice Courts in Arizona hear traffic cases and certain misdemeanor criminal and civil cases, including domestic violence and harassment cases. They can also issue search warrants.

There are 27 Justice Courts in Maricopa County, including three located in Surprise at the Northwest Regional Court Center. Those courts serve the Hassayampa, Manistee and North Valley precincts.

A Law Firm Committed to Helping the People of Surprise, AZ

Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC is proud to serve the fast-growing city of Surprise, including Sun City West and Sun City Grand, as well as other areas in northwest Maricopa County. As the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce describes in its Resource Guide, Surprise is truly a “beautiful Sonoran Desert community” with a reputation for its “family-friendly environment, emerging employment centers and top-rated schools.”

Attractions such as Surprise Stadium (the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals), the mammoth Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, and the beautiful White Tank Mountain Regional Park contribute to the high quality of life that Surprise residents enjoy. As The Arizona Republic reports, plans are also in the works to create a “pedestrian-friendly shopping and entertainment district” in the city’s downtown area.

The lawyers of Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC are also highly active in our communities. Attorney Zachary Mushkatel, for example, serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Unfortunately, preventable injuries can still happen in Surprise due to the careless or reckless conduct of individuals, companies, and government agencies. Our law firm is here to provide the professional and compassionate legal assistance that victims and their families need if such an accident affects their lives.

When you approach Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC to discuss your case, you can expect to receive straightforward advice that is aimed toward resolving your legal issues. If we agree to move forward together, you can count on us to make your unique legal needs and goals our top priority. We take pride in that service-based approach to helping our clients in Surprise and throughout the West Valley.

Schedule a free consultation today to discuss how we can assist you.

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