We Address Your Most Important Questions and Concerns
Those who have been hurt by the neglectful actions of another often feel alone and overwhelmed. We get it—during this difficult time, it is understandable to have many questions and concerns, and it can be hard to know where to find the answers you need. In our FAQs, our experienced injury trial lawyers take the time to share their thoughts on many of your most common questions and worries. Even if you don’t see your question here, we can still help. Call our Scottsdale office or take a moment to fill out our online contact form for a prompt response from our team.
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If a semitruck hits me, is the trucking company responsible?
Generally, the answer to this question is yes, but there are complex issues that arise in trucking wrecks. The driver may be working for his own trucking company as well as another trucking company. Additionally, the USDOT numbers that are located on the tractor and/or trailer may impact who is responsible and liable for the crash. Other issues involving who dispatched the truck that hit you and/or who loaded the truck may come into play as well. We will be happy to review your case free of charge and let you know if we believe the truck driver and/or trucking company are responsible for your injuries. We will fight for you to get you the compensation that you deserve. By hiring an experienced attorney, you will be able to make an informed decision about how you want to proceed with your case.
If you have been involved in a wreck caused by a semi, big-rig, 18-wheeler, or tractor trailer, and have sustained injuries as a result, you should call a truck accident lawyer to see if you can file a personal injury claim. The lawyers at our office have handled multiple significant truck crashes involving everything from fender benders to unfortunate deaths. These wrecks do not happen by accident. They happen because the trucking companies and their drivers were not following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations that are designed to protect everyone on the roadways.
The truck driver and trucking company will have a team of lawyers working for them and the insurance company, trying to limit the value of your case. After your truck accident, do not give any recorded statements until you have had the opportunity to speak with an experienced trucking lawyer. Also, if you have the ability, take photos of the scene and the vehicles involved including the truck driver, the names of an companies on the tractor and trailer, as well as any USDOT numbers listed on the truck. Then give us a call for a free case review.
If I have been injured in a car crash, should I give a statement to the other driver's insurance company?
This depends on whether you intend to hire a lawyer or attempt to handle your own case.
If you plan on handling your own case and want to get it settled without filing a lawsuit. the insurance company may refuse to settle with you without a recorded statement. They know that if you do not have a lawyer you are less likely to file a lawsuit, so they will generally put aditional requirements on you to settle, and they typically offer you less money.
If you intend to hire a lawyer, then it is best to wait until you are represented, to give a recorded statement. They are purposefully trying to reach you before you retain an attorney so they can get you to say something in a recording that will hurt your case. They will also try to get personal, private information from you that they are not entitled to. You should assume that anything you say can and will be used against you. Generally, insurance adjusters handle thousands upon thousands of these cases, so they know what they want you to say to help their defense of your claim. They are not trying to help you. They try to get these recorded statements early on, before you realize the full extent of your injuries. They do this so they can use it against you when you say"my neck starting hurting a week after the crash," and they can pull out the recording and say you never mentioned a neck injury in your recorded statement. They know injuries can take days, weeks, or even months to make themselves known to the injured person and they want to take advantage of that fact. They may even offer you money to settle immediately, because they do not want you to realize the full value of your claim, Thus it is better to decline a recorded statement and have a lawyer present with you when you do give one, for liability purposes only. so the injury can be pointed out on the recorded statement.
What kind of compensation can I seek in a personal injury case?
What kind of compensation can I seek in a personal injury case?
If you have suffered an injury or damage as the result of someone else’s negligent or intentional acts you have the right to seek damages through a civil lawsuit. As a plaintiff in a personal injury case you can seek damages (compensation) from whoever caused or contributed to causing those injuries and damages.
There are generally two categories of damages for personal injury cases, compensatory and punitive (if the conduct of the defendant is bad enough to warrant them). Both compensatory and punitive damages are awarded directly to the injured party or plaintiff.
When the liability or fault portion of your case is proven, the judge and/or jury will then look at any injuries or damages that were caused by the actions or inactions of the defendant(s).
These compensatory damages may include losses and damages such as medical bills, lost earnings or wages, cost of future care, and other factors such as: the nature, extent, and duration of your injury; the pain, discomfort, suffering, disability, disfigurement, and anxiety you have experienced or are likely to experience in the future; loss of love, care, affection, companionship; and loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages are awarded to punish the wrongdoer for certain types of wrongful or despicable behavior. Punitive damages are only awarded in a small number of cases and are not tied to the type of harm that was suffered, but to the conduct of the defendant(s).
Damages are to reimburse an injured party in almost all injury cases, such as medical malpractice, dental malpractice, auto or truck accidents, commercial vehicle crashes, amputations or loss of limbs, paraplegia, quadriplegia, brain damage, slip and fall or trip and fall cases.
What types of cases do we handle here at The Skiver Law Firm?
We handle a wide variety of cases. Anything from medical malpractice, to nursing home negligence, tractor trailers or big rigs or 18 wheelers, as well as if you were injured while riding a motorcycle. We handle all types of serious injury catastrophic loss. We also handle things such as the loss of a limb or paraplegia. We also handle any type of injury like a traumatic brain injury or something that has changed your life as you know it. We’ll be happy to take your case all the way to trial and obtain a verdict for you to make our community safer.
Can you get treatment for your injuries if you do not have health insurance?
People that are injured in accidents may wonder if they can get treatment even if they don’t have health insurance. There are caring doctors throughout the state who are willing to provide that treatment and wait to be paid so that the victims of these accidents and crashes can get the treatment that they need to get better. We work with many of these doctors to make sure that our clients are taken care of and can get back to health while we pursue their claim to try and get them justice.
How do we determine if medical malpractice has actually occurred?
Complications bad outcomes in and of themselves don’t mean that there has been malpractice. However, they are often the first sign there may indeed be evidence of a violation of a safety rule. So it’s important to do, is you look through the records. Consult with experts. Make a determination what actually occurred and by doing that we can determine whether or not safety rules were violated.
What types of cases does The Skiver Law Firm accept?
When dealing with medical malpractice it’s important to evaluate the case from the stand point of the damages that have occurred to you but also to its impact upon our community in general. It’s important that when the verdict comes back from the jury room that a clear message is sent to the defendants that this type of activity of breaking of safety rules is not acceptable in our community. And that’s the type of case, it has two-fold impact, both on yourself your damages and on the community and how it interacts with the defendants.
What should you do after you’ve been in a car accident?
The first thing you need to do is make sure that you are ok and everyone else in your car is ok. The next thing you need to do is to call 911 to make sure that the police and other emergency personal respond to the scene. After you’ve done that and if it’s safe for you to do so you should get out of your vehicle and take pictures of the crash scene so that you have them for the future. Next thing you want to do is locate any witnesses that may have been around and seen what occurred, get their contact information so we can get ahold of them in the future. Finally, after you speak to the police and tell them what happened in the crash you need to find a personal injury attorney and that’s when we can come into the picture and help you.
How to find the best attorney?
You may be wondering how do I find the best attorney? Attorneys are not allowed to advertise themselves as being the best attorney. The most important thing to do is find an attorney who works well with you. Someone that you feel comfortable with because you’re going to be working with them over the next several months if not several years of your life dealing with this. And we understand that this is going to be one of the toughest times in your life and we will work with you to try to bring you closure and get you justice for your case.
Do I need a Lawyer?
You may be asking yourself, do I need a lawyer? That’s a question that only you can answer. The things that you need to consider when deciding whether to hire an attorney or not, is whether the injuries that you’ve suffered are serious. Whether you feel comfortable dealing with the insurance companies. One of the things that you need to remember is the insurance companies main goal is to pay out as little as possible. They are trying to increase their profits for their shareholders. So with that in mind they are obviously going to do everything that they can to prevent you from getting a full recovery. It’s our job as personal injury attorneys to make sure that you get justice and get full and fair compensation for the injuries that you’ve suffered.