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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The statute of limitations in Arizona is two years. Which means that you have two years to file your lawsuit to bring the claim for the injuries that you suffered.
You should contact an attorney as quickly as possible.
It allows us to get involved and get to work for you, to make sure that we collect all of the evidence, locate all the witnesses before they disappear. The sooner that we can get involved the better chance we’ll have at prosecuting your claim for you to make sure that you get the justice that you deserve.
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.
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.
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 is medical malpractice? The simple truth is, it is what happens to us when doctors and nurses don’t follow the safety rules.
What are safety rules? We’ve all grown up with safety rules, we know what they are: don’t play with fire, don’t run out into traffic. Professionals also have their own set of safety rules and those safety rules are designed to protect the community and each one of us from injury and death. Doctors and nurses must follow safety rules.
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.
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.
1. Keeping A Safe Distance To Stop – this is a critical concept to keep in mind for both car drivers and truck drivers. Drivers must understand that large trucks take longer to stop. Thus if you are a truck driver you must keep more space between you and vehicle in front of you. On the other hand if you are a driver of a car, you must be aware that it will take a truck driver who is following behind you longer to stop. So be careful not to put yourself in a position where there will not be enough time for a truck driver to stop.
This is even more important if the driving conditions include rain, fog, high winds, snow or ice. Semis are heavy, wide and long which makes them more difficult to control, even under the best conditions.
2. Be Aware Of Blind Spots – both cars and trucks have blind spots, which is why in addition to checking your rear view and side view mirrors, you should always look over your shoulder before changing lanes. Truck driver deal with an even larger blind spot due to the length of their trucks and a larger area that they cannot see easily in their side mirrors.
This limited visibility can be a common cause of truck wrecks. Remember that if you cannot see the driver or their mirrors, then they cannot see you either. Thus be very careful and try to avoid spending unnecessary time in a truck driver’s blind spot.
3. Do Not Follow Trucks Too Closely – Due to the weight of their trucks, the loads they are carrying, and the types of tires they use, semi-trucks have frequent tire blowouts. These can happen from re-tread tires or items they drive over on the roadways. These blowouts can cause them to lose control and/or spew out dangerous tire pieces all over the road. The more space you leave between the truck in front of you the easier it is for you to react.
4. Realizing Truck Drivers Are Under Time Constraints To Deliver Their Load – this can lead truck drivers to:
a. drive over their limits of allowed work hours;
b. to use their cell phone while driving instead of at a break;
c. drive under the influence of drugs;
d. driver under the influence of alcohol;
e. drive rigs that are not maintained properly; and/or
f. drive trucks that are not loaded properly.
All of these things can lead to a failure to properly control their trucks. Thus, these are all factors which you need to be aware of while sharing the road with tractor trailer trucks.
Keeping these things in mind will help you to be on the defensive when you are driving in front of, next to, or behind a commercial truck.
If you have been in an accident, it is crucial that you hire an experienced lawyer to get started right away on the investigation. A skilled trucking lawyer can help to recover the costs of medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages while exhausting every avenue for you. Your trucking attorney must be ready, willing and able to take your case to trial to get full and fair compensation. The true value of your case will only be recoverable if all the necessary steps are taken to help you with your case.
Let us work with you in protecting our roadways and our community from dangerous truck drivers.
In short, BE ALERT to possible truck accident scenarios: following too closely or tailgating, dangerous lane changes, blind spots, construction zones, rollovers, rear-end collisions, jackknifing, improper braking, wide turns and intersections are all dangerous situations
involving 18 wheelers. Due to big rigs and their lack of maneuverability because of their size and weight.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, you do not need to go against the insurance and trucking company alone.
Let our family help you and your family through this tough time.
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