Personal Injury Attorney Scottsdale
If you’ve been injured in an accident due to the negligent actions of another person or entity, speak with a personal injury lawyer Scottsdale at the Ferguson Law Group as soon as possible. We can meet with you to discuss your case and inform you of your rights and legal options. Don’t put off contacting an attorney. The statute of limitations can prevent you from filing in the future should you miss the deadline. One of our experienced personal injury lawyers will immediately begin an investigation that will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries and other damages so you can receive the compensation you deserve.
How Long do I have to file a Personal Injury Case in Arizona?
Accident victims will have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame you will be unable to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages in the future. To some, two years may seem like a long time, however, an attorney needs this time to gather evidence and build a strong case. Additionally, evidence may be lost or destroyed, and memories can fade. Contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible will give your case the best chance of success.
Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit
Every personal injury claim or a lawsuit is unique. The type of damages you can seek will depend on the circumstances surrounding your accident.
In most cases, an accident victim can seek the following damages:
If you missed several days, weeks, or months from work because of the injuries you sustained in the accident you can seek recovery for lost wages. You must document the days you missed due to your injuries, and this must be verified by your employer. Your employer can provide payroll records that state how many days were missed from work and your rate of pay.
Pain and Suffering
Damages for pain and suffering cover the physical and mental suffering that an accident victim endures due to the injuries they have sustained in the accident. For example, if you break your arm, you’ll experience not only physical pain but emotional and mental distress. Unfortunately, a severe injury can leave a person with scars that also affect their self-esteem. An accident victim may develop anxiety or depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident. Pain and suffering damages will attempt to compensate the accident victim for everything they have endured following the accident.
The negligent party can be held responsible for paying any and all medical expenses that resulted from the negligent party’s reckless and careless actions. However, receiving compensation from the negligent party’s insurance company can be a lengthy process. A medical provider will want to be compensated immediately after treatment for the services rendered.
Unfortunately, complications can arise, such as chronic conditions or permanent disabilities that can require lifelong treatment. The cost of past, current, and future medical treatment should be taken into consideration when settling a personal injury lawsuit or claim.
Hiring an Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer
While not everyone needs to hire a personal injury lawyer to settle their claim, cases that involve severe injuries, permanent disabilities, or chronic conditions, require the legal expertise of a seasoned personal injury attorney. The circumstances of an accident, the severity, type of injuries, and the compensation sought, are all factors to consider when you’re trying to determine whether you should hire a lawyer.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
An experienced personal injury lawyer can set the tone for how an insurance adjuster handles your claim. A lawyer can also help prevent an insurance company from dragging its feet in settlement negotiations. Unfortunately, some insurance adjusters will attempt to hold onto the case until the statute of limitations runs out.
Once you’ve gathered all of your medical bills and records, lost wage information, and other important documentation, a personal injury lawyer will calculate the total expenses and send a demand package to the insurance company ensuring that all of your damages have been accounted for. In complex cases, medical expert opinions may be needed. A personal injury attorney will find the right expert and ask important questions that can help maximize compensation.
Receive a Higher Settlement Amount
A personal injury lawyer may be able to obtain a higher settlement amount for you simply because the insurance adjuster wants to avoid the cost of litigation. A trial is expensive, and most insurance companies will try to avoid it.
When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Determining when to hire a personal injury attorney is also important. Some accident victims will attempt to negotiate with an insurance adjuster prior to hiring a lawyer and others will obtain legal representation immediately following their accident. The answer to this question often depends on how comfortable the accident victim feels negotiating with an insurance adjuster. It should be mentioned that the insurance adjuster can use your statements against you, however, if you don’t communicate with them at all there’s no way that they’re going to pay your claim. This situation can be very tricky.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At the Ferguson Law Group, we handle a wide range of personal injury cases including:
Hiring a personal injury lawyer after a car accident can allow you to focus on your recovery while your attorney deals with an insurance company. It’s common knowledge that an insurance adjuster wants to pay as little as possible or nothing at all. Unfortunately, most insurance companies will employ various tactics that can delay, minimize payout, and frustrate the accident victim. An attorney will take over all communications with the insurance adjuster and fight for a fair settlement amount while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Slip and Falls/Trip and Falls
Slip and falls are one of the most common types of personal injury claims and they can occur in any environment under a multitude of circumstances. Most commonly, this type of accident occurs when floors or other types of walking surfaces become slick due to oily or wet substances. A trip and fall accident usually occurs on an uneven floor or walking surface. If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident on someone’s property, speaking with an attorney as soon as possible can help strengthen your claim. An attorney will immediately investigate your case by visiting the site of the accident to gather evidence and take photos. In many cases, the negligent property owner is quick to clean up or repair the hazardous conditions on their property. If this happens, a lot of evidence may be destroyed. Contacting a lawyer as soon as possible will give your case the best chance of success.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
If you have been involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you must contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Both the bicyclist and pedestrian have no protection against negligent motorists on the road. In both cases, the injuries sustained by the accident victim can be catastrophic or fatal. Speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your accident to protect your claim and your rights.
The motorcyclist has no protection against the road or negligent drivers. In many cases, the results of a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic or fatal. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney from the Ferguson Law Group as soon as possible to have your case reviewed by an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer and to learn more about your legal options and rights.
A trucking accident claim can be very complex. Due to the sheer size and weight of a commercial truck compared to that of the passenger vehicle, the injuries sustained in a trucking accident can be catastrophic or fatal. Additionally, more than one party can be held liable for the accident such as the truck driver, trucking company, company responsible for loading the cargo, manufacturer of the trailer, or the manufacturer of the truck. Because these cases are so complex it takes a significant amount of time to investigate and build a strong case. Speak with a personal injury lawyer immediately following this type of catastrophic accident and protect your claim and your rights.
Contact a Scottsdale Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in an accident due to the negligent actions of another person or entity, speak with one of the top personal injury attorneys in Scottsdale at the Ferguson Law Group. Schedule a free case review with one of our attorneys to learn about your legal options and find out how we can help you hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries and other losses.
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