Serious Injury Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona
Advocating for Victims in Phoenix and Throughout Arizona, Including Kingman, Bullhead City, and Mohave County
Have you or someone you love suffered a serious, debilitating injury in Phoenix, Arizona? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law is on your side and will work diligently to recover the damages you rightfully deserve. Contact an injury lawyer at our firm today to learn more about your legal options during a free consultation.
What Types of Injuries Can Cause Serious Injuries?
While injuries happen all the time, some can result in serious, life-changing injuries. Car injuries, truck collisions and other incidents involving motorized vehicles often cause individuals to sustain grave injuries that may require a lifetime of care and rehabilitation. The higher the force exerted upon the injury victim, the more likely they will suffer severe, catastrophic injuries. Consider the following:
- When a semitrailer truck traveling at highway speeds strikes a passenger vehicle, serious injuries are likely to occur.
- When two passenger cars traveling at the posted speed limit going in different directions collide, the outcome can be catastrophic.
- Even if two passenger cars are going in the same direction and one is stopped and the other is traveling at the posted speed limit, passengers and drivers can sustain severe injuries.
- Injuries involving motorcyclists nearly always produce serious injuries given the limited amount of protection a motorcycle provides to its riders.
- Whether the injuries involves a car, truck or other vehicle, when a driver hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian is likely to suffer severe if not fatal injuries.
The common element in all of these situations is the application of great force upon the injury victim. Unfortunately, when an individual is hit with such force, serious and catastrophic injuries, including concussions, brain damage, fractures and other bodily injuries, are the likely result.
How an Injury Lawyer Can Help Seriously Injured Victims
Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law understands just how difficult it can be when you or someone you love has been involved in a serious injury. The attorneys at our firm have been fighting for the rights of injury victims for more than 65 years. We know that these types of injuries can change your life forever, and we are committed to helping injury victims get the financial compensation they need and deserve. Our law firm handles a broad range of serious injury cases, including cases involving:
- Fractures/broken bones
- Herniated/bulging disks
- Neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Mental impairment
- Aggravation of preexisting conditions
- Scarring and road rash
- Loss of consortium
- Brain injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding and lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
How Soon After an Injury Should You Contact an Injury Lawyer?
It is very important for injury victims to contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. We know that contacting an attorney is the last thing an injured individual is thinking about. However, under the law, injured individuals have a specific amount of time in which to file a case. This time limitation is commonly known as the Statute of Limitations. Depending on the facts of the case, the time limit will vary; however, the general statute of limitations for injury lawsuits is currently two years. Still, we do not recommend waiting two years to file a lawsuit, as the timeframe may actually be much shorter in some instances.
Suffered a Serious Injury? Contact Us Today
When you are seriously injured in an injury, it can be difficult to know where to turn to get the help you need. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law is here to help. Our firm limits our practice to injury law, and we know how to get maximum financial recoveries for our clients. We have represented thousands of injury victims in Arizona and are dedicated to doing everything we can to make the legal process simple and easy for you. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will never have to pay us any fees until we secure a recovery in your case. Not a dime for our time, unless we collect for you! For a free consultation with a lawyer at our firm, call 602-535-1900 or contact us online today.
Injury Lawyer Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Take Legal Action if Someone Causes You to Suffer a Serious Injury?
If someone causes you to suffer a serious injury, you can pursue a personal injury claim. It is possible to pursue a personal injury case after the occurrence of various types of serious injuries, including those caused by car accidents, falls, violence caused by negligent security, product defects, and more. Whenever someone has harmed you because of negligence or a failure to fulfill a basic legal obligation, it is possible that you might have a personal injury claim.
It is up to you to actually go through the process of filing a claim, negotiating a settlement, or choosing to pursue your legal options in a courtroom. This process can be complicated and can require technical legal knowledge, so we encourage injured individuals to reach out to an experienced attorney for help with pursuing legal action based on a serious injury.
What Types of Compensation Are You Entitled to After a Serious Injury?
After a serious injury, you are entitled to be “made whole” or put back into the position that you would have been in if the accident had never occurred. This means that you should be fully and fairly compensated for all actual economic losses. If you missed time from work, took sick days or vacation days because of your injuries, you should be compensated. If you incurred medical bills, you should also be reimbursed for the money spent.
In addition to compensation for actual economic loss, it’s appropriate for you to be compensated for the pain and suffering endured as a direct result of the serious injuries you sustained. Compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress can both be paid, but in many situations, it is difficult to determine how much money to which you may be entitled. An attorney can help you show the extent of the pain and emotional damage experienced due to your injuries.
Finally, it is important for you to be compensated for future losses incurred after the settlement or court case if your injuries will still affect you once your case is resolved. This includes compensation for future lost wages, ongoing medical expenses, and ongoing pain. Estimating future injury costs can be even more speculative and difficult, but an attorney can help you find the right experts to help you make your case.
How Can You Prove Who Was Liable for Causing Your Serious Injuries?
You will have to provide proof that the person, company or entity you named in your claim was the one who actually injured you. If you are pursuing claims against multiple parties, you will need to show that they are all liable.
To make your case, you need to demonstrate the person or entity you’ve made your claim against owed you some type of obligation. For example, a property owner would owe an obligation to provide a reasonably safe premises for visitors. You’ll have to show the obligation was breached, or that the person or entity you’re making the claim against didn’t live up to it because of unreasonably negligent behavior or a violation of a safety rule. Additionally, you’ll have to show that this failure to live up to a legal obligation was a direct cause of injury.
There are many different kinds of evidence you can present to prove your case. For instance, you could present police reports, witness testimony, expert testimony, and photos from an accident scene. The kind of case at issue will affect the evidence you offer, so seek help from an attorney to find out what you need to demonstrate and how you can meet your burden of proof.
Can You Take Legal Action Against More Than One Person for Causing Your Injury?
There are many situations where it makes sense to pursue a claim against multiple people and entities to try to recover injury compensation – especially in circumstances where you have incurred substantial damages and one person or company may not have the money to fully compensate you.
You can pursue a claim against multiple people for causing injury if, for example, a driver hurt you while working for an employer. Under these circumstances, it is possible for the driver to be held liable for losses, as well as the employer because the worker was acting on the employer’s behalf when the accident happened.
Likewise, if you were hurt in a car accident and the injuries were made worse due to an exploding airbag, you could possibly sue both the driver who caused the accident to occur and the car maker who sold a vehicle with a defective and dangerous airbag.
These are just a few of many examples where there may be multiple defendants to blame for causing your accident and serious injuries. When you work with a personal injury attorney, your lawyer can help you identify all parties who are potentially liable for losses.
How Can You Show How Serious Your Injuries Actually Are?
It is important to get prompt medical attention as soon as you are involved in an accident in which you sustained serious injuries. When you visit the doctor right away, he or she can document the extent of your injuries and provide insight into when and how they happened. This ensures that there is proof that the accident was the cause of your harm and that the injuries were indeed very grave.
On an ongoing basis, your doctor should make certain to keep detailed records of the treatment you receive, symptoms you experience, and costs you incur. You may also wish to keep a diary that demonstrates how the injuries impair your ability to enjoy life and describes the pain that the injuries cause you to experience.
You can provide comprehensive information about the severity of your injuries with medical records, information about how they impair you and, in some cases, expert or eyewitnesses who can attest to the severity of your injuries. Your attorney will help you determine the best types of evidence to present to showcase the seriousness of your accident injuries.
Do You Have to Go to Court to Obtain Compensation for a Serious Injury?
Many people who are coping with serious injuries do not want the stress associated with going to court to make a claim for compensation. For many accident victims, attending court proceedings or going through a full trial is not necessary. That’s because a significant number of accident claims are resolved through out-of-court settlements.
Settlements can benefit both would-be plaintiffs and potential defendants in a civil case. When you settle your claim arising from a serious injury, you can benefit because you avoid the stress and time associated with a trial and you receive compensation sooner. The potential defendant also gets more certainty in knowing how much the case will cost and he or she can avoid legal fees. Because there is incentive for both parties to settle their claims, the majority of personal injury cases do get resolved through settlements — including cases in which serious injury occurred.
Should You Settle a Claim Arising From a Serious Injury?
While most cases end in settlement, this does not mean that every personal injury claim arising out of a serious injury should be settled. In fact, settlement is appropriate only in circumstances where you are confident that the compensation that you have been offered is reasonable in light of the extent of your serious injuries.
When you settle a claim, the opposing party agrees to pay you a sum of money to compensate you for your losses. In exchange, you must sign a liability waiver and give up the right to pursue further claims against the party who hurt you. Once you have signed this liability waiver, you give up all rights to sue. You can’t change your mind at a later point – even if you subsequently find out that the injuries you thought were minor and believed would heal are in fact major and permanent.
To avoid uncompensated losses, make certain you really know the full extent of the injuries that you have sustained before you decide to settle your claim. When you are confident in the extent of the damage, you can work with an attorney to determine the appropriate amount of compensation you should receive based on your serious injuries. If you cannot reach a settlement that provides you with appropriate compensation and you believe you have a strong chance to prevail in court and be awarded a larger amount of damages, then settling may not be the right approach for you.
What if the Person Who Hurt You Was Uninsured at the Time of the Accident?
When you receive compensation for an injury, you almost always receive compensation from an insurer. This might be an auto insurer, a homeowner’s insurer, or a general business liability insurer. Insurers pay damages because people buy policies to protect them against major losses in case an accident occurs.
If the person or company that hurt you did not have liability insurance, however, then you are in a difficult situation because there is no insurer to pay the bills. If you have your own insurance, it may cover you – such as drivers who have purchased uninsured motorist coverage. With uninsured motorist coverage, your own insurance company stands in for the person who was supposed to pay for damages and provides you with compensation, up to maximum policy limits.
If you don’t have your own insurer to provide coverage and the person who hurt you doesn’t have insurance, you can try to find other third parties against whom you could pursue a claim (such as that individual’s employer if he was working at the time) or you can try to pursue a claim against the person who hurt you and collect compensation directly. This can be difficult if the person who harmed you has low (or no) income and limited assets such that he or she would have no real ability to actually pay for your losses.
How Can You Negotiate a Settlement to Get Fair Compensation for a Serious Injury?
An attorney can provide you with help during the negotiation process. The stronger your case, the better the chances of being compensated fairly because the more likely it is the insurer will accept responsibility and offer a generous settlement to try to keep the case out of court.
When you have strong evidence and know how much your case is worth, you can send a demand letter to the opposing party and/or the opposing party’s insurer. Specify how much compensation you expect to receive in order to settle. Even though you likely won’t get the exact amount of money you are asking for, this allows you to get negotiations opened on your terms with a focus on your desired compensation amount.
Why is it Important to Have a Lawyer?
Sustaining a serious injury can lead to very expensive medical bills and substantial additional financial loss. If you are not fully and fairly compensated, you could experience financial distress and ultimately have your other money goals derailed. For example, if your income is permanently reduced due to a lasting injury, this could impact your family’s quality of life and could affect you long into the future, particularly when it comes to your ability to save enough money for a secure retirement.
You don’t want uncompensated losses, and it can be hard to determine how to go through the formal processes of filing an injury claim or negotiating a settlement with your insurer. Going to court is even more complicated as there are strict rules of evidence that you will need to follow as you try to make your case to receive compensation.
A personal injury attorney knows the ins-and-outs of the law when it comes to making a case for compensation when someone has suffered serious injuries. Your attorney can help you build a strong case by interviewing witnesses, finding experts, and gathering documents. Your attorney can also help you present your case to a court in an effective way or convince an insurer to settle. To find out more about how our firm can help, contact us today.