Glendale Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injuries caused by negligence can be physically and mentally devastating. They can also be very costly as medical expenses and other bills quickly pile up. Speaking with a licensed Glendale personal injury lawyer about the accident that caused your injuries can be helpful as you try to move forward with your life.
At Phillips Law Group, our experienced attorneys have decades of combined experience helping injury victims, and we have obtained more than $750,000,000 in injury compensation, including a $4,000,000 settlement for an auto accident victim who was paralyzed after suffering a spinal injury and fractured spinal cord. Jeffrey Phillips, our founding partner of the firm, is a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice and has also been honored as one of the “Best Attorneys of America.”
Contact our firm today to schedule an initial consultation. It is completely free and there is no obligation to take legal action if we determine you have a case. If you hire our firm, there are no upfront fees. We do not get paid unless our clients receive compensation.
Can I File a Case?
Just as each accident is unique, so is each personal injury claim. Our knowledgeable Glendale personal injury lawyers are able to determine in a free initial consultation if an accident victim may be able to file a claim against the party responsible for their injury.
When considering if a claim has merit, one of the first things we look for is whether there was an act of negligence. There are four elements needed to establish negligence in a personal injury claim:
Duty of Care
Our attorneys need to determine if the at-fault party had a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent you from suffering an injury.
Breach of the Duty of Care
We need to show how the at-fault party failed to do its duty to help prevent you from getting hurt.
This refers to the link between the breached duty of care and the victim’s injuries. If our attorneys cannot establish the breach as the cause of your injuries, we will not be able to recover compensation.
Existence of Damages
You need proof of damages from your injuries, which includes things like medical bills and employment records.
What if I Share Liability for my Injury?
It is possible for an injury victim to be partially at fault for his or her injuries. However, you may still pursue compensation in this situation because of Arizona’s comparative negligence law. It says victims can pursue compensation, but the total payout they may receive will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
Our Glendale personal injury lawyers can explain how this works and if it may apply to your claim.
Determining the Value of Your Case
It is difficult to determine what an injury claim is worth without an attorney’s help. There are many factors that go into assessing the value of a claim, from the damages suffered to the severity of the victim’s injuries.
If you have a claim, some of the damages you may pursue could include:
Hospital Bills and Other Medical Expenses
If our Glendale personal injury lawyers can prove another person was liable for your injuries, you may be eligible for compensation for the cost of your medical care. This could include past, current and future treatments for your injury.
Some of the damages you may be able to pursue can include:
- Medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Travel to and from doctor’s appointments
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Surgical procedures
- Medical tests
- Hospital stays
- Follow-up visits with doctors
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
Missing work is quite common after a personal injury. At first, victims may be physically unable to work. Later, they may miss work because they are obtaining treatment. Whatever the case may be, victims may be eligible for compensation for lost wages from missed time at work.
When victims have long-term injuries, they may never be able to work in the same capacity as before the injury occurred. This may qualify the accident victim to pursue damages for earnings they could have made if he or she was not injured, called a future earning capacity. Sometimes a victim can receive compensation to get training for a job in another field or perhaps they need to work fewer hours.
Damage to Personal Property
Accident victims may be eligible for compensation to repair or replace the fair market value of property damaged when the injury occurred. It is very important to have legal representation to determine the value of your property. Insurance companies and attorneys for the other side will try to pay you less than these items are worth.
Lost Enjoyment of Life
Personal injuries do not only affect victims physically, there can be psychological damages as well. This can include losing enjoyment of life because you cannot do some of the activities you used to do. This might include hobbies, like sports, art or music. Lost enjoyment often happens when one or more of the five senses is damaged in an accident.
Physical Pain and Emotional Suffering
It is possible to obtain compensation for the physical pain from your injury. Our Glendale personal injury attorneys can explain how you can help us determine the monetary value of your pain.
The psychological suffering that comes from an injury may also be something you can pursue in an injury claim. This might include depression, stress, anxiety, trouble sleeping, post-traumatic stress and other psychological or mental health issues related to your injury.
Loss of Companionship
This refers to losing the ability to provide the same level of love, care and affection to your spouse as before the injury.
There are rare cases where punitive damages are awarded to injury victims. These are not tied to any specific damage suffered by the victim. These damages are meant to punish the at-fault party for extreme negligence. This could include situations when the at-fault party intentionally hurt the victim or engaged in extremely reckless conduct that created a severe risk of injury.
Punitive damages are also meant to try to deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Our Glendale personal injury lawyers can discuss the damages that may be available in a personal injury claim. Arizona does not place a cap on these damages, so we are prepared to pursue the full value of your claim, if you have a case.
Call our firm today at 1-800-706-3000.
Why Should I Hire a Glendale Personal Injury Attorney?
Trying to manage the legal process without the help of an experienced attorney is a challenging road. The legal process has so many factors that it will be very tough to build a strong case and determine what your claim is worth.
You also need to know the other side is actively working against your interests. This includes the at-fault party, his or her attorneys, and his or her insurance company. Even your own insurance company is working against your best interests.
You need a strong advocate for your claim who is prepared to fight for your best interests each step of the way. For instance, our lawyers can deal with the insurance company and the other side’s attorneys when negotiating for compensation.
We have many years of combined experience negotiating for fair compensation and know what it takes to be successful. We also prepare for trial if case negotiations are unsuccessful.
You do not want an attorney who is unprepared for the courtroom, or one that rarely goes to court to seek fair compensation. Insurance companies and other attorneys know who goes to court and who does not. Having an attorney that is ready to go to court could make the other side more likely to settle.
Our Glendale personal injury attorneys also have extensive knowledge of personal injury laws, including comparative negligence and statutes of limitations. We can handle the investigation of your accident. We know how to thoroughly review what happened, what evidence to look for and how to show an injury may be linked to negligence.
If you have a case, our attorneys are ready to manage every step of the process. We want you to be focused on your treatment. We keep our clients informed throughout the legal process.
Some testimonials from satisfied clients include one who said the firm was prompt and courteous after their accident, and another who said they appreciated that everything was explained to them in great detail each step of the way.
How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action?
Every personal injury case in Arizona is governed by a statute of limitations, which basically sets a deadline for filing a claim. If you do not file before the deadline passes, you might lose the right to do so.
In general, personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the accident in Arizona.
It is important to note there are exceptions to this deadline for some cases. This is one of the reasons it is a good idea to seek representation from a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible.
When someone suffers an injury due to the negligence of a government entity or employee, a claim needs to be filed within 180 days of the accident. Our Glendale personal injury lawyers know what needs to be included in a notice of claim for these kinds of cases and can handle filing it on your behalf.
The two-year clock that applies to many personal injury claims does not begin until the victim is 18 years old. Arizona law also requires the clock to be stopped if a victim is determined to be of an unsound mind. Once the person is declared mentally sound, the statute begins to run again.
It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so he or she can determine the deadline that applies to your claim and can begin an investigation. This way, if you have a case, your attorney can help ensure you do not miss any deadlines.
Contact us today by completing a Free Case Evaluation form.
Dealing with Calls from the Insurance Company
Many personal injury claims are resolved through an insurance settlement. This means you may be contacted by an insurance company soon after your accident.
Insurance companies are not on your side, they are just trying to take steps to reduce the amount of a compensation award or avoid paying anything at all. If they offer you a settlement, it will probably be for much less than your claim is worth.
We recommend you do not accept any offers you may receive. Rather, we encourage you to discuss them with an attorney first. You also do not have to give a recorded statement if the insurance company asks for it. This is something you can discuss in more detail with an attorney. He or she can explain when to give such a statement and what to include in it.
We are prepared to deal with the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on your medical treatment.
Who Could be Liable for My Accident?
Various individuals or entities can potentially be held liable for someone’s personal injury. Examples can include:
- Other drivers
- Commercial truck drivers
- Government entities
- Government employees
- Property owners
- Product manufacturers
- Dog owners
- Nursing homes
- Bus drivers
- Doctors and other medical professionals
Determining who is liable depends on the specifics of your claim. Call our attorneys today to discuss your situation. Call 1-800-706-3000.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
At Phillips Law Group, our Glendale personal injury lawyers handle a variety of personal injury cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Work injuries
- Dog bites
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall
- Premises liability
- Wrongful death
- Motorcycle accidents
Contact us today to discuss your injury so we can determine if you may be able to pursue compensation.
Steps for Protecting Your Claim
While you can allow our attorneys to manage the legal process on your behalf, there are some things you can do to help your claim.
Treat Your Injuries
It all starts with getting medical treatment as soon as possible. If there is a significant gap between when the injury happened and when you sought treatment, it could make it more difficult to prove that the injury was the cause of your accident. The insurance company may claim you were not really injured in the accident and you are just trying to get money.
If you are unable to move without risking further injury, call 9-1-1 so you can be transported to the hospital for treatment.
Gather Possible Evidence at the Scene
The next thing you can do to help strengthen your claim is gather information at the scene. However, you should only do this if you may do so without putting yourself in danger. If someone is there with you, he or she may be able to collect evidence and information that could be helpful to your claim.
If you have a smartphone with you, take pictures of the scene and your injuries. Feel free to take a lot of pictures because they may be very helpful later.
As soon as you have a chance, take notes on what you remember about the accident while the details are still fresh, including what may have caused it.
When you are at the scene, talk to any witnesses who saw the accident happen. Take notes or ask for permission to record the conversation on your phone. Ask witnesses for his or her contact details, so you or your attorney can get in touch with them.
File a Report on the Accident
Whenever you can get official documentation of an accident it is important to do so. This may make it harder for insurance companies and attorneys for the other side to claim you were not injured in the accident or it did not happen the way you say it did.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the police so they can file a police report. If you were injured in a public or private building, ask the owner to complete an accident report. There is usually a specific procedure for reporting a workplace injury.
Contact a Qualified Attorney
There is no cost to have an initial consultation with our attorneys to discuss whether you may have a case, and it is a free opportunity for you to ask questions about the personal injury legal process. If we determine your case is valid, you decide if you want to move forward.
Our firm is here to answer your legal questions during this difficult time.
Call Our Firm Today for Assistance
Personal injuries can quickly become very expensive. That is why it is important to contact a licensed attorney after an accident to find out if you may be eligible to pursue compensation for damages.
Our experienced Glendale personal injury lawyers do not charge injury victims upfront fees for representing them, and we do not receive compensation unless our clients do.
Phillips Law Group’s downtown Phoenix office is about a half-hour drive from Glendale Community College, but we can also come to you. We can be reached anytime by phone or our online Free Case Evaluation form.
Call today 1-800-706-3000. We are here to help.