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We have many years of experience handling personal injury lawsuits and a proven track record of success including a $4,500,000 recovery for the family of a motorcycle rider that was fatally injured in a crash, a $3,100,000 recovery for an auto accident victim that suffered brain trauma and a broken neck in a collision, and more than $1,700,000 for a client that suffered a brain injury after falling down stairs.
Why Should I Choose the Phillips Law Group?
Our firm’s Founder Jeffery Phillips is an award-winning injury attorney who has received invites to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from the National Trial Lawyers Association and is a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice.
To get started, contact Phillips Law Group to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. A member of our award-winning team will review your claim and determine if you have a case against the party responsible for causing your injury. There is no risk in finding out if you may be entitled to compensation.
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Personal injury victims that hire a lawyer recover more compensation compared to those that have no legal representation. For more than two decades, our accomplished personal injury attorneys in Phoenix have been committed to helping our clients obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
Throughout our firm’s history, we have obtained more than $1 billion for personal injury victims and their families. Some of our notable verdicts and settlements include:
- $4 million governmental auto accident
- $3.1 million auto accident
- $3 million medical malpractice
- $2.25 million slip and fall
- $1.25 million motorcycle accident
- $1.076 million motor vehicle accident
Our injury lawyers are dedicated to our clients’ best interests and will not hesitate to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve. During your free, no obligation consultation, we will carefully review your claim to determine who is at fault for your accident and can be held liable for your injury and financial losses.
We can also help to answer any questions from the insurance company on your behalf, so that you can focus on the recovery process. We understand the strategies that insurance companies use to deny and/or dispute claims and can help to ensure that your rights are protected.
The legal team at Phillips Law Group are well-versed in Arizona’s personal injury laws and will explore every option available to help obtain the maximum result that your claim may be eligible to receive.
Call 1-800-706-3000 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
In most cases, it is in your best interest to file a personal injury lawsuit as soon as possible. However, each state has its own time limit in which victims are required to take legal action against the party responsible for causing their injury. This is referred to as the “statute of limitations.”
In Arizona, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date on which the injury occurred, according to A.R.S. Â§ 12-542.
This means you have two years from the date you were injured to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. However, there are certain circumstances in which the two-year statute of limitations could be altered.
The Discovery Rule
In certain situations, the victim may not know that he or she has been injured at the time of the accident. In this scenario, the discovery rule may be used to extend the statute of limitations.
Injury victims that retain the services of a lawyer recover more financial compensation compared to those that do not have legal representation.
Under the discovery rule, the statute of limitations still applies to a personal injury claim.
However, the two-year deadline begins when the victim discovers he or she has been injured, or should have reasonably discovered it.
Tolling the Statute of Limitations
There are also instances where the statute of limitations may be suspended, or tolled, for a period of time. In Arizona, the statute of limitations may be tolled in the following situations:
- If the victim is a minor under the age of 18, the statute of limitations will not begin until the date he or she turns 18 years old.
- If the victim is found to be mentally incompetent at the time of the injury, the statute of limitations will be suspended until a court determines the victim is no longer disabled.
Because the statute of limitations is unique for every case, it is important to discuss the deadlines that apply to you case with a trusted Phoenix personal injury lawyer. However, you should not hesitate to schedule a free consultation, as there is limit time to file a case.
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Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
The main factor in a personal injury lawsuit is whether you are able to prove your accident and resulting injuries were caused by the other party’s negligence. To do this, there are four elements of negligence that must be present in your case.
During your free, no obligation consultation, one of our Phoenix personal injury lawyers will review your claim to determine if it includes the following elements:
Duty of Care
The first element your Phoenix personal injury attorney will look for is that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care to ensure your safety.
This means the other party involved in your accident had an obligation to act in a reasonably prudent manner that would avoid causing you harm.
For example, in an auto accident case, this standard applies to the duty motorists have to drive with care so as to avoid injuring or killing other motorists, passengers or pedestrians sharing the roadway.
Breach of Duty
The next element that must be present in your claim is that the at-fault party breached its duty. This means the other party failed to exercise reasonable care to ensure your safety.
A breach of duty might involve reckless or negligent behavior that differs from the way a reasonably prudent person would have acted under similar circumstances.
Tthis may include accidents caused by the at-fault party texting on a cellphone while driving or operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The third element that must be present in your personal injury claim is causation. This requires that your injuries were a direct result of the at-fault party’s failure to exercise reasonable care.
However, the at-fault party does not have to be solely responsible for the accident in order to prove causation. It only needs to be proven that the at-fault party’s negligence contributed to the accident.
This means your injuries would not have occurred had the at-fault party behaved in a different manner. For example, an auto accident would not have occurred if the at-fault diver had stopped at a stop sign or followed the speed limit.
Finally, you must have suffered damages as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. This refers to the measurable losses you suffered after the accident, such as your medical expenses and lost wages.
To prove that you suffered damages after an accident, your attorney will need to gather evidence that details the financial losses you have experienced. This can include documents detailing the cost of your medical treatment or employment records stating the wages you lost while you were recovering.
Call 1-800-706-3000 if you were injured in an accident.
How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
All too often, the suffering endured by accident victims extends beyond physical and mental injuries. Victims can also suffer from financial burdens from expensive medical treatment and loss of income if a victim’s injury prevents him or her from working.
At Phillips Law Group, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers understand that no amount of money can change what has happened to you. However, filing a personal injury claim may help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from your financial losses.
Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Cost of a caregiver
- Medical assistive equipment
- Property damage
Victims may also be entitled to additional compensation for the intangible losses they suffered. This is referred to as noneconomic damages and includes compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of companionship
Our experience as personal injury lawyers in Phoenix has provided the legal team at Phillips Law Group with the skills and knowledge needed to asses a victim’s claim to determine the fair compensation he or she is entitled to receive.
During your free, no obligation consultation, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys will review your claim to determine the total losses you suffered after the accident. Based on our findings, we will pursue every option available to help you recover the maximum compensation you need to recover from your injury and losses.
To find out your claim’s value, call 1-800-706-3000 today.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Personal injury claims are often complex legal matters that are difficult for most people to handle alone. Many accident victims require the help of a skilled attorney who has intricate knowledge of Arizona’s personal injury laws and experience working with insurance companies to obtain fair and accurate results.
All too often, insurance companies will attempt to settle a claim as quickly as possible for the lowest amount of compensation possible. Unfortunately, this offer rarely reflects the true amount the victim’s claim is worth.
At Phillips Law Group, we dedicate the entirety of our skills and resources to meet our clients’ needs…
However, a personal injury lawyer from our legal team will work as your advocate during the claims process. He or she will understand the true value of your claim and will work with the insurance company to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
A personal injury attorney can help to build a robust case on your behalf that supports your claim. This includes:
- Investigating your accident and the at-fault party’s actions to determine his or her level of fault
- Assessing your injury and how it has affected your life to determine the value of your claim
- Collecting your medical documents, employment records and any other documentation that shows the financial losses you suffered
- Obtaining police and accident reports detailing the accident
- Handling insurance companies and attorneys representing the at-fault party
At Phillips Law Group, we dedicate the entirety of our skills and resources to meet our clients’ needs. We understand the burdens many injury victims face after an accident and will use our experience and knowledge to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you believe you were injured because of another’s negligence, it may be in your best interest to work with an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney to help you with your claim.
This is especially important if:
- Your injury was caused by the negligence of one or more parties
- You suffered a serious injury that is expected to have a long-term or permanent effect on your life
- An insurance company has asked you to provide a statement on the record or to sign a release form
- You believe an insurance company is using your statement against you to deny your claim
- An insurance company offers you a low settlement that does not compensate you for your medical expenses or other financial losses after the accident
- Your personal injury claim has been denied
If you believe you need help with your claim after an accident, it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix as soon as possible. Your attorney will work to ensure your right to fair compensation is protected from insurance companies or other attorneys involved in the case.
What if I am Partially At-Fault for My Own Injury?
In some cases, victims may be partially responsible for their injuries. However, this does not mean you are not entitled to compensation for your injury, as personal injury victims can pursue compensation even if they are 99 percent at fault for their injury.
In these cases, Arizona uses the standard of comparative negligence to determine the amount of compensation you can can receive through a personal injury lawsuit, according to ARS Â§ 12-2505.
Under comparative negligence, a court will examine your actions during an accident to determine if you contributed to your injuries. The court will then assign you a percentage that represents your contribution to the accident. The value of your claim will then be reduced by this percentage.
For example, a victim who was injured in a car accident may file a $100,000 personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. However, a court may discover the victim was speeding at the time of the accident and determine he or she is 20 percent at fault. This means the victim’s claim will be reduced by 20 percent, or $20,000, making the maximum compensation he or she can receive $80,000.
The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Group work to make sure your claim is accurately valued and that you are not blamed for more than your share of contribution to the incident if you are found partially at fault.
Call 1-800-706-3000 to contact our Phoenix personal injury attorneys.
What You Should Do After an Accident
There are few things more stressful and dismaying than being injured in an accident. Although many victims are initially overwhelmed in the days or weeks after a serious accident, it is important to act quickly to secure your claim.
If you or your loved one is injured in an accident, it may be in your best interest to take the following steps:
Seek Medical Treatment
Your main priority after being injured in an accident should be your heath. If you have been involved in an accident, you should seek medical attention regardless of whether you believe you have been injured.
An attorney will act as your advocate throughout the claims process…
Often, many victims suffer injuries with delayed or hidden symptoms that may not appear for days or weeks after an accident. For example, many auto accident victims who suffer whiplash may not begin to experience the injury’s symptoms until several days after the collision.
Promptly seeking medical attention will provide you with an understanding of your injury and inform you of the treatment you need to recover.
Furthermore, your actions after an accident will likely be heavily scrutinized by insurance companies. Quickly seeking medical treatment will provide documentation of the severity of your injuries and will show that they were caused by the accident.
Consult with an Attorney
Once you have received medical treatment for your injury and have a strong understanding of your health and financial losses, your next step should be to contact an attorney to discuss your claim.
Phillips Law Group has experienced personal injury lawyers in Phoenix that can provide you with a free consultation to review your accident and the injuries you suffered. We will use this information to evaluate your claim and determine if you have a case that entitles you to compensation.
An attorney will act as your advocate throughout the claims process and will handle all communications with insurance companies and attorneys representing the at-fault party.
Keep Important Documents and Records
Throughout the claims process, you should collect important documents and records that your Phoenix personal injury lawyer can use to support your case. This includes:
- Police or accident reports detailing the incident in which you were injured
- Receipts showing the cost and type of medical treatment you received
- Employment records stating the wages you lost during the course of your recovery
- Medical documents that show the severity of your injury
- List of names and contact information for the other parties involved in your accident
- Pictures taken of the accident scene
Additionally, you should carefully document the course of your medical treatment. This includes accurately recording the types of medical treatment you receive and how your injury has responded to treatment.
Be Careful What You Say
Filing an insurance claim is often the first step in recovering compensation for your injuries. However, you should be cautious about what you say to the insurance adjuster. An adjuster is a person employed by an insurance company to determine the amount of compensation you should be paid.
However, it is important to understand that an adjuster’s main goal is to save the insurer money by paying you the least amount of compensation possible. He or she may do this by using your statements against you to reduce your claim’s value or deny it altogether.
For this reason, you should be careful about what you say to the adjuster, and you consider speaking with a Phoenix personal injury attorney before providing any type of recorded or written statement. Your lawyer will assist you in handling your claim to help ensure you are treated fairly and receive compensation that accurately reflects the severity of your injury.
If you are injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, it is important that you act quickly to secure your personal injury claim. This can help ensure you collect important evidence before it is lost and memories fade.
It can also help make sure you stay within the statute of limitations that applies to your case. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit and miss this deadline, your case will likely be dismissed and you cannot recover compensation for your injury.
For this reason, you should immediately contact a Phoenix personal injury attorney to investigate your claim and determine if you have a case.
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Evidence that May Help to Support Your Claim
Evidence is vital to every personal injury lawsuit. To build a case that supports your claim, our personal injury lawyers in Phoenix may use evidence such as:
A crucial piece of evidence our attorneys use to build a case are the victim’s medical records. These documents can be used to establish the type of treatment the victim received and the severity of the injury he or she sustained during the accident.
Some medical records our Phoenix personal injury attorneys may use include:
- Ambulance service receipt
- Initial doctor’s examination report
- Results from medical tests
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Specialist’s reports
- Second opinion from a health care provider
- Copies of medical imaging tests, such as x-rays
- Copies of your prescription medication
Additionally, you should keep copies of your medical bills, receipts, discharge information and any other documents that your health care provider gives you. These documents can be used to prove you received medical treatment and are making an effort to treat your condition.
In some cases, we may hire medical experts to review your records to determine the extent of your injuries and how they will affect your life. We also may use expert testimony to further support your case, if necessary.
Police or Accident Report
Another important document our Phoenix personal injury attorneys may use is an accident report. This provides an objective third-party account of an accident and may provide important details about the incident.
According to ARS Â§ 28-666, law enforcement officers in Arizona are required to file a report of any auto accident that results in injury, death or property damage of more than $1,000. If your auto accident occurred in Phoenix, you can obtain a copy of the police report by contacting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Similarly, in incidents involving an injury on a property, such as a slip and fall accident, you should always report the accident to the property management so there is a written record of the incident.
Photographs can be effective evidence to use in your case, as they provide a visual representation of the severity of the accident and the resulting damage.
Some examples of the types of photographs you should take include:
Pictures of the Accident Scene
If possible, try to take as many photographs as you can of the accident scene immediately after the incident occurred. If you are severely injured and need medical attention, ask someone else to take pictures of the scene for you or try to return shortly after to do so yourself.
If you were injured in an auto accident, the pictures you take should include the vehicles involved in the collision and any factors that may have contributed to causing the accident. This can include debris on the roadway or nearby traffic signs that show the at-fault driver acted negligently.
Likewise, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Phoenix, you should photograph the location of the accident and any dangerous hazards the property owner should have fixed or warned guests about before visiting the property.
Pictures of Your Injury
Additionally, you should take pictures of your injury directly after the accident. This may help your claim in several ways, such as documenting the progress of your recovery and the time it takes for your injury to heal.
Furthermore, if your case goes to trial, it may take several months before you are in front of a jury, and your wounds may be fully healed by then. By taking pictures of your injury directly after the accident, you will have proof of its severity.
It may also benefit your claim to keep a journal in which you document how your injury has affected your life since the accident.
Your journal may provide an insurance adjuster or jury with a better understanding of the effects of your injuries. In your journal, you should provide details such as:
- How you have responded to medical treatment
- Whether you have lost your independence since becoming injured
- The pain and suffering you have experienced since acquiring your injury
- If you have lost enjoyment of life
- If you are unable to perform simple daily tasks
In many cases, an injury sustained in an accident may prevent the victim from working or earning an income. This may entitle the victim to compensation for lost wages or loss of earning capacity.
However, to obtain this type of compensation, you will need employment records that detail:
- Your average rate of pay before the accident
- The average number of hours you worked each week
- The difference in pay or time you spent working before and after the accident
- Any benefits you have used since the accident
A knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Phoenix will understand how to acquire this information and build a case that supports your claim. Your attorney will use this information to work to reach a fair outcome that helps you recover the compensation you deserve.
Call 1-800-706-3000 to discuss your claim with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix.
Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Typically, insurance companies are quick to settle personal injury claims and will work with your attorney to avoid a lawsuit.
However, if you are dealing with an uncooperative insurance company that refuses to pay you fair compensation for your injury, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers will not hesitate to file a lawsuit to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
A Phoenix personal injury attorney at Phillips Law Group will often handle many specific details of your personal injury lawsuit, which may include:
Once your Phoenix personal injury lawyer has determined that you have a valid claim, he or she will send a letter of demand to the at-fault party’s insurance company.
The letter of demand is a notice that informs the insurer you are filing a claim and will provide the amount of compensation you and your attorney believe adequately covers the cost of your injury and your financial losses after the accident.
Your Phoenix personal injury lawyer will likely need to negotiate with the insurer to reach a fair settlement.
If you are unable to reach an agreement, your attorney will proceed to file a complaint with Maricopa County Clerk of Court that states your intentions to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. This will initiate the lawsuit process and must be filed within the statute of limitations.
Your complaint letter will set the grounds for your lawsuit and will include the reason why you are suing the at-fault party and the amount of compensation you are pursuing.
Once your complaint letter has been served, the at-fault party must respond by either admitting or denying fault for causing your injury. This also provides the at-fault party with an opportunity to file a counter-claim to your lawsuit.
The next step in a personal injury lawsuit is the discovery process. This is a formal fact-finding investigation that allows the attorneys on both sides to gather information on the other party.
Typically, the discovery process involves interviewing the other party and any witnesses that might be used to testify during the trial. This is referred to as “depositions,” which usually involves an attorney asking a series of questions to a person under oath while being recorded by a court reporter.
Pre-Trial Motions and Settlements
Before the trial, your attorney and the at-fault party will have a last chance to file motions that may affect how the trial proceeds or which evidence will be admitted.
Additionally, this stage provides your attorney with the opportunity to settle the lawsuit before the trial begins. This is often accomplished through alternative methods like mediations or arbitration where both sides can present their case to neutral third-party arbiter or mediator who decides a fair settlement.
If a settlement is not reached, the final step is to take the lawsuit to trial, which can last for days or weeks, depending on the case.
During trial, each side will present its argument and the evidence it has collected. Once the trial concludes, a jury will announce a verdict. If the jury rules in favor of the injury victim, it will generally require the other party pay the victim compensation. If the jury rules in favor of the other party, the victim will not receive compensation.
If a party disagrees with the court’s verdict, the decision can be challenged through an appeal to the Court of Appeals Division One in Phoenix. A panel of three judges will hear and decide the case. That decision can then be appealed by filing a Petition for Review requesting that the Arizona Supreme Court review the case. However, the Supreme Court does not hear every appeal.
At Phillips Law Group, our personal injury attorneys in Phoenix will relentlessly pursue your claim to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Although personal injury trials are rare and most cases settle before reaching court, we will not hesitate to pursue each option available to reach a fair outcome for your claim.
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Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
As experienced personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, we have represented victims who were injured in a variety of accidents. Some of the most common personal injury cases our attorneys handle include:
- Burn injuries
- Construction injuries
- Dog bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Premises liability claims
- Product liability
- Slip and fall accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Workplace accidents
Do not hesitate to contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your claim. We are well-versed in Arizona’s personal injury laws and will review every aspect of your claim to help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault party.
Call Phillips Law Group at 1-800-706-3000 for a free review of your claim.
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