When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

In 2020, Arizona had 41,350 injuries related to vehicle crashes alone. An accident that causes personal injury can be devastating. You may need significant healing time or face the possibility of permanent disability. Sometimes, you need long-term medical treatment to cope with ongoing health issues. Your physical problems might be complicated by mounting medical expenses and an inability to work because of your injuries.

Many accident victims feel hopeless when they cannot care for themselves or their loved ones and don’t know what comes next. If you are injured due to the negligent actions of another person, it is essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Phillips Law Group is the Arizona firm you need to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. These are reasons to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you after an accident.

Want Help Dealing With Insurance Companies

An experienced personal injury attorney has handled cases like yours and knows how the laws work that pertain to your specific situation. Accident injury cases are frequently complex legal matters that require a skilled negotiator in discussions with insurance companies. If someone else’s carelessness causes you harm, having a personal injury attorney is essential when trying to recover damages.

It is never a good idea to deal with insurance companies on your own. They battle to protect their interests and use all sorts of tactics to avoid blame or shift responsibility. An insurer hopes you agree to a quick settlement to wrap up the claim. Unfortunately, settling too soon is a considerable risk without knowing the full extent of your injuries.

A lawyer carefully assesses the issues of your case and calculates damages based on the losses you’ve incurred and how your future will be impacted. You don’t want to go on this journey alone, especially when your well-being depends on the outcome of your case.

Why Retaining an Attorney Matters in an At-Fault State

You may have heard the terms at-fault and no-fault regarding car insurance and are not sure why they matter. In a no-fault state, car owners are covered by their personal injury protection policy when hurt in an accident, no matter who is at fault.

Arizona is an at-fault insurance state (also known as a tort state). If you are injured due to someone else’s actions, you file a claim against the other driver’s insurance company. If you cannot reach a fair settlement through negotiation or arbitration, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other party. It is important to have an attorney handling your case from the start, so you know what damages fit your circumstances. You have the right to recover for both economic and non-economic damages. These are types of losses you can recover:

  • Vehicle damage or loss
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress
  • Permanent injury

Arizona law does not limit the amount of recoverable damages for the injuries you suffered in an accident. Your attorney works to get the full compensation you deserve.

Need Assistance Proving Your Case

As an accident victim, it is a huge relief to talk about the event with an attorney who understands what you are going through. You can ask for an evaluation to review the facts of your case and get advice on how to proceed. Even though Arizona is an at-fault state, it is incumbent upon plaintiffs to show that defendants are responsible for their injuries. Most individuals don’t realize before speaking with a lawyer that there are four central factors you must prove in a personal injury lawsuit:

  1. Duty: You must prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care. In the case of a car accident, the other driver needed to follow traffic laws to ensure your safety.
  2. Breach: You must show that the defendant breached their duty to you. You need to establish what a reasonable person would do in the same circumstances, which is the opposite of how the defendant acted.
  3. Injury: You must prove that the defendant’s actions or inactions were directly responsible for your injury. Moreover, you must prove the only reason you suffered harm was due to the defendant’s negligence in the situation, and reasonable actions would have resulted in a different outcome.
  4. Damages: You must show what damages a defendant caused you and that these damages occurred because of the accident. These can be both economic (monetary losses) and non-economic (non-monetary losses).

These factors are critical to the success of your case, but they can be difficult to prove depending on the circumstances of your accident. You need legal guidance when it comes to proving merit.

Sustain a Serious Injury

Recent data shows a person is injured in an Arizona auto accident every 12 minutes and 45 seconds. A number of these injuries are severe and happen because someone wasn’t acting responsibly or following the law. Crash injuries often leave you struggling with chronic and debilitating pain or injuries so severe you can’t return to your previous normal way of life.

While car accidents are one of the major areas of personal injury law, there are other ways you can be seriously injured, such as truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, and dog bites that require a personal injury attorney. These are types of injuries that have life-altering effects:

TBIs frequently occur in vehicle and slip and fall accidents. They are significantly devastating incidents that cause wide-ranging health issues. Many individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury can never return to work or engage in typical activities of daily living. You need a personal injury attorney ready to fight for you when an injury jeopardizes your well-being.

Were Partially Responsible for Your Injuries

Accident cases are not always as clear-cut as you would hope. Sometimes, you can be partially liable for an accident. Fortunately, Arizona is a pure comparative negligence state, which means you can still recover damages, even in the unlikely scenario that you were 99% responsible for your injuries.

With the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, when more than one party is liable in an accident, each party is assigned a percentage of fault. Your compensation is reduced based on your given percentage. An attorney protects your rights and ensures responsibility for an accident is apportioned fairly.

Get an Experienced Arizona Attorney To Represent You

Phillips Law Group is the firm you need on your side when a personal injury changes your life. We understand that frustration with being hurt and having bills accumulate could make you consider settling with an insurance company. Unfortunately, making a hasty decision when a personal injury is involved could leave you without the resources you need to heal and get your life back on track.

We are experienced in personal injury law and here to help when you need it. Our record speaks for itself. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the time to act is now. There are no fees unless you collect. Contact us for a free and immediate case evaluation.