PERSONAL INJURY SERVICES IN PHOENIX

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PHOENIX ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

Lawyers Specializing in Injuries Resulting from Traffic Accidents, Including Whiplash

Getting behind the wheel of a car can be terrifying when you think about how many traffic accidents there are per day. The most common type of car accident in Arizona is a rear end collision. And unfortunately, whiplash is a common injury that can occur as a result of a rear end collision. Many people assume that whiplash is a minor injury, and you should simply get on with your life. While this can be true in minor accidents, severe instances of whiplash can have a profound negative impact on the victim’s life. In these types of situations, a personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

personal injury claims myths, debunked

common misconceptions about arizona personal injury claims

Most people know someone who has gone through a personal injury claim, whether it’s relatively minor or more serious. Combining that with knowledge you might gain from the news and media, you could end up with a slightly distorted perspective of how personal injury claims work in Arizona. If you’ve been injured in an accident, don’t rely on what you’ve heard from friends and acquaintances about injury claims. Read on to learn more about common personal injury myths, and call 480-833-8000 when you’re ready for your free case evaluation.

MYTH DEBUNKED:

          While these are damages you can collect in a personal injury claim, there are several other types you can potentially recover. In addition to medical bills, you will need to request your future medical expenses if you will have long-term or lifelong medical treatment from your injuries. You can also request damages if your injuries hurt your long-term career prospects. Pain and suffering is a damage that encompasses most of the physical and emotional trauma you endure due to the accident. You might be eligible to collect other damages, such as loss of consortium or loss of companionship, representing the damage these injuries can do to your relationships and impede your ability to complete responsibilities around the home.

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MYTH DEBUNKED:

          In Arizona, the statute of limitations, or the time limit you have to file your case, for most types of injury claims is 2 years. However, there are exceptions to this. Claims against some county and local municipalities might be limited to 6 months. The statute of limitations for a dog bite in Arizona is 1 year. Check with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after being injured in an accident to find out your applicable statute of limitations.

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MYTH DEBUNKED:

          It is a common misconception that the personal injury process requires going to trial. In fact, the vast majority of personal injury claims- about 95%- settle out of court. A personal injury attorney should be able to let you know if they think your case will settle or go to trial during a consultation.

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          Most of the time, the other party will have some kind of insurance policy for the type of injury you experienced. The insurance company will be responsible for paying your claim, up to their policy limits. Their insurance rates might go up after your claim if they acted negligently. The other party will only be personally financially responsible for your claim if they don’t have insurance or don’t sufficient coverage.

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          This is true in some countries, but generally not in the United States. Unless you are found to be engaging in fraudulent or otherwise unscrupulous behavior in your claim, you will be sanctioned by the court- otherwise, the other side can not charge you legal fees for the cost of bringing your claim.

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MYTH DEBUNKED:

          Insurance companies aren’t eager to offer out full and fair settlements for personal injury claims. You will most likely need to submit a demand letter rather than wait for them to offer you a settlement. You can probably expect a counteroffer lower than your demand.  It will then take some amount of negotiation to reach a number upon which both parties agree. It will take skill and patience to obtain a settlement that fully compensates you for all of your injuries.

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          The right to a public defender only comes into play when your liberty is at stake. When it comes to civil suits, including personal injury cases, it is your responsibility to hire your own lawyer. You can interview your lawyers yourself during a consultation, which may be free and offered by phone.

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          Being viewed as litigious can be quite a negative reputation in the United States. Much of this has been created by large companies reluctant to pay plaintiffs for their own negligence. Many people are dissuaded from bringing their personal injury claims simply because they don’t want to cause a fuss. But if someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused your injuries, you shouldn’t have to pay for your own medical expenses and lost income. You also deserve compensation for all of the stress and pain brought about by the accident.

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          There are a few ways you can receive medical treatments if you can’t afford the out-of-pocket costs on your own. The first is checking if your own insurance offers MedPay. This helps cover your medical costs out of your own insurance, even if the accident wasn’t your fault. If your insurance doesn’t include MedPay, you may need to use medical liens instead. Medical liens allow doctors to complete your treatments with a balance that is paid out of your personal injury award.

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          One of the insurance company’s tactics will be to pressure you with arbitrary deadlines to complete their policy’s tasks. One of those things is likely a recorded call about the accident. Even if the insurance adjuster seems friendly and sympathetic, they will be trying to poke holes in your story to reduce your claim’s value. While the insurance company obviously can’t pay out your claim without hearing about the details of the accident, it’s better to let a personal injury attorney handle these kinds of claim-related issues on your behalf. Your attorney will know exactly what kinds of traps that the adjuster will try to set and make sure that you don’t fall into them.

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MYTH DEBUNKED:

          Many people have preconceived notions about attorneys that dissuade them from ever calling one for a consultation after an accident. First of all, many personal injury attorneys offer initial case evaluations free of charge. Most personal injury attorneys also offer their services on a contingency basis. That means if the attorney agrees to take your case, they will receive nothing if you receive no settlement and lose at trial. If you do receive an award, the attorney will receive a set percentage of it.

          Whether or not a personal attorney is “expensive” also depends on their contingency fee. There is a wide range of percentages that personal injury attorneys charge. Many in the area charge 33% or more of your final award. Our personal injury attorneys know just how important your personal injury award is after an accident, and offer a guaranteed rate of 25%. That savings of 8% or more could translate into thousands of extra dollars in your bank account. For your free case evaluation, call 480-833-8000 to get started.

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WHIPLASH ACCIDENT attorney in PHOENIX, ARIZONA

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Experienced Phoenix, Arizona Injury Attorneys You Can Trust

If you’ve experienced whiplash in an Arizona accident, you know just how painful and stressful the experience can be. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries, and you deserve a compassionate legal representative who will take your claim seriously. Our Arizona injury lawyers will make sure that you are compensated for the obvious expenses from your injuries, like medical bills and missed time from work, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering due to the incident.

Experienced Phoenix, Arizona Injury Attorneys You Can Trust

The insurance companies will be using methodical strategies to keep your whiplash settlement as low as possible. Hiring a personal injury attorney shows that you are serious about getting your claim’s full value. Fortunately, the vast majority of cases are able to end in settlement rather than proceed to trial. 

Our Arizona injury team will keep your involvement as low as possible while also making sure you can receive your medical treatments in the meantime. We will negotiate with the other party until reaching a settlement that is fair to you, even after our contingency fees. This leaves you time and both physical and mental energy to focus on your recovery, rather than your personal injury claim. To get started with your free case evaluation, fill out our online form or call 480-833-8000.

Whiplash: More Than Just a Stiff Neck

Whiplash occurs when someone is jolted back and forth very quickly, injuring muscles and tendons in the neck and spine. Car accidents are the most common way to cause this movement with enough force to create whiplash injuries. However, there are countless ways you could experience whiplash besides car accidents. Theme parks are another big one- roller coast