Why Hire a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer
A common misconception people may have is that a personal injury lawyer only represent cases of motor vehicle accidents that result in physical injuries. But there are a multitude of cases
the lawyers at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law handle that are not related to car accidents. Some case types include any of the following that involve injuries:
- Assault, as 4,677 people in Phoenix experienced in 2014
- Premises liability, as 11,908 people experienced in the U.S. in one year
- Slip and fall accidents, with slip and fall accidents and general falls leading to 33 percent of ER visits
- Defective products, as tens of thousands individuals experience each year
- Medical malpractice, as 2,777 patients were compensated for medical malpractice in Arizona between 2004 and 2014
- Dental malpractice, as 304 patients were compensated for in Arizona between 2004 and 2014
- Nursing home liability, as up to 10 percent of elderly patients experience
- Pharmaceutical liability, as a rapidly growing number of patients are experiencing injury from prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and medical devices
- Birth injury, as more than 55 percent of 53,848 babies born in Maricopa county in 2013 could have experienced due to complications or medical risk
- Construction defects, as are increasing to crisis levels in Phoenix and elsewhere, according to the International Risk Management Institute
- Dog bites, as could be experienced in Phoenix dog parks of Friends of Hance, Papago, Cesar Chavez Park, Rose Mofford Sports Complex Dog Park or Grovers Basin Dog Park
- Bicycle accidents, as 1,276 people in Arizona experienced in 2015
- Many other types of accidents
The above list of injury cases that an injury lawyer can handle is not all-inclusive. Injuries can result from a multitude of circumstances and in many places.
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What is the role of negligence in Phoenix personal injury law?
Negligence is the failure of someone to act reasonably and carefully. You may hear the phrase “duty of care” used in your case. This means that one party had a certain responsibility to serve or behave toward the other party in accordance to minimum standards of care. A personal injury case forms around negligence or the other party’s failure in duty of care, when that negligence results in injury.
When negligence has occurred, a personal injury lawyer will evaluate the circumstances to determine if financial damages can be recovered. For such monies to be gained through settlement or court decision, there must be evidence of the negligence having happened. Burden of proof is on the plaintiff, the person suffering injury and other damages.
How a Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Succeeds for Your Case
Although a variety of legal specializations can handle your case, it is best to pursue the help and guidance of a Phoenix personal injury attorney. This is because attorneys that are experienced with injury law possess the knowledge and investigative resources you need to build the strongest possible case.
As an example, you may be able to gain $50,000 from a law firm you might have seen on a billboard or TV commercial (see: Settlement Mills), however a personal injury law firm with the history of winning large personal injury cases and dealing with insurance companies in Arizona could receive a settlement of $100,000 or more for the same case. When it comes down to the end results, doing your research and going with the most qualified will make a big difference.
Sometimes, general practice lawyers or others offer to reduce their fees to gain your business. But you should consider that the reduced fee may still consume most of your case compensation, if that lawyer does not have the reputation, experience and knowledge specific to Arizona injury claims. Reduced fees of lawyers not highly experienced in Arizona personal injury law will just eat up your monetary damages.
Why Personal Injury Cases Are Necessary
Personal injury cases are necessary because they help victims gain compensation for injuries suffered due to one or several events. The Phoenix law firm of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law handles cases for clients who have been injured in such accidents and suffered lasting damages. Personal injury practice areas which the Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law team represents clients include:
- Birth injury
- Brain damage
- Business and contract disputes
- Defective parts
- Dental malpractice
- Government liability cases
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Nursing home injury or elder care abuse
- Personal injury
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Wrongful death
The Importance of an Insurance Settlement
Even the most simple of personal injury cases may involve people who have suffered permanent injury or disability from an event of negligence. Common settlement amounts range between $25,000 to $1 million or more. The most important considerations toward potential settlement include:
♦ Medical Bills
Medical expenses can really add up. Many injured victims experience bills in excess of $100,000, particularly when an extended hospital stay or injury rehabilitation are required. It is usually very important for the injured victims and their families to pay these bills as quickly as possible, so they do not experience credit damage or other issues associated with unpaid bills. But paying medical bills quickly often leads the victim to accept low level compensation offers from insurance companies.
When someone else is at fault for the injury, an insurance adjuster will quickly pay the victim a visit to offer a settlement as soon after the accident as possible. This is often before injured victims have even been fully assessed for their injuries and expected costs. Although adjusters claim that the settlement will cover all injury costs, it will not cover “life care”, vocational training or other expenses you can experience throughout the rest of your life due to your injury.
It can be very tempting to sign settlement papers, but you should never sign until you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer who has experience to determine the exact compensation you deserve. It is best to approach any offer from an adjuster suspiciously and with a qualified attorney by your side.
♦ Life Care
Future medical bills, rehabilitation and in-home care are some costs included under the compensation category of life care. Life care money covers these costs, even when in-home care will be provided by family members.
Even family members should not have to care for a permanently injured loved one without being seen as paying a personal price for their help. After all, a loved one caring for an injured victim cannot enjoy their time as freely as before the injury. They often cannot work as many hours as they did before the injury, if at all. Further, there may come a time that a family member can no longer provide this care or simply need time to themselves and a live-in nurse or other services must be utilized.
To ensure your future is protected, your personal injury case is reliant upon having the right personal injury attorney on your side. This attorney will ensure expert witnesses are enlisted to provide testimony toward the compensation you deserve, whether the claim is resolved by settlement or trial decision.
♦ Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages are combined with damages suffered in the victim’s life, damages experienced by the family and employment losses toward the final compensation total. Lifelong impact of the suffered injury is considered for this amount. Other considerations include how much life care may cost, employment losses and damages suffered by the family. The award provided under the category of pain and suffering can be the largest amount in a personal injury case. This is because of the magnitude of personal toll injuries take on a person’s life and that of their family.
A victim can lose a lifetime of earning capacity, often amounting to over a million dollars. In addition, they also may live in constant pain, experience mental challenges, or even exist in a vegetative state. All of these conditions result in a lower quality of life. These elements are factored into the calculation of pain and suffering damages.
♦ Employment Damages
Employment damages are calculated for a personal injury case by your lawyer or a specialist. This type of compensation is often sought when the victim can no longer hold the job position they had prior to the accident. They may be able to gain employment in a different field, but often times can experience a significant reduction in wages as a result of the change. After a major injury, many victims cannot work at all. Others may have suffered their damages before attending college or starting their first career position.
In other cases, an injury victim may be employed after the accident but are unable to keep the job. Others are unable to advance in their current position due to their injuries. A skilled and experienced attorney can recognize how personal injury has affected these victims and the role these changes will play in their future. All of these details are factored into employment losses for victim claims.
People who have suffered from personal injuries also tend to retain employment for shorter periods of their lives. They must retire at an earlier age, even if the injury was minimal. To determine amount of damages, the attorney must consider the person’s compensation prior to the injury, their projected compensation in that role toward retirement, and how much they actually earn after the injury. Losses expected over the course of their career must be calculated. Inflation is factored into this figure, in addition to the increase in market value, of the victim’s occupational field. Vocational experts weigh in on these calculations toward determination of future losses.
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The Role of a Jury in a Personal Injury Case
The jury usually understands the calculated amount that a vocational expert can provide. We have seen that Jurors are typically aware of what an injury can mean to lifelong earnings and how detrimental these losses are to the victim and their family. The entire family may suffer a reduced quality of lifestyle as a result of the suffered injuries. With that said, a juror will often sympathize and put themselves in “the victim’s shoes” for the loss of their fulfilling career life, having to settle for less than their dreams or even lower than typical expectations within their career field.
Juries understand their role is to evaluate the case to determine if the party at fault is negligent. If so, it is the duty of the juror to ensure that the victim is compensated for an accident or injury. In working with a reliable law firm, you gain an attorney who will advise the insurance company about the amount of damages the victim deserves. Having such a lawyer on your side can increase the chance of a larger settlement for the victim, and the victim’s family, without ever having to go to trial.
The aggressive Phoenix attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law are adept at successful handling of personal injury cases. Our attorneys use their experience and skill to fight for you and your family toward the highest possible settlement. We will also help with medical liens and medical treatment costs, so you do not become bogged down in out-of-pocket expenses.
Contact the experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law any time of day or night at 602-691-7278. Or fill out our free online consultation form. By doing so, you will have the opportunity to come in for a free one-on-one case evaluation with one of our injury attorneys.
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