Personal Injury Lawyers Explain What You Need to Know About to Pursuing an Arizona Accident Claim
If you were recently injured in a personal injury accident in Arizona, you may not understand what's going on. You have to deal with your injuries, loss of the ability to work, and the insurance company in a lot of cases. That's pretty overwhelming. Even the strongest individuals can have difficulty coping with a slew of changes in their lives happening all at once, not to mention happening in the wake of an accident and injuries. Getting good, simple answers to your most basic questions can seem like an almost impossible dream. But it doesn't have to be. Check out our frequently asked questions and get yourself on the road to being yourself again.
Probably the most commonly asked question—inside your head—is what happened to you. Being involved in a personal injury accident can be very confusing because you may not realize what really happened. Many people think slipping in a puddle at the grocery store is their own mistake. Or that being involved in a car crash is just another accident. But when the actions or inaction—especially negligent actions—of another person or entity cause you to be injured, that's a personal injury accident. Whether or not you need an Arizona personal injury lawyer is dependent on the facts of your case. Some lawyers will tell every caller they need an attorney. In our minds, some cases people need attorneys and in other cases, the injured individual could handle the case on their own. It just depends on the facts and the facts of each case are different. If you are seriously injured, in most cases you will benefit from an attorney.
When you cause harm to yourself you are responsible for your injuries. Say you are carrying too many clothes down to your washroom and trip on the stairs in your home, breaking your toe, or worse, your leg. You'll have to take care of that on your own unless you can prove that someone else was negligent. Were the lights out? Were there no handles on the staircase? Were the stairs broken?
For a car accident, did someone turn in front of you? Did you get rear ended? Was someone speeding? Did they receive a ticket? Even if the other person didn't receive a citation, you still may have a case.
If you have been injured and are considering filing a claim, it is important to take the following steps to make sure you have the best chances of reaching a successful settlement.
- Report the accident to the authorities.
- Make sure there is some documentation as to what happened.
- File an incident report.
- Keep a paper trail as much as possible.
- Ask for witnesses' names and phone numbers.
- Seek medical attention right away for your injuries.
- Keep track of your medical care.
- Have someone take photographs of the scene of the accident.
- Never agree to give to a recorded statement.
- Do not talk to the insurance adjustor.
- Never sign any medical authorizations for the insurance adjustor.
- Do not agree to meet the insurance adjustor in person.
- Do not let the insurance adjustor come to your home or the hospital.
- Tell medical providers to bill your health insurance.
- Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney.
The at-fault party whose actions led to your injuries can be held responsible financially and legally. Arizona law gives you, the victim, the right to file a claim and try to settle with the insurance company. Settling out of court is always the first option. If we can't settle out of court then we talk with our client and discuss filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Depending on the strength of your case, you may be able to get compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Without this type of compensation, you may have to take the entire financial burden of your recovery upon yourself.
If you want compensation from the person who caused your accident and injuries, you can work through the insurance company. In small cases, this may be the best way. But if your expenses are towering over you, or may tower over you in the future, then contacting a skilled lawyer is the best approach. Personal injury lawyers like those at The Husband & Wife Law Team know how the law works to your advantage and can help you get the compensation you need to put you back to square one. If you were the victim of a serious accident, contact us today at (602) 457-6222 for your free case review.
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