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Arizona’s wrongful death statute was created as a way for family members to seek compensation for their loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. These claims operate under many of the same legal concepts as personal injury claims, such as requiring a breach of duty of care and tangible damages, but they also have unique restrictions on who can file them and what compensation can be provided. The complex history surrounding the statute has a lot to do with that.
After a serious accident that was someone else’s fault, you will probably want to file a claim. This way, you can recover proper compensation. Without a claim, you may be left to pay for your property damage and medical bills with no help from the person who was actually responsible for your damages. However, what many people in Arizona don’t know is that the personal injury claim system operates on what is called “pure several liability.” What is several liability, and how does it impact your claim?
Recovering after an accident can be difficult. The steps you need to heal may interfere with the way you live your life. If a runner is asked to lay in bed all day to heal a broken leg, chances are they’re going to want to ignore their doctor in favor of getting a little exercise. But, dismissing what your doctor is asking you to do can have major ramifications, both on your health and on your wallet.
After a car accident, you may be tempted to minimize your injuries. If you aren’t obviously hurt, you might ignore proper medical care to dodge some expensive medical bills. While it may seem like a good idea in the moment, choosing not to get medical help is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. This is especially true if you are suffering from severe whiplash.
Whiplash is a very common injury to experience when you are involved in a vehicle accident. Many people assume, however, that it’s an easy injury to recover from, and little to no medical intervention is needed to recover. While this may be true of minor whiplash injuries, severe cases can cause years of misery if ignored.
Arizona is one of the most popular places for snowbirds during the dark, cold winter months. While an influx of snowbirds helps the state’s economy, there is no question that these visitors can get on the nerves of locals. We assume you know what a snowbird is, but just to be clear – the term refers to retirees who choose to make the Phoenix area home during the cold winter months in Canada, the Midwest, or the east, returning home after the weather warms. They buy (or rent) condos or apartments during the months of October through May.
Arizona’s heat can be dangerous and deadly. In fact, in Maricopa County in 2018, heat caused 182 deaths. This number is up from previous years, with 150 heat-related deaths in 2016 and 155 heat-related deaths in 2017. Officials suspect the numbers could be even higher with because of deaths still under investigation. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat causes more deaths across the nation than all other national disasters combined.
As summer approaches, more and more outdoor enthusiasts want to get out on the water and recreate. Arizona offers everything from swimming to rafting to boating to fishing and more. With places like Lake Pleasant in Phoenix to Theodore Roosevelt Lake in Tonto National Forest, it’s easy to get out on the water even in one of the hottest states in the nation.
It’s back-to-school time, and it seems that all the retailers and all the news stations are talking about elementary and high school children. But what about our college students? Parents are also busy getting ready to send them off after a summer away from classes, and they need to consider many of the same safety tips.
While Arizona sinkholes are rare, they are not unheard of. They have caused fatalities, car crashes, and serious injuries. They can open up at a moment’s notice and take everyone by surprise, and it’s often difficult to figure out where they’ll be. In 2016, one man lost his life after stopping his truck, opening his tailgate, and then being swallowed by a sinkhole that was around 18 feet deep. When authorities arrived, his truck engine was still idling and his tools were on the ground. The sinkhole that he fell into had rapidly filled with water, and he couldn’t escape.
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