Glendale, AZ Personal Injury Lawyers
In Glendale - and throughout Arizona and the U.S. - a top-rated personal injury lawyer is one who offers legal representation to those individuals who claim to have been injured due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another individual, company, government agency, or entity.
The primary purpose of a personal injury lawyer is to fight for financial compensation on behalf of clients who have been injured due to the negligence of another. Injuries can be physical, such as brain damage or broken bones, or mental, emotional, or psychological. They can result from a range of accidents, including car accidents, dog bites, on the job construction accidents, and product liability cases.
However, under the law in Arizona, a personal injury claim is only valid when it can be proven that the victim's injuries were caused by the negligent behavior or intentional acts of another person or entity. In other words, not every injury can result in compensation being recovered. So even the top personal injury lawyer can't help someone who's been injured if there was no negligence involved.
If you have been injured by another person's negligence - and you have evidence to prove your claim - your personal injury case may seem pretty straightforward. But personal injury cases get complicated quickly - especially when you're involving injured victims, medical bills, and insurance companies. In fact, every personal injury case has four elements involved, each of which requires a trained personal injury attorney to fully explore them in order to develop a solid case on your behalf. The four elements are: Negligence, Causation, Damages, and Money.
Let's take a look at each element in a little more depth.
One of the most important parts of any personal injury case is whether or not there was actually any negligence involved. Negligence must be proven with cold hard facts and evidence, so just saying you were injured because of someone else's reckless behavior doesn't cut it. There's an old saying in law that states something along the lines of "it's not what you know, it's what you can prove." And you have to be able to prove negligence in order for a personal injury claim to be valid. This is where the expertise of a personal injury attorney can be extremely valuable. An experienced attorney will know which questions to ask and will have the resources available in order to investigate and gather important evidence. This evidence will prove crucial in winning a personal injury lawsuit - and receiving compensation.
Causation is the second element of a personal injury lawsuit. So, say for example's sake, you were able to prove that the at fault party acted in a negligent manner. Great. But it doesn't stop there. You must then be able to prove that this behavior actually resulted in your injuries. In other words, you have to have solid evidence backing up your claim that the at fault party caused your injury. Just proving that they acted negligently isn't enough. This is actually one of the hardest parts of the case to prove, but if you do have a solid personal injury claim, then an experienced attorney will be able to gather the critical evidence and formulate the arguments to prove your case.
Damages are the third element of a personal injury claim. Damages are a general issue that encompass financial compensation for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering includes things like the inability to participate in normal daily activities, loss of enjoyment of life, depression, frustration, loss of companionship (in wrongful death suits) and anxiety. Obviously, these concepts are hard to assign a fixed dollar amount to. But the point is that the law forces at fault parties to pay for more than just medical bills and lost wages. So if an injury ruined somebody's life or changed it for the worse, then they are entitled to receive additional compensation in the form of damages.
That being said, the amount of compensation an injured person should receive in damages is always up for debate in each personal injury case. After all, how much money should you award someone for their pain and suffering after their spouse was killed due to someone else's negligence? Ask two people and you'll get two different answers.
For this reason it's critical to hire an experienced Arizona personal injury attorney who knows how to present your case in a way that best explains the pain and suffering that's been endured and the loss of quality of life. Also, a skilled attorney will be able to define a fair and specific amount that should be awarded to the injured victim and then convince the judge, jury, or insurance company (depending on who's making the final decision) that that's the amount that should be awarded.
The fourth and final element of a solid personal injury claim is one that is often missed by an inexperienced attorney. Money. That's great if you're able to prove the first three elements of the case - negligence, causation, and damages - but you must also know ahead of time whether or not the at fault party has any money to pay the compensation awarded.
What's the point of filing a personal injury claim and spending weeks or months in court or in negotiations, only to come to find out that the at fault party has no insurance, no money, and no assets. So, for example, if a jury awards you $500,000 in your personal injury claim, that judgment is absolutely worthless unless there are actual insurance policies, cash, or assets to pay it.
It's unfortunate that in some cases, the failure to find out upfront of there is actually any money to pay the compensation is the result of hiring an inexperienced or inept attorney. However, by hiring a skilled injury attorney, such as the ones at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., you don't have to even worry about these issues. We know how to find insurance policies and other assets that may not be readily apparent to the untrained eye. In addition, we may also be able to find other individuals or parties who had a hand in causing your injury and are therefore also somewhat responsible. They too may have policies or assets that we can investigate thoroughly in order to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
To schedule a no obligation, free consultation at our Glendale personal injury law office, please contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at (623) 930-8064.
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