Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions in Arizona
No. Do not release your medical records to the insurance company. At some point you may have to release some of the records. Do not sign over a blanket release form for all of them. Contact an accident attorney at Injury Lawyers Mesa for advice on exactly which records or information to release. Any information that is extra to what they need may be an invitation to find an excuse to reject your claim (for example, a pre-existing condition or injury).
This depends if there is any formal litigation. An attorney may work with the other party and/or the insurance company to reach a resolution more quickly. Because each case is specific, it really depends on the complications of each case. In some cases, litigation can take a year or so. You could expect a more complicated personal injury case to take longer. In some cases, the decision is up to the client to accept or reject settlement offers.
Contact our personal injury law firm and discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Call to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer and begin the process to file a claim and get compensation for your injury.
Negligence is a term used with legal issues such as personal injury. Negligence is the departure from ordinary, expected behavior or care that results in injury to another. If someone’s negligence has caused you an accident or injury. Contact our personal injury law firm to discuss your rights.
There is a required time set by law by which to initiate a lawsuit for personal injury. After this time, you lose rights to claim compensation for an injury. Contact our law office immediately after an accident or injury. Each decision you make after an injury could impact your case and your future. Our attorneys are experienced in personal injury law and can help you recover a fair compensation and protect your rights.
There is no formula to determine what a settlement payout may be. Every single case is unique, but there are factors that determine what a verdict may be or what you can recover:
- Liability (establish who is at fault)
- Source of collection (available insurance or assets from which damages may be recovered)
- Damages (extent and type of injury)
Typically, to reach a successful desired outcome for your personal injury claim, the process includes:
- Treatment and Documentation: The personal injury law firm obtains all necessary records pertaining to doctor visits, medical treatments, medical records, employment records, and any other documents related to your case.
- Demand: The attorney drafts a demand letter that provides an outline of the specifics of your case. Included in the demand letter: how the accident occurred, the extent of the injury, treatment received due to injury, and the impact of the accident on quality of life. Next, all records relating to your case and the demand letter are organized and submitted to the opposing insurance company.
- Negotiation/Settlement: Your attorney negotiates a just settlement on your behalf.
- Litigation: If a settlement cannot be reached, the case may go to trial to be resolved in court.
Many personal injury cases can be settled before going to trial. There are reasons, however, that settling out of court may not be an option:
- Disputed liability or damages
- No settlement or an unreasonable settlement is offered by defendant
- The plaintiff wishes for legal representation to go to trial
Your attorney will communicate with you through the entire legal process, and help you understand if a trial could happen in your case and completely be prepared to represent you in trial.
Is there a time limit to file a personal injury case?
Yes, there is a time limit called Statute of Limitations within which you must file your personal injury lawsuit. Once the Statute of Limitations has expired, you may not file a lawsuit. In Arizona, the Statute of Limitations depends on the type of accident.
Expect a consultation with a lawyer that will entail conversations about the details of your case. In order to better represent your case, you will need to provide details about your injury, all circumstances concerning your injury, and any medical treatment you have received due to your injury. Be prepared to go over specific information regarding the case: the extent of your injuries, future health needs, medical history, employment information, any any losses incurred because of the injury.
The attorney will answer questions you may have and offer legal options and the personal injury laws as they relate to your case. Also, a lawyer will discuss legal fees and expenses. It would be beneficial to bring any medical reports that document your injuries including: diagnosis paperwork, instructions for discharge, medical bills, medial receipts, any documentation from where you received any treatment for your injury, a copy of police report, names and contact information for any witnesses, insurance information, and any documents you may have from insurance company for either party.
You should see your doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes, it takes a few days after an accident for symptoms to appear. Do not ignore any indications that may require medical treatment. Call our personal injury law office immediately. Consult with an attorney before speaking to an insurance representative. Do not compromise your case by discussing details with anyone other than a lawyer. A family member or friend can call our office in case an injured person is hospitalized or unable to make the call. Call for a free initial consultation with an experienced Arizona personal injury lawyer. We can protect your rights, and determine if you have a case.
It is difficult to estimate what your case is worth. The value of your claim may include financial damages, for example medical treatment (past and present medical bills) , lost wages/future income, physical therapy, or other economic needs due to your injury. Contact our personal injury law firm for a consultation and precise value of your claim after thorough research. Depending on your case and extent of your injury, pain and suffering may also contribute to the value of the claim.