According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2007 nationwide about 39.4 million people were admitted to an Emergency Room due to a personal injury. Annually, personal Injury accounted for nearly 34% of all Emergency Room visits. In that same year, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported that 3,014 people died due to unintentional personal injuries. These statistics are frightening and eye-opening to say the least. Many things common to everyday life can cause personal injury. A driver’s negligence can cause an automobile accident. A defective product can injure it’s user. A neighbor’s dog might bite someone. All of these things, and more, can wreak havoc on our daily lives and cause significant pain and suffering. All of these things — are personal injuries.
In Pima County, the top causes of death among young adults (ages 20 – 44) were accidents and unintentional injuries. Within these deaths the most significant contributors were accidental poisonings and automobile accidents. Statewide in 2009 there were over 400,000 visits to Emergency Rooms due to accidental injury. Falls were by far the most common cause for seeking emergency medical care, resulting in 31% of all visits for unintentional injury.
Understanding the legal jargon associated with personal injury is key. Personal injury claims fall under the system of what is known as “tort law”. Tort, literally translated from Latin, means to “wrong”. This is a type of wrong that breaches a civil duty. Seeking a claim of personal injury against someone means that their action, negligence, or recklessness caused your injury. The injury doesn’t just have to be merely physical as well — mental and emotional pain are common in personal injury lawsuits. A person who suffers as the result of another’s liability can seek monetary compensation for said damages.
Personal injury cases can encompass a wide variety on incidents. Some common causes for personal injury claims in Tucson are:
- Automobile Accidents
- A negligent driver traveling at an excessive speed causes an accident which could injure you. Other common causes for auto accidents are not adhering to posted signage, unlawful lane changes, even driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII). As the negligent driver breached their duty of care to you, they can be brought to court to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
- Falls as a Result of Negligence
- Imagine you go shopping for fresh produce and you slip and fall on a puddle of water or food that has fallen on the ground in the store. If negligence can be proved, you can have a case for personal injury compensation. Slip and falls happen in many places and are not merely limited to grocery stores. They can occur on private or public property, indoors or outdoors, and are incredibly common. Accidents as the result of a slip and fall are called “premise liability”.
- Defective or Harmful Products
- Tucson residents purchase a vast number of different products. When these products are defective they can end up injuring the end user. These cases fall into what is called products liability and are held to the law of “strict liability”. Generally speaking, this means that negligence doesn’t need to be proved in order to have a valid claim. The manufacturer, distributor, and even the retail store itself where the item was purchased can all be held liable.
- Dog Bites or Attacks
- A neighbor’s dog, one you’re passing on the street, or one you’ve just met in a park can all attack and cause injury. These attacks can seem random and are often very vicious. Dog bites in Tucson fall under the “strict liability” law.
- Faulty Repair Work
- You put your faith and trust in a mechanic to properly fix your car. When the mechanic takes short cuts in work (negligence) that result in your car mechanically failing and causing injury, you can have a valid case. Specific examples could include the mechanic leaving brake pads off the car after a repair, not tightening down vital nuts / bolts to proper specifications, or leaving tools and other objects under the hood of your car after the work is completed. All of these things can cause an auto accident as the result of faulty repair work. Faulty repair work is not just limited to automobiles either. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and other professionals are all capable of a faulty repair.
In accordance with Arizona state law, claims for personal injury in Tucson are subject to the statute of limitations. Claims must be filed within 2 years of the date of the injury. Obviously the sooner the better. However, there are some instances wherein the cause of the injury might not be known until a later point. When this occurs, the Discovery Rule applies. This rule tolls the statute of limitations so that it does not start counting time until the cause of the injury is reasonably discovered.
If you have been the victim of a personal injury, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in the laws and regulations of personal injury claims. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, we have a vast array of knowledge concerning tort claims. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering related to your injury.
Finding the right medical specialist can be a tough task, especially when you’re already dealing with injuries and other stressors after you sustain a personal injury. The dedicated attorneys at Wattel & York will set you up with the appropriate specialist for your injury. Additionally, we can put off the payment to these specialists until your trial is finished or your case settled. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our clients.
Don’t hesitate any longer if you have been the victim of a personal injury. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after your injury to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your personal injury claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation from a Phoenix personal injury lawyer is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you don’t pay anything unless we win your case.
Call or contact us today, you may have a valid claim (entitling you to compensation) for personal injury.