There’s never an ideal time to be injured in an accident. However, the reality is that the odds of being injured in an accident during your lifetime are overwhelming. The victims in accident cases are typically entitled to compensation from either the responsible party or their insurance company. But pursuing fair compensation through insurance companies without the help of a personal injury attorney can be a daunting task.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip, and fall accident, or have suffered an injury in any other type of personal injury accident, contact a personal injury law firm in your area. In Glendale, AZ, Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law will offer you a free consultation. Call today to get immediate, effective representation from an experienced personal injury attorney.
Why You Need a Glendale, AZ Personal Injury Attorney
Most personal injury accidents require you to file with insurance companies: car accidents, truck accidents, premise liability claims, etc. Unfortunately, the adjusters in most insurance companies will encourage you to take a fast settlement, which almost always falls short of the fair compensation that you would receive if you involve the services of a personal injury lawyer. As Glendale personal injury lawyers, we see this scenario all too often.
Adjusters from the insurance companies offer to write checks to the accident victims for their medical bills and maybe a little extra for pain and suffering and other damages. In exchange, the victims must sign a release of liability, which prevents them from seeking representation and pursuing further claims when the money runs out.
These adjusters rely on the fact that most accident victims aren’t knowledgeable about how they should proceed after an accident. Most accident victims are under the mistaken impression that they can’t afford a personal injury lawyer. The fact of the matter is that in the state of Arizona, personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they are only paid when the case is successfully settled or litigated. At Wattel & York Accident Attorneys, all consultations are free. You don’t pay out of pocket for our services, so call today to discuss your case.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
There are various types of accidental injury cases in the state of Arizona. Waddle & York has extensive experience with most types of claims. Our practice areas include all of the following personal injury types and more:
- Car Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Elderly Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability (Slip and Fall)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
We offer a full range of legal services to personal injury victims who are seeking compensation. Contact our office to begin the process.
What You Should Do if You’re Involved in an Accident
Whether you’re in a car accident, a truck accident, a workplace accident, etc., there are steps you should take to protect your health and safety and to strengthen your injury case.
Get to a position of safety
Your personal safety is paramount. For instance, if you’re in a car accident, make sure you remain in the vehicle until it’s safe to exit.
Summon emergency services
Call 911 and report the accident. You may require the police, fire rescue, or an ambulance. Make sure you provide any information the dispatcher asks to the best of your ability.
Check on injured parties
Never move someone who is injured unless it’s necessary. Do not attempt to provide assistance beyond your level of training.
Take pictures or videos with your phone
Images or videos of the scene, property damage, injuries, and anything else you think may be important can be invaluable to your personal injury claim.
Gather the names and contact information of witnesses
Some witnesses will only remain on the scene until they know that police and fire rescue have arrived. Try to get their names and contact information before they leave.
Accept medical help
If you believe you’re hurt or may have been hurt, accept medical attention on the scene. Allow the paramedics to transport you to the hospital if they think you require it.
Follow up with your doctor
Make sure you get yourself checked out after the accident. Some injuries don’t manifest themselves for the first few days. You may begin feeling increased pain after the next day or so.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Call Wattel & York and talk to us about your accident. We can provide you with invaluable information and help you identify the best course of action for your case. All consultations are free.
Most Common Types of Accidental Injuries
There are close to 150 million emergency room visits due to accidents every year. Many of these lead to legal action. Here is a breakdown of the most common types of emergency department visits in 2017.