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Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer – Attorneys at Law with convenient office locations throughout Arizona, including Chandler, Glendale, Tucson, and Yuma.

You should consider seeking legal counsel if you have suffered personal injury as a result of an accident or a product defect resulting in product liability. The world of insurance claims and personal injury law can be confusing to navigate on your own.

At Wattel & York, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers use our experience in personal injury litigation to ensure that you receive adequate compensation for the damages you have experienced as a result of an accident. 

Medical malpractice, vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, and consumer product defects bring bodily and emotional harm to millions of Americans each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year 27.7 million Americans visit emergency rooms for unintentional personal injury, and over 121,000 people die each year from those injuries. A bit of frayed carpet, an improperly executed repair, an irregular stair step, a loose handrail, a distracted driver, a defective product can all threaten to cause serious personal injury.

What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

It is important to understand the terminology involved in a personal injury claim. Personal injury refers to a variety of tort lawsuits alleging that a plaintiff’s injury was caused by negligence. In other words, personal injury law grants you compensation when another person’s misconduct, recklessness, or carelessness injures or damages you or your personal belongings. 

Injuries in personal injury claims can refer to any damage to the body or mind. Medical and dental accidents also fall under personal injury and usually lead to medical negligence claims. There are many types of personal injury claims, each with its own laws.

Auto Accidents

Personal injury claims frequently involve automobile accidents caused by negligence. Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of personal injury and death in the United States. In 2008, an estimated 37,261 people were killed, and another 2,350,000 injured, in traffic accidents.

When it comes to automobile accidents, fault is determined by the law of negligence. Drivers must exercise a standard of reasonable care when behind the wheel. If a driver fails to exercise this standard and causes an accident, the law of negligence dictates that compensation for damages to another person or property becomes their responsibility. 

A Phoenix, AZ auto accident lawyer can help you recover the maximum compensation for you or your loved one.

Negligence can stem from several factors, including:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Failure to heed traffic signals or signs
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs

What to do After a Car Accident

If you’re involved in an accident, one of the first things you should do is make sure that no one is hurt. Call 911 and wait for the police to arrive. If you or anyone else is injured, request medical treatment. Allow the EMTs to examine you at the scene and go to the hospital if it is recommended. Even if you feel fine, you should go see a doctor as soon after the auto accident as possible. Many injuries are not immediately apparent. If you can, take photos of the accident and collect contact information from witnesses.

Call your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim. They will take general information about your claim and ask you to send in your documentation. 

Save a copy of every medical bill, including invoices from therapies, treatments, and medication you purchased. Ask your boss to write a letter stating the hours you have and will miss due to your injury. If you are self-employed, bring your tax returns from the previous year and write a letter detailing the income you’re missing out on.

What to Expect After Filing a Car Accident Claim

Arizona is a pure comparative fault state. This means the person who causes the accident is responsible for covering any resulting damages. After you file your claim, an insurance adjuster will review your case and contact you for an interview. They will ask to record the conversation, but that does not mean you have to let them. Most attorneys would advise you not to.

After the insurance adjuster completes their investigation, the insurance company will accept or deny your claim. If they approve your claim, they will make you a settlement offer. It is advisable that you contact a personal injury law firm before accepting a settlement offer. Once you accept a claim and sign a waiver, you will no longer be able to pursue damages, so you want to be sure you’re making the right decision. 

Insurance companies don’t make money when they pay out big claims. They are going to look for every reason to give you less than you are entitled to. Our personal injury attorneys can tell you whether or not the insurance company’s settlement offer is fair. Alternatively, we can negotiate with the insurance adjuster on your behalf if they offer less than what you deserve.

Although it is rare, there are times when personal injury cases go to court. Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience with litigation, and our team researches each case thoroughly to give you the best representation possible.

Product Liability 

Some of the most famous legal cases in history are product liability cases. In some instances, a defective product may result in a class-action lawsuit. A class-action suit takes place when multiple accident victims have experienced similar injuries as the result of using a product.

Consumer products can cause personal injury. Imagine you just purchased a new riding lawnmower, but upon using it for the first time, the seat comes loose, causing you to slip and fall off and break your wrist. This scenario offers an illustration of how product liability and personal injury intersect — a product proves defective and causes injury to your person. In such a case, you’ll most likely file a claim of strict liability. 

A claim of strict liability focuses on the defective product rather than any negligence on the manufacturer’s part. A claim of strict liability decrees that the manufacturer is responsible for a defective product even if there is no evidence of negligence.

If you are injured by a product, you may have a product liability case. You must prove the injury occurred through the proper usage of the product. However, it is not always so cut and dry. There are three different types of product liability cases. 

Defective Design

Sometimes, a product is doomed from the start because the product’s design may cause potential harm to people. This was true in the case of the famed Ford Pinto. The car was designed with a defective gas tank, causing explosions upon impact. When a company releases a product with a design defect, they are responsible for any resulting injuries. 

Defective Manufacturing 

Defective manufacturing happens when something goes wrong during the manufacturing process. A well-designed product may be put together or packaged improperly. This results in a particular product being different than others on the shelf. This does not mean all of the products are defective. Defective manufacturing could impact as few as one product.

Insufficient Directions

When you buy a product, the company must provide you with instructions on how to use it. The instructions should also tell you how to avoid injuries. If proper instructions are not provided or you are told the product can be used for something that it should not be, you can file a personal injury claim to pay for resulting damages.

If you suffer personal injury from a defective product, then a Phoenix injury attorney from Wattel & York can determine if any of the following parties can be held responsible for your injuries:

  • The business where you rented or purchased the product
  • The business where you were supplied with the product to use on the business’s premises
  • The manufacturer of the product

Most states have laws on their books that limit how long after the product has been sold to the public that the manufacturer or seller can be subject to liability laws. 

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare professional is negligent in their duty of care. Medical malpractice can take many forms. Nursing home employees failing to give patients their medication on time, a hospital orderly improperly cleaning equipment used in surgery, and doctors who prescribe the wrong medication may all be guilty of medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice cases require a great deal of research. You must establish who is liable for your injuries and show they acted negligently. If a healthcare provider is an employee of the facility where you were treated, you would bring a claim against the facility. This is due to a legal doctrine called Respondeat Superior, which means let the master answer. 

Things get a bit more complicated when it comes to doctors. Doctors are not always employees of a hospital. They are typically contract workers. In this case, you would bring a suit against them directly. When Wattel & York handles your case, we will determine who is ultimately responsible for the malpractice.Many states have tort reform legislation. This means that there may be a cap on the amount of money the plaintiff may be awarded in lawsuits like medical malpractice. Fortunately, Arizona law forbids such a cap. The state allows victims to seek full compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals.

Premises Liability

Whether you visit an office building, a shop, or a private home, the owner has a duty of care to you. They are responsible for keeping the premises safe and warning you of any danger that may exist. Injuring yourself on an unsafe obstacle or suffering a slip and fall from a poorly maintained walkway can lead to a premise liability claim.

If you slip and fall in a store, you should fill out an accident report with the manager. The manager must provide you with the company’s insurance information. You should try to take pictures of the obstacle that caused the accident, whether it’s a spill or an object that you tripped over. You should also get the names and numbers of anyone who may have seen the accident.

If you slip and fall in a residential home, you should get the person’s homeowner’s insurance information. Premises liability may apply to injuries or deaths suffered in a person’s swimming pool, on their lawn, or inside their home. Premises liability may also apply to dog bites if they happened on the owner’s premises.

Premises liability cases are not cut and dry. Property owners and insurers often argue that the property is safe or that they warned people of potential dangers. Insurance companies may claim that the accident is not covered by the owner’s policy. For example, if you injured yourself in a swimming pool and the owner did not tell the insurance company that they had installed a pool, the insurance company may refuse to pay for your injury.

Wattel & York can work with you to collect evidence that a poorly-maintained or unsafe premise caused your injuries, fighting to win the compensation you deserve.

Types of Personal Injuries

Below are just some of the common causes and types of personal injuries brought to attorneys.

Here are some of the most common types of personal injuries.

  • Brain Injuries: There are two types of traumatic brain injuries that a person may sustain. An open brain injury happens when there is penetration to the skull, and a closed brain injury happens when there is not. Open head injuries are always severe, and closed brain injuries can range from mild to severe.
  • Burn Injuries: If a person suffers a severe burn, they may be permanently disfigured. If the burn was caused by the negligence of another person, the accident victim may be able to obtain monetary compensation for both their medical bills and pain and suffering.
  • Back Injuries: Back injuries are some of the most common injuries after an accident. People who suffer back injuries may feel burning or stabbing in their back. They may not be able to stand or sit without pain. The pain may radiate to all of their limbs.
  • Neck Injuries: Whiplash is common after a car accident, and it can cause a neck injury. You can also get a neck injury from slip and fall accidents. A severe neck injury can cause fractures of the spine.
  • Broken Bones: Broken bones are common injuries in both car collisions and slip and fall accidents. Broken bones often require surgery and may take months to heal. If a broken bone has been caused by the negligence of another person, you should pursue compensation.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord are some of the most dangerous. About half the spinal cord injuries in the U.S. each year are the result of a car or motorcycle accident. A spinal court injury can cause loss of sensation in the limbs, loss of motor function, or full paralysis.
  • Internal Bleeding: Internal bleeding can result from bone fractures or blunt trauma. Internal bleeding can cause death if it is severe enough. A person with internal bleeding may experience pain in their chest or tingling in their hands and feet.
  • Birth Injuries: Birth injuries occur when a baby is injured during delivery. The most common type of birth injury is damage to the head. A birth injury may be caused because a baby is too large or too small and the doctor does not take appropriate measures to ensure safety.

Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Wattel & York will work with you to determine the cause of your claim. But our services go beyond ensuring that you receive adequate compensation for the pain and suffering your injury has caused you. We will also find the right medical specialist for your injuries.

An initial consultation with an attorney at Wattel & York is free of charge. Our team of attorneys works on a contingent-fee basis. If we take your case, you pay us only if you receive a monetary settlement or court award. Don’t wait any longer; a personal injury lawsuit in Arizona must be filed before the statute of limitations expires. Call us now. You may have a valid claim entitling you to compensation for the pain and suffering your personal injury has caused you.

If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury, call the Phoenix, AZ, injury lawyers at Wattel & York. You can contact us toll-free at (866) 763-4705, or you can submit a case form on our website.

FAQ

The following are the most commonly asked questions regarding Arizona personal injury that the attorneys at Wattel & York receive.

How much will a personal injury attorney charge?

A Phoenix personal injury attorney at our firm will work on a contingency basis, so there are no out-of-pocket costs for our professional legal representation.

What is the average settlement that personal injury victims receive in Arizona?

The amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the cost of your medical bills, the severity of your injuries, and several other factors. If you have been permanently injured or traumatized, your settlement could include damages for pain and suffering.

What if I am partially responsible for a car accident?

Arizona is a comparative fault state. Hence, you can recover damages even if you are partially to blame for a crash. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to get you the maximum amount you deserve.

Call today for a free consultation where all of your questions can be answered by an attorney.

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“Amazing people, they had my claim for about a week before they were able to get my truck totaled out. Otherwise I would have been stuck with a truck that had heavy front end damage if they hadn’t stepped in to help me. I tried to deal with my insurance company myself for over a month and that got me nowhere, all I got was a massive headache and a messed up truck. They are very professional and act quickly on your claim. I highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for help.”

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2/9/2020

“I was in an accident and decided to call Wattel and York. After months of going to a Chiropractor, I finally felt better. When it came time for settlement, the insurance company was making an offer I wanted to accept, Mr. Wattel advised against it and felt the insurance company was shortchanging me. He recommended I file a lawsuit and that will get them to cave. Well, Dave filed suit, and sure enough, the insurance company increased their offer by $4,000! I am very satisfied with how my case was handled.”

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20/20/2020

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13/9/2020

“Thank you so much for all your hard work on our behalf! Thinking I could handle it on my own, I was originally reluctant to take my accident claim to an attorney. But I am SO glad I called you instead. Your people were always helpful, pleasant and responsive at every step along the way. You represented us with honesty and integrity and made a traumatic experience as painless as it could be. And best of all, you helped us get a settlement that was fair and far more than I could ever have negotiated on my own! I highly recommend Wattel &York to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.”

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“I was the passenger in a vehicle that was 'T- Boned' at an intersection in 2014. The issues of responsibility and recovery became a difficult and convoluted confusion. I really needed help. This Team at Wattel and York walked me patiently and encouragingly through difficult months, sorting through issues and finally arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. I especially want to name two great and encouraging "warriors" of Wattel and York who directed me along the way..Brian Torba and Melissa Patterson..to them and the whole team I say "Thank You" with heart felt gratitude. Sincerely, God Bless You.”

Robert G.

“Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. Wattel & York brought all of these qualities and more to my accident case. I'd love to thank all of the team members who helped me with the process: David Guzman, who conducted the initial interview in my home, Aly Shomar-Esparza, who seamlessly guided me through paperwork and filings, Debbie Harrach, who conducted final review, paperwork revisions and scheduling, and Thomas Grisoni, who counseled me before and attended my deposition. I never felt alone during the arduous process and always knew there was a professional team looking out for my best interest. I highly recommend Wattel & York if you are unfortunately involved in an accident that was not your fault.”

Russ W.

“I was a passenger in a car that got t-boned a few years ago and got a huge gash. I didn't know a lot about lawyers, so I basically just picked one on the flip of a coin. I called Wattel and York and they explained everything, I went into the office and filled out paperwork. Got treatment on my gash over the time I worked with them, glad I did as it opened back up a couple times and bled. They did really good, got me the maximum amount of money, and made sure I was well taken care of. I was updated from time to time so that was good. The only thing I might change is I never got to thank or talk to my lawyer. I think it was because I was already used to dealing with the lady at their Glendale office so they just kept her as my point of contact. So it's okay, I'll thank them with a good review. The last thing I could say about them is months after I thought my case was over they called me and said they had another check for me for a few hundred dollars. Apparently, they negotiated with the hospital I went to after the accident. It was a nice surprise and shows they really had my interests in mind.”

Trent B.

“Wattel & York has been great for me in the past few years. I was involved in a really bad accident while I was on Active Duty in Yuma, Arizona and they have been patient with me every step of the way through a very long process. I would recommend them to anyone thank you for all your help.”

Levy G.

“Appreciate David taking the time to speak with me. He was most kind. From the front line with the receptionist, to him, the firm was a class act all the way around.”

Claire B.

“Dave Wattel represented me and my son on a Personal Injury case from a motor vehicle accident back in 2009. Jake P. handled my deposition and Dave did the Quarterbacking. The insurance company hired NFL referee Ed Hochuli's firm to try and deny our claim. But Wattel & York made it look as easy as Tom Brady on the football field. The result was more than acceptable and my son and I were compensated for our injuries and rehabilitation. Dave Wattel cares about his clients. If I ever find myself in a situation like this again, Wattel & York will be on speed dial!!”

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