Practice Areas

Diminished Value

The financial consequences of an automobile accident can last long after your automobile is repaired. An automobile involved in an accident is permanently diminished in value. Diminished value happens when a vehicle involved in an auto accident suffers physical damage structurally, cosmetically, or both. Even if the vehicle is repaired to an immaculate, like-new condition, it is still worth less money than it was before the automobile accident occurred.

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Elevator and Escalator Accident

Elevator and escalator accidents in shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes, parking garages, and other locations are often caused by preventable mechanical error and can lead to both catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.  Most elevator and escalator accidents can be attributed to faulty maintenance, inspection, operation, or design.

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Slippery Floor Accident

The Centers for Disease Control report that approximately 8,000,000 non-fatal injuries, including spinal cord and traumatic head injuries, result from slip and fall accidents every year, and around 19,000 people die every year from falls. Prominent among these fall accidents are those caused by slippery floors.

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Slip & Fall Accident

Do you have questions about filing a slip and fall lawsuit in Arizona? At Wattel & York, our Phoenix premises liability attorneys are available to review your case at no charge and advise you on your legal options for pursuing recourse against any and all parties liable for your injuries or losses.

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Sidewalk Accident

Sidewalk accidents may occur on walkways on privately owned properties, in which case the owner of the property is responsible for maintaining them in a safe condition, or on public sidewalks.  If you or a loved one have suffered from an injury that was caused by a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ sidewalk accident lawyer for a free legal consultation.

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Negligent Security and Victims Crime

When people are on the premises of apartment buildings, hospitals, hotels, motels, stores, malls, schools, and self-storage facilities, and other premises, they have an expectation of safety, and the owners of these properties have a responsibility provide a secure environment.

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Premises Liability Accident Overview

Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe condition, free from dangerous conditions. When they fail to take reasonable safeguards to minimize potential hazards, Arizona premises liability lawyers take these negligent property owners to task. Thousands of people are seriously injured in preventable premises accident injuries each year.

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects the child’s movement control. It can be caused by an injury to the child’s brain before, during, or after the birth, and in many cases is due to preventable medical error.

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Birth Injuries

The birth of a child is an event of incomparable joy for most parents.  But that joy can quickly turn to sorrow when the healthcare professionals to whom you entrusted the life and health of your baby did something wrong, whether from lack of proper training or carelessness, and your tiny, vulnerable child is harmed and may never lead a normal life.

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Infant Brain Damage

Your doctor or midwife and the hospital staff are responsible for providing you with excellent care during your pregnancy and delivery and in the days immediately after your child is born. The best assurance that your baby will be born healthy is having competent medical care at this important time.

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Failure to Diagnose Cancer

It is a well-known fact that the key to becoming a cancer survivor rather than a cancer victim is early diagnosis and treatment. It is the responsibility of the primary care physician to ask appropriate probing questions and take serious any complaints that arise during an examination that might indicate the patient has an early form of cancer.

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Emergency Room Errors

Emergency rooms are chaotic places, so it is not surprising that they are all too frequently the site of tragic mistakes resulting in medical malpractice and wrongful death. Emergency room physicians have to make life and death judgments not only quickly, but accurately.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical and health care professionals have the duty to adhere to recognized medical protocols during patient treatment and care. If you were harmed by the negligent conduct of a doctor, nurse, hospital, health care specialist, practitioner or other health care attendant, you may seek compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries and mistreatment.

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Bed Sores

Bed sores are also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers. They are caused by continuous, unrelieved pressure on an area of the body. If the pressure is not relieved from time to time, the tissues will break down and a sore will form. These happen most often in patients who are confined to bed without changing their position. They can also occur in patients who must use wheelchairs and sit in the same position for hours without shifting their weight.

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Nursing Home Abuse

There are more than 36 million people over the age of 65 in the United States today. Many will require some type of assisted living, whether it is in the form of an assisted care facility, nursing home, or in-home nurse. According to some estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans aged 65 or older have been abused.

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Sings That An Elderly Person is Being Abused or Neglected

If someone you care about is living in nursing home or assisted living facility in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona, it is a good idea to visit as often as possible. Sometimes elderly people who are being abused are afraid to say anything because of fear of reprisals. Others may be unable to articulate the problem, for example a person whose speech has been impaired by a stroke or who suffers from dementia.

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Sexual Abuse of the Elderly in Nursing Homes

As difficult as it may be to comprehend, sexual abuse is a very real danger to elderly people living in nursing homes in Phoenix and the surrounding area. The abusers may be nursing home staff, other residents, or visitors to the facility. Older sexual offenders who are not required to register because they were convicted before offender registration became the law are often admitted as residents of elder-care homes.

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Physical Abuse of Elders at the Hands of Caretakers

Age diminishes physical strength and for many elderly people their relative frailty puts them at a distinct disadvantage when those charged with their care engage in physical abuse. For some caregivers, abuse may be an unintended knee-jerk response of an overworked caretaker to frustration in dealing with a difficult patient

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Malnutrition in Nursing Homes

A study by the Commonwealth Foundation found that between 35 and 85 percent of U.S. nursing home residents are malnourished. At least a third of the nursing home residents in the United States and considerably more according to some studies, may suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, conditions that cause more medical problems or worsen existing ones.

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Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Various parties may attempt to use the vulnerability of elderly people and engage in elder abuse for their financial advantage. These include strangers who sell seniors goods or services at inflated prices, often failing to deliver anything of value; financial professionals who misuse their fiduciary responsibility for the assets of an older person; caregivers in the elderly person’s home or in an institutional setting, such as a nursing home or assisted living home, and family members who exert undue influence or subterfuge to gain access to an elderly person’s assets.

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Motorcycle Accidents

If statistics are any indication, motorcycling is one of the nation’s most popular pastimes. In 2009 close to 10,000 motorcycles were sold in the United States. Some nine percent of Americans own one, which means there are over 4 million motorcycles registered in the United States.

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Boating Accidents

Boating is one of the most popular outdoor hobbies in the United States. And though it is widely considered a fun and relaxing sport, recreational boating has a dark side. In 2008, boating accidents in the United States resulted in 3,331 injuries and 709 deaths. Shockingly, America’s waterways are second only to highways in terms of the number of accidental deaths occurring on them.

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Trucking Accidents

Commercial truck accidents may be caused trucks belonging to individuals  (e.g. a plumber or electrician) or  government agencies, or they may be part of large corporate fleets, like UPS, FEDEX, DHL, and other courier or delivery services.  If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of being involved in a truck accident, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ truck accident lawyer for a free legal consultation.

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Texting While Driving

Distracted driving is the cause of about 16 percent of all crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2009, nearly 5,500 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. And the biggest distraction of them all is texting.  If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident that was the result of the distracted driving behavior of another driver, contact one of our Phoenix, AZ texting and driving accident lawyers for a free legal consultation.

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Taxi Accidents

Taxi drivers have a reputation for aggressively driving in order to get more fares and make more money. While certainly some cabbies exercise caution and drive safely, there are plenty more who don’t. Negligent driving on the part of cab drivers is often the reason taxi accidents occur. Speeding, weaving, failing to yield, running stop signs and lights, talking on cell phones or to dispatch, and driving while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs are common causes of taxi accidents in Phoenix.

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Rear-end Accidents

Rear-end accidents are the most common type of motor vehicle collision, with about 2.5 million rear-end accidents taking place in the United States every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 29 percent of all car accidents are rear-impact crashes.

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Highway Accidents

In Arizona, there are more than 75 highways, state roads and interstates. There are a few particular highways in and around Phoenix where accidents occur with great frequency, resulting in severe injuries and deaths.  Contact an experienced and successful Phoenix, AZ highway auto accident lawyer if you or someone you love have been injured or killed in an accident that took place on a highway and was caused by the negligent driving of someone else.

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Head-on Collisions

Of all types of car accidents, head-on collisions are the most catastrophic. Although they make up only 2 percent of motor vehicle accidents, they are responsible for 10 percent of all traffic fatalities.  If you or someone you care for have suffered serious injuries as a result of being involved in an auto accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ head-on collision attorney for a free legal consultation.

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Dui Accidents

When you’ve been injured or someone you love has been killed or involved in a drunk driving accident, the anger and grief you experience is made even worse by the knowledge that it wouldn’t have happened if an irresponsible person had not decided to get behind the wheel drunk. Drunk driving in Phoenix and across the nation is a serious problem.  Contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ DUI collision lawyer that has experience handling wrongful death cases as well if you are someone you love have been injured or killed in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver.

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Auto Accidents

At Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, our Phoenix, AZ auto accident lawyers have extensive experience in handling crash injury cases and make it a point to investigate every possible contributing cause of an accident to make sure you receive full compensation. You take the time you need to recover from the trauma of your injuries while we take over the investigation.

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Wrongful Death

The sudden loss of a loved one can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience, especially if the death was a senseless tragedy that could have been prevented. If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another party or a defective product, you may be eligible for legal compensation.

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Workplace Injuries

Workplaces are regulated and are supposed to be safe for employees and visitors. Employers owe a duty to their employees to maintain a safe and hazard-free working environment. When that duty is violated and an injury results that was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of that violation, than the elements of a basic negligence action exist.

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Swimming Pool Accident

In Arizona, a drowning incident may in some instances qualify as a premises liability cause of action if the owner was negligent in pool safety and/or maintenance. In other situations a wrongful death case may be the appropriate legal remedy. If there is a slip and fall or physical injury, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed to recover compensatory damages.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

If you or someone you love experienced a spinal cord injury that was fully or partially caused by the negligent, intentional and/or reckless conduct of another, you may be entitled to seek monetary damages. At Wattel & York, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys believe that every individual deserves quality legal representation and that injured persons should be compensated for the negligent, harmful actions of others. We have successfully settled or tried more than 13,000 cases and we can help you with your case as well.

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Public Transportation Accidents

If you were injured by a public carrier, you should not hesitate to take action for compensation for your injuries and property damage. Wattel & York auto accident attorneys in Phoenix, AZ have successfully represented more than 13,000 cases in the last 40 years. With a combined 50 years of experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and legal skills to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve

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Property Damage

It is important to know that your insurance “policy” is actually a legally binding contract with specific terms and conditions governing you and the insurer. As it relates to property damage, there are two important parts of the insurance contract – liability coverage and collision coverage (damage to your automobile).

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Personal Injury

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

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Elderly Abuse Overview

With Americans reaching retirement age in record numbers while simultaneously taking advantage of medical advances designed to increase longevity, many more families are facing questions surrounding how best to care for their oldest members. It is no longer the norm for families to provide elder care in the home, considering that most work outside the home during the day and cannot provide the attention their loved ones require.

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Construction Accident

If you were injured at the workplace, on a construction site, and your employer negligently violated safety standards, you may seek compensation in an Arizona personal injury lawsuit. It is the duty of your employer to maintain a safe and compliant worksite. The Arizona personal injury law firm of Wattel and York aggressively protects the rights of injured construction worker

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Child Injuries

According to the Center for Disease Control, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Children’s injuries are one of the most under-recognized public health problems in the country.  If you have a child that has been seriously injured or died as a result of the negligent actions of someone else, contact an experienced Wattel & York Phoenix, AZ child injury attorney and or a wrongful death lawyer in Phoenix, AZ for legal counsel.

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Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries include extreme and severe injuries. They usually result in one or more permanent physical disabilities.  In order for you to obtain and recover the proper amount of financial compensation for your or your loved ones full physical and or emotional recovery, you must contact an experienced Phoenix, AZ catastrophic injury attorney right after you are involved in the accident that causes the catastrophic injury to you or your loved one.

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Bus Accidents

Buses must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations, which is the agency that regulates interstate bus and truck safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of the government agencies that is responsible for reducing vehicular crashes and their resulting injuries and fatalities. Bus companies, drivers, mechanics and employees must comply with safety requirements. Bus drivers must be trained and certified.

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Burn Injuries

If you experienced burn injuries that were caused by the negligent conduct of another person, you may seek compensation in the form of personal injury claim. Even if the injuries were only partially the fault of the other individual or company, you may be able to receive compensation.

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Brain Injury

If you or someone close to you has suffered the misfortune of sustaining a traumatic brain injury,you need the assistance of an experienced Phoenix traumatic brain injury attorney who knows how to pursue maximum compensation from those responsible. Given the fact that injuries of this type routinely cause dramatic changes in the lives of victims and their entire families, it is important to have aggressive litigators on your side in order to secure the financial resources you are likely to need.

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Bicycle Accidents

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Product Liability

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Dog Bites

If you find yourself the victim of a dog attack, consult attorneys trained in the rules and regulations governing dog bites. At Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, our Phoenix dog bite lawyers have extensive experience handling canine attack, bite & mauling cases. An injury lawyer in Phoenix at Wattel & York will make the extra effort when it comes to investigating the possible causes of your dog bite incident so that you receive full compensation for your pain and suffering.

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Auto Accidents

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