Chandler Personal Injury Cases
It is often not understood that Chandler personal injury lawyers handle cases beyond those of auto accidents that result in mental and physical injuries. In fact these types of attorneys represent a multitude of cases, not just those for accidents and injuries occurring on the state’s roads. Some of the other types of injury cases that personal injury lawyers in Chandler represent include:
- Assault, 294 residents and visitors experienced in Chandler in 2014
- Product liability injuries, as 26,948 people experienced in 2005
- Birth injuries due to complications or medical risk, as more than 55 percent babies born in Maricopa county in 2013 could have experienced
- Premises liability, as 11,908 people experienced in America in one year
- Slip and fall injuries, with these types of accidents resulting in 33 percent of emergency department visits
- Pharmaceutical liability due to injuries from prescription drugs, medical devices and over-the-counter medications, as more and more patients are experiencing throughout the country
- Dog bites, as experienced in Chandler dog parks of Shawnee Park, Snedigar Sportsplex, Nozomi Park or Paseo Vista Recreation Area
- Bicycle accidents injured 1276 people in Arizona during 2015
- Medical malpractice, 2,777 patients suffered in Arizona between 2004 and 2014
- Construction defects are becoming more common in Chandler, according to the International Risk Management Institute
- Dental malpractice, leading to successful handling of 304 legal claims by personal injury attorneys in Arizona between 2004 and 2014
- Nursing home liability, as aging patients experience for up to 10 percent of residents
- Many other types of accidents
A Chandler personal injury lawyer can handle the above cases and others centered on injuries suffered due to the fault or negligence of another party. Such injuries can happen almost anywhere in Chandler and at any time.
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What negligence Means in Chandler Personal Injury Law
Negligence is a term used to describe the failure of someone to use reason and care in their actions. The phrase “duty of care” is used to describe the responsibility to serve another party according to minimum standards of care. Negligence or failure in duty of care by one party is the basis of a personal injury case, when injury results from the negligence.
A personal injury lawyer evaluates the circumstances of an injury when negligence has occurred, in order to determine whether financial damages can be gained. For a settlement or court decision to be favorable for the injured party, there must be evidence of the negligence having occurred. This is the burden of proof, which falls on the plaintiff.
How a Chandler Personal Injury Lawyer Works for Your Case
There are a wide variety of specializations in the field of law, with several types being able to handle your case. But it is always best to pursue the help of a Chandler personal injury lawyer who has the experience and resources needed to build your strongest case.
A general attorney can often have some success in a personal injury case. An example may be of gaining $50,000 for an injured client. But for the same case, a personal injury lawyer with experience, knowledge and skill in dealing with insurance companies will be able to get double that amount for the same case. Gaining $100,000 instead of $50,000 is always a better option and personal injury specialists are capable of achieving such results, as compared to lawyers from other fields of law.
General practice lawyers may also try to win your business by reducing their fees. But fee reduction is not the bonus that it appears to be. A reduced fee from this type of attorney will still eat up most of your case compensation, if your lawyer does not have the solid reputation, experience and knowledge needed to gain the best results from an Arizona personal injury claim.
Why Personal Injury Cases Make Sense
Personal injury cases serve the purpose of helping victims gain compensation so they can better recover after being hurt through someone else’s negligence. The Chandler lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law handle cases for injured victims. Common categories in which Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law represents clients include:
- Birth injury
- Brain damage
- Medical malpractice
- Dental malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Government liability cases
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Nursing home injury or elder abuse
- Personal injury
- Product liability
- Slip and fall injuries
Even the simplest of personal injury cases may center on victims who suffered immense life changes due to another party’s negligence. Settlement amounts in these cases range from $25,000 to well over $1 million. A settlement is determined according to several factors, including:
Medical expenses can become unmanageable. Many injured victims are billed over $100,000 from medical providers, particularly when they must stay in the hospital for a long period of time or need lengthy rehabilitation from their injuries. When these bills arrive, it is important ot pay them quickly to avoid credit damage or collections processes.
Insurance companies understand this medical bill pressure and use it to their advantage. They will try to quickly settle at a low amount with injured victims, but doing so means that the victims are not paid what they are actually owed. Insurance companies also prefer to settle quickly before the victim gets a lawyer, has been fully assessed for injuries or know their expected costs for the long term. These same insurance adjusters will claim that they are paying a reasonable amount, often providing up to five times the victim’s medical expenses at the time of settlement. But these payments are not as generous as they seem. They will often not cover life care, all injury costs, vocational training or other bills.
You will likely feel tempted to sign an early settlement. This is particularly true if the amount appears large at face value. But you should not sign prior to talking to a Chandler personal injury attorney with experience and knowledge to determine how much money you should be paid. Always approach adjuster offers suspiciously and contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
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Life Care Costs
Future medical bills, rehab for injuries and home care are some of the costs covered under life care. Even when a family member will take care of the victim in the home, life care money will cover these costs.
Family members caring for an injured victim should not have to provide this care without compensation. This is because the family member will lose valuable time for focusing on their own life and needs. They will have less free time and cannot work outside of the home for as many hours as before. There may also come a time when this caring person cannot continue managing the needs of the injured loved one, with that being when hiring a nurse or home care provider makes sense.
To ensure the protection of your future, you need the right personal injury lawyer. This lawyer will enlist the help of expert witnesses for testimony toward deserved settlement or trial decision.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is often the largest portion of a personal injury case settlement. This is justified through the personal toll on a victim’s life and their loved ones that injuries take. Victims often suffer loss of earning capacity along with constant pain, reduced cognitive abilities, or even worse issues caused by the injuries. All of these conditions and other problems suffered by these parties result in lower quality of life. Pain and suffering damages are intended to help with these issues.
Employment damages are determined through calculations of the personal injury lawyer or an expert witness. When an injured person can no longer work after the accident as they did before, this type of compensation is sought. Many people must change field of employment, experience wage reduction or cannot work at all after their injuries. Young people or college students may be compensated according to the expected earnings of their chosen field.
After an accident or other incident causing personal injury, many people cannot work for as long as their peers and end up retiring early. A personal injury lawyer must review the individual’s earnings before the injury, how much they were projected to earn through retirement and how much they are actually earning after the injury. Inflation is factored into these calculations and experts provide perspective regarding the precise amounts.
Juries typically respond well to vocational experts and understand the impact of injuries on lifelong earnings and the plaintiff’s lifestyle. Juries are usually sympathetic to these changes and compensate parties as they deserve. When you work with a reputable lawyer experienced in the field, your chances of gaining a large settlement increase dramatically.
Chandler attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law are highly experienced in personal injury cases. Their experience and knowledge will be used to your maximum benefit in settlement negotiations or a jury trial. Their goal for your case is the highest possible settlement.
Call the Chandler personal injury lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law any time at 602.254.2701. As an alternative, you may complete our free consultation form online. In doing so, you will be able to gain a free 30-minute case evaluation with one of the firm’s Chandler personal injury attorneys.