It is often misunderstood that Scottsdale personal injury lawyers only handle auto accident cases. But this is false. Personal injury lawyers represent a wide variety of cases that are designed to help people injured in any of a multitude of ways.
Scottsdale personal injury cases may involve a victim of these types of injuries:
- Assault, as 195 people experienced in Scottsdale in 2013
- Bicycle accidents, as 1276 people in Arizona experienced in 2015
- Birth injury, as more than 55 percent of 53,848 babies born in Maricopa county in 2013 could have experienced due to complications or medical risk
- Construction defects, as are increasing to crisis levels in Mesa and elsewhere, according to the International Risk Management Institute
- Dental malpractice, as 304 patients were compensated for dental malpractice in Arizona between 2004 and 2014
- Dog bites, as may be experienced in Scottsdale area dog parks like Chaparral Park, Horizon Park Off-Leash Area or Vista Del Camino Park Off-Leash Area
- Malfunctioning products, as 26,948 people experienced in 2005
- Medical malpractice, as 2,777 patients were compensated for medical malpractice in Arizona between 2004 and 2014
- Nursing home liability, as up to 10 percent of elderly patients experience
- Pharmaceutical liability, as a rapidly growing number of patients are experiencing injury from prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and medical devices in Scottsdale and beyond
- Premises liability, as 11,908 people experienced in the U.S. in one year
- Slip and fall accidents, with slip and fall accidents and general falls leading to 33 percent of ER visits
- Many other types of accidents
This is only a partial list of the types of cases a personal injury lawyer represents. Accidents and injuries can happen just about anywhere, at any time and as a result of a wide variety of circumstances. Personal injury law firms focus on cases that arise due to injuries suffered from the negligence or intent of another party.
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What role does negligence play in Scottsdale personal injury law?
When someone fails to act carefully and reasonably, it is known as negligence. This is sometimes referred to as a failure in “duty of care” by parties, such as when doctors do not perform up to the duty of care their role requires. When negligence occurs and results in injury and other damages to an individual, a personal injury case may be developed.
A personal injury lawyer approaches a negligence case by first examining the occurrences and results of the accident. This is done to determine whether a claim for financial compensation should be filed. The plaintiff is responsible for proving negligence occurred, showing that the defendant must be monetarily accountable for their injuries and damages.
A Scottsdale Personal Injury Attorney Can Successfully Gain Compensation for Your Injuries
When you are ready to discuss building a personal injury case against a negligent party, you can turn to lawyers of several types, including general practice attorneys. But the experience and knowledge of a Scottsdale personal injury lawyer are key to ensuring your injury case is successful. A Scottsdale personal injury lawyer knows applicable Arizona laws and can best handle your case. Personal injury attorneys also have the resources needed to build the strongest possible case.
General practice lawyers or other types of attorneys often try to entice clients to use their services for a personal injury claim by reducing their fees. But these attorneys will not be experienced enough in personal injury law to bring the higher results of a specialized personal injury lawyer. The knowledge, reputation and experience of a personal injury attorney are much more valuable when seeking the highest possible financial compensation, than a reduced fee.
Why Personal Injury Cases Are Important to Injury Victims
Personal injury cases ensure victims are not further victimized by the extreme financial losses they can experience throughout the rest of their lives due to the suffered injuries. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law handles client cases for injuries and lasting damages suffered due to the negligence of another party. Clients in the following personal injury categories may be represented by Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law:
- Birth injury
- Business and contract disputes
- Product liability
- Dental malpractice
- Government liability cases
- Medical malpractice
- Brain damage
- Personal injury
- Wrongful death
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Nursing home injury or elder care abuse
- Premises liability
- Other personal injury categories
Permanent, disabling personal injury can result from even a simple act of negligence, leading to a lifetime of financial loss and other damages for the victim and their family. Settlements often range between tens of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.
Medical expenses can be incredibly high. Immediate care after an accident due to negligence can cost as much as $100,000 or more. When rehab services or a lengthy hospital stay are involved in the patient’s care, these costs can quickly add up to this amount. Such bills must be paid quickly to ensure the victim and his or her family do not suffer financial repercussions of unpaid medical bills. When injured victims are under great pressure to pay mounting medical costs, insurance adjusters are frequently able to convince them to accept low compensation for an immediate settlement. This is why it is so important for injured victims and their families to engage a personal injury lawyer’s support as soon after the injury as possible.
Insurance adjusters show up quickly after an accident, when someone else’s negligence causes injuries. These adjusters need to gain the victim’s approval for low settlements before the patient is fully aware of how much their medical care and lifelong expenses will cost.
Although adjusters are generally quick to claim that settlement money will cover “all medical expenses,” victims and their families are left paying for additional costs that the hospital does not account for, such as life care, vocational training, adaptive devices and other expenses that add up due to the injury. Don’t be fooled by an offer that is up to five times the medical billing amount. Your injuries often will cost far more than even that amount.
Your insurance adjuster may be very friendly and you may want to believe him or her, in the amount offered being respectable. But you should never sign insurance claim documents without consulting a Scottsdale personal injury lawyer who is experienced in reviewing cases like yours to determine the exact amount of compensation you are due. When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need a lawyer by your side.
Some costs included under “life care” include In-home care, future medical bills, rehabilitation and specialized adaptive devices. You may have a spouse or parent who vows to provide your in-home care without cost. But family members can suffer personal costs from providing this assistance and use their own personal time, focus, energy and freedom to take care of your needs. At some point, this family member will no longer be able to provide for your needs or may need a personal break to take care of themselves. At such times, a personal nurse or home care provider will be needed to care for you.
Protecting your future relies upon having a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. Your attorney will call upon expert witnesses to ensure your life care costs are correctly calculated to determine the compensation amount you deserve, whether your case is settled or must proceed into a jury trial.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages include damages affecting the victim’s life, family relationships and work. The final compensation figure comprises these amounts, with lifelong impact of the injuries factored into the total.
This category of compensation is often the largest in a personal injury case. This is because pain and suffering severely impact an individual’s life and that of their family after an injury caused by negligence of someone else. Exponential losses can be suffered when the victim can no longer work, with those losses often adding up to more than one million dollars. Injury victims also may experience a lifetime of pain that cannot be fully relieved. Their mental capacity may be affected and quality of life is reduced. Pain and suffering damages cover all of these type of costs when applicable.
Damages suffered due to negligence may be related to employment. A vocational specialist or experienced personal injury attorney may calculate these costs to the victim. Many victims are unable to hold their prior job due to the injury. Others have to seek employment in another field at lower compensation. Many suffer termination from the new job after their injury because they cannot maintain their duties due to the injury’s effects. Others can never work again. Even college-bound victims or those who have not yet started working can face a bleak occupational future far beneath their original potential, due to injuries.
Personal injury victims also experience a shorter-than-average work in their lifetime. They often have to retire at a younger age than others in their field. Calculation of damages associated with these changes to their occupational outlook includes consideration of past earnings, projected career earnings toward retirement and what they can earn after their injury, if any work is possible. Inflation and market value increases are added to this figure.
Juries have compassion and understanding regarding income losses. They believe in vocational experts and heavily regard these experts when considering calculated compensation. Juries are also aware that injured people are affected throughout their lives by the damage to a career due as a result of a negligent event. Losses are experienced by everyone in the family, not just the victim, and each person suffers a lower quality of life after an accident.
When you work with an experienced Scottsdale injury attorney, insurance companies also realize that they are going to be held accountable for these costs, above and beyond medical expenses and other claim amounts. Your lawyer may even be able to settle your case quickly without having to go to trial, due to the attorney’s reputation of success in personal injury cases.
The attorneys of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law are highly experienced and knowledgeable in personal injury cases, with a reputation of success for Scottsdale victims. Our attorneys fight for injured victims and their families, to gain the compensation deserved after injuries and damages suffered due to the negligence of someone else. Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law can also help you with medical liens and medical treatment costs to ensure you do not become overburdened by out-of-pocket costs.
Contact the experienced Scottsdale personal injury lawyers of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law now at 602.254.2701 or complete our free consultation form online. You will gain a free 30-60 minute, no-obligation case evaluation with one of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law’ Scottsdale personal injury attorneys.