Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney
If you are injured in an accident in Maricopa County, you will need a strong, tenacious Phoenix personal injury lawyer at your side to help you pursue compensation.
Even if you’re unsure of whether you ultimately want to file a personal injury lawsuit against those that harmed you or not, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer residents trust in the wake of an Arizona accident. Even if the only legal challenges you have any interest in dealing with are those that involve speaking with insurance claims adjusters, it’s important to have an experienced professional advocate representing you in these negotiations. Why? That’s a fair question… the answer may not be one you’ve considered quite yet.
Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits
Freddy Saavedra handles lawsuits arising out of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, government negligence, pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, bus accidents, dog bites, and slip-and-fall accidents. Below you will find a discussion of some of our key practice areas. We invite you to explore our site further to learn more about them.
- Motor Vehicle Collisions: Our firm handles cases arising from motor vehicle accidents involving cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, buses, and trucks. Serious injuries may be sustained in a motor vehicle accident. This is especially true for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists because there is no buffer between these people and the force of a larger vehicle in the event of a collision. Truck accidents also can have devastating consequences for people in smaller vehicles. In most cases, you will need to show the negligence of someone else to recover damages. This involves proving that the defendant needed to meet a certain standard of care, but their driving fell short of that standard. Their careless driving also must have led directly to the accident and injuries.
- Wrongful Death: If a loved one dies due to the fault of someone else, such that your loved one could have sued for damages had they lived, a personal injury attorney in the Phoenix area can help you bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages. A wrongful death is a result of negligence, a wrongful act, or default. Only specific people who survive the deceased victim are allowed to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. If you are a husband, wife, child, parent, guardian, or legal representative of one of these people, you may bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for the victim’s death. In most cases, you will need to establish the appropriate relationship with the victim to bring the wrongful death lawsuit, as well as the defendant’s negligence. We understand the heart-breaking and sensitive nature of these cases and can be empathetic and strategic when pursuing justice in honor of your loved one.
- Government Negligence: The doctrine of sovereign immunity protects government entities from being sued, except in situations in which they have expressly consented to be sued. There are situations involving accidental harm that allow a victim to bring a lawsuit against a government entity. However, there are special rules that you will need to follow if you are suing a local, state, or federal government entity. The Arizona Tort Claims Act specifies certain rules that you must follow related to filing a claim against the state government. If you believe that a state entity is responsible for your injuries, you will need to file a written claim within 180 days of an accident. Our Phoenix personal injury attorney can assist you with this process. The claim needs to describe what happened, explain how you were injured, state the amount of money that you are seeking, and provide facts to support the medical losses that you are claiming.
- Premises Liability: A victim may be able to recover damages if they were injured on someone else’s property. You can sue a property owner or occupier for premises liability if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about the dangerous property condition that caused your injuries. Dangerous property conditions that could support a lawsuit include broken stairs, potholes, slippery floors, poor lighting, broken bumpers, open wells, and broken railings. In most cases, we will need to investigate whether the owner had the requisite actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition such that it can be held responsible.
- Slip and Fall Accidents: Anyone who has fallen on private or public property may have grounds for compensation for injuries. These types of personal injury cases depend on the environment, whether it is safe or not for others. Property owners are responsible for any hazards on their premises, and they must keep all visitors safe from injury. If a hazard is not cleaned properly and a warning sign is installed, victims may file a complaint against the property owner. Your case is stronger if the property you visited was unreasonably dangerous or hazardous for people to be in. If you suffered an injury due to a slip and fall either in a grocery store, mall, recreational park, or other location, please consider contacting a Peoria, Arizona, personal injury lawyer as soon as possible for assistance.
- Medical Malpractice: Did you know that you are protected under the law if a doctor were to cause harm to you while diagnosing and/or treating a condition? If a doctor has a duty to provide you care and fails to provide you with proper treatment or care, they can be held liable if you were to suffer an injury. Victims of medical malpractice have a right to take legal action against a doctor for negligence. When a doctor strays from what is expected within the medical community and causes patient harm, that patient may be entitled to monetary restitution for what happened.
What Traits Should Your Personal Injury Lawyer Have?
In order to find the right lawyer that suits your needs, they should have some, if not all, of the traits listed below.
- They Listen: Any good lawyer worth their salt is going to be a good listener. They are going to do more than just hear you, they are going to be able to help you create a safe environment for discussing your case. They are going to be actively part of the conversation and keep notes on key bits of information. They are also going to be asking you questions without taking control of the conversation. A good lawyer will know this is difficult, and they will be engaged in what you have to say and understand.
- They Are Responsive: You don’t want a lawyer who is just going to agree with you no matter what. A good lawyer is going to respond to what you are telling them and then develop a course of action for your case. Once your case is started, they are going to keep you in the loop. If you are unsure about what your case is doing or the status of it, and you can’t get through to your lawyer, then chances are you don’t have a lawyer who has the time to dedicate to all their cases.
- They Have Courtroom Experience: If your case has to go to trial, then your lawyer needs to know how to handle that. Having courtroom experience can help your case in the long run, as the lawyer will know how to work professionally with the judge and how to negotiate with those in the courtroom. If you have a lawyer that doesn’t have that much experience in the courtroom, you may find that your case is being hindered rather than helped.
Finding the right lawyer for you can be difficult. You will have to do some homework before deciding on the right lawyer for your case. If you have any more questions about what a personal injury lawyer in Peoria, AZ, can do for you or how to find the right lawyer, don’t hesitate to reach out to Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, to talk to a trusted lawyer who can answer your questions.
Discuss Your Case with a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
Insurance companies and their attorneys often look for possible ways to avoid paying a claim. It is important to talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in the Phoenix area before you talk to an insurer for any other party. If you were injured in an accident in Maricopa County, Freddy Saavedra can advise you on whether you have a claim. Call us at 602-878-6625 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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