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. 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.
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, or guardian, or a 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 to the victim to bring the wrongful death lawsuit, as well as the defendant’s negligence.
The doctrine of sovereign immunity protects government entities from being sued, except in situations in which they have expressly consented to being 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.
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.
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 602-753-8917 or contact us online for a free consultation.
It is a good idea to come to your initial consultation with your personal injury lawyer Phoenix, Peoria, and Maricopa County, AZ residents trust prepared to discuss the details of your case and show documentation that supports your claim and would be useful to your lawyer. You will also want to make a list of legal questions ahead of time. Some questions that you might want to ask will include:
Determining the value of a personal injury case is done by evaluating multiple factors when applicable. For example, the total cost of your medical treatment, lost wages from missing work, damage to your property, pain and suffering, and more. Some of these are valued by sampling totaling up the numbers, but others, like pain and suffering, are not so easy to put a dollar number on but an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to do this and can help you calculate the total amount that your case is worth and explain or defend that amount to the court on your behalf.
When it comes to talking to a personal injury lawyer in the Phoenix area, it is always better to meet with one sooner rather than later. An experienced lawyer from Saavedra Law Firm, PLC can get started on your case right away and having more time will allow them to better prepare and not limit your legal options. Time may be of the essence. So, if you or a loved one has been injured don’t wait to speak with a personal injury lawyer.
Even if you were partially at fault for the accident that led to your injury, you likely can still get the compensation you need to cover your damages and cost of your medical bills. In some situations the court may rule that each party was a certain percentage at fault or liable for the accident, such as 60% the other party’s fault and 40% your fault. Under these circumstances you may be able to recover at least some of your damages up to the percentage that they are found to be liable.
After you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional injury, you likely have the option of filing a personal injury claim. People who can submit a claim are the injured person themselves, a parent or legal guardian on behalf of their child, others who were affected and damaged by the incident in some way, and possibly even a grandparent or other involved persons depending on the situation. Don’t wait to speak with an experienced Phoenix area personal injury lawyer if you or your loved one has been injured.