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FAQs

General
Do I need an attorney to handle this?

This answer depends on a number of factors. The primary factor is typically the severity of your injuries. For example, in a car accident, if you suffered minor injuries that require little to no medical treatment and do not require emergency room treatment, and you only had minor property damage, you may not need an attorney. In these cases, the insurance companies will likely, but not always, be willing to quickly settle your claim.  In cases like this, in may not be necessary to pay an attorney to resolve your claim (although we always encourage you to call us to determine if you need an attorney – we take these calls all of the time).

On the other hand, if you suffer injures where emergency room care is necessary due to the negligence of another, hiring an attorney is likely in your best interest. As Arizona personal injury attorneys, our Torgenson Law legal team is devoted to fighting for injured people. We are armed with the law and knowledge to fight insurance companies who purposely undervalue personal injury claims and take advantage of personal injury victims. Additionally, if the circumstances surrounding your injuries are complex, an attorney is vital for analyzing your case and the law to establish liability on another party. Regardless of your injuries or the circumstances surrounding your claims, hiring an honest, hard-working, and experienced personal injury attorney will add value to your claim. We, at Torgenson Law, are confident in our abilities to satisfy your needs.

When in doubt, give us a call and we will shoot it to you straight.  If you need us, we are ready.  If you may do better without us, we will let you know that, too.

What are my options if I’ve been seriously injured by a dog bite?

There are over 18,000 dog bite claims per year in the US alone. In Arizona, the dog owner is liable for any injury their dog causes to someone else. You can seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, mental distress, future medical care, and more. You can read more about this topic in detail on our blog.

What are my legal options if a loved one was killed in an accident?

These are extremely unfortunate and complex cases. Calculating the value of emotional damage can be a difficult thing. However, if a loved one was killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may file a claim for wrongful death. You can read more about this topic on our blog.

What is the difference between an at-fault vs. not-at-fault motorcycle accident?

At-fault issues include excessive speed, failing to yield, not carrying a license or insurance coverage, intoxication, etc. For more information on what to do after you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, check out this blog post.

How do I win my personal injury case?

In order to have a successful personal injury case, you must be able to prove that the other party is liable for the accident or injuries sustained. This is where the evidence gathered at the scene, police reports and physicians reports will be crucial. Once liability is proven, damages will need to be proven through medical records and bills, expense reports, photographs, witness statements, and more.

Auto Accidents
Underinsured & Uninsured coverage

If you’ve been in an accident with an uninsured motorist (UM), or you’ve been in a hit-and-run and the driver cannot be located, UM coverage will pay out your medical bills and expenses after the accident. Underinsured motorist coverage will cover the cost of damages when they exceed the responsible party’s limits in liability insurance. This is crucial especially if you have sustained serious injuries from the accident. If you’ve been in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver, it is wise to consult a personal injury lawyer before dealing with the insurance company to make sure you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.

What about out-of-state car accidents?

Most auto insurance policies offer coverage in all 50 states, so you should be able to file a claim in the state where the accident occured. Individual state laws will apply when it comes to receiving compensation, including their statute of limitations regarding how much time you have after the accident to file the claim. If you’ve been in an out-of-state car accident, consult a personal injury lawyer to make sure you proceed with your claims in the smartest way. If your accident occurred in Arizona, make sure to call Torgenson Law to discuss how we can help you with your case.

What happens if my friend crashes my car?

There are many factors that can determine the outcome of a situation such as this. You can read all about it on our blog.

Should I accept a check from my insurance company after my accident?

We do not recommend accepting a check or signing anything from the insurance company without first consulting a personal injury lawyer.

Is it normal to have neck pain months after my car accident?

Many people tend to experience whiplash after they are involved in a car accident. The pain can last anywhere from a few weeks to many months. It is very important to be seen by a physician immediately after a car accident to make sure that more serious injuries have not been sustained. If the car accident was months ago and you are still experiencing neck pain, schedule an appointment with your physician immediately to make sure there isn’t a more serious injury.

Dog Bites
What are my options if I’ve been seriously injured by a dog bite?

There are over 18,000 dog bite claims per year in the US alone. In Arizona, the dog owner is liable for any injury their dog causes to someone else. You can seek damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, mental distress, future medical care, and more. You can read more about this topic in detail on our blog.

Motorcycle Accidents:
What is the difference between an at-fault vs. not-at-fault motorcycle accident?

At-fault issues include excessive speed, failing to yield, not carrying a license or insurance coverage, intoxication, etc. For more information on what to do after you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, check out this blog post.

Personal Injury
How do I win my personal injury case?

In order to have a successful personal injury case, you must be able to prove that the other party is liable for the accident or injuries sustained. This is where the evidence gathered at the scene, police reports and physicians reports will be crucial. Once liability is proven, damages will need to be proven through medical records and bills, expense reports, photographs, witness statements, and more.

I was injured in an accident that was not my fault- what are my legal options?

When you’ve been injured in an accident at no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation for:

-Medical expenses, current and future
-Lost wages and future earnings
-Property damage
-Physical and Mental suffering

Working with an experienced personal injury attorney will greatly increase your chances of receiving maximum compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained.

Should I be keeping track of my medical expenses?

Yes, you should keep records of any medical expenses incurred, any days missed from work, repair bills. The more that is recorded, the higher the likelihood of having these expenses recovered. By working with a personal injury attorney, you will be guided through this difficult process one step at a time.

What types of damages can I recover for my injuries?

If you’ve been in an accident that caused injuries, you have a right to file a claim to receive compensation from the responsible party for the injuries you’ve sustained. Your claim can cover the cost of medical expenses, time lost at work, future medical bills, property damage, damage to quality of life, and more.

What does personal injury mean?

The term personal injury refers to a physical or mental injury that one suffers from as a result of another’s negligence. A personal injury case may cover an auto accident, truck or motorcycle accident, medical malpractice, a dog bite, a slip and fall accident, or any other type of accident that results in an injury.

Wrongful Death
What are my legal options if a loved one was killed in an accident?

These are extremely unfortunate and complex cases. Calculating the value of emotional damage can be a difficult thing. However, if a loved one was killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may file a claim for wrongful death. You can read more about this topic on our blog.