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Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer

Injuries can lead to significant setbacks for victims. Not only will an injury victim sustain physical and emotional pain and suffering, but they may also be disabled and unable to resume normal daily activities. At Torgenson Law, we are here to help if you need a Phoenix personal injury lawyer. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of somebody else, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our attorneys will conduct a full investigation into your claim so we can obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.

Why Choose Our Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyers?

If you have sustained an injury caused by the negligence of somebody else, you need an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally standing by your side. Torgenson Law is here for you today.

John Torgenson - Managing Trial Attorney in Phoenix

  • John Torgenson, the managing attorney of Torgenson Law, has devoted 100% of his career fighting against corporate interests on behalf of the injured.
  • Our team will not stop fighting on your behalf until we uncover every single detail of what we need to know for your personal injury claim. We have the resources necessary to conduct a deep and thorough investigation.
  • We make sure that every client receives personalized attention for their case. You will not be put off onto a paralegal or legal assistant.
  • We have a deep understanding of the tactics used by insurance carriers to limit the amount of money they pay, and we will use this to our advantage to secure the coverage you need.
  • We have a bilingual staff ready to help you handle your case, whether you speak English or Spanish, and we have strong ties to the Hispanic community in Arizona.

“John was so compassionate, responsive, and prompt in helping me with a very difficult situation – he was a gem! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing legal advice or help. Thank you John! God bless you.” -Lisa S.

Personal Injury Resources & FAQs

Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Lawyers Handle

At Torgenson Law, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys have extensive experience helping victims who have been injured in a variety of ways. So the most common cases that we handle for clients in this area include the following:

This is certainly not an all-inclusive list of the ways that people are injured due to the negligence of others. If you do not see the cause of your injury on this list, please contact our personal injury attorneys in Phoenix for a free consultation of your case so we can determine the best path moving forward for your situation.

At Torgenson Law, we also have wrongful death attorneys for family members of those who have lost their lives due to the negligence of another person. Many of our wrongful death cases revolve around the same types of injuries listed above.

Steps in A Phoenix Personal Injury Case

At Torgenson Law, we will thoroughly discuss the steps of your personal injury case during your free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys. However, we want to give you a brief overview of the Phoenix personal injury case process here:

Step 1: Consult with an attorney

As soon as you know you have a personal injury case, speak to a Phoenix personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will review your case to determine the best steps moving forward. The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled through insurance carriers before a personal injury lawsuit is filed. However, there are some reasons in which it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Step 2: Investigation into your case

If our personal injury lawyers take your case, we will conduct a full investigation into the incident. This will include obtaining all evidence necessary to prove liability, ensuring you are seen by a trusted medical professional, and properly calculating your total losses.

Step 3: Demand letter

After conducting an investigation and calculating your losses, we will file a demand letter with the insurance carrier or the at-fault party. As the name suggests, this letter will demand that the opposing party provide full compensation for your losses. We will send every piece of evidence that we have gathered to the insurance carrier or at-fault party and wait for their reply.

Step 4: Filing a personal injury lawsuit

If the other party refuses to offer fair compensation for your claim, we will file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.

Step 5: Discovery phase

Prior to going to trial, both parties will go through the discovery phase. During this phase of the process, both parties will continue investigations into the incident. Teams for the plaintiff and the defendant will also have a chance to ask questions of one another and request evidence and documentation from the other side. It may also be necessary to take depositions of all parties involved and potential witnesses to the incident.

Step 6: Mediation and negotiation

Even after a personal injury lawsuit is filed, these cases still rarely go to trial. A mediator may oversee discussions between both parties in an effort to avoid trial. This is an informal proceeding in which both parties will attempt to reach an agreement on appropriate compensation for the claim.

Step 7: Trial

If it matter is not resolved through mediation, the next phase will be to take the case to trial. All evidence related to the incident will be presented to a jury that will evaluate the facts of the case, determine fault, and award damages.

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Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

Many people who have been injured wonder whether or not they even have a personal injury case that is worth pursuing. In order to best determine whether or not you have a personal injury case, we strongly advise you to speak to an attorney with vast experience in this area of law. In order to help you better understand whether or not you have a case worth pursuing, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Did you sustain an injury?
  2. Were there other people involved that contributed to the incident?
  3. Have you suffered from physical, psychological, or emotional pain and suffering due to your injuries?
  4. Is the insurance carrier of the other party refusing to pay a fair settlement?
  5. Will you have any long going or long term medical needs due to the incident?

If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, then you need to speak to a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix as soon as possible. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your losses.

How Much Will Hiring An Injury Lawyer in Phoenix Cost?

In many cases, the victims of injuries and their families often lack the financial resources necessary to obtain maximum compensation for what has happened to them. At Torgenson Law, we recognize this difficult situation, which is why we take all Phoenix personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge any upfront or out-of-pocket costs for the cases that we take. We only collect legal fees after we secure the compensation that our clients need through a favorable verdict or settlement. If we do not win, you do not pay.

Damages Available in Personal Injury Cases

If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the negligence of another person in or around Phoenix, you may be entitled to significant compensation. At Torgenson Law, our personal injury lawyers in Phoenix have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for clients through favorable verdicts or settlements. It is not uncommon for our accident attorneys in Phoenix to recover the following types of economic and non-economic compensatory damages for personal injury victims:

  • Coverage of all medical bills related to the injury
  • The cost of all medical devices or prescription medications
  • Coverage of any necessary physical therapy or rehabilitation
  • Lost income and benefits if a victim cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party

The total amount of compensation awarded in these cases will vary depending on the facts related to each particular situation. There are various elements they go into determining final settlement amounts, including the severity of the injuries, the level of a person’s disability, whether the injury victim was partially responsible, and more.

What Is The Statute of Limitations in Arizona?

The statute of limitations, or time limit, for an Arizona personal injury case is two years. This means that a person who sustains an injury has a two-year window from the date the injury occurs with which to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party. If a personal injury victim fails to file a lawsuit in this time frame, they will likely lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.

However, just because there is a two-year time frame to file these cases does not mean that an injury victim should delay filing their claim. In general, you should speak to a Phoenix personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury to get your case started. Over a two-year time span, evidence can disappear, and memories can fade, leading to less of a chance of success for your case.

Please note that claims made against a government entity in Arizona (state, county, city) generally have to be filed within six months of the injury occurring.

Determining Negligence in Your Phoenix Personal Injury Claim

Nearly all personal injury claims are based on a foundation of fault and negligence — and proving that one party’s negligence resulted in a preventable injury to you or your loved one. In the United States, there are four key elements to proving negligence:

  • Duty. There was a duty of care toward the plaintiff. The duty of care refers to the obligation to follow any proper rules in order to prevent the harm and/or damage to a person and/or his property.
  • Breach. There was a breach of duty toward the plaintiff. In other words, the defendant failed to uphold their duty of care toward the other party, causing or allowing a dangerous situation that led to serious injury.
  • Causation. The defendant’s breach directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries. The plaintiff must prove that the negligence of the other party was a primary cause for any resulting injuries.
  • Damages. The plaintiff suffered harm due to the defendant’s negligent actions.

Several circumstances surrounding each element can significantly complicate a negligence claim. For example, causation may be contested if there were multiple factors that led to you or your loved one’s injury. In such cases, an attorney is crucial to definitively proving negligence and securing the compensation you deserve.

What about Comparative Negligence in Arizona?

It is not uncommon for more than one party to be responsible for an accident that causes injury in Arizona. When approaching a situation that involves the negligence of more than one party, the state of Arizona follows the doctrine of “comparative negligence.” Under the Arizona comparative negligence system, even a person partially at fault for causing their injuries can recover compensation for their losses.

In this state, we operate under a pure comparative negligence system. This means that an injured party can recover compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for the incident that caused their injuries. However, the total amount of compensation a victim is awarded in these instances will be reduced based on their percentage of fault. For example, if a jury awards $100,000 to a victim in a car accident case, but also finds that person to be 20% at fault for the incident, then the victim will only be awarded $80,000 in total compensation.

The state of Arizona does block any compensation from being recovered by a person if they intentionally caused or contributed to the incident that caused their injury.
Delayed Pain After an Accident
Nobody expects to be involved in an accident when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, and this is the last thing that anybody wants to go through. However, vehicle accidents are not uncommon throughout the state of Arizona. Thankfully, most car accident injuries are relatively minor and people generally make a full recovery.

However, there are times when some injuries and pain are delayed after an accident, and this can lead to complications when it comes to seeking medical care and securing compensation. Here, the team at Torgenson Law wants to discuss what you need to do if you experience delayed pain after a car accident.

How Long After a Car Accident Can Injuries Show Up?

When a vehicle accident occurs, it is almost a certainty that our bodies will release adrenaline regardless of how severe the accident is. We have evolved to release adrenaline in these situations so that we can muster the energy and strength to get away from a dangerous situation, even if we have sustained an injury. This is a good thing, but this can also cause us to not realize how badly we are injured after a car accident occurs.

There is no steadfast calculator or stopwatch that indicates how long after a crash that injuries can show up. In some cases, we know immediately that we have sustained injury at a crash scene. However, it is not uncommon for some car accident injury signs and symptoms to show up hours or even days after the initial crash occurs.

That is why our recommendation will always remain the same – seek medical care immediately following any vehicle accident. This may mean that you have to take an ambulance to the hospital or have somebody drive you to the emergency room. This could also mean that you need to go to a local emergency clinic or your family physician. Regardless of how or where you seek medical care, you need to let a doctor conduct an evaluation and make a determination about whether or not you have been injured.

Not only does seeking medical care ensure your well-being, but it also establishes a solid link between the accident and your injuries, something that will be important when you are working to secure compensation from insurance carriers or through a personal injury lawsuit.

Commonly Delayed Symptoms After an Accident in Phoenix

No two vehicle accidents are the same, and it is difficult to predict exactly what, if any, delayed pain and suffering you will experience. However, some of the most common symptoms to look out for after a vehicle accident include the following:

  • Abdominal pain. This could be indicative of damage to internal organs or internal bleeding.
  • Neck and back pain. Pain in these two areas could indicate that you have sustained significant sprains or strains, herniated discs, or another type of spinal cord injury.
  • Tingling and numbness. If you strike your head during an accident or sustained some type of spinal cord trauma, tingling and numbness could be indicative of a severe underlying injury.
  • Constant headache or nausea. Constant headaches or nausea could indicate various types of injuries. This can include a concussion or a more severe traumatic brain injury, or even a blood clot that has formed.
  • Excessive fatigue. As the adrenaline begins to wear off after a crash, many people feel exhausted. However, continued exhaustion after a crash could indicate internal bleeding, a traumatic brain injury, or some other serious medical problem.
  • Memory loss or lack of concentration. Concentration and memory problems often mean that a person has sustained some sort of traumatic brain injury.

Can You Still Get Compensation for Your Injuries?

Yes, you can still recover compensation for delayed injuries after an accident. However, you can be sure that the insurance carriers will put up more of a fight in this situation. Even though delayed pain and other symptoms after a car accident are common, it can be difficult to try and prove that these new injuries were related to the same car accident.

In these cases, it is crucial to work with a skilled car accident lawyer who understands what it takes to prove delayed car accident injuries and ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your medical bills and other expenses such as lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain and suffering damages, and more.

Do Not Sign a Release of Liability for Settlement

Soon after an accident occurs, you will very likely be contacted by the insurance carrier of the at-fault party. You can be sure that their insurance claims adjuster will try to ask you intrusive questions, and they will try to get you to give a recorded statement about what happened. You should never give a recorded statement to insurance carriers after a crash, and you can refer an insurance claims adjuster to your attorney.

The insurance carrier will also likely get you to sign a release of liability in order for you to receive a settlement, and they will probably try to offer a settlement very quickly after the incident. Under no circumstances should you ever accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier until after you have reached maximum medical improvement. If you sign a release of liability and accept a settlement before you have fully recovered, there will be no way to go back and obtain more compensation if your expenses continue to grow.

Contact Our Phoenix Personal Injury Attorneys Today!

If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the negligence of another person, company, or entity, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Torgenson Law, our personal injury team in Phoenix will conduct a full investigation into your claim so we can secure the compensation you deserve. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers are not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or well-funded negligent parties. We have the resources to handle every aspect of your case, and we will go to trial on your behalf if necessary. You can contact us for a free consultation online or by calling (602) 759-0012.

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“Torgenson Law did an awesome job working hard for me, keeping me updated throughout my case, and making sure I got the most out of my settlement. If you have had an accident or injury, I would definitely recommend contacting Torgenson Law!” -Ian S.

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