Arizona

Scottsdale Personal Injury Lawyer

Scottsdale Scottsdale is considered to be a rather safe city as compared to the rest of the United States, but there still are endless ways in which you or a loved one can be injured in a situation that wasn’t your fault. When something goes wrong and you are injured in any kind of accident, you are going to need the assistance of a Scottsdale personal injury attorney to stand up for you and your rights, as well as ensure that you are given the proper compensation from insurance companies.

At Torgenson Law we are 100% committed to each and every one of our clients and their cases, and we’ll always be sure to take as much time as necessary to thoroughly examine your personal injury case in order to determine if a trial or a settlement is best for you.

Our award-winning legal team has a great deal of experience representing clients in a variety of personal injury-related case types, including the following:

Car Accident Injuries 

Car accidents tend to change people’s lives in a matter of seconds, which is why it’s so crucial to make sure that you hire the right car accident attorney when you get in these scenarios. There are a lot of potential defendants in car accident cases, including giant corporations, so you’ll want to know in the back of your mind that you have a qualified and experienced attorney helping you along the way to receiving fair compensation for the injuries you incurred.

When you work with Torgenson Law you can rest assured that our team is going to conduct a very thorough investigation into what happened during your car accident, and we will fill you in every step of the way so you’re never in the dark about any developments with your case. Fighting against insurance companies and major car corporations isn’t easy, no matter who you hire, but at Torgenson Law we have the expertise to take on the big guys and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Motorcycle Injuries

It is common knowledge that motorcyclists are much more prone to accidents and injuries than those driving cars, and what really makes it difficult for motorcyclists in legal situations is that they’re many times unfairly labeled as the party at fault by authorities. Even when it seems clear that the other party is to blame. If a motorcyclist is labeled as at fault or not in an accident, it’s still going to be crucial for them to receive proper legal representation to help cover things like medical costs and other costly insurance situations.

Working closely with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney is always necessary when injured in Scottsdale because there are subtle nuances to Arizona’s motorcycle laws. You will put yourself in a much better position to not be left with insurmountable medical bills and insurance costs when you hire legal representation that has expertise and is thoroughly experienced in these types of cases.

Gun Injury

There’s no denying that Arizona has some of the highest rates of gun injuries in the entire country, and Scottsdale is sadly not an exception to these statistics. The circumstances of every gun injury will vary, but if you were injured by another person through the use of a gun then you are going to be in a serious legal situation.

At Torgenson Law, we take every gunshot wound victim case very seriously and we won’t stop fighting for you until you get all of the compensation that is rightfully yours. We understand how scary these types of injuries can be on individuals and their families. At Torgenson Law we make sure to provide a comprehensive analysis into your case to ensure that you are not only placing yourself in good legal standing, but also good standing in terms of your health and finances.

Uber/Lyft Injury

Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies have grown substantially in recent years all across the world. With such large numbers of people using the services, there will always be an inherent risk that passengers take when getting in a car with a stranger who isn’t necessarily a professional driver.

If you find yourself injured in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft then you are eligible for compensation, and rightfully deserve payments for medical bills, lost wages, and much more. What’s important to know in these circumstances is that you’re going to need a very experienced personal injury attorney on your side to help you fight against these huge corporations. Large companies like Uber and Lyft deal with these cases on a daily basis and will use tactics that some firms may not necessarily be well equipped to handle.

At Torgenson Law, our Arizona personal injury lawyers can guarantee that you’re going to be in perfect hands for these types of situations because we’ve dealt with legal disputes with major corporations in the past and have succeeded on behalf of our clients.

What Is The Statute of Limitations in Arizona?

It is crucial for personal injury victims in Scottsdale to file their claims as soon as possible. The Arizona personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. If an injury victim fails to file a lawsuit within this two-year timeframe, it is very likely that their case will be dismissed by the court, resulting in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they need.

However, the statute of limitations is not the only deadline that injury victims need to be aware of. If there are any insurance carriers involved, and there usually are, then these carriers likely have strict reporting deadlines in place. In some cases, an insurance carrier requires that an injury be reported within a day or two after it occurs. If you do not file a claim with the insurance carrier within their respective timeframe, this can result in a claim delay or denial.

Determining Negligence in Your Phoenix Personal Injury Claim

How much every personal injury claim in Arizona will be based on the foundation of determining fault, which means showing that the other party was negligent in some way. There are four elements of negligence that need to be present in order for your case to be successful:

  • Duty. There must have been a duty of care established between the plaintiff (the injury victim) and the defendant (the person accused of causing the incident). The duty of care refers to the obligation of the defendant to follow proper rules in order to prevent harm to other individuals. The duty of care will look different depending on the situation at hand. For example, the duty of care that drivers owe others on the roadway will look different than the duty of care that property owners owe to those who have a right to be on their premises.
  • Breach. After establishing a duty of care, it is important to show that the defendant breached their duty of care somehow. This can occur in a variety of ways and will look different depending on the situation. For example, if a driver operates a car while distracted by their phone, this would constitute a breach of duty. If a grocery store manager fails to clean up spilled milk in a pedestrian pathway, this would likely be a breach of duty.
  • Causation. After showing that the defendant breached their duty of care, it must be shown that the breach directly caused the injuries in question.
  • Damages. Finally, make plaintiff must prove that they have sustained some sort of monetary loss as a result of the breach of duty.

Compensation Available for Scottsdale Personal Injury Claims

If you have sustained an injury caused by the actions of another individual or entity in Scottsdale, you may be entitled to various types of compensation for your losses. Our attorneys have recovered a significant amount of compensation on behalf of clients throughout the state of Arizona.

What Are Compensatory Damages?

Our goal is to recover both economic and non-economic compensation for every client that we help. Economic compensation is something we also refer to as “special damages.” This specifically revolves around compensation that is calculable by gathering receipts or bills that come in after an injury occurs. Some of the most common types of economic compensation we help clients secure include coverage of:

  • All emergency medical bills
  • Follow up medical treatment
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical devices
  • Lost income and benefits if a person cannot work

Non-economic losses are also referred to as “general damages,” though these losses revolve around more intangible aspects of an injury. We call these damages intangible because they are much more difficult to measure. There are no bills and receipts that can definitively calculate a person’s:

  • Physical pain and suffering damages
  • Emotional and psychological distress
  • Loss of quality of life damages
  • Loss of consortium damages for a spouse or partner

What Are Punitive Damages?

In some instances, individuals are able to recover punitive damages as a result of a personal injury lawsuit. However, these damages are not awarded in all situations. Punitive damages are also referred to as exemplary damages, and these or reserved for specific situations where the actions of the defendant are deemed to be grossly negligent or intentional. As the name implies, punitive damages are a punishment to the defendant, but they are also a deterrent to others. When a jury or judge awards punitive damages, this sends a signal to other individuals that the type of behavior displayed in this case is not acceptable in any way.

Caps on Damages in Arizona

Some states around the country place limitations on the total amount of compensation individuals can receive as a result of a personal injury lawsuit. These limitations are also referred to as “caps.” In Arizona, there is no limitation in place when it comes to personal injury damages. This includes no limits on economic damages and no limits on non-economic damages.

Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

There are various reasons why hiring a personal injury attorney for your case will be beneficial. The reality is that most Scottsdale personal injury victims do not have legal experience, and tackling the insurance carriers or at-fault parties without legal assistance can be detrimental.

  • Knowledge of the law. Personal injury law can be challenging. It is important to have an experienced attorney by your side who has handled Arizona personal injury claims in the past. An attorney will understand how to properly file court documents related to the case, how to handle the insurance claims, and all deadlines in place for a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Resources necessary to handle the claim. A personal injury lawyer in Arizona will typically take these claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will handle all of the upfront costs associated with the case, and the injury victim will owe no legal fees until after their attorney recovers the compensation they are entitled to. This is a significant benefit to having an attorney. Most individuals do not have the resources necessary to finance their entire claim all the way through to the conclusion.
  • Someone who can walk you through the process. When you have been injured, the personal injury process can be confusing. It is beneficial to have someone by your side who can answer any questions or concerns that you may have along the way. You should have direct access to your attorney while your case is ongoing, and the support staff at the law firm will be able to help as well.
  • An advocate with insurance carriers. An attorney will be the one to handle all communication with the insurance carriers involved. Insurance claims adjusters are notoriously difficult to deal with, and they only want to limit how much money pay in a settlement. An attorney will have experience handling all negotiations with insurance carriers and take care of this for you.
  • A representative in court. Even though most personal injury claims in Scottsdale do not go to court, they may have to depending on the situation. Filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court is a complex process – much more challenging than an insurance settlement. An attorney can file the claim for you, help you get through the discovery process, and fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary.

What About Partial Fault?

The state of Arizona operates under what is called a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that individuals can recover compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for the incident. However, the total amount of compensation an individual receives will be reduced depending on their percentage of fault. For example, if an individual sustains $10,000 worth of medical bills due to a slip and fall injury caused by a negligent property owner, but a jury determines that the victim was 20% responsible for the incident because they were texting on their phone when the incident occurred, they would receive $8,000 instead of the full $10,000.

However, not all allegations of partial fault made by the other side are accurate. We encourage you to work with a skilled personal injury lawyer who can push back against partial fault allegations and help you recover full compensation for your losses.

Contact Our Scottsdale Personal Injury Lawyers Today

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Don’t be fooled in thinking that other firms will be able to handle these types of cases if they’ve never done so in the past, because experience always trumps enthusiasm.

Personal injury cases are always going to require the expertise of a seasoned legal team, and Torgenson Law firm is the most experienced in the Scottsdale area to handle any and all of your legal disputes involving personal injury.