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In Arizona, if you are injured in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another, you are allowed to pursue civil action to recoup any damages those injuries have caused you. In a perfect world, the at-fault party – usually through their insurance company – would compensate your financially for the expenses you incur while you recover, such as medical bills and lost wages. Unfortunately, most insurance companies work hard to avoid giving victims the amount they deserve, even going so far as denying their claim. This is where filing personal injury lawsuits Scottsdale AZ civil courts preside over can get the victim the compensation they are entitled to.
Do You Need an Attorney?
Although there is nothing legally that requires a victim to retain a personal injury attorney to represent them in a lawsuit, the odds of being successful in recovering damages spikes significantly when you have a skilled attorney by your side.
Some of the benefits a personal injury lawyer Scottsdale AZ clients recommend can provide include:
- Will be able to determine all and the correct liable parties. In some cases, knowing who the liable party is may be more difficult than it seems. For example, if a person is injured in a truck accident and the driver of the truck was at fault, he or he may not be the only one liable. If the truck driver was working for a company when the crash occurred, then the trucking company would also be named in a personal injury lawsuit. Another example would be a medical malpractice case. If a nurse makes a medical mistake that harms a patient, then the hospital or medical facility where the nurse worked could also be liable for damages.
- Will collect all necessary evidence to prove the lawsuit: In order to prove the at-fault party’s liability, a victim needs to provide evidence that their injuries were a result of the at-fault party’s actions. An attorney will collect all kinds of evidence that a victim representing themselves may not even think of. For example, a car accident lawsuit should have evidence that includes photos from the accident scene, witness statements, surveillance video from any nearby security cameras, maintenance records of vehicles involved, and medical records. In some cases, they may even hire accident reconstructionists to present expert testimony during trial.
- Will negotiate a fair and just settlement before the case even goes to trial. The majority of personal injury cases do not go to trial. Instead, the victim’s attorney and the insurance company are able to negotiate a settlement that is appropriate. Victims who try to negotiate settlements themselves usually end up with far less than they would have received had an attorney been advocating for them.
To learn more about how attorneys can help with Scottsdale AZ personal injury lawsuits, contact Yearin Law Office to schedule a free case evaluation. Call our office today.