When someone caused an accident that injured you or your family member, it can be hard to know what to do or who to turn to. You don't need to look any further than Stewart Law Group, expert personal injury lawyers, for compassionate legal representation in Arizona. Take your concerns directly to an experienced personal injury and accident lawyer who understands what you are going through and can help.
Every day in Phoenix, AZ, accidents injure people and destroy property. Many victims think they know what personal injury lawsuits involve. It's only when they're in the middle of one that they appreciate the complexity and are happy when they've hired an Arizona injury lawyer to fight on their side.
Not only are you dealing with the trauma of that terrible event. Not only are you hurting and suffering. But now you must seek to hold the negligent party legally responsible for your losses and prove what happened. Having an attorney represent you is an essential step in "holding their feet to the fire" for negligence and lack of due care.
The question is, when something this bad happens to you or your spouse or your child, what can be done to make things right?
We may not be able to control everything going on around us, but we can seek compensation for the economic and non-economic harm caused by another's negligence. Having a Phoenix injury lawyer present a legal case for money damages to pay your medical bills, make up for lost wages, undergo rehabilitation, and so on, won't undo the accident. But it will help you and your family get over the economic losses and get past the pain and suffering. It will help you recover and move on with your life.
Perhaps the biggest mistake is attempting to win this on your own without legal representation from a qualified Arizona personal injury law firm. That's not the answer. Going up against the insurance company, the store chain, the property owner, or other negligent party to file a lawsuit or negotiate a settlement requires substantial litigation experience. You need a trial attorney with extensive knowledge of personal injury law and the law of damages. From the very beginning, your settlement negotiations should be conducted with assistance of counsel.
Victims make the mistake of trying to handle it on their own in big cases and small ones. More often than not, it's because they are under significant emotional and financial pressures. They don't fight the good fight, convinced they lack the money and resources to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to pursue legal action. After all, they've just been slammed with all kinds of unexpected expenses, medical bills, vehicle repairs, and missed work. We understand this and have a solution.
An attorney with Stewart Law Group will discuss how a lawsuit is funded and how a contingency fee arrangement can take the financial and litigation burden of this lawsuit off your shoulders. Generally, with a signed contingency fee agreement the law firm's fees are "contingent" upon successfully achieving a positive financial outcome for you by either a favorable settlement or favorable jury verdict.
Another big mistake is waiting too long to file your civil complaint. Arizona law sets a two-year limitations period on personal injury lawsuits. If more than two years go by after the cause of action accrued, then time is up. It will simply be too late to file the lawsuit. ARS § 12-542. (There are exceptions. Talk to an attorney about your specific circumstances.)
Understand, your negotiating strength is tied directly to your right to sue for damages. After the two-year limitations period, a lawsuit cannot be filed because the time in which to bring it has expired. If the clock runs out, then your negotiating position is substantially weakened.
For the best possible outcome in the case, you want your legal team out there gathering evidence as soon as possible after the accident. You want them talking to experts, visiting the accident site, and obtaining eye-witness statements. You want your attorney building a legal strategy for you to recover, be compensated, and set things right.
What types of injury-accident cases do we help our clients with? Take a look.
Automobile insurance may pay for damage to the vehicle, but car insurance rarely covers all medical expenses. What if you require ongoing physical therapy or extensive patient care long after the initial trauma of the accident? Lost income, rehabilitation, multiple surgeries, and the possibility of permanent injuries are all reasons why you want a car accident lawyer handling your personal injury case.
Arizonans share the road with commercial trucks on interstates, highways, county roads, and city streets. Accidents involving tractor-trailers, commercial freight carriers, and transportation vehicles can be serious. Head-on truck collisions with automobiles and 18-wheeler pileups can close interstates and leave a path of destruction.
One complication in making a truck accident claim is determining who is liable. Some semi-truck drivers are employees of the trucking company, but many truckers are independent contractors. The steps our experienced truck-accident injury attorney will take include investigating the crash and determining which state and federal liability insurance requirements were required of the big-rig's owner or operator.
Even when bikers wear helmets and protective clothing for safety, motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Many drivers report never seeing the motorcycle before the collision, with bad weather conditions worsening visibility considerably. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are intent on getting the compensation you deserve as the injured party. A competent attorney immediately begins gathering evidence – police report, medical treatment records, photographs, eyewitness statements, communications with insurance companies – to reconstruct what happened, build a winning legal strategy, and protect your rights.
Arizonans and visitors of all ages ride bikes on bike paths, neighborhood streets, and busy roads. At a minimum, being hit by a car can leave the cyclist with painful road rash and a destroyed bike. But internal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and disfigurement are also injuries our clients have suffered. Did a motor vehicle strike you while you were riding your bike? Was your child injured? Talk to a compassionate bicycle accident lawyer who can help you through this.
Slip and fall accidents typically come under the premises liability category of personal injury lawsuits. This means the property owner can be held liable if at fault for somehow failing to protect individuals who are lawfully on the premises. Tripping on a damaged sidewalk, falling down poorly lit apartment stairs, slipping on a wet surface at the grocery store, being hurt by broken equipment at the mall, all such injuries may involve premises liability if the business owner or property owner failed to maintain safety standards. Make no mistake, slip and fall accidents can result in grievous spinal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures, lacerations, and severe bruising. Talk to an attorney with Stewart Law Group. Our personal injury team has the necessary experience, investigative training, trial skills, and resources to hold the negligent party accountable.
Dog bites can be extremely painful. The victim's skin may be punctured, crush, and torn. Heavy bleeding, internal injuries, scarring, disfigurement, infection, disease (rabies), and emotional trauma do occur. Some dog attacks are fatal. And many dog bites involve child victims.
Dog attacks and dog bites in Arizona involve strict liability law. The owner of a dog that bit, attacked, or mauled a person who was in a public place, or a person who was lawfully on private property, is strictly liable for the injuries and damages caused. Arizona's dog bite statute is ARS § 11-1025.
Because the person in charge of the dog is held strictly liable, there is no "one-bite rule" and no negligence requirement. When you or a loved one has been attacked or injured by a dog, consult a personal injury attorney as soon as you can.
Was there an accident-related death in your family? If your spouse, child, parent, or other family member was fatally injured because of someone's negligence, then consult a wrongful death attorney specifically. As decedent's family member, you may file a lawsuit against the party responsible for his or her death and seek justice for your lost loved one. A wrongful death attorney with Stewart Law Group represents the client who seeks compensation for the decedent's medical expenses, lost future earnings, burial expenses, pain and suffering, and related damages.
The property damaged or destroyed, the injuries sustained, the pain and suffering endured, the egregiousness of the negligence, these are important factors. And bringing them to light in court is a necessary step in recovering personal injury damages.
Because every personal injury case involves unique circumstances, you should hire a skilled, experienced litigation attorney to represent you. Start your search for the right attorney by contacting Stewart Law Group.
Our clients have received compensation and been awarded damages for:
In some cases, our clients have been awarded punitive damages.
Was there gross negligence? An award of punitive damages is meant to punish the one who caused the harm for outrageously careless behavior. Punitive damages are intended to deter others by making an example of the wrong-doer.
A possible affirmative defense to liability in a negligence lawsuit is the claim that the injured party was partially at fault. Raising this defense is not uncommon in personal injury cases, so don't panic. Even when the injured party (plaintiff) is found partially at fault for what happened, Arizona law still allows an award of damages under comparative negligence. ARS § 12-2505.
Comparative negligence means the damages are reduced in proportion to each party's fault (the jury apportions fault at trial). For example, if damages were $1,000,000 but the jury apportioned fault as 80% defendant's and 20% plaintiff's, then the plaintiff would still be entitled to $800,000 in damages.
Reach out to us today by calling 602-548-3400. Or complete our contact form and we'll get in touch with you right away. Stewart Law Group's personal injury team offers the steadfast legal support you need and can trust with offices conveniently located Phoenix, Peoria, and Avondale.