PERSONAL INJURY OVERVIEW

Phoenix personal injury lawyer

       A personal injury accident in Phoenix, Arizona can significantly impact your life. Serious personal injuries, ongoing pain and emotional suffering, expensive medical bills, and lost wages are some of the damages an accident could cause. At CLS Law, our Arizona personal injury lawyers help accident victims put their lives back together. We are dedicated to realizing our clients’ goals.

Before you talk to insurance companies and potentially diminish your ability to recover compensation, contact our attorneys for a free, zero-obligation consultation about your recent accident. We can answer your questions and guide you through what to do next. Attorney Christopher Sullivan and CLS Law treat our clients like family. Find out how we can help you today. Call 855-CLS-WINS to set up a meeting in Phoenix, AZ or EVEN BETTER, we will come to you.

 

Why Choose Our Personal Injury Lawyers?

 

  • We have proven our abilities to obtain positive settlements on behalf of clients. Through aggressive negotiations and customized legal strategies, we have obtained millions for our clients.

  • We have plenty of experience going up against insurance corporations and it is truly what we love to do. Our law team knows how insurance companies operate, as well as how to force them to pay fair amounts to claimants. We can even take insurers to court in Arizona for maximum results, if necessary.

  • We exclusively handle cases under the umbrella of personal injury law. Our streamlined focus on personal injury only gives us a unique advantage over attorneys who practice in various areas. We have personnel, resources, and technologies all tailored to personal injury law.

  • We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay no legal fees unless we win your case. Some personal injury law firms charge a retainer fee plus hourly billing — not us.

 

 

What Is Personal Injury Law?

 

       Personal injury is an area of law dealing with accident victims and their ability to hold the party that caused their accident accountable. Personal injury is part of the civil justice system, which seeks to resolve disputes by making the victim of an accident whole again through financial compensation. The main doctrine driving personal injury law is negligence. Negligence is a breach of someone’s duty of care. If one person’s negligence causes another person’s injuries or death, the negligent party will owe the victim financial compensation based on the rules of personal injury law. If you have grounds for a personal injury claim in Arizona, the courts may award you compensation for your damages.

 

How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?

 

       The process of obtaining fair and full compensation for injuries is not always straightforward for claimants. Dealing with the insurance system can lead to roadblocks such as a company denying your claim or refusing to offer a reasonable settlement. The most effective way to overcome challenges and demand maximum compensation for your damages is by hiring a personal injury attorney. The average attorney can handle many legal processes on your behalf, to include:

 

  • Returning to the scene of your accident

  • Reviewing police and accident reports

  • Gathering evidence of negligence

  • Determining fault

  • Filing an injury claim

  • Dealing with insurance companies

  • Negotiating a fair settlement

  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit

 

       A lawyer’s assistance could make it easier to navigate your claim and obtain the results you need to move forward. If you are not sure whether your case is one that would benefit from an attorney, schedule a a 100% free consultation with us at CLS Law. We can review your case and let you know if we believe it is one that needs legal representation. We practice honesty and open communication with people who need our help in Arizona.

 

What Types of Personal Injury Claims Do We Accept?

 

       Not all personal injury attorneys are equal. The right accident lawyer to take your case will be one who has experience handling accident cases within your practice area. This does not only mean general personal injury law but your specific accident type. A lawyer with experience handling truck accident claims, for example, will know how best to navigate federal and state trucking laws. At CLS Law, we have successfully handled these very cases. We also accept many different types of personal injury cases.

 

  • Car Accidents

  • Commercial truck accidents

  • Bicycle accidents

  • Dog bites

  • Pedestrian collisions

  • Motorcycle Accidents

  • Construction accidents

  • Premises liability

  • Product Liability

  • Medical malpractice

  • Nursing home abuse

  • Catastrophic injuries

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Wrongful Death

 

       Our attorneys are committed to knowing as much as possible about their practice areas. We are a full-service personal injury law firm, meaning we have everything you need for a strong claim to damages. We strive to help clients recover from the beginnings of their cases to the final resolutions. Christopher L. Sullivan and the rest of the law firm will dedicate their services to you and your family when you need us the most. If you do not see your accident type on this list, do not hesitate to contact us for a more detailed conversation with an attorney.

 

Personal Injury FAQs in Arizona

 

       Answering questions is one of the many services we provide to the community. We understand how confusing these claims and the related laws can be for people who are new to personal injury law. It can be especially difficult to understand the issues pertaining to your case while you are also dealing with serious injuries, medical treatments, and pain and suffering. At CLS Law, we want to make the claims process as simple as possible for you and your family. We hope answering frequently asked questions helps.

 

  • Who can file a personal injury lawsuit? You may have grounds to file a lawsuit if someone else owed you a duty to exercise reasonable care but did not meet the standards of this duty, and if this is what caused your accident. It may also be possible to file a claim without proving negligence if you have a strict liability suit.

  • Can you file a lawsuit anytime? No. You must file your lawsuit within Arizona’s statute of limitations or the courts could bar you from financial recovery. The statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Arizona is two years from the date of the accident, with a few exceptions for special circumstances.

  • What if you slipped and fell on someone’s property? Slip and fall accidents commonly result in premises liability lawsuits – claims that aim to hold a property owner accountable for an unsafe premises. You might have a case after a slip and fall if a dangerous property defect caused the accident.

  • What if you contributed to the accident? Not every accident is 100% the defendant’s fault. Some involve the contributory negligence of the victim. If you contributed to your accident, do not admit fault. Wait for your lawyer to investigate the accident and determine fault. Even if the courts find you responsible, you could still recover partial compensation under Arizona’s comparative negligence law. The courts may reduce your award, however, based on how much you were at fault.

  • How much is your personal injury case worth? Claimants have received from under $10,000 for damages to multiple millions. The only way we can give accurate case values is through in-depth consultations. The answer relies on too many factors for a general estimate.

 

       If you have other questions we did not answer here or if you need answers tailored to your situation, call (480) 400 - 9518 to speak to our experienced Phoenix personal injury attorneys directly. Our lawyers and assistants can help you through the confusing details of your case, protecting your rights against claims adjusters along the way. We welcome any questions about a potential personal injury case. 

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Personal Injury Claim Timeline

 

       It is normal to be impatient about the resolution of your case. Mounting medical expenses and lost wages could be creating financial hardship for your family. You need to know whether you will receive compensation to pay the bills, as well as when you will get your check. The answer will depend on several factors associated with your case, such as whether the insurance company disputes liability. One of the largest determining factors in the timeline is whether you settle or take your case to trial.

A settlement occurs between you and an insurance company, with or without assistance from a personal injury lawyer. Obtaining a fair settlement could take as little as three months, especially with help from a lawyer. If an insurance company tries to excessively delay your claim, a lawyer can bring a claim of bad faith against the insurer on your behalf. Once you and the insurance company reach a settlement, you should receive your first check within about two weeks. The exact timeline for your settlement, however, can vary if medical bills are owed for example, in which case we will need time to negotiate those to lower amounts and get them paid. Nonetheless, most injury claims settle.

       Should your personal injury case require a trial, expect a longer timeline. You and your lawyer will need to go through the filing, deposition, and discovery process, as well as wait for your appointed court date. The average personal injury trial in Arizona can take one year or longer to finish depending on the circumstances. Speak to a lawyer at CLS Law for a more accurate estimate of your timeline based on the facts of your unique case. Hiring an attorney could make the claims process more efficient.

 

What Compensation Is Available?

 

       Although you may have other reasons to file, such as holding a negligent party accountable, the main goal for most clients who bring serious injury claims is to obtain fair compensation for their losses. Compensation is the court’s solution for making personal injury victims whole again after destructive accidents. If your legal team can prove someone else negligently or recklessly caused your injuries, that person may lawfully owe you money to make up for your various damages. The damages awarded in an Arizona personal injury case could be economic or non-economic.

 

Economic:

  • Out-of-pocket expenses

  • Legal fees

  • Medical bills

  • Past and future lost wages

  • Property damages

Non-economic:

  • Physical pain and suffering

  • Disability or disfigurement

  • Lost quality of life

  • Loss of consortium

  • Emotional distress

 

       The final value of your injury claim will depend on elements to include the seriousness of your injuries. Catastrophic injuries that will affect you for life, for instance, would be worth more in medical expenses than a minor injury. At CLS Law, we can review your case to give you a fair estimate of what we believe it is worth. Then, if we accept you as a client, we can fight against any defendant in pursuit of an amount that is fair and reasonable. We may be able to obtain fair amounts for you based on evidence such as medical records, expert witness statements, accounts from friends and family, and photographs.

 

What to Do After a Personal Injury Accident

 

       Try to collect as much information as you can after an accident in Arizona. Facts about your case, as well as evidence, will help you piece together a claim against the defendant. Start by taking photographs of your accident while still at the scene. Obtain an official write-up of the accident by calling the police or notifying a manager about your injury. Go to the hospital for treatment right away. Waiting to see a doctor could signal to an insurance company that your injuries were not that serious. Call an insurance company to file your initial claim as soon as possible. Before responding to phone calls from insurance claims adjusters, however, talk to a personal injury lawyer.

 

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer at CLS Law for a Free Consultation

 

       At CLS Law, our priorities match those of our clients. We do not take any steps unless they are steps toward a client’s goal. Our attorneys do what they can to help clients recover, obtain full compensation, and move forward after serious accidents. We may be able to help your family move past an accident with closure and peace of mind. Please contact our office with questions about your specific claim. Our experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers are happy to answer them at no cost or obligation. We also DO NOT believe in high-pressure tactics. The conversation will be casual and friendly because that’s who we are. Call 855-CLS-WINS to reach the office nearest you for a free case evaluation.

       We serve clients all over Arizona, to include Maricopa County, Pima County, Yuma County, and Santa Cruz County.