Mesa Personal Injury Lawyers
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Every day, Arizonans are injured in car accidents, at the workplace, or while enjoying recreational activities. When someone else’s carelessness or negligence contributed to your injuries, victims and their loved ones may be left with significant financial burdens, emotional trauma, and uncertainty about what to do next.
No matter what type of personal injury you’ve suffered, our personal injury lawyers are ready to help. At Zinda Law Group, we have experience representing accident victims and helping them seek the compensation they may deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with a Mesa personal injury attorney.
What is personal injury?
Personal injury law focuses on the disputes that arise when one person is harmed because of another individual’s negligent or intentional conduct. While there are a number of circumstances that may lead to an injury, most cases occur because of accidents, intentional acts, or defective products. Unlike other types of cases, personal injury law allows victims to recover because they have sustained injury to their bodies or damage to their property; they may also have experienced emotional or psychological trauma.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to represent victims who have suffered in a wide variety of incidents, such as car accidents, medical malpractice injuries, defective product injuries, wrongful death cases, workplace injuries, and many more cases. Our Mesa personal injury attorneys have handled all of these kinds of cases and are ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Common personal injuries after an accident
A personal injury can leave victims and their loved ones facing extensive medical bills after an accident. Some of the most common types of injuries that our Mesa personal injury attorneys have helped clients recover expenses for include:
- Broken bones
- Burn wounds
- Chest injuries
- Crushed and severed limbs
- Cuts and lacerations
- Head injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries
- Tendon and nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- And many more
what to do after a personal injury
Although each personal injury is unique, there are fundamental steps that you should always take to ensure you receive the medical care you need—especially if you’ve been injured in an accident. In addition to getting the treatment you need, following these steps will help when it comes time to present evidence that strengthens your claim. These steps include:
1. Seeking Medical Attention
In some personal injury cases with serious injuries, you may receive medical treatment at the scene of a car accident, your workplace, or the location where you were injured. In other cases, you may not receive treatment until after you have left the scene of the accident; however, you should still visit your doctor as soon as possible to determine whether you need medical treatment.
After you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, be sure to watch for any additional signs or symptoms that occur in the days following the accident. You shouldn’t ignore any signs or symptoms because you can experience some effects of an accident several days after it happens.
2. Reporting the Accident
After an accident, report it to the appropriate authority as soon as you can. For example, in a case involving a car accident, call the police and file a report. If you suffer from a workplace injury, notify your supervisor. A documented report of the accident may help strengthen your claim as it will contain important details about what occurred.
3. Document Your Damage
You may have been too injured or shaken at the scene of an accident to take photos of the damage. As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of everything that was damaged. This could include injuries you and others sustained in the accident, damage to a vehicle or property, and any defective product, as well as any other evidence that damage was caused in your personal injury case.
4. Keep Track of Your Expenses
Keep track of all receipts and paperwork related to your accident. In order to seek the maximum compensation you deserve, it will be important to demonstrate how the personal injury financially impacted you. This could include:
- Hospital and doctor bills
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractor bills
- Dental invoices
- Prescription medication expenses
- Adaptive equipment, such as braces, crutches, and wheelchairs
- Documented time taken off from work due to any injuries
- Receipts for the repair or replacement of damaged property
5. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and would like to seek compensation, you may need to file a lawsuit against the person whom you believe caused your injuries. An experienced Mesa personal injury attorney can help walk you through every step of the process.
How a Personal Injury Case Typically works
Any number of situations can lead to a personal injury case. They usually follow a similar pattern. First, the opposing party, or defendant, does something that injures the victim, or plaintiff; for example, if a drunk driver crashes their car into another person and breaks the victim’s arm, this would be a personal injury.
Many similar injuries can be considered personal injuries, but in all of them, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached a duty they owed to the plaintiff. For example, all drivers on the road have to operate their vehicles with a level of care that a reasonable person on the road would, so driving drunk violates this duty.
If all parties agree that the defendant is liable for the accident, then settlement talks will usually occur. A settlement involves the defendant offering the victim an amount of money to compensate them for their injuries in exchange for the victim’s agreement that they will be unable to pursue their case in civil court. If both parties are partially at fault in an accident, then settlement talks may also work to determine a percentage of fault each party contributed to the accident.
If both parties can come to an agreement, then the case is settled and over. However, if the parties can’t come to an agreement, then the plaintiff may file a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to court. Even after a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the parties may still talk and try to reach a settlement amount before trial.
Compensation You May Be Able to Seek in a Personal Injury Case
The compensation you may be able to seek in a personal injury case will depend on the extent of your injuries and damages. However, in general, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury case.
Economic damages include the tangible financial damages that can be assigned a monetary value or number. Typical economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Pharmacy bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income (present and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
Although non-economic damages may be harder to calculate, they can oftentimes have more value than economic damages. These damages could include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium of a spouse
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
In cases where a defendant is seriously reckless or malicious and those actions resulted in the wrongful death of one or more people, punitive damages may be awarded in some circumstances. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney?
At Zinda Law Group, we believe that the last thing you should have to worry about after a personal injury accident is paying for an attorney. That’s why we offer 100% free consultations and only get paid if we win your case. Our fee is a percentage of the amount of money that we recover for you.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you were injured because of another person and want to file a lawsuit, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. In Arizona, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit to pursue your claim. Two years may seem like a long time, but it is best to contact injury lawyers in Mesa as soon as possible to give them plenty of time to help preserve evidence, track down witnesses, and ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner; otherwise, you may not receive the compensation you may deserve.
What Can a Mesa Personal Injury Attorney Do for Me?
Our injury lawyers in Mesa help our clients navigate the oftentimes confusing world of personal injury law. Their efforts on your behalf will be too numerous to count, but they almost always include these:
- ensuring you receive proper medical treatment,
- investigating the accident,
- interviewing witnesses,
- collecting crash reports,
- negotiating with insurance companies,
- reaching a settlement,
- filing a lawsuit, and
- going to trial when necessary.
Our attorneys understand that an injury can leave victims with many questions about their case and the next steps to take. We want to be here to answer your questions, provide updates on your case, and ensure that you receive the compensation you may deserve.
Contact a personal Injury attorney
At Zinda Law Group, our Mesa personal injury attorneys have helped many injury victims get their lives back on track. Our accident attorneys have the experience and resources to help victims build the strongest cases possible and seek compensation that will help them recover financially from the effects of their injuries more quickly.
We believe that an injury victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we win your case; that’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. So, if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Mesa personal injury lawyers.
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