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Building a personal injury case in Arizona begins at the initial meeting between attorney and client.  This initial “sit-down” should be productive and provide the attorney with not only the facts of what occurred and the injuries suffered, but it should also provide the lawyer with information that will eventually be elicited from the client by opposing counsel.  This information would include a short biographical sketch of the client, such as work history, prior medical…
Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Glendale, AZ as early as possible will improve the odds of your claim being successful.  Delay in doing so often leads to the loss, destruction or deterioration of relevant evidence such as (1) early vehicle inspection; (2) video surveillance, (3) scene and injury photos or (4) witness testimony.  Witnesses become difficult to locate or often have a less clear memory of what they saw, heard or did as…
Yes. Prior injuries can act as a double-edged sword when making a claim. While most people (including personal injury attorneys) presume that a prior injury will interfere with or devalue a claim, this is not accurate for all claims and all cases.  Arizona law actually contemplates prior injuries.  In order to understand a prior injury’s impact on the value of a case, it is important to first understand what an injured claimant may claim…
When an accident occurs, insurance companies go into protection mode. They have one of two goals: Pay you nothing, or Pay you as little as possible. Most often, given the circumstances of the accident, they will not be able to accomplish their first goal (pay you nothing). As such, they focus on the second goal (pay you as little as possible). How can an insurance company accomplish this? The easiest way is for the insurance…
Here’s what you need to know about accident investigations and how police reports can influence the adjuster handling your insurance claim. Police Auto Accident Investigations Police officers are typically dispatched to accident scenes when: The accident involves reported injuries or fatalities; The accident is blocking traffic; One or more drivers are intoxicated; or Participants are being disruptive or fighting. The police may arrive at a scene of your accident but you must call 911 first.  After…
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety is an entity and independently evaluates and ranks the States for highway safety.  The ranking system mirrors a traffic signal: green means good, yellow means there is still more work to be done and red means there need to be major improvements when it comes to saving lives on our roadways.  The rankings focus largely on what safety laws are or are not in place.  This week, Advocates for…
Wrongful death claims are generally the same as other personal injury claims, though procedurally differ from other personal injury claims.  When a person dies, the decedent essentially loses his or her claim.  However, the Arizona legislature enacted laws (statutes) that allow the claim to be prosecuted by either (or both):  (1) decedent’s estate or (2) family members of the decedent, which the legislature has specifically listed in the statute.  The “survivors” as referenced in the…
The biggest mistakes people make in their legal affairs are 1) hiring a cheap lawyer or 2) not hiring a lawyer at all. They think they are “saving money”.  But beware, in the end, how much is trying to save money going to cost you? Hiring a discount lawyer? You may soon see just how costly cheap legal help can be. I don’t recall ever meeting anyone who actually enjoys paying an attorney. It is…
According to DPS reports, a man died in a three-vehicle collision on Interstate 10 north of Marana Saturday afternoon.  Lawrence Sofaly, 74, of Hondo, Texas, was a passenger in a car that was struck by another car on westbound I-10 Saturday near milepost 230, about 2 miles east of Pinal Airpark Road, according to the Department of Public Safety.  The crash closed westbound I-10 at West Tangerine Road for about eight hours on Saturday.  A…
You or a loved one has been the victim of an accident with a big truck/tractor-trailer, and now the trucking company representatives or it’s insurance company representatives are calling you. Should you talk to them before you hire an attorney? The simple (and 100% required) answer to this is “NO”. These people are in the business of getting information, and they will use that information down the road in any way they can to ruin…