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Mesa Personal Injury Attorney

Mesa Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury law is a complex practice area designed to make accident victims whole again. The point of bringing a personal injury claim in Arizona is to seek financial compensation for your damages from the person or party that caused them. A successful claim could reimburse you for monetary losses related to the accident, as well as provide compensation for intangible damages such as pain and suffering. It could also bring justice by holding a negligent party accountable.

Attorney David Shapiro has dedicated his professional life to representing injured accident victims during insurance claims and lawsuits. David Shapiro Law, PLLC has numerous resources and staff members to put toward pursuing justice on behalf of clients. If you have a personal injury from an accident in Mesa, Arizona, do not hesitate to contact us. We can start your claim with a free, zero-obligation consultation.

Why Clients Choose Us?

  • We have trial attorneys who are dedicated to helping people. If we cannot achieve a settlement for your injuries, we can take your case to trial in Maricopa County instead.
  • We have years of experience in many areas of personal injury law, including car accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and premises liability.
  • We have collected multimillion-dollar awards in the past through hard work and determination. Our lawyers do not stop at the settlement stage if a trial could end in better results.
  • We offer free case reviews 24/7, as well as legal services on a contingency fee basis. You will only pay your Mesa personal injury lawyer if he or she wins your case.

How a Mesa Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help?

Your rights after an accident depend on the circumstances. A lawyer can analyze your case and explain what you should do next to secure compensation for your injuries and damages. Working with an attorney can make it easier to understand your rights and legal options after a serious accident in Mesa. If someone else owes you compensation, your attorney can use aggressive strategies to negotiate a fair amount from that party’s insurance company. Hiring a lawyer can give you answers to your questions, advice about your lawsuit, and confidence in the future of your personal injury claim.

Personal Injury Laws in Arizona

Before you can recover financial compensation for your injuries and losses, you will need to navigate Arizona’s related laws. A single case could involve several different laws related to negligence and liability. Arizona is a comparative negligence state, for example, meaning an injured party could be partially responsible for causing an accident but still receive some compensation. A lawyer from David Shapiro Law, PLLC can help you understand state laws that may apply to your particular case.

  • Statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is an important deadline that could interfere with your right to recover. You must file a personal injury claim within two years of your accident in the State of Arizona. Allowing your time limit to expire could mean giving up your right to file.
  • Fault car insurance laws. If you were in a car accident, the state’s fault-based law will preside over the insurance process. You will seek damages from the insurance provider of the person who caused your car accident rather than your own insurer.
  • Liability laws. Some claims, such as defective product and dog bite injury cases, use strict liability laws. Strict liability holds someone liable for an injury even if he or she was not negligent. Otherwise, you will have to prove the defendant’s negligence to recover compensation.

It is normal for an injured accident victim to not know the ins and outs of Arizona’s personal injury laws. This is one of the main reasons to hire an attorney to take care of your case. Your lawyer will have years of experience navigating state and local laws on behalf of injured accident victims. You can rest and relax while your personal injury attorney sorts through the legislation related to your case in the pursuit of maximum compensation for you.

Common Accidents and Injuries

At David Shapiro Law, PLLC, we welcome potential clients with broken bones, dislocations, lacerations, burns, head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, organ damage, and other injuries. Our attorneys are passionate about helping victims with all types of injuries and claims in Mesa and the surrounding cities. We accept cases involving many kinds of serious accidents.

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian and bicycle collisions
  • Dangerous premises accidents
  • Dog attacks
  • Construction accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Defective product accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Explosions, fires, and burns
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful deaths

Find out if we are the right fit for your particular claim during a free consultation in Mesa. We will ask about your story, listen to the details, and answer any questions you have about your rights. Then, if we agree to accept you as a client, we can begin the claims process right away. Our attorneys can use their years of experience with your type of case to achieve the most efficient and effective claims process possible.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

We understand that you may be wondering whether or not you even have a personal injury case. First, please do not think that you have to be the one to make a decision about whether or not you have a valid claim. We strongly recommend that you contact a skilled Mesa personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At David Shapiro Law, we offer free consultations to injury victims so that we can gain a thorough understanding of their case and help guide them towards the best path moving forward.

As you work to determine whether or not you have a personal injury case, we want to examine a few questions that you can ask yourself either before or after you reach out to a personal injury lawyer. These questions include:

  • Was the accident your fault? You may have an idea about who or what caused your accident. If you sustained an injury, do you know who caused the accident? Regardless of whether or not you share any responsibility for the incident, you will likely have a personal injury case that can be pursued. If another person caused your injuries, then you can pursue a claim against that individual. Even if you were partially or mostly responsible for your injuries, there is a chance you will be able to recover some compensation for your losses.
  • Were you injured? If you sustained an injury in an accident caused by the negligent actions of someone else, then you very likely have a personal injury case on your hands. However, many people think that just because they were involved in an incident that could have caused an injury, but didn’t, that they have a personal injury case. This is usually not going to be the case. It is very difficult to pursue a personal injury claim if no physical injuries occurred.
  • Was the accident the cause of the injury? Determining the actual cause of an injury can be an indicator of whether or not you have a personal injury case. The cause of injuries can be complicated, and this is where attorneys spend their most time fighting with the insurance carriers. Often, insurance claims adjusters will try to say that the injury victim had a pre-existing condition that caused the injury in an effort to deflect liability away from the insured individual. However, even if a person has a pre-existing condition, this does not necessarily mean that they have no personal injury case.
  • Do you have extensive medical bills and other expenses? If you have received medical bills or suffered some other type of financial loss as a result of an injury caused by another party, then you probably have a personal injury case that can be pursued. The case may be resolved through settlement with insurance carriers, or it may need to go all the way to a personal injury trial.

Again, you should seek assistance from a skilled personal injury lawyer in Mesa who can work with you to determine whether or not to move forward with your case.

What Compensation Is Available for Personal Injuries in Mesa, AZ?

There may be various types of compensation available to personal injury victims in and around the Mesa area. It is important to point out that victims are usually able to recover multiple types of economic and non-economic damages in these situations. This can include the following:

  • Economic damages. These are also referred to as special damages, and they center around the types of compensation that are relatively easy to calculate in the aftermath of an injury incident. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • All medical expenses related to the incident
    • Physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses
    • The cost of medications and medical devices
    • Lost income if a victim cannot work
    • General household out-of-pocket expenses arising due to the injury
    • Property damage expenses
  • Non-economic damages. These are also referred to as general damages, and they center around the types of compensation that are not as easy to calculate after an injury occurs. We can consider non-economic damages to be more immeasurable than the economic damages mentioned above because there are no direct bills or receipts that can be gathered to calculate these expenses. This can include an injury victim’s:
    • Physical pain and suffering
    • Emotional distress
    • Loss of quality of life
    • Loss of consortium for a spouse

Properly calculating economic and non-economic damages will be done carefully, and usually with the assistance of a Mesa personal injury attorney. When calculating economic damages, an attorney will gather up all of the medical bills, receipts, and pay stubs from the injury victim that center around the injury.

However, properly calculating non-economic damages will be more challenging. There are no bills or receipts that show the level of physical pain a person experiences or how much emotional stress they have endured after an injury. In these situations, an attorney will usually use a “multiplier method.” This means that the attorney will add up all of the economic damages mentioned above and then multiply that total by a set number (usually a number ranging from 1.5 to 5). For example, let us suppose that a person sustains a total of $100,000 in economic damages. If an attorney uses a multiplier of “three,” then they will multiply $100,000 by three to reach $300,000 for non-economic damages. In total, the attorney will seek $400,000 in compensation on behalf of their client.

In some Mesa personal injury cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to the victims. Punitive damages are reserved for cases where the actions of the negligent party were grossly negligent or intentional. These types of damages are meant to punish the at-fault party while also sending a signal to others that the type of behavior displayed in the particular case should not occur. In other words, punitive damages can act as a deterrent.

What is Comparative Negligence in a Mesa Personal Injury Case?

We often hear from people who think that they cannot recover compensation if they are partially responsible for their injuries. However, that is not the case. Arizona operates under a form of comparative negligence called “pure comparative negligence.” This means that an injury victim can still recover compensation from another party even if they are partially or mostly responsible for their injury (even if they are up to 99% responsible). However, the total amount of compensation a person receives in these situations will be reduced based on their percentage of the fault.

For example, suppose Douglas was riding his bicycle on the roadway but was struck by a vehicle that tried to pass him on the left. The driver of the vehicle was responsible for safely passing Douglas, just as all motorists are responsible for passing bicyclists responsibly. However, suppose that Douglas was looking the other direction and drifted slightly to the left when the motorist was passing. In this situation, a jury may find that Douglas was 40% responsible for his injuries because he should have been riding as close to the right side of the roadway as possible.

In this scenario, let us assume that Douglas sustained $100,000 worth of medical bills and other expenses as a result of the accident. However, because a jury determined that Douglas was 40% responsible for the incident, he will receive $60,000 instead of the total $100,000. This accounts for his 40% of the fault.

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the actions of another individual or entity, you will likely find that personal injury attorneys will take your case on a contingency fee basis. We need to explain what this means.

At David Shapiro Law, when we take a case on a contingency fee basis, this means that our clients will pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. We handle all of that. In fact, our clients will not pay a dime in legal fees unless we are able to secure the compensation that they need. If we do not win the case, our clients will not have to pay us anything.

We believe that this type of fee arrangement is fair because it allows any person who has been injured to hold the at-fault party responsible. A person should not already have to be financially stable or wealthy in order to prevail in a personal injury case.

Call David Shapiro Law, PLLC for a Free Consultation

A conversation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Mesa, Arizona could help you understand your rights and determine the right way to move forward. We may offer to represent you during negotiations with an insurance company or a personal injury lawsuit. If so, we can start the process of recovering compensation right away. Act quickly, before your time runs out. Call (480) 300-5405 now or describe your case to us online to speak to a lawyer near you.

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