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Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney

Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney

Client Review: “I could not recommend a better personal injury attorney than David Shapiro and his team. They handled everything from start to finish, got me an amazing settlement that was over 5 times what the insurance company initially offered me.” — Kenneth, Shapiro Law Team Client

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of someone else’s negligence, you might be able to get compensation through a personal injury claim. Hiring a Phoenix personal injury lawyer can help you hold the responsible party accountable, handle negotiations with insurance companies, and get the superior representation you need.

Shapiro Law Team can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call (480) 568-6142 to request a free consultation. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Why Choose Our Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer, David Shapiro?

David Shapiro is a dedicated personal injury lawyer passionate about helping people. He is a licensed trial attorney in Phoenix, which means he can represent you in court for maximum compensation. He and his associates work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay anything unless we win your case.
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Why You Need it

The truth is that most personal injury victims do not have the resources or legal expertise necessary to obtain maximum compensation in the aftermath of a personal injury accident. Shapiro Law Team weathers the storm so you don’t have to. A personal injury lawyer at Shapiro Law Team will:

  • Conduct a thorough investigation and gather evidence to prove faults, such as photos, videos, eyewitness statements, and reports.
  • Work with medical experts to ensure proper care for the client.
  • Get assistance from financial experts to calculate total losses, including medical bills.
  • Handle all communication and negotiations with other parties, including tough insurance carriers, to secure a fair settlement.
  • Prepare for trial if needed to obtain maximum compensation.

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Our Practice Areas in Phoenix, Arizona

With decades of experience, the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at Shapiro Law Team have the expertise to handle a wide range of cases. Our firm has a track record of taking on formidable defendants, including insurance corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and government entities. We are experts in handling:

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How to Deal With an Insurance Company in Phoenix

One of the first steps you should take is filing an insurance claim. However, insurance companies may not always act in good faith and could take advantage of claimants. Follow these steps to protect yourself from saying or doing the wrong things:

  • Do not wait too long before trying to file a claim.
  • Do not admit fault for your injury.
  • Do not let a claims adjuster record you while giving a statement.
  • Do not provide more information than requested.
  • Do not accept a settlement offer until talking to a lawyer.

The first offer from an insurer is often much lower than the actual value of the claim. Rather than settling for a lowball amount, hire an attorney for legal advice and to help you negotiate for a better outcome. An insurance carrier will take you more seriously when you hire a lawyer to do your negotiating for you. A lawyer will provide confidence and peace of mind regarding your case so you can focus on recovering.

What Is Negligence in Personal Injury Claims?

Your right to bring a cause of action against someone after an injury often depends on whether you or your attorney can prove negligence. You will need four main elements to bring a case based on negligence in Arizona:

  1. Duty of care owed by the defendant
  2. A breach of the duty of care
  3. Causation for the accident in question
  4. Damages sustained by the plaintiff

You may not need all four elements. A dog bite claim, for example, only asks that you show the defendant was the pet’s owner or controller and that you suffered injuries from the dog attack. You will not need to prove negligence to receive compensation in this case.
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What Compensation Is Available?

The value of a personal injury claim depends on several key factors. The first is the severity of the victim’s injuries. In general, if you or a loved one has serious injuries, you will receive greater compensation for your damages than for minor cuts and bruises. Other factors include age, income, the circumstances of the case, and the actions of the defendant.

We fight for the following compensation:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Surgeries, therapy, and rehabilitation
  • Disability costs such as home/vehicle modifications
  • Losses of income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost quality of life
  • Loss of consortium or household services
  • Out-of-pocket costs (e.g. legal fees)
  • Property damages
  • Punitive damages

If you are curious about how much your personal injury case could be worth, request a free case evaluation.

How Much Does it Cost?

Many victims are hesitant to speak to an attorney because they are afraid they will not be able to afford one. The reality is that most skilled and experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyers take these cases on a contingency fee basis—including Shapiro Law Team. This means that an attorney will not charge the injury victim any upfront or out-of-pocket costs for their case.

The injury victim will pay no legal fees until after their attorney wins. This type of arrangement is beneficial for injury victims because it allows even those with limited resources to hold negligent parties accountable.
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Personal Injury Laws in Phoenix, Arizona

Filing a Personal Injury Case

Arizona places a limitation on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury case. The Arizona personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurred. This means that injury victims have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party.

If an injury victim fails to file a lawsuit within this time frame, they will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.

Filing Against a Government Entity

The time frame to file an injury claim against a state, city, or county government in Arizona is shorter. For these cases, a claim must be filed within 180 days after the injury occurs. A lawsuit must be filed within one year from the day the injury occurred.

Insurance Carrier Requirements

These statutory deadlines have nothing to do with any requirements set forth by insurance carriers. Generally, if an insurance carrier is involved, they will have separate reporting deadlines that fall very soon after an injury occurs. Most carriers require that the injury be reported within days after the incident occurs, or the carrier could delay or deny a claim.

Case-Specific Injury Laws

Car Accidents

Arizona uses a fault-based system in the aftermath of car accidents. This means that a person injured in a vehicle accident has the option to resolve the claim through an insurance settlement or go to court to prove the fault of the other driver in an effort to seek damages.

Drivers in Arizona must all have basic auto insurance coverage minimums.

Dog Bites

Arizona operates under a strict liability system when it comes to dog bite incidents. This means that a dog’s owner can be held liable for any injuries caused by their dog biting somebody, regardless of whether or not the animal has bitten anybody before.

What if a Victim Is Partially at Fault for Their Injuries?

One factor that can affect the total amount of compensation a person receives is whether or not they were responsible for their injuries in any way.

Contrary to popular belief, an injury victim can still receive compensation even if they are partially at fault. Arizona operates under what is called a Pure Comparative Negligence system. This allows injury victims to receive compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for their own injuries.

How It Works

Suppose George is struck by another driver and sustains $100,000 worth of injury and damage expenses. However, if a jury determines that George was 20% at fault for the incident because he had malfunctioning brake lights, then he will receive a reduced compensation amount. In this case, George would receive $80,000 instead of the full $100,000.

Are There Caps on Personal Injury Damages in Arizona?

In some states, there are limitations on the amount of compensation that can be awarded in a personal injury claim. These limitations are called caps. In Arizona, there are no caps on personal injury cases. In fact, damage caps are prohibited by Article 2, Section 31 of the state constitution.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the carelessness or negligence of another, then you need to call Shapiro Law Team. We can help you make a determination as to whether or not you have a viable claim. We also want you to ask yourself the following questions upon calling:

  • Did you or a loved one sustain an injury?
  • Were there other parties involved in the injury incident?
  • Do you have to deal with insurance carriers?
  • Are your injuries keeping you from working or conducting your daily activities?
  • Have you paid any out-of-pocket household expenses due to your injuries?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you likely have a personal injury case. One of our attorneys will conduct a preliminary review of your case and work with you to determine the best steps forward. The most important thing to remember is that you do not have to make this decision by yourself.
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Contact a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you think you have a viable personal injury case, then you have no time to waste. We are dedicated to providing top-notch representation to all victims, ensuring they achieve the best possible outcomes. With a proven track record of success, we have consistently helped victims recover fair compensation.

Call Shapiro Law Team at (480) 568-6142 to schedule a free confidential consultation.

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