Injury Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ
While personal injury laws differ significantly from state to state, all states in the U.S. offer some form of legal protection against negligence that results in injury. This allows victims of negligence to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party and receive compensation for their damages. It is very difficult to determine just how many personal injury claims are filed each year. Since it is widely estimated that only about 5 percent of all personal injury claims make it to court, then there are likely as many as 500,000 personal injury claims filed in the U.S. annually.
Most personal injury claims result from automobile accidents, while the remainder are for slip and fall accidents, product liability claims, and more. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, contacting Phoenix personal injury attorney, Brad Johnson, can make a significant difference in the outcome.
Did you know that, as an injury victim, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more? If you are able to illustrate that someone else’s recklessness or negligent behavior caused your accident and injuries, you may have a solid personal injury claim. The goal of a personal injury claim is to “make you whole,” although this may not always be entirely possible. Receiving monetary compensation to pay for your damages can be essential in moving forward with your life following your accident.
Experienced personal injury attorney Brad Johnson can help you maximize the value of your recovery, protecting you from complex legal processes and conversations with insurance companies that seem to go nowhere. Attorney Brad Johnson has a well-earned reputation for working hard on behalf of every personal injury client.
No matter whether you were injured in a slip and fall accident, vehicle accident, dog bite attack, or other incident, Brad is ready to help. When you choose Brad Johnson Injury Law, you will have the support of a dedicated, experienced legal team. We have a strong network, including a dedicated personal injury attorney, experienced paralegals, knowledgeable investigators, and additional resources that improve your chances of a successful outcome.
Why Should You Choose Phoenix Personal Injury Attorney Brad Johnson?
Many people feel that lawyers are intimidating—and not always very accommodating. At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we want to change your opinion about lawyers! If you are injured in an accident, we are committed to getting you in front of a lawyer within two hours. You can either come to our office or, if you are unable, we will come to you. Many people feel that once they sign with an attorney, it is virtually impossible to get in touch with them and that phone calls are rarely returned.
At Brad Johnson Injury Law, we make every effort to return all phone calls the very same day. Finally, we are totally transparent. We keep you informed about your personal injury claim every step of the way. At the beginning of your claim, we take extra time to explain exactly what the process will be, making sure you understand what to expect. We will provide all the information you need, clearly lay out your options, then advise you on the best course of action. At Brad Johnson Injury Law we:
- Have more than thirty years of personal injury experience
- Are a knowledgeable local law firm, rather than a large, impersonal regional/national law firm
- Bring an individualized approach to each case
- Have more than 100 positive Google Reviews
- Have core values that benefit you and your claim
- Are available 24/7 for your convenience
- Offer free comprehensive consultations
- Don’t get paid unless we win your case
- Offer a 25 percent fee rather than the typical 33.3 percent fee
- Have both English and Spanish speaking staff
What is a Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a broad term that encompasses many different types of injuries and accidents from a legal perspective. As examples, a slip and fall on another’s property due to known hazardous conditions, auto accidents due to a negligent driver, or injuries sustained in a dog bite attack can all lead to legal claims that can benefit from a Phoenix personal injury attorney.
Regardless of how the personal injury began, victims or family members who have lost a loved one can schedule a consultation with Phoenix personal injury attorney Brad Johnson. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a personal injury, there can be struggles to pay basic monthly expenses, as well as medical expenses.
When a serious injury is sustained due to another’s negligence, the victim and his or her family can even be brought to the brink of bankruptcy. Consulting experienced personal injury lawyer Brad Johnson can provide a better perspective on your eligibility to file a legal claim and the necessary steps involved.
We will ensure your rights and your future are protected every step of the way following your personal injury accident. When you need compassionate, dedicated legal representation following significant injuries from an accident due to negligence, contact Brad Johnson.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Personal Injury?
The types of personal injury cases handled by a lawyer will depend on his or her areas of focus. However, the most common types of personal injury legal claims in Arizona have to do with vehicle accidents. Slip and fall injuries come close behind as these can be sustained any time that a person trips and fall or slips and falls due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s property.
Property owners and managers have a duty of care to ensure their property is safe by maintaining their premises and taking care of hazardous conditions. Drivers have a duty of care to follow all traffic laws and rules of the road. When an injury happens, the victims and his or her family members may be entitled to pursue compensation as a result. Causes of personal injuries include:
- Auto accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, and bicycle) due to reckless or negligent actions such as impaired driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and any other illegal or negligent driving behaviors
- Slip and falls due to hazardous conditions such as slippery floors, uneven floors, poorly lit corridors or stairwells, broken or cracked sidewalks, potholes in parking lots or walk paths, items in walkways, lack of handrails, broken steps, poor security, or lack of security and more—these are known as premises liability claims
- Dog bites that are not caused by provocation by the victim. In the state of Arizona, unless the dog is provoked or the victim was trespassing, the owner of the dog is liable for the dog bite
- Product liability claims for products that are dangerous and cause harm to consumers
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful deaths
What Should I Do Immediately After an Accident?
When you have been involved in an accident, it is expected that you are shaken up, injured, and unsure of what you need to do next. While taking care of your health should be your primary consideration, there are other things you should also do, assuming you are physically able. These include:
- Call 911 to have an ambulance and police officers at the scene for an auto accident, slip, and fall, or dog bite. There will be a police report in a week, or so that may help prove your personal injury claim.
- If you are able, take photos at the scene of the accident. For a car accident, this includes the other vehicle’s license plate and any road conditions that may have caused the accident.
- If there were witnesses to your accident, write down their contact information.
- Have yourself medically checked out, and always follow your doctor’s orders.
- Contact your own auto insurance company in the case of an auto accident.
- Once you are home, write down everything you can remember about the accident. No detail is too small and may end up being exactly what your personal injury attorney needs to prove your case.
- Keep a file containing all medical receipts, including those for prescription drugs. If you must travel to see a specialist, keep receipts for gas, meals, and motel.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney as quickly as possible to avoid making any mistake that could potentially limit your settlement amount.
How Do I Prove Liability for My Personal Injury?
Proving liability for your personal injury involves the following:
- First, you must show the defendant owed you a duty of care. As an example, drivers owe others drivers a duty of care, meaning they must obey traffic laws and the rules of the road, ensuring the safety of other drivers. Property owners must ensure their property is free of hazards and safe for those invited to the property—either expressly or by implication for businesses.
- If the defendant had a duty of care, it must next be shown that they breached that duty of care, i.e., drove in an unsafe or negligent manner or failed to correct a known hazard on their property.
- The breach of duty of care must be the cause of the accident.
- The accident must have resulted in injury.
If all of the above elements are in place, then your attorney can show the person was negligent, therefore, liable for your injuries.
What if I Was Partially at Fault for the Accident?
Since proving negligence is a vital aspect of all personal injury cases, fault must be clearly defined. In some states, if you bear any responsibility at all for the accident, no matter how small, you are unable to collect damages. Arizona operates under pure comparative negligence. This means you can recover funds from an auto accident, even if you are 99 percent at fault (although it is unlikely you would be attempting to collect damages if you were 99 percent responsible for the accident).
In practice, this means that if another driver ran a red light and hit you as you were legally traveling through the intersection, that person will be liable for your injuries. However, if you were exceeding the speed limit at the time (and that can be proven), it might be determined that you were at 10 percent at fault for the accident. You would file a personal injury claim for your damages. Assume those damages amounted to $100,000. You would receive $90,000 as ten percent ($10,000) would be taken out for the fault assigned to you.
What are the Statutes of Limitations for a Personal Injury Claim in Arizona?
Each state sets the statute of limitations and can range from one year to more than ten years. These statutes offer a window of time in which the injured party has to file a claim for damages. In the state of Arizona, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the time of the incident. There are certain exceptions, so you must speak with knowledgeable personal injury attorney Brad Johnson to avoid being barred from filing your claim.
What Damages Are Available in My Personal Injury Claim?
Your specific damages will determine what compensation you are entitled to receive for your injuries. An individual filing a personal injury claim will virtually always receive reimbursements for past medical expenses related to the accident and future medical expenses if your injury will not resolve quickly. We believe that it is important for our clients to complete their treatment prior to settling their injury case, ensuring that their physical condition has stabilized, and they’ve been formally released from care by a medical provider.
If you were unable to return to work for weeks or months, you will be entitled to reimbursement for lost wages. If you are not able to return to work for years or for the remainder of your life, you may be entitled to future lost wages as well. Your attorney will calculate how much you would have made in the coming years if your career had progressed in the normal manner.
Pain and suffering damages are for actual physical pain, as well as for emotional pain and trauma. A severe accident can leave the victim with long-lasting depression, anxiety, and even PTSD. An individual who received facial wounds or burns that leave scarring can be left with long-term mental trauma. If you have property damage (like a vehicle that received damage in a car accident), then you can receive compensation for repairs. Finally, in very rare cases, punitive damages could be appropriate, but only in cases where the defendant acted with maliciousness or willfully. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant and to stop others from engaging in the same behavior.
What if I Have a Pre-Existing Condition?
While an insurance company may want to assume that you were in flawless health prior to the accident, this is rarely the case in real life. Most of us deal with all sorts of health conditions at different times in our lives; therefore, it is practically impossible to truly have no pre-existing condition. Even so, the insurance company will go out of its way to imply that your pre-existing condition caused your current health issues rather than your accident.
While you are generally not entitled to receive compensation for pre-existing conditions, you can receive compensation for a pre-existing condition that was made worse by your accident. This is known as aggravation of a pre-existing condition. You may need to have a medical professional determine the severity of your pre-existing condition both before and after the accident. Your attorney will explain the degree to which the accident worsened any prior conditions or injuries and fight for your rights in this matter.
How Long Will It Take to Settle My Personal Injury Claim?
Most personal injury claims that settle prior to trial will take from six months to a year, although more complex ones could take longer. If your personal injury claim goes to trial, the time could stretch into a year and a half up to three years. Each case is unique, and the time it takes to settle will depend entirely on the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident. Having experienced personal injury attorney Brad Johnson can ensure your cases settles in a timely manner for the maximum amount.
How Long Will It Take to Get My Settlement Check?
The time it takes to receive your settlement check once an agreement is reached will vary, but generally speaking, you can expect to receive your settlement check within 1 week after you have signed the settlement release and draft from the insurance carrier. You may receive your money in a lump sum settlement or as annuity payments, either monthly or annually.
How Personal Injury Attorney Brad Johnson Can Help
Attorney Brad Johnson spent twenty-four years building and managing his predecessor’s firm, Petersen Johnson, then decided to follow his own dreams. Rather than focusing on an extensive marketing campaign managing many employees, Brad determined he wanted to be more connected to his clients. Brad has created a practice where customer service is the primary focus.
Getting to know our clients at Brad Johnson Injury Law on a more personal level helping them navigate through the legal process is what we strive for every day. We are compassionate, always championing the underdog. We never lose sight of the fact that this is a confusing and stressful time for our clients—we reassure them that we will be with them every step of the way, and the only thing they need to focus on right now is getting better. Contact Brad Johnson Injury Law today!