After an injury has been treated or started to heal it is easy to put aside all thoughts of filing a claim. Many people are not sure what the court or legal process will be and are unwilling to make a bad situation that is getting better worse. Also, many people are afraid that there claim will be dismissed costing them time and any money associated with filing or attorney fees.
|Arizona Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Future earning ability, property damage, medical expenses, pain and suffering, cost of household help, lost wages|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Each defendant liable for percent of damages as determined by court|
|Contributory Negligence||Comparative Negligence: Plaintiff's reward may be reduced in proportion to plaintiff's own carelessness as it contributed to the injury.|
In the state of Arizona it is fairly easy to determine whether or not your claim will be considered valid or not. The state simply requires the injured party to prove that their injury was the result of the negligence of another party. This negligence can be translated into thoughtlessness or accidental carelessness. As long as the negligent behavior was done while the individual was attempting to perform a duty in relationship with the injured party they can be held liable.
Money is another factor in determining whether or not a case should be pursued. Many injured individuals working in Arizona who have been able to make even a partial recovery are often more interested in getting back to their routine than spending money for a claim that might be dismissed. Anyone that is interested in filing a personal injury claim in Arizona but afraid of the costs should discuss their situation with a personal injury lawyer.
Depending on the situation many lawyers will work for a percentage of the settlement fee. Some lawyers will not even charge their client if there is no settlement. In many worst case scenarios the only fee that needs to be paid for is the court cost which is usually reasonably affordable to the average individual. To get a better idea of the costs contact any attorney that specializes in personal injury.
Filing a personal injury claim quickly will result in a more speedy resolution for all parties involved. Getting a chance to present your story while the events, and injury, are still fresh in your memory will make things go easier. It is also often more likely that witnesses will appear on your behalf if they are contacted soon after an event has taken place.
Waiting too long to file a claim can have disastrous results on your chances of a happy outcome. As time pass the chance increases that witnesses will more or no longer remember the day. It is also possible that evidence from the injury including medical reports and photographs will be lost over time.
For more specific information about your case, contact an Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer.