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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need an attorney?

An attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your accident and take over communications with the insurance company. Insurance claims adjusters will try to convince you to settle for less than the true value of your case, an injury attorney will help you maximize your financial recovery.

How can I pay for an attorney?

In personal injury law, most law firms offer flexible payment options. One of the most common of these payment options is working on a contingency fee basis. An attorney that works on a contingency fee basis does not charge you anything upfront, the attorney will charge its fees according to the settlement that he or she secures for you. Most of the time it’s about 1/3 of the total settlement amount. Fees may also vary depending on the complexity of the case and if it goes to trial. Talk with your Peoria personal injury lawyers and discuss what payment options are available.

What happens if contributory negligence applies?

When an injured party files legal action against the responsible party, the victim must prove that the accused party was negligent and caused the victim’s injuries. A personal injury attorney must also provide evidence of the extent of the victim’s damages.

Arizona follows a comparative negligence statute, which means that if the victim is found to be partially liable for the claimed damages, they will lose a portion of the settlement equal to his or her fault percentage.

What types of damages can I collect after a car accident?

Under Arizona law, you can collect economic and non-economic damages for your car accident. Economic damages include out-of-pocket expenses, such as lost wages and medical expenses. Non-economic damages include physical and mental losses such as, emotional trauma or pain and suffering.

Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?

Once you accept a settlement, you cannot go back and negotiate for a higher amount – even if you discover later that you require further medical care or additional surgeries. This is why it is critical to make sure the first offer is not too low before you accept.

Can a pre-existing condition affect a personal injury claim?

The Eggshell Skull Rule states that just because a person is more susceptible to serious injuries than someone else, it does not mean he or she is exempt from full and fair financial compensation.

How can a criminal defense lawyer help with my case?

One of the best ways to protect yourself in a criminal investigation in Arizona is to seek representation from a Glendale criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer will protect your rights, investigate your case in detail to find evidence that can be used in your defense, create a tailored defense strategy, represent you during hearings and work to obtain the best possible results. It is recommended that you contact a lawyer immediately following your charge or arrest.

Do I have to speak to the police after I’m arrested?

After you’re arrested your first instinct may be to speak to the police, but remember one of your Miranda rights is to remain silent. Many suspects accidentally incriminate themselves by trying to “talk their way out of it”. The law only obligates you to give your name to the police, be polite and refrain from saying anything that could incriminate you. Contact a criminal defense attorney the moment you are arrested, he or she will talk to the police for you.

Can felony charges be dismissed?

If you have a criminal history in Arizona, we can ask the Judge to set aside your conviction. Under Arizona law, a set aside will not remove the conviction from you record, but your record will be amended to reflect that your conviction has been set aside and the charges have been dismissed.

Can you be charged with a marijuana DUI in Arizona?

A driver with any amount of marijuana in their system can be charged with a DUI if they don’t possess a valid medical marijuana card. After a 2016 ruling, it is illegal to convict someone with a marijuana DUI without showing proof of impairment – if they have valid medical proof that justifies their use of marijuana.

Can you refuse a DUI test?

Implied consent laws state that anyone who operates a motor vehicle gives implied consent to submit tests to determine intoxication in a DUI. A driver still has the right to refuse to submit a blood, urine or breath test despite the implied consent laws. The officer cannot arrest you for refusing the tests, but you can still face arrest if they believe you are seriously intoxicated. A DUI attorney can help you if you have refused to take a DUI test.