Why Hire our Personal Injury Law Firm?
There are many reasons to choose the Law Offices of John Phebus if you have been injured in an accident in Glendale or other areas in Arizona:
- We have built a reputation as a trusted law firm in Arizona.
- We have more than 20 years of legal experience in a variety of practice areas.
- We believe in personal care, individual attention, and open communication.
- We achieve results for clients through aggressive litigation tactics.
- We only charge for our services if we win.
Depending on the factors surrounding the accident, individuals can suffer serious, life-altering personal injuries. No matter the severity of your injury, we will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation possible for lost wages, medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. Count on our experienced trial lawyers to fight for you while you focus on more important things — like getting healthy. At The Law Offices of John Phebus, our experienced Glendale personal injury attorneys have been guiding clients through the process of recovering money after an accident for over 20 years. After carefully investigating the accident — including visiting the accident site to preserve evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing your medical records — we will negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance carrier to reach a settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, we are confident in our ability to represent you in court. Count on us to aggressively protect your best interests.
Types of Cases We Represent
Our Glendale, Arizona personal injury attorneys have experience in a wide variety of personal injury matters. We have handled cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Product liability
- Premises liability
- Slip and fall accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death
- Other accidents resulting in injuries
No matter what kind of injury you have suffered, if it was the result of negligence on the part of another person, part or entity, call our Glendale office and find out if we can help. We represent clients in Glendale area, Buckeye, Surprise, Peoria, Phoenix, and throughout Maricopa County.
Negotiations With the Insurance Company After an Accident
After a car crash, slip and fall, or other accident resulting in an injury, one of your first phone calls will be to an insurance company. You will file your claim with the insurance company of the at-fault party if you know who this party is. Our Glendale personal injury lawyers can help you determine the defendant, if necessary. An experienced attorney can also take over communications with insurance claims adjusters, who may try to convince you to settle for less than the true value of your case. Keep in mind that the insurance companies are in business to take money, not pay it out! We will not let them take advantage of you, which is exactly what most insurance companies will try to do when an accident victim is not represented by an experienced law firm.
Hiring our injury attorneys can help you maximize your financial recovery while you focus on physical healing. Another reason to hire The Law Offices of John Phebus is because of our ability to negotiate the liens that often come with personal injury cases. A lien is a demand for repayment that may be placed against your case. Healthcare providers often pay for your medical care but they are entitled to reimbursement for part or all of your medical bills they paid for. Our attorneys will negotiate to reduce the amount you owe and can often reduce those liens by over 90%. This is crucial as it allows you to keep more of the settlement money for you instead of having to repay the liens. For more information related to car accident claims visit our Glendale car accident attorney page.
What is the Burden of Proof in a Personal Injury Case?
Filing an injury lawsuit in Arizona and pursuing compensation takes having all the elements of a sound case. As an injury victim, it is your task to prove someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to your injuries. Having these elements is your burden of proof to qualify for compensation through an insurance settlement or personal injury lawsuit. Four main elements are necessary for every injury claim.
- Someone owed the victim a duty of care.
- That person breached the duty of care to the victim.
- The breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries.
- The victim suffered damages as a result.
Proving a breach of duty is often the most difficult aspect of an injury lawsuit. A breach of duty can be any negligent or reckless act that fails to fulfill the defendant’s duty of care to the plaintiff. Evidence of a breach of duty may come down to photographs of the accident, statements from witnesses, medical records, or other types of documentation.
Determining the Value of Your Case
Comparative Negligence Principles in Arizona
Unlike contributory negligence states that prohibit plaintiffs from compensation for even 1% fault, Arizona uses a comparative negligence law. Under this law, you could still receive some financial recovery even if the courts find you partially at fault for causing the accident in question. Arizona uses a pure comparative negligence law, meaning you could still be eligible for compensation for any percentage of fault – even 99%. However, the courts will diminish your total award by your percentage of fault. If you were 20% responsible for causing a car wreck, for example, but the other driver was 80% at fault, you would receive a compensatory award minus 20%. For instance, you would walk away with $8,000 of a $10,000 jury verdict rather than the full value.
Since comparative negligence can reduce your compensatory award, it is important to hire lawyers in Glendale to help negotiate your case if you believe the defendant might use this defense. Your lawyer can help you argue that the defendant bears the majority share of fault for your accident, increasing your recovery award. It may be necessary to use a lawyer to maximize the compensation you receive in a case involving a comparative negligence defense. Otherwise, you may end up losing money.
What is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Your financial recovery after an accident resulting in personal injuries depends on many different factors: the severity of your injuries, the actions of the defendant and the total value of your losses. Working with an attorney will give you the ability to explore all potential outlets for recovery, including taking your case to trial if insurance settlement negotiations fail. A Glendale personal injury attorneys from The Law Offices of John Phebus can review your unique case to gauge the damages you may be able to recover.
- Medical expenses. All accident-related medical bills, doctor’s appointments, disability costs, medical devices, therapies, medications, etc. Any past and future treatments necessary for your recovery could be compensable.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Any money you spent in the aftermath of an accident, such as on travel expenses, a rental vehicle, the costs of hiring an injury lawyer, court fees and the price of hiring accident experts.
- Lost wages. The income you had to sacrifice because your injuries took you out of work, either temporarily or permanently. You could qualify for past lost wages as well as lost future capacity to earn due to a disability.
- Pain and suffering. Physical pain or discomfort, chronic pain, disfigurement, scarring, emotional distress, mental harm, psychological distress, physical limitations, lost quality of life and other intangible losses that result from the accident.
- Property replacement. Money to repair any damaged property during the accident, including a motor vehicle, or to replace lost, totaled or completely destroyed personal properties.
- Punitive damages. Extra money in addition to compensatory damages for a defendant’s intentional tort, gross negligence or wanton disregard for your safety. An award a judge has the power to grant if he or she deems it appropriate to punish the defendant.
What your case could be worth depends on many factors. Speak to an attorney for an accurate portrayal of your claim’s monetary value and legal advice. Do not assume the settlement amount an insurance company offered you is fair or reasonable until you have spoken to a lawyer about your case. The insurance company may be offering you less than you deserve. A lawyer will fight to maximize your compensation in any way possible.
What is the Time Limit to Take Legal Action?
Arizona has something called a “statute of limitations“, which is a time limit on when accident victims can file a personal injury claim. In Arizona, the time to file is two years from the date of the accident or the date you discovered the injury. If the claim is against the city, county or state, the time limits are even shorter. Missing the deadline for filing could mean you lose any chance of recovering money for the accident. For this reason, it’s important to call our office so you can find out what your legal options are and how we can help you.
Request a Free Case Consultation
If you have questions regarding personal injury or medical malpractice, schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney in Glendale from The Law Offices of John Phebus. Our firm can be reached by calling 623-847-7117 or by completing our online contact form. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available based on the needs of our clients and we have offices in Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale. Our legal team can investigate your case, help you name the defendant, and file your claim with the correct court. We can then support your case through each phase of the legal process, fighting for fair compensation every step of the way. To get started, request a free consultation.