The umbrella of personal injury cases is far from small. If the time comes for you to pursue a case that falls into this category, it can be difficult to know where to start. You, however, don’t have to parse your legal options alone.

Our Tucson personal injury attorneys are required to adhere to a high standard of excellence. We can help you contend with the legal complexities that come after a personal injury accident. Moreover, we can help you fight for the financial compensation that can smooth out your road to recovery.

We Tackle All Kinds of Personal Injury Cases

Zanes Law Injury Lawyers has a growing roster of thousands of satisfied clients over the last decade. This experience allows us to bring firsthand trial knowledge to your case. The diversity of our legal portfolio allows us to address lawsuits covering:

Helping Clients Injured in Personal Injury Accidents

Because there are so many different kinds of personal injury accidents, our approach to each case needs to be individualized. That said, we have a strategy that we put into play when we take on your case. It’s our job to make sure you feel supported and that your claim, upon its submission, defends your position and request for financial support.

That’s why when you come to our team with your losses, we:

  • Support your claim with evidence found at the scene
  • Reconstruct your accident to establish liability
  • Communicate with court officials and the defense on your behalf
  • Update you within 24 hours of new case developments
  • Negotiate for your settlement after calculating your possible compensation
  • Prepare you for discovery and time in court, as applicable
  • Operate on contingency to protect your financial future

We can elaborate on the services that will be available to you during your initial case consultation. From there, our Tucson personal injury attorneys can hone our offerings to your needs and prioritize your fight for compensation.

Assessing the Cause of Your Accident

Several parties can bear the blame for your personal injury accident. While your instinct may be to target a driver, a shop owner, or another single individual with your lawsuit, that’s not always your best path forward. There are times when the fault for your accident lies with a larger entity.

You shouldn’t let corporations or other institutions scare you out of taking legal action. These parties are as responsible for your well-being as an individual may be. You should, however, prepare to bring comprehensive evidence to a suit that addresses a corporation or similar body. These parties have legal teams of their own – but we’re ready to go to bat for you.

The parties we most often list in our personal injury claims include:

  • Individual drivers
  • Rideshare corporations
  • Construction crews
  • Small businesses
  • Automotive manufacturers and mechanics
  • Product manufacturers
  • Trucking companies
  • Property owners and landlords

When you bring your case to our office, we can follow the evidence and make sure your complaint targets the right party.

Examining Witness Reports

When you become our client, our Tucson, AZ, personal injury lawyers will immediately create a list of witnesses and obtain detailed witness statements. If our law firm does not rapidly obtain a settlement for you, we can interview these witnesses during the trial. 

We will highlight various sections of the reports that clearly describe the causes of your accident. We will emphasize the seriousness of your injuries, the negligence that increased the risk of your accident, and the reactions of people involved in the situation.

Assessing Emotional Distress and Other Losses

Your losses, in the wake of a personal injury accident, can come in many forms. While property damage and medical bills are often part and parcel of the experience, you may also find yourself contending with non-economic or non-quantifiable losses.

These losses, including your post-accident stress and pain and suffering, can still make their way into your request for compensation. Personal injury attorneys in Tucson can refer to legal precedent to determine their economic value. Your insurance provider does something similar by adding a multiplier to the physical damages your claim notes that you endured.

You can add the value of your non-economic losses to your bills and fees to come up with your total desired accident compensation. So long as you have the evidence you need to back your claim, you have a chance of moving your request for that support forward.

Filing Your Report

If you want to bring a personal injury loss forward, you must do so within the time allotted to you by the state of Arizona. A.R.S. § 12-542 gives you two years to act on your losses. That timespan may, however, be modified by certain conditions of your accident. For example, you have considerably less time to file if you want to hold government officials liable for your losses.

You can discuss what your filing deadline looks like with one of our attorneys. However, it is in your best interest to get in touch as soon as possible, regardless of what quirks might impact your case. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner we can begin gathering information on your behalf.

Preparing You for the Legal Process

The civil process begins after you file a complaint with your local county clerk. How you choose to proceed from this point is up to you. Should your personal injury complaint move forward, you gain the right to summon your allegedly-liable party to either a traditional trial or to settlement negotiations. A personal injury attorney in Tucson can help with either.

Regardless of whether or not you’d like to pursue a trial, the defendant has the opportunity to bring forward arguments against your initial complaint. You can elaborate on those arguments during negotiations. In some cases, you may have to sacrifice some of your desired compensation to come to a resolution – but negotiations tend to resolve faster than trials.

Trials, comparatively, see you undergo discovery and examination at the bench. It’s not the defendant you’re trying to convince of your right to compensation but a judge and jury, instead. This process can take years to resolve, but it also allows you a better chance of retaining all your requested compensation and punitive damages besides.

Learn More About Our Services in Our Testimonials

Our clients have left several reviews highlighting the legal services that we champion. These testimonials highlight our drive to communicate throughout the legal process as well as our desire to protect you from undue courtroom stress.

When you come to us with a court case, you get more than a team of experts on your side. You also benefit from the care, compassion, and understanding we bring to personal injury lawsuits. 

Call Zanes Law For Personal Injury Guidance Today

No two personal injury accidents look the same. Whether you’ve suffered losses in a car accident or after a slip and fall, though, Zanes Law’s personal injury attorneys in Tucson, AZ, are here to help. We can work with you throughout your recovery and help you seize the legal opportunities presented to you.

To learn how to begin building your personal injury suit, contact us online or in the office. We can discuss our services during your initial case consultation.

How Can a Consultation Help Me?

During your free consultation, our Tucson personal injury lawyers will examine the types of injuries you have sustained and the factors that caused your injuries. We will evaluate the medical services you’ve received, what evidence we need for your case, and other cases involving similar injuries and scenarios. 

Throughout this process, we can also examine:

  • The insurance claims we might create
  • The estimated duration of the process
  • Images of the scene of the accident
  • The witnesses you have

These efforts help us bring together a case and predict how to best defend your position in negotiations, court, or some combination thereof.

Should I Submit an Insurance Claim to My Provider if I’m Injured?

You should submit an insurance claim to your provider after you’re injured, but only after you’ve had a frank conversation with a personal injury attorney. Our team can work to keep an insurance provider from undercutting your possible compensation.

To keep your insurance company honest, we can gather reports and evidence associated with your injuries, pain and suffering, and medical care. Before you submit your claim, we can estimate the worth of a settlement. We can further look at the long-term costs of the care that you might require and the overall impact of your injuries.

Can I Get Medical Care Without Health Insurance?

If you have been injured in an accident and are uninsured, our Tucson personal injury lawyers can help you obtain medical care. We want to minimize your pain and suffering as much as possible. Our vast experience enables us to recommend medical centers and hospitals that offer services specific to your situation. 

In turn, your receipt of medical care can help us establish evidence supporting your claims regarding the extent of your injuries. Not only do you get to recover, but you can also protect your future request for compensation.

What Happens if I’ve Been Injured in Two Accidents?

If you’ve already been injured and then experienced a second accident, medical experts will create reports evaluating the factors that differentiate the effects of your accidents. The doctors will determine the types of medical services that each accident requires.

Our lawyers will create a timeline that describes the events that caused each accident. Moreover, we might offer separate evidence pertaining to each accident you’ve experienced.

How Should I Deal With a Minor Injury?

If you sustain a seemingly minor injury in an accident, you should still contact the personal injury attorneys at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. Certain injuries initially have minor symptoms that then become more severe and impact an individual’s mobility. 

Numerous medical reports show that certain seemingly mundane injuries eventually necessitate surgical procedures because the symptoms worsen within three months.

How Will Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Evaluate Unsafe Conditions That Have Caused an Injury?

If hazardous conditions have directly contributed to your injury, our experienced Tucson personal injury lawyers can review videos showing the unsafe conditions. We might analyze reports from people who witnessed the dangerous conditions and their effects.

We can also evaluate any negligence that might have caused your injury. If there were no warning signs indicating that you were in danger, the owner of the property you were on may be liable for your losses. 

What Should I Do Immediately After An Accident?

In the immediate aftermath of a personal injury accident, you need to call first responders. They can provide you with the emergency medical care that you and your loved ones need.

Only once you are back on your feet and out of danger should you create a list of details regarding your accident. Take photographs of the scene and gather the names of nearby witnesses. This evidence will later help our team recreate your accident as necessary.

How Does Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Examine the Reports That Witnesses Offer?

First, our experienced attorneys interview witnesses and obtain statements. We will then compare those statements to independent reports about the accident. This technique significantly increases the likelihood of a settlement. If a case requires a trial, the matching testimonies are likely to reinforce your claims and indicate the exact causes of your injuries.

Will the Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Personal Injury Lawyers Offer Frequent Updates?

Our personal injury lawyers provide you with monthly updates regarding the state of your case. You will also speak with your case manager at least every two weeks. If you have any questions about your case’s statute, you can call our law firm directly. We will contact you within 24 hours of receiving new information about your suit.

Can I Speak to an Experienced Accident Lawyer?

Our attorneys have a combined eighty years of experience addressing personal injury cases in Arizona. When you contact our office to schedule a case consultation, you’ll have every opportunity to speak with a lawyer who understands how to handle your case.

How Can I View Testimonials and Descriptions of the Services That Your Lawyers Offer?

You can learn more about our attorneys by reading our client reviews and watching videos that describe our services. Our company blog and settlement reviews are designed to help you understand the cases that have come before yours. In turn, they can give you an idea of what to expect from Tucson courts and our law office.

How Is Fault Determined in a Personal Injury Case?

When it comes time to assign fault in a personal injury case, you have to consider the role negligence played in your losses. Both intentional and accidental negligence can see a person or institution held liable for your losses. To determine negligence, though, you must assess a particular party’s behavior.

There are four parts to the negligence test. They are as follows:

  • The defendant owed you the duty of care
  • They breached that duty of care by not acting as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.
  • You suffered an injury
  • You would not have suffered the injury had it not been for the defendant’s conduct

If you can indicate, with evidence, that the party you’ve named in your complaint proves negligent under these guidelines, your case may move forward.

How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

The value of your personal injury case is unique. The damages you suffer in a personal injury accident are going to be different from those endured by another person. With that in mind, it’s impossible to say how much your case might be valued at before you meet with an attorney.

During your initial case consultation, we can refer both to legal precedent and your post-accident bills to determine what compensation you might request in your complaint. That said, we need to have evidence on hand if we want to make our requests. With that in mind, keep the bills or professional statements detailing the extent of your losses.

What Happens if Someone Died in an Accident?

The families of accident victims can file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the death. There are two types of damages that families can recover after their loved one has died in an accident:

  • What the family lost from their loved one’s death
  • What their loved one experienced before they passed away

The family can receive payment for things like the lost wages that their family member would have earned had they lived. They can also receive compensation for the loss of support from their loved one and their own emotional trauma from the loss.

Arizona has a wrongful death law that dictates who has priority to sue. The rule of thumb is that the surviving spouse will always be the one to file the personal injury case.

What Losses Can a Personal Injury Claim Cover?

Under ideal circumstances, your personal injury claim should cover the full extent of your economic losses. You can also, however, include non-economic damages in your initial claim. To do so, you must include evidence indicating that you suffered those losses. Witness testimony, diagnoses, and references to legal precedent can all help back your claim.

With that in mind, your request for compensation can include losses like:

  • Medical costs necessary to treat your injury in the past and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Wrongful death if someone suffered fatal injuries

What Documentation Can Help Prove My Damages?

Insurance companies and juries alike request documentation to prove that you’ve endured the losses listed in your claim. With that in mind, you can bring all the following documents into your court case:

  • Information about your earnings, such as pay stubs or tax returns 
  • Complete medical diagnosis with the level of documentation necessary to know exactly what you face in the future
  • A log of your experience since the accident
  • Receipts to show costs incurred for medical treatment
  • Information about the valuation of the property that the accident damaged

How Would Someone Else Know About My Own Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering represent a larger swath of the non-economic damages to which a personal injury accident may entitle you. Insurance companies calculate pain and suffering using a multiplier applied to your medical bills. However, that multiplier may not encompass the whole of your losses. We also consider:

  • The extent and duration of your injuries
  • Your age at the time of the accident and your expected future lifespan
  • What your life was like before the accident, and what you may miss out on that you enjoyed
  • Particular factors like anxiety and stress that influence your emotional well-being

We can refer both to your acknowledgeable losses and to state legal precedent when calculating what non-economic compensation you might include in your personal injury claim. The more evidence we have to support your right to request, the more likely it is that you might receive the support you’re asking for.

Do I Need to Pay Tax on a Personal Injury Settlement or Award?

It is rare for you to need to pay taxes on a personal injury settlement. IRS laws treat personal injury claimants very well. When your compensation stems from physical injuries, the only thing that you may need to pay taxes on is punitive damages, but these are rare in personal injury cases.

That said, you should always consult with an accountant if you receive a settlement. Make sure to disclose your earnings long before tax season approaches so that you can prepare your finances accordingly.

Will I Need to Testify in My Personal Injury Case?

You may need to testify during your personal injury case, but the need depends on your circumstances. If you settle your claim with the insurance company, the most you may need to do is give a statement about what happened. If your case goes to court, you can expect to sit for a deposition and be called as a witness if your case goes to trial. 

You do not have to contend with an aggressive defense alone, though. Our attorneys will fight to protect your legal rights from insurance companies that get too pushy or other lawyers who do not question you properly.

Should you need to testify, our team can work with you to prepare you for court. We know that sitting for deposition can be intimidating, so we will strive to protect you from any tactics that are underhanded or against the rules. In turn, you can prevent fear from standing between you and your financial recovery. 

Are There Any Limitations on My Recovery in a Personal Injury Case?

Arizona is one of the few states in the country that allows plaintiffs to recover for their injuries, even when they are a majority at fault for their injuries. This means that you can recover damages for your accident even if:

  • You suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash when you were not wearing a helmet
  • A car struck yours when making an illegal turn when you were speeding
  • You were not looking where you were going when you slipped in a store aisle

Don’t assume you don’t have a court case because you may be held responsible for a percentage of your losses. Instead, talk to an attorney about comparative negligence and what compensation your accident might still entitle you to.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Your personal injury case may not go to trial, even if you begin the initial discovery process. While a court hearing can be useful, these processes also add more time and risk to the legal process.

Instead, you can choose to negotiate with the defendant and their insurance company while preparing for a hypothetical trial. Because an insurance company must consider their bottom line, you may find them more open to negotiating as a possible court day gets closer.

The Insurance Company Offered Me a Settlement. What Do I Do?

Don’t decide to accept or decline a settlement offer without first consulting an attorney. Insurance companies often lowball their first settlement offer in hopes that you’ll accept and sign away your right to legal action. We can calculate a comparable settlement and send a demand letter for the financial support detailing the full extent of your losses.

How Do I Know Which Personal Injury Lawyer in Tucson is Right for Me?

Not every injury lawyer and client pairing is a great match. For starters, you need a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to handle your specific case.

The right attorney for you should be able to gather your evidence, address your witnesses, and regularly update you on the progress of your case. When you first schedule a consultation with our team, we can introduce you to our staff and make sure you have access to the professional representation that best addresses your needs.

Can I Afford Your Tucson Personal Injury Attorneys?

You can always afford our lawyers for your personal injury case, even if you have nothing in your bank account. Personal injury attorneys receive fees through a system called contingency fees. 

The only thing that triggers an obligation to pay them is being successful in your case. Then, your Tucson personal injury lawyer receives a percentage of what you receive in a settlement or jury award.

You never need to pay anything up front or out of your own pocket. We will not ask you for a retainer, nor will we send you hourly bills. If you are not successful, we will not send you a bill for our legal services afterward.

Original Content

Zanes Law Injury Lawyers is a personal injury law firm with offices in Tucson & Phoenix, AZ. In Tucson, we are a group of top Tucson personal injury lawyers.  We have two offices in Tucson and represent thousands of injured clients each year. Our personal injury attorneys are a group of experienced Tucson car accident lawyers as well. They fight diligently for car accident victims while keeping in line with the firm’s core values.

Our Tucson car accident lawyers are required to adhere to a high standard of excellence. They must represent the client well while working to protect the clients’ financial well being. When someone is injured in a car accident they should seek help immediately. The first step is to begin to evaluate different Tucson car accident lawyers. But the process is confusing. For example, what is the difference between a car accident lawyer in Tucson and the many different Tucson personal injury lawyers? Quite honestly, there is no difference. Each is merely another name for a lawyer who handles personal injury cases.

If you live in South Tucson and have been injured, please visit our South Tucson personal injury lawyer page.

Zanes Law Injury Lawyers and Tucson Car Accidents

Our Tucson car accident lawyers boast more than 50 years of combined experience.  They will work diligently to help you receive a fair settlement.  This settlement amount will include compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost wages and more.

The team at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers in Tucson AZ is continuously learning and growing. We stay up-to-date on emerging technologies and issues such as truck and motor vehicle accidents, catastrophic injury accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful death claims. Because of this commitment to development, the Zanes Law Tucson personal injury lawyers are leaders in their industry.

Evaluating Personal Injury Settlements and Verdicts Obtained by Our Car Accident Attorneys

To date, our law firm has obtained settlements and verdicts exceeding $500 million. Our Tucson personal injury lawyers know how to make insurance companies pay our clients. In fact, our Tucson car accident lawyers work up our clients’ cases in many ways. First, we make sure that our clients get the medical care that they need. Second, we investigate the accident. Third, we hire the experts that are required in the case. Finally, we fight!

Insurance companies don’t just pay because it is the right thing to do. They pay because our automobile accident attorneys make them pay.  We use experts to accelerate the process of getting our clients compensated. It is our reputation and our willingness to litigate a case that gives us an edge on the insurance company.  We are Tucson personal injury lawyers in every sense of the word.

Trucking Accident Client We Helped

The Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Tucson personal injury lawyers drive to win is evident in the following case.  After an accident, our client needed a Tucson truck accident lawyer. He turned to Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. We negotiated a settlement for clients who sustained severe injuries when a truck hit their vehicle. Our Tucson injury attorneys obtained a settlement of more than $500 million. We did this by first making sure that our clients received the medical care that they needed.  Next, we documented our client’s pain and suffering.  Then we evaluated the effects of their injuries by retaining the correct medical experts.  After that, we also hired the experts that were needed to reconstruct the accident. Finally, we sued and forced the insurance company to compensate our clients.

Motorcycle Accident Client We Helped

In another case, a Zanes Law Injury Lawyers client was hit by a speeding car while riding a motorcycle. He turned to our car accident lawyers in Tucson.  Because we are a  top Tucson personal injury lawyers we worked up the case correctly.  We then negotiated a settlement of more than $1.1 million. In addition to this, our client fully recovered from his injuries.  Anyone injured would have a hard time finding a better group of car accident attorneys! The Tucson car accident lawyers at Zanes Law did a great job.

Car Accident Client We Helped

Our Tucson car accident lawyers helped an injured client who did not have health insurance. This fact did not deter our injury lawyers. Our focus was on making sure that our client received the medical care needed so that he could heal. When he recovered from his injuries, our accident lawyers were able to resolve his case for $250,000.

Slip And Fall Accident Client We Helped

Our Tucson personal injury lawyers were also able to help a client injured after tripping on a mat. Initially, a doctor indicated that the injuries were minor, but the client’s pain and suffering were significant. After our medical experts completed further evaluations, the client underwent surgery and recovered. Our slip and fall lawyers in Tucson obtained a settlement worth more than $210,000 for this client.

The American Society of Legal Advocates for Injury Attorneys

The ASLA is a well-known organization that examines the services that attorneys offer. It recommends skilled lawyers and evaluates attorneys’ charitable contributions. Currently, the ASLA endorses less than one percent of all licensed attorneys.

Examining Testimonials of Zanes Law Injury Lawyers’ Clients

In their reviews, many of our clients indicate that both our car accident attorneys in Tucson and our Tucson personal injury lawyers offer frequent updates on the status of their cases. Our Tucson personal injury lawyers regularly highlight new information that could accelerate the process of settling. Numerous reviewers state that the care, understanding, and compassion they experienced relieved the stress of their injuries. Moreover, a large number of our satisfied clients refer their friends and family members to our company.

Tucson Personal Injury lawyers Helping Charitable Organizations

Giving back to our Tucson community is at the core of Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. Over the past fifteen years, we have established yearly Teacher School Supply Giveaway where we donate tens-of-thousands of dollars in school supplies to our local Tucson teaches. As a company, we also perform quarterly community service so that we can give back to our Tucson community as a team. We have done everything from participating in love of reading week, to cooking at The Ronald McDonald House, to helping at GAP Ministries. At Zanes Law our Tucson personal injury lawyers like to say that helping our clients is our passion, but helping our Tucson community is our mission.

Offering Services to Clients Who Have Been Injured in Accidents

If you are injured in an accident, the Zanes Law Tucson personal injury lawyers and the experts that we use will do their best to determine the accident’s cause. We will evaluate factors that could have prevented the accident, consider the emotional distress the injury has caused you, and study previous cases involving similar types of accidents. We will calculate the cumulative worth of your damaged property and determine the costs of your medical care, in addition to assessing the types of medical services you will require.

Examining the Factors That Caused an Accident and Presenting Relevant Medical Reports

During a trial, the expert witness that we retain will be able to testify about their accident investigation and their findings. Prior to trial, they will prepare reports that describe what precipitated the incident.  Our Tucson personal injury lawyers will extensively study the scene of the accident and each item involved in it. We will examine the actions of the individuals who were at the scene of the accident. Medical specialists will also describe the effects of your injuries and the types of surgical procedures that you need because of the accident.

Medical Services After an Injury Accident

Once our Tucson car accident lawyers speak with you about the injuries that you have suffered, we will help you decide what the appropriate medical care may be. We have many doctors that we have worked with over the years and can help you receive medical care even if you do not have health insurance.  Our automobile accident attorneys can even refer you to doctors who can evaluate you for surgeries. We will then hire experts to effectively determine the long-term costs of your medical care.

Getting Compensated For Property Damage After a Car Accident

If your property has sustained damage in a car accident, our Tucson car accident lawyers will determine the worth of your vehicle. We will also identify the value of any personal items that were damaged. We will examine the market value of similar goods, consider the cumulative worth of a product’s components, and calculate repair costs.

Our Tucson Car Accident Attorneys Reconstruct Crash Scenes

If you have been injured in a car accident, our Tucson personal injury lawyers will investigate road conditions, the speed of each vehicle, vehicle damage and vehicle positions, tire skid marks that could be associated with braking, and obstacles that might have caused the collision. By studying the damage to your vehicle, our experts can generally determine the angles of each vehicle and the speeds of the cars that caused the collision. Our specialists will also inspect the road signs near the scene in order to determine whether or not the drivers involved followed the directions on the signs.

Hiring Personal Injury Experts to Investigate Your Claim

When our Tucson personal injury lawyers start to manage your case, we will hire the experts that are needed to develop an organized report containing any information relevant to the case. This information can include statements of individuals involved in the accident, descriptions of the scene, lawyer notes, images of the scene, and descriptions of similar incidents. The report will include extensive descriptions of your injuries, as well as medical services that could improve your condition. The report will also include negotiation details if our lawyers are negotiating a settlement.

When Unsafe Products Have Caused Injuries

If a defective product has injured you, our experienced personal injury lawyers will study the design of the product, its associated risks, the materials in the product, and independent product reviews that mention faulty components. We might analyze reports and settlements pertaining to other injuries the faulty product has caused. Many of the unsafe product cases that we handle are actually cases where our Tucson car accident lawyers are bringing a products liability claim against a car manufacturer.

Evaluating Accidents That Are Related to Construction

When managing cases that involve severe injuries at construction sites, our Tucson personal injury lawyers will assess the condition of the construction equipment. We will look at the quality of the materials that the company uses, the experience of the site’s managers, and reports that describe hazardous conditions. We will also evaluate procedures that could notably improve safety, as well as analyze guidelines and regulations that independent organizations have created.

Examining the Reports That Witnesses Offer

When you become our client, our Tucson personal injury lawyers will immediately create a list of witnesses and obtain detailed witness statements. If our law firm does not rapidly obtain a settlement for you, we can interview these witnesses during the trial. We will highlight various sections of the reports that clearly describe the causes of your accident. We will emphasize the seriousness of your injuries, the negligence that increased the risk of your accident, and the reactions of people involved in the situation.

Evaluating Emotional Distress and the Effects of Stress

Once you receive the medical care that is needed to recover from the emotional distress directly connected to your accident and injuries, our Tucson personal injury lawyers can ask for compensation for your accident’s emotional effects. We can evaluate and submit reports from therapists who have determined the psychological impact of your injury, and our experts will present these evaluations if your case goes to trial.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Will a Consultation Help Me?

During your free consultation, our Tucson personal injury lawyers will examine the types of injuries you have sustained and the factors that caused your injuries. We will evaluate the medical services you’ve received, what evidence we need for your case, and other cases involving similar injuries and scenarios. We will also look at the types of insurance claims we might create, the estimated duration of the process, images of the scene of the accident, and the number of witnesses you have.

If I’m Injured, Should I Submit an Insurance Claim Right Away?

You should contact one of our Tucson personal injury lawyers before creating an insurance claim. Our lawyers will gather reports and evidence associated with your injuries, pain and suffering, and medical care. Before you submit your claim, we can estimate the worth of a settlement. We will look at the long-term costs of the care that you might require and the overall impact of your injuries.

If I Don’t Have Health Insurance Can I Get Medical Care?

If you have been injured in an accident and are uninsured, our Tucson personal injury lawyers can help you obtain medical care. This is important because we want to minimize your pain and suffering as much as possible. Our vast experience enables us to recommend medical centers and hospitals that offer services specific to your situation. Once you receive medical care, we can quickly gather evidence and study your medical reports.

What Happens If I’ve Been Injured in Two Accidents?

If you’ve already been injured and then experience a second accident, medical experts will create reports evaluating the factors that differentiate the effects of your accidents. The doctors will determine the types of medical services that each accident requires. Our Tucson car accident lawyers will create a timeline that describes the events that caused each accident. Moreover, we might offer separate evidence pertaining to each accident you’ve experienced.

How Should I Deal with a Minor Injury?

If you sustain a seemingly minor injury in an accident, you should still contact the car accident attorneys at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers. Certain injuries initially have minor symptoms that then become more severe and impact an individual’s mobility. Numerous medical reports show that certain seemingly mundane injuries eventually necessitate surgical procedures because the symptoms worsen within three months.

How Will Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Evaluate Unsafe Conditions That Have Caused an Injury?

If hazardous conditions have directly contributed to your injury, our experienced Tucson car accident lawyers will review videos showing the unsafe conditions. We might analyze reports from people who witnessed the dangerous conditions and their effects. Our Tucson personal injury lawyers will also evaluate any negligence that might have caused your injury.

What Should I Do Immediately After An Accident?

If you are at the scene of an accident you should immediately call first responders. They will provide the emergency medical care that you need. You can then create a list of details about the accident. First, write down the accident facts. Then, take photographs of the scene. Multiple studies have shown that, within one hour of a collision, some drivers forget more than 38 percent of the facts related to it. So if you have been injured, you should quickly create a description of the incident that can be provided to one of our Tucson personal injury lawyers.

How Does Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Examine the Reports That Witnesses Offer?

First, our experienced car accident attorneys interview witnesses and obtain statements. We then will compare those statements to independent reports about the accident. This technique significantly increases the likelihood of a settlement. If a case requires a trial, the matching testimonies are likely to reinforce your claims and indicate the exact causes of your injuries.

Will the Zanes Law Injury Lawyers Personal Injury Lawyers Offer Frequent Updates?

When you choose Zanes Law Injury Lawyers, our Tucson personal injury lawyers will give you monthly updates. You will also speak with your Case Manager at least every two weeks. You can call our law firm at any time and get your case’s status. If our car accident attorneys obtain new case information we will call you within 24 hours.

Can I Speak to an Experienced Accident Lawyer?

When you call Zanes Law Injury Lawyers you can speak with one of our many Tucson personal injury lawyers.  Our auto accident attorneys have significant experience handling these cases. Your lawyer will describe the techniques that our law firm utilizes.  He will also discuss the types of cases that we take and the settlements that we obtain. If you would like to schedule a consultation, you can call 520-777-7777.

How Can I View Testimonials and Descriptions of the Services That Your Lawyers Offer?

Learn about the Tucson personal injury lawyers at Zanes Law Injury Lawyers by reviewing this website. Read our client reviews and watch our videos describing our services. You can also review settlements that our Tucson car accident lawyers have obtained. We have podcasts that you can listen to that discuss different injury case topics. You can also look at our company blog and at updates related to our law firm. Finally, you can view guides and a list of services that our company offers.

How Is Fault Determined in a Personal Injury Case?

Your Tucson injury attorney will tell you how a jury or insurance company determines who is responsible for the injury. They use a standard called negligence. Not every single small mistake that a person makes is automatically negligence. The law compares their behavior to a reasonable person. This is not some mysterious human being. Instead, it is an average person, and the jury always thinks about what they would do under the circumstances.

There are four parts to the negligence test. They are as follows:

The defendant owed you the duty of care

They breached that duty of care by not acting as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.

You suffered an injury

You would not have suffered the injury had it not been for the defendant’s conduct

How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?

You will likely ask your Tucson personal injury lawyer this question on the initial consultation because it is one of the first things on your mind. We should be able to give you a ballpark estimate early, but we would not know for sure until we have a closer look at the documentation. There is no one set answer to this question other than you deserve to receive enough to cover your personal losses.

It is entirely probable that two people could be in the same type of accident, and they would legally deserve two completely different amounts. The one thing we can assure you is that Zanes Law will get to know your case in great detail and will be in a position to deal with the insurance company when it comes time to file your claim. You should expect nothing less from your Tucson AZ personal injury attorney.

What Happens if Someone Died in an Accident?

The families of accident victims can file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the death. There are two types of damages that families can recover after their loved one has died in an accident:

What the family lost from their loved one’s death

What their loved one experienced before they passed away

The family can receive payment for things like the lost wages that their family member would have earned had they lived. They can also receive compensation for the loss of support from their loved one and their own emotional trauma from the loss. Arizona has a wrongful death law that dictates who has priority to sue. The rule of thumb is that the surviving spouse will always be the one to file the personal injury case.

 What Losses Can a Personal Injury Claim Cover?

The defendant must pay you money to put you in the same position as if they never caused you injuries in the first place. The insurance company or the jury will assign a monetary value to your damages. Here are the elements of a personal injury claim:

Medical costs necessary to treat your injury in the past and future

Pain and suffering

Emotional distress

Lost wages

Wrongful death if someone suffered fatal injuries

 What Documentation Can Help Prove My Damages?

The insurance company, or even a jury, is not going to award you a penny more than what they see clearly on paper in front of them. This is why you need to focus on the documentation before you file a claim or lawsuit. Remember that injury is one of the elements of the four-part negligence test. You need to show how you suffered an injury in a way that allows someone else to quantify it.

With that in mind, here is what you would need:

Information about your earnings, such as pay stubs or tax returns (you may also want to prove your earnings trajectory at work because you might receive payment for the reduction in your earning capacity)

Complete medical diagnosis with the level of documentation necessary to know exactly what you face in the future

A log of your experience since the accident

Receipts to show costs incurred for medical treatment

Information about the valuation of the property that the accident damaged

How Would Someone Else Know About My Own Pain and Suffering?

This is a very good question because not everyone suffers from an accident in the same way. An insurance company will try to use a multiplier of your medical bills, but that does not always tell your own story. Here are some factors that could influence the amount of your pain and suffering damages:

The extent and duration of your injuries

Your age at the time of the accident and your expected future lifespan

What your life was like before the accident and what you may miss out on that you enjoyed

Particular factors like anxiety and stress that influence your emotional well-being

Keeping a journal of your experience after the accident is one way to document how much you have suffered. You always want to have the most effective way of telling your own story.

Do I Need to Pay Tax on a Personal Injury Settlement or Award?

Usually, no. IRS laws treat personal injury claimants very well. You might think that you would need to pay taxes on the part of your settlement that covers lost wages or pain and suffering, but these are also tax-free. When your compensation stems from physical injuries, the only thing that you may need to pay taxes on is punitive damages, but these are rare in personal injury cases.

Of course, you should always consult with an accountant if you receive a settlement to learn more about the tax treatment, but you should keep most or all of your money without writing a check to the federal government.

Will I Need to Testify in My Personal Injury Case?

It depends on how far your case goes. If you settle your claim with the insurance company, the most you may need to do is give a statement about what happened. If your case goes to court, you can expect to sit for a deposition and be called as a witness if your case goes to trial. Our attorneys will fight to protect your legal rights from insurance companies that get too aggressive or other lawyers who do not question you properly.

If you need to testify, we will work with you to prepare for court. We recognize that there is a natural fear of going into court or sitting for a deposition, and we promise to use our experience to help protect you from anything against the rules. Don’t let fear of the court process stand between you and possible financial recovery.

 Are There Any Limitations on My Recovery in a Personal Injury Case?

There is some good news for injured Tucson plaintiffs. Arizona is one of the few states in the country that allows plaintiffs to recover for their injuries, even when they are a majority at fault for their injuries. Most states bar people who are more than half at fault for the accident from receiving anything. Arizona allows recovery, even if you are 99 percent at fault for what happened. You can recover for the percentage that you were not at fault. You may even recover if:

You suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash when you were not wearing a helmet

A car struck yours when making an illegal turn when you were speeding

You were not looking where you were going when you slipped in a store aisle

Never assume that you do not have a personal injury case because you did something wrong. You should always consult with a personal injury attorney in Tucson AZ to find out whether you have a valid claim. First, it costs you nothing to speak with one of our Tucson personal injury attorneys. Second, the worst that they can tell you is that they do not think that your claim has merit. Speak to a lawyer before reaching any conclusions. An experienced Tucson personal injury attorney generally has a strong sense about your case at the initial consultation.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

Not necessarily. In fact, the odds are that your case will settle at some point in the process. Whether it is during the insurance claims process or after you have filed a lawsuit, most personal injury cases do not result in a court hearing. From your perspective, a court hearing adds far more time and risk to the process. There is always the chance that the defense would win a verdict, and you could come away with no compensation. That risk alone prompts plaintiffs to settle.

The insurance company is looking at things from the perspective of their bottom line. Trials also raise their risk level. A sympathetic jury could issue a large verdict that would force them to pay out a lot of money. In addition, they must pay insurance defense lawyers for their services. They are also looking to manage their risk. More often than not, it means settling your claim or case.

The Insurance Company Offered Me a Settlement. What Do I Do?

You should not make any decisions about accepting or rejecting a settlement offer with the help of a Tucson injury lawyer. Just because the insurance company has made you an offer does not mean that it is a good one. Underpaying your claim and calling it an offer is a common trick that insurance companies like to use to save money and pad their profits.

You should discuss any settlement offer with a Tucson personal injury attorney to figure out if it fairly compensates you. If it is an initial offer, chances are that it would not. You always can reject the settlement offer and file a demand letter with the insurance company for the money that you think you deserve. A settlement offer is just a step in the claims negotiation process, and you are not bound to accept. In the end, full compensation for accident injuries is your legal right.

How Do I Know Which Personal Injury Lawyer in Tucson is Right For Me?

Not every injury lawyer and client pairing is a great match. For starters, you need a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to handle your specific case. For example, you could have a large truck accident case. These are entirely different cases than smaller claims because the insurance company will demand a much more stringent process. There may also be numerous expert witnesses and accident reconstruction involved. Not every lawyer has this knowledge. Some injury attorneys in Tucson may not have the experience to handle more complex claims like product liability lawsuits.

The right attorney for you is also a matter of service. You want an attorney who is aggressive when dealing with third parties and compassionate in dealing with you. At Zanes Law, we recognize the strain that accident victims are under and how difficult the legal process is for them. We strive to provide caring and responsive service throughout the legal process.

Can I Afford the Your Tucson Personal Injury Attorneys?

You can always afford our lawyers for your personal injury case, even if you have nothing in your bank account. Tucson injury attorneys receive fees through a system called contingency fees. The only thing that triggers an obligation to pay them is being successful in your case. Then, your Tucson personal injury lawyer receives a percentage of what you receive in a settlement or jury award.

You never need to pay anything upfront or out of your own pocket. We will not ask you for a retainer, nor will we send you hourly bills. If you are not successful, we will not send you a bill for our legal services afterward. This is the peace of mind that you need to not worry about how you will afford a Zanes Law injury lawyer in Tucson.

Your Tucson injury attorney will tell you how a jury or insurance company determines who is responsible for the injury. They use a standard called negligence. Not every single small mistake that a person makes is automatically negligence. The law compares their behavior to a reasonable person. This is not some mysterious human being. Instead, it is an average person, and the jury always thinks about what they would do under the circumstances.

There are four parts to the negligence test. They are as follows:

  • The defendant owed you the duty of care
  • They breached that duty of care by not acting as a reasonable person would under the circumstances.
  • You suffered an injury
  • You would not have suffered the injury had it not been for the defendant’s conduct

You will likely ask your Tucson personal injury lawyer this question on the initial consultation because it is one of the first things on your mind. We should be able to give you a ballpark estimate early, but we would not know for sure until we have a closer look at the documentation. There is no one set answer to this question other than you deserve to receive enough to cover your personal losses.

It is entirely probable that two people could be in the same type of accident, and they would legally deserve two completely different amounts. The one thing we can assure you is that Zanes Law will get to know your case in great detail and will be in a position to deal with the insurance company when it comes time to file your claim. You should expect nothing less from your Tucson AZ personal injury attorney.

The families of accident victims can file a wrongful death claim against the party responsible for the death. There are two types of damages that families can recover after their loved one has died in an accident:

  • What the family lost from their loved one’s death
  • What their loved one experienced before they passed away

The family can receive payment for things like the lost wages that their family member would have earned had they lived. They can also receive compensation for the loss of support from their loved one and their own emotional trauma from the loss. Arizona has a wrongful death law that dictates who has priority to sue. The rule of thumb is that the surviving spouse will always be the one to file the personal injury case.

The defendant must pay you money to put you in the same position as if they never caused you injuries in the first place. The insurance company or the jury will assign a monetary value to your damages. Here are the elements of a personal injury claim:

  • Medical costs necessary to treat your injury in the past and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Wrongful death if someone suffered fatal injuries

The insurance company, or even a jury, is not going to award you a penny more than what they see clearly on paper in front of them. This is why you need to focus on the documentation before you file a claim or lawsuit. Remember that injury is one of the elements of the four-part negligence test. You need to show how you suffered an injury in a way that allows someone else to quantify it.

With that in mind, here is what you would need:

  • Information about your earnings, such as pay stubs or tax returns (you may also want to prove your earnings trajectory at work because you might receive payment for the reduction in your earning capacity)
  • Complete medical diagnosis with the level of documentation necessary to know exactly what you face in the future
  • A log of your experience since the accident
  • Receipts to show costs incurred for medical treatment
  • Information about the valuation of the property that the accident damaged

This is a very good question because not everyone suffers from an accident in the same way. An insurance company will try to use a multiplier of your medical bills, but that does not always tell your own story. Here are some factors that could influence the amount of your pain and suffering damages:

  • The extent and duration of your injuries
  • Your age at the time of the accident and your expected future lifespan
  • What your life was like before the accident and what you may miss out on that you enjoyed
  • Particular factors like anxiety and stress that influence your emotional well-being

Keeping a journal of your experience after the accident is one way to document how much you have suffered. You always want to have the most effective way of telling your own story.

Usually, no. IRS laws treat personal injury claimants very well. You might think that you would need to pay taxes on the part of your settlement that covers lost wages or pain and suffering, but these are also tax-free. When your compensation stems from physical injuries, the only thing that you may need to pay taxes on is punitive damages, but these are rare in personal injury cases.

Of course, you should always consult with an accountant if you receive a settlement to learn more about the tax treatment, but you should keep most or all of your money without writing a check to the federal government.

It depends on how far your case goes. If you settle your claim with the insurance company, the most you may need to do is give a statement about what happened. If your case goes to court, you can expect to sit for a deposition and be called as a witness if your case goes to trial. Our attorneys will fight to protect your legal rights from insurance companies that get too aggressive or other lawyers who do not question you properly.

If you need to testify, we will work with you to prepare for court. We recognize that there is a natural fear of going into court or sitting for a deposition, and we promise to use our experience to help protect you from anything against the rules. Don’t let fear of the court process stand between you and possible financial recovery.

There is some good news for injured Tucson plaintiffs. Arizona is one of the few states in the country that allows plaintiffs to recover for their injuries, even when they are a majority at fault for their injuries. Most states bar people who are more than half at fault for the accident from receiving anything. Arizona allows recovery, even if you are 99 percent at fault for what happened. You can recover for the percentage that you were not at fault. You may even recover if:

  • You suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash when you were not wearing a helmet
  • A car struck yours when making an illegal turn when you were speeding
  • You were not looking where you were going when you slipped in a store aisle

Never assume that you do not have a personal injury case because you did something wrong. You should always consult with a personal injury attorney in Tucson AZ to find out whether you have a valid claim. First, it costs you nothing to speak with one of our Tucson personal injury attorneys. Second, the worst that they can tell you is that they do not think that your claim has merit. Speak to a lawyer before reaching any conclusions. An experienced Tucson personal injury attorney generally has a strong sense about your case at the initial consultation.

Not necessarily. In fact, the odds are that your case will settle at some point in the process. Whether it is during the insurance claims process or after you have filed a lawsuit, most personal injury cases do not result in a court hearing. From your perspective, a court hearing adds far more time and risk to the process. There is always the chance that the defense would win a verdict, and you could come away with no compensation. That risk alone prompts plaintiffs to settle.

The insurance company is looking at things from the perspective of their bottom line. Trials also raise their risk level. A sympathetic jury could issue a large verdict that would force them to pay out a lot of money. In addition, they must pay insurance defense lawyers for their services. They are also looking to manage their risk. More often than not, it means settling your claim or case.

You should not make any decisions about accepting or rejecting a settlement offer with the help of a Tucson injury lawyer. Just because the insurance company has made you an offer does not mean that it is a good one. Underpaying your claim and calling it an offer is a common trick that insurance companies like to use to save money and pad their profits.

You should discuss any settlement offer with a Tucson personal injury attorney to figure out if it fairly compensates you. If it is an initial offer, chances are that it would not. You always can reject the settlement offer and file a demand letter with the insurance company for the money that you think you deserve. A settlement offer is just a step in the claims negotiation process, and you are not bound to accept. In the end, full compensation for accident injuries is your legal right.

Not every injury lawyer and client pairing is a great match. For starters, you need a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to handle your specific case. For example, you could have a large truck accident case. These are entirely different cases than smaller claims because the insurance company will demand a much more stringent process. There may also be numerous expert witnesses and accident reconstruction involved. Not every lawyer has this knowledge. Some injury attorneys in Tucson may not have the experience to handle more complex claims like product liability lawsuits.

The right attorney for you is also a matter of service. You want an attorney who is aggressive when dealing with third parties and compassionate in dealing with you. At Zanes Law, we recognize the strain that accident victims are under and how difficult the legal process is for them. We strive to provide caring and responsive service throughout the legal process.

 

You can always afford our lawyers for your personal injury case, even if you have nothing in your bank account. Tucson injury attorneys receive fees through a system called contingency fees. The only thing that triggers an obligation to pay them is being successful in your case. Then, your Tucson personal injury lawyer receives a percentage of what you receive in a settlement or jury award.

You never need to pay anything upfront or out of your own pocket. We will not ask you for a retainer, nor will we send you hourly bills. If you are not successful, we will not send you a bill for our legal services afterward. This is the peace of mind that you need to not worry about how you will afford a Zanes Law injury lawyer in Tucson.

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