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One of the most dangerous things you might do is to get behind the wheel of your car. If someone wrecks into you and causes injuries, count on the experienced Lamber Goodnow team to be there for you.

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At the law firm of Lamber Goodnow, our Chandler injury attorneys represent people who have been injured because of the negligent or wrongful actions of others. Because of our experience, litigation skills, and willingness to work hard for our clients, we have won tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in Chandler and across Arizona. Our law firm is a division of Fennemore Craig, P.C. and includes dedicated legal staff members and aggressive personal injury attorneys. The members of our firm share a philosophy that negligence victims deserve to be fully compensated for their losses, and we do everything possible to secure our clients the maximum damages they should receive.

Fennemore Craig is the oldest law firm in Arizona and was founded in 1885.[1] With more than 135 years of experience backing us up, the attorneys at Lamber Goodnow have established themselves as highly knowledgeable and skilled attorneys. Our Chandler personal injury attorneys provide dedicated advocacy to our clients and are often able to win substantial settlements and verdicts on their behalf.

Representing Negligence Victims in Chandler and Throughout Arizona

After a serious accident, you might be left facing debilitating injuries, a long recovery process, and mounting expenses. If you are currently in that situation, a Chandler personal injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow is here to help. Our experienced attorneys are not just limited to representing people in Chandler. Instead, our firm regularly represents accident victims from anywhere in Arizona. Regardless of where your accident occurred, an injury attorney in Chandler at Lamber Goodnow is prepared to provide you with skilled representation.

Chandler Injury Attorneys With a National Reputation

Lamber Goodnow is led by co-founders Marc Lamber and James Goodnow, who have helped establish the firm’s national reputation. We have been repeatedly recognized for our innovative approach to the practice of law and the successful record that has resulted. The attorneys at Lamber Goodnow have been featured on numerous national media outlets and publications, including ABC News, CNN, CBS News, MSNBC Fox News, USA Today, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Lamber Goodnow has also been named to the Best Lawyers® list in recognition of our firm as being among the best law firms.

Our attorneys always remain current with changes in the law as they occur and have embraced technology and how it can be used to enhance our presentations of our clients’ stories. We routinely use iPads to show opposing counsel videos, helping them to understand that our clients’ cases are strong. Apple learned of how we use technology in the courtroom and profiled Marc Lamber and James Goodnow, naming them as being among the most technologically savvy attorneys in the U.S.

Chandler Personal Injury Lawyer

U.S. drivers have motor vehicle accidents an average of once every 18 years.[2] When someone else crashes into your vehicle and causes you to suffer serious injuries, you should contact a Chandler injury lawyer who is capable of recovering the maximum possible compensation to pay for your losses. When you hire an injury lawyer in Chandler at Lamber Goodnow, you are much likelier to recover a much greater compensation amount than you would on your own or with an inexperienced attorney. We treat every case as if will go to trial, building it from the ground up by completing thorough investigations and working with experts and investigators.

Negligence victims should meet with a Chandler injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow as soon after their accidents as possible. when you hire an experienced lawyer immediately after you have sought medical care, you can avoid making critical errors that could harm the value of your claim.

The Chandler personal injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow start working on their cases as soon as they are retained. Our goal is to quickly gather the evidence before it can be lost or altered and to find witnesses before they disappear. Working together with a team of investigators and relevant experts helps us to present the strongest possible liability claims supported by evidence. This approach frequently convinces insurance companies that it is in their best interests to agree to fairly settle our clients’ claims instead of risking a loss to us in a trial. However, if an insurance company disputes liability or makes unreasonably low offers, we are unafraid to fight for our clients’ interests before a judge or jury to secure the compensation they deserve.

Understanding Negligence

The majority of personal injury lawsuits include negligence causes of action. As a plaintiff, you will have the burden to prove the legal elements of negligence by a preponderance of the evidence, including the following:

• The defendant had a duty to act reasonably to prevent injuries to others.
• The defendant breached the duty of care.
• The breach of the duty of care was the cause of the accident and injuries.
• The plaintiff suffered actual harm.

Each element must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that it is more likely than not to have happened in the manner described by the plaintiff. If you cannot prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence, you will not recover compensation. Our personal injury lawyers know how to gather and present evidence to prove each of the elements of negligence to increase the chances that our clients will win their claims. Below is a little more information about each of the elements of negligence.

Duty of Care

Each individual is expected to act towards other people with the same level of care as a reasonably prudent person would under similar circumstances. for example, drivers are expected to follow the traffic laws and exercise caution when they are behind the wheel of their vehicles. Proving that a defendant owed a duty of care is generally straightforward. Like individuals, businesses also have duties of care that they owe to their customers and others with whom they do business. Certain professionals and businesses in specific industries owe higher duties of care than the general duty expected of the public.

Breach

When a defendant’s actions fail to meet the requirements of the duty of care, a breach has occurred. For example, if a driver decides to check his or her text messages while driving, swerves into oncoming traffic, and causes a head-on collision, that is a breach of the duty of care. Your lawyer will present evidence to prove that the defendant both owed you a duty of care and violated it through his or her negligent actions.

Causation

It is not enough to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care and breached it. You must also prove that the defendant’s violation of the duty of care caused your accident and injuries. Defense lawyers frequently look for other incidents to blame for accidents, which are known as intervening causes. An experienced lawyer at Lamber Goodnow will gather and present evidence showing that the defendant’s actions caused your accident and not something else.

Harm

Finally, you will need to show that you suffered actual harm as a result of the defendant’s negligence and your accident. Harm includes compensatory damages, including your economic and non-economic losses. These include such things as your past and future medical expenses to treat your accident-related injuries, past and future wage losses, property losses, physical pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, a reduced ability to enjoy life, and others. Your attorney will analyze the facts and your losses to calculate a range of values within which your settlement should be expected to fall. This can give you a rough estimate of what you might expect to receive if you prevail on your claim.

Comparative Negligence

Under A.R.S. § 12-2505, Arizona has adopted the legal doctrine of pure comparative negligence.[3] Under this law, injury victims are not precluded from recovering compensation when they share some fault for the accident’s cause. Instead, their total recovery amount will be reduced by the percentage of fault that the jury finds should be allocated to them. For example, if a personal injury plaintiff is found to be 40% at fault and is awarded a $200,000 verdict, the verdict will be reduced by 40% for a net award of $120,000. Plaintiffs are not barred from recovering damages even if they are found to be 99% at fault. However, most personal injury attorneys will not agree to accept a case in which the plaintiff is primarily at fault.

Statute of limitations

Like every other state, Arizona has a statute of limitations that places a deadline for filing personal injury lawsuits. Under A.R.S. § 12-542, you have two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The deadline clock begins to run from the time of your injury or the time of your loved one’s death. The statute of limitations is tolled when the victim is a minor. For a minor who suffers serious injuries in an accident, the statute of limitations will begin to run when the minor reaches age 18.

Common Personal Injury Claims We Handle

The injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow represent people in many different types of personal injury matters. Some of these different cases are described below.

Auto Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are a pervasive problem in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that 129,750 motor vehicle accidents happened in 2019, injuring 36,926 people and killing 911 people.[5] An injury attorney in Chandler at Lamber Goodnow is prepared to help you if you were injured in an accident that was the fault of someone else.

Drowning Accidents

According to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, there was a total of 161 reported water incidents in 2018 in Maricopa and Pinal Counties. These incidents resulted in 52 deaths, including 17 children between the ages of zero and five.[6] Drowning accidents are a common problem because of the large number of swimming pools as residents strive to beat the heat. Property owners owe a duty of care to prevent injuries to people who visit their pools. If you have lost a loved one in a drowning incident while visiting a home or business, talk to an attorney at Lamber Goodnow to learn about your rights.

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries caused by a negligence accident can be debilitating and could potentially leave you being disabled for the rest of your life. These types of injuries can happen in many different types of personal injury cases. Retaining an experienced injury lawyer in Chandler at Lamber Goodnow might help you to recover substantial compensation for severe injuries.

Dog Bites

Arizona has a strict liability statute for dog owners found in A.R.S. § 11-1025.[7] Dog owners are liable to pay damages when their dogs bite other people in public places or when people are lawfully present on private property. It does not matter whether the dog owners knew that their dogs had a propensity to bite. Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow for help if you have suffered injuries after being bitten by a dog.

Bus Accidents

Bus accidents in Chandler can be especially catastrophic because of the large number of people who can be injured or killed. If you were injured in a bus crash or lost your loved one, contact Lamber Goodnow today.

Wrongful Death

Under Arizona’s wrongful death statute found at A.R.S. § 12-612, the family members of people who are killed because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions are entitled to file a lawsuit against the wrongful actor.[8] Who should file the lawsuit depends on their specific relationship to the deceased victim. By filing a wrongful death civil lawsuit, plaintiffs might be able to hold the defendant accountable for what he or she did and recover compensation for the losses they have suffered.

Motorcycle Accidents

People who ride on motorcycles are much likelier to be killed or seriously injured when they are involved in collisions. When someone else is responsible for causing a motorcycle accident, the victim is entitled to file a lawsuit to recover compensation.

Talk to an Experienced Chandler Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have sustained serious injuries or have lost a close family member in a negligence accident, you should talk to an experienced injury lawyer in Chandler at Lamber Goodnow. Contact us today to request a consultation so you can learn about the rights you might have.

Sources

[1] http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/2010/12/23/20101223phoenix-law-firm-fennemore-craig-anniversary.html
[2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybuilder/2011/07/27/how-many-times-will-you-crash-your-car/?sh=2527d6cd4e62
[3] A.R.S. § 12-2505.
[4] A.R.S. § 12-542.
[5] https://azdot.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020/08/2019-Arizona-Motor-Vehicle-Crash-Facts.pdf
[6] https://childrensafetyzone.com/go/wp-content/uploads/2001_2018_Incidents.pdf
[7] A.R.S. § 11-1025.
[8] A.R.S. § 12-612.

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