Peoria Injury Lawyers
People in Peoria, Arizona who have sustained serious injuries because of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others may have grounds to pursue compensation for their losses by filing personal injury lawsuits. Retaining the Peoria personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow might help you to recover more compensation for your injuries and losses than you otherwise might. When you hire a Peoria injury lawyer from our firm, you might benefit from our extensive experience, legal knowledge, and litigation skills. We are a division of Fennemore Craig, P.C., which is the oldest law firm in the state. Our attorneys have successfully resolved 99% of our clients’ legal claims and have helped to recover tens of millions of dollars for their losses. Our injury attorneys in Peoria handle a broad variety of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, product liability cases, and more. We give every person we represent personal attention as we strive to recover the maximum damages possible.
Since its founding in 1885, Fennemore Craig, P.C. has established itself as a leading law firm in Arizona and across the West. Our Arizona lawyers are proud to represent this firm as they dedicate themselves to fighting for justice on behalf of their clients. Our Peoria personal injury lawyers strongly believe that people who have suffered injuries because of the negligence of others deserve to be made whole for their losses.
Providing legal representation in Peoria and beyond
The injury attorneys in Peoria at Lamber Goodnow represent negligence victims in both Peoria and throughout Arizona. Our lawyers do not care whether your case happened in Peoria or elsewhere in the state. We are prepared to travel to your location to learn about your case and provide you with top-quality representation in your negligence claim.
Nationally recognized Peoria injury attorneys
Our injury attorneys have received national recognition for their innovative approaches and embrace of technology. Attorneys Marc Lamber and James Goodnow have appeared on numerous national media outlets and have been covered by multiple publications. Some of the outlets and news publications that have featured our firm include CNN, Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, MSNBC, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and numerous others. Our firm has also been rated as a best law firm by Best Lawyers®, and many of our injury lawyers in Peoria graduated from the top law schools in the U.S., including Harvard Law School and the NYU School of Law.
While multiple factors set us apart from other attorneys and law firms, one standout feature is how we have embraced technology when we work on behalf of our clients. We use technology to enhance our clients’ cases and tell their stories in compelling ways. For example, we use iPads to show videos to insurance companies to help them understand the strength of our clients’ legal claims. We have been recognized by Apple on its website for our innovative use of technology both inside and outside of the courtroom.
Peoria Injury Lawyer
People have an average of one car accident every 18 years or between three and four accidents during their lives, according to a report in Forbes. When you are involved in an accident caused by the actions of someone else, you should reach out to a Peoria injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow as soon as possible after you have sought and received medical treatment. Working with an experienced injury lawyer in Peoria might increase your chances of receiving fair compensation for all of your losses. We always work to provide our clients with the best possible legal representation so that they might be fully compensated for the losses they have suffered.
After an accident, the first thing you should do is see a doctor. You might have injuries that are not immediately apparent. Seeing a doctor immediately after an accident might help you to recover faster while also showing the causal relationship between what happened and your injuries. After you have received medical care, you should consult with an attorney at Lamber Goodnow. Retaining a lawyer early in the claims process might help you to avoid making errors that could harm your case. Trying to represent yourself or hiring an inexperienced lawyer could result in a much lower recovery amount or possibly not recovering anything at all.
When we are retained, we begin working on our clients’ cases immediately. This helps us to find witnesses before they disappear and preserve evidence before it can be lost or destroyed. We know how to investigate personal injury accidents and frequently work with experts and investigators to build the strongest possible claims for our clients. Our legal skills and hard work have allowed us to build a strong reputation with the defense bar and insurance companies. Since they understand our record of success and the thoroughness of our preparation, defense attorneys and insurance companies often agree to fairly settle our clients’ claims to avoid potential losses at jury trials. While we successfully resolve the vast majority of our clients’ claims outside of court, we are fully prepared to fight for your rights through the court process if necessary.
Negligence causes of action
Most personal injury cases in Arizona involve negligence causes of action. Negligence occurs when someone fails to act with the same level of care that an ordinarily prudent person would in the same circumstances. To recover compensation for a negligence claim, you will have to prove each of the following legal elements by a preponderance of the evidence:
- You were owed a legal duty by the defendant.
- The defendant breached his or her legal duty.
- The defendant’s breach proximately or directly caused your accident and injuries.
- You suffered actual damages.
Our attorneys can help you to gather evidence and prove each of the elements of negligence.
Everyone has a legal duty to act with the same level of care in a given situation that an ordinarily prudent person would exercise in the same situation. Businesses and property owners owe a legal duty of care to customers, guests, and those who are present for other lawful purposes. Professionals in certain fields owe a higher duty of care than others.
A breach of the duty of care occurs when the actions of a defendant fall below an expected standard that an ordinarily reasonable person would exercise. For example, someone who causes a car accident when texting on their smartphone would likely be considered to have breached the duty of care. Your attorney will thoroughly investigate your case to find evidence that the defendant in your case breached his or her duty of care.
It is not sufficient to show that the defendant had a duty and breached it. You must also show that his or her breach was the direct or proximate cause of your accident and injuries instead of some other factor. Our lawyers know how to present evidence showing causation to insurance companies and juries.
The final legal element of a negligence cause of action is that you suffered actual damages. Compensatory damages include the general and special damages you suffered as a result of your accident, including your medical bills, wage losses, property damage, physical pain and suffering, emotional trauma, disfigurement, disability, and others. When you meet with an attorney for a consultation, he or she will ask questions to evaluate the legal merits of your claim. If your attorney agrees to accept representation, he or she will calculate the damages you might receive in a settlement or verdict.
Under A.R.S. § 12-2505, Arizona follows a pure comparative negligence rule. Under this law, you are not barred from recovering damages if you shared a percentage of the fault for your accident’s cause. However, if you are found to be partially liable, your award will be reduced by the percentage of fault the jury assigns to you. For example, if the jury awards you $100,000 but finds that you were 40% at fault, your award will be reduced by 40% to $60,000.
The statute of limitations
Arizona has set a deadline for filing personal injury or wrongful death claims of two years under A.R.S. § 12-542. This means that you must file a lawsuit no later than two years after your accident or your loved one’s death. If you miss the deadline, your claim will be time-barred, meaning you will not be able to recover damages. It is best to hire an attorney from Lamber Goodnow as soon as possible after your accident. Doing so can help to preserve evidence that could otherwise be lost and allow your lawyer more time to build the strongest case possible.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
The Peoria personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow represent people who have suffered injuries in a broad variety of different types of negligence accidents. Some of the types of claims we accept are listed below.
While some accidents are minor and amount to basic annoyances, others are serious and leave people facing debilitating injuries or cause deaths. The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that out of the 129,750 motor vehicle accidents that happened in the state in 2019, 356,926 people were injured, and 911 people were killed. The experienced injury attorneys represent the victims of car accidents that were caused by the negligence of others.
Since a large number of people have backyard pools in Arizona to try to combat the heat, drowning accidents are reported in the state every year. According to a report in Patch, Arizona ranks seventh in the U.S. for the number of drowning accidents that happen each year. Property owners have a duty of care to people who visit their homes and swim in their pools. Our attorneys can review what happened and work to recover compensation for your family if you have lost your loved one in a drowning accident at someone else’s pool.
Catastrophic injuries can permanently change your life. When your severe injuries were caused by the negligent or wrongful actions of someone else, the injury attorneys in Peoria at Lamber Goodnow are prepared to fight for you and to seek justice on your behalf.
Under A.R.S. § 11-1025, dog owners in Arizona are strictly liable when their dogs bite people who are located in public places or on private property when the victims were lawfully present. It does not matter whether or not the owner knew the dog had a propensity to bite. If you have been injured in a dog bite attack, contact Lamber Goodnow for a free consultation.
Many different types of buses regularly transport people in Arizona, including school buses, tour buses, coaches, shuttle buses, and more. When these types of motor vehicles cause crashes, multiple people can sustain injuries or be killed. Our attorneys are experienced in handling complex bus accident claims and can help you to understand your legal options.
Under A.R.S. § 12-612, people with certain familial relationships with people who are killed in negligence accidents are entitled to pursue compensation through wrongful death claims. Our team of compassionate lawyers can fight to hold the defendant accountable while pursuing the maximum compensation to which you should be entitled.
People who ride motorcycles in Arizona are much likelier to be killed or injured when they are involved in accidents. If you suffered severe injuries or lost your loved one in a motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else, talk to the attorneys at Lamber Goodnow today.
Talk to Our Peoria Injury Lawyers
People who have sustained serious injuries or have lost their loved ones because of the negligent or wrongful actions of others deserve to be compensated for their losses. To learn about the merits of your personal injury claim, contact Lamber Goodnow today to request a free case evaluation.
 A.R.S. § 12-2505.
 A.R.S. § 12-542.
 A.R.S. § 11-1025.
 A.R.S. § 12-612.