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Scottsdale Personal Injury Lawyers

The injury law attorneys at Lamber Goodnow have represented many people in Scottsdale, Arizona, and throughout the state. We have recovered millions of dollars for people who have been seriously injured or have lost their loved ones because of the negligent or wrongful acts of others. A division of Fennemore Craig, P.C., our firm is comprised of aggressive personal injury attorneys who deeply care about the rights of our clients. We strongly believe that negligence victims deserve to be fully compensated for their losses and represent plaintiffs in many different personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, and many others. We have years of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims.

Founded in 1885, Fennemore Craig has built a substantial, successful record because of its embrace of innovation combined with the attorneys’ depth of legal knowledge and extensive experience. Our Scottsdale personal injury attorneys dedicate themselves to providing aggressive legal representation to our clients and advocating for their full compensation.

Representing Injury Victims in Scottsdale and Beyond

If you have been seriously injured in an accident or have lost your loved one because of someone else’s actions, a Scottsdale personal injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow is prepared to help. Our experienced team of attorneys handles injury cases in Scottsdale and all cities in Arizona. No matter where in Arizona your case might have occurred, an injury attorney in Scottsdale at Lamber Goodnow can work to secure the most favorable outcome possible to your claim.

Nationally Recognized Attorneys

Led by attorneys Marc Lamber and James Goodnow, our injury team has received national recognition for our innovation and successful results. Multiple national media publications and outlets have covered Lamber Goodnow, including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Washington Post, USA Today, ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and others. Best Lawyers® rated Lamber Goodnow as being among the best law firms, and many of our attorneys graduated from the leading law schools in the U.S., including Harvard and NYU.

Our lawyers embrace technology and use it to enhance our clients’ cases in novel ways. For example, we use iPads to present videos to opposing counsel so they can understand the strength of our clients’ liability claims. Apple recognized us for our use of technology and profiled Lamber Goodnow on its site, naming attorneys Goodnow and Lamber as among the most tech-savvy attorneys in the U.S.

Scottsdale Personal Injury Lawyer

On average, drivers in the U.S. are involved in accidents around four times during their lives or roughly once every 18 years.[1] If you are seriously injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you should call a Scottsdale injury lawyer who is capable of recovering full compensation for your losses. By hiring the right injury lawyer in Scottsdale, you can increase your chances of recovering fair compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. As a division of Fennemore Craig, the Lamber Goodnow team works hard to provide the best representation for our clients in their injury cases.

When you suffer injuries in an accident, you should immediately meet with an experienced Scottsdale injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow. By retaining an experienced attorney soon after your accident, you can avoid making potentially critical errors and protect your rights to recovery. If you try to represent yourself or retain an inexperienced attorney, you risk recovering far less than what you deserve or potentially not recovering any compensation at all.

Our Scottsdale personal injury attorneys are proactive in their approaches to our clients’ cases. We immediately begin working once we are retained and conduct thorough investigations of each client’s case. We hire experts and work with investigators to help develop our clients’ stories and present strong liability cases to defense counsel and insurance companies. In many cases, insurance companies agree to settle our clients’ claims fairly. When an insurance company refuses to extend a fair offer to a client, we are unafraid to litigate on our client’s behalf before a jury or judge to recover the compensation deserved.

Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim

Most personal injury cases involve theories of negligence. Plaintiffs have the burden of proof in personal injury claims and must prove the following elements of negligence by a preponderance of the evidence:

  • The defendant owed a legal duty to the plaintiff.
  • The defendant breached the duty of care that he or she owed.
  • The defendant’s breach caused the accident and injuries.
  • The plaintiff suffered actual harm as a result.

The plaintiff must meet the burden of proof for each element. If you prove three elements but fail to prove the fourth, you will not recover damages. Our injury attorneys understand the types of evidence needed to prove the elements of their clients’ claims and the best ways to present the evidence to insurance companies and juries.

Duty of Care

Every person must act towards others with the same degree of prudence and care as a reasonable person would in the same situation. For example, a motorist has to exercise caution and comply with the traffic laws while driving. Proving that the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff is frequently straightforward. Businesses also owe a duty of care to customers, and certain professionals have a higher duty of care than others.

Breach

A breach of a duty of care occurs when the defendant acts in such a way that it violates the legal duty. For example, if the driver that is at fault in a car accident was speeding, ran a red light, or was drunk, that would amount to a breach of his or her legal duty. Your attorney will gather and present evidence to show that the defendant owed a duty and acted in such a way that he or she violated it.

Causation

Even if the defendant breached the duty of care that he or she owed, he or she cannot be found liable if the breach was not the cause of your accident and injuries. Instead, you must present evidence to show that the defendant’s actions were the proximate or direct cause of your accident and injuries. The defendant might look for an intervening cause to blame for your accident. An experienced attorney at Lamber Goodnow will gather evidence showing the causal link between your injuries and the defendant’s actions.

Harm

To recover damages in a personal injury claim, you must have suffered actual harm. This can include economic or non-economic losses, including medical bills, wage losses, property damage, pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, and others. Your attorney will carefully analyze the evidence to identify all types of damages that might apply in your case and work to help you recover maximum compensation.

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

All states, including Arizona, have established statutes of limitations beyond which lawsuits cannot be filed. These statutes are meant to prevent people from bringing claims years after the incidents occurred when substantial evidence may have been lost. Under A.R.S. § 12-542, the statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases in Arizona is two years.[2] The limitation period starts to run from the date of your injury. In the case of wrongful death, the limitation period begins to run from the date of your loved one’s death. You must file your claim within this time. If you do not, your claim will be time-barred, meaning you will not be able to recover damages for your losses.

In practice, you should get help from an experienced Scottsdale injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. When you hire an attorney early, your lawyer will have more time to complete a thorough investigation to strengthen your case. Retaining an attorney soon after your accident might also allow him or her to preserve critical evidence that might otherwise be lost as time passes.

Common Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

At Lamber Goodnow, our injury attorneys handle a broad variety of personal injury claims. Some of the types of cases we handle are detailed below.

Auto Accidents

In Arizona, 129,750 auto accidents occurred in 2019, including 36,926 injuries and 911 fatalities.[3] If you are seriously injured in a car accident because of the actions of someone else, you should retain an experienced injury attorney in Scottsdale at Lamber Goodnow as soon as possible.

Drowning Accidents

With Arizona’s heat and more than 300,000 residential swimming pools in the state, drowning accidents are a serious problem. Property owners have a duty to protect others that visit their properties from drowning or near-drowning incidents in their pools. The Arizona Department of Health and Safety reports that 1,141 people in Maricopa County were admitted to the hospital for near-drowning incidents between 2016 and 2019, and 706 were young children.[4] If your loved one drowned while visiting someone else’s property, contact Lamber Goodnow to request a free consultation.

Catastrophic Injuries

If you suffer catastrophic injuries in any type of accident, your life can be permanently changed. Catastrophic injuries can result from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, slip-and-fall cases, defective products, dog bites, and many other types of accidents. Severe injuries might leave you facing permanent disabilities requiring expensive care for years or the rest of your life. Getting help from an experienced injury lawyer in Scottsdale at Lamber Goodnow might help you to recover compensation to make you financially whole.

Dog Bites

Under A.R.S. § 11-1025, dog owners in Arizona are strictly liable when their dogs bite others in public places or on private property where the victims were lawfully present.[5] The personal injury team at Lamber Goodnow can help you to recover the compensation you deserve when you have been bitten by a dog.

Bus Accidents

Whether you were injured in a bus accident as a passenger, pedestrian, or as someone in another vehicle, bus accidents can cause severe injuries or deaths. In 2019, the Arizona Department of Highway Safety reports that there were two school bus fatality accidents and 28 school bus injury accidents. Other types of commercial and non-commercial buses were involved in 198 injury accidents and four fatality crashes.[6] Lamber Goodnow represents people who have been injured in bus accidents because of the negligence of the drivers or bus companies.

Wrongful Death

The sudden loss of your close family member because of the negligent or reckless actions of another person or entity can be devastating and leave you facing a combination of grief and mounting losses. Under A.R.S. § 12-612, certain family members having specific relationships to the deceased have a right to file wrongful death claims against those who are responsible.[7] Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys fight for families who have lost loved ones to help them recover full compensation for their losses.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles do not afford the same degree of protection as passenger vehicles, and motorcyclists are 27 times likelier to be killed in accidents.[8] When another motorist is at fault for causing an injury or fatality collision with a motorcycle, the injury team at Lamber Goodnow can fight to hold the defendant accountable for his or her actions.

Get Help From an Experienced Scottsdale Personal Injury Lawyer

If the actions or inactions of another person or entity have caused you to suffer serious injuries or the loss of your loved one, you should consult with an experienced injury lawyer in Scottsdale at Lamber Goodnow as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation by calling 602-833-0682.

Sources

[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybuilder/2011/07/27/how-many-times-will-you-crash-your-car/?sh=2527d6cd4e62
[2] https://www.azleg.gov/ars/12/00542.htm
[3] https://azdot.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020/08/2019-Arizona-Motor-Vehicle-Crash-Facts.pdf
[4] https://www.azdhs.gov/documents/preparedness/public-health-statistics/publications/drngrpt2016-2019.pdf
[5] https://www.azleg.gov/ars/11/01025.htm
[6] https://azdot.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020/08/2019-Arizona-Motor-Vehicle-Crash-Facts.pdf
[7] https://www.azleg.gov/ars/12/00612.htm
[8] https://azdot.gov/sites/default/files/media/2020/08/2019-Arizona-Motor-Vehicle-Crash-Facts.pdf

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