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Whenever you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you face risks of being involved in an accident. If you have suffered injuries because of the negligence of another driver, you can count on the attorneys at Lamber Goodnow to fight for your rights.

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Tempe Personal Injury Lawyers

The Tempe injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow have handled many cases on behalf of accident victims in Tempe and across Arizona. The careful way we approach every case has helped us to recover many millions of dollars on behalf of people who have sustained serious injuries or have lost close family members because of the actions of others.

Lamber Goodnow is a division of Fennemore Craig, P.C., which was established in 1885 and is the oldest firm in Arizona.[1] Our winning team includes experienced Tempe personal injury attorneys, legal assistants, and paralegals who are dedicated to fighting for the rights of negligence victims. We share a common belief that everyone who has suffered injuries because of the conduct of other people or entities should receive the full compensation to cover all of their losses.

We represent the victims of negligence in many different types of personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents, trucking collisions, motorcycle wrecks, dog bites, wrongful death matters, drowning accidents, and numerous others. We are focused on helping our clients to hold those who caused their injuries accountable for their actions.

We have more than 100 years of experience through Fennemore Craig to help us build an even more successful track record. When you hire an injury lawyer in Tempe at Lamber Goodnow, you can benefit from your lawyer’s legal skills, dedication to ethics, and extensive knowledge of the laws and rules that apply to your case.

Helping Accident Victims in Tempe and Beyond

Whether you were injured in Tempe or somewhere else in the state, a Tempe personal injury lawyer at our law firm is prepared to help you with your claim. We represent negligence victims across Arizona. When you talk to an injury attorney in Tempe at Lamber Goodnow, your lawyer can explain the merits of your case and the legal options that are available to you.

Nationally Recognized Trial Attorneys

The legal team at Lamber Goodnow has been nationally recognized for our innovative approach and our successful record. We have been covered by multiple national publications and print publications, including USA Today, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Forbes, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, and more. Our attorneys have graduated from some of the top law schools in the U.S., including Harvard and NYU.

Led by attorneys Marc Lamber and James Goodnow, our law firm has fully embraced technology and uses it to compellingly tell defense attorneys and juries our clients’ stories. Our innovative way of using technology in the courtroom is widely known. Apple profiled attorneys Goodnow and Lamber on its website, naming them two of the “techiest” lawyers in America.

Tempe Personal Injury Lawyer

During your life, you will likely experience an estimated four motor vehicle accidents.[2] This equals approximately one car accident per 18 years. While many accidents only result in property damage, some cause serious injuries or fatalities. If someone else negligently crashes into your vehicle and injures you, talk to an experienced Tempe injury lawyer at our law firm. We understand how to make liability determinations so that we can identify all of the parties that may have contributed to your accident. This can help you to recover more compensation for your losses. We approach each of our clients’ cases carefully and build them as if they are headed to trial from the start. This method of approach helps us to maximize our clients’ settlements since the insurance companies understand we are prepared to fight for our clients through jury trials if necessary.

After you seek medical treatment for your injuries, you should call a Tempe injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow. Do not provide statements to the at-fault party’s insurance company or agree to sign a medical release to allow that company to access your medical records without talking to an attorney at our firm. If you sign documents or give recorded statements without an attorney’s help, you might make mistakes that could harm the value of your potential settlement.

At Lamber Goodnow, our personal injury lawyers in Tempe immediately begin working on their clients’ cases as soon as they receive them. We believe in the importance of thoroughly investigating every case. To help us build the strongest possible cases, we work with experts and investigators to find witnesses, collect evidence, and present strong liability claims to defense counsel and insurance companies. In many cases, we successfully negotiate fair settlements on our clients’ behalf without having to go to trial. However, if an insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement offer, we will fight for you before a jury to try to recover the compensation to which you should be entitled.

The Negligence Cause of Action in Personal Injury Lawsuits

In most personal injury cases, the causes of action will include negligence issues. As a plaintiff, you will have the burden of proof to present evidence proving the defendant’s negligence. To prevail, you will have to prove each of the following legal elements of a negligence cause of action:

  • The defendant owed a legal duty of care to you.
  • The defendant breached the legal duty he or she owed to you.
  • The breach caused your accident and injuries.
  • You suffered actual harm.

You have the burden of proof for each negligence element. If you prove three out of four, that is not enough for you to win your case. When you work with our attorneys, we will help you to gather strong evidence for each of the negligence elements and present them in a way to increase the chances that you will recover substantial compensation.

Legal Duty of Care

The expectation for all people is that they will act with the same level of care that a reasonably prudent person would under similar circumstances. Businesses also have a duty of care owed to their customers and people who are present for business purposes. Certain professionals and businesses operating in specific industries owe a higher duty of care.

Breach of the Duty of Care

A breach of the duty of care happens when a person or business acts in such a way that their actions fail to meet the expected standard of care for a reasonable person or business. For example, if a homeowner fails to install a fence with a locked gate around his or her private swimming pool, it would be a breach of the duty of care if a child wanders in and drowns in the pool.

Causation

Even if a defendant acted negligently, you will not be able to recover compensation unless you can show that his or her negligence caused your accident and injuries. If an intervening cause led to your accident and injuries, the defendant will not be responsible for your damages. At Lamber Goodnow, we know how to investigate the circumstances to identify all of the causes of your accident so we can present evidence of causation.

Damages

The final element of a negligence claim is harm or damages. To recover compensation, you will need to present evidence of the losses that you suffered because of your accident. Your losses can include both economic and non-economic damages, including such things as your past and future medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation or physical therapy costs, wage losses, property damage, pain and suffering, disability, and others. Your attorney can evaluate your potential claim and explain the types of damages that might be recoverable in your case.

The Statute of Limitations

All states have enacted statutes of limitations, which are laws that place a time limit on when people can file different types of legal actions. In Arizona, this law can be found in A.R.S. § 12-542. You have a deadline for filing a claim within two years of your accident or your loved one’s death. If you do not file a claim on time, you will not be able to recover compensation for your losses.

Instead of waiting until the filing deadline approaches to file a lawsuit, you should consult with a Tempe injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow as soon as possible after your accident or your loved one’s death. Retaining a lawyer early can help him or her to gather evidence and complete an in-depth investigation before some of the evidence is lost. Working with an attorney from the start can also allow you to concentrate on recovering from your injuries while your lawyer handles the details of your claim.

Types of Personal Injury Cases Handled by our Law Firm

 

Auto Accidents

Car accidents are a serious problem in Tempe and in Arizona. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 910 fatal accidents resulting in the deaths of 981 people happened in Arizona in 2019 alone.[4] In addition to the fatal accidents, tens of thousands of accidents result in serious injuries each year. If you have suffered injuries in an accident or have lost a close family member, call Lamber Goodnow today to request a free consultation.

Drowning Accidents

Each year in Arizona, many people die in drowning accidents. Others suffer serious injuries in near-drowning accidents in pools and at lakes. Since Arizona has hot weather conditions, many people own pools. Property owners who have pools have a duty of care to prevent others from drowning in their pools by supervising children carefully and erecting legally compliant fences and gates to prevent them from wandering in. When a drowning death or serious injuries happen at someone else’s pool, you should schedule a consultation with the experienced attorneys at Lamber Goodnow in Tempe.

Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries can leave you with lifelong disabilities and a permanent reduction in your quality of life. These types of injuries can happen in motor vehicle collisions, trucking accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, dog bite cases, motorcycle collisions, and many other types of incidents. If you or your loved one has sustained catastrophic injuries in an accident because of someone else’s fault, you should reach out to an injury lawyer in Tempe at Lamber Goodnow to learn about your rights and options.

Dog Bites

Arizona has a strict liability statute for dog bites found at A.R.S. § 11-1025. Under this law, dog owners are liable when their dogs bite people located in public places. They are also liable when their dogs bite people on private property when the people are lawfully present.[5] If you have suffered dog bite injuries, talk to an injury lawyer in Tempe at Lamber Goodnow to learn about your claim.

Bus Accidents

A Tempe bus accident can be devastating since so many people might be involved. Passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists can all suffer severe injuries in a bus accident. If you have been injured in this type of accident, talk to the attorneys at Lamber Goodnow.

Wrongful Death

It is devastating to unexpectedly lose a close family member because of someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions. Under A.R.S. § 12-612, certain family members are entitled to file wrongful death actions against the people who caused the deaths of their loved ones.[6] Our attorneys understand the grief and pain that people experience when they lose their loved ones and offer compassionate and aggressive advocacy to help them hold the defendants accountable for what they have done.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle collisions can be especially serious since motorcyclists have little protection from the forces released in a wreck. As a result, many motorcyclists are seriously injured or killed when they are involved in collisions with other motor vehicles. The attorneys at Lamber Goodnow understand the unique challenges of motorcycle accident claims and are prepared to fight for our clients’ rights.

Contact Lamber Goodnow

Regardless of the type of personal injury case you might have, you should talk to an experienced Tempe personal injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow. We offer free consultations and can evaluate your case. Contact us today to learn more about your rights.

Sources

[1] http://archive.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. § 12-542.
[4] https://www.iihs.org/topics/fatality-statistics/detail/state-by-state
[5] A.R.S. § 11-1025.
[6] A.R.S. § 12-612.

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