Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers
When people have suffered catastrophic injuries or their loved ones have been killed in incidents that were caused by others, the dedicated Tucson personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow might be able to help. We are zealous in our advocacy for our clients and have a strong belief in protecting the rights of people who have suffered injuries at the hands of others to be made whole. Over our years of practice, we have helped innumerable clients with recovering tens of millions of dollars through settlements and verdicts. We represent injured victims in Tucson, throughout Pima County and across the state of Arizona with their personal injury claims.
Nationally recognized Tucson personal injury lawyers
The Tucson personal injury law team of Lamber Goodnow is a division of Fennemore Craig, P.C., a nationwide law firm that was founded in 1885. Like all of the other team members of Fennemore Craig, we are focused and aggressive litigators who are dedicated to our clients. Attorneys Marc Lamber and James Goodnow have received both local and national recognition for their legal skills and ethics in the practice of law. Both have received ratings of AV Preeminent® through Martindale-Hubbell, which is a peer-reviewed rating that is granted to the select few attorneys whose peers have judged to be at the pinnacle of their practice in terms of legal ability and ethics.
Our law team and our Tucson personal injury lawyers have been featured by national media outlets and in print news publications, including CNN, Fox News, CBS, ABC, NBC, the Arizona Republic, Forbes, the Washington Post and numerous others. Our innovative approach to the law has helped us to recover millions of dollars for our clients. We embrace technology and have brought it into the courtroom to help juries gain a better understanding of the evidence and what happened. This approach has helped us to maximize the recoveries for our clients, and we have been recognized by Apple and by the American Bar Association for our introduction of technology into the courtroom to help to tell our clients’ stories.
Choosing attorneys to handle personal injury claims in Tucson
The personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow handle many different types of personal injury claims for our clients, including:
- Car, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle accidents
- Truck and bus accidents
- Swimming pool and drowning accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective products
- Explosions and burns
- Catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths
- Class actions
It can be difficult to decide which lawyers to choose when you or your loved one has been injured. One factor that might aid you in your decision-making process is the experience the different firms and lawyers have in handling cases. The lawyers at Lamber Goodnow have years of experience and have handled hundreds of personal injury claims, and we will do our best to help you to reach a successful resolution to your claims.
Understanding personal injury claims
Personal jury claims are types of torts in which people suffer injuries or harms because of the actions of others. People who cause others injuries through negligence or wrongful conduct may be responsible to pay damages to them if the victims file lawsuits against them. When people file personal injury lawsuits against the defendants who caused their injuries, they are asking the courts to recognize their harms and the defendants’ actions so that they might be compensated for the losses that they suffered as a result. While personal injury lawsuits may be resolved through trials and judgments, a majority are settled outside of court before they reach trial.
There are several important laws that you should understand about personal injury cases in Tucson. From the date of your injury, you have a limited time to file a claim. This time period is called the statute of limitations. For personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years under A.R.S. § 12-542. If you are injured by an entity or individual, this means that you must file your personal injury claim within two years of the date of the incident. If you do not file your claim within this deadline, you will be prevented from ever seeking to recover compensation for your losses. Instead of waiting to file a lawsuit until just before the deadline, it is best to file as soon after the accident as possible. As time passes, evidence can be lost, and witnesses to the accident may be hard to locate. By filing as soon as possible, it might be much easier to gather the evidence that you will need to present a strong claim to the insurance company.
Other important personal injury laws
In addition to the statute of limitations, there are several other personal injury laws that might apply to your case, including the following:
ARS § 12-611ARS § 12-551ARS § 28-4009ARS § 28-666ARS § 11-1025
- ARS § 12-611 – Liability in wrongful death cases
- ARS § 12-551 – Products liability
- ARS § 28-4009 – Mandatory auto insurance
- ARS § 28-666 – Requirement to notify police of accident
- ARS § 11-1025 – Strict liability for dog bites
- ARS § 12-2505 – Pure comparative negligence
It is important for you to understand the relevant statutes that might apply to your claim as well as the statute of limitations. Schedule a consultation with an experienced Tucson personal injury lawyer at Lamber Goodnow to learn more about your rights.
- Young v. Beck, 251 P.3d 380 (Ariz. 2011).
- Verduzco v. American Valet Inc., 377 P. 3d 1016 (Ariz. Ct. App. 2016).
What to do following a motor vehicle accident
It is common for people who are involved in motor vehicle accidents to feel confused immediately afterward. It may be a good idea to keep a list of steps in your vehicle of what to do after an accident so that you can protect yourself and your rights.
Under ARS § 28-661, people who are involved in car accidents that involve deaths or personal injuries must stop at the scene and remain there until help arrives. The law also provides that you have a duty to render aid to people who are injured under ARS § 28-663. After an accident, you should stop your vehicle and check everyone for injuries. You should call 911 and wait for the police to arrive. If anyone is injured, provide care for them if you are able to do so. Document the accident scene by taking photographs of the street, the vehicles and other relevant details. Write down the make, model and license plate number of the other vehicle, and obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened. Make sure to exchange information with the other driver.
When the police arrive, tell them what happened without accepting blame. Some people who are not at fault may apologize when they have not done anything wrong. Resist the urge to do this because it might harm your claim in the future. Instead, just give your observations of what happened immediately prior to and during the accident with objective details. Do not tell the officers that you have not been injured. Some injuries may have symptoms that are delayed for several days following an accident. If you say that you are not injured, it might be more difficult for you to recover damages to pay for your related medical costs. If you are unsure if you are injured, you can simply tell the officers that you would like to get a medical examination from your doctor in order to determine the injuries you might have received. Seek medical help as soon as possible so that your injuries can be promptly identified and treated. After you have sought medical treatment, contact the Tucson personal injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.
All drivers in Arizona are mandated to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. The policies must provide a minimum of $15,000 for bodily injury or death, $30,000 for bodily injury or death to two or more people and $10,000 for property damage. In serious accidents, these minimum amounts are often not enough to cover all of the losses that might have been caused. In others, the drivers may not have insurance.
Uninsured and underinsured insurance coverage
When an underinsured or uninsured driver causes an injury accident in Arizona, it can be financially devastating for the victims. Arizonans might be wise to purchase uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage when they purchase their insurance policies. This coverage is optional under the state's law, but it offers important protections. If you are injured in an accident that was caused by an uninsured driver or a driver whose insurance policy limits are insufficient to pay for your losses, your uninsured or underinsured motorists coverage can help. You would file a claim with your own insurance company in order to recover compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Lamber Goodnow can help you to negotiate with your company to make certain that you receive the appropriate compensation through your policy.
Family purpose doctrine
The attorneys at Lamber Goodnow may try to identify as many potential sources of recovery as possible. If you were injured by a young driver who was driving a vehicle that was provided to him or her by his or her family, you might be able to sue the parents under a theory that is known as the family purpose doctrine. Under this rule, you may hold the family of the negligent driver liable for your losses when the family has allowed the driver to drive the car, resulting in your accident and injury. The state follows this rule in order to help victims who might otherwise be unable to recover sufficient compensation to collect it from the parents because they might be in a better financial position to pay for the losses. For this rule to apply, the parents must have given their family member permission to use the vehicle for a family purpose. When a driver has minimum liability insurance, the potential availability of the parents' insurance and assets might make it easier for victims to be made whole.
If you were involved in an accident in which the driver of the other vehicle did not own the car that he or she was driving, it is possible that you might be able to recover damages from the owner under a theory called negligent entrustment. If the car owner negligently entrusted a vehicle to a driver whom the owner knew or had reason to know was a poor or irresponsible driver, the owner may be liable to pay damages in an accident. In order to prove negligent entrustment, your lawyers might look for evidence that demonstrates that the driver who hit you was a bad driver. For example, if the driver did not have a driver's license, multiple driving infractions or several convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol, the party who loaned the car to the driver might be liable to you in a lawsuit.
If you were injured in an accident that was caused by a worker during the course and scope of his or her employment, the worker's employer may be vicariously liable to pay damages to you. Employers may be liable for the negligent actions of their employees under a legal principle that is called respondeat superior. A common example of this principle occurs in trucking accidents that are caused by negligent truck drivers. Lawsuits may name both the negligent drivers and their employers as defendants, which provides substantially greater amounts of coverage for your losses.
Insurance company tactics
Insurance adjusters often contact injured accident victims as soon as the companies are notified that the accident happened. They might try to secure recorded statements and to get you to sign documents allowing the companies to investigate your medical history. It is important for you to not sign anything before you talk to an attorney. The loyalties of insurance adjusters are to their companies, and their jobs are designed to help minimize the amounts that their companies might have to pay. It is best for you to simply tell the adjuster that you want to talk to your attorney before you speak with the adjuster or sign anything. The Tucson personal injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf so that your rights might be protected.
Contact our Tucson personal injury lawyers
After you have suffered injuries in an accident that was caused by another person or entity, you might face substantial financial losses and a reduced quality of life. It can be overwhelming to deal with insurance companies while you are also trying to recover. The experienced Tucson personal injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow have decades of experience in helping people recover damages for their personal injury claims. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and are recognized across Arizona as well as across the U.S. By choosing us, you can concentrate on getting better while we work to secure the maximum possible recovery amount so that you can be fully compensated. Contact Lamber Goodnow today to schedule your consultation and to learn more about your rights.