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Car Accidents

If you are injured in an auto accident that was caused by another driver or entity, it is important for you to get help from an experienced car accident lawyer in Tucson.

Put our aggressive Phoenix auto accident legal team on your side.

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Truck & Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Collisions with commercial trucks can be especially catastrophic.

The Tucson tractor-trailer accident lawyers at Lamber Goodnow have years of experience fighting for the victims of truck accidents.

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Tucson Truck and Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorneys

Bike Accidents

The Tucson bike accident lawyers at Lamber Goodnow regularly help injured bicyclists and the families of those who are killed to recover compensation for their losses.

“I didn’t see you” is no defense against us.

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Wrongful Death

The experienced and compassionate legal team at Lamber Goodnow understands how difficult dealing with the sudden death of a loved one is for our clients.

Expect a thorough investigation – and exceptional results.

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Tucson Wrongful Death Lawyers

Premises Liability - Slip & Fall

Slip and fall accidents can be traumatic – and you or your loved one may be in tremendous pain. Go with experienced lawyers who will hold negligent property owners accountable.

We’ll thoroughly investigate for negligence.

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Tucson Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers

Motorcycle Accidents

When a trip on your motorcycle turns into a disaster, you can trust the well-seasoned Tucson motorcycle accident lawyers at Lamber-Goodnow.

“Never Saw You” is no excuse in our book.

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Pedestrian Accidents

The Tucson pedestrian accident lawyers at Lamber Goodnow are experienced in helping the victims of pedestrian collisions, and we aggressively fight on their behalf to help them to recover the maximum damages for their losses.

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Dog Bite

You or your loved one may be embarrassed, but serious dog bites are no laughing matter. Let us help you determine liability in your case.

You have a right to be safe.

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Tucson Dog Bite Lawyers

Pool and Drowning Accident Lawyers

If your loved one has fallen victim to a swimming pool accident on the premises of another person or business, the Tucson drowning lawyers at Lamber Goodnow may be able to help.

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Tucson Drowning and Pool Accident Lawyers

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"I just got rear-ended today, but I'm thankful I found this firm. They take care of you in general, and if you don't make enough to cover your costs, they back you up 100%. Stephanie Ramos gave excellent and kind customer service by getting me in motion with the whole process. Attorney Donn Coolidge gave me the rundown of the situation very clearly, and I'm looking forward to working with him. I fully recommend this firm!"

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"This law firm is amazing, Marc and Jenny handled my auto accident for me. Excellent communication, they did a thorough job of handling all the details, and helped me with everything. I really appreciated their care and dedication, and I am happy all has been settled and resolved. I would definitely recommend them, and use if needed again in the future. Thanks again Jenny and Marc I appreciate y'all!"

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Meet Our Team

Lamber Goodnow Injury Lawyers is an integral practice group of Fennemore Craig, P.C., which has offices throughout the Southwest and more than 250 employees, including almost 200 attorneys. Founded in 1885, Fennemore Craig is the oldest law firm in Arizona. Our clients are consistently satisfied with the results we produce and find our level of commitment to their success remarkable.


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Mr. Lamber, a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated trial attorney (highest peer-review rating), specializes in plaintiffs’ catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation.* He formed the Plaintiff Personal Injury (PI) Practice at Fennemore and has spent the past 30 years developing it. 

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Tucson Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured or your loved one has suffered a serious injury or was killed in an accident that was caused by the wrongful conduct of another, you might need the help of experienced Tucson personal injury lawyer team. The Lamber Goodnow legal team, a division of Fennemore Craig, P.C., has successfully assisted thousands of clients to recover many millions of dollars for their losses in wrongful death and personal injury cases. We are experienced in a broad variety of personal injury claims, including car, motorcycle, truck and pedestrian accidents, products liability cases, dog bite injuries, wrongful death claims and much more. As personal injury attorneys, we represent our clients aggressively while also treating all of them with the type of compassion and personal attention that distinguishes our practice from others.

Founded in 1885, Fennemore Craig, P.C. has built a well-deserved reputation of innovation and experience. The law firm is the oldest in Arizona and was founded when the state was still a U.S. territory. Fennemore Craig is made up of some of most widely recognized lawyers in the state. Our personal injury lawyer Tucson team is proud to be members of Fennemore Craig and are dedicated to fighting for the rights of people who have been injured through the negligence or wrongful actions of others.

Serving Tucson and Beyond

The experienced personal injury attorney Tucson team at Lamber Goodnow is able to help you with your catastrophic injury or wrongful death case no matter where you might live in Arizona. Our Tucson personal injury lawyers represent clients in Tucson as well as in all other cities in the state. We have two offices in the state, and our personal injury attorneys in Tucson and Phoenix are able to travel to your location in order to help you to try to obtain the most successful outcome possible.

Our team of Nationally Recognized and Innovative Attorneys

Because of our strong record of results and our willingness to use the latest technological innovations in our legal practice, members of our Tucson personal injury lawyer team have been featured in local, regional and national media outlets. Numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, The Washington Post and the Arizona Republic have covered us. All of the major news outlets have also reported on our results and innovative representation, including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS News, NBC News and ABC News. We were named as a best law firm by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®, attorneys Marc Lamber and James Goodnow have both been recognized by Avvo® with perfect 10 ratings. Lawyers Lamber and Goodnow both have been rated as AV-Preeminent through Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest peer-reviewed rating granted through the organization in recognition of a combination of legal acumen and ethics in the practice of law. In addition, many of the personal injury lawyers who work for Lamber Goodnow also graduated from the top law schools in the U.S., including Harvard and NYU.

The Tucson personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow embrace technology, using it to enhance our practice of the law. For example, our use of iPads to present video presentations to opposing parties and to communicate with our clients attracted the attention of Apple. We were the first legal team in the nation to be chosen for a profile on Apple’s website. Marc Lamber and James Goodnow were also named as two of the “Techiest Lawyers in America” by The American Bar Association Journal.

Tucson motor-vehicle collision attorneys

If you drive a vehicle, statistics demonstrate that you are likely to be involved in a collision at some time in your life. If you are involved in an accident because of the fault of another driver, it is important that you contact an experienced Tucson personal injury lawyer for help with protecting your rights. The attorneys with the Lamber Goodnow division of Fennemore Craig work hard to offer our clients with the highest quality representation.

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Types of Personal Injury Claims That We Handle

The experienced lawyers at Lamber Goodnow are here to help you if you have been injured in an accident in Tucson or anywhere in Arizona. Our team of highly innovative and dedicated personal injury lawyers is focused on helping accident victims with their rights to the recovery of damages. We are proactive and aggressive in our representation of our clients. We take the time to complete the necessary legal research as we seek justice for our clients. In our effort to help to prevent similar accidents from happening to others, we sometimes advocate for new legislation in order to protect people. We represent our clients in a broad variety of different types of personal injury matters, including the following:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Dog bite cases
  • Drowning cases and swimming pool accidents
  • Fires, explosions and electrical accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Premises liability cases
  • Products liability cases
  • Trucking accidents
  • Workplace accidents and injuries
  • Wrongful death cases

To learn about the rights that you might have in your case, contact our Tucson personal injury law firm to schedule a consultation.

What should you do after an accident?

It is important for you to understand what should happen after an accident in order to preserve the evidence in your case. After you have been involved in an accident in which someone has been injured or killed, you must notify the authorities and remain at the scene until they arrive under ARS § 28-666. Under ARS § 28-663, the involved drivers are also supposed to exchange information and render aid to anyone who is injured until help arrives.

It is also important for you to take steps to preserve evidence in your case. If you are able to do so, take photographs of the vehicles involved and the scene, and write down information about the other involved vehicle, including the license plate number and its make and model. If there are witnesses, try to get their names and contact information. When the officer arrives, give your statement about what happened. Do not say that you were not injured even if you initially believe that you aren’t. Many serious injuries do not exhibit symptoms for hours or days after an accident. You should instead simply tell the officers that you want to get examined by a doctor and then go to get a thorough medical examination.

Different types of evidence

Personal injury cases that happen in Tucson will normally be heard in Pima County Superior Court or in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Both the state and federal systems have their own rules of evidence, which must be followed in order to admit evidence in your case. It is important to take the proper steps following your accident to make certain that the evidence in your case will be admissible so that the jury will be able to examine it. Here are some examples of evidence that might be relevant in your case.

Physical evidence

Physical evidence may be used to help prove fault in an accident. This might include the damage to a vehicle, a broken stair railing, bloodied clothing or others. It is very important to collect the physical evidence in an accident case as soon as possible. If it is not photographed or preserved, it may be destroyed, lost, repaired or altered by weather. When you work with an experienced lawyer, he or she will document its storage location to make certain that you will be able to establish the chain of custody so that it will be admissible.

The chain of custody for evidence is the chronological documentation showing the custody, transfer, control and seizure of evidence. Both the federal and state court systems require that litigants are able to establish the chain of custody for purposes of admissibility. Establishing the chain of custody is required so that you can show that the evidence has not been hidden, destroyed or altered since the accident.

Electronic evidence

Today, many attorneys use an electronic discovery process, which includes identification of the evidence, preservation of it, collection, processing of the evidence, review, analysis of the evidence, production to the other side and presentation of it at trial. The Task Force on Court Management of Digital Evidence was created by the Arizona Judicial Branch’s Administrative Order 2016-129 in order to create policies for managing electronic evidence.

Police reports

When the police respond to an injury accident, they document what happened and what they find through their investigation in police reports. The reports are strong pieces of evidence in helping to determine fault even though they might not be admissible. The reports are useful because they may document the weather conditions, date, time and location along with the contact information, names and statements of those who are involved and witnesses. You can request a copy of your police report from the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene of your accident. Your lawyer may use it in negotiations with the insurance company in order to try to secure a reasonable settlement for you.

While the police reports may be very helpful in negotiations, they are generally inadmissible because they are considered to be hearsay. Hearsay is an out-of-court statement that is used in court to try to prove the truth of an asserted matter. Since these statements are not made while the people making them are under oath, the people making the statements are not subject to cross-examination and cannot be observed by the court.

Admissible out-of-court statements

The Arizona Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Evidence both list exceptions to the hearsay rule, allowing some types of out-of-court statements to be admitted into evidence and considered by the jury or judge. Under Arizona Rule of Evidence 803(8), certain facts that are contained in a police report may be admissible. There are other exceptions to the hearsay rule that your lawyer at Lamber Goodnow can explain to you.

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What to Do After an Accident

The days immediately following an accident are often the most important for finding and preserving evidence of what occurred.  It is vital that relevant evidence be gathered, identified and catalogued. Phoenix-based accident cases that go to trial typically end up being heard in Maricopa County Superior Court or Arizona Federal District Court.  Both courts have complex rules of evidence that determine what a jury will ultimately hear.  Although each piece of evidence must be looked at on its own, there are steps that can be taken early in a case to ensure that a jury has the opportunity to examine all relevant evidence.

Were you injured in an Uber Accident or Lyft Accident? If so, our team has experience with ride share accidents, give us a call to discuss your case.

Although there are many different types of relevant evidence, some examples include:

Physical Evidence

Physical evidence may be very helpful to show who was at fault in an accident.  Some examples of physical evidence include:

  • Damage to a car showing it was hit
  • Torn or bloodied clothing
  • A worn or broken stair that caused a fall
  • An overhanging branch that blocked road visibility

It is important to recover physical evidence immediately after an accident because, if it is not preserved or photographed in the first few days, it may get modified by time, the weather, lost, destroyed or repaired.  It is also important that you work with an attorney to catalog its location once stored to ensure what’s called the “chain of custody” and future admissibility.

Chain of custody refers to the paper trail, or chronological documentation, showing the seizure, custody, control, transfer and analysis of physical, or electronic evidence.   The process is important to show that the evidence gathered is legally acceptable to courts and government agencies.  It is important to be able to show that the evidence collected at an accident scene has not been altered, hidden, or destroyed, and that it accurately reflects the actual events that occurred.

In the digital age, the evidence preservation process has become important in civil litigation and personal injury cases.  In the criminal arena, police would seize evidence, seal it in plastic bags, label it, and sign it in to a locked evidence room until its presentation at the trial.  If the evidence were taken out for any reason, it would be noted in an evidence log.  In the civil arena, however, evidence can be both electronic and physical.  The stages of electronic discovery in civil litigation are identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis, production and presentation of evidence at a trial.  Examples of non-electronic evidence in a personal injury case may include photos of the accident scene, photos of vehicles, physical vehicle parts, natural contributors to an accident such as a tree branch, police reports, medical records and personal notes about the accident.

The Arizona Judicial Branch understands the importance of digital evidence; consequently, it has established the Task Force On Court Management of Digital Evidence by Administrative Order 2016-129 in order to develop policies for court management of digital evidence.

Police Reports

Under ARS § 28-666, the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that results in injury to or death of a personal shall give notice immediately to either the local police department, county sheriff or nearest highway patrol.

When the police arrive at the scene they will create a police report.  The police report will usually be an important piece of evidence in determining the cause of the accident, even though it is often inadmissible in court.  A police report will contain helpful information such as the date, weather conditions, time and location of the personal injury incident.  It will also often contain the name, telephone numbers and statements of others involved in the accident, or any witnesses to the accident, which may prove invaluable when trying to prove fault. Additionally, the report will have the officer’s initial assessment of fault.  This will include the officer’s written narrative of the details and causes of the accident, and usually includes a diagram.

Once a police report has been created you may obtain a copy by requesting it from the police department.  If you know which law enforcement agency came to the scene of the accident and prepared the report (state highway patrol, county sheriff), you may call the police department and obtain the records.  Depending on the jurisdiction, there are also online record request services.

A police report is usually inadmissible (not accepted as valid) in court because it is considered hearsay. The legal definition of hearsay is: “a statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” In other words, hearsay is any statement made outside the court that is offered in court to prove that the information in the statement is true. A statement may be considered written, oral or even a gesture.

A police report is usually inadmissible (not accepted as valid) in court because it is considered hearsay.  The legal definition of hearsay is: “a statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.”  In other words, hearsay is any statement made outside the court that is offered in court to prove that the information in the statement is true. A statement may be considered written, oral or even a gesture.

The reason these statements are usually inadmissible is because they are not made under oath, therefore, a judge or jury cannot personally observe the demeanor of the person making the statement.  Additionally, the opposing party cannot cross-examine the person making the statement. If the statement is made out-of-court, a judge or jury does not have the ability to analyze the statement for ambiguity, insincerity, faulty perception or erroneous memory.

Not all out-of-court statements or assertions are considered hearsay.  The statements of any parties to a case are admissible in Arizona personal injury cases, as is the case with all civil matters. The Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Arizona Rules of Evidence, outline various types of statements that are excluded by the Hearsay Rule, as well as exceptions to the Hearsay rule, and thus, may be heard and considered by a judge or jury.

In some situations, facts in the police report may be admissible under Arizona Rules of Evidence Rule 803(8), the public records exception to the hearsay rule.  Reports made by government agents, such as police reports, are included in this exception. The full list of Arizona hearsay exceptions provides additional opportunities for evidence to be admitted.

A police report may, however, be used in your Phoenix personal injury settlement negotiations.  If the police report indicates fault, it may be used as a settlement tool.  The attorneys on the Lamber Goodnow team or their partner firms will corroborate and use information from the police report, as well as medical records, evidence of lost wages, explanations of loss of enjoyment and other important documents to draft a demand letter.  The letter, directed to the defendant’s insurance company, summarizes the facts of the case, describes the injury(s), provides evidence of loss and demands compensation for injuries.

Medical Records

Medical records are a crucial form of evidence because they can help establish the extent of a person’s injuries, and the amount of compensation they should demand. If you have been injured in the accident, make sure you receive medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible.  Seeing a medical professional is important to begin immediate treatment, as well as to document your injuries from an accident. Medical treatment and therapy may last much longer than you anticipate, so make sure that you preserve all medical records.  Documents to preserve include:

  • Emergency room admitting charts
  • Paramedic reports
  • Doctors’ and Nurses’ notes (this includes therapists)
  • Test and exam results
  • Your physician’s diagnosis and prognosis

Arizona’s Hearsay Exceptions 803(6), Records of a Regularly Conducted Activity and 803(4), Statement Made for Medical Diagnosis or Treatment are both hearsay exceptions that create the admissibility of Medical Records in court.

Medical records

When you go to the hospital or to your doctor after an accident, medical records documenting your injuries and their severity will be created along with all of the treatment that you receive. Your medical records are extremely important in your personal injury claim and play a large role in determining how much compensation you should demand. There are multiple types of medical records that you should request, including the paramedic reports, your emergency room records, doctors’, nurses’, and therapists’ notes, all test and exam results and the diagnosis and prognosis given by your doctor.

Personal injury laws in Arizona

There are multiple laws in Arizona that affect personal injury cases. It is important for you to understand these laws so that you can protect your rights following your injury accident.

Some of the laws that may be applicable in your case may include the following:

Insurance considerations

Arizona is one of the tort states for automobile accidents. If you are injured in an accident, you will have several options through which to recover compensation. You can file claims with either your own insurance company or that of the at-fault driver, or you can file a civil lawsuit against the driver who caused your accident and resulting injuries.

In Arizona, all drivers are mandated to carry liability insurance under ARS § 28-4009 of at least $15,000 bodily injury or death coverage, $30,000 per accident if two or more people are injured or killed and $10,000 for damages to property. If you suffer serious injuries in an accident in which the other driver only has these minimal amounts of coverage, it may be insufficient to compensate you fully for your losses. You are allowed to choose uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage in Arizona, and ARS § 20-259.01 mandates that insurers advise consumers in writing about underinsured and uninsured motorists coverage. This additional coverage may offer you another source of recovery if the at-fault driver was uninsured or did not have sufficient coverage.

Health care liens

When you are injured and require treatment for your injuries, the health care providers may file liens against any settlement or award that you might receive so that they can be reimbursed for the cost of your care. In Tucson, the hospitals and other health care providers routinely file liens with the Pima County Recorder’s Office. The health care providers may file these liens even if you have insurance to obtain the difference between what your insurance covers and what they charge as their full rates.

ARS §§ 33-931 – 33-936 govern health care liens and provide a way for the providers to place liens against personal injury claims. The injured victims must have outstanding balances owed to the service providers. If your insurance company has already satisfied it, the lien has to be released.[1] If you do not prevail on your claim, the liens will not affect any of your property or your wages. The liens are also limited to the customary charges of the provider for the services, and the injured victims may not be charged more than others who receive similar care.[2] Your attorney may be able to negotiate the lien’s amount or secure a waiver of it.

Health insurance companies may also file liens against personal injury settlements or awards. Many companies contain clauses in their insurance policies allowing for them to seek reimbursement for the cost of care when you are injured in an accident. Arizona prohibits the subrogation of personal injury claims. For cases that are filed in state court, insurance companies will not be able to step into the case and take over your remedies.[3] In cases involving self-funded ERISA plans, federal law allows these reimbursements and will preempt the state’s law. Your attorney will make certain that your health insurance plan is self-funded under ERISA if your company claims that it is owed money out of your settlement or award.

Claims process

Most personal injury cases in Tucson and elsewhere do not end up going to trial. The personal injury attorneys at Lamber Goodnow work to get personal injury claims resolved before filing lawsuits in court. However, filing lawsuits may be unavoidable in some cases.

Before filing a lawsuit, your lawyer will first gather the necessary evidence to properly value your claim. You will then be provided with a range of values within which a settlement should fall. After advising you of the range of values, your lawyer will draft a demand letter in which he or she will request a settlement that falls within the upper end of the range. The insurance company may accept the demand, make a counteroffer or deny it outright. Your attorney may continue negotiating with the company until he or she secures a reasonable amount. If the insurance company does not make a reasonable offer or disputes liability, it may be necessary for your lawyer to file a formal lawsuit in court. Personal injury cases that happen in Tucson may be filed in state or federal court.

State court process

In the state court system, most Tucson injury cases begin in the Pima County Superior Court, which is part of the Superior Court of Arizona trial system. Every Arizona county has a minimum of one superior court judge, and some counties have more. Superior court judges must be admitted to practice law in Arizona, reside in Arizona for a minimum of five years before taking office and be at least 30 years old and of good moral character.

If a case goes to trial, either side may appeal the verdict. Appeals of Tucson personal injury cases go to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 2 in Tucson. A panel of three judges decides appellate matters. Appellate judges must have the same qualifications that are required of superior court judges.

Either the defendant or the plaintiff may file an appeal of a decision made by the Arizona Court of Appeals to the Arizona Supreme Court. The Supreme Court does not have to hear every case, however.

To start your lawsuit, your lawyer will draft and file a civil complaint that outlines your legal claims with the clerk of the court. This document explains why you are suing the defendant and what outcome you are seeking. If your case is eligible for arbitration, the complaint will state so. After the complaint is filed, your lawyer will then effectuate service of the complaint and a summons on the defendant. The defendant will then be given time by the court to file a written answer in which he or she will either admit or deny the statements that are contained in your complaint.

The case will then enter a period called discovery in which both sides must exchange the evidence that they have. During discovery, you may have to answer written interrogatories and submit to depositions. Many cases are still resolved before trial after formal lawsuits are filed. If your case is not resolved, it will be tried before a jury or a judge at trial, and either the judge will rule or the jury will issue a verdict. Under ARS § 21-102 and the Arizona Constitution, civil juries are made up of eight people. In order to reach a verdict, at least six of the jurors must agree. Finally, once a verdict is reached, either party may appeal as explained above.

Federal court process

Some cases are filed in federal court with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. It is the only federal judicial district in the state and is part of the Ninth Circuit. If your case is filed in federal court, it will be heard by a district judge and a jury. In federal cases, the jury may consist of between six to 12 jurors.[4] Verdicts in federal court must be unanimous unless the parties agree otherwise.

Either party may appeal the verdict that is received in the federal district court to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The parties may also appeal decisions from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court accepts very few cases to hear, however.

Cases may only be filed in federal court if the court has jurisdiction to hear the matters. It is important that you make sure to find a Tucson personal injury lawyer who understands the requirements for filing claims in federal court. Under 28 US Code § 1331, federal courts may hear matters that arise under federal law, a federal treaty or the Constitution. It may also hear matters if it has diversity jurisdiction, which involves controversies between citizens of different states. Under 28 US Code § 1332, federal diversity jurisdiction exists when the parties are citizens of different states and the amount in controversy is more than $75,000.

The Tucson personal injury lawyers at Lamber Goodnow will analyze your claim in order to determine the most appropriate jurisdiction in which to file it. There are many complexities involved with asserting personal injury claims, making it important that you seek legal help from experienced attorneys. Contact our firm today to learn more about your rights and to schedule your free consultation.


[1] Abbott v. Banner Health Network, 236 Ariz. 436, 444 ¶ 23, 341 P.3d 478, 486 (App. 2014), reversed on other grounds.
[2] Midwest Neurosurgery, P.C. v. State Farm Ins. Cos., 686 N.W.2d 572, 579 (Neb. 2004).
[3] Allstate Ins. Co. v. Druke, 576 P.2d 489 (Ariz. 1978).
[4] Fed. R. Civ. P. 48(a)-(b).

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