If you or a loved one were seriously injured due to the negligent actions of another, Knapp & Roberts can help. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers have represented the injured in Arizona for over 20 years. We will review the facts your case and tailor a legal strategy to help you recover the compensation you need. Call today for a free case evaluation.
Choosing the best personal injury attorney to handle your can be difficult, and is one of the most important decisions that you will make. What sets Knapp & Roberts apart?
Personal injury law is the legal framework that allows injured people to recover compensation from those responsible for their injuries. Often referred to as tort law, personal injury law typically hinges on two basic legal issues:
If your injury attorney can prove liability and damages, you stand a good chance to recover compensation for your injuries.
Liability is most commonly determined through the concept of negligence – meaning that the person that caused your injuries owed a legal duty act a certain way, they breached that duty, and the injury was a result of that breach. However, personal injury also includes injuries involving strict liability and intentional acts.
At Knapp & Roberts, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys handle cases involving: car accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, trucking accidents, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability and much more. If you or a loved one have been injured in any type of accident, our law firm may be able to help.
Any time you suffer a serious injury you should consider speaking with an attorney. Whether that be in a car accident, workplace accident, due to a faulty product, or a slip and fall, an attorney can help you find out who is liable for your injuries and help you recover compensation. At Knapp & Roberts, we understand that personal injury cases are as unique as our clients – each case presents its own specific set of circumstances that dictate how the case will proceed.
Filing a personal injury case requires a specialized skill set best met by a personal injury lawyer. An experienced injury lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system and can adapt to the constant hurdles a personal injury case brings. The right attorney can greatly increase the chance of success in your case and the size of your recovery.
Additionally, insurance companies and other large entities are notorious for protecting their bottom line. A Phoenix accident attorney is an advocate for your best interests. Our injury lawyers will protect your rights, make sure all filing deadlines are met, and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you after you have been hurt.
At Knapp & Roberts, our Phoenix personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning that we charge no up-front or retainer fee and no hourly fee during the course of the trial. We only get paid if we are successful in handling your case. If your injury lawyer wins your case or achieves a favorable settlement, our firm retains a percentage of the settlement as payment for the services rendered.
The percentage retained may vary from cases to case, as some lawyers may reduce fees for fairly simple, straightforward cases or increase them for more lengthy, complicated cases. If your case does not reach a settlement and goes to trial, contingency fees may increase. In addition, if you win your case, you may assume responsibility for paying the court costs for the case.
Contingency agreements allow access to personal injury lawyers for people who may otherwise experience difficulty paying for a lawyer. These agreements are often the only way that individuals can stand up against large companies or corporations allow for equal access to justice.
All personal injury cases are different, and it is impossible to determine how long your case will take without a consultation. Some cases take as few as six months, while others can take two to three years. Generally speaking, if your case settles before a trial takes place, you will receive compensation fairly quickly. If your case involves many disputes regarding fault, settlement amounts, and other details, the process will take longer.
The primary determinant of how long your case will take is how long your injuries take to reach the maximum level of medical improvement (MMI). Once your injuries heal to the maximum extent, your injury lawyer can calculate the value of your claim. If you reject the initial insurance settlement, your case will enter the discovery phase, which can take months.
After the discovery phase, you and the defendant will enter mediation with the hopes of achieving a settlement before the case goes to trial. However, you can settle at any time during these phases. Since cases often take over a year to reach a court date, if you pursue your case in court, you will likely wait a year or two to reach a conclusion.
The damages you can recover in your personal injury claim depend on the unique circumstances of your case. In general, however, courts frequently award the following compensatory damages, designed to compensate you for general, non-monetary damages.
Arizona courts frequently award special compensatory damages designed to reimburse you for monetary damages suffered as the result of your injury.
Finally, if your case involved an illegal, immoral, or otherwise reprehensible act by the defendant which then caused your injury, an Arizona court may assess punitive damages. Punitive damages occur over and above the compensation you receive for your expenses and suffering from the incident.
Because every personal injury claim is different, there is no such thing as an ‘average settlement’ in terms of dollar amount. There are, however, two main factors that attribute to the amount you’ll receive in a personal injury settlement.
Insurance companies typically will not offer settlements over the defendant’s policy limits, which in turn limits your settlement amount. This means if your auto accident caused $100,000 in damages, but the at-fault driver has a policy limit of $20,000, the insurance company will see that $20,000 as a reasonable settlement as it represents the insurer’s liability.
The extent and severity of your injuries will have the most impact on the outcome of your claim. The more serious your injuries, including medical expenses, loss of income and other damages relating to you mental and emotional health, the larger your settlement will likely be.
Most personal injury claims are settled before trial becomes necessary. Trials can be time-consuming, expensive and risky, making a settlement the better option for all parties involved. However, if an insurance company refused to treat you fairly, your attorney must be ready and able to take them to court
If you or your loved one have suffered serious injury due to the negligent actions of another, call the Phoenix injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts today. We will listen to your story and let you know how we can help. The consultation is free and there is no obligation to retain our services.
The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.