What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim is a petition for financial compensation (or damages) made upon an insurance company that insures someone who has caused you personal physical or psychological harm either due to negligence or intentional misconduct. Auto accidents make up the majority of personal injury claims, but other examples include:

  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability

What are damages?

Damages are compensation for losses incurred as a result of the injury that a personal injury attorney in Phoenix or Scottsdale can help you win. This includes concrete expenses such as medical bills as well as less tangible factors, such as pain and suffering that you have experienced related to the injury. You might be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills–including medical costs you may have in the future related to your injury.
  • Damage to your property–for example, if you were in an auto accident, this would cover the cost of damage to your car.
  • Lost income–including reduced earning capacity if you cannot return to the same job you had before the accident.
  • Pain and suffering–Mental or psychological pain and suffering refers to negative emotions that a victim suffers as a result of physical pain and trauma of the accident. Examples include: mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety, shock, depression, PTSD, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, lack of energy or enjoyment of life.
  • Punitive damages–these punish the at-faulty party for intentional or grossly negligent conduct.

How will a Phoenix personal injury attorney help with my claim?

Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work hard for you so you can focus on healing. We will manage details like:

  • Communicating with the at-fault party, the insurance company, and your healthcare provider.
  • Conducting an investigation of the accident, including carefully documenting all of your injuries.
  • Enlisting the opinions of medical and financial experts to determine how much your injury will cost you over the course of your life.
  • In the event the claim does not settle, we will initiate litigation and develop a legal strategy for taking your case to court to ensure compensation.

What should I do if I am in an accident?

You should take the following actions if you are the victim of an accident:

  • Call the police and always remain on the scene–the police report serves as an official record of the accident, which is very beneficial to determining liability.
  • Stay put–Do leave the scene of the accident until law enforcement or emergency medical care has arrived. Do not move your vehicle if at all possible.
  • Take pictures of the accident scene–use your camera or cell phone for documentation.
  • Identify drivers–retrieve the names and addresses of the drivers involved and ask for their telephone numbers. Also get contact information of any witnesses present, as well as their comments or statements.
  • Exchange insurance information–Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Do not admit responsibility–in talking to the police, do not admit liability. Let the investigation determine who is at fault.
  • Seek medical attention–DO NOT CLAIM “NO INJURIES.” Injuries are not always immediately apparent.
  • Keep a record of how you feel–physical activity, limitation, lost work wages, expense receipts, etc.
  • Never agree to an insurance interview. Contact the Law Offices of Joe Saienni!–with our help, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages and damage to your vehicle. And we don’t ask for any out-of-pocket costs until we recover them for you.

We Can Help!

Have you been injured? If you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Phoenix and Scottsdale, call us today. Joe Saienni will fight for damages and compensation you deserve. To schedule an initial consultation, contact Saienni Law today by calling 602-953-5550. Take control of your future and your life with this phone call. We look forward to hearing from you.

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