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Flagstaff Personal Injury Lawyer

Simply being hurt in an accident isn’t enough to pursue compensation through a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit. Personal injury tort claims are a part of civil law dedicated to holding individuals or entities accountable for their negligent actions and helping injured accident victims recover money to help compensate for damages such as physical pain, emotional suffering, and financial losses like loss of earnings and other damages related to the harms from the accident. However, to recover compensation, individuals hurt in a personal injury accident must be able to fully prove the negligence and the damages.

Depending on the type of personal injury accident, one or multiple parties may be responsible for paying the victim’s damages. Pursuing a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit is a lot of work which must be done while dealing with pain and loss of time for medical care, etc., resulting from the painful injuries and your emotional and financial distress. It’s important for victims to contact a personal injury attorney in Flagstaff as soon as possible to help them understand their rights and the best move forward in pursuing just compensation. Think about it: if you hire a lawyer on a percentage or contingent fee basis sooner than later, you get more hours of legal services over a longer time for the same fee. PLUS, any good lawyer will do a better job if given an early start when it comes to securing all the evidence needed to prove your case and guide you in the injury claim process while taking over all the paperwork and investigation burdens so you can just heal without worries.

What Is a Flagstaff Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit?

Being in an accident and sustaining an injury is not enough to pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit. There must be evidence grounds for a personal injury claim based on negligence. A specialist attorney can help assess the validity of your case, availability of evidence and help you determine who is liable for your damages. The basic foundations of a personal injury case are the following four elements:

  • Duty of care
  • Breach of duty of care
  • Causation (of your injuries resulting from the breach of duty)
  • Damages

One of the first things an attorney can help you with is determining whether or not the other party owed you a duty of care. Common instances in which duty of care is owed include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Medical malpractice 
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Emergency room negligence
  • Dog bite incidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Product malfunctioning 
  • Defective product

Proving liability in any of these types of incidents or accidents often requires extensive and thorough investigation that takes a lot of time, money, and resources. Furthermore, insurance companies are hardly ever eager to fully pay for your damages, regardless of whether their insured is at fault, and will do everything possible to limit their payout. Victims who’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence deserve to recover full and fair compensation but often don’t because the claimant without a good lawyer often makes mistakes, does not obtain all the proof needed, does not know how to evaluate the reasonable value of the damages (e.g. what is 6 months of knee pain relating to a surgery and recovery worth?)  or insurance bad faith tactics. Protect yourself and your right to compensation by working with a qualified Flagstaff personal injury lawyer. Jensen Phelan Law Firm has specialist injury attorneys ready to talk to you for no fee to help you decide what to do to get the best result.

What to Do to Protect Your Personal Injury Claim in Flagstaff

If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence and are considering filing a claim, it’s important to take the following measures to ensure you have the best chance of success. 

  • Report the incident immediately to the appropriate authorities 
  • File an incident report with the authorities (you may also need to file an incident report with your insurance or through another agency, depending on the circumstance of your accident)
  • Describe in detail what happened
  • Take photos of the auto accident scene right after the crash.
  • If there are witnesses, obtain their contact information politely
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you think your injuries are minor
  • Keep track of your medical care and document everything each step of the way
  • Don’t give a recorded statement without speaking with an attorney first
  • Don’t talk to an insurance adjuster without speaking with an attorney
  • Never sign medical authorizations for insurance adjusters
  • Don’t meet with an insurance adjuster without an attorney
  • Don’t let an insurance adjuster come to your home or hospital
  • Tell medical providers to bill your health insurance rather than auto med pay coverage
  • Contact an experienced Flagstaff personal injury attorney like Jensen Phelan Law Firm.

Not everyone knows exactly what to do after a personal injury accident, which can lead to mistakes such as apologizing (admitting fault), missing paperwork, or filing paperwork incorrectly. While these mistakes are understandable because victims don’t know any better, they can be used to diminish the amount a person can recover or cause the claim to be denied entirely. Missing a deadline or making a mistake on a form should not be the reason why you don’t receive the compensation you need after the accident—that’s why it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as you can. A specialist personal injury attorney can file paperwork, ensure you meet all deadlines, and do everything they can to make your claim strong so that you achieve the best possible results. 

Contact a Qualified Flagstaff Personal Injury Attorney Today 

After sustaining an injury caused by another party’s negligence, it can be difficult to understand the best way to obtain compensation. Jensen Phelan Law Firm is here to help you understand your legal rights and options. Regardless of how complex the nature of your claim is, our goal is to ensure you feel confident in your legal representation so you can focus on recovering. We have handled numerous personal injury cases, from car accidents to nursing home abuse cases, and know how to build strong claims so that our clients come out of this with a favorable outcome. Our specialist Flagstaff personal injury lawyers at Jensen Phelan Law Firm are here for you and ready to go to trial if it means getting you the outcome you deserve. 

Contact us today to schedule your consultation at (928) 778-2660 or fill out our contact form.