What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a broad title given to incidents that cause a person bodily injury. Typically the law gives victims the right to sue the at-fault party, or their insurer, for compensation that will help them pay for medical bills, pain and suffering as well as any lost wages due to the inability to work.
If you’re involved in such an incident it’s important to gather as much documentation as possible, in case you decide to file a lawsuit later on. Important things, such as filing a police report and documenting medical costs, are easily forgotten when you are in the midst of a crisis. But following these simple steps will be necessary if you decide to file a personal injury claim.
Hiring An Attorney Will Help Make Your Case Stronger
Hiring a personal injury lawyer will help you ensure you build a strong case that will hold up in court. It’s best to do so as soon as possible after the accident, when details of the accident are still fresh. Police reports and medical bills, documentation of insurance claims, and contact information will need to be provided for everyone involved.
Settlements and Damages
Most personal injury cases are settled without having to go to trial, but a court will enforce either one of two types of legal damages: Punitive or Compensatory Damages.
Punitive damages punish the party at fault, usually for criminal recklessness or disregard for the public good.
Compensatory damages are monetary awards given to the injured party for compensation of medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Arizona’s Statute of Limitation
Arizona has a two-year statute of limitations on filing personal injury lawsuits meaning that if you are injured in any kind of accident for which you plan to file a lawsuit for, your case must be filed within two years of the incident.
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