If you have been injured in an accident then you are likely wondering what the process is for bringing a personal injury claim. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we welcome your call at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation. In the meantime, you can read on to find out more about the process of bringing a personal injury claim in Arizona.
Any accident that involves more than $1000 in property damages or in which anyone has been injured requires that you file a police report with the department of motor vehicles. You should exchange information with anyone involved, including witnesses. Then report the accident to your insurance provider to ensure that you do not have a denial of coverage resulting from not promptly reporting the accident.
It is essential to get medical attention promptly after the accident. Do not be afraid to do this via ambulance. If it is not an emergency, then visit your local urgent care facility or see your primary care provider. Depending on the type of injuries you have sustained, you may need diagnostic testing like x-rays, MRIs and CTs. If there is risk that you have a head injury, you may undergo additional testing.
Once the extent of your injuries is understood, you will get a treatment. Some injuries will be entirely healed after a few weeks, others require months of physical therapy, and some injuries are never entirely fixed. Follow the instructions of your doctor to ensure you do not put your personal injury claim at risk.
Contacting a personal injury attorney
After reporting the accident to the DMV and your insurance company, and after getting medical care, your next call is to a personal injury attorney. Do not talk to the other party’s insurance company, do not sign any authorizations, and do not sign any releases or agreements until you have talked to an attorney. The goal of the insurance company is to pay as little as possible to get the case taken care of as quickly as possible.
Assessing your case
Once you have talked to a personal injury attorney, it is typical for them to wait until your medical treatment is underway so that they know the extent of the long-term damage and costs. When you work with The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we will look at your policy limits and the limits of the other parties involved. We will do our own investigation into the facts to determine who was at fault. This may involve just interviewing the witnesses or it may involve working with experts.
Though each case is different, we generally make a formal settlement demand within two to six months after the accident. If the insurance company does not accept it then we will negotiate to get the best possible deal. If they are unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement then we will not hesitate to take your case to court. To get started, contact us at 602-340-0030.