Whether due to a car accident, a pedestrian accident, a dog bite, or a slip and fall incident, being injured due to another person or company’s negligence is a horrible experience for any person. When these unfortunate events occur, the law affords victims an opportunity to be compensated for their injuries.
Our team at Hastings and Hastings in Mesa, Arizona routinely assists accident victims of all types, and seeking justice is our top priority.
In the moments immediately following an accident, your legal options likely aren’t the first thing on your mind, and for obvious reason. Instead, you’re likely thinking of the most important things – the safety and wellbeing of yourself and your loved ones. But in the days, months, and weeks following an accident, you will likely quickly realize that the accident’s aftereffects are much larger than you might have planned for.
Accidents are expensive. In obtaining medical treatment, victims rack up significant expenses in hospital bills, insurance copays, medication costs, transportation expenses, and doctor office visit costs. Additionally, many victims are unable to work, leading to lost wages and in some cases, loss of employment entirely. Victims may have suffered property damage, as well, in the form of a totaled car, damage to their home, or loss of belongings.
Long story short, accidents are incredibly expensive for victims. Lawsuits allow for victims to recover the money they’ve lost due to the negligence or carelessness of another person or company. A personal injury lawyer’s entire purpose is assisting victims in accessing the funds to which they are legally entitled, so a victim is fully and fairly compensated for the injuries they have suffered.
Hastings and Hastings is a Mesa personal injury law firm with the experience and knowledge to effectively advocate for you and your family. We’ve been serving Arizona accident victims and their families for more than 40 years, and our lawyers have almost 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury lawsuits.
Our track record is evident not only through the cases that we’ve won, but in the reviews and referrals that we receive from our clients. We have more than 600 real, handwritten reviews and more than 500 five star Google reviews from verified, actual past clients. In this business, we hope that we don’t see our clients more than once – as accidents are an unwelcome occurrence to anyone – but most of our business comes from word of mouth, through referrals from past clients who have been satisfied with our team’s work and our representation.
Otherwise, our fee structure sets Hastings and Hastings apart from other personal injury law firms. Usually, personal injury lawyers charge clients a flat percentage rate of one-third, regardless of the amount of compensation their clients receive. At Hastings and Hastings, we realized that this traditional arrangement benefits lawyers more than it benefits clients, and so we pioneered Discount Fees for our clients. Under our Discount Fee arrangement, we prioritize putting the most amount of money possible back into our clients’ pockets – not our own.
Hastings and Hastings also prioritizes getting our clients face-to-face with an actual, licensed Arizona attorney from the very start of our representation. At some personal injury law firms, prospective clients may not speak to a licensed attorney until after their representation has begun. But at Hastings and Hastings, we guarantee that you will speak to a licensed attorney at your free initial consultation – at the very first contact you have with our law firm. These initial consultations with our attorneys are always offered at no cost and with absolutely no risk to our prospective clients.
Our Mesa personal injury attorneys are ready to listen to your story, be honest with you about whether you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, and if we’re able, work hard to represent you and your family.
Our team at Hastings and Hastings has extensive experience handling personal injury lawsuits of every type and scope. While each injury case is different and presents its own set of facts, Arizona law underpinning personal injury cases is often the same across each case. Over the course of the last 40 years, our attorneys have built a proven track record of success in representing Arizona personal injury victims, and our familiarity with the law of personal injuries speaks for itself.
Among the types of personal injury cases we handle include the following:
But in addition to these types of cases, our team is willing to consider any type of personal injury lawsuit. In other words, if you have found yourself injured due to the wrongful acts or omissions of another person, company, or group of people, we want to hear from you. Our free consultations are offered at no cost and no risk to prospective clients, and our team is ready to listen to your story.
Oftentimes, accidents are not simple matters. Things can quickly become complicated when the question arises of who is truly responsible for an accident having occurred. Making matters worse, a significant amount of misinformation exists about how the specific circumstances of an accident may affect liability. No matter what you may have heard, speaking to a licensed Arizona attorney is the only way to know for sure if you may be entitled to compensation, and if so, in what amount.
Arizona is a “comparative negligence” state, which means that even plaintiffs who were slightly negligent themselves may be able to recover compensation for injuries they suffered in an accident. Comparative negligence is a complicated legal doctrine, and speaking to an experienced Mesa personal injury attorney is the best way to ensure that the law is most effectively being applied to your injury case. But the following example provides a basic hypothetical to illustrate how competitive negligence works:
Imagine that you are driving on the highway in Mesa, and the speed limit is 75 miles per hour. You are in the left lane with your cruise control set to 80 miles per hour, or five miles per hour over the speed limit. You are passing a car in the middle lane, when at once, the car veers into the left lane, striking your car.
The driver of the other vehicle was using FaceTime while driving, listening to the radio at high volume, eating a burger, and their side mirror was broken, hanging off the side of their car with no possible use. The other driver, obviously driving distracted, came into your lane without checking to see whether it was clear.
Your car is totaled in the accident, and you suffered significant injuries.
After filing a lawsuit, the other driver claims that you caused the accident by speeding. What happens next?
In this hypothetical injury case, while the other driver may be partially correct in noting that you were speeding, it is clear that the other driver was significantly more negligent in their own actions, driving while extremely distracted, and without a working side mirror.
Comparative negligence allows a jury to determine exactly what percentage of fault can be apportioned to each party involved in a lawsuit and determine how to award damages accordingly. In this case, a jury might say that the plaintiff’s speeding contributed to 10 percent of the accident’s occurrence. Thus, if the same jury awarded the plaintiff damages, those damages would be reduced by 10 percent – allowing them to still recover, but in an amount reduced by their own contributions to the accident.
What does this mean for Mesa accident victims? It means that even if you believe you may have contributed to an accident occurring, you should still consult a Mesa injury attorney. Arizona’s comparative negligence law may still allow you to recover for your injuries, and our team at Hastings and Hastings has extensive experience in handling these complicated matters.
The types of damages that are available to Mesa accident victims depend on the specific facts of each individual case. But in general, under Arizona law, accident victims are able to recover damages that are both economic and non-economic in nature.
Economic damages are any costs that are paid out of your own pocket, or that represent monetary loss in the future. Most commonly, these are the straightforward damages requested in a lawsuit — medical bills and expenses, lost wages, property damages, loss of earning potential, and insurance monies. In short, any damage that can be assigned a fixed dollar amount is an economic damage.
Non-economic damages are amounts that represent non-monetary compensation. While these damages can be more difficult to prove, they provide opportunities for significant compensation to victims, and an effective attorney will ensure that non-economic damages are adequately accounted for. Non-economic damages most often include pain and suffering, emotional damages, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, and punitive damages in severe cases.
Being involved in an accident often leaves victims unsure about how to move forward. In the unfortunate event that you find yourself or a loved one injured due to another person’s negligence, you should think about these steps:
Even if you think you don’t need it, you should immediately seek medical attention after being involved in an accident. Some injuries don’t immediately present symptoms, and you may be injured without knowing it. Otherwise, seeking medical attention allows you to obtain important documentation that could be vital in seeking future compensation.
After ensuring your physical safety, you should take as much documentation as possible about your accident. Take photos and videos to the fullest extent possible. Record or write a narrative of your memories as soon as you can after the accident. This step is important because memories fade very fast, and you may be surprised about the details you begin to forget as time goes on after your accident.
Contact an attorney as soon as possible after you seek medical attention, and avoid speaking to anyone about your injury case until you have retained an attorney. Before you have a lawyer, you may be contacted by insurance companies or other representatives of the defendant seeking statements from you. You should avoid providing any such statements before you have a lawyer – as your own words can be used against you in the future. Consulting with a Mesa personal injury attorney ensures that you are fully protecting your rights and your ability to recover compensation in the future.
One of the biggest reasons that it is imperative you speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs is because of the statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations is a law that places a deadline on the amount of time for filing a lawsuit after an incident occurs. In personal injury cases, Arizona’s statute of limitations is two years from the date of an accident.
While two years sounds like plenty of time, it’s important to note that the deadline applies to the actual filing of a lawsuit in court. Background work, investigation, and preliminary negotiations all must occur before a lawsuit is filed, and in some cases, these processes can take months to begin and end. For that reason, it is essential that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs – the clock is ticking.
Our team at Hastings and Hastings is ready to hear from you today. Our free case consultations are always offered at no cost and no risk to prospective clients, and we’re committed to ensuring that your injury case is handled by a licensed attorney from the very beginning. We guarantee that you will speak with a licensed Arizona attorney at your initial consultation.
If we’re able to take your case, we’ll pursue compensation on your behalf in the maximum amount possible, and our experience and client testimonials make that clear. Our Discount Fee arrangement demonstrates our clear commitment to putting our clients first.
Contact us today to set up your free consultation – our team is looking forward to hearing from you.