If you were injured in an accident with a drunk driver, you may still be in the hospital and face a long recovery, wondering how you are going to pay your medical bills when you cannot work. Further, in order to fully recover, you may have to devote much of your time and energy to the recovery process. However, when you are focusing on your recovery and rebuilding a life you lost in an accident with a drunk driver, you might find it hard to pursue a legal battle for justice.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC wants to take the burden of a lawsuit off your shoulders and allow you to focus on recovery. If a drunk driver caused your accident, a Mesa drunk driving accident lawyer can determine whether you may be eligible for compensation. If so, Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help you get the justice you deserve. Our team will not back down from a tough fight. You have rights, and we want to help you exercise them.
You do not deserve to suffer harm as a result of someone else’s carelessness and negligence. To learn more about what Ben Crump Law, PLLC can do to help you get the justice you deserve, call us today for a free consultation at (800) 598-7557. There is no obligation to commit to working with us when you call. We just want to see how we can help. If you choose to have us represent you, you pay us nothing unless we win your case.
A Mesa Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
When you hire a Mesa drunk driving accident lawyer to represent you in your personal injury case, you pass the legal responsibility to someone who can file the case on your behalf. The first stage in the process, however, starts before filing the actual lawsuit. During pre-filing, your lawyer may collect evidence and spend time building your case. Devoting time to evidence collection before filing a case may give your side a bit of an advantage when it comes time to negotiate or fight in a trial. You lawyer may build your case by:
- Collecting medical records
- Gathering witness testimony from those at the scene, including other passengers, pedestrian witnesses, emergency medical professionals, or other first responders
- Collecting records of all expenses that resulted from your injury, including medical bills and lost wages
- Documentation of your medical prognosis, including your predicted recovery time and any impact the injury will have on your future health
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Negotiating a Settlement
During the pre-filing period, your lawyer will have used all of the evidence collected to determine a settlement amount that fairly compensates you for all of your losses, economic and non-economic. When your lawyer officially files your case with the court, the other party will acquire a copy of the lawsuit. The lawsuit will include the evidence, along with a demand for a settlement in the amount your lawyer has factored.
Once the other party has received their copy of the lawsuit, they will review the evidence and settlement demand included within and choose to either negotiate a settlement or fight the lawsuit. If the other party chooses to negotiate, your lawyer will work with the insurance company and the defendant’s lawyer to come to a reasonable agreement on a fair settlement. If the other party decides to fight the lawsuit, your attorney may decide to take the case to court and argue it in court.
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What Compensation Can Cover
There are two types of damages a victim can recover in a personal injury lawsuit: economic and non-economic. In Arizona, unlike many other states, according to Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) § 18-31, there is no limit on the amount of damages that can be awarded to a victim for either economic or non-economic damages. Economic damages include reimbursement for financial losses you have or will incur from your injury.
These may include:
- Lost wages from missed work
- An amount, based on your recovery and prognosis, factored to compensate you for future missed work
- Past medical and hospital bills
- Future doctor visits, physical therapy, and any other predicted medical costs associated with your treatment
- Transportation and lodging costs you incurred from out-of-town medical appointments
In addition to economic compensation, accident victims are compensated for their non-economic losses. This term encompasses all of the losses a victim suffers that are not financial. Non-economic damages may compensate victims for:
- Permanent injury
- Any pain or suffering you endured from the accident, injury, and recovery process
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Make Sure to File within the Statute of Limitations
When filing any lawsuit, you should be sure to file within the statute of limitations. In Arizona, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, as stated in ARS § 12-542, is two years. That time limit begins to toll on the day of the accident and ends two years to the day that it happened. Be aware that once a statute of limitations has passed, you can no longer file a lawsuit for that injury.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in an accident with a drunk driver, you deserve justice. A Mesa drunk driving accident lawyer can evaluate your case and determine whether you may be eligible for a compensation award.
We want to make sure that your first priority is yourself and recovery. You did not deserve to suffer in an accident through no fault of your own. You also do not deserve to have your recovery compromised by the stress of fighting your own legal battle.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC wants to help you get the justice you deserve, handling your case from beginning to end. When you rely on us to fight your battle for justice, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your case is in good hands. Call us today to learn more about how we can help. Dial (800) 598-7557.
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