Defining negligence in Arizona as it pertains to personal injury cases.
The injury attorneys of Arizona-based law firm Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC know there are people out there right now who feel they may have the basis for a personal injury claim but aren’t precisely sure what that entails. By consulting with a personal injury lawyer you can learn quickly if you have the basis for a claim, but for the purposes of this article let’s take a look at the main criteria in Arizona: negligence.
In Arizona, it is required that a plaintiff prove negligence in order to prove fault. Negligence is present when the person at fault failed to use what is referred to as “reasonable care,” and the negligence then resulted in injury or injuries. In order to prove negligence in the state of Arizona there are four elements that must be present. They are:
- The person that caused your injuries owed you a duty
- That person failed to uphold that duty
- That failure caused your injuries
- You suffered damages
There is also something in Arizona called “Pure Comparative Negligence,” which states that if you were partly responsible for your injuries you may still receive compensation, but it will be reduced by the percentage for which you were responsible. For example, if you were 20% responsible for an accident you can pursue 80% of the damages. Conversely, if you were 90% responsible you could still get 10% of the damages.
By consulting with a personal injury lawyer you’ll get a clearer idea as to whether you are entitled to compensation. Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC has recovered million in settlements for its clients for losses including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Permanent disability
- Permanent disfigurement
- Wrongful death
- Any other costs that were a direct result of your injury
Consulting with an experienced and knowledge personal injury attorney is the best way to determine if you have a personal injury claim and are entitled to compensation. If you have been injured and believe the negligence of another caused your injuries, protect your rights by finding a qualified attorney to act as your advocate. In the state of Arizona few personal injury law firms can offer the experience, individualized attention and proven track record of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC.