Personal Injury

Arizona Marijuana Legalization and Expungement Arizona Marijuana Legalization and Expungement Part of the recently enacted Prop 207 includes a provision in the statute (A.R.S. § 36-2862), allows individuals who were arrested for, charged with, adjudicated or convicted by trial or plea to certain marijuana related crimes to apply to have the record charge/conviction expunged.  If you were charged with: (1)  possession, consuming  1/2 ounce or less of marijuana; (2) possessing, transporting or cultivating not more than 6 plants for personal use; (3) or possession, using or transporting paraphernalia related to marijuana, you are eligible to apply for expungement.…
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a vehicle accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver, you should be able to recover compensation for your losses. However, recovering this compensation can present significant challenges, particularly when it comes to determining fault for the incident. Even if you are sure that another driver caused the crash securing compensation can be difficult if there is not enough evidence to prove that. Here, our local Phoenix car accident lawyers want to discuss what types of evidence you should have after a car accident in phoenix. Photographs From the…
The Arizona legislature does not like you, if you have been a victim of medical malpractice.  They have enacted several laws which apply only to victims of medical malpractice and which are intended to make it more difficult for you to be compensated for the harm you experienced. Arizona began its life as a state as a bastion of progressive populism.  We had three provisions in our territorial constitution which gave power to the people:  Recall, referendum and initiative.  These provisions were so anathema to the moneyed interests that even then ran the United States that Arizona was prohibited from…
One of the many steps you should take after a car accident in Arizona is to call the local police to report the collision. Reporting your car accident to law enforcement can lead to an official police report – a document that serves as an important piece of evidence during most car accident claims. Even if the circumstances of your car accident do not make police reporting a requirement, filing a report can strengthen your injury claim. When Must You Report a Car Accident in Arizona? All states have laws requiring motor vehicle drivers to report certain car accidents to…
Medicine is an art, not a science.  There is far more that we do not understand about the human body than we do understand.  When you receive medical treatment or undergo a surgical procedure, no one makes you any guarantees.  Doctors hope for a good result when they treat you but everyone understands that the actual result may be far less than what the doctors were hoping for.  This has a definite application in medical malpractice cases. There are two main elements of proof in a medical malpractice case.  The first is that the health care provider did something wrong. …
Know Your Rights Regarding Arizona’s Zero-Tolerance Policy The base DUI is a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 percent. Arizona is a zero-tolerance state that charges any driver who is even “slightly impaired” despite a BAC less than 0.08 (“impaired to the slightest degree”). “Extreme DUI” requires at least a BAC of 0.15 and “Super Extreme” requires a BAC of 0.20. The legislature has sent a message to drivers, imposing class 1 highest misdemeanor status for all DUI charges. For first-time offenders in the Valley, a “Base DUI“ requires one day in jail, but after the check-in, in our experience,…
If you get injured in an auto accident in Arizona, you may hear two different terms during your injury claim: negligence and recklessness. These two terms have different definitions on a legal level. They also come with different ramifications for the at-fault driver. Finding out whether you are dealing with a negligent or reckless driver in your motor vehicle accident claim can help you fully understand your legal rights. Definition of Reckless and Negligent Driving According to Arizona Revised Statute Section 28-693, a reckless driver is someone who operates a motor vehicle with a reckless disregard for the safety…
California Sunset Are You Driving To California Over The Fourth of July? The fourth of July is approaching and many Arizonans will likely venture to California to escape the heat over the holiday weekend.  If you do and you unfortunately are involved and injured in an auto accident, you may want to know what your legal rights in California are.  You may ask yourself where do I find an Arizona Lawyer Who Can Represent Me in California.  Since you live in Arizona you probably do not want to have to search for an accident injury lawyer in California.  If…
People die in hospitals.  It is a fact of life.  Sometimes they die in spite of the very best medical care that we have to offer.  Sometimes, however, they die because they did not receive the care they should have.  Sometimes they die because of medical malpractice. If you have lost a loved one to a hospital death, please accept my condolences.  It is never a happy event.  Sometimes, the death has been expected for a long time.  Sometimes, however, it comes as a great shock.  Some of the ones that come as a great shock should not have happened. …
HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M GETTING A GOOD PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY? If you are injured in an auto accident, a product defect, a medical incident or any number of situations that can cause harm, you will need an attorney to bring a claim.  So how are you to find one that you can trust to achieve good results for you? The airways, television, and highway billboards are filled with ads by lawyers, all touting themselves as experienced champions of justice.  But many competent lawyers don’t spend their money or time advertising at all; advertising can deplete the lawyer of…
No amount of money can ever make up for a catastrophic truck accident or replace the loss of a loved one. Pursuing financial reimbursement from the at-fault party, however, can provide you with justice, closure and financial security for the future. If you are curious about the potential value of your truck accident settlement, as well as the process of obtaining a settlement, learn what to expect with help from an attorney. The Truck Accident Settlement Process The first step toward financial recovery after a truck accident in Arizona is determining the identity of the at-fault party. This is a…
Damages is a legal term for the financial compensation that may be available to an injured victim during a personal injury claim in Arizona. Someone who has been injured because of another person’s carelessness, recklessness or intent to harm may be entitled to financial damages to make the victim whole again. The civil justice system acknowledges three main types of damages that are available in a personal injury claim: economic, noneconomic and punitive. Economic Damages Economic damages are the most common type of award in a personal injury claim. They represent the financial losses that a victim suffered because of…