Phoenix Joint Injuries from Car Accidents
Joint injuries are common after car accidents. Many clients come in with knee, shoulder, and ankle injuries. These soft tissue injuries can have lasting complications, including lifelong chronic pain.
Joint injuries may require multiple doctor’s visits, X-rays, and surgeries. These bills can get out of control quite quickly. A personal injury case can help you get your doctors and hospitals paid, and can ensure that you don’t face financial ruin as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Are joint injuries really serious enough to warrant a personal injury case?
Absolutely. You’re going to have medical bills, which means you’re going to have economic damages as a result of your joint injuries.
While these injuries may not generate the kind of personal injury award that a traumatic brain injury would, they are nevertheless worthy of compensation. Here at the Law Office of Tony Merchant we handle smaller personal injury cases as well as larger ones. A few thousand dollars can go a long way when trying to handle medical bills.
Don’t try to guess whether you deserve compensation. Don’t try to decide, on your own, whether the insurance company’s initial settlement offer will be sufficient to get your bills paid. Get a free, no-risk consultation to go over your specific case facts.
Can you receive a pain and suffering award for joint injuries?
Yes. Here in Arizona this means you will receive a multiplier of your economic damages based on how severe the injuries are.
The pain and suffering multiplier ranges from 1 to 5. If you receive $5000 in economic damages a multiplier of 2 would mean that you’d get a $10,000 pain and suffering awards.
Most joint injuries, on their own, will receive a multiplier of 1 to 2.
Your attorney’s ability to negotiate your settlement will also play a role in whether or not you receive a higher pain and suffering award, as will the specific facts of your case. Most of these cases will settle out of court, which means an ability to clearly communicate the impact these injuries have had on your life will be paramount throughout the process.
When should you call an attorney about joint injuries sustained in a car accident?
We recommend calling an attorney as soon as you’re medically capable of doing so. Involving an attorney early comes with several advantages.
First, it allows us to talk to witnesses early, and to make sure we find and see all the available evidence before it starts disappearing.
Second, it allows us to file your claim for you. We can deal both with the other driver’s insurance company and with your own. This prevents you from saying something by accident which can weaken your case…especially since the insurance representatives you talk to may be trying to trick you into doing just that. Remember, they don’t want to pay.
Calling an attorney is risk-free. There’s no retainer to pay and no hourly rate. Tony Merchant works on contingency, which means we don’t get paid until we successfully negotiate your settlement. We’ll look at the facts of your case, and discuss next steps.
Call (480) 581-8801 to get started today.