Personal Injury Cases
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When it comes to personal injuries, it is important to know that you have a lawyer in your corner that you can trust. Garcia & Gonzales Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to help you fight and get the justice you deserve. If you have been wrongly harmed, injured, or had issues at work, contact us today for your free consultation.
Some Examples of Personal Injury Claims
AUTO ACCIDENTS: Most common reasons for road accidents are: Distracted Driver; Speeding; Drunk Driver; Reckless Driving (red light fatality). These will result in harm, injury, damage, or death. The most common accidents are sideswipe, rear-end, T-bone, and head-on collisions.
BOATING ACCIDENTS: Most common reasons are Falling, overboard, overturn, sinking, inattention, improper lookout, inexperience, speeding, and alcohol use was involved.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS: These accidents are more likely to happen when the other vehicle is speeding, distracted, driving carelessly/aggressively, or under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Also, ejection from the motorcycle is a common injury. If the motorcycle comes to a sudden stop and the rider is ejected, this could be due to objects in the path as well as on the ground.
TRUCKING/COMMERCIAL ACCIDENTS: Tractor trailers, Semi, 18-Wheelers, and Commercial vehicles. The main causes are Distractive driver; fatigue, speed, impaired driver, lack of experience, poor judgment, blowout, and jack-knife. These types of accidents most likely result in serious injury or death. If your injuries are a result form the careless actions of a truck driver, you can pursue legal action. A personal injury attorney is your best option for possible compensation.
BRAIN INJURY: There are two types of brain injury; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Non-Traumatic Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). TBI is caused by an external force, most commonly TBI is associated with auto accidents, falls, physical abuse, and sport-related accidents.
TBI includes Concussion, Edema, Diffuse Axonal Injury, Hematoma, and skull fracture.
ABI includes Hemorrhage and Hypoxic/Anoxic injury.
BURN INJURY: Burn injuries have a couple of significant factors:
- the severity of the injury,
- the intentions of the person who caused the injury (if caused by another person).
- how and where the burn injury occurred
They can happen in many ways, including workplace, faulty consumer products, arson or another intentional burning, and any kind of accident caused by negligence.
CATASTROPHIC INJURIES: An injury is considered catastrophic when the damage is so severe that the effects leave the victim with permanent damage. An example of a catastrophic injury would be losing completely or losing the function of a body part.
WRONGFUL DEATH: A person who has caused someone’s death, either through negligence (which could be medical malpractice) or as a result of intentional or unintentional action. Some examples include, Situations for a wrongful claim is that the
- The victim was intentionally killed;
- The victim dies from medical malpractice or;
- The victim dies in a car accident due to negligence.
A claim may be filed by a representative on behalf of the deceased person.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: This occurs when a health care provider’s action (or non-action) falls short of the appropriate standard of care under the treatment circumstances. This usually means the provider was negligent. In some cases, a doctor’s recklessness can prompt a malpractice case.
WORK INJURIES: Common ones are Slips, trips, and falls; struck by or caught in moving machinery; vehicle-related accidents which could be struck or run over by moving vehicle; falling from the vehicle and getting crushed by or stuck under an overturned vehicle.
SLIP AND FALL: In these cases, the liability usually rests on the owner of the property on which the accident occurred. The owner could be a private, commercial, or government entity, these injuries may consist of: head injuries; hip fractures; back and spinal cord injuries; shoulder injuries; sprains, and fractures. These injuries may affect you significantly.
SPINAL CORD INJURY: Auto, motorcycle, and gunshot accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. Unlike other parts of your body, the spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself if it is damaged. Two types of spinal cord injuries are: Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and Complete Spinal Cord Injury. Most common is the Incomplete
Spinal Cord Injury is the “Anterior Cord Syndrome. Central Cord Syndrome, Brown-Sequard Syndrome. These injuries often cause permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions. You may also feel the effects of your injury mentally, emotionally, and socially.
NURSING HOME ABUSE: Is your loved one a victim of nursing home abuse? Nursing homes can commit elder abuse or neglect in many ways. Types of abuse are as follows:
- Inappropriate touching
- Failing to assist residents with proper hygiene
- Failing to regularly change resident’s bed linen
- Failing to practice proper wound care
- Failing to assist residents to the restroom
- Failing to hydrate residents adequately
- Ignoring residents with limited mobility
- Failing to take no action upon the resident’s requests.
- Staff presents visitors from seeing residents
- Staff refuses to leave visitors alone with the resident
- The tension between the resident and staff
- Unexplained cuts
- Bone fractures
- Rope burns
- Injuries to the mouth, genitals, or anus
- Resident withdrawn
- A resident has anxiety.
- Sadness or frequent crying
- Increased anger
- Extreme anxiety
Signs of Neglect
- Bedsores, pressure sores, and ulcers
- Extreme weight loss
- Blood clots
- Poor Hygiene
- Occurrences of falls
- Signs of withdrawing and anxiety
If you suspect abuse of a loved one, please speak to our legal team to learn about your rights and what the appropriate course of action is.
DOG BITES: Dog bites do happen and when they do, the victim can suffer from physical and mental trauma. Under the Arizona State Law, ARS 11-1025 imposes liability very strictly with the dog owners. If their dog is to attack another person who is in a public area, lawfully sitting, or walking on private property which means that the dog owner has responsibility for injuries inflicted by their pet. Injuries from a dog attack can be from minor cuts and puncture wounds to a very severe wound resulting in a prolonged stay at the hospital stay or even death. Types of injuries suffered by dog attack are as follows: Extremely deep cuts; skull fractures, broken bones, injury to victim’s neck and spinal cord, blood loss, nerve damage, rabies, and emotional effects, and -more-
ASSAULT: if you are assaulted, you can sue your alleged attacker for suffering damages caused by the attacker’s wrongful actions.
Types of assault are:
- Physical Assault
- Verbal Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Common Assault
- Aggravated Assault
DRUNK DRIVER ACCIDENT: Injured by a driver under the influence of alcohol or any other substance? An injury lawsuit may be filed by the victim to recover property damages, costs of medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
POLICE BRUTALITY AND MISCONDUCT: Title 6 of the Civil Rights Act is another law that protects citizens who have faced police brutality or misconduct. Under Title 6, the statute states that it is illegal for local and state law enforcement officers to discriminate against citizens based on their ethnicity, nationality, gender, and/or religious affiliation. Police brutality or misconduct is the excessive use of physical force or violence towards someone by law enforcement. Police brutality/misconduct is a common reality due to poor training and overt and implicit racism in society.
Types of Police Brutality/Misconduct:
- Excessive force
- Racial Profiling
- Falsely arresting someone without probable cause
- Unlawful searches and seizures
- Violating on Arizona resident’s due process rights
- Overusing taser gun