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Legal disputes result when one or more persons suffer harm such as an injury due to another’s negligence or intentional act, which makes the latter liable for that harm. The injured party, also referred to as the plaintiff, files a civil complaint against the wrongful party, also known as the defendant, in a court of law. And the basis of the complaint is the injury and/or loss suffered by the plaintiff. The term “parties” may also refer to an entity such as a corporation, business or an organization.

Four requirements of a personal injury lawsuit

Depending on the quantum of evidence and testimony your legal counsel has amassed, it is then easier to establish the four precepts of a negligence-based injury claim.

  • Duty – To prove the other party had a duty to act with reasonable caution.
  • Breach – To prove that the responsible party breached this duty.
  • Causation – To prove you were hurt as a direct result of the breach. Not all breaches of duty will allow you to claim compensation, especially if there is no clear understanding of how the breach caused the injury.
  • Damages – To prove how your life has been negatively impacted by your injuries.

Sometimes disputes are resolved with informal settlements prior to litigation, however most cases proceed through civil litigation and trial to make the responsible party pay for their actions. If you have injuries from an accident and decide to exercise your legal rights, many types of cases are considered a personal injury lawsuit.

Car accidents

The highest number of personal injury cases in the U.S. result from car accidents. In Arizona, the "at-fault" system is used to handle auto accident cases, which means the injured party has the option of settling the claim with the insurance company or go to court to seek compensation.

Trucking accidents

Often, accidents result from unsafe driving, overloaded trucks, improper maintenance checks, faulty tires or unsafe procedures that put other drivers at risk. At Shultz & Rollins, our truck attorneys have over 90 years of combined experience dealing with trucking accident cases. So, if you or your loved ones have suffered personal injury in a trucking accident in Tucson or Yuma, AZ, then we are highly experienced attorneys who can help you maximize your compensation through a personal injury lawsuit in Tucson.

Defective products

If product designers and manufacturers do not sell safe products or fail to provide sufficient information on their warning labels, and the use of these products results in injuries, then the injured consumer can bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and/or retailer depending on the circumstances and liability.

Medical malpractice

An alarming 9.5% of all deaths in the United States are caused due to medical errors, and this only pertains to hospitals. And if we consider smaller clinics, health care facilities, and private practices, this statistic would only be higher. If you or a loved one have undergone treatment that is different from the accepted standard of medical care, such as misdiagnoses, failure to provide a timely diagnosis, surgical error or any other type of negligence, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. At Shultz & Rollins, our team of highly experienced medical malpractice attorneys has years of expertise successfully litigating personal injury cases.

Dog bites

Though many states protect dog owners from liability if their pet bites someone for the first time, in Arizona, owners are “strictly liable.” Regardless of the animal’s previous behavior, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed against the owner if the victim has suffered injuries due to dog bites.

At Shultz & Rollins, we have over 90 years combined experience litigating personal injury cases. We have successfully achieved million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, birth injury, pedestrian accidents, homeowner negligence, assault and battery and suicide. We pay meticulous attention to the details and focus our resources on each case, which is why we only take on a limited number of cases. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury because of another’s negligence and are researching your options for a highly qualified personal injury attorney in Tucson/Yuma, contact us today for a free consultation.

What Qualifies as a Personal Injury Lawsuit, Shultz & Rollins, Ltd

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