Injury Cases

Car/Truck/SUV Collisions

Unfortunately in today’s society, wherein everybody owns and operates a vehicle the chances of you being involved in a motor vehicle accident are more likely than not. No matter what size the vehicle is, vehicles still travel with a significant amount of force, and when that force strikes another vehicle, injury often occurs. This is where hiring an experienced law firm is the most important decision you can make. Hastings & Hastings can help you navigate through the treacherous waters of dealing with the insurance company and the tactics they may utilize to try to minimize the value of the motor vehicle accident, as well as your injuries.

While a personal injury settlement is separate than a property damage settlement (fixing your car), they are very much related. Getting a proper estimate and returning your vehicle to pre-accident state is essential to demonstrate how much true damage was done to a vehicle and also aide in showing how you were injured. Insurance companies often “lowball” a client’s property damage in an effort to try to minimize and even eliminate a client’s injury claim. This is why, at Hastings & Hastings, we always recommend that you speak to an attorney before dealing with the insurance company, even if your dealings are only related to the vehicle damage.

At Hastings & Hastings we understand that car accidents can cause all types of injuries. These injuries can range from neck and back pain to much more severe permanent injuries or the worst case, a fatality. Hastings & Hastings offers over 100 years of combined legal experience in handling all types of accident injuries and we urge you to call now to schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney, not a paralegal.

Motorcycle Collisions

Motorcycle collisions are often one of the most severe type of accidents. Since motorcycles do not provide the same structural and mechanical protections that are offered in larger vehicles, they often leave the driver exposed. While wearing a helmet can alleviate some types of injuries, it by no means can protect a motorcyclist from all injuries that may result from a collision. Frequently, motorcyclists suffer fractures, road rash, spinal cord injuries, and even fatality. The documentation of your injury and its sometimes permanent effects is the most important aspect of any type of accident. Make sure you take pictures of any road rash and other types of injuries which result from a motorcyclist being launched from their motorcycle.

At Hastings & Hastings, we have handled these types of injuries for years and understand how to document and protect a motorcyclists claim against the responsible party. Hiring a law firm that understands the types of injuries that may be associated with a motorcycle accident is essential. At Hastings & Hastings, your initial consultation will be handled by an attorney, not a paralegal. As a client you will understand and walk away from your initial consultation knowing that you have a competent attorney handling your case and fighting to protect your rights.

Trucking/18 Wheeler Collisions

A motor vehicle accident with a truck or 18-wheeler can be one of the most scary things you may ever deal with. Semi-trucks are so much larger than cars or motorcycles and when they collide the damage can be horrific. Trucking companies are required by law to maintain higher liability limits than your average automobile, however this also means they might fight harder than a normal automobile insurance carrier.

Semi-truck drivers are professional drivers and are required to go through extensive training and adhere to federal guidelines related to the number of hours for which they can drive and even how much weight their vehicle may carry. When a driver does not adhere to the laws written especially for them, they may not only be liable for the accidents they caused but they may also have criminal repercussions because of their failure to abide by the law. Semi-truck collisions often result in catastrophic injuries, and you need a law firm that understands how to pursue these drivers and companies for their negligent acts. At Hastings & Hastings, you will meet with a lawyer, not a paralegal, thus providing you quality representation against an 18-wheeler and their insurance company.

Wrongful Death

When a loved one passes away as a result of someone else’s negligence, you need to retain counsel as soon as possible to help protect and investigate all claims which may be made on behalf of their estate. At Hastings & Hastings, we understand the most important thing is taking care of your family and trying to prepare to move on after such a devastating and unforseen event has occurred. When you employ Hastings & Hastings, we will be handling all calls from the negligent party and their lawyers, thus allowing you an opportunity to attend to the most important thing in life, your family. We will vigorously pursue the at-fault party to try and recover damages for the wrongful death of your loved one.

Wrongful death claims often present complex legal issues for which you need legal counsel who has experience in handling these matters. At Hastings & Hastings, we not only understand how to handle these cases, but we also understand the compassion and time required when representing the family left behind. Please contact us immediately to schedule your free consultation.

Serious/Catastrophic Injuries

When you have been injured seriously or permanently as a result of someone else’s negligence, the law firm you contact may be the most important decision you make. At Hastings & Hastings, our over 100 years of combined legal experience provide us with the resources and ability to understand how to document an injury which may have ramifications far past the statute of limitations. You need an attorney that will pursue all aspects of your claim and provide you zealous representation while still providing you a discount fee. We at Hastings & Hastings understand that the settlement may be your only means of recovery. Therefore, you need to maximize every possible avenue of recovery to seek the most appropriate result for you and your family.

Unfortunately, often times in a serious accident there is limited recovery based upon the available amount of monies for which you can recover. This is where Hastings & Hastings’ experience and our discount fee will help maximize any and all recoveries that you receive, thus putting your best foot forward as you move on from this serious accident. Please contact us immediately to schedule an appointment with an attorney so we may get started on the handling and documentation of your case.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Injuries

Dog Bites

In Arizona, a dog bite is typically a strict liability situation. This means that the dog owner, with a few exceptions, is always liable for the damage for which their dog causes when they bite you. The liability of the dog owners is paid through their renter’s or homeowner’s insurance.

It is important to note that in Arizona the statute of limitations for a dog bite case is one year. This is half the time of the injury claims statute of limitations. This means that you must document your injury as completely and thoroughly as possible before one years time from the date of the dog bite. This makes selecting an attorney essential, as you need to have someone who is familiar with dog bite situations and how to document what may be permanent injury as a result of someone’s dog. If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important to contact Animal Control and seek medical attention immediately. After you have assessed, your situation it is important to contact counsel so we may aide in the investigation and documentation of your injury. Because of the abbreviated statute of limitations, whom you select as your attorney, as in any injury claim, will be the most important decision that you make. At Hastings & Hastings, you will meet with a licensed attorney, not a paralegal, thus providing you with someone who completely understands your situation and can best pursue your legal remedies.

Slip & Falls

Slip & Falls or Premises Liability claims are cases where you may have been injured on someone else’s property. These cases can be extremely difficult and require a trained legal mind to assess how and if you have a case to pursue against the property owner. At Hastings & Hastings, you will meet with an attorney, therefore you will get somebody who is legally trained and passed the State Bar of Arizona, not a paralegal who may not completely understand how to document and prove your premises liability case. Please contact us immediately to see if we can help you with your Slip & Fall/ Premises Liability case.