The first step on the road to earning compensation is to give Northern Arizona personal injury attorney Keith A. Hammond a call at (928)-213-5916. If your accident and injuries warrant a personal injury case and you decide to hire Mr. Hammond as your attorney, he will begin working for you on your specific claim. Clients are more than just a case that will be settled- we take a personal interest in your welfare after the accident and work tirelessly to provide you with outstanding legal service.
Mr. Hammond, as well as his staff, will work with you on the steps necessary to achieve compensation, keeping you informed and listening to your concerns in order to provide you with peace of mind.
Life can be chaotic, unpredictable, and out of your hands. While you can be doing everything right, accidents can still happen at the fault of another. This is how a personal injury case is determined- a person is “negligent” when they do not take the correct precautions to conduct themselves properly, and as a consequence, their actions cause harm to someone else. This theory of “negligence” can be difficult to prove, as insurance companies may try to dispute their party’s role in the accident or offer deals that are not up to par with what the victim deserves.
This is why having a great personal injury attorney in Northern Arizona is imperative- you need someone who has experience in this area of law, as well as the resources to strengthen and prove your case.
Car Accidents: Car accidents in Arizona can result in significant injuries or loss of life and make up a large number of personal injury cases. As a result of a car accident, you could face permanent impairment, long-term medical conditions, or disfigurements. In Arizona, you generally have two years from the date of the accident or the date of death in the case of a fatality to file or settle a case. However, there are many exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations that create a shorter time period, so it is imperative that you discuss the facts of your case with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycle accidents in Arizona are more complicated than car accidents for numerous reasons. They can result in catastrophic injury or death – they are typically more severe and costly than car accidents. Due to the perception of motorcyclists and the use of helmets, motorcyclists can have an unfair stereotype which can complicate the case. Our skilled attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Semi-Truck accidents: With the I-17 and I-40 routed through Northern Arizona, the potential for catastrophic truck accidents leading to serious or life-altering injuries or death is high. These are complex cases that may involve many liable parties – both federal and state agencies are involved in regulating trucking.
Pedestrian Accidents: By Arizona law, pedestrians almost always have the right of way. High traffic volume in Northern Arizona as well as the large number of distracted and drunk drivers has contributed to a staggering number of pedestrian accidents. These accidents are often fatal. If the victim survives, he or she may face permanent impairments or other serious health conditions. The driver who was responsible for the accident likely violated a state code and could be held liable for damages you or your family have suffered.
Bicycle Accidents: Bicycling is such a popular mode of transportation in Flagstaff that the City of Flagstaff has built safeguards into some bike lanes downtown and near the University. While this is an important step, it does not help prevent all accidents city-wide. Bicyclists are at a high risk of suffering serious injuries or death after being in an accident involving other vehicles. Bicyclists have the same rights on the road as other vehicles, according to Arizona traffic laws. Bicycle accidents can result in traumatic injury and/or death. Our expert team can determine if the motorist involved in the accident should be held accountable for damages.
Boating Accidents: Recreating in the beautiful waterways in Arizona can turn dangerous and lead to injury when reckless or negligent boat operators are involved. Our legal team is skilled at understanding the Arizona state laws that define this recklessness and negligence – often a failure to demonstrate a level of care that is necessary to prevent harming people, property, or wildlife.
Premises Liability: If there was a hazardous condition on a property that wasn’t appropriately corrected or access restricted, a premise liability claim could be filed. From slips and falls, injury on equipment, to dog bites. As a guest on someone else’s property in Arizona, you have rights – especially when serious injury is involved.
Dog Bites: In Arizona, a dog’s owner is liable for any injuries and damages the dog causes, according to A.R.S. § 11-1025. While the City of Flagstaff has a strict leash law in city limits, dogs at large are not uncommon. Even a leashed dog can cause harm and injury. Since Arizona follows a strict liability law for claims regarding dog bites and attacks, you might have rights for compensation for an attack suffered by a dog.
Skiing Accidents: Skiing and winter sports are one of the joys of Northern Arizona. A loss of control or collision while recreating is unlikely to be the fault of the resort owner as skiers and snowboarders assume the risk of their sport. Resort owners in Arizona are responsible for creating a safe environment for recreation. Appropriate signage with warnings, notices, and boundaries is necessary as well as the proper maintenance of all the equipment and facilities. If your skiing or winter sports accident is a result of a breach of duties from the resort owner, you could have a claim. Skiers and snowboarders who do not show reasonable care for others on the mountain, and whose recklessness causes damage or injury to others may be liable. Our lawyers are here to help you.
Wrongful Death: A wrongful death suit determines if a person or entity is legally responsible for inflicting injuries that result in death. If the defendant is found liable, the court will determine how much financial compensation the plaintiff is owed. Arizona Statute declares that a death caused by negligence, neglect, or misconduct could result in a civil case.
While this list provides an outline of some personal injury cases we handle in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona, there are still other accidents we can provide legal services for. If you or a loved one have been physically and/or mentally injured as a result of another’s choices and actions contact our firm, as we can help you receive what your rights entitle you to.
Yes, a person who is truly injured in an accident that is the result of another person or business’s negligence needs proper attorney representation. I like to use the analogy of building a house. The excavation and foundation must be skillfully laid before any real weight can be built on top of it. An experienced attorney and legal staff can help that process so that the best possible recovery can be had. Evidence or other sources of recovery can be missed, lost, or expire after a certain time and must be discovered and preserved.
A good personal injury attorney should be accessible to answer questions, be experienced in the law, have great employees, and be a good negotiator.
Personal Injury Attorneys charge a “contingent fee.” This means that the fees for the attorney are based on the total amount recovered on the claim. That standard percentage is 33.3%. For example, if the recovery is $1,000.00 the fee would be $333.00. If there is no recovery for the client, then no fees are due to the attorney.
The Firm is also entitled to its out-of-pocket “costs” in addition to the contingent fee. Out-of-pocket costs are the out-of-pocket expenses paid out by this Firm on the claim, such as filing fees, paralegal fees, subpoena costs, service of process costs, deposition costs, photographs, photocopies, medical and expert reports, witness statements, witness fees, court reporter fees and other costs and expenses incurred in the investigation, suit or settlement of the claim.
Keith Hammond is very experienced in handling personal injuries that stem from car accidents, semi-truck accidents, as well as an assortment of other injuries. He has also collected millions of dollars for his personal injury clients over the last 15 years in Flagstaff, AZ.