Personal Injury Law in Phoenix
Seeking compensation for injured workers and motorists
For more than 35 years, Taylor and Associates has focused our practice on workers compensation law in Phoenix and throughout Arizona. However, there are times when workers comp will not fully compensate an employee for the harm he or she has suffered. Additionally, our experience evaluating injuries and negotiating appropriate damage awards has prepared us to manage personal injury claims, primarily for motorists and their passengers who have been harmed by negligent drivers. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you pay no legal fees upfront. You only pay us when we win compensation for you.
Choosing a civil lawsuit instead of workers compensation in Phoenix
A civil lawsuit has one major advantage over a claim for workers compensation: Civil damage awards offer compensation for the injured party's "pain and suffering,” whereas workers comp does not. In the case of a serious injury, that additional sum can be substantial. However, Arizona workers compensation law bars injured workers from suing their employer or a coworker in most situations. Injured workers must prove "willful misconduct" on the part of their employer, which is much harder than proving the employer was negligent.
Injured workers can sue under a theory of negligence if someone other than the employer or a coworker is responsible for the harm. That someone might be the designer or manufacturer of unsafe industrial equipment. For instance, a factory machine may be safe enough by itself but could have been placed too close to another machine, making it too dangerous to operate because of its location. In that case, whoever designed the layout of the factory for the employer would be negligent. Negligence can also be a factor in making an injury worse than it had to be. Many factory machines are inherently unsafe, but they have emergency switches to stop their operation at the first sign of trouble. If the absence of a "kill switch" turned a minor injury into a catastrophe, the designer or manufacturer of the machine could be liable for that additional harm.
There are additional differences between a workers compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit. Workers comp claims are decided by an administrative law judge, whereas civil lawsuits can go before a judge or a jury. The rules of evidence and procedure also differ. Finally, the theory of "contributory negligence" does not apply to workers comp, but may be used in a civil lawsuit to reduce your amount of recovery. A knowledgeable lawyer at Taylor and Associates can explain how the law applies in your case.
Compassionate representation for Arizona car crash victims
If you've been injured in an auto accident caused by someone else's negligence, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. These include medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering and lost income. The dedicated attorneys at Taylor and Associates offer a free consultation and case evaluation.
Contact Taylor and Associates about your personal injuries
If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury, contact the skilled attorneys at Taylor and Associates. Call us today at or contact our office online to schedule a free initial consultation. Remember, you pay no fee until you win.