What Are Risk of A Dog Bite? Not all dogs are as cute and innocent as the one pictured here.  On average dog bites account for 1% of injury related emergency room visits.  About 4.5 million dog bites occur per year.  Not all result in severe injuries or necessitate treatment.  About 316,000 people are treated…

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Pedestrian Car Accidents are on the rise in Phoenix over the last ten years. According to Arizona Department of Transportation numbers there were 112 auto related pedestrian fatalities last year (2018).  This number is down from 2017 (226).  Clearly, pedestrians are at severe disadvantage and these numbers confirm this.  Drivers have a higher responsibility to ensure…

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Vape Manufacturer Ignores Signs of Teen Addiction. According to a recent Reuters investigation the vape manufacture Juul Labs knew and disregarded indications that teens were attracted to the use of its’ products.  The Reuters investigation is based in part on a former Juul manager’s disclosure.  Juul executives debated whether to take actions to reduce teen…

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Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim? Who can file a wrongful death claim? First, it is important to know what is a wrongful death.  A wrongful death is persons death that results from the wrongful act of another person.  The wrongful act could be an auto accident or murder.  A wrongful death claim is…

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What Is My Injury Claim Worth? What is my injury claim worth?  This is a question that clients often ask when I first meet with them.  The fact is that not one personal injury claim is like the other.  Each person’s claim is different, primarily because every individual is different.  Injuries effect different people in…

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Why Contractors Should Have A Well Written Contract In a recent decision (Woensdregt v. Handyman), the Arizona Court of Appeals (1st division), ruled that when a party seeks an award of attorney’s fees based on contract, rather than A.R.S. § 12-341.01, the Court will enforce the provision according to terms.  The Court determined that the…

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I have A Judgment How Do I Collect? Often the most common misunderstanding clients have is that filing a lawsuit and obtaining a judgment means that the other party is just going to write a check.  While in certain types of cases, (like auto accidents, slip and falls and dog bites) the defendant likely has…

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Arizona’s Recreational Use Statute, Who Does It Protect? The legislature wrote Arizona’s Recreational Use Statute (A.R.S.§ 33-1551) to promote and encourages open use of public and private lands.  The law provides that a public or private owner, easement holder, lessee, tenant, manager or occupant of premises is not liable to a recreational or educational user…

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How Does An Adjuster Determine A Claim’s Value? How Does An Adjuster Determine A Claim’s Value?  For starters at some level it depends on the insurance companies.  Some companies (Allstate, American Family, Farmers, USAA just to name a few) use a computer program named Colossus.  The company that sells the program, claims it is an…

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