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What is lawsuit bias and do you play a part?

Lawsuit Bias Explained Many of our intake calls start out like this: “I am sorry to call and bother you. I want you to know that I am not one of “those people” who sue over anything: But…………” Then the caller goes on to tell us about something horrible that never should have happened, and […]

Arizona Raises Car Insurance Limits

After 47 years, Arizona will finally see an increase in the minimum car insurance limits required by law. In June, Governor Ducey signed a law that will increase Arizona’s required minimum insurance limits for car insurance policies purchased after July 1, 2020. The current minimum amount of insurance required by law is $15,000 per injured person, […]

What to Expect and How to Prepare for a Deposition

Depositions can be intimidating. Here’s what to expect and how to prepare A deposition is a formal interview, usually conducted by opposing counsel. The person being deposed (deponent) is sworn under oath to tell the truth and the entire interview is transcribed in real time by a court reporter. A deposition can also be video-recorded […]

What is “Discovery” in a lawsuit & what devices can Arizona attorneys deploy?

Discovery in Your Civil Lawsuit Discovery Devices, What they are and how are they used? “Discovery” is a term of art used in the law.  It means “to find out” what the plaintiff’s case or the defense case is all about.  “Discovery” in Arizona is open and liberal.  Since “Disclosure Statements” became the rule in […]

Arizona’s Top Personal Injury Verdicts in 2018

A summary of the highest awards Arizona juries handed out to personal injury plaintiffs in 2018 Each year, The State Bar’s magazine Arizona Attorney publishes a list of the top civil verdicts in Arizona. In 2018, like most years, there was an even split between jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiff, and those for […]

Spoliation: The Destruction of Evidence

A court can punish a party that destroys evidence Spoliation: Noun: “Destruction of a thing by the act of a stranger, as the erasure or alteration of a writing by the act of a stranger:” Spoliator: “A spoiler or destroyer.”  (Black’s Law Dictionary Revised 4^thedition.” So what does it mean? Missing evidence is usually what […]

Independent Medical Exams: Why do they matter?

How can we fight back against an insurance company’s biased “independent” medical examiner? When an insurance carrier sends you to a doctor of their choosing, it’s usually to your detriment. How can we fight back? In nearly every personal injury claim, one of the main issues that prevents a case from settling is a dispute […]

Potholes: How To Report Them

The City of Tucson and Pima County want us to report potholes. As the heavy winter precipitation slowly fades to warming temperatures here in Southern Arizona, we are painfully reminded that our roads are in a state a failure. Roadways require significant maintenance in order to provide smooth, uninterrupted surfaces. The City and County have […]

When Insurance Plays Hardball

Insurance Companies Are Friendly Until You Have A Claim Against Them Many of our initial intake calls start out like this:  “I have never sued anyone before …….. but……..”: Or:  “I don’t believe in lawsuits, …… but…..”: Or:  “I just want what is fair……. But…….” Most people victimized by someone else’s negligence feel guilty about […]

The Importance Of Deadlines In Your Lawsuit And What They Mean To You

The Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure were completely modified effective July 1, 2018.  We now have the tiered system for cases that was discussed in a prior newsletter.  Along with the tiers came strict “rules of engagement” that requires the Plaintiff and the defendant to meet all deadlines imposed by the court. The rules still […]

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