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IWS: Injured While Shopping

The lawyers at the Rockafellow Law Firm personally take nearly every incoming phone call for a potential case. When it comes to potential slip and fall or trip and fall claims, we often hear a common misconception floating around: that if you’re hurt within a store or place of business, the business is automatically liable and […]

If I Was In A Car Accident; Do I Need A Lawyer?

At the Rockafellow Law Firm, we are asked this question almost daily. It is an important question that must be carefully considered. As you may expect, the answer depends on multiple factors, including the following: 1.    Fault: Who caused the crash? In many cases this is an easy question. In others, it can be difficult […]

Think Twice Before Filing For Bankruptcy If You Have A Personal Injury Claim

Bankruptcy is unpleasant in many ways.  It becomes very unpleasant in personal injury situations. We always ask our clients if they have recently filed for bankruptcy, or if they are planning to.  We need that information because if there is a personal injury case that occurred prior to the bankruptcy filing period, it becomes an […]

What’s My Case Worth?

Personal Injury Attorneys are asked this question daily. The answer depends on these basic factors: The severity of the crash or incident The extent of injuries and damages The amount of medical treatment required The amount of money available from Insurance or other sources The share of liability We use these five factors to determine […]

Why Choose a Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury?

Modern legal practice, like many professions, has become a field dominated by specialists. While anyone licensed to practice law in Arizona can represent a person for any of their legal needs, the highly specialized demands of different areas of the law mean that a person will be better served by an attorney who devotes his […]

Your Vehicle's Diminished Value

Here’s the scenario: You are driving along in your two-year old mint condition Chevrolet Suburban when suddenly a negligent driver decides to turn left and BAM! There’s a collision. This event triggers three separate and distinct claims against that negligent driver: 1) Personal Injury, 2) Property Damage, and 3) Diminished Value. Everyone knows about the […]

Settling a Personal Injury Claim for a Minor

A minor is legally incapable of making a determination of whether or not to settle a claim. Therefore, a judge of the Superior Court must approve any personal injury settlement on behalf of the minor if the amount is $10,000 or more. This adds time, cost, and complexity to a settlement. However, there is good […]

Social Media and Your Personal Injury Case: Your Warning

 As social media platforms continue to multiply, I am compelled to once again warn of the potential pitfalls that instagram/facebook/twitter/pinterest/google+/tinder/snapchat/youtube/tumblr/reddit/myspace/etc… posts can create for a personal injury claim. Slate.com recently published an article titled Evidence of Life on Facebook that I will recommend for all of my future clients to read. This article references some […]

Protecting Your Assets

Arizona’s homestead exemption laws (A.R.S. §§ 33-1101 – 1105) forbid a creditor from taking one’s home in a bankruptcy or other debt proceeding. This law protects up to $150,000 of equity from the home in which you reside from attachment, execution, or forced sale. In Arizona, the exemption is automatic. The exemption means that if an […]

Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury Claims

According to the Industrial Commission, in the fiscal year from 2012-2013, 97,730 employees filed workers compensation injury claims in Arizona. On-the-job injuries can occur for many reasons.  When negligence is involved, in addition to a work-comp claim, the employee may have a personal injury claim against the negligent party. For example, if a sales representative […]

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