Millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year – many very seriously. According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident every 10 seconds. In 2008, an estimated… Read More
When you’ve been injured or someone you love has been killed or in a drunk driving accident, the anger and grief you experience is made even worse by the knowledge that it wouldn’t have happened if an irresponsible person had not decided to get behind the… Read More
In Arizona, there are more than 75 highways, state roads and interstates. There are a few particular highways in and around Phoenix where accidents occur with great frequency, resulting in severe injuries and deaths. The statistics indicate that from 2008 to 2011, there were 268 deaths….
Of all types of car accident, head-on crashes are the most catastrophic. Although they make up only 2 percent of motor vehicle accidents, they are responsible for 10 percent of all traffic fatalities. The reason head-ons are so deadly is a simple matter of physics: when two moving vehicles speed directly… Read More
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of motor vehicle accident, with about 2.5 million rear-end accidents taking place in the United States every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 29 percent of all car accidents are rear-impact crashes…. Read More
Taxi drivers have a reputation for aggressively in order to get more fares and make more money. While certainly some cabbies exercise caution and drive safely, there are plenty more who don’t. Negligent driving on the part of cab drivers is often the reason… Read More
If you have come to this page because you were injured in a car crash caused by a driver who was distracted by texting, you are not alone. Driver distraction is the cause of about 16 percent of all crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety… Read More
Commercial truck accidents may be caused trucks belonging to individuals (e.g. a plumber or electrician) or government agencies, or they may be part of large corporate fleets, like UPS, FEDEX, DHL, and other courier or delivery services… Read More
Boating is one of the most popular outdoor hobbies in the United States. And though it is widely considered a fun and relaxing sport, recreational boating has a dark side. In 2008, boating accidents in the United States resulted in 3,331 injuries… Read More
If statistics are any indication, motorcycling is one of the nation’s most popular pastimes. In 2009 close to 10,000 motorcycles were sold in the United States. Some nine percent of Americans own one, which means there are over 4 million… Read More
Negligence and consumer product defects bring bodily and emotional harm to millions of Americans each year. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that each year 27.7 million Americans visit emergency rooms for unintentional… Read More
Bed sores are also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers. They are caused by continuous, unrelieved pressure on an area of the body. If the pressure is not relieved from time to time, the tissues will break down and… Read More
Buses must comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules and regulations, which is the agency that regulates interstate bus and truck safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is one of the government agencies that is responsible….
If you experienced burn injuries that were caused by the negligent conduct of another person, you may seek compensation in the form of personal injury claim. Even if the injuries were only partially the fault of the other individual or company, you may be able to receive compensation….
Catastrophic injuries often result in the need for permanent, lifelong care. The permanent disability affects not only the victim but the injured’s family and friends. Cost of care often runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and may exceed a millions. If you or a loved….
Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects the child’s movement control. It can be caused by an injury to the child’s brain before, during, or after the birth, and in many cases is due to preventable medical error. Approximately two out of every 1,000 new babies… Read More
More children are seriously injured on playgrounds than in traffic accidents. Child injuries in playgrounds tend to be moderate to severe when compared to injuries caused by motor vehicles, bicycles, or falls, according to a study conducted by Children’s… Read More
Construction sites are rife with hazards. According to the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration: Out of 4,206 worker fatalities in private industry in 2010, 774, or 18% were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites….
Elevator and escalator accidents in shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes, parking garages, and other locations are often caused by preventable mechanical error and can lead to both injuries and death. Most elevator and… Read More
Because insurance is regulated on a state-by-state basis, the following information is generalized. To determine your rights in your individual state, please refer to your contract of insurance or give us a call (toll-free and without obligation) at (877) 572-4143… Read More
Traffic accidents damage thousands of motor vehicles each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motor vehicle collision happens every ten seconds in the United States. The financial consequences of an automobile accident can last… Read More
Loss of consciousness is not necessary to sustain minor brain injury. However, longer loss of consciousness usually implies greater injury to the brain. Testing and evaluation by a neuropsychologist/neurologist is essential early on. Often times many providers, family… Read More
The loss of a loved one can be tremendously difficult. It is understandable why the need for grieving sometimes causes people to wait for pursuing wrongful death claims. Time may be of the essence for investigation and information gathering thus, even though a family… Read More
Baby boomers are coming of age and reaping the benefits of modern medicine to live longer than any previous generation. As our life expectancy increases, an ever-increasing proportion of our society is joining the ranks of the elderly, and more and more families… Read More
Various parties may attempt to use the vulnerability of elderly people for their financial advantage. These include strangers who sell seniors goods or services at inflated prices, often failing to deliver anything of value; financial professionals who misuse their fiduciary… Read More
A study by the Commonwealth Foundation found that between 35 and 85 percent of U.S. nursing home residents are malnourished. At least a third of the nursing home residents in the United States and considerably more according to some studies, may suffer from… Read More
Age diminishes physical strength and for many elderly people their relative frailty puts them at a distinct disadvantage when those charged with their care engage in physical abuse. For some caregivers, abuse may be an unintended knee-jerk response of an overworked… Read More
As difficult as it may be to comprehend, sexual abuse is a very real danger to elderly people living in nursing homes in Phoenix and the surrounding area. The abusers may be nursing home staff, other residents, or visitors to the facility. Older sexual offenders who… Read More
If someone you care about is living in nursing home or assisted living facility in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona, it is a good idea to visit as often as possible. Sometimes elderly people who are being abused are afraid to say anything because of fear… Read More
There are more than 36 million people over the age of 65 in the United States today. Many will require some type of assisted living, whether it is in the form of an assisted care facility, nursing home, or in-home nurse. According to some estimates, between 1 and 2 million… Read More
We put our lives and our health in the hands of our doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other medical care providers and trust that they will do what is right and help us lead long and healthy lives. Unfortunately, our trust is sometimes misplaced. Most people who choose… Read More
Emergency rooms are chaotic places, so it is not surprising that they are all too frequently the site of tragic mistakes resulting in medical malpractice and wrongful death. Emergency room physicians have to make life and death judgments not only quickly, but… Read More
It is a well-known fact that the key to becoming a cancer survivor rather than a cancer victim is early diagnosis and treatment. It is the responsibility of the primary care physician to ask appropriate probing questions and take serious any complaints that arise during… Read More
Your doctor or midwife and the hospital staff are responsible for providing you with excellent care during your pregnancy and delivery and in the days immediately after your child is born. The best assurance that your baby will be born healthy is having competent… Read More
The birth of a child is an event of incomparable joy for most parents. But that joy can quickly turn to sorrow when the healthcare professionals to whom you entrusted the life and health of your baby did something wrong, whether from lack of proper training… Read More
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a safe condition and a duty to keep them free of hazards that might cause injury to people who are legally on the property. When owners allow dangerous conditions to exist, they can be held… Read More
Public transportation carriers have a duty to provide safe transportation to passengers. Public transportation carriers include: Local, statewide and interstate buses. Local charter buses. Private limousine services. Taxicabs. School buses. Train, light rail….
Many possible conditions in occupied and unoccupied buildings can pose dangers to people who are on the premises. It is the duty and responsibility of a building owner to maintain the premises in a safe condition, or in the case of an abandoned building to tape… Read More
When people are on the premises of apartment buildings, hospitals, hotels, motels, stores, malls, schools, and self-storage facilities, and other premises, they have an expectation of safety, and the owners of these properties have a responsibility provide… Read More
Sidewalk accidents may occur on walkways on privately owned properties, in which case the owner of the property is responsible for maintaining them in a safe condition, or on public sidewalks. If a person slips, trips, or falls on a public sidewalk because… Read More
The phrase “slip and fall” describes a personal injury case in which a person slips, falls, and becomes injured as the result of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property. Conditions can exist or arise either outside or inside a building or other structure, posing… Read More
The Centers for Disease Control report that approximately 8,000,000 non-fatal injuries, including spinal cord and traumatic head injuries, result from slip and fall accidents every year, and around 19,000 people die every year as from falls. Prominent among these fall… Read More
If you or someone you love experienced a spinal cord injury that was fully or partially caused by the negligent, intentional or reckless conduct of another, you may seek monetary damages for their actions. At Wattel & York we believe that every individual deserves quality legal….
Swimming pools are magnets for children, adolescents and adults, especially in sunny, hot Phoenix. Many accidents happen in and around swimming pools: Accidental drowning. Lifeguard absence or negligence. Drain suction injuries. Slippery surfaces create slip and fall injuries. Head injuries….
A defective product not only fails to live up to your expectations, but it can also seriously injure you, leaving you with lasting pain and hardship. To ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for injuries or damage a defective product has caused… Read More
Dog bites are a nationwide problem. Nearly six out of ten U.S. households include a pet. Dog owners claim that their canine companions lower their stress levels and bring happiness to their lives. But these companions also sometimes bring stress and unhappiness… Read More
Whether it’s to save money on gasoline, get some much needed exercise, or for the more utilitarian purpose of getting from point A to point B, it seems like more and more Americans are riding their bikes these days. With a favorable climate and over 500 miles of dedicated… Read More
Workplaces are regulated and are supposed to be safe for employees and visitors. Employers owe a duty to their employees to maintain a safe and hazard-free working environment. When that duty is violated and an injury results that was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of that violation….