Every injury tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether intentional, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained, and, if so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? If you can prove liability and damages, our system of justice will award you compensation for your loss.
An automobile collision is the area in which most personal injury actions arise. In Arizona, you have a negligence claim if you are injured by a driver who failed to exercise reasonable care. Drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care anytime they are on the road. When they breach that duty and your injury results, personal injury law says you can recoup your losses. Losses are calculated by adding the cost of your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and permanent injury.
Negligence tort law reaches far beyond claims stemming from car collisions. It forms the basis for liability in most personal injury lawsuits, including motorcycle accident injury, tractor-trailer collisions, liquor liability, police liability, medical malpractice, elder abuse and neglect, slip and falls, premise liability, dog bite and workplace injuries.