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Personal Injury

Experienced Tempe Personal Injury Lawyers

Honest counsel for Arizona clients in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and qui tam claims

Since 1991, Plattner Verderame, P.C. has championed the rights of clients throughout Arizona. We believe that you deserve an honest, fair assessment of your case, and the truth about what we may be able to do to help you. Our commitment to seeing a case through to the end, and to always being straightforward with our clients, has earned us the respect of our peers and of the people we help. Our Tempe personal injury lawyers lay out the facts, listen to what you want to do, and then proceed with the best possible course of action. If you want an attorney you can truly trust to fight for you when you need help, we are ready.

What kinds of injury cases do your attorneys in Tempe handle?

Most clients come to us after they, or their loved ones, have suffered unimaginable losses. Their injuries are often catastrophic and life-changing; in many cases, their loved ones have died as a result of their injuries. Our role is to help people forge a path forward, and to ensure that justice is served. Contact us to learn more about:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents. Car crashes, truck accidents, motorcycle wrecks, bicycle and pedestrian collisions – in many situations, a crash with a motor vehicle leads to months or even years of medical treatments and rehabilitation.
  • Catastrophic injuries. Truly catastrophic injuries – like traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, limb loss, or spinal cord damage – can leave you permanently injured. These injuries are costly to treat, and are often accompanied by mental trauma.
  • Wrongful death. In the most tragic circumstances, the negligence of one person or entity can lead to the death of your loved one. The laws governing these claims are complex, but our team is uniquely equipped to help you make a wrongful death claim.
  • Defective products and product liability claims. Exploding e-cigarettes, faulty auto parts, dangerous prescription drugs, deadly infant sleepers – defective products can lead to long-term injuries and, in many cases, death. Arizona has made it challenging to bring successful defective product claims, so you need the assistance of an experienced Tempe products liability lawyer to help you through the process.
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect. Seniors and their families place their trust in nursing homes to provide quality care and a safe environment. When nursing home manages or staff physically, emotionally, sexually, or financially abuse a resident, the resident hast the right to hold the nursing home accountable. Nursing homes can also be held liable if they negligently fail to provide facilities that are safe and secure.
  • Premises liability. For-profit businesses, non-profits, and homeowners may owe anyone legally on their property a duty of care. This duty means that the owner should fix any known or reasonably known hazards or warn visitors that there is a danger of slipping and falling, being struck by a falling object, or being hurt in any way.
  • Birth injuries. A newborn child should be the joy of any parent’s life. When physicians fail to diagnose medical conditions or anticipate common delivery room problems, the physicians and hospitals may be liable for medical malpractice.

No matter what led to your injury, there’s an attorney from Plattner Verderame, P.C. with the experience to help. All three of our partners have been certified by the Arizona State Bar as specialists in both Personal Injury and Wrongful Death litigation. We have the skills, resources, and experience to help you with any type of injury claim.

How much will my Tempe injury claim pay?

It depends on what kind of claim you have, and what kinds of injuries you have sustained. The main damages in any personal injury case are compensation for:

  • Medical bills and expenses. This includes all costs for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits, visits with specialists, treatment with therapists, and time with psychologists or mental health counselors. Medical expenses include all diagnostic tests and lab work. The cost for medical devices and medications are also included. Damages include past expenses and all reasonably foreseeable future expenses.
  • Lost income. Any person who loses wages or income due to any type of accident can claim these losses – past and future. Anyone who suffers a long-term disability is entitled to compensation for being unable to work due to an accident.
  • Pain and suffering. This is payment for all your daily aches and pains, your worries and anxieties, and your inability to live the life you did before the accident.

Accident victims may also be entitled to additional damages such as compensation for scarring and disfigurement and punitive damages for serious wrongs caused by willfully neglect.


How long will my Tempe injury claim take to resolve?

The time frame for resolving a personal injury claim depends on different factors. In most cases, we will need to investigate of the accident and consult with your physicians. There may be discovery through written and oral questions. Some cases are heard in arbitration. Others are heard before a judge and jury. It’s generally advisable not to settle any claim until you know the full extent of your injuries and until you’ve spoken with a lawyer. In cases where liability is clear and your injuries have healed, the case may settle fairly quickly. When liability is contested and the physical and mental help you need takes time to determine – the case will take longer to resolve.

How long before I get my compensation after an injury claim?

Generally, the insurance company for the responsible defendants will prepare a check. The check is deposited into a separate account. Our Tempe law firm will then prepare a schedule of distribution which explains what happens with the money. Usually, any sums we advanced or owe for investigators, court records, depositions, and other legal matters in your case are paid first. The balance is paid to you and the lawyer according to the terms of the contingent fee arrangement.


What is a contingency fee?

In personal injury cases with our law firm, our lawyers are only paid if we win or settle your case. Our right to a fee is contingent on a successful outcome. This is why we are upfront and honest with you about your chances; we won’t take a case we don’t believe in as a way to make a quick buck. If our Tempe personal injury lawyers do take your case, we handle all the costs and fees associated with preparing and trying it. It is only after we’ve won for you that we seek payment for our services.

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The Tempe personal injury lawyers you know and trust

At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we believe that honest people deserve honest representation. We walk you through the process of making a claim or filing a lawsuit, and offer straightforward advice about your next steps. To learn more about our services, or to schedule a free consultation with a Tempe personal injury lawyer, please call 602.266.2002 or fill out our contact form.