Phoenix Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Hi.  I’m Gary Phillips, a Senior Partner at Phillips and Lyon.  When thinking of a catastrophic injury, most people think of someone who is permanently paralyzed, has a brain injury, a spinal cord injury, a paraplegic, or a quadriplegic.  Catastrophic Injuries are actually more than this; the simplest injury can turn into much more.  There are many medical complications such as an infection after surgery, or a fractured bone not forming a union and not healing properly.  In many cases these injuries are considered catastrophic injuries and dramatically change our clients and their family’s lives.  I personally meet with every client who has suffered a catastrophic injury.  It is important that I take the time to sit and talk to these clients about the changes they have endured since the accident.  Many times other members of the families come into the office for this meeting and share how the accident impacted the family.  These meetings are very crucial for me to properly prepare the case.  The medical portion of the case is only one part.  Another major portion of the case is the Quality of Life Claim.  The quality of life portion outlines the day to day activities, which have been significantly changed or stopped due to the injury.  I ask questions such as; what activities, hobbies, or sports did my client have to stop during or after the injury.  Will my clients ever be able to hold their daughter again?  Will they ever be able to drive again?  These are just a few of the questions and a few of the examples.  Another major portion of the claim is the financial hardship caused by the injury.  We need to look not only into the past, but into the future, and see how the injury will impact our clients’ career, and ability to make money and provide for himself or herself, and their family.  For example; a single finger fracture that doesn’t heal well and leaves the client with a crippled finger doesn’t seem catastrophic, but it would be if he or she was a professional pianist, basketball player, electrician, or office worker who can no longer type on a keyboard.  These injuries could have a catastrophic effect financially, and effect the enjoyment of life as well.  Once a settlement has been received, the case is not over.  Often time’s clients of catastrophic injuries have massive medical bills and liens, which need to be paid out of the settlement.  We work hard to negotiate with medical providers, health insurance companies, and anyone else who may have a lien on your case to make sure you get as much of the money as possible.  Please refer to the video on liens for more information on this topic.  These cases are usually very complex and require a significant number of hours.  At Phillips and Lyon, I handle all catastrophic injury cases, and because of this, my case load is very limited.  We did this intentionally so that I can spend the amount of time it takes to research, prepare, and present these legally and medically complex cases.  When you hire Phillips and Lyon, you really do hire Phillips and Lyon.

Hiring an Accident Injury Lawyer

 

Hello.  My name is Greg Lyon and I’m a Senior Partner in the Law Firm of Phillips and Lyon.  Many people ask me whether they should hire an attorney versus handling an injury claim themselves.  The answer depends on great part of the seriousness of the injury.  If the injury involves an emergency room visit and a follow up with a family doctor, I generally feel you are better off without an attorney.  There’s not much I can do to significantly enhance the value of the claim and justify reasonable fees and compensation to my client under those circumstances.  However, in the instance where the injury results in ongoing treatment, surgical procedures, or disability; a great deal more proof is required to legally support each component of that type of claim.  People unfamiliar with the law often times will not know what proof is required, or how to acquire it.  Without such proof, you have little chance to receive maximum compensation.  The hiring of medical experts to support claims of medical disability, or economists and vocational rehabilitation experts to support loss of earnings are some examples of the level of proof required in those cases.  At Phillips and Lyon we will also help our clients find doctors who will await payment until their case is over so you don’t have to worry about paying medical bills, or expensive co-pays.  Perhaps the most daunting task of an unrepresented client is answering the most critical question of all: “How much is my case worth”?   At Phillips and Lyon we have been evaluating cases for over 30 years, carefully gauging jury trends, as well as arbitration results.  This experience is invaluable in properly advising clients whether to accept, or reject, an offer from an insurance company.  Another consideration in hiring an attorney is whether you are able to determine which insurance policies can be used for compensation.  Many times, more than one insurance policy can be used to provide and injured party full compensation.  Unless you are well versed in insurance law, you may overlook valuable additional sources of compensation.  What are you going to do when the insurance adjuster calls demanding recorded statements and the signing of documents?  An attorney is there to quickly inform you of the do’s and the don’ts.  We settle hundreds of cases a year, and rarely do our clients get interrogated by the insurance company’s adjuster.  Another example is when that same adjuster is asking that you sign a medical authorization.  Personally, I feel that this is an invasion of privacy, especially when the requested records have nothing to do with your injuries.  I hope you see the value of hiring an attorney to guide you through your personal injury claim.  When you hire Phillips and Lyon, you really do hire Phillips and Lyon.

Arizona Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Hello, my name is Greg Lyon.  I’m a senior partner in the law firm of Phillips and Lyon and have practiced in the field of personal injury for 30 years.  In addition, I ride motorcycles.  Mostly Harleys, but I’ve spent a fair amount of time riding metric cruisers as well.  I represent riders who’ve been involved in accidents with other vehicles, or often times, as a result of hazards in the roadway.  Because of my motorcycle experience, there are a lot of things a new client doesn’t have to explain to me.  For example, I know that the fair market value of your motorcycle can not be measured by a number that appears in a book or online.  Since part of the joy of owning a motorcycle is adding your personal touches, we must inquire further about the aftermarket parts and accessories added to the bike that often times increases the value by thousands of dollars.  I also know the types of defenses that will be used by the insurance company’s lawyer to prevent the biker from receiving fair compensation.  Having taken several motorcycle safety courses and having logged many thousands of miles in traveling all over the country, I can anticipate and be prepared for these defenses.  Motorcycle accident claims represent different issues than a car accident case, and therefore, require a different approach in order to obtain a good result for a client.

Knowledge of helmet laws, the geometry of a motorcycle, the way modifications affect the handling of a bike, are only a few of the areas of expertise that are often times used in the handling of these claims.  Also essential is making sure the rider has access to the various medical specialists that may be called upon to treat, or express opinions, as to the permanent nature of your injuries.  We can assist you in finding doctors that will await payment until the case is over so that your recovery is not compromised.  If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to hire an attorney who not only has personal injury experience, but also has firsthand experience with motorcycles.  Ride safe!

Wrongful Death Cases

Hello.  I’m Gary Phillips, a senior partner at Phillips and Lyon.  I’m going to talk to you about wrongful death claims in Arizona.  Wrongful death is when someone dies due to the wrong doing, also referred to as negligence, of someone else.  In the state of Arizona the claim is actually brought by the survivors.  Survivors are defined as the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased.  If there are no living parents, children, or spouse, then a claim is brought by the estate.  Wrongful death cases are a unique type of negligence case, because unlike any other case, the statute of limitations, also known as the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit starts on the date of death, not on the date of the accident.  At Phillips and Lyon we immediately start by preparing the survivors claims.  First, we take the time to sit down with the survivors and get a personal account of how the loss affected their life.  In a case where a child has lost a parent, we can claim things like: loss of guidance, love, and parenting, which are not necessarily tangible losses, but are items that will translate to financial compensation.  Other times, the survivor is now faced with being a single parent and is devastated both emotionally and financially.  We at Phillips and Lyon are dedicated to ensure that the survivors are compensated for their pain, emotional trauma, and financial hardship.  In a wrongful death case, the law tries to compensate to survivors so they do not have to incur a financial lifestyle change.  This is done with the use of an economist who can compute how much money the deceased would have made, based on their work history and any other benefits the deceased contributed to the family.  The most commonly asked question in a wrongful death case is; “How do you place a value on a lost life?”  In fact I remember a case when the defense lawyer specifically told the jury, “You can’t put a price on life, so don’t.”  This attorney was inferring not to pay the deceased survivors any money.  The state of Arizona has a wrongful death statute that clearly states that the jury should consider future lost income when awarding money to the survivor or survivors.  It is our job to know these numbers and insure you are fairly compensated.  Another commonly asked question is; “What percentage of the settlement moneys go to each survivor?”  The actual wrongful death law states, “As their interest appear.”  Every case is different and every survivor’s relationship is different with the deceased, so there is no magic formula to compute this.  It is our job to prove those relationships.  The staff at Phillips and Lyon is very experienced and trained to handle even the most complicated wrongful death claims.  Mr. Lyon and I both have over 30 years of personal injury experience, and I personally supervise every wrongful death case.  When you hire Phillips and Lyon, you really do hire Phillips and Lyon.

 

Need Help After a Motorcycle Accident?

Hello, my name is Greg Lyon.  I’m a senior partner in the law firm of Phillips and Lyon and have practiced in the field of personal injury for 30 years.  In addition, I ride motorcycles.  Mostly Harleys, but I’ve spent a fair amount of time riding metric cruisers as well.  I represent riders who’ve been involved in accidents with other vehicles, or often times, as a result of hazards in the roadway.  Because of my motorcycle experience, there are a lot of things a new client doesn’t have to explain to me.  For example, I know that the fair market value of your motorcycle can not be measured by a number that appears in a book or online.  Since part of the joy of owning a motorcycle is adding your personal touches, we must inquire further about the aftermarket parts and accessories added to the bike that often times increases the value by thousands of dollars.  I also know the types of defenses that will be used by the insurance company’s lawyer to prevent the biker from receiving fair compensation.  Having taken several motorcycle safety courses and having logged many thousands of miles in traveling all over the country, I can anticipate and be prepared for these defenses.  Motorcycle accident claims represent different issues than a car accident case, and therefore, require a different approach in order to obtain a good result for a client.

Knowledge of helmet laws, the geometry of a motorcycle, the way modifications affect the handling of a bike, are only a few of the areas of expertise that are often times used in the handling of these claims.  Also essential is making sure the rider has access to the various medical specialists that may be called upon to treat, or express opinions, as to the permanent nature of your injuries.  We can assist you in finding doctors that will await payment until the case is over so that your recovery is not compromised.  If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to hire an attorney who not only has personal injury experience, but also has firsthand experience with motorcycles.  Ride safe!