At Curiel and Runion, we represent clients in a broad array of personal injury and wrongful death cases. Our goal is to help get you the answers that you deserve no matter the type of difficult situation. Our practice areas are designed to give you a more detailed look at some of the most common types of cases that we handle. Please feel free to review the practice area that you would like to learn more about. If you have any questions, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States among children, teens and young adults and the number two cause of death for all other age groups. Last year alone there were more than 100,000 auto accidents in the Phoenix area, most of which were easily preventable. The experienced and concerned attorneys at Curiel & Runion understand the struggles of being involved in a car wreck and are here to help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
The city of Phoenix has some of the most dangerous intersections in all of Arizona. Last year, Phoenix was home to a devastating 751 fatal car accidents that resulted in 823 deaths. If you know someone who was the victim of a deadly car accident, Curiel & Runion is here to help you seek justice and receive compensation for the death of your loved one.
A car crash can be a terrifying event, and even the least damaging of accidents can turn into a major headache. Amid the chaos and confusion of a crash, drivers and passengers can easily become distracted and forget what steps to take next. The attorneys at Curiel & Runion have provided a checklist in order to help ease the process
Head-on car accidents are the most frightening and catastrophic type of crashes one can experience. The high velocity of each vehicle in a head-on collision often leads to serious injury, high medical costs, extensive recovery and death.
Distracted driving occurs any time a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the task of driving. Texting is the number one most common, and most dangerous distracted behavior, as it takes the driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds and increases the risk of a crash by 23 percent. Although Arizona is one of the few states that does not have a universal ban on texting while driving, the city of Phoenix has taken a more hard-hitting approach and is starting to crack down on distracted drivers.
Drivers and passengers are at a greater risk of accident on highways than on local streets in Phoenix and surrounding areas. The dangerous concoction of high speeds and vehicle density on highways often leads to accidents that result in tragic injuries and fatalities.
Drinking and driving is one of the riskiest behaviors a motorist can exhibit. Alcohol impairment affects a driver’s ability to focus, as well as their judgment and reaction time. Arizona already has one of the strictest and most rigidly enforced sets of DUI laws in the country, and drivers who fail to adhere to those standards and cause harm to another person in doing so must be held accountable for their actions.
The deadliest risk facing drivers and passengers of SUVs, minivans and trucks is a rollover accident. Although they make up merely 3% of all serious crashes, rollover accidents account for about 30% of people killed while riding in a passenger vehicle. Today’s car safety features are working to prevent such incidents, but even so they continue to lead to far too many serious injuries and fatalities.
This type of accident occurs when one vehicle runs into another vehicle’s rear-end, often at a stoplight or in traffic. Crashes like these tend to take victims by surprise, and allow them little to no reaction time. In this type of accident, the driver that slammed into the vehicle in front of them is almost always at fault.
If you have been involved in an accident, you are probably like many other victims and believe that your insurance company will be on your side to act in your best interest. Unfortunately, insurance companies are in the business of making money and often act in bad faith. Bad faith insurance occurs when an insurer wrongfully denies a claim or breaches the contract that has been created between the company and the policyholder.
Taxicab drivers have an obligation to safely transport their passengers, and must be held to a higher standard than other drivers on the road. An accident involving a taxi can be unique and intricate because of the different types of insurance coverage the drivers can have, as well as regulations regarding companies that own the taxis. If you have been involved in an accident involving a taxi, contact the attorneys at Curiel & Runion, who specialize in taxi accidents.
Phoenix, Arizona is home to one of the nation’s fastest growing freeway systems, and its highways carry a considerable amount of transportation vehicles that move goods throughout the state. Due to their sheer weight and size, large trucks can cause devastating damage when involved in a collision, and are the most likely vehicles to result in death. The physical, mental and financial consequences of this type of crash can be especially burdensome.
Among all motor vehicles that share the road, motorcycles pose the most risk of danger.
Although motorcyclists make up less than 1% of all motorists in Arizona they account for 4.36% of fatalities on the road, and motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than someone in a passenger car. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Curiel & Runion.
States are cracking down on bicycle law enforcement and the nation’s rate of cyclist fatalities has declined as a result. Unfortunately, the state of Arizona remains one of the most dangerous for cyclists, and there were more bicycle crashes in 2012 than in any of the previous four years. Bicycle accidents often result in devastating injuries, and it is important that victims of bike accidents contact an experienced attorney immediately.
Of all U.S. states and territories, Arizona averages fifth in the total number of accidents on the water and seventh in number of boating injuries. In 2012 alone there were 99 boating accidents in Arizona, totaling $682,008 in damages. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a boating accident, a Curiel & Runion boat accident attorney can help you understand your rights and explain the compensation you may recover.
Nationally, pedestrians account for an average of approximately 11% of all traffic fatalities. Last year alone 1,310 pedestrians were injured and 136 pedestrians were killed in Arizona. The drivers of motor vehicles who crash into unprotected pedestrians are almost always at fault, so if you or someone you know has been the victim of a pedestrian accident please contact an experienced attorney at Curiel & Runion who can help you recover compensation for your damages.
Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of injury in the United States. This type of accidents occurs where slipping, or tripping and falling due to a dangerous condition on premises injures a person. Falls can happen inside or outside a building, and be caused by various conditions such as uneven floors, spills, poor lighting, potholes, hanging debris, or other hidden hazards.
Construction-based occupations are not only some of the most difficult, but also some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. In fact, nearly 20% of all work-related fatalities in the U.S. occur in the construction industry. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you need a Curiel & Runion attorney who understands the ins and outs of worker’s compensation and site accident law.
Federal nursing home regulations state that every “resident has the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical, and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.” While many group homes provide an excellent level of care for residents and adhere to healthcare standards, more than 36% of nursing homes have been in violation of elder abuse and neglect at some point.
When a dog attacks, it can cause serious bites, scratches and wounds; and sadly, most of the victims are children. Arizona imposes strict liability for dog owners and the person in control of the dog, in the case that any injuries are caused. The owner has a responsibility to ensure the safety of others, and must be held accountable for the breach of such obligation.
Product manufacturers and vendors have a legal responsibility to their consumers to provide safe products and comprehensive warning labels. They must also compensate for any injuries caused by defective merchandise that they have provided for sale. When a person is harmed by an unsafe product they may have a valid claim.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by a medical professional due to negligence or failure to competently perform his or her medical duties. Doctors are expected to follow protocol and standards of treatment. Due to the complex nature of the medical profession, errors can be made, and many of them can end up being life altering and even fatal.
Medical diagnosis is the very first step that physicians take upon a patient’s admittance. An accurate diagnosis is the primary and most crucial step to providing proper medical care to a patient. Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose account for more than 40% of medical malpractice claims.
The grief and sorrow of coping with the death of a loved one comes with great struggle, and when a person dies due to the fault of another individual it can be even more difficult to manage. If you have a loved one who has died due to another person’s fault or negligence, a wrongful death claim may help bring justice to your loved one and your family, and help with the financial troubles that the death has caused.