Frequently Asked Questions
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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. Here's a selection of the most common types of cases that we handle. 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.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ARIZONA ACCIDENT?
A: The first thing you should do is obtain medical care, either at an emergency room or with your family doctor. The second thing you should do is call the Phoenix Accident Lawyers at Curiel and Runion.
WHAT IF I DON’T FEEL HURT?
A: It is very common for a person not to “feel” the effects of an injury for several hours or, in some cases, several days after an Arizona accident due to adrenaline or shock. If you think you might be hurt, give yourself the benefit of the doubt and go get checked out.
I DON’T HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR. CAN YOU RECOMMEND A DOCTOR FOR ME?
A: Yes. Curiel and Runion maintains an extensive list of competent doctors practicing in all areas around Phoenix, Arizona, including doctors who are specially trained to treat Arizona accident victims. If you live outside the Phoenix metropolitan area we can assist in finding a doctor in your hometown.
WHAT ABOUT THESE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS I SEE ADVERTISING ON TV?
A: Any lawyer can go on TV and make huge claims about how good he/she is, how much money he/she has collected for others, and what a great job he/she will do for you. The problem is, unfortunately, much of what is advertised is not delivered. In many personal injury law firms, you never meet the “celebrity,” and instead your case is handed off to a much less experienced lawyer or even a secretary or paralegal! At Curiel and Runion, you will meet with your attorney at every significant stage of your case, and all legal decisions in your case will be made by your Phoenix injury attorney and not by an unlicensed “case manager”. You’re here for a Phoenix injury attorney, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you work with Curiel and Runion.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY KEEPS CALLING ME AND ASKING THAT I GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT. SHOULD I GIVE ONE?
A: The short answer is “no.” Insurance adjusters almost always call injury claimants and attempt to record a statement before the victim has an opportunity to speak with a lawyer. Often, the victim is still in shock or under the influence of medication and is not thinking clearly. That’s exactly what the insurance company wants. Under no circumstances should you talk to an insurance company without consulting a Phoenix injury lawyer at Curiel and Runion. You are not required to give a statement, regardless of what the insurance company may tell you.
DO I REALLY NEED A PHOENIX INJURY ATTORNEY?
A: For small, property-damage-only claims with no personal injury, you might not need a lawyer. However, for ANY claim involving personal injury, it’s foolish to attempt to handle your own claim. Just remember that insurance companies don’t make record profits, year-after-year, by paying out claims.
I DON’T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY A LAWYER, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
A: Curiel and Runion takes every Arizona personal injury case on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning that you never pay a cent unless we collect money for you. Our discount fee is based on a percentage of the recovery. We advance all expenses up front and if we don’t collect for you, you don’t owe us a penny. Plus, Curiel and Runion never collects more than our clients.
CAN I SPEAK WITH A LAWYER AT CURIEL AND RUNION WITH NO OBLIGATION?
A: Of course. Contact Curiel and Runion to speak with a competent Phoenix personal injury attorney today. If you have an Arizona personal injury case, we’ll schedule an appointment that suits your schedule. One of our Phoenix injury attorneys will even meet with you at night or on the weekend, if that’s more convenient for you. You can even call us concerning legal matters other than personal injury. If we can’t answer your questions, an attorney at Curiel and Runion will be happy to refer you to a competent attorney who can. Give us a call or shoot us an email today.