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Posted On 02/13/19

New Arizona Laws in 2019

January began a new legislative year, and also meant a time for new laws to go into effect. The state Congress passed many laws in 2018, many of which were effective the first of the year. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers recommend knowing the most important changes and how they may affect your life. Knowing how these laws affect your daily life can help you plan ahead and make any adjustments that help you remain compliant with state and federal statutes. A New Minimum Wage Effective in January, the minimum wage rose by 50 cents to $11 an hour. It is a continuation of a law passed in 2016, which...

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Posted On 01/31/19

Arizona Good Samaritan Laws

Arizona state law protects individuals from criminal prosecution when they attempt to help others in good faith. Typically, the Good Samaritan law applies to two main types of situations: administering aid to a person who suffers a personal injury or medical event in a public place or intervening on behalf of an individual suffering from a drug overdose. Good Samaritan Laws in Personal Injury Events Arizona’s Good Samaritan law protects individuals who perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or who use automated external defibrillator devices to revive an individual who falls unconscious in a public place. Prior to the enactment of these laws, an individual who offered aid to an unconscious person...

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Posted On 01/11/19

Can I Still Sue After a Settlement?

Many civil claims never reach the trial phase. It is generally in the best interest of all parties to settle the matter as quickly as possible to avoid legal fees for lengthy litigation. A plaintiff may be willing to forego a bit of compensation in exchange for a speedier resolution to a claim. A defendant may be willing to part with a bit more than expected to clear up the situation as quickly as possible. It is essential to understand how settlements work. When an injured party agrees to a settlement offer, accepting the settlement is almost always contingent upon signing a release of liability for the defendant. This means...

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Posted On 12/12/18

Is It Too Late to File a Lawsuit?

The Arizona civil courts give injured accident victims the right to file lawsuits seeking recovery for their damages – as long as they do so within a certain time frame. Strict time limits, or statutes of limitations, prevent claimants from waiting too long to file. If you miss your deadline, the Arizona courts will almost certainly refuse to hear your case. One of the first things to do after suffering a personal injury is to learn your deadline and contact a Phoenix personal injury attorney. That way, you can avoid discovering it’s too late to file. Arizona’s Statutes of Limitations Every state has its own statute of limitations. Your time...

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Posted On 10/17/18

Car Inspection Laws in Arizona – What Do You Need to Know?

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) controls vehicle emissions to help the environment and improve air quality within the state. It’s mandatory to undergo and pass a Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP), according to the ADEQ. Ignoring the mandatory emissions inspection could result in tickets, fines, and the inability to drive your vehicle until you successfully complete an inspection. Here’s what you should know about the Arizona car inspection law before operating a vehicle in the state. Who Must Get an Emissions Test? If you’re a new resident, you must pass the VEIP immediately upon registering your vehicle. You are officially a resident of the state if you work...

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