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Attorneys Derick Runion and Triumph Curiel

Attorneys Helping You Pick Up The Pieces After A Devastating Injury Or Death

If you were harmed or lost someone you love due to the negligence of others, there is nothing fair or just about what you are going through. But you do have experienced advocates on your side to help you pursue fairness and justice in civil court. Curiel & Runion, PLC, is a firm devoted exclusively to personal injury and wrongful death law. We have recovered over $20 million on behalf of thousands of clients just like you, and we do it all while giving clients the personalized attention and service they need and deserve.

Aggressive Advocacy For Injured Pedestrians And Bicyclists

Pedestrians and bicyclists have absolutely no protection against a 3,000 lbs. car or 20,000 lbs. truck. Many pedestrian accidents occur when the pedestrian is following the law and crossing at designated crosswalks. Drivers who lose control of their car and crash into multitudes of people, who speed through school zones, who just do not pay attention to the rules or who drive while intoxicated can and should be held accountable for their negligence in wrongful death or personal injury claim.

If you were injured by the negligent driving or conduct of a driver while walking or riding a bike, our firm can help you seek compensatory damages for your injuries, past and future loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, property damage and other losses.

Injured In A Boating Accident? We Can Help.

If you were injured in a boating accident that was due to the negligent conduct of another, including another boater, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your injuries, lost income and other related costs.

The most common causes of boating accidents include:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Alcohol use (drunk boating)
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to keep a lookout
  • Machinery failure

Our attorneys provide aggressive and experienced legal representation for boating accident victims and their families. If you’ve been injured or lost someone you love, we invite you to contact us for a free case evaluation.

Holding Manufacturers Accountable For Dangerous And Defective Products

When you purchase a product, unless the product is inherently dangerous and contains prominently displayed warning labels, you should expect to be able to use it in good health, without concern that a defect in the product will harm you. When a defective product causes a serious injury, you’re entitled to bring legal action against the party or parties responsible for the defect.

Companies that manufacture, sell or distribute products are legally liable for injuries and damages that occur to the consumer because of defects in design or manufacturing, or lack of appropriate instructions and warnings to the consumer. When you’ve been harmed by a defective product, other parties in addition to the manufacturer may be found liable for your injury. Examples include wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers of individual components, designers or any other parties that contributed to the production, marketing or distribution of the product.

Strict Liability Governs Product Defects

“Strict liability” in legal parlance means a manufacturer of a defective product is liable for damages caused by the defect even when there is no proof of the manufacturer’s negligence. Your lawyer will need to prove several things to show strict liability:

  • The product contained an “unreasonably dangerous” defect.
  • You were injured in the course of the normal use of the product because of the defect.
  • The product was not altered from its condition when you bought it.

You will need to demonstrate that you suffered actual damages as a result of the product’s defect by documenting your injuries and other losses. Our attorneys will gather medical and employment records and proof of other out-of-pocket expenses, together with evidence of your noneconomic damages such as pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, mental anguish and inconvenience.

Combatting Elder Abuse And Advocating For Vulnerable Adults

Our population is aging rapidly. As baby boomers reach their later years and medical advances keep us alive longer, an ever-increasing proportion of America’s population is joining the ranks of the elderly. For a variety of reasons, this means that elderly family members are often placed in the care of strangers in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and sadly, this care sometimes turns into abuse.

How To Detect Nursing Home Neglect And Abuse

Common types of elderly neglect include untreated bedsores, malnutrition and dehydration, over- or under-medication, preventable accidents, poor sanitation and inadequate medical care. Physical, verbal, sexual, emotional and financial abuse also occur.

If you have an elderly family member in a Phoenix or Maricopa County nursing home and suspect abuse, try to pop in often at random times without calling ahead. Making unscheduled visits is the best way to determine that the care your loved one is receiving is up to standard. Signs of possible neglect or abuse include:

  • Excessive weight loss
  • Extreme thirst and dehydration
  • Bedsores
  • Unexplained bruises and other injuries
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Torn clothing
  • Restraint marks on ankles and wrists
  • Withdrawn or fearful demeanor
  • Frequent trips to different hospital emergency rooms

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact our firm to discuss your options. In addition to helping you seek justice in civil court, we can also advise you on your options for reporting the abuse to the proper authorities.

Have You Lost Someone Due To Negligence Or Intentional Acts Of Harm?

It is a devastating blow to a family when one of its members dies suddenly and is especially hard when the death was not natural, but the fault of some other person. Wrongful death can occur in various ways: as a result of an auto accident, a fall, a construction accident, a defective or dangerous product or drug, or an intentional violent act.

Our attorneys understand that the grieving process takes time, and you may not feel ready to deal with a wrongful death action right now. But our clients often tell us that holding the negligent party accountable for the terrible loss the family has suffered helps bring closure. When you need help, we are here for you. We are prepared to shoulder the burden and handle the many tasks that need to be done, from appointing a personal representative to negotiating with the insurance company and preparing your case for trial.

Who Can Bring A Case And What Kinds Of Compensation Are Available?

Under the Arizona Wrongful Death statute, a wrongful death action may be brought by a surviving spouse or by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. When a child dies, either parent is able to bring action. The beneficiaries on whose behalf the action is pursued by the plaintiff are the surviving spouse, children and parents of the decedent. If none of these is living, any recovery goes to the decedent’s estate to be distributed according to the decedent’s will, or if there is none, according to the law that governs intestacy.

Our firm will make a claim on behalf of the survivors and the estate for the following damages:

  • The loss of love, affection, companionship, care, protection and guidance
  • The pain, grief, sorrow, stress and mental anguish of survivors
  • The income and services, present and future, lost as a result of the death and are reasonably probable to be lost in the future
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The expenses for medical care for the injuries that resulted in the death

No amount of money can adequately compensate for your loss, but compensation is nonetheless necessary and appropriate. And while you can’t bring your loved one back, you can make the wrongdoer pay and face up to the enormity of the harm done.

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions we receive from potential clients.

I’m not sure I can afford a lawyer. How much will my case cost?

The good news is that you absolutely can afford a personal injury lawyer. Our firm offers free case evaluations, and we take all cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means you don’t pay any legal fees until and unless we help you recover money. When we are successful, our fees are taken as a predetermined percentage of whatever we help you obtain. The costs of each case are variable, but a contingency fee structure ensures that your legal bills will never be higher than your award or settlement.

How much is my case worth?

This is a very common question, but it cannot be answered until we take a close look at the details of your case. In general, the monetary value of a case increases in proportion to the harm suffered by the victim and their family. Suffice it to say, working with a skilled attorney will almost certainly result in a higher payout than what you could expect from personally negotiating with insurance companies or the at-fault party. And when you hire our firm, we work tirelessly to help you obtain the maximum compensation available in your case.

What should I look for in a personal injury attorney or firm?

Experience is the first thing to look for. Together, our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience in personal injury law. You should also look at a firm’s track record. While past results are never a guarantee of future success, performance trends are still valuable. We have a success rate of over 98% in past cases, and we’ve been able to help clients recover more than $20 million dollars in compensation.

Getting Started Is Easy – Contact Us Today

To schedule your free initial consultation call us today at 602-838-6378 or fill out our online contact form. We have offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, with an additional office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.