Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer? Not always.

Viper Law GroupThis is a question I get quite often.  The answer really depends on the type of case you have and the facts of your case.  When a client calls and discusses the facts of their case with me during our free consultation, I am able to determine if they actually need to hire an Attorney or not fairly quickly.  There are a few types of cases that can be handled by the client alone, but they really depend on the facts.  Granted, an Attorney can offer a significant benefit but I do not believe that is true in every case.  For example, the less complex cases, with few or no injuries, can usually be managed by the client on their own.  If the client is not seeking treatment and is not in need of treatment, the client can usually handle the case on their own.  If there is no dispute on liability (whose fault was it), the client can usually handle the case on their own.  If these are not the facts, you will likely need an experienced Attorney with great online reviews to help you.

When discussing a case with a client, I am always thinking about what is in their best interest.  If, as stated above, the case is straightforward, i.e. there are no disputes about liability and the client when to urgent care one time and is not complaining of any pain or injuries related to the crash, I am going to to advise that the client handle the case on your own.  Why?  Even though I could shepherd them through the process with ease and likely get them some more money, if they have to pay 1/3 of their recovery to Attorney, or even less, as we often reduce our fee in cases with a smaller recovery, that is still a significant amount of money in a small settlement.  During a consultation I am always analyzing, is this client going to be better off financially with or without my involvement.  If I cannot increase my client’s ultimate settlement by more and usually a lot more than my 1/3 fee, then I am doing them a disservice.  I am very candid and up front about this if it is my assessment.  I have done this countless times throughout my career.  This begs the question what should the client do?  I always walk them through the process on how to handle a straightforward case.  That journey looks like this…

1.  Collect all the photos you took of the crash, damage to your car, and any injuries (bruising) you sustained on your body; 

2.  Get a copy of the police report.  *In Arizona, the document the officers give you at the scene of the crash is not the accident report.  In Phoenix, for example, that document is the “Accident Exchange Information Form”.  It contains basic information about the parties and the accident or incident number. The actual police report is available a few weeks later, by requesting the report by its accident/incident number on the exchange form from the Police Station in the city where the crash took place.  The police report will contain the parties’ information, including insurance information (which you should have obtained at the scene), a narrative of what happened according to the Police officer’s investigation and and if any citations were issued.  A citation is not definitive “proof” of fault, but it is a great start.  What if the Police were not called?  Now your case is not straightforward any more, and you might need to hire an experienced Attorney with great online reviews; 

3.  Contact the insurance company of the at-fault driver and they will let you know the adjuster assigned to handle your claim and your claim number.  This number is how your claim will be identified and needs to be referenced on all documents.  Ask them if they have accepted liability.  If not, you might need to hire an experienced Attorney with great online reviews.  

3.  Once all your medical treatment is completed, get all of your medical records and charges from each provider who treated you.

4.  Put together a demand package with the facts of the case, the damages you suffered, the police report and the medical records and send it to the insurance adjuster with the claim number referenced on the top of each page.  

5.  In Arizona, you have 2 years from the date of the crash to resolve your claim.  Otherwise a lawsuit needs to be filed to preserve your claim.  If you are getting anywhere near this deadline, which is called the Statute of Limitations, you need to hire an experienced Attorney with great online reviews.  Have we mentioned our perfect 5 star rating online?  🙂 

6.  Once you send the demand to the adjuster, you wait for a response, and then you negotiate up that initial offer they present to you.  When you are happy with the number you accept and the insurance company will send you a release of liability to sign.  By signing this, you agree that you will release them from all future liability and, in essence, you will never come after the at fault party again.  This is why you had better make sure your injuries caused by this crash have been diagnosed and treated.   

7.  Keep in mind, you will likely have to pay the providers that you saw and may have to pay back your health insurance company or anyone else who has a “lien”.  This can be a trap for the person who wants to handle a case on their own.  This is a complicated area of law that is ever-changing in Arizona.  Paying back these amounts will obviously affect the bottom line settlement that you obtain.  Even on a “straightforward” and “smaller” case, this can be a landmine just waiting to explode.  If you have treated at a Hospital or were taken by Ambulance, you may want to contact (say it with me) an experienced Attorney with great online reviews.  

I would say these are the most basic of steps to help you navigate through a case that liability is not in dispute, you have only treated at an urgent care or at your Primary Care Physician’s office and have absolutely no complaints of pain or injury.  Anything more than that, you really should consult with an Attorney that you feel comfortable with.  We always suggest you go online and read what former clients say about their experiences with the Attorney.  If there are many reviews (more than 10) there is a good chance what the clients are saying is what you can expect.  Sites you can check are avvo.com, google reviews, Facebook reviews, Yelp reviews and see if they are on Super Lawyers.  If you cross reference those sites for online reviews and also speak to the Attorney themselves, you should be in great shape.

As always, if you have been injured, or just have questions about your case, feel free to give us a call anytime at 480-818-4855.  We are here to help and answer any questions you may have during our free consultation.

Tanveer A. Shah, Esq.

Founder, Viper Law Group


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Summer is here! Make sure your tires are SAFE!

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Arizona Heat Requires Different Safety Precautions For Your Car

It’s a mere 109 degrees outside and you’re planning on leaving this heat in the dust.  You pack up your car and head to the mild temps, beaches and flip flops of San Diego.  Then along that dreary section of Highway 8, you decide to speed up a bit.  Before you know it you are in the Fred Flintstone rubble land, as I like to call it and your vacation becomes a disaster in a blink of an eye.  With the proper maintenance and care for your car and its tires, you can not only improve your performance but more importantly improve the safety of that precious cargo inside the car; your family.  As someone who moved to Arizona from Indiana, I was not used to the unique challenges Arizona’s extreme heat brings to your vehicle.

Much of the “manufacturers guidelines” for maintenance and safety simply do not apply here in Arizona.  The cars that are manufactured and driven in every other part of the country are simply not engineered or manufactured for the extreme heat of Arizona.  The answer is preventative maintenance and really staying on top of potential problems before you head out on the road.

On to the recommendations:

TIRES

Do you know what year your tires were manufactured?  This may be the most important tip of all.

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Regardless of whether the tires are used or not, they age and in this heat, like the soles on your shoes, they can become brittle, unglued or have layers begin to peel.  This is what makes tires particularly dangerous in Arizona heat.  Many recommendations are online and even through the AZ MVD of 6 years to change the tires, but most tire professionals will agree that 4 years in this heat is time to change tires.

“But my tires still have enough tread on them!”  EVEN IF THEY LOOK BRAND NEW…it’s all about the age of the tire.  Find out their birthday and be safe.  Oh and by the way, how much tread is actually enough?

Recommendation: Penny Test

02a-tirewear-7pennytestIn the U.S., the measurement of tread depth is done in 32nds of an inch. A typical new tire has between 10/32 inches to 11/32 inches. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, tires should be replaced at 2/32 inches. You can test the depth of your tire tread with a penny; here’s how: Place the penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head pointing down. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you tread has not yet reached the 2/32 inch mark. If you can see Lincoln’s whole head, it is probably time to replace the tire. You can also test the tread depth by purchasing a tread depth gauge at your auto parts store. The tread depth gauge reads tread depth in both millimeters and 32nds of an inch.

When driving on Arizona highways, we often see tire debris everywhere strewn about.  These exploded tires from others vehicles are a danger to your tires.  Hitting this debris at highway speeds could puncture your tires and cause an accident or significant damage to your own vehicle.  As you are driving take extra precautions to avoid driving directly over this debris by either changing lanes safely or very carefully straddling the debris if you cannot safely change lanes.  Also, be aware that the shoulders often times have more debris than the roadway itself.  So if you are pulling over for some reason, do so with caution so you don’t damage your tires.  Common sense driving, and leaving room between you and the car in front of you, can allow for space to change lanes when you see debris coming.

Arizona Just Passed A New Law On Used Tire Sales

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, just this week of May 5, 2017,  signed a bill into law that creates new standards for used tire sales.  As my article states and others attorneys and auto safety advocates have been saying for years there are just too many old, worn out and even recalled tires sold here in Arizona.  And this is such a critical safety risk.  According to the National Transportation Safety Board. Between 2000 and 2014, 68 people died and 153 were injured in car crashes caused by tire failures in Arizona.

HB 2399 redefined “waste tire” under state law. Waste tires are no longer suitable for their originally intended use because of wear, damage, improper repair or manufacturer’s defect.

Used tire sellers will be prohibited from selling tires that fall under the expanded “waste tire” definition.

BELTS & HOSES

Recommendation: Inspect hoses and belts at each oil change and before EVERY long road trip.

Check your belts and hoses for tears, cracks, blisters and over-softness. The goal is to check them before they fail.  This heat ravages rubber and seals that make our engines and cars work properly. Belts and radiator hoses should be changed every couple of years.  It is just a good preventative measure, and not terribly expensive.  Especially before a long road trip. Think of it this way, it is a lot cheaper and convenient to buy and have some new hoses installed in your car than sitting on the side of Highway 8 in the blistering heat.

WIPER BLADES

Recommendation: Replace wiper blades annually, since it does not rain here that often.

We all know monsoon season and all the violent storms that it brings, but the rest of the year it is just dry as a bone here.  Well those rubber wiper blades get cracked and dried out because we never think of them until late summer.  Well, how about you swap them out every other summer in June?  Might save you a lot of headaches when that storm hits in September and October.  Simple blades will due, because you will replace them frequently as they also become victims of the heat.

BUY AAA FOR THEIR ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

For the longest time I never thought getting AAA was a good idea.  My parents had it, but I certainly didn’t need it in Indiana.  Well, for a hundred or so dollars a year you can get nationwide towing, tire replacement, jump starts (and hotel discounts).  That is really money well spent.  After all, mechanical emergencies, are like the accidents we deal with at Viper Law Group, they are never predictable and there is never a convenient time for them to occur.  Again, the heat is public enemy #1 here in Arizona and it wreaks havoc on the cars that get us from point A to point B and also keep us safe while doing so.  To give you an idea of the heat here, I recently read that the asphalt is a cool 160 degrees Fahrenheit on a summer day!  Yes, you can fry that egg for your huevos rancheros on that asphalt.  (You’re not in Kansas anymore, indeed.)

These are just some tips from things I have learned moving out here from the Midwest, but also from our law practice that unfortunately sees so many of the horrific consequences of accidents, and at times, tire failure and mechanical issues, that then lead to accident and injury.  So from all of us here at Viper Law Group, we want you to go out, enjoy your summer road trips and be safe.  And as Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Here’s to a safe journey!

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Costco sues Acushnet (owner of Titelest) in preemptive strike!

161214-costco-golf-ball-thBelow is a link to the Complaint filed March 17, 2017 by Costco seeking a declaratory judgment that it is not infringing any valid patent rights owned by Acushnet (owner of Titleist) by its sale of its Kirkland Signature golf balls and that it has not engaged in false advertising regarding the golf balls.  The Complaint was filed by Attorney Ramsey M. Al-Salam of Perkins Coie in Seattle on behalf of Costco.  Get your popcorn!

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Why is driving in the summer so dangerous?

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It is that time of year again.  Blistering Arizona Summers and boy are we off to a hot start!  Even though the “snowbirds” have left town, summer is actually the most dangerous time of the year for drivers.

Today we will look at what are some of the causes that make driving in the summer more dangerous and what are some of the tips that you can follow to make sure you and your family are safe.  
 
You may think because the traffic has died down a bit that summer driving would result in less accidents, injuries, or even fatalities.  But according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), August actually had the highest number of fatal car accidents of any month in 2013, with 3,136. What’s more, July and September each had over 2,900 fatal accidents themselves. We have looked at the data compiled in 2013 as the most recent complete data available to us.
 
Why is summer driving so dangerous? 
 
  • More teens on the road
As of this week all of Arizona’s schools are out.  That means more teen drivers hit the roads. Sadly, more teen drivers on the road can mean more danger for the rest of us. The unavoidable lack of experience (we’ve all been there) can lead to questionable judgment that can increase the risk of an accident. And data shows that teens are more likely to be involved in accidents than other age groups. Texting and distracted driving also plagues this group (how many times have you had to ask your child or other young person to put down their phone?)

  • Drivers on vacation add to road congestion
Although in Arizona many folks leave for the summer, many are also traveling through to get to the Grand Canyon for example. Congested roads and people who do not know the area on the roads make for harder driving conditions and the potential for road rage, so plan ahead. (And watch out for those impatient drivers who might cut you off.)  Vacationing drivers are often unfamiliar with the roads, as well, which can lead to erratic or unpredictable driving (especially when there’s something cool to look at). And because they’re unfamiliar, they may drive too slowly.
 
  • Tire blowouts
If you have been following our blog, we harp on this A LOT.  Here in Arizona our brutal Summer can do a serious number on your tires. As AAA explains, hot weather causes the air inside your tires to expand, which can lead to a blowout in well-worn wheels. Check your tires on a regular basis during the summer months, especially during heat waves. There are also videos we posted on how to check the date your tires were manufactures so that you can be sure that they are not in need of a change.  Even if you have “good tread” left on your tires, like many things, tires too have an expiration date.  
 
  • Construction
Summertime is a popular time for road construction. Just drive around the Valley and you can see that many of our roads and highways are getting repaired for events we have in the winter.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that construction and maintenance work zones averaged 669 driving fatalities per year from 2007 through 2012. PLEASE always be a little more cautious when you drive around construction zones.
 
  • More bicycles and motorcycles on the road
Many cyclists and bikers take advantage of the warm weather, PARTICULARLY IN TWILIGHT HOURS by finally getting their vehicles out of the garage and onto the streets, which makes sharing the road a priority for drivers. With many of these individuals riding when the weather is cooler, often means less visibility as the sun is not fully out. Driving alongside cyclists can make traffic maneuvers, from turning right to parallel parking, more dangerous. The IIHS reports that 741 cyclists were involved in fatal accidents with motor vehicles in 2013 alone.
 
  • Sun and excess heat (You don’t say!?!)
Obvious yes, but we have to mention it as the sheer heat causes many unfortunate incidents that we see on a regular basis at our firm.  The scorching summer sun can dehydrate you on long drives, so always keep a few bottles of water handy.  Make sure your cell phone is properly charged before you head out for a trip.  Always check your fluids especially engine coolant and oil.  Again, rather obvious, but please remember the chance of your engine overheating increases in the summer, especially if you have to rely on your air conditioner to keep yourself from overheating. If your engine overheats, pull over to let it cool down.  You may also turn on the heat, which sounds horribly uncomfortable, but in an emergency situation, turning the heat on in your car, will blow that heat off the engine and allow it to cool down, but you will be very hot.  Again, hydration is key, and this is only to be done in an absolute emergency.

This is a wonderful time of year to explore cooler parts of Arizona and take a trip with your family.  But more than we would like to count, we see horrible accidents during this time of year.  Please be safe and have a wonderful summer! 

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According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the U.S.

Approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Almost 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected. 

Arizona Dog Bite Attorney Tanveer Shah Viper Law GroupDogs can be our closest companions and beloved pets. They often live in our homes, have been proven to decrease stress, increase our exercise levels, and are frequent playmates for children. However, sometimes man’s best friend will bite. In addition to causing pain, injury, disfigurement and nerve damage, dog bites can become infected, placing the bite victim at risk for illness or even death.  As an Arizona Dog Bite Attorney, I often see the gruesome results of when dogs attack.  Sadly, many times, the victim is a child making the injury even more heartbreaking.

Although my firm handles many of these cases, my aim in writing this blog is so that you can use some basic statistics and a few tips to learn how to prevent dog bites and reduce the risk of injury and illness.  Hopefully, with these tips, you can avoid needing to call an Arizona Dog Bite Attorney in the first place.

Who is most at risk for dog bites?

  • Children. Among children, the rate of dog-bite–related injuries is highest for those 5 to 9 years old. Children are more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites. Small children should never be allowed to play with dogs unsupervised.

Where do dog bites happen?

It may surprise you to know that over half of dog-bite injuries occur at home with dogs that are familiar to us. Among children and adults, having a dog in the household is associated with a higher likelihood of being bitten than not having a dog. As the number of dogs in the home increases, so does the likelihood of being bitten. Adults with two or more dogs in the household are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs at home.

In these cases, it is the home owner’s liability insurance that will provide coverage for the dog bite related injuries, unless there is a very narrow set of exceptions that are met.  Each case varies, so it is best to call an Arizona Dog Bite Attorney, such as Attorney Tanveer Shah of the Viper Law Group.

Preventing dog bites: Basic safety tips.

Do:

  • Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
  • Curl into a ball with your head tucked and your hands over your ears and neck if a dog knocks you over.
  • Immediately let an adult know about stray dogs or dogs that are behaving strangely.

Don’t:

  • Approach an unfamiliar dog.
  • Run from a dog.
  • Panic or make loud noises.
  • Disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
  • Encourage your dog to play aggressively.
  • Let small children play with a dog unsupervised.

What do you do if you are approached by an unknown dog and do not want to interact with that dog?

  • Stop! Stay still and be calm.
  • Do not panic or make loud noises.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the dog.
  • Say “No” or “Go Home” in a firm, deep voice.
  • Stand with the side of your body facing the dog. Facing a dog directly can appear aggressive to the dog. Instead, keep your body turned partially or completely to the side.
  • Slowly raise your hands to your neck, with your elbows in.
  • Wait for the dog to pass or slowly back away.

What if you get bitten or attacked by a dog?

  • Put your purse, bag, or jacket between you and the dog to protect yourself.
  • If you are knocked down, curl into a ball with your head tucked in and your hands over your ears and neck.
  • When you get to a safe place, immediately wash wounds with soap and water. Seek medical attention, especially:
    • If the wound is serious (uncontrolled bleeding, loss of function, extreme pain, muscle or bone exposure, etc.).
    • If the wound becomes red, painful, warm, or swollen, or if you develop a fever.
    • If it has been more than 5 years since your last tetanus shot and the bite is deep.
  • Because anyone who is bitten by a dog is at risk of getting rabies, consider contacting your local animal control agency or police department to report the incident, especially:If possible, contact the owner and ensure the animal has a current rabies vaccination. You will need the rabies vaccine license number, name of the veterinarian who administered the vaccine, and the owner’s name, address, and phone number.
    • If you don’t know if the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.
    • If the dog appears sick or is acting strangely.
  • Contact Attorney Tanveer Shah of the Viper Law Group at 480-818-4855.

Minor wounds

  • Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Apply an antibiotic cream.
  • Cover the wound with a clean bandage.
  • See a healthcare provider if the wound becomes red, painful, warm, or swollen; if you develop a fever; or if the dog that bit you was acting strangely.

Deep wounds

  • Apply pressure with a clean, dry cloth to stop the bleeding.
  • If you cannot stop the bleeding or you feel faint or weak, call 911 or your local emergency medical services immediately.
  • See a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

See a healthcare provider immediately

  • If wounds appear infected (red, painful, warm, or swollen).
  • If you do not know the dog or if the dog does not have a current rabies vaccination certificate, because you might need treatment to prevent rabies.

What diseases can you get from dog bites?

In addition to causing injury and disfigurement, dog bites can spread germs from dogs to people. On average, up to 18% of dog bites become infected with bacteria. Over 60 different kinds of bacteria have been found in dog mouths, but only a handful of these germs can make you sick. You should be aware of the following diseases that can result from dog bites:

  • Rabies is one of the most serious diseases people can get from dog bites. Although getting rabies from a dog in the United States is rare, rabies is a disease that you should be aware of. Rabies is a virus that affects the brain and is almost always fatal. The most common way rabies virus is spread is through the bite and saliva of an infected animal. The disease can be prevented by vaccinating dogs. People who are exposed to a dog or any animal that could have rabies should receive treatment immediately to prevent rabies.
  • Capnocytophaga spp. are bacteria that live in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats. These bacteria do not make dogs or cats sick. Rarely, Capnocytophaga spp. can spread to humans through bites, scratches, or close contact from a dog or cat and cause illness. Most people who have contact with dogs or cats do not become sick. People with a weakened immune system (making it more difficult for their bodies to fight infection) are at greater risk of becoming sick.
  • Pasteurella is a type of bacteria seen in over 50% of infected dog bite wounds. Pasteurella commonly causes a painful, red infection at the site of the bite but can cause more serious disease in people with a weak immune system. Often these signs are accompanied by swollen glands, swelling in the joints, and difficulty moving.
  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is type of Staph infection that is resistant to a certain group of antibiotics. Dogs and other animals can carry MRSA without showing any symptoms, but the bacteria can cause skin, lung, and urinary tract infections in people. In some people, MRSA can spread to the bloodstream or lungs and cause life-threatening infections.
  • Tetanus is a toxin produced by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. This toxin causes rigid paralysis in people and could be a problem in deep bite wounds.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by someone else’s dog, seek medical attention immediately and then call on the experience of Attorney Tanveer Shah at the Viper Law Group to help: 480-818-4855.

Attorney Tanveer Shah is named to Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list for the second year in a row!

Congratulations to Attorney Shah of the Viper Law Group who was named for the second straight year to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list.  This prestigious award based on his peer nominations, client reviews and success in the courtroom is something Attorney Shah is very proud of.

“It is truly an honor to have the legal community here in Arizona, recognize the contributions through my advocacy for my clients.  They are, after all, who I get up to fight for each and every day.” – Attorney Tanveer Shah

As Attorney Shah and the Viper Law Group continue to fight for the rights of the injured here in Arizona, it is with great pride that he accepts this honor.  If you or a loved on have been injured through no fault of your own, please call Attorney Shah and the Viper Law Group to get help today.  480-818-4855.

Here is some more information about the rigorous selection process:

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Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is coming up and it’s an excited and fun time of year.  But it is also a dangerous time of year, especially with our little ones walking outside at night to gather their treats.  According to graphic to the right from Safe Kids Worldwide only about 18% of parents use reflective tape on their children’s costumes.  This is a very simple and effective way to dramatically improve the safety of your children and we urge all of you to use this Halloween.  We also want to share some other tips to help make your family even safer this halloween.  We will cover costumes, home safety and tips to keep in mind while on the trail to get those sweet treats. 

COSTUMES: Be creative, spooky and safe!

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost. 

HOME SAFETY: Remove hazards on your yard.

  • To keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. 
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace bulbs that are burned out. 
  • Although not usual in Arizona, but wet leaves and snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps. 
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater. 

ON THE TRAIL FOR TREATS: Be seen, be safe! 

  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going. 
    • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication. 
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. 
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. 
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys. 
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
    • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will! 
    • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. 
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. 

This is one of our favorite times of year at the Viper Law Group and following these steps can help to make sure that it stays that way for you and your family.  Safe tricks and sweet treats!

Viper Law Group named “10 Best” Personal Injury Law Firms in Arizona for 2015!

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The American Institute of Legal Counsel and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys have named The Viper Law Group as one of the “10 Best” Personal Injury Law Firms in Arizona for 2015!

We are beyond thrilled to be chosen as one of the top 10 firms in all of Arizona.  We have our wonderful clients and fellow Attorneys who nominated us to thank.  We are grateful to be recognized for our tireless dedication to the injured in Arizona.  Their overwhelming reviews and satisfaction were one of the leading factors in our selection for this award.  That makes this particular award so incredibly meaningful to us.  We will continue to build upon this recognition and strive even harder to serve the needs of those who have been injured in Arizona.  Our Attorneys and Staff receive this honor with tremendous gratitude and appreciation.  Thank you!

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Attorney Tanveer Shah selected by Super Lawyers to their “Rising Star” list! Less than 2.5% of the attorneys nominated are selected.

We are proud to announce that Founding Member of the Viper Law Group, Attorney Tanveer Shah, has been named to the Super Lawyers, 2015 Rising Stars list. Only 2.5% of Attorneys nominated are actually selected for this prestigious honor. Attorney Shah is humbled and honored.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be selected by Super Lawyers.  This is an accomplishment I am tremendously proud of because it is based on my reputation amongst my peers in the legal community here in Arizona and the service I provide to my clients.  I hope to continue to serve my clients’ pursuit of Justice with the same compassion and dedication for the rest of my career.” – Tanveer A. Shah, Esq.

Join the Viper Law Group and its staff in congratulating him!

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Attorney Tanveer Shah selected by Super Lawyers to "Rising Stars" list. Attorney Tanveer Shah selected by Super Lawyers to "Rising Stars" list.