Suffering a catastrophic injury is a life-changing experience. Traumatic injuries affect the quality of life for both victims and their families. If you, a friend, or a family member have suffered severe, life-changing personal injury through the fault of another and you reside in the state of Nevada, you may be able to file a claim for compensation.
Call Pacific West Injury Law today at (702) 602-4878. We can assess your case and determine how much of a settlement you may be entitled to.
What Steps Should I Take After an Injury?
The recommended procedure is similar, no matter the activity you are involved in or whatever setting you find yourself in when you are injured.
First, contact, or have someone contact, law enforcement. Memorize or record important details and, if possible, exchange information with other involved parties.
Obtain an Evaluation at a Hospital
When you are injured, it is important to get to a hospital immediately for a formal assessment of your injuries. Sometimes the full long-term effects of injuries are not immediately evident.
A thorough medical assessment is needed to rule out internal injuries, the potential for concussion/brain injuries, and other symptoms which may not present themselves immediately.
Call an Experienced Catastrophic Injury Attorney
The sooner you call an attorney following a catastrophic injury, the better. Every state, including Nevada, has statutory rules that state how long you have to file a lawsuit after the injury occurred.
Generally, the timeframe, particularly for car accidents, is two years. This extended window is necessary, as the extent of the injury is not always apparent immediately following an accident.
Filing an Injury Claim
There are several things to consider before filing a personal injury claim, even if it’s clear that another party is at fault.
- What is the estimated full amount of your damages?
- Would your health insurance cover the cost of treatment for your injuries?
- Can you provide evidence the other party is at fault?
- Does the other party have insurance or assets to cover the damages?
If there is any doubt about whether you should file a case, you will want to speak to an attorney. You will not be charged a fee for a brief consultation to assess whether it would likely be advisable to file a claim. This is because we work on a contingency basis.
If we agree to accept your case, there is no charge unless a case settlement is reached without going to court, or a judgment is reached in court.
For a free legal consultation with a catastrophic injury lawyer serving Las Vegas, call 702-602-HURT
What a Las Vegas Catastrophic Injury Lawyer Does
Each state’s laws differ regarding the guidelines for filing personal injury cases. A lawyer based in Las Vegas is specially trained to follow the regulations governing legal procedures in the state of Nevada and stay up to date on new laws passed by the Nevada legislature.
Catastrophic injury lawyers are particularly empathetic to the special needs of their clients. We examine a potential client’s situation with care and determine whether it is in the client’s best interests to file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit seems advisable, our attorneys will then gather evidence and file a case.
Most personal injury cases are settled out of court. Those that aren’t are settled by a judge. It is our job to guide our clients through the process no matter which way it goes.
Some obvious signs of ordinary negligence, (i.e. cases of persons unwittingly causing damage due to simple neglect or accidental actions) include:
- Running a stop sign
- Failing to repair steps to a residence and allowing guests to use them
- A store owner who fails to instruct employees to put up a wet floor sign when mopping
Gross negligence, on the other hand, occurs when a person willfully performs an irresponsible action that causes injury.
The Four Elements of Negligence
Whether willful or ordinary, the person filing the lawsuit, with the assistance of an attorney, must produce proof of the four elements of negligence, which are:
- Duty – The defendant owed the injured party a legal duty to take reasonable precautions to protect the injured party from harm under the circumstances.
- Breach – A legal duty was breached by the defendant’s actions.
- Causation – The actions, or perhaps inaction, by the defendant, directly caused an injury.
- Damages – The plaintiff was harmed by the defendant’s actions.
If all four elements are present, there may be a valid option to file a personal injury lawsuit. The victim may claim compensation for medical expenses, wages lost, property purchased to replace any property lost, and other damages, including pain and suffering.
Getting You Compensation
A personal injury lawyer’s job is to get compensation for the client, once the lawyer agrees to represent the victim of negligence. We can help you prove negligence, obtain a judgment, and enforce the defendant’s obligation to pay what he or she owes you, as they agreed to in the settlement or judgment.
Services for the Victim and Family
It’s not just the victim but also his or her family members who suffer as a result of the defendant’s actions. Determining damages and who can receive them are what we do best.
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Need Help With Your Injury Case?
If you require assistance in evaluating and pursuing your personal catastrophic injury case, contact us. We will evaluate your situation and help you seek fair compensation. Call us today at (702) 602-4878 for a free consultation.