Published: November 21, 2023 | Jack Bernstein

Sustaining a catastrophic injury in Nevada brings immense complexity. The road to stability can be disorienting. However, knowledge and preparation can illuminate the path ahead.

At Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers, we specialize in representing catastrophic injury victims in Las Vegas and across Nevada. Over 40 years, Jack has guided numerous local families through this legal maze with care and expertise.

QuestionKey Takeaways
What is considered a catastrophic injury in Nevada?Permanent brain damage, permanent sight/hearing loss, permanent disfigurement, or fractures to facial bones, vertebrae or breastbone severely limiting daily activities.
What should I do if I’ve suffered a catastrophic injury?Seek immediate medical treatment, gather evidence/documentation, consult experienced attorneys quickly to preserve the statute of limitations.
What damages can I recover?Economic damages like medical costs and lost income, and non-economic damages covering pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and more.
What are the challenges?Legal complexities, insurance company resistance, grueling process. But an experienced lawyer can help overcome them.
What if I don’t want to pursue a lawsuit?There are excellent Nevada resources like the Disaster Distress Helpline, NCTSN and Victims of Crime Program to provide support either way.
How do I know if I have a case?Consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to evaluate if your injury meets the legal definition of catastrophic in Nevada.
Should I hire a lawyer?Yes, as soon as possible after the injury to advise you on options, preserve the statute of limitations, and build the strongest possible claim.
Why hire Jack Bernstein?With 40+ years of expertise in complex Nevada cases, we’ll handle every aspect while you focus on recovery and obtain maximum compensation.
What’s my next step?Get a free case evaluation from Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers, explore our website’s services, and reach out to provided resources. We’re here to guide you.

Understanding Catastrophic Injuries in Nevada

When an injury forever changes your life, it may be legally deemed catastrophic in Nevada. But what constitutes a catastrophic injury under state law?

In short, catastrophic injuries include permanent brain damage, permanent loss of sight or hearing, permanent disfigurement, or fractures to facial bones, vertebrae, or the breastbone. The key factor is the injury severely inhibits completing daily activities independently.

Common catastrophic injuries we see are spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), amputations of limbs, severe burns, and major bone fractures. Ask yourself: will I require ongoing assistance due to this injury? Will my quality of life be forever impacted?

If medical experts confirm the injury’s permanency, your case solidifies. Documentation is key.

Examples can include:

  • For spinal cord damage, think paralysis after a car accident or fall.
  • TBIs arise from blows to the head, with delays in treatment complicating recovery.
  • Amputations may occur on the job site or due to a motorbike crash.
  • Vision loss can follow a collision or nursing home error.

In Jack Bernstein’s four decades handling catastrophic injury cases, these are the life-changing situations we aim to help. If you believe your injury meets Nevada’s threshold, reach out. We’ll evaluate your situation and options thoroughly and guide you forward on the road to justice.

Pursuing a Catastrophic Injury Lawsuit in Nevada

If your injury qualifies as catastrophic under Nevada statutes, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To build a strong legal claim, experts recommend these key steps:

  • Seek immediate medical treatment: Promptly get evaluated at an emergency room or urgent care facility. Follow all recommended treatment plans closely, attending every appointment. Adherence demonstrates your commitment to recovery. Save all receipts and request copies of your medical records.
  • Document the scene extensively: Take photos and videos depicting property damage, skid marks, debris, faulty conditions – anything that captures the incident’s severity. Get witness statements and contact info. Obtain police reports, incident forms from businesses, and other documentation.
  • Consult experienced attorneys quickly: In Nevada, you generally have 2 years to file suit after the injury. But begin consultations right away so your lawyer can properly evaluate and prepare the claim before the clock runs out. Identify attorneys experienced specifically in catastrophic injury cases.
  • Calculate damages thoroughly: Work closely with your legal team to tally all quantifiable losses – both economic and non-economic. Economic damages include medical bills, lost income, and loss of future earnings. Non-economic covers pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life. Your lawyers will fully demonstrate this damage’s extent.
  • Let your attorneys handle the complexities: Your lawyer will negotiate with insurance companies, file the lawsuit, and aggressively advocate for maximum compensation through settlement or trial. You focus on recovery.

The legal process for catastrophic injuries can be grueling. At Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers, our dedicated Nevada attorneys are prepared to handle every detail on your behalf. If your situation meets the criteria we’ve outlined, contact us today for a free consultation to get started.

Support and Resources for Nevada’s Catastrophically Injured

Recovering from a catastrophic injury extends far beyond legal action. All victims need support, care, and resources. Here are organizations providing invaluable services to Nevadans impacted by life-altering injuries:

  • Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990): Offers immediate crisis counseling by phone for anyone affected by traumatic injury or loss. Can connect callers to local assistance.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Provides tips on Psychological First Aid (PFA) to support injury victims during early, vulnerable stages.
  • Nevada Victims of Crime Program (NV VocP): Assists victims of violent crime involving physical harm with compensation for treatment costs, loss of wages, and more.
  • Catastrophic Injury Claims – VOCP: Offers additional benefits up to $150,000 for major home modifications, prostheses, and uncovered medical expenses.

Even if you choose not to litigate, utilize these resources to get the care you require. And know that Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers provides free consultations to help guide your path, legal or otherwise. Call us today.

Catastrophic Injuries in Nevada FAQs

What specific injuries are defined as catastrophic under Nevada law?

Permanent brain damage, permanent loss of sight/hearing, permanent disfigurement, or fractures to facial bones, vertebrae or breastbone that severely limit daily activity.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a catastrophic injury in NV?

Generally 2 years, so consult attorneys quickly. There are some exceptions that may extend this

Can someone explain more about calculating damages in these cases?

You can claim economic damages like medical costs and lost wages, and non-economic damages covering pain/suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and more.

What are some typical challenges in litigating catastrophic injury cases?

Legal complexities, pushback from insurance providers, and the grueling, emotional nature of the process. But the right lawyer can help overcome these.

What if I’m not sure about pursuing a lawsuit after my injury?

There are excellent Nevada resources like the Disaster Distress Helpline, NCTSN, and Victims of Crime Program that can provide assistance whether you litigate or not.

How can I determine if my injury qualifies as catastrophic in Nevada?

Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for guidance on whether your situation meets the legal definition. Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers provides free case evaluations.

Should I speak to a lawyer after suffering a catastrophic injury in Nevada?

Yes, as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can advise you on your options, preserve the statute of limitations, and build the strongest possible claim on your behalf.

What can Jack Bernstein’s team do for me if I’ve been catastrophically injured in NV?

With over 40 years of expertise in these complex cases, we can handle every aspect of the legal process while you focus on recovery. Let us fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Who should I call for a free consultation on my Nevada catastrophic injury case?

Contact Jack Bernstein directly at Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers for compassionate, strategic guidance from a lawyer who has helped countless local victims of catastrophic injuries.

How do I take the next step after reading this guide on catastrophic injuries?

Get a free case evaluation from our experienced team, explore our website’s services, and reach out to the provided resources. We’re here to help you on the road to justice.

Why choose Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers for my catastrophic injury case?

With decades of localized expertise, proven results, and client-focused care, we have the skills and determination to smooth the legal process and obtain the maximum recovery you deserve.

Take the Next Step

Suffering a catastrophic injury in Nevada sparks immense uncertainty. Yet through understanding your legal options, evaluating your situation, and choosing the right advisor, justice and stability can be attained.

This guide aimed to provide clarity around catastrophic injury definitions, proving liability, calculating damages, building a lawsuit, overcoming hurdles, and accessing support.

Now equipped with greater insight, we encourage taking the next step by:

  • Exploring our website’s services page to learn about our proven approach to these complex cases.
  • Calling our office for a free, no-obligation consultation with Jack Bernstein. His 40 years of catastrophic injury expertise can be a tremendous asset as you determine how to proceed.
  • Reaching out to the provided support resources to aid your recovery process.

At Jack Bernstein Injury Lawyers, we never forget the human side of catastrophic injuries. My team and I are fully committed to guiding you through this life-changing event with compassion and vigor. You need an advocate who will fight relentlessly on your behalf. We are ready when you are.

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