When an accident causes you or a loved one serious harm, the result is often a lengthy recovery, costly medical bills and many other damages. While accidents can and do happen, most personal injuries are due to some type of negligence and could have been completely avoided.
If you get injured because of another’s negligence, Bernstein & Poisson is ready to help determine if you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Our Pahrump personal injury lawyers are licensed, have extensive experience and a proven record of results. We have recovered more than $100 million for our clients. These results include $9 million for a car crash victim who suffered a serious neck injury.
At Bernstein & Poisson, you are never just a number. Partners, Jack Bernstein & Scott Poisson are personally involved in every claim the firm takes on. There is never any risk to you. Your initial case review is completely free, and if we represent you, there are no upfront costs to pay. We only get paid if we win your case.
How Do I Know if I Have a Case?
We recommend finding out about your legal options by scheduling a free case review with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Since no two claims are the same, it is important to be up front with your attorney and provide full details about what happened.
Being successful in a personal injury legal claim is challenging, and the burden of proof is on the victim. To have a case, you (the plaintiff), or the attorney representing you, will need to prove that in the situation that led to your injury, the other party (the defendant):
- Owed you a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent harm to you or others
- Violated that duty by failing to do what a reasonable person would have done under the same circumstances
- That breach of duty led to the accident that caused you to be injured
- The other party’s breach of duty was the direct cause of your injuries
- You suffered tangible losses because of that breach
Proving another party’s negligence is no easy matter. An attorney will need to fully investigate the events leading up to the incident. He or she will need to gather evidence that supports your claim, such as your medical records, an accident report and statements from eyewitnesses.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Pahrump, call (855) 605-2959
Are There Benefits to Hiring an Attorney to Handle My Claim?
If you were injured because of another person’s negligence, there are many benefits to hiring an attorney to handle your claim. For instance, injured victims who have qualified legal representation often obtain significantly higher compensatory awards than those who do not.
In addition to improving your claim’s chance of an optimal outcome, attorneys at our firm are prepared to:
- Fully investigate the events that led up to your accident
- Determine all parties who may be liable for your damages
- Gather strong evidence to support your injury claim
- Communicate with third parties, including insurance companies on your behalf
- Keep you fully informed through every step of the legal process
At Bernstein & Poisson, we are prepared to build a robust claim on your behalf and fight to protect your interests. Our personal injury lawyers in Pahrump are deeply committed to holding at-fault parties accountable for their negligence that caused you harm.
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What is My Claim Worth?
To determine an accurate value for your claim, an attorney will need more information about your situation. The full value of your claim can only be determined after your attorney considers all the factors that may impact the final value of your claim.
If you have a valid claim and decide to take legal action, the types of damages you may be eligible to receive could include:
- All related past and future medical expenses
- The cost of your emergency transport after the incident
- Lost wages if you had to miss work while recovering
- Loss of enjoyment of life if you can no longer do your favorite activities
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation you may need
- Loss of future earning capacity if you are unable to return to your former career
- Pain and suffering damages, such as for disfigurement, emotional distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Assistive mobility devices you may need on a temporary or permanent basis
- Funeral expenses if you lost a loved one in the accident
- Loss of companionship
Personal injury claims are rarely straightforward. To give your claim a fighting chance, we strongly recommend seeking help from a qualified attorney. At Bernstein & Poisson, our goals align with yours. Our Pahrump personal injury lawyers are ready to fight for maximum compensation through settlement negotiations. However, if a fair settlement cannot be reached with the other side, we are prepared to go to court on your behalf.
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Who May Be Liable for My Damages?
There are many ways negligence can cause injuries to others, but in a very general sense, liable parties may include:
- Medical professionals
- Government entities
- Dog owners
- One or more drivers, pedestrians or cyclists
- Property owners
- Trucking companies and drivers
- Long-term care facilities and nursing home caregivers
The attorney representing you will need to fully investigate your situation to determine the party or parties who may be liable for your injuries. At Bernstein & Poisson, we have the staff and resources to fully investigate all parties who may be held liable for your injuries and other losses.
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What if I Am Partially at Fault for My Injuries?
This is a question we often receive, and in Nevada, there is a comparative negligence law. This means that even if you share some fault for the incident that caused you harm, you may still be able to seek compensation. However, under this law, you cannot be more than 50 percent liable for the accident. Unfortunately, whatever percentage of fault you are assigned will be deducted from any compensation awarded.
For instance, say you are awarded $100,000 but assessed with 20 percent of the fault. That same 20 percent, $20,000, would be deducted from your final award.
If you are 51 percent or more liable for the accident that caused your injuries, then you will be barred from making any recovery of your damages.
Our personal injury lawyers are ready to work hard to protect your interests and ensure you are not assessed more than your share of fault.
Does Nevada Have Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
Nevada does have filing deadlines, which are defined under the state’s statute of limitations. Personal injury victims must file a legal claim within two years of the incident or injury. If you miss this deadline, any attempt to file a claim will likely be barred. If this happens, you will not be able to seek compensation for the damages you incurred.
There are many types of personal injury cases that fall under the two-year statute of limitations. However, be aware that sometimes there are exceptions to these deadlines. For example, when minor children suffer a personal injury, the statute of limitations is tolled (paused) until the child reaches his or her 18th birthday. However, this is not always true. There are other times, such as with a medical malpractice case, when victims have only a year to file a claim. Since a child cannot bring his or her own claim, a representative, such as a parent or legal guardian, must file a claim on the minor child’s behalf.
The laws can be confusing, especially if you are not dealing with these issues each day. If you are unsure what filing deadline may apply in your situation, our knowledgeable Pahrump personal injury lawyers are ready to help. We strongly recommend that you learn what your filing deadline is as soon as possible. Whether you hire an attorney to handle your claim or not, it takes time to prepare a case and negotiate a fair settlement.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do You Handle?
At Bernstein & Poisson, we handle various personal injuries cases, including those resulting from:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Dangerous dog bite attacks
- Slip and fall injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Nursing home negligence
- Accidents on private property
- Sexual abuse
Regardless of the type of accident, if you were injured because of another person’s negligent or careless acts, we recommend seeking legal help. There is no risk in meeting with a qualified attorney to find out if you may have a case.
What Should I Do First After an Accident?
The top priority after any accident is to protect your health and physical safety. That is why immediately after suffering any injury you should:
- Call 9-1-1: Getting first responders to the scene to help stabilize your injuries is sometimes critical and can have a huge impact on how well you recover.
- Gather evidence from the scene: If badly injured, this may not always be possible. However, if you are stable enough and can do so safely, take photos of the scene, your injuries and any evidence, such as a wet puddle that you slipped in.
- Seek medical care right after the accident: Waiting is always a bad idea and could put your health at risk. Some injuries are internal, for example if you sustained a head injury with internal bleeding. Waiting to get medical help could put your life at risk. A time gap gives the insurance company room to argue that you could have been injured elsewhere.
- Call a lawyer: Once your injuries are stable enough that you can make a phone call, it is a good idea to contact an attorney. If you have a claim, he or she can reach out to the insurance company and other third parties on your behalf.
- Limit what you say to the insurance company: It may surprise you, but insurance companies are not thinking about your best interests. Their primary goal is to protect their bottom line. This means they will fight hard to pay as little as possible on any claim. Making innocent statements about how you feel guilty, for instance, could be twisted to say you claimed some fault for the incident.
- Document the incident: As soon after the accident as possible, write down the details you remember – such as the date, location, and events leading up to the incident. Be sure to take time to document your medical appointments, treatments, prescribed medications and how your injuries progress.
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Pahrump for Legal Help Today
Do you have legal questions after being injured because of another’s negligent actions? If so, contact the Pahrump personal injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson for answers.
Our team of qualified lawyers has more than 60 years of combined legal experience and has recovered millions on behalf of our clients. Read our reviews to learn what other clients have to say about our services.
Take advantage of our free, no-obligation consultation to learn if you may have a case. If we represent you, there are no upfront costs and no fees while we work your case. We only get paid if we win your case.
Our office is located at 320 S. Jones Blvd, near the Las Vegas strip and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.