PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS IN LAS VEGAS
Injury victims should strongly consider seeking legal representation. Those who do often recover more compensation than those who do not. An experienced attorney can also manage every step of your claim, allowing you to keep your focus on recovering from your injuries.
The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson are aggressive advocates for those injured by another’s negligence. We pursue maximum compensation to help our clients get their lives back on track. Our attorneys have recovered more than $50 million on behalf of our clients, including settlements of $9 million, $5.1 million and $3 million.
There are no upfront fees with our services. That means an initial consultation to discuss your situation is free. If we validate your case and you choose our firm to represent you, there will be no fees for starting your case and no fees while we work on it.
Give us a call today to learn more about how we may be able to help you during this difficult time in your life. At our firm, you are not simply a number; firm partners Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson are personally involved in each case our firm manages.
Advantages of Hiring an Attorney for Your Claim
When you hire an experienced attorney with a proven track record, you can rely on him or her to guide you through the legal process. You do not need to figure out what to do next or where to get answers to your questions.
Our attorneys keep our clients informed and make themselves available to quickly answer questions. This is a difficult time, and we want our clients to have peace of mind that their claims are in good hands.
Our role is to manage various aspects of the legal process on your behalf, which may include:
- Communicating and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf to pursue full compensation for medical expenses and other damages
- Thoroughly investigating your accident to build a case against the at-fault party, including reviewing medical records, the accident report, talking to witnesses, reviewing pictures and available video footage, etc.
- Developing an appropriate legal strategy for your situation
- Preparing and submitting all the legal paperwork within the relevant deadlines
- Preparing to go to court, as insurance companies often deny or undervalue claims
At Bernstein & Poisson, we are aggressive advocates for the injured. We stand up to corporate greed, exposing unscrupulous acts by insurance providers who try to deny or undervalue claims.
How do I Know if I May Have a Case?
You should contact an experienced attorney to discuss your situation, including whether it may be possible to prove your injuries resulted from negligence.
The burden of proof in a personal injury case is on the victim and his or her attorney. We must prove:
- The defendant (the party you are bringing a claim against) had a duty to act with reasonable care in the circumstances.
- The defendant breached this duty.
- You (the plaintiff) were injured.
- The defendant’s breach of duty was the proximate cause of your injuries.
We must also prove that you suffered injuries significant enough to warrant the payment of compensation. Medical bills and lost earnings are examples of losses that can be quantified. We can also work to recover compensation for non-economic damages, like pain and suffering or emotional trauma.
There are many factors our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers may need to consider when determining if negligence played a role in your injuries, which may include:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Eyewitness statements
- What you remember about the accident
- Evidence you have collected (pictures, statements from witnesses, video footage, etc.)
If you have questions about whether you may have a case, give us a call right away. Bernstein & Poisson is ready to help you determine your legal options.
Types of Injury Cases We Manage
We take on cases involving various situations that result in injuries, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents: We handle any type of collision involving a motor vehicle, including motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, and boat accidents.
- Medical malpractice: This area of practice covers various injuries caused by substandard treatment provided by healthcare professionals and facilities. Examples may include medication errors, anesthesia negligence, emergency room malpractice and birth injuries.
- Sexual abuse: We represent children and adults who have been victimized by sexual abuse, exposing these injustices and helping to protect others from suffering the same fate.
- Workers’ compensation: Our attorneys help workers across Las Vegas who have been injured in workplace accidents or while performing their job duties.
- Nursing home negligence: We represent elderly patients and residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have suffered injuries due to abuse, neglect, or negligence.
- Accidents on another’s property: Our team helps people who have been injured on private or residential properties, including at casinos or due to criminal activity.
- Dog bites: Dog bites and attacks can result in severe injuries that may be permanent. We help victims of dog attacks seek compensation and hold negligent owners accountable.
If you believe negligence played a role in your injuries, call Bernstein & Poisson today to discuss your options. The initial consultation with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer is free and comes with no obligation.
Who Could be Held Liable for a Personal Injury?
Common examples of at-fault parties include:
- Medical professionals
- Dog owners
- Property owners
- Government entities
- Nursing homes and nursing home staff members
Fault needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. At Bernstein & Poisson, we are committed to holding at-fault parties accountable for the injuries and damages they have caused. In some cases, multiple parties may bear fault, which makes things more complicated. That is one reason why you need an experienced attorney managing your legal case, as he or she will be prepared for this and know what steps to take.
Damages in a Personal Injury Case
Damages are the losses the victim suffered due to his or her injuries. The purpose of filing an injury claim is to seek compensation for those damages to help put the victim back into the position he or she was in before the accident.
The value of each case is based on a variety of factors, particularly the severity of the injuries suffered and how those injuries affect the victim physically, psychologically and financially .
If our attorneys validate your claim and you hire us to represent you, we are ready to pursue full compensation, which may include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Cost of transportation in an ambulance
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses if you lost a loved one
- Cost of accommodations for a permanent injury
- Mental anguish
- And potentially more
The general rule is the more severe the injury, the greater the value of the claim. However, each case is unique and must be assessed on its own.
Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers understand how difficult the aftermath of an accident can be on victims and their families. We are committed to seeking full compensation, either through an insurance settlement or courtroom verdict.
Comparative Negligence in Nevada
Personal injury laws offer victims of negligence the opportunity to pursue financial compensation for the injuries they have experienced. An example may be a pedestrian struck by a driver who runs a red light, hitting the pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The driver may bear all fault for this accident, but what if the pedestrian was crossing in the middle of a street or at an unmarked intersection? Nevada’s comparative negligence law may apply to these types of situations.
Comparative negligence, or shared fault, allows liability for an injury to be shared proportionately between interested parties according to fault. In the example above, if the pedestrian was found to be 10 percent at fault, the driver would be responsible for 90 percent of the settlement or award and the pedestrian would be responsible for the other 10 percent. If the pedestrian was more than 50 percent responsible, he or she would not be entitled to compensation from the driver.
What is the Deadline for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Nevada?
Each state has a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. If your lawyer does not file a claim before that time runs out, your case will likely be dismissed in court. The at-fault party’s attorney simply needs to file a motion to dismiss because the statute of limitations has passed.
In Nevada, injury victims have two years from the date of the injury or the discovery of the injury to file a lawsuit. While two years may sound like a long time, filing a lawsuit is usually not the first thing an attorney will do when he or she takes on a case. Often, attorneys file insurance claims and attempt to resolve the case that way. It is only when the insurance company denies the claim or fails to offer fair compensation that a lawsuit is filed.
That is why you need an attorney who is prepared for that possibility and will ensure a case gets filed before the statute of limitations runs out. It is also important for you to contact an attorney as soon as possible so he or she has sufficient time to build a strong case before filing a lawsuit.
Our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have detailed knowledge of personal injury claims laws, including exceptions that may shorten or extend the statute of limitations deadline.
What Should I do After Being Injured in an Accident?
Injury victims are often wondering what they should do after an accident. There is often a lot of uncertainty and confusion, particularly because they are often unsure of their rights and legal options. They usually do not know what steps they can or should take to help strengthen their case.
It is important to note the recommended steps you should take, both immediately after an accident and in the days and weeks that follow. Following these steps could significantly impact the success of your claim for compensation.
Report the Accident
Make sure to report the accident to the appropriate parties. For example, if you were in a car crash, call the police. If you were injured on someone else’s property, talk to the property owner about filing an accident report. This creates an official record of what happened and helps to connect your injuries to the accident. It is important to take steps to help establish this connection because the insurance company is likely to dispute it.
Gather Evidence at the Scene
When possible, and when you will not be putting yourself in harm’s way or making your injuries worse, you may want to try to gather evidence. For example, take pictures of the scene, including your injuries, property damage and other things you think may be relevant.
If there are witnesses, ask them about what they saw and get their contact information so you can talk to them later as you are pursuing your claim. Get contact details from everyone involved in the incident.
You may also want to jot down what you remember while it is still fresh in your memory. You would be surprised how quickly you can forget important details about an accident.
Get Medical Treatment Right Away
No matter how minor you may think your injuries are, it is important to get to the hospital right away for treatment. It is difficult to know how badly you may be hurt without first being examined by a doctor. Some injuries are internal and may be more severe than you think. If you wait to seek treatment, they could get even worse. You need to protect your health by having a medical professional properly diagnose and stabilize your injuries. Waiting also hurts your claim, as insurance companies may argue you were injured after the accident happened, otherwise why would you have waited to seek medical help.
Keep Track of Important Documents
Make sure to hang onto your medical bills and other documents related to the accident. Examples of documents you should keep include accident reports, police reports, written statements from witnesses, notes on conversations with insurance companies, doctor’s notes prohibiting you from working, etc. Talk to your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer about these and other important documents that may be needed for your claim.
Be Careful Talking to the Insurance Company
It is often best to let your lawyer talk to the insurance company on your behalf. You could accidentally hurt your claim during the conversation by saying something that downplays the severity of your injuries or sounds like an admission of fault. Insurance companies are skilled at getting victims to feel at ease and say things that help them come up with reasons to devalue or deny your injury claim.
If you do talk to the insurance company, keep the conversation brief. Stick to basic facts about the accident (date, time, location, etc.). You should not speculate about the severity of your injuries. You can simply say you are undergoing medical treatment.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer
Serving clients across Las Vegas, our personal injury lawyers take on cases involving auto accidents, slip and falls, sexual abuse, pedestrian injuries, dog bites, casino injuries, truck accidents, and more.
To find out how we can help you, we recommend that you call our offices for a free, confidential case review. There are no upfront fees for our services, and we do not get paid unless you get paid.
Partners Jack Bernstein & Scott Poisson have 60 years of combined experience and a proven track record of recovering compensation for our clients. Visit our reviews page to see what our clients have to say about working with our firm
Our office is located at 320 S Jones Blvd, a short drive from the Las Vegas strip and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Call our attorneys at (702) 903-2245 to get started. We are standing by to help.