If a brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation or other catastrophic injury was caused by another’s negligence, victims should strongly consider seeking experienced legal help.
The licensed Las Vegas catastrophic injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson have been helping injury victims recover compensation since 2007. We know how important compensation is for catastrophic injury victims and their families, allowing the victim to get the care and support to help rebuild his or her life. This includes compensation for noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering.
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Whether the injury was suffered in a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall, work accident or as a result of medical malpractice, we may be able to help you during this difficult time. An initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation to retain our services. We also do not charge upfront fees. Our founding attorneys are here to protect your interests to the fullest extent.
Benefits of an Attorney for Catastrophic Injury Claims
The recovery of maximum financial compensation, both for economic and noneconomic damages, is of the utmost importance after a catastrophic injury. Our Las Vegas serious injury attorneys know how to present evidence and work with experts in the medical field and economics to create compelling cases that warrant full compensation for immediate and continued care.
Unlike insurance companies and at-fault parties, we are committed to your best interests throughout the legal process. We know how overwhelming the legal process can seem for injury victims. We take on insurance companies and at-fault parties each day and we know to aggressively pursue the compensation our clients need.
When you trust your case to Bernstein & Poisson, we manage the process on your behalf. This includes investigating, talking to the insurance companies, gathering evidence, reviewing your medical records, assessing the value of your claim and handling all the legal paperwork.
Contact our Las Vegas catastrophic injury lawyers today to learn more about our services and the benefits of being represented by a licensed attorney.
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Do I Have a Case for Compensation?
Our attorneys need to discuss your situation with you in detail to determine how we can assist you. While each case is unique, we will need to assess whether another party caused your injury through negligence. This refers to a failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to someone else.
There are many examples of negligence, such as reckless driving, surgical errors, failure to fix a railing on a staircase, failure to clean a spill, etc. These and other forms of negligence could all result in a catastrophic injury.
Linking another party’s actions or failures to act to an injury is complex and requires strong evidence. It is important not to make a snap judgment about whether you have a case or trust the insurance company’s assessment of the situation. You should talk to an experienced attorney.
We are prepared to take on cases involving a variety of catastrophic injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Severe burns
- Complete or partial paralysis
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Muscle tears
- Chemical exposure injuries
Any severe injury that significantly impacts your daily activities could be considered a catastrophic injury. If you believe the injury could have been prevented if another party had been more cautious, you may have a case and we may be able to assist you.
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Damages for Catastrophic Injury Victims
Catastrophic injuries have a devastating effect on the lives of victims. These injuries not only cause physical impairment, but also psychological/emotional damages and financial troubles.
At Bernstein & Poisson, we understand how devastating these injuries can be, as we have helped many catastrophic injury victims secure compensation for their damages.
If we validate your claim, we have the resources to pursue full compensation for the physical, financial and emotional effects of your injuries, which may include:
- Cost of emergency treatment right after the accident
- Cost of transportation in an ambulance
- Cost of surgery to help stabilize an injury or prevent it from worsening
- Wheelchair, crutches or other mobility aids or durable medical equipment
- Prescription medications
- Follow-up care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- In-home health care services
- Cost to hire a caregiver
- Pain and suffering, including emotional challenges like depression, anxiety or even post-traumatic stress disorder
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Lost companionship
- Lost enjoyment of life if your injuries prevent you from participating in activities you once enjoyed
Our Las Vegas catastrophic injury lawyers are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for your injuries.
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Deadlines You Need to Know
Many personal injury claims are resolved via insurance settlements. If we cannot reach a settlement through negotiation, we may be able to use alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration.
Insurance companies have deadlines for seeking compensation, so it is important to get the process started as quickly as possible. The experienced attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson are ready to help you seek compensation. Call us as soon as possible so we can determine if you may have a valid claim and file a claim.
However, if the insurance company denies your claim or refuses to make a fair offer of compensation, we may need to file a lawsuit. In that scenario, we must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. This is the deadline set by the state statute of limitations. If a lawsuit is not filed within those two years, the case is likely to be dismissed in court.
While there are exceptions to this deadline, such as for cases involving minors, these exceptions should be discussed with a licensed attorney.
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What to Do After Suffering a Catastrophic Injury
Our experienced attorneys can give you detailed guidance on steps you can take to help protect your claim when you have your free consultation. While there are a variety of things victims can do, the most important is to seek medical care right away. You do not want to wait because your injuries could get much worse.
Another reason to avoid waiting is that a significant gap between the time of the accident and your treatment could help the insurance company. The insurance company will already be looking for a reason to attack your credibility and the validity of your claim. No matter how severe the injury, the insurance company may claim you were injured by something besides the accident.
Following Your Doctor’s Orders
After your initial treatment, make sure to follow the doctor’s orders and attend follow-up appointments. This helps to prove your injuries are serious and you are taking the appropriate steps to manage them.
Limiting What You Say to the Insurance Company
The insurance company will want to have a detailed conversation with you about your injuries and the accident. However, providing too much information to the insurance company can hurt your claim. You could downplay the severity of your injuries or even admit fault for the accident without realizing it. Insurance adjusters are trained to get victims to say things that benefit the insurance company’s interest in paying out as little compensation as possible.
If you do talk to the insurance company, keep the conversation brief. You can simply tell them the date and time of the accident and inform them you have sought medical treatment. They do not need to know much else that early in the process.
This is often not possible after a catastrophic injury, as victims may be unconscious or severely physically impaired. That is OK because you can rely on your attorney to conduct a detailed investigation. However, it is important to contact a lawyer right away so he or she can get to the scene and try to gather evidence before it is cleaned up or the scene is altered.
After leaving the scene, it can be helpful to write some notes about what you remember about the accident. You could also take pictures of visible injuries and take updated pictures as your treatment progresses.
Your attorney can help you determine other pieces of evidence that may be necessary for validating your case and pursuing compensation, such as medical records, police reports, eyewitness testimony, etc.
Contact a Las Vegas Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
After a catastrophic injury, victims need experienced legal assistance from an attorney who will put their best interests first.
Since 2007, Bernstein & Poisson has been putting the needs of our clients first. We have secured more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements to help our clients rebuild their lives after an unexpected injury.
We know how difficult the aftermath of a catastrophic injury can be for victims and their families, who may need to make significant changes to help their injured loved ones.
Our firm works on contingency, which means no upfront fees or legal obligations. We do not get paid unless you get paid.
Our office is just 10 minutes from the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Las Vegas.