When you have been injured in an accident that involved another party and that party’s negligent behavior contributed to the incident, you may have a viable personal injury case on your hands. You see, when someone else’s actions cause you harm, whether their behavior was intentional or not, that individual may be liable for compensating you for the various damages and losses you suffered. In order to hold another party accountable for your injuries, you can file what is called a personal injury lawsuit against them.
If you were harmed in a motor vehicle or slip and fall accident in Spring Valley, contact Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333 to find out if you have the grounds to sue the party who you believe is responsible for causing your injuries. A Spring Valley personal injury lawyer can help you pursue damages.
Potentially Recoverable Compensation
You may be entitled to recover compensation for:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future mental anguish
- Past lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Spring Valley, call (702) 997-6999
Nevada’s Personal Injury Laws
Typically, in order for an individual to file a personal injury lawsuit in Spring Valley, Nevada, they must be able to show that someone else’s negligence caused their accident. Negligence might mean that the individual was engaging in careless or reckless behavior at the time of your accident (or they breached a duty of care they owed to you).
Some other important things you should be aware of if you are considering suing someone for the injuries you suffered in an accident include:
Nevada’s Modified Comparative Negligence Law
According to NRS §41.141, if your actions contributed to the accident, your award amount given—damages are awarded to you—would be lowered by your percentage of fault. The law permits individuals to recover damages for the injuries they suffered in an accident, even when they share some of the blame.
However, the law does prohibit an individual from recovering anything if they are found to be more than 50% at fault for causing an accident. This means if you are 50% or less at fault for an accident, you may still be entitled to damages.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Nevada
Every state has set a time limit for how long an accident victim has to file suit against another party. This is called the statute of limitations. With few exceptions, Nevada generally allows an individual only two years from the date of their accident, according to NRS §11.190(4)(e).
In some cases, the statute of limitations may be longer or shorter; however, a Spring Valley personal injury lawyer will be able to confirm what the statute of limitations is for your particular type of matter. Once the statute of limitations has expired, you may no longer be able to file your lawsuit. This is why individuals are encouraged to seek legal advice early on, so they are able to make an informed decision on how they want to proceed with their case—without putting themselves at risk of running out of time.
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Types of Cases Our Lawyers Can Help With
Personal injury law covers a wide array of legal matters. At Bernstein & Poisson, we can help you with any of the following types of accidents.
Some of the types of accidents our firm is equipped to handle include:
- Medical malpractice
- Drunk driving accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Nursing home negligence
- Slip and fall accidents
- Boat accidents.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nevada is a fault state, which means the driver who is responsible for causing an accident is the person who is liable for paying for it. However, because drivers are required to carry insurance, this is usually how accident victims recover the money they are entitled to for their medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, insurance policies do have limits.
So, if you suffered a severe injury—such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—and the other party’s insurance policy will only pay you $100,000 (even though your losses are worth much more), you can only collect up to the policyholder’s limits. When this type of situation arises, a lawyer can determine if you have the grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver for the remaining amount you are entitled to.
If you were involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident in Spring Valley, NV, Bernstein & Poisson is here to help you understand your legal rights and whether you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
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Potential Outcomes in a Personal Injury Case
Although many individuals assume that once they file a lawsuit against another party, they will be required to go in front of a court and present their case at trial, this does not always happen. While a trial is one way that personal injury cases get settled, sometimes, the parties who are involved (i.e. you and the parties you are suing) can come to an agreement outside of the courtroom. That would allow your case to close without you having to go to trial, instead proceeding to settlement.
Sometimes, the insurer will offer the person suing them a settlement in exchange for them to end the case and not take it to trial. If the settlement is reasonable and fair, the plaintiff (i.e., the person suing) may decide to accept. Alternatively, the plaintiff may choose to let the case play out in court.
Knowing when to accept a settlement from the at-fault party and when to take a case to trial can be difficult. An attorney can assist you with the decision-making process.
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Contact the Office of a Spring Valley Personal Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Case
If you were hurt in an accident in Spring Valley and would like to find out if you have a case and what it is worth, you can contact Bernstein & Poisson at (702) 633-3333. We will fight for a fair outcome in your case. If someone is responsible for causing you to suffer injuries, it is time you become more informed about your legal rights.