From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the more rural locations in the desert, accidents occur all over the Silver State.
Nevada is the seventh-largest state in the nation by total area, and almost three-quarters of the Silver State’s residents live in Clark County, the southern tip of the state that is also home to the greater Las Vegas area. Tourism remains a major driving force behind most employment in the state, and numerous residents and visitors alike are injured every year in a wide variety of accidents around Nevada.
When another party is responsible for causing a person’s injuries, the victim can be entitled to compensation under Nevada state law. Need an Injury Lawyer Nevada represents clients who have suffered serious injuries as well as the families of those killed in accidents caused by another party’s negligence.
Nevada Personal Injury Attorneys
Our personal injury lawyers help residents of and visitors to Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Sparks, Carson City, Elko, Boulder City, Mesquite, and many other surrounding areas of Nevada. Our firm will conduct an exhaustive independent investigation into your accident and work to make sure all negligent parties are held accountable.
Whether a person is injured in some kind of motor vehicle collision, a slip and fall accident, or a workplace accidents, the costs of caring for the resulting injuries can often be quite significant. In addition to facing these overwhelming medical expenses, victims also struggle to pay their other regular monthly bills because of an inability to return to work.
Insurance companies are well aware of the incredible financial stress that victims face following most accidents, which they frequently use to strong arm victims into accepting settlements that are usually far less than what they were actually entitled to. Any person who has been injured in any kind of accident caused by another party’s negligence should avoid speaking to an insurance company until he or she has legal representation.
Do not let concerns about money prevent you from hiring a personal injury attorney. Need an Injury Lawyer Nevada represents clients on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will pay nothing unless you receive a monetary award.
Nevada Personal Injury Laws
Nevada Revised Statute § 11.190.4 establishes that an action to recover damages for injuries to a person, or an action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations, and courts typically refuse to hear cases filed after the statute of limitations has expired.
Not all civil actions in Nevada are subject to the same time limits though. For example, Nevada Revised Statute § 11.190.2 allows for up to four years for actions to be filed in product liability cases, and medical malpractice claims are subject to a one-year statute of limitations—but that one-year clock does not begin running until after the date of discovery.
In addition to the somewhat complicated variety of deadlines for personal injury claims, Nevada Revised Statute § 41.141 also provides for what is known as the state’s modified comparative negligence law. Under this law, any contributory negligence by a plaintiff in a lea action will not bar his or her recovery so long as the percentage of fault attributed to him or her does not exceed 50 percent.
If a plaintiff is found to have been at greater fault than the defendant, then he or she will be unable to recover any damages. In all other cases, his or her award will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to him or her. Thus, a person who was 25 percent at fault for an accident that resulted in a $100,000 jury verdict would be awarded $75,000.
In virtually all personal injury actions, a plaintiff will need to prove all four of the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence:
- Duty of Care — The defendant had a legal or moral duty of care to conduct him, her, or itself in a reasonable manner;
- Breach — The defendant breached that duty of care;
- Causation — The defendant’s breach directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries; and
- Damages — The plaintiff suffered physical or financial harm as the result of these injuries.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases in Nevada
Accidents can occur in any number of facets of daily life. Need an Injury Lawyer Nevada assists victims of all sorts of accidents in the Silver State, including:
- Car accidents
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a prohibited substance accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Commercial vehicle accidents
- Uber accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus accidents
- Wrongful death
Nevada Limits on Personal Injury Damages
When a plaintiff receives a jury award in a personal injury case, it is typically referred to as compensatory damages. Compensatory damages typically come in two forms: Economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages, as defined under Nevada Revised Statute § 41A.007, include damages for such claims as medical treatment and loss of earnings or earning capacity. Losses that are calculable are generally considered economic damages, and Nevada does not place any limit on the economic damages that may be awarded.
Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, are far more subjective and are subject to certain limitations. Nevada Revised Statute § 41A.011 defines noneconomic damages as including pain and suffering, physical impairment, and disfigurement.
Under Nevada Revised Statute § 41A.035, noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases cannot exceed $350,000. Additionally, Nevada Revised Statute § 41.035 further provides that noneconomic damages against a present or former public employee cannot exceed $100,000.
Personal Injury Attorney for Victims Throughout Nevada
If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed because of the negligence of another party in Nevada, you will want to immediately retain legal counsel. Need an Injury Lawyer Nevada serves communities throughout Clark County, Washoe County, Carson City, Lyon County, Elko County, Douglas County, and Nye County.
Our firm is available 24/7 to answer your phone call and schedule a free consultation that will let our Nevada personal injury lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options. We are committed to negotiating with insurance companies for a full and fair settlement that provides for all of your past, present, and future needs, and we are willing to file a lawsuit against an insurer when it is unwilling to provide adequate compensation.