Frequently Asked Accident and Injury Questions

What is a personal injury claim?

A personal injury claim can be pursued when someone is harmed by the fault of another person or company. Personal injury claims develop from such a wide range of circumstances. Some of the most common are car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.


What is negligence?

The law requires us to act with “reasonable care.” When a person or business fails to act with the reasonable care required by a given circumstance, they may be considered negligent. This can include either reckless actions or the refusal to act to maintain the safety of people on your property.


Do I need an attorney or should I try to handle the claim on my own?

An attorney can often obtain more money for your claim than you can obtain on your own. It is the goal of every insurance provider to minimize payouts so they can continue to be profitable. The responsibility of your attorney is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries, so having a qualified lawyer will allow you to focus on getting better as opposed to worrying about legal issues.


How is my case valued?

Every case is different. The value of your case will depend on a multitude of factors, which your attorney can assess to determine a range of acceptable settlement values. The severity of your injuries, the length of your medical care, the amount of damage to the vehicles involved in the collision, the amount of your medical expenses, the conduct of the defendant, and the jurisdiction in which your case would be filed all play a critical role in determining the ultimate value of a claim.


How can an accident attorney help?

Our Las Vegas accident lawyers handle every aspect of your case and provide legal counsel that is essential. The perilous legal waters of a personal injury case are complicated and difficult to navigate. An attorney can see to it that you are receiving proper medical treatment for your injuries, seek compensation for your lost wages, communicate directly with the insurance companies, investigate your accident, seek out evidence including witness statements and photographs, obtain and analyze accident reports, value your injuries, and represent you in court.


Should I work with insurance companies on my own?

Insurance companies are mainly concerned with their own profits rather than what is best for you. The business of an insurance company is to take in as many premiums as possible while paying out as few claims as possible. A personal injury lawyer can negotiate on your behalf and will know how to work with, and against, insurance providers.


How much will representation cost?

It depends on the circumstances of your case. We work on a contingency basis, meaning that if we do not win your case, you do not have to pay lawyer fees. Unless we receive a favorable ruling, you will not have to pay a dime.


What if a person has died since he or she was injured? Can there still be a lawsuit?

Yes. If the person died as a result of the injury, the deceased’s heirs may recover damages through a wrongful death action. If the person died due to causes unrelated to the injury at issue, the deceased’s injury claim usually “survives” and the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may seek a survivorship action. If it’s not clear whether the person died as a result of the injury at issue, both actions may be brought forth.


What happens during an initial consultation?

During the first meeting, we will go over the details of your case and discuss legal options going forward. Any documentation or notes that you have regarding your injury should be brought with you so that the attorney can get a good idea of what direction in which to go. We offer 100% free consultations for anyone who believes they have a valid claim.


What if I don’t have health insurance?

We will work with doctors who have agreed to treat you under Medical Lien on your recovery. They will be paid out of your financial recovery. This will allow you to receive treatment for your injuries without health insurance.


What is comparative negligence?

Comparative negligence works on a percentage basis to assign a degree of fault for the injuries suffered. For example, in a car accident case where the injured person is awarded $100,000, the driver who hit the other car might be found to be 80% responsible for the accident. The plaintiff could also be found to be 20% responsible for not exercising caution. In such a case, the award would be reduced to $80,000.


Where is your law firm office located?

We are a Las Vegas based firm, and our address is:

1050 Indigo Drive, Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89145‚Äč
Phone: (702) 904-8858

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