Personal Injury FAQ
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Q: When can I file for a personal injury lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another person or company, you can sometimes have as little as two (2) years to file a personal injury lawsuit claim. During a free consultation, we can help you determine if the charged party bears the legal responsibility for the injury and the amount you may be entitled to.
Q: What should I do if I am injured due to a person or company’s negligence?
Be careful not to speak to the charged party or their insurance company before consulting a personal injury lawyer. Anything you say can be used in court, so you want to refrain from making any statements that could potentially hurt your case. You should immediately contact a lawyer who can help make sure you obtain both the appropriate medical treatment for your injury and adequate compensation for your experience.
Q: Can I still file a claim if I was partially at fault for my injury?
Absolutely. Nevada is a Modified Comparative Negligence jurisdiction that reduces the amount of damages a plaintiff can recover by the degree of their contribution on a percentage basis provided that percentage is 50% or less. Basically, as long as you’re less at fault than the other charged party/parties, you can and should still file and recover for your injuries.
Q: Is there a difference between compensatory damages and punitive damages?
Yes. Compensatory damages are the most common type and are meant to cover all of the costs of injury and/or death. They can include anything from direct medical expenses and funeral costs to compensation for pain and suffering. Punitive damages, however, occur when the jury feels that the accident or death occurred because of intentional or horribly negligent actions (or inaction). In this situation, the damages are intended as punishment and to serve as a deterrent. The amount rewarded for punitive damages often greatly exceed the costs of the injury or death.
Q: What is the likelihood that my case will go to trial?
Most personal injury cases can be settled before they go to trial. Half Price Lawyers works hard to make sure your claim is settled as quickly as possible and with no headaches. If your case does go to trial, we take care to ensure all of the details are handled properly to maximize your opportunity for recovery.
Q: What do insurance companies have to do with my personal injury lawsuit?
It is strongly recommended that you do not speak to an insurance company or sign any documents until after you have consulted a personal injury lawyer. If you accept a check from the insurance company of an at-fault party, it could be determined to be a settlement and prohibit any additional recovery. This could leave you with unpaid medical bills and no recourse if your ability to work is limited or destroyed. Don’t guess, know. Talk to a lawyer who can help you avoid a costly mistake.