When you’re injured in Las Vegas, or any other part of Nevada for that matter, and the fault for that injury lies with someone else, you may be entitled to receive compensation for things such as medical bills, time lost from work, pain and suffering, prescription costs, therapy sessions, and more. The basic process for filing a personal injury claim in Las Vegas is the same in most cases, but there are some differences based on how and where your injury occurred.
The first thing you should do, of course, is seek proper medical attention after suffering an injury. If you then believe that your injury is the fault of someone else, you should speak with a qualified and experienced Las Vegas, NV personal injury attorney. When dealing with any reputable personal injury attorney, the initial consultation and case evaluation is going to be free, so there’s no need to worry about putting together money that you may not have.
There are plenty of reasons that your injuries may be the fault of someone else. You could have been hurt as the result of a car accident, a property owner’s negligence, a defective product or incorrectly performed service, or maybe even medical malpractice. The cause doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you’re going to have medical bills to pay, wages lost from work, and other financial problems that you shouldn’t have to take on alone. That means you’ll need to file a personal injury claim to recover the damages that you’re entitled to receive.
Filing a Personal Injury Or Accident Claim In Las Vegas, Nevada
The first thing you’ll need to do is schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer to discuss and evaluate your case. At this point, you should bring along all the details you can gather such as pictures of the place where the accident happened, reports from doctors or the emergency room, prescriptions, orders for therapy, etc.
Your lawyer will go over the details of the case and let you know if he or she believes you have a legitimate case and what sort of damages you may be able to claim. If your lawyer believes a successful claim is possible, and you agree to move forward, you’ll need to fill out some standard paperwork that allows your attorney to legally represent you, and then a claim or lawsuit will be filed on your behalf.
Gathering Evidence And Medical Records
The first thing we’ll do once you’ve decided to file a personal injury claim through Cap & Kudler is begin the process of gathering evidence and fully investigating your claim. Our team will instruct you on exactly what needs to be done to make formal requests for all of the medical records we’ll need to move forward. We’ll want to collect things such as details on medical treatments you’ve received, test you’ve undergone and their results, your past and present health status, etc.
We may also try to locate witnesses or others who may have been hurt because of the same circumstances or take pictures of the location where your accident happened. The basic idea will be to get all the details on how severe your injuries are and exactly what caused them.
Drafting A Personal Injury Claim On Your Behalf
Once the information gathering is done, we will draft a personal injury complaint, or claim, on your behalf. This is where will describe how the accident occurred, and the extent of your injuries. We’ll also present an amount that we believe you should receive as compensation for your pain and suffering. We’ll cite things such as wages lost from not being able to work, medical bills, prescription costs, temporary or permanent disabilities, and other factors in your life that have been affected by the accident and your resulting injuries.
Litigation Of Your Personal Injury Claim
This phase of the process is also known as the discovery phase. At this point, we will officially seek out documentation and statements from those who may be directly or indirectly involved in the events that caused your accident. This will involve gathering both written and oral statements (affidavits and depositions) and possibly even filing motions with the court to force cooperation from those who don’t want to.
The other side will also be going through the same process and may make similar requests including asking that you see an independent doctor to evaluate your injuries and state of health.
Personal Injury Settlement Negotiations
In most personal injury cases, the goal will be to negotiate a settlement before the case reaches trial. It will normally be the fastest way for you to receive your compensation and move on with your life.
We will handle all negotiations with the opposing side’s attorney(s) and report results back to you. We will, of course, make recommendations on what we think you should or shouldn’t accept, but the final decision will always be yours.
Going To Trial
If no settlement can be reached through negotiations, your case will eventually go to trial. Before actually reaching court, a judge may order one last attempt to settle through alternative means such as independent mediation. Many—but not all—cases will finally settle at this point to avoid additional costs associated with a full-blown trial and the possibility of an unknown decision from a jury.
If no settlement can be reached, our team is fully prepared to argue your case in court. A trial will involve the presentation of evidence and testimony to a jury which will ultimately decide the outcome. The jury’s decision will be announced in court as will the award amount, if any.
Speak With A Las Vegas, Nevada Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you’ve been injured in an auto accident, a slip and fall accident, through medical malpractice, or through the negligence of others, the law office of Cap & Kudler can help. Our team of experienced Las Vegas, NV personal injury attorneys will work tirelessly to make sure that we get the best possible outcome for your case and that you receive the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.
We’re here and happy to answer any questions you may have about filing a personal injury claim in Las Vegas. You can reach us online anytime or call (866) 412-7166 to schedule an appointment. Your initial consultation is free and confidential.