I Am Hurt and It’s Not My Fault, Do I Need an Attorney?

Whether from a vehicle accident, dog bite, or slip and fall, if you’ve been injured in Nevada, personal injury laws should be a priority on your mind of things to examine, especially if you were not at fault in the accident.
From a monetary perspective, to receive financial compensation for injuries sustained, you must show that another person was negligent, or at fault, and that the negligence displayed was the direct or indirect cause of your injury.
If your accident was recent, you will want to promptly save any evidence. Here are a few pointers to follow after being injured in an accident:
1. Physically write down everything you can remember about the accident itself, your injuries, time of day, location of accident, etc.
2. Make sure you obtain both the names and contact information of any witnesses to the incident;
3. Call the proper local authorities (i.e. the police department for a vehicle accident or animal control would be called for a dog bite);
4. Make an incident report if you slip and fall on the premise of a commercial establishment (i.e. casino, gas station, supermarket, sporting event, etc.);
5. Take a picture of the incident report with your cellular device to later provide the same to your attorney: The establishment may make it difficult to obtain the incident report later and/or hold it against you if you did not complete a report;
6. Take additional pictures of any noticeable injuries you or anyone with you suffered, along with pictures of any damages to both your property and that of the person’s property who struck you. If you slip and fall, take pictures of any wet services of cautionary measures taken (i.e. cones, signs, etc.) at the time of the accident;
7. Immediately contact a personal injury attorney to see if you have an actionable claim against the person who injured you before making any statements, either written or verbal, to insurance company representatives.
8. In Nevada, the statute of limitations to file a claim is two years from the date of your accident or your claim is lost forever.
If your attorney can prove the at-fault driver was in fact the cause of your injuries, you could be entitled to specific compensation for past, current, and future medical expenses; property damaged because of the incident; paid help for caring for you or your loved ones; lost wages from employment which includes time spent going to and from medical appointments; emotional distress that results in anxiety and/or depression, interference with your sex life; or any other expenses incurred as a result of the injury.
If you were the cause of the accident, or partly at fault, it will affect the value of your case. Nevada is a comparative negligence state, which means if you contributed to the incident, your recovery in the case will be reduced by your percentage of fault in the case.
By not reaching out to an attorney, you risk providing a damming written or oral statement, fighting over damaged property that the insurance company may refuse to fix, seeing a medical professional who does not diagnose you properly, or most importantly, limiting the value of your case. Many drivers who are injured believe they do not need an attorney, especially because auto insurance companies have funny commercials and claim they are good neighbors, so they must want to help you, right? Wrong, the advertisements from insurance companies are simply misleading. Insurance companies have more in common with a neighbor who cuts down your tree only to say they thought it was on their yard, not yours. You do not need to be tricked into a settlement, or forced to believe that your injury is insignificant.
At vegas west attorneys we evaluate the value of your claim and fight for your right to be compensated. The insurance company owes you a fiduciary duty as their insured and policyholder, this is no different than the fiduciary duty we owe to you. The result is vegas west attorneys fighting for the compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages or income, medical expenses and more as set forth above.
At vegas west attorneys, we have experienced attorneys who work directly with you, directly with your doctors, and provide you with the proper legal advice to answer those common questions. Our experienced attorneys and case managers provide aide in different aspects of your accident case as well. We are your injury advocates and will speak with the insurance companies, so you do not have to. Vegas west attorneys participates on YELP for purposes of client reviews and customer service, and also posts client reviews on its website located at vegaswestattorneys.com to help share the trust and results that actual clients have experienced when working with vegas west attorneys.

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