Story about our firm
Nevada’s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm
At Van Law Firm, we’ve developed a reputation for successfully obtaining high settlements and verdicts for Nevadans who were injured in truck, motorcycle and car accidents, slips and falls and workplace incidents. Our accident team takes a genuine interest in the well being of our clients. We go above and beyond to ensure that you are treated fairly, with compassion, and with respect. Our primary goal is to make sure you receive the compensation you need to put your life back together after a serious injury.
When you enlist our help in your injury case, accident attorney Sandy Van and our support staff will listen to your story, discuss your injuries and the challenges you now face and prepare a legal strategy that is in line your goals.
You won’t have to worry about a personal injury attorney pressuring you to accept a settlement offer simply to resolve your case quickly when you hire our firm. Fast payouts don’t mean much when your settlement isn’t enough to cover your losses. We will make every attempt to settle your case out of court, and when a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached, our firm is prepared to bring your case before a judge and injury.
ATTORNEY & FOUNDER OF VAN LAW FIRM
REQUEST A CONSULTATION
RETAIN OUR FIRM & SIGN A CONTRACT
Awarded as one of the best personal injury firms by Expertise.com Van Law Firm is dedicated to assisting clients with a variety of cases not just limited to personal injury. We also handle defective products or dangerous drug cases nationwide along with motor vehicle accidents, premise liability, wrongful death.
Every year, INC puts out a list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in America. This list doesn’t just look at top-line revenue; it also takes into consideration the rate at which a company is growing. Many companies are financially healthy and very good at targeting annual revenue within a dollar of their original projections. The companies on the list, however, are exploding with exponential growth rates.
Van Law Firm was listed as part of Inc 500 last 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
WE ACTUALLY REALLY DO CARE
There are a lot of law firms out there, especially in the personal injury field. What makes us different is we actually really do care about our clients. There have been times when we have gone the extra mile for our clients to ensure that their FMLA is filled out so that they do not lose their jobs. We make sure they have the medical care they need so that they no longer have radiating pain through their arms or legs. We have even gone as far as to have water softener pellets delivered to our client who had a back problem. Our reviews and awards truly show how much we care about our clients.
WE COMMUNICATE WITH OUR CLIENTS
The number one complaint about other law firms is they never communicate with their clients. That is not the case at Van Law Firm as we have a solid wide goal to communicate with our clients at least once a month, if not more often. We also have a Client Care Coordinator so that if you have any concerns, you can always contact that person to address your complaints.
OUR FIRM LITIGATES CASES
Some law firms do not litigate, meaning they do not go to court. A firm that litigates will get higher settlement offers, because the insurance company knows that the firm that litigates is not bluffing and will actually go to trial. We have a team of seasoned litigators who have worked for defense contractors and insurance companies, litigators who have sued casinos, and won several tens of millions of dollars, sued trucking companies, sued for brain injuries, etc. You want a firm with litigation experience handling your case.
WE ARE UP TO DATE ON THE NEWEST LAWS AND TECHNIQUES TO INCREASE YOUR SETTLEMENT
Furthermore, unlike other law firms that work their attorneys to death and where their attorneys never get to see the light of day, we actually send our attorneys across the country to personal injury and mass tort seminars. These classes are taught by experienced litigators and personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys learn the latest techniques to win bigger verdicts, pick the best juries, argue more persuasively, and how to frame a case in the best light possible to obtain the biggest settlements. Our attorneys are always attending classes to learn the best techniques on low impact minor vehicle damage cases, trucking cases, product liability cases, defective drugs, brain injury cases, and other areas of personal injury law.
WE ARE OBJECTIVE
Listen, you are mad that this person turned your life upside down when they plowed into your vehicle. You are in pain, frustrated, and fearful of what may happen. You may need the money and may be impatient that this is taking so long and want to settle quickly. You may also think you do not have a case. The insurance company has told you that they are denying liability and that they have offered you every penny on the dollar. The insurance company is denying, delaying, and defending. We are in this together. We do not get paid unless you get paid. We would not want to waste your time or ours. We also know when it is in your best interests to wait for a better offer or perhaps when to go to trial, because the Defendant is not giving you the best offer or an appropriate offer for the pain and suffering that you have had to endure.
A TEAM ALWAYS OUTPERFORMS AN INDIVIDUAL
We have a large team of people to assist you throughout the entire case. Our firm motto is to get the client the highest settlement in the shortest amount of time. We are willing to hire more people so that our clients will have the best customer experience and more staff to move your case along. We also have a team of experts for every accident imaginable, trucking accident experts, slip and fall experts, drowning experts, construction site experts, swimming pool experts, traumatic brain injury experts, burn experts, chemical burn experts, etc. There are a lot of tasks involved in getting a case to settle for the highest amount in the shortest period of time and a team always outperforms an individual.
YOUR FINANCIAL STABILITY SUFFERS AFTER AN ACCIDENT
You were not at fault for the accident; but until the other party accepts liability, you may have to pay for a rental vehicle or deductible to get your vehicle fixed.
If you were injured, you will have to pay for your hospital and ambulance bills and any other related medical expenses such as radiology, X-Rays, MRIs, Chiropractor bills, doctor bills, etc.
Also imagine all the lost wages you will have from being out of work due to an injury. With the help of Van Law Firm, we can help you get compensated for all these losses mentioned above.
CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE AND HIRING AN ATTORNEY INCREASES YOUR LIKELIHOOD OF A HIGHER SETTLEMENT
You should always seek an attorney’s advice since most offer a free consultation. You should never try and do a claim on your own as you will most likely hurt your case and get a lower settlement. In fact, in 1999, the Insurance Research Council stated that people who hire an attorney are likely to get more than 3.5 times what they would have gotten had they not hired an attorney. This is also after attorney’s fees are deducted.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY REPRESENTS THE DEFENDANT NOT YOU
When you are injured in any type of accident, the insurance company that you have to deal with is working for the party who injured you and their only objective is to pay you as little as possible (See this ABC special on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_AUR9wKu_Y). The insurance company may deny that their party was at fault or caused the accident. The defendant’s insurance company may also state that your injuries were not related to the crash. The insurance company may also deny the claim entirely and refuse to pay you anything. For circumstances like this, you need a good lawyer on your side like Van Law Firm.
We manage your case so that we can hopefully get you the maximum settlement. You do not have the time and expertise to gather all the documentation and time to draft a great demand letter, let alone talk to adjusters, witnesses, and experts while holding down your day job. We do this day in and day out because it is our job. Unfortunately, you could mess up your case by trying to do it on your own and we may not be able to fix any issues created.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL TRICK YOU INTO A RECORDED STATEMENT
In most cases, the insurance company will try to reach out to you immediately following the incident, often times for a recorded statement (See why this is a bad idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvPW087RiJ8). While this may seem like mere investigation on their part, these statements are often twisted in their favor and used as evidence against you. In fact, the insurance company will index you meaning they will put you into their accident database. They will try to research your past, comb through your social media, your criminal history, past accidents, financial status, and do whatever they can do to try to lower your settlement. By indexing you, they hope to get you to settle for a lower amount.
THE INSURANCE COMPANY USES TACTICS TO LOWER YOUR SETTLEMENT
These are common tactics insurance companies use to lower your settlement. First of all, the insurance company will use any information you give them against you. We protect you by not giving them your private information. In fact, our law firm goes the extra mile by redacting your personal information off of all of your exhibits. They will say that your current injuries were caused by any prior accidents that you have had. If they find out that you are a felon, they will know that you cannot file a lawsuit as your criminal history may come into evidence and thus you will likely accept a lower settlement offer rather than take your case to trial. They will use any financial issues that you may have as an argument to the jury that you are only in it for the money. They will research your social media accounts to see if you are doing anything strenuous while you are injured.
WE MAKE SURE YOU OBTAIN THE MEDICAL TREATMENT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR CASE
Furthermore, if you represent yourself, you may not be able to get the medical treatment that you need. Some doctors and specialists refuse to treat individuals who are involved in an accident without a personal injury attorney overseeing the case. They would not treat you on your promise to pay them. We have relationships with many doctors and specialists to get you the treatment that you need to help you get better and to document your injuries. Your settlement is based on what is documented in your medical records. Without medical treatment, your settlement will be a lot lower.
WE CAN AUTHORIZE TREATMENT ON A LIEN IF NECESSARY
If you do not have health insurance to obtain medical treatment, we can authorize medical treatment on a lien, which is basically an IOU stating that you will pay the medical provider from your case settlement. Sometimes, medical treatment can still be expensive even if you have health insurance. You would have multiple copays and a deductible to pay for. Some people with health insurance still decide to treat on a lien as they cannot afford the thousands of dollars in copays and deductibles.
WE PRESENT YOUR CASE IN THE BEST LIGHT POSSIBLE
When you are done treating, we collect all of your bills and medical records to present your case. Most importantly, we negotiate on your behalf to get you the best settlement possible.
WE ASSIST YOU WITH GETTING YOUR CAR FIXED OR TOTALED OUT
We will help you get a rental car, get your car fixed, or get your car totalled. Many law firms do not help with property damage as it is ⅓ of the work done on the case and they would rather do less work.
WE KNOW THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWS
We know the laws and the kind of compensation you should receive. Establishing liability in a dog bite case is different from establishing liability in a slip and fall case, auto accident case, or trucking accident case. We know how to build a case and what evidence to present. We know the medical terms and how to review legal documents. We also negotiate on a daily basis. We also know the deadlines and processes for filing a lawsuit.
THIS IS OUR JOB AND WE HAVE THE TIME AND EXPERIENCE TO DO IT
Bringing a claim to a close typically requires hours and hours on the phone and a lot of exchanging documents back and forth. It requires a lot of documents. It requires a great deal of expertise to navigate through the pitfalls that insurance companies try to create. This is a lot to take on when you are already trying to get back to work, going to doctor appointments, etc.
Hiring an attorney takes that burden off and allows you to focus on getting the necessary medical treatment to get better. While we are doing our job, you can focus on getting back to your job. This is why we advise you to contact us right away so that we can step in immediately and deal with the insurance company on your behalf.
That depends on a lot of things, such as how bad was the accident? How bad were the vehicles damaged? How bad are the injuries? Will it be injuries that you will overcome, or injuries that you will have for life? Was the defendant the sole cause of the accident, or are you partially to blame for the accident? Do you have a lot of medical bills or a little in medical bills? Were you injured badly or is your pain level low? Do you have gaps in treatment which can be used against you? Do you have past injuries that were exacerbated by this accident?
Aside from the questions mentioned above, make sure you hire a competent law firm that can negotiate and also find all available avenues for recovery and insurance policies.
You can bring us whatever documents that you may have in your possession or no documents at all, and we can worry about that later. No documentation necessary. Common documents include:
Traffic incident reports
Your personal insurance declaration page to determine if there is additional coverage for your claim and vehicle
The Defendant’s information
Any pictures of the accident scene, the vehicles, license plates, and VIN numbers
If you’re a passenger in a covered or ridesharing vehicle, and hit while in service, you should be covered by the company’s policy. Ride-share companies, in most cases will not claim legal responsibility for their drivers as they are not employees of the company, but you will be covered as a passenger. Keep in mind that the insurance for the at-fault party, whether it was your driver that caused the accident or the driver of the other vehicle, will be the first policy that we would make a claim against. Ride-share companies have a team of lawyers in place to ensure that they pay out as little as possible, so it’s important that you hire your own independent lawyer if you are ever in this situation.
You have a very good chance of getting compensation for any injuries sustained from the crash. The insurance company will be encouraged to settle because if it goes to court, we will have a punitive damages claim against the defendant for drunk driving. Some insurance policies do not cover drunk driving, so you would want us to investigate the claim and review the insurance policy to make sure that there is coverage. This is also why you should carry uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy, because it will cover you in the event that the Defendant has no insurance coverage.
If you are ever in this unfortunate situation:
• Call 9-1-1 so the police can come to the scene and make a report documenting that the Defendant is drunk or under the influence;
• If you feel safe and physically able, try to get photos of the Defendant’s license plate and VIN number, vehicle, driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance identification card;
• Speak directly to the police officer to give your side of the story;
• Obtain your police report number or traffic accident report;
• If you feel like you need medical attention, go to the hospital;
• Contact us to assist you in filing your claim.
If you are determined to be completely or partially at-fault for the car crash, it will hurt your case unless we can overturn that decision. In Nevada, you have to be less than 50% at fault for the car wreck to recover any monies for pain and suffering. Therefore, if the jury finds the other person more than 50% responsible for the car accident, then you will recover something. But if you are 50% or more at fault, you will recover nothing, no matter how injured you are.
Sometimes, the insurance company will say that you are completely at fault for the car accident or partially at fault for the car accident because they want to avoid paying for your rental, your car, your pain, and your suffering. Even though the other person involved in the car crash may tell you at the time of the car crash that it was their fault, they may tell their insurance company something entirely different and the insurance company will use their client’s testimony to their benefit and drag their feet into paying you any compensation.
Police reports can be helpful but sometimes can cause confusion as you may have been cited for the incident. You may have given a recorded statement which gives the insurance company reason to believe you were at fault or partially at fault. A witness statement may be incorrect leading the insurance company to assign fault to you. Insurance companies are also known to say you are partially at fault if the accident occurred in a parking lot as they know the police will not investigate an accident in a parking lot as it is on private property. The insurance company also knows that you cannot obtain video footage from a non party, for example, a shopping center or parking lot, without filing a lawsuit. Also, the insurance company may know that you do not have representation and no ability to fight them so they will place the blame on you. This is something that we deal with regularly and us stepping in is sometimes the best way to get around these determinations.