Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm With the Best Client Service in Henderson
There are few events in a person’s life that can have as big of an impact as an injury-inducing accident that was caused by another. At Van Law Firm, we understand the harmful effects that these injuries can have on your overall quality of life, which is why we work so hard to defend accident victims in personal injury and mass tort claims. This work has not gone unnoticed either, as we’ve built a verified 5-star rating across Avvo, Google, Yelp and more. Call our Nevada office today for more information.
Clients can feel comfortable knowing that we have the skill and experience to effectively handle claims from all practice areas and specialties. Our firm is actively vetting new cases for a multitude of different claims, including but not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Trucking accidents
- Defective products, devices, and medications
- Premises liability claims
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims
- Nursing home abuse claims
- Wrongful death claims
- Motorcycle and bike accidents
- Bad faith insurance claims
After years of serving all different types of clients, we understand that life is stressful enough without the burden of injuries and an ongoing suit. That is why we place such an emphasis on communication, so that there is never any doubt about what is and what is not happening with your case. Our versatility also allows us to make special arrangements and accommodations for clients if need be.
Nevada Doctrine Regarding Personal Injury Litigation
Personal injury litigation is also generally referred to as tort law. Broadly speaking, tort law is a type of ‘restorative justice,’ meaning that the overall goal is to correct wrongdoing by forcing the guilty party (defendant) to monetarily compensate the victim (plaintiff) for their injuries. Personal injury cases are unique in that the defendant can take the form of many different entities, from insurance companies, to manufacturers, property owners, and individual people.
Some general policies and concepts are recognized nationwide, but for the most part, personal injury doctrine is tailored to each state. In order to ensure full compliance and maximize your argument, claimants should always enlist the help of an attorney that has experience practicing in your jurisdiction, so that you know exactly what to expect. One such concept to remember for Nevada cases is that of “modified comparative negligence.”
This may sound a little complicated at first, but in broad terms, modified comparative negligence means that every party involved in proceedings (both plaintiffs and defendants) can be assigned a percentage of the fault. So, even if you are the plaintiff and the injured party, you may still have to pay if you are assigned a percentage of fault. Any percentage that is assigned to you will be taken out of your end settlement, so if the court finds you to be 25 percent at fault, that will then reduce your compensation by 25 percent. Any person with over half (50 percent) of the fault is barred from receiving any compensation.
Different Kinds of Damages Available to Henderson Injury Victims
U.S. legal proceedings are divided into criminal or civil courts. Criminal courts are concerned with charges and sentences, and civil courts have to do with money matters. All personal injury claims are filed as civil actions, and so it is the claimant’s responsibility to convince the court that the defendant should be forced to pay damages. With an experienced personal injury attorney from Van Law Firm at your side, this is more than attainable.
Our firm has settled innumerable claims over the years, and so we know that every set of physical and psychological damages is unique. For the most part, courts will award compensatory damages, and the most common types include:
- Medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages, damage to future earnings
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
We also occasionally recover additional fines that are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages, as the name suggests, are meant to be a punishment for especially negligent or irresponsible behavior. Overall, only about 5 percent of total cases will involve punitive damages.
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