Elite Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting for Injured Nevadans
When you work with Van Law Firm, you can breathe easy knowing that your claim is in the hands of top-notch Summerlin personal injury attorneys. With a robust legal staff across Nevada and Washington, every action we take and decision we make is with our clients’ interests in mind. We see ourselves as much more than just legal professionals; instead, we work hard to be valuable assets in the communities we are a part of by helping local victims get compensated for their injuries.
Potential claimants should know that we have an extremely diverse and wide-reaching set of specialties and practice areas. Even if it is not listed here, we can coordinate the proper resources for your case. Our personal injury lawyers are always accepting new cases for a variety of claims, including but not limited to:
- Harmful or defective goods, drugs, and medical devices
- Car accidents
- Workers’ Compensation claims
- Trucking and freight accidents
- Premises liability cases (slip and falls, etc.)
- Motorcycle accidents
- Fire cases
- Bad faith insurance claims
- Wrongful death cases
- Nursing home abuse claims
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist accidents
We understand that by coming to us in the first place, you’re most likely not in the best shape physically and emotionally, and that’s why we go above and beyond to meet the needs of our clients. If you require certain arrangements we can make that happen. Additionally, we can arrange ride services to transport you to and from the office, and if your injuries prevent you from leaving the house, we can make a house call if you are close enough. Throughout your case, we can also coordinate any updates and consultations.
Summerlin Personal Injury Law
Occasionally, when talking about personal injury matters, you may hear the terms ‘tort’ and ‘tort law.’ That is because all personal injury claims are classified under that category; generally speaking, the purpose of tort law is to acknowledge the wrongdoing or negligence of the at-fault party by forcing them to compensate those who were injured as a result of said action(s). There are broad concepts that are applied nationwide, but each state also has their own provisions, which is why it is extremely important to hire an attorney who is licensed to practice in your state. Under Nevada law, one such provision that claimants should keep in mind is that of comparative negligence.
Generally, most people view lawsuits as a head-to-head matchup with a definitive winner and loser. That is true for the most part– however, with comparative negligence, fault can be distributed to all parties involved so long as the total adds up 100 percent. Whatever percentage you are assigned will affect your total settlement. So, even if the court decides that the opposing party was 80 percent liable, your settlement will still be reduced by 20 percent as you were found to be 20 percent at fault. The key point about comparative negligence that all claimants should remember is that any party with over 50 percent fault is ineligible to recover anything, no matter their injuries.
The Different Kinds of Compensation Available to Accident Victims
For anyone who may be unaware, personal injury claims are categorized as civil proceedings, which means that the parties involved will argue over whether or not the defendant should pay monetary compensation to the plaintiff. As such, it is the responsibility of the plaintiff to tally and present a dollar amount that represents the physical and psychological damages they have suffered. This may seem like a daunting task, and it can be if you attempt to handle your case on your own without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Due to the fact that every set of injuries, treatment, and circumstances are different, settlement amounts are unique to each case. Typically, when attorneys refer to damages, they are talking about compensatory damages, which is the most common type; compensatory damages are exactly what they sound like– they represent all the financial and emotional distress an accident has caused, such as:
- Medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages, damage to future earnings
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
Occasionally, courts may also award what are known as punitive damages. Less than 10 percent of all cases involve punitive damages, as they are steep fines that extend past the realm of normal compensation, and are meant to set an example for others not to follow. Attorneys don’t go into every case arguing for punitive damages, as they are only granted in especially brutal or egregious instances. Courts will also take the defendant’s financial status into account when debating over punitive damages, as they typically will tend to levy them against those who may actually be able to pay them (such as a large corporation).
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