Accidents are part of our lives, they happen unexpectedly and never at a good time. While most accidents are not serious, those can take several months or even years to resolve. The following is an overview of how personal injury law applies to the injured in Nevada. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the reckless actions of another person, contact a personal injury attorney to learn what options you have under the law.
Statute of limitations
Each state has its own statute of limitations when it comes to any type of personal injury claim. When filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court in Nevada, the statute of limitations is:
- 2 years for personal injury
- 4 years for product liability
- 3 years for property damage
- 2 years for wrongful death
- 3 years for medical malpractice
It is important to note that the statute of limitations is strict in all states. Filing your claim after the appropriate period of time will likely cause your case to be dismissed.
If you are seeking compensation for an injury that was caused by a government entity or someone who was working for the government and caused your injuries, you will have less time to file your claim. In these cases, accident victims only have 6 months to notify the appropriate government agency of their intention to file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file your claim, not to resolve it. As long as your court papers are filed before the time period runs out, you will have the option to prepare your case if a trial is necessary to obtain compensation for your injuries.
Types of personal injury cases filed
There are many different scenarios in which you can be injured in an accident due to someone’s negligent act. However, some appear more often in court than others. The most common types of personal injury cases filed today in the United States are:
- Car accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Medical negligence
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall
- Motorcycle accidents
Common personal injuries
Accidents can leave victims with injuries that range from mild to debilitating. Many people are disabled after being injured and cannot work. The most common injuries reported after these types of accidents include:
- Crush injuries
- Facial lacerations
- Broken bones
- Facial disfigurement
- Severed limbs
- Spinal cord injuries with or without paralysis
Typically awarded damages
While it is impossible to know exactly what damages you may receive in your case, there are some that are generally awarded in personal injury cases such as:
- Emergency room costs
- Ambulance transportation fees
- Doctor Bills
- Surgery costs
- Cost of speech, physical therapy, or occupational therapy
- Cost of medical devices
- Lost wages
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
You can also claim compensation for future lost wages if you become disabled after the accident. This type of settlement is intended to compensate you for money that you are no longer able to earn due to the extent of your injuries. If you are able to return to work but are unable to perform the same job duties and earn less money than before you were injured, you may be able to get a partial settlement for future lost wages.
How can we help
If you intend to file a lawsuit, it can be of great benefit to contact an experienced personal injury attorney . Statistics have shown that accident victims who do not have legal advice are more likely to receive lower settlement offers than those who have legal advice to negotiate a settlement on their behalf. Some important tasks an attorney can do to help you win your case are:
- Locate potential witnesses
- Eyewitness interview
- Get police reports
- Talk to medical experts
- Negotiate an agreement with your insurance company
- File your claim in court
- Representing you during a trial
Being hurt is never an easy thing, but help is available. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence in Nevada, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the statute of limitations runs out, it’s essential to speak with an attorney at once to explore all of your options. While hiring an attorney cannot guarantee any results, it will increase your chances of obtaining a fair settlement for expenses and injuries related to your accident.