Suing for Catastrophic Injuries in Nevada
Every accident is life-changing, but the most devastating can result in catastrophic injuries. While other types of injuries may heal with few long-term effects, catastrophic injuries are debilitating for a lifetime.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a catastrophic injury as a result of someone else's negligent, reckless or intentional actions, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills (both existing and future anticipated expenses),
- Short- or long-term care,
- Physical or occupational therapy,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earning capacity,
- Pain and suffering,
- Disfigurement, and/or
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
People who have suffered from a catastrophic injury in Clark County should talk to an experienced Nevada personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A licensed Las Vegas lawyer may be able to get you the financial help you need and deserve after your injury.
What Is a Catastrophic Injury in Nevada?
A catastrophic injury deprives victims of one of their senses or leads to permanent pain, disfigurement, or disability. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
Injuries causing blindness or deafness;
Injuries resulting in permanent loss of sensation, including spinal cord injuries and paralysis;
Amputations and other massive physical trauma;
Severe, disfiguring burns; or
Brain injuries resulting in a permanent cognitive impairment, physical disability, or mood imbalance
Who Is Liable For Catastrophic Injuries in Nevada?
Under Nevada law, any and all negligent parties can be held liable for damages relating to your injury.
Even if you are partially at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. Nevada law recognizes the doctrine of comparative negligence. Under this doctrine, you are entitled to partial compensation as long as another party or parties were at least 51% at fault.
It is not always easy to determine who was a fault for an injury. That is why it is important for victims to seek legal counsel after a catastrophic injury in Nevada.
Our caring Las Vegas personal injury attorneys work with top investigators and forensic specialists to help determine liability. We can also work through complicated situations in which more than one party may be legally liable.
For example: was it just your workplace that was responsible for a slip and fall accident? Or was the manufacturer of your safety shoe implicated as well? The answer could be either—or both.
An experienced Las Vegas attorney can help you determine who is legally responsible for the injury.
When Should I Call a Lawyer?
Determining liability is complicated—often much more so than it seems at first glance. In some situations, insurance companies or at-fault parties will make settlement offers. Although it can be tempting to accept an offer -- especially if you are strapped for cash to pay for your medical bills -- this initial offer will often be for far less than your case is worth.
Our compassionate Nevada PI attorneys can help you determine if an offer is reasonable -- and often, we are able to do better. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to help you determine whether a lawyer can help you settle your case more favorably. And we take no money unless and you accept a settlement or win a victory in court.
How Long Do I Have to Sue for a Catastrophic Injury in Nevada?
Nevada's statute of limitations law caps the time within which you may sue following an accident. In most situations, you will not be able to pursue legal action if more than two (2) years have elapsed since you were injured or discovered your injury.
However, before you determine that the statute of limitations has passed, we recommend you consult with an experienced Las Vegas PI attorney. In certain cases, the statute of limitations may be longer or subject to extension. Our personal injury lawyers can help you determine whether you still have a valid claim.
Can I Get Compensation for Pain and Suffering in Nevada?
Medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and other past and anticipated out-of-pocket amounts are covered by so-called "compensatory" damages.
But Las Vegas law also permits recovery of "non-economic" damages -- known sometimes as "non-pecuniary" or "non-economic" damages. These are losses that cannot be accurately measured by your past, current or expected future out-of-pocket costs.
Non-economic damages include pain, suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, disfigurement and other amounts which are difficult to put a price on.
There is no cap on non-economic damages in Nevada unless your injuries were the result of medical malpractice (professional negligence). The maximum damages for pain and suffering in Nevada in malpractice cases is $350,000.
In certain cases -- such as where injuries resulted from reckless or intentional conduct -- you may also be able to collect "punitive" or "exemplary" damages. This a payment that "punishes" someone whose behavior has been particularly irresponsible. It also serves as an "example" to discourage others.
Punitive damages in Nevada are capped at $300,000 or -- if your compensatory damages exceed $100,000 -- three times the amount of compensatory damages you are awarded.
No Obligation, Just Advice and Answers
The time following a catastrophic injury can be overwhelming and confusing. Talking with one of the experienced attorneys at the Las Vegas Defense Group can help you find calm during a crisis.
You do not even have to be able to travel after your accident to consult with one of our caring Las Vegas personal injury lawyers. If you are unable to come to the Clark County offices of your attorney, a lawyer can come to your home or even to the hospital.
Seriously injured in Las Vegas? Call us for help...
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured due to someone else's negligence, we invite you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
With offices in both Las Vegas and Reno, we can help you no matter where in Nevada the catastrophic injuries occurred.
To schedule your free consultation call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or fill out the form on this page.
Don't wait to get the help you need and the compensation you deserve. Call and speak to one of our lawyers today.