The state of Nevada has its own set of laws pertaining to personal injury in order to protect the victims of negligence and/or wrongdoing. Anyone who has been injured by another person should contact a qualified attorney immediately following an injury to find out whether a lawsuit is applicable and to claim the maximum compensation possible.
What to Do After a Personal Injury
If another person has harmed you, here are the steps you need to take:
• Seek immediate medical help if necessary.
• Contact a lawyer to discuss your case.
• Take note of all your injuries and property damage.
• Find and keep any records of the incident (pictures, accident reports, receipts, etc.).
• Get witnesses’ contact information.
• Do not give any information, or file any releases of liability to the other person.
Statute of Limitations in Nevada
There is a time limit of two years to file a personal injury claim due to negligence in the state of Nevada. This can include slip and fall, toxic torts, car accidents, etc. The time limit is also two years for cases of assault or battery, defamation, and for wrongful death claims. In the case of product liability, the time limit is four years after the incident.
Liability in Personal Injury Cases
In the case of negligence, the liable party is the person who was negligent. This can also be a company or business. In Nevada, modified comparative negligence is the legal guideline used to assign fault. This guideline states that the injured person may recover compensation from the incident only if he is less than 50% at fault. It also states that if the injured party was also acting in a negligent way, the original negligent party is only responsible for the portion of the harm he caused.
A personal injury case may also involve intentional torts, assault, or battery. In these cases, the person who caused the injury is always liable. As far as defamation, the person who spoke or wrote the negative comments about another person and anyone who repeats such statements is liable for defamation.
The liable party in the case of strict liability is the person, company, or business that is part of the harmful activity or a person who has helped to put the dangerous product for sale on the market. If an animal caused the damage, the animal owner is liable. Also, in cases of product liability, anyone involved in putting the dangerous product on the market can be liable, especially sales people. Finally, in the case of wrongful death, anyone responsible for the action that caused the death is liable.
Possible Personal Injury Compensation
Compensation for personal injury can vary greatly, including but not limited to:
• Reimbursement for medical rehabilitation or treatment
• Reimbursement for lost wages
• Monetary compensation for psychological distress and pain
• Punitive damages
• Reimbursement for property damage
There are no limits to the amount of compensation a person can receive in the case of personal injury. Contacting a qualified personal injury attorney is the first step in making sure the process is handled correctly and in a timely manner to avoid loss of compensation due to lack of knowledge or filing too late.