Personal injury law encompasses many types of injuries that you may receive due to accidents or even intentional torts. When you sustain an injury, it is important that you retain an attorney who has experience litigating cases that involve similar injuries as yours. For example, if you’ve suffered a dog bite, you want an attorney with significant experience handling dog bite accident cases on your side. You should also consider an attorney’s negotiation skills and past results, which should indicate that the lawyer is skilled at both negotiation and trial work.
Many people believe that they can settle with insurance companies without the help of an attorney; while that is possible, research has shown that those who retain a personal injury attorney get up to three times more compensation than those who settle their own cases. Insurance companies are in the business of making money. When you file a claim, the insurance company retains an attorney, which cuts into its bottom line, and the amount the insurance company pays out also cuts into its bottom line. Thus, insurance companies generally strive to offer as little compensation as possible to close a claim.
A personal injury attorney will ensure that the settlement the insurance company offers is fair and reasonable and that it covers most, if not all, of your injury costs. If you and the attorney agree that the amount that the insurance company is offering is insufficient, your lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf.
The law divides damages into three categories: (1) special, (3) general, and (3) punitive. Special damages, often referred to as economic damages, are for items with a set price, such as medical expenses. General damages are non-economic and are meant to compensate injured individuals for items that do not have a set price, such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages, which courts rarely award, are meant to serve as a punishment and deterrent when a defendant’s grossly negligent or intentionally reckless behavior causes injury.
Economic damages may include compensation for the following:
It is difficult to calculate an exact price for general damages, though attorneys will attempt to estimate the price of such damages as accurately as possible. Non-economic damages are meant to make an injured individual whole again, by making it easier to get the care that they need following an accident. General damages may include compensation for the following:
A court will only award punitive damages if a defendant’s grossly negligent or intentional actions caused the accident. For example, if a drunk driver causes an accident, a court may consider awarding punitive damages. If a trespasser causes injuries because of his or her purposeful trespassing and negligent behavior while trespassing, the injured party may seek punitive damages.
Before retaining any personal injury attorney, you should always ask about the past judgments that he or she secured for injured clients. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we’ve won more than $135,000,000 in damages for our clients, including:
When you attempt to settle with an insurance company on your own, you may miss out on general and/or punitive damages to which you may be entitled, such as compensation for pain and suffering or loss of companionship. The insurance company may offer to pay for your current medical costs and possibly lost wages, but likely nothing else, such as future medical expenses, future lost wages, or pain and suffering.
As you go about your daily life, you will find yourself in many different situations that can result in personal injury because of another party’s action or inaction. Perhaps you’ve been injured because of a motor vehicle accident, a defective product, or you slipped and fell at your local shopping mall. Suffering a severe injury has consequences that can seep into all aspects of your life. Not only must victims cope with the physical pain of injury, but they must also deal with the financial burden that often accompanies a severe injury. In addition to medical bills, if the injured person provided some or all of the household income, families suffer if he or she cannot work.
If you live in the Reno area and have suffered harm because of another party, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Below are some frequently asked questions about personal injury lawyers until you have the chance to schedule a consultation.
Personal injury cases cover a wide range of accidents and injuries. At Benson & Bingham our practice areas include:
Some accidents and injuries don’t require legal representation, even when they were caused by another party. Yet, if you have had to miss work, an insurance company is denying your claims, or you have suffered a serious injury that requires hospitalization, you should contact an attorney. If you’re in doubt, it’s always best to set up a free consultation. A qualified attorney can evaluate your case, determine your eligibility for compensation, and help you decide which course of action is best for your individual circumstances.
If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal accident or injury, Nevada law permits you to take legal action against allegedly liable parties depending on your relationship with the deceased. Once again, contact a personal injury attorney for a free consultation to determine if you are eligible to seek compensation by filing a wrongful death suit against those who caused your loved one’s death.
When you have suffered injury because of another party, a personal injury attorney will advocate for you and help you seek justice against those who have caused you harm. Specific things your lawyer might do to build your case and advocate for you include:
The vast majority of personal injury law firms provide free case evaluations for potential clients. This allows you to ask questions and ensure the attorney with whom you speak is a good fit for your case. During your free consultation, the lawyer you meet with will go over the details of your case and determine your eligibility for compensation. If you have a viable lawsuit and you choose our firm to represent you in that suit, you do not have to pay a retainer. Instead, we collect fees from any compensation we secure for you in the form of a settlement or court-awarded damages. The exact amount varies from case to case, but your attorney can give you a better estimate when you have a free consultation.
Personal injury claims that result in a settlement or verdict in the plaintiff’s favor can vary from 500 dollars to over five million dollars. Your lawyer, often with the help of experts, will value of your claim based on several factors. Some of the most important considerations for the value of your claim include the severity of your injury, the likelihood of a full recovery, your total medical expenses, and the amount of time you missed from work. Injuries that result in permanent disability and/or scars and those that were a result of gross negligence or intentional harm often have a higher value.
You claim can take anywhere from weeks to years to settle or go to court depending on the circumstances of the event that led to your injury. As a general rule of thumb, cases with only one defendant and cases where liability is clear settle much quicker and often don’t need so much time to litigate. If the circumstances of your injury include multiple parties and shared liability plays a factor, you can expect insurance companies and legal defense teams will not settle easily. These cases often need require more lengthy litigation. Catastrophic injuries that make it difficult for parties to come to an agreement about damages for future medical expenses and lost wages might delay a claim as well.
If you’ve sustained an injury in Reno in any type of accident, including vehicle, hotel and casino, bus, workplace, slip and fall, pedestrian, bicycle, product liability, and dog bite accidents, or if one of your loved ones died in such an accident, contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (775) 600-6000 or via our online contact page for a free consultation.