When meeting with a personal injury lawyer for the first time, most clients are interested in ascertaining whether they have a case and how much money they are entitled to.
Although few personal injury cases are cut-and-dried, lawyers are able to help victims assess the value of their personal injury case by using decades old legal guidelines. Though many variables can affect your compensation, three overriding factors tend to predominate:
Who is at fault?
Determining the extent of negligence is a matter for lawyers to negotiate, or juries to decide. In some cases, it may be more obvious than in others. This is why a thorough investigation into the specific circumstances of your injury is imperative. In Nevada, you are eligible to collect if you are found to be less than 50 percent responsible for your injuries.
How badly you have been injured?
Broken bones, head injuries, or nerve damage tend to entitle you to greater compensation than bruises or a stiff neck. Long recovery periods that require bed rest or physical therapy, or permanent injuries that render you unable to work, also raise the possibility of increased compensation. Emotional distress, although more difficult to prove, may also be considered.
Whether the other party is insured and whether you are properly insured.
Many people purchase underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage to protect themselves from those who don’t have sufficient protection in the event of an accident. Otherwise, unless the possibility of third party liability exists, you may be left paying for your own medical care and recovery.
If your case goes to court, your credibility and that of the other party or witnesses will also play a role in how much you receive in compensation. A lawyer who has valuable courtroom experience will be able to fight for you. If you have been injured and need high-quality representation, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today.