If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you may have medical bills, lost wages, and/or property damage to deal with as you recover. Along with the pain you're experiencing, your expenses can start to accumulate quickly.
Consulting with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether pursuing legal action against the person who caused your injury makes sense. This type of attorney can help guide you through the following steps:
Deciding whether to file a personal injury case
Not every case will meet the legal standards required to prevail in a lawsuit. A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer can evaluate the merits of your potential case and help you determine the best course of action.
In many instances, an insurance company will offer you money to settle a case before it goes to court. Your attorney can help you negotiate so you receive the best offer possible. He or she can then help you decide whether to accept the offer or take the case to court.
Filing your claim
A claim is a document that outlines the facts of your case for a judge and asks for compensation. You'll need a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to draft this document to ensure it's presented correctly. The other side will have a specified amount of time to respond to your claim and present their defenses.
Your lawyer can help you gather evidence and refute the other side's defenses. If you can't come to a satisfactory agreement with the defendant, you can take your case to court.
Gathering information for discovery
Discovery is a formal investigation, governed by court rules, that occurs before a trial. This important aspect of your case can help determine the potential success of your legal action.
Your Las Vegas personal injury lawyer can help you gather the records and other evidence – such as eyewitness or expert statements – needed to support your case and give you the best possible chance of prevailing in court.
Going to trial
A trial follows a very specific set of rules and procedures. Your attorney will present the facts of your case and help to disprove the defendant's version of events. Unlike the higher standard of proof required in a criminal trial, a civil trial (such as a personal injury case) requires that the judge or jury find a greater than 50% chance the defendant was negligent and caused injuries.
During the trial, your attorney will also present evidence that helps prove you deserve the amount of money you're asking for.
Getting help from a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer
If you're been injured due to someone else's negligence, contact the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476). We offer free consultations to help determine your best option, and if you choose to pursue legal action, we'll use our knowledge and experience to advocate on your behalf.