Frequently Asked Questions
Suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence can be an arduous and complex experience. The team at ER Injury Attorneys aims to relieve as many burdens as possible for our clients and make the injury settlement process straightforward. This begins with giving our clients honest and accurate information. To illustrate the services we offer and what you can expect when you work with our staff, here are some answers to common personal injury attorney FAQ (frequently asked questions).
- Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
- How Much Is a Personal Injury Case Worth?
- When Will I Receive My Settlement Check?
- How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
- Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?
- What if a Person Dies Before a Personal Injury Claim Is Filed or Settled?
- What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
- When Should I Seek Medical Treatment For a Personal Injury?
- Is Nevada a No-Fault or At-Fault State for Car Accidents?
- How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
The personal injury attorney FAQ we get the most is, “Why do I need a lawyer?” After all, many people attempt to handle insurance claims and settlements on their own. Unfortunately, many people also get shortchanged by insurance companies.
Getting fair compensation for a personal injury is extremely challenging. Insurance companies use “deny, delay, defend” tactics in order to pay little or no money to those that have legitimately suffered an injury. Furthermore, many insurance companies employ teams of lawyers that pressure or intimidate people into accepting a settlement that’s a fraction of what they deserve.
Our seasoned attorneys have the skills and experience to deal with insurance companies. Our team will assemble a strong case for you and fight hard to win you the highest settlement possible.
How Much Is a Personal Injury Case Worth?
There are many variables insurance companies use when assigning monetary value to a personal injury settlement. Additionally, no two cases are exactly the same. However, there are some general guidelines you can use to estimate an expected settlement.
A fair settlement should cover your medical treatment, lost wages, personal property damage, pain and suffering, physical therapy, and assisted-living expenses. Insurance companies use a formula that tallies those costs and multiplies them based on the extent of your injuries. Minor to moderate injuries typically use a 1x to 2x multiplier, while severe injuries can use a multiplier as high as 5x. Extreme cases can use an even higher multiplier.
It’s important to keep in mind that even if an insurance company fairly assesses the monetary value of your personal injury settlement, it does not mean that it will offer you the full amount. A seasoned personal injury attorney can help you get the proper value that you deserve.
When Will I Receive My Settlement Check?
Along with the value of a personal injury settlement, another common personal injury attorney FAQ is, “When will my settlement check arrive?” Similar to the monetary amount of a personal injury claim, the timing of a settlement check can vary greatly.
If the insurance company or other party is communicative, a settlement can be agreed upon quickly–sometimes in a matter of weeks. If the other party tries to unfairly dispute your claim, then an agreement may take over a year. The majority of personal injury cases are settled sometime in between. Please be assured that getting maximum compensation for you, as soon as possible, is the goal of ER Injury Attorneys.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
According to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 11.190, a person has two years to file a personal injury claim. This is commonly referred to as a statute of limitations. In many cases, it’s advisable for you to file sooner rather than later. Medical expenses, physical therapy, and lost wages can result in financial hardship.
Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?
Most personal injury cases do not go to trial. In most cases, it’s in the best interest of all parties involved to reach a settlement agreement, as trials can be lengthy and expensive. There are, naturally, exceptions, such as when both parties vehemently dispute evidence or testimonies.
ER Injury Attorneys wants to resolve your personal injury case as soon as possible. Our team is dedicated to assisting you efficiently and effectively, so that you can move forward with your life. We will do everything in our power to help you find closure quickly and avoid a trial.
What if a Person Dies Before a Personal Injury Claim Is Filed or Settled?
If a member of your family has a strong personal injury claim, but passes away before the process has started or is resolved, then our attorneys may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. In this case, our attorneys will build a case to prove that your loved one’s death was caused by negligence. We may be able to get compensation for loss of companionship, consortium, and income, as well as medical and funeral expenses.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Another common personal injury attorney FAQ is what to do immediately following a car accident. If you are able to do so physically, it’s important to exchange insurance information and get license plate numbers of those involved in the crash. If witnesses are available, their contact information is vital for your case’s testimonies. It’s also important to never admit fault right after a car wreck.
Getting a thorough medical exam is critical for treating any injuries you’ve suffered and to be aware of injuries that may spring up in the future as a result of the car accident. If you are unable to do any of these things on your own, ER Injury Attorneys is available 24/7 to assist you.
When Should I Seek Medical Treatment For a Personal Injury?
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible, following a truck, car, taxi, motorcycle, or bicycle accident. A doctor will be able to treat your immediate injuries and assess any health issues that may arise in the future, as a result of an accident. If you do not have a doctor of your own, ER Injury Attorneys can connect you with some of the top physicians and specialists in Las Vegas.
Is Nevada a No-Fault or At-Fault State for Car Accidents?
Nevada is a fault or at-fault state in regards to car accidents. This means that the insurance company of the at-fault party is responsible for expenses for injuries and damages. Nevada also uses “comparative negligence” if multiple parties caused an accident. This can make personal injury settlements more difficult to handle, since multiple parties and insurance companies have to be negotiated with.
ER Injury Attorneys has decades of combined experience dealing with multiple insurance companies. When you work with us, you can be assured that even the most complex personal injury cases will be navigated smoothly.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
An often-asked personal injury attorney FAQ is, “How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?” People are surprised that the services of a personal injury lawyer aren’t nearly as much as they thought. ER Injury Attorneys offers free consultations and works on a “contingency fee” basis. A contingency fee means that we do not collect any money until your case is won.
Many people are shocked to learn that after deducting contingency fees and court costs, they’re left with a higher settlement than what they could have achieved on their own. ER Injury Attorneys is proud to offer our clients this value, while treating them with the utmost compassion and respect.