Personal Injury FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions Answered by a Nevada Personal Injury Lawyer

Being injured or losing a loved one in an unexpected accident is something no one plans. Car accidents, slip and falls, and other types of personal injury cases often happen suddenly. Your injuries may leave you unable to work or pay your bills. In the event that your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, you might be entitled to compensation.   At The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, we help injury victims obtain compensation from liable parties. We are dedicated advocates that will fight to ensure that you receive the largest possible recovery on your case. Contact our office for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Injured parties are often unsure whether they need an attorney after an accident. In general, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help determine whether you have a valid claim for damages and who may be held liable for your injuries.   At The Law Offices of Garrett T. Ogata, all consultations are free and without obligation to retain our services. We believe that you should never have to pay simply to find out whether you have a personal injury or wrongful death case. 

How Much Is My Case Worth?

Since every case is different, there is no standard amount that your case is worth. The amount of compensation that you receive will depend on several factors, including the extent of your injuries, whether you were partially to blame for the accident and the conduct of the other involved party or parties.   An attorney can help you calculate your damages and determine the amount of compensation you should request. It is important to be wary of attorneys that guarantee the outcome of a case. You should always expect to have an attorney be honest about the strengths and weaknesses of your claim.

Who Is Liable for My Injuries?

In a case based on negligence, the party that owed you a duty of care and breached that duty resulting in your injuries may be held liable. In many cases, such as car accidents, the negligent party’s insurance company will pay if their party is found legally responsible for the accident.   An attorney can help conduct an independent investigation to determine who was at fault for the accident and who you should sue for damages. In some cases, the first step is to file a claim against a negligent party’s insurance company. It is essential that you always consult with an attorney before making any statements to an insurance adjuster.

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

It is never too early to retain an attorney after an unexpected accident. An attorney can help negotiate a favorable outcome in your case or file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. A lawyer will also help you to get full and fair compensation for your injuries. Unrepresented injury victims often end up settling their case for far less than it is worth. 

What If I Was Partially Responsible for My Injuries?

Under Nevada law, you are still entitled to compensation even if you were partially to blame for your injuries as long as your portion of fault was not greater than 50%. If your comparative negligence (your portion of blame) was greater than 50%, you may be barred from recovering damages against another party.   Remember, your words can be used against you. Making a statement to an insurance adjuster without first consulting an attorney could directly impact your right to compensation. Insurance companies may try to place you at fault for the accident reducing the amount of damages you are entitled to collect.

What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

If your loved one was killed as the result of another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, you might be entitled to compensation. While we know that no amount of money could ever fully compensate you for the loss of your family member, a wrongful death lawsuit may help to ease the financial hardship created by their unexpected death. 

Will I Receive Compensation for Pain and Suffering?

Under certain circumstances, you might be entitled to compensation for damages that extend beyond your economic losses. Generally, the value of your claim will be determined by provable losses such as your medical expenses and lost wages.    However, many people experience losses that may not have a fixed cost, such as pain and suffering. An attorney can help determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering and how that amount is calculated.

Injured in Las Vegas? Contact Our Office Today.

If you were injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact our office for a free consultation. There is no cost to speak with an experienced attorney.    We know how difficult it can be after an accident with injuries, which is why we offer compassionate, dedicated representation to injury victims and their families. Call or text now to get started.

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