After an accident, as soon as it is safe to do so, you should contact a lawyer to make sure that there are not any loose ends that need to be tied up. An experienced trial attorney with a great deal of experience in the field of torts law is exactly who you should be calling after an accident.
Knowing what questions to ask, and how to answer them
Whether it is a car accident, premise liability incident, slip and fall accident, or product defect related case, you should not bypass this step. A savvy personal injury lawyer will ask you the right questions to make sure that there isn’t anything that you missed.
Do not downplay your injuries
It is common for people involved in personal injury cases to forget or not look into important information, either because they are shaken up after the incident or they simply did not know what to look for after being involved in an accident. For instance, it is important to make sure that you consider what you say to everyone at the scene of the accident. If you tell everyone “I’m okay” even though you simply meant that you were “not dying.” That could end up in the police report as being “Driver of Vehicle #2 did not report injuries at the scene.” When you really meant that you were in pain, but you were not in danger of losing your life.
Do not accept any responsibility
These are the type of things that insurance adjusters love to get hung up on, even though the information contained in a police report is typically hearsay. Another consideration is whether there was anything that you could have done to avoid the accident. If you answer that question in the affirmative, guess what, you just made a negative impact on your case. For example, if another driver runs a red light while you have the green light, you might be asked the question “was there anything you could do to avoid the accident?” Well sure, you could slow down at every green light to make sure that drivers are not running red lights. However, if that is what you say to a police officer or insurance adjuster, you just devalued your case, not knowing it.
Under Nevada law, if a plaintiff is jointly responsible for causing an accident, their damages could be reduced by their percentage of fault. If the accident is more the fault of the Plaintiff than the Defendant, then there can be no recovery. These are things that very few unrepresented plaintiffs consider before speaking about the details of how an accident occurred. They often enter into “regurgitation mode” where they just say everything that is on their mind, not considering the potential negative impacts that a statement may or may not have. This is why you need to retain an attorney who has seen it all.
At The Injury Firm, we have the experience
A lawyer that has been through every possible scenario and therefore knows how to handle situations before they even happen. You need an attorney from the Injury Firm, Las Vegas, to guide you through the nuances of a personal injury case before it is too late. We can open claims for you, send letters of representation to responsible parties, take statements, collect evidence, and evaluate cases early on in the process. Not only making your life easier but also ensuring the best possible chance that your case hits it big, bringing in high dollar figures so you can focus on the important things, like taking care of your family.