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Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys
Representing the Legal Rights of Individuals Injured in Preventable Accidents
Personal injuries are specific types of torts that relate to negligence, product defects, car accidents, reckless conduct, and other segments of tort law. Personal injuries from an accident can be far-reaching, long-lasting, and negatively affect the whole family. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Michael I. Gowdey, we help personal injury victims get the medical treatment they need and the recovery they deserve. Our firm has built a strong reputation for putting the interests of our clients above all else, and we’re proud to say that individuals and families throughout Southern Nevada have entrusted us with their livelihoods for more than 25 years.
Compassionate and Zealous Advocacy in Your Time of Need
We do not work for insurance companies; we work for our clients. That’s why you won’t find us rushing to accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company. Lead personal injury attorney Michael Gowdey and his team will handle the investigations, the paperwork, and the negotiations as if it’s going to trial. This lets the insurance company know that we mean business and gives us leverage to negotiate for the maximum amount of compensation available under the law.
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If you are concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney, don’t be. Our contingency fee agreements make sure you don’t owe us a dime unless we obtain a favorable recovery or judgment for your benefit. If you would like to meet with us to discuss your case, we offer a free, no-obligation case analysis. Make an appointment today!
Benefits of Hiring Our Personal Injury Lawyers:
Personal injury lawyers are experienced at evaluating claims and can inform accident victims and their families upfront if their case is worth pursuing or not. If a personal injury claim is deemed worthy of litigation, a lawyer can cut through the red tape of legal procedures, confusing medical terms, and the mountains of paperwork that are often a part of personal injury claims, helping the victims and their families to recover and heal from the accident.
If you determine that we’re a good fit, we will immediately begin building your winning case, so you can focus on your recovery. You can count on us to:
- Investigate your accident—review the police report, collect evidence, and speak to witnesses to find out what happened and who is at fault.
- Calculate the true value of your claim with consideration of the long-term medical care and financial needs that could be caused by the accident.
- Manage the insurance claim process— File the appropriate documents and submit a demand letter to the negligent party’s insurance carrier.
- Negotiate an accident settlement for an amount that fully covers all of your losses and compensates you for the pain and suffering.
- Litigate aggressively in court if settlement negotiations fail.
Personal Injury Areas of Practice
Our experience and skill enable us to effectively handle a wide variety of insurance claims, including those arising from:
Car Accidents – Car accidents are frequently the result of negligence, the carelessness of other drivers, poor road design, or defective auto parts. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we can pursue a claim against either the at-fault driver or their insurance company, the city of Las Vegas, or an auto manufacturer.
Medical Malpractice – When a patient is harmed by the action or lack of action on the part of a healthcare professional, this is referred to as medical malpractice. Examples of medical malpractice may include: failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, poor aftercare, or health management.
Motorcycle & Truck Accidents – Crashes involving motorcycles and trucks often result in catastrophic injuries, even death. A truck accident claim can be complex, especially when multiple parties (the truck driver, trucking company, cargo owner, manufacturer, distribution center, etc.) are involved and their liabilities are at stake.
Sexual Assault/Clergy Abuse – Sexual abuse by clergy members against others is something no one should ever have to go through. If you’ve survived sexual abuse by a priest, rabbi, deacon, or any other religious leader, you deserve justice and closure so you can move on. We recognize that filing a lawsuit can have one feeling isolated and vulnerable, but we know too that fighting for accountability is empowering. It also reduces the chance the individuals and institutions involved will go on to hurt others in the same way.
What Damages Can I Recover?
The aftermath of an accident can be just as traumatic as the accident itself. The physical and emotional pain can be overwhelming, and the medical bills can quickly accumulate to create a significant financial hardship. It can be even more stressful if you are forced to take time off work or are unsure of your ability to earn a living in the future. The goal of personal injury law in Nevada is to make injured people “whole,” or back to the place they were before the accident. Potential recovery in a settlement or at trial may include reimbursement for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damage covers quantifiable losses, such as the monetary value of property damage. Non-economic damage covers intangible losses that cannot be quantified by a dollar amount. The overall value of your case is based on the severity of the injury, the effects of the injury on your life, and the negligence of the other party.
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Income
- Property Damage
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Consortium
- Wrongful Death Damages
- Punitive Damages
Common Injuries Sustained in Personal Injury Cases
The Law Offices of Michael Gowdey has represented personal injury victims who have been afflicted by a wide range of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Lacerations, abrasions
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding/organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Partial/Complete Paralysis (temporary or permanent)
- Facial/Dental Damages
We Protect You From Unfair Insurance Company Tactics
It’s important to remember that insurance companies are in business for one reason: to make money. Their profits increase when they settle claims for less than their fair value or deny claims altogether. Given this motivation, they will go to great lengths to invalidate your claim. Three common tactics they may engage in include:
- Delaying payment of justified claim for as long as possible
- Denying responsibility for everything, even when it is obvious that their policyholder is at fault
- Defending all allegations with a win-at-all-costs mentality, without regard for the truth or accountability
Personal Injury Laws in Nevada
Statute of Limitations
All states, including Nevada, have specific guidelines and laws that govern personal injury cases. For instance, each state has a statute of limitations, or time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit in court. In Nevada, you have 2 years from the date of your injury to take legal action. For medical malpractice suits, you have three years. If you fail to file before the deadline, a Nevada court will typically refuse to hear your case, and you will be forever barred from recovering what you are entitled to.
Court Filing Locations
A personal injury claim must be filed in the court jurisdiction where your injury occurred or where the alleged at-fault party resides. For damages that are less than $5,000, you must file in small claims court, a division of the Nevada Justice Court. The small claims division of the Las Vegas Township Justice Court will hear matters involving sums of up to $7500. For damages that exceed $10,000, your case will be heard in the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Caps on Compensation
Nevada law limits the amount you can recover for noneconomic damages in a personal injury lawsuit to $350,000.
Modified Comparative Fault Rule
Before an insurance company agrees to a settlement or a judge or jury reaches a verdict, they will assess whether you contributed in any way to your accident. When negligence isn’t clear-cut, such as in a car collision, Nevada applies the legal doctrine of modified comparative negligence to allocate financial liability. This theory states that even if you were partially responsible for your accident, you can still recover compensation so long as your liability did not reach 51 percent. The caveat is that your recovery would be reduced by your percentage of fault.
In a car accident, for example, if you were speeding and the other driver was texting while driving, and it was determined that you were 40% liable and the other driver was 60% liable, your recovery would be reduced by 40%. So, if total damages were $100,000, you would receive $60,000.
If you were found to be more than 51% at fault, you would be barred from receiving compensation.
How Do I Prove My Case?
Negligence, or more commonly known as fault, is the central point of a successful personal injury claim. Negligence is the failure to act in a manner that a reasonably careful person would have acted in the same situation. There are four elements of negligence that need to be proven in your case:
Duty of Care: you must first show that the person who caused your injury owed you a legal duty to avoid acting carelessly under the circumstances. For example, if you were in a car accident, the duty of care was clear — the driver had a legal responsibility to operate their vehicle safely and obey traffic laws to avoid causing harm.
Breach of Duty: the alleged at-fault party failed to meet the duty of care to keep you free from injury.
Causation: this person’s carelessness or negligence caused your injury.
Damages: you suffered significant physical, financial, or emotional damage as a result of this person’s carelessness.
If you have been injured, call our personal injury attorneys today to find out if you have a case. You might be eligible to receive financial compensation. There are no fees until your case is won.
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