At the Cottle Firm, our dedicated Las Vegas personal injury lawyers understand the personal and financial difficulties involved with an unexpected serious injury. If you have suffered an injury caused by the negligence of another party, you should not be forced to handle these personal and financial difficulties on your own. We strive to help our clients secure the financial compensation they need and deserve for all damages related to their injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We are prepared to evaluate your case and help you determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury claim, and then guide you through each step of the legal process from there. Contact the experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers of the Cottle Firm today at 702-722-6111 to learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation.
At the Cottle Firm, we represent clients in all types of personal injury claims. Over 30+ years we have helped clients to secure nearly $1 billion in settlements and judgments. . Practices areas we specialize in include:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Many motor vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of one party involved in the crash. If you were injured in a crash caused by another driver’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
- Slip and Fall – Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of foreseeable hazards. If you were injured in a slip and fall at a commercial property like a casino or hotel, you may have grounds for a claim against the property owner.
- Burns – Burns can result in long-term or even permanent injuries like scarring, as well as psychological issues due to the traumatic nature of burn injuries. Victims of burns caused by negligence may recover financial compensation from the negligent party.
- Bicycle Accidents – Cyclists have the same rights as motor vehicle drivers. When a cyclist is injured due to the negligence of a motorist or other party, they can recover damages in a personal injury claim.
- Trucking Accidents – Commercial truck drivers and their employers must follow certain standards to avoid preventable accidents. Those injured because of the negligence of a truck driver or company may have grounds for a personal injury claim.
- Defective Products – All companies have a legal duty to ensure the safety of their products. When defective products cause injuries, those affected may have grounds for a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.
- Nursing Home Negligence – Nursing homes have a legal duty to ensure the well-being of residents. When a resident suffers an injury or illness due to nursing home negligence, they and their family may have grounds for legal action against the facility.
- Nursing Home Wrongful Death – If a nursing home resident dies because of negligence at the facility, that facility could be held liable for damages in a nursing home wrongful death claim.
- Insurance Bad Faith – Insurance carriers are expected to provide financial assistance to policyholders who are injured in accidents. However, sometimes these companies fail to adhere to the terms of their contracts by refusing to pay out legitimate claims, otherwise known as bad faith. These companies can be sued for such conduct and victims may also file complaints with the Nevada Division of Insurance.
- Pedestrian Accidents – If you were injured by a motor vehicle while walking as a pedestrian, you may have grounds for a legal claim against the driver.
- Premises Liability – When someone visits a property and suffers an injury caused by a dangerous condition, the property owner may be held liable in a premises liability claim.
- Hotel and Casino Injuries – Las Vegas hotels and casinos can be held liable for damages when a visitor is injured due to negligence.
- Dog Bites – If you were bitten by a dog that had a prior history of biting or attacks, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner.
- Uber and Lyft Accidents – If you were injured in an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver, you can recover financial compensation by filing an insurance claim. If the company’s negligence played a role in the crash, you could also potentially file a personal injury lawsuit against them.
If you have been injured in one of these types of accidents or any other accident that you believe was caused by negligence, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim against the responsible party.
Evaluating Liability in Nevada Personal Injury Cases
When someone is injured, it’s important to investigate the cause of their injuries and determine if any third parties can be held liable for the injury. Under Nevada law, someone may be considered liable if they were legally negligent.
To establish negligence, the injury victim or their personal injury attorney must prove the following four criteria:
- The injured party was owed a duty of care from the defendant
- This duty of care was breached when the defendant failed to act in the way a reasonable person would under the circumstances
- This breach of the duty of care resulted in injuries that would not have occurred if the defendant had acted responsibly
- The injured party suffered damages related to their injuries
The vast majority of personal injury lawsuits are filed based on negligence. If you believe that you were injured because of another party’s negligence, you can learn more about your legal options by contacting the Cottle Firm.
Can I File a Personal Injury Claim If I Was Partially At Fault?
Nevada evaluates fault using a standard called comparative negligence. When someone is injured in an accident, both parties involved in the accident are evaluated to determine whether their negligence was a factor.
Sometimes, both sides may be deemed partially at fault. In such cases, the victim may still file a personal injury claim, as long as they are less than 50% responsible. However, funds awarded in settlements or court judgments are reduced by the percentage of fault. For example, if you were deemed 20% negligent and were awarded a $100,000 settlement, the total amount awarded would be $80,000.
What Can I Do If a Loved One Died Because of Negligence?
In some tragic cases, negligence can be fatal. If a loved one was killed in an accident caused by negligence, such as a car accident, your family has legal rights. Instead of filing a personal injury claim, you could file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party.
The family members of wrongful death victims may be eligible for financial compensation for various damages related to their loved one’s death, including medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages and benefits, and pain and suffering. In cases involving gross negligence or intentional harm, the court may also award punitive damages.
Speak With Our Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Navigating the complexities of the legal system while dealing with the aftermath of an injury can be overwhelming. At the Cottle Firm, our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers are committed to assisting individuals facing these challenges. We recognize the emotional, physical, and financial turmoil that accompanies unexpected injuries.
Our lawyers strive to secure rightful compensation for our climates, including all damages related to their injuries. Contact us today at 702-722-6111 for a free consultation, where we’ll assess your circumstances and offer clarification on your legal rights. We stand ready to provide valuable legal guidance and ensure you’re not left to navigate these challenging times on your own.