Las Vegas Accidents Lawyers
Sam Harding Law Firm has experience in handling Accidents cases in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you or a someone you know has suffered serious injury from an Accidents in the state of Nevada, we can help.
Many people suffer serious injuries that were not their fault and then bungle an insurance claim or fail to take action. Listed below are some guidelines that may help you avoid mistakes commonly made in the event of an accident:
How to Protect Yourself and Those You Love: Immediately after an accident, speak to an attorney who has experience with the type of situation you may find yourself in. As a rule, consultations are usually free of charge. If a lawyer is not readily available to you, make a record in order to maintain the evidence.
Depending on the severity of the accident, a record confirming your injuries may be made for you in the form of a police report or hospital record.
Many times the onset of physical complaints begins 12 to 24 hours later. Never hesitate to “get checked out” even when you feel “O.K.
Tell only the truth.
Follow the doctor’s advice. Failure to due so may reduce any type of compensation due to you.
Keep receipts of everything and maintain a calendar of post-accident events such as missed work, doctor appointments, etc. Anything that has occurred as a result of your injury.
Gather As Much Evidence As You Possibly Can
First and most important – Obtain physical custody of what ever was involved in causing your injury, even if you have to buy it. Keep in mind that it is relatively inexpensive to buy a wrecked car as opposed to losing anything of value you own. Once you gain ownership of the defective product, lock it up in a facility that you control. Never assume that no one will want the wreckage of a destroyed automobile. Whenever possible, manufacturers will go to any possible length to secure evidence to deny plaintiffs the ability to pursue claims.
If it is unfeasible to buy the evidence, create a paper trail making everyone involved, no matter how indirectly, that their failure to preserve evidence will subject them to being sued for allowing it to be destroyed. Even if pictures are taken by the police, take many more. Include shots of the location of the accident; vehicles involved from different angles, routes traveled leading to the scene of the accident and of the people involved. Times by three the amount of photos you feel you may need.
Time is of the essence. Impending skids are faint marks that can be seen on the roadway for only 24 to 48 hours after a collision. An impending skid and a skid mark when taken together gives a very accurate record of the actual speed of a car before a brake application.
Do your best to take the pictures around the same time that the accident occurred.
Photograph any debris where you find it. Take the shots allowing the location to be identifiable as to where it was found. Make a record of actions taken to secure items.
If The Injury is Caused by a Household Product:
Photograph the location where evidence is found and then remove it for safe storage.
Always preserve written materials that came with a product: packaging, inserts, manuals, warranties and similar written materials. Every state has statutes of limitations and procedural requirements that place deadlines on when you can file a lawsuit. Statutes of limitations differ from state to state and depend also upon the nature of the claim.
Statutes of limitations differ depending upon the nature of the lawsuit or claim.
Insurance companies profoundly manipulate time limits and prefer short statutes of limitations in order to expedite further determination if a given book of business is profitable. Most states have a two year statute for injury cases and some states allow up to four years.
NEVER give an oral statement to the other side’s insurance company. The only thing to be gained by doing so is tremendous regret on your part!
Do Not Begin Negotiations! There may be a chance the damage has not yet run its course or future damage has yet to unfold.
Claims adjusters know that if they can keep a claimant negotiating with the adjuster then there is a high probability of a successful settlement in favor of the insurance company.
You will need to have a lawyer file a lawsuit for you to protect your right to collect the damages you have suffered.