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Joining Parties to a Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have suffered a serious injury in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have probably experienced the intense financial squeeze that comes from massive medical bills and the lost wages because of the work you have missed. In addition, you may have suffered intense physical and emotional pain and a sobering reality of a harder life ahead resulting from your trauma. If any of this sounds familiar, you should speak with an attorney, who can help you determine whether you have a legal claim, and who may be held financially responsible.

Multiple Parties May Be Responsible For An Injury

Sometimes, an accident is the result of a series of acts or omissions from numerous parties. For example, if you think about a truck accident, there are different players whose decisions may have been involved.

  • Truck driver: Was the driver impaired? Was the driver drowsy or asleep due driving too many hours without a rest? Was the driver speeding or driving aggressively due to ridiculous delivery deadlines?
  • Truck company: Was the vehicle fit to be on the road? Was the cargo too heavy? Was the company following laws regarding driver logs and rest requirements? Did the company fail to perform the appropriate steps to make sure that they had safe drivers on the road?
  • Government agency that operates the road: Was there construction or road hazards that made driving conditions unsafe?

Nevada is a Modified Comparative Negligence State

If there are numerous parties that contributed to your injury, then they should be held accountable. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you identify any viable claims against additional parties and join them to your lawsuit. In Nevada, the law allows victims to seek relief from multiple responsible parties based on the theory of “comparative negligence”.

Under this theory, a jury is tasked with assigning a percentage of negligence—or “fault”—to each defendant, who then becomes responsible for that percentage of the total damages awarded to the plaintiff. Successfully identifying additional responsible parties can be an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to maximizing the damages that you can recover to help you move forward with your life.

Personal Injury Attorneys at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.

Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman, L.L.P. is a full-service law firm in Reno that offers professional, personalized representation to an individual regarding a wide array of legal issues. If you have been seriously injured due to another person’s negligence, you deserve an attorney who will pursue justice. Our attorneys are experienced, have a track record of success, and will go above and beyond in working for you. If you want help, call Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. today at (775) 227-2280 to schedule an initial consultation or contact our office through our website.