If you’ve been severely injured by someone else, either accidentally or intentionally, you are legally entitled to hold them accountable in court by filing a personal injury lawsuit Reno, NV. One of the broadest and most important areas of the law, is designed to protect the rights of the injured and hold negligent people responsible for their wrongful actions.
If you’re facing massive medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term suffering after an accident, call a Reno personal injury attorney at Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. Our Reno accident attorneys have over a century of combined legal experience and have represented hundreds of cases. Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our Nevada clients, helping them recover from their injuries and move forward with their lives.
Tell our lawyers about your personal injury case today; call (775) 227-2280 or contact our firm online to request a free, no-obligation consultation.
On This Page:
- Types of Cases We Handle
- Do I Really Need to Hire a Lawyer?
- Why Choose Us
- Can I Afford an Injury Lawyer?
- What to Bring to Your First Meeting
- What to Expect
- How Do I know if My Injury Is Serious Enough?
- What is Comparative Negligence?
- Do Most Personal Injury Cases Settle?
- Nevada Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
- Recommended Blog Posts
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Attorneys Handle in Reno, Nevada
Our attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury cases, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
When filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is crucial to work with an injury attorney who is experienced in representing these types of personal injury claims. A qualified personal injury lawyer in Reno, Nevada will have the resources, skills, and in-depth legal knowledge it takes to fight for the highest possible verdict or settlement.
Is a Reno Personal Injury Lawyer Really Necessary?
Nevada law does not require you to hire a lawyer in order to file a personal injury claim. However, there are many, many reasons to work with an attorney when navigating the personal injury litigation process.
In most cases, after a car accident in Reno, you will file a personal injury claim with the at-fault person or party’s insurance provider. Not only does this require proving that another person/party was at fault for the accident or incident that caused your injury, but it also involves negotiating with the involved insurance company for a fair settlement. Insurance adjusters are not on your side. As businesses, the primary goal of any insurance company is making money.
As such, adjusters will often use various tactics to dispute, devalue, or even deny your claim altogether. An injury attorney will not only know how insurance adjusters operate but will also be able to fight back against these tactics and advocate for the maximum settlement to which you are entitled.
In some cases, the insurance company simply refuses to acknowledge fault or offer a fair personal injury settlement. In such instances, your attorney will be able to begin litigation and, if necessary, pursue your case in court. This might be appropriate when you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury requiring extensive medical treatment and ongoing future care, as well as in any other situation in which the insurance company refuses to provide a fair settlement to cover the cost of your damages.
5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
- You have significant legal rights, which are subject to strict legal and procedural requirements and deadlines. Failing to abide by these requirements or missing the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit means you waive your rights.
- A personal injury lawyer’s experience can give you valuable perspective. What you believe is a strong claim may not be supported by Nevada personal injury laws—which have specific elements that you have the burden to prove.
- A personal injury lawyer can help you pinpoint your strongest claims. A lawyer can help you identify the claims you should pursue, and which claims may be a waste of time and resources.
- A personal injury lawyer can help you identify responsible third parties. The law allows for multiple parties to be responsible for their contribution to your injury.
- Insurance companies will pay attention to a represented victim. Insurance companies love it when people choose to negotiate their own claims. They know that many victims are desperate for money to pay their growing medical bills and will attempt to use this to make lowball offers. When a personal injury attorney becomes involved, insurance companies know that these tactics will not work.
Why Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P.
When it comes to personal injury matters in Northern Nevada, clients choose Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. because we:
- Do not charge any fees unless we win your case
- Handle each case as if it were going to trial
- Offer large-firm resources with small-firm attention
- Are ranked as Top Attorneys in Nevada
- Provide free consultations
- Have recovered millions of dollars since 1998
Can I Actually Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?
An accident can result in a huge amount of unexpected expenses for victims, including sizable medical bills. Combined with everyday living expenses, these additional costs can mean significant financial stress for a victim and his or her family—especially when the victim is unable to work due to his or her injuries.
At Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P., our attorneys understand that the last thing an injury victim needs to worry about is finding additional money to pay for the legal help they need after a car accident in Reno. That’s why we handle cases on a contingency fee basis.
If We Don’t Win, You Don’t Pay!
With contingency fees, there are no upfront costs to begin a personal injury case:
- The client only pays their attorney if they win the case
- Attorney fees are taken as a percentage of the recovery, which means that the client doesn’t pay anything out of pocket
- If there is no successful resolution via negotiation or trial, no attorney fees will be due
Why would an attorney enter into such an agreement? Because our lawyers are confident in our abilities to successfully resolve claims and motivated to maximize your recovery. This arrangement makes it possible for everyone to have access to legal help, regardless of their financial situation. With free case evaluations for injury cases, there is absolutely no risk, so do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.
What To Bring When You Meet With Your Personal Injury Lawyer
You should bring the following to your initial consultation:
- A timeline of your vehicle accident (this includes what you were doing prior to the accident, where you were headed, the time of day, the weather conditions, your recollection of the collision, your observations, and what happened afterward)
- All of the information you have about the at-fault driver, including their contact information, driver’s license number, date of birth, and employer
- Information about the responsible driver’s vehicle, including license plates, the type of vehicle, and whether it is a company car or truck
- The insurance company that covers the responsible driver, whether you or a representative has had any contact with that company
- Information about your own auto insurance policy and your coverage
- A copy of any police reports generated, the badge numbers of any officers that left their cards, and any traffic citations that were issued
- Any photos or videos that you or anyone else took at the scene of the collision
- Photos of your vehicle or the other driver’s vehicle
- A copy of your driver history record
- Medical records, medical bills, and a list of any specialists seen as a result of the wreck
- Your insurance information, including your auto and medical insurance cards and policies
What to Expect When Meeting With Your Personal Injury Lawyer
At your initial consultation with a Nevada personal injury attorney, you are trying to determine whether an attorney is a good fit for you. At the same time, your attorney is analyzing all of the available information to figure out whether there are any legal claims, who your claims would be against, what sort of damages you may be entitled to, and your chances of success under the law. This is an important meeting for both sides of a potential team.
While a personal injury attorney is able to gather information by issuing subpoenas, conducting discovery on other parties, and obtaining records, they cannot do so unless you retain them as your attorney. Therefore, it is in your interest to provide as much information as possible at your initial consultation.
When is an Injury Serious Enough to Speak With an Injury Lawyer?
One hindrance to seeking fair compensation is when victims don’t believe that their injuries are “serious enough” to merit consulting an injury attorney about a personal injury claim. This is a mindset that minimizes their injuries, minimizes their experience, and can lead to depression.
If another person or company has injured you and any of the following apply, it is in your immediate interest to contact a Nevada personal injury lawyer:
- If you incurred medical expenses as a result of the accident. This includes emergency medical services, doctor’s appointments, medical testing, specialists, surgery, and/or physical therapy.
- If you have missed work due to your injuries, or can no longer perform your same job functions due to your injuries.
- If you suffered any injury impacting your head, neck, or spine.
- If your physical appearance has been altered by your injury.
- If you have had to seek psychological, therapeutic, or psychiatric care due to your injury.
- If your injury has impacted your relationship with your intimate partner.
It does you no harm to speak with an injury lawyer in Nevada to determine whether you have a claim for financial compensation. We offer a free case consultation and will give you an honest, no-nonsense assessment of whether you have a claim that is worth pursuing.
What is Comparative Negligence in a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Nevada?
In the past, Nevada recognized the principle of contributory negligence, which barred a person who held any responsibility for an accident from recovering damages from the other party. So even if another driver was 99% at fault for an accident, the victim could not collect a dime when it came to their personal injury.
This was harsh and ended up being unfair to many victims of truly negligent people. So fortunately, the state shifted to recognize comparative negligence instead. Comparative negligence, in contrast, looks at the big picture and:
- allows an injured person to recover even if that person was up to 49% at fault for the accident; then
- reduces the total damages recoverable by that person’s percentage of
In other words, you are not cut off from relief if you bear some fault for the accident. However, if you are found to be 50% or more responsible for an accident, then you are not entitled to recover damages.
Do Most Personal Injury Cases Settle?
Many people believe that hiring a lawyer means that you are going to end up in a courtroom in a contested trial. But is this true? Do personal injury claims have to end in trial? The short answer is no. In fact, most of an attorney’s work involves countless hours of sitting in an office, reviewing records, and working the phones to attain maximum compensation for their clients. More often than not, this hard work pays off and a majority of personal injury claims are settled between the parties either before a lawsuit is filed, or after a lawsuit is filed but before trial.
Why would an insurance company settle instead of going to trial? Insurance companies are motivated to settle your claim because trial is expensive, trial is time consuming, and trial can be incredibly risky to the person being sued. Does this mean that cases never go to trial? No. There are absolutely cases that go to trial when both sides reach an insurmountable gap in their negotiations and the victim directs his or her attorney to proceed to trial.
The Nevada Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
For personal injury actions in Nevada, there is a two-year statute of limitations to file a lawsuit to recover damages. This means that a person who has suffered an injury has two years from the date they discovered their injury (or should have reasonably discovered their injury) to file a lawsuit against those responsible. For most car accidents, this timeline starts to run from the date of the accident.
What is the impact of a statute of limitations? Courts have to have a legal basis to enter orders that restrict the rights of another. A statute of limitations creates a deadline, after which a court loses any ability to enter any valid orders regarding a claim. So filing a lawsuit past the two-year limitation acts as a bar to any sort of recovery for a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Call Our Reno Personal Injury Lawyers to Request a Case Review
Viloria, Oliphant, Oster & Aman L.L.P. is committed to pursuing maximum compensation for injured people in Reno and throughout Northern Nevada. If you have been injured and have questions about your legal rights, the time is now to give us a call. We are ready to meet with you to discuss your specific legal rights and options. Hablamos español.
Contact us online or call our law office at (775) 227-2280 today to get started with our personal injury attorneys in Reno, Nevada. Free consultations.
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