From the moment that an accident victim leaves the hospital, certain steps are taken. Victims need to be aware of these steps for purposes of protecting their rights. The following is how a case might typically unfold.
The Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright will make a personal injury claim on the client’s behalf with the insurer of the person who caused the accident. Quality accident attorneys in Las Vegas NV know that proceeding on a claim basis might ultimately increase the net proceeds that a client would derive in a settlement. The opposite is likely to occur without those attorneys.
The Statute of Limitations
The general rule in Nevada is that an accident victim has two years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If the case of our client doesn’t settle in the claim stage, we move to the next step. That would involve a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the accident and resulting injuries. You certainly don’t want to do that without the benefit of an experienced auto accident attorney.
The actual personal injury lawsuit is carefully drafted by the Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright. It is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court and served along with a summons on the person who caused the client’s accident. He or she will answer or otherwise plead to the lawsuit, and the discovery phase of the case begins. After that step is completed, the parties might seek a pretrial conference for purposes of attempting to settle the case.
Most personal injury cases settle either in the claim or litigation stage. Very few actually go to the next step. That would be a trial. Our accident attorneys in Las Vegas NV prepare every case as if it will be going to trial. Your rights are put at risk as soon as you’re injured in an accident. Don’t talk with the opposing insurer. Rather than doing that, contact us right away to arrange for a free consultation and case review.