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COVID and Injury Cases: What’s Affected?

by | Jul 24, 2020 | Firm News

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The COVID-19 medical emergency in the U.S. has clearly impacted the court system, and especially how personal injury cases are processed. And make no mistake, insurance claims adjusters and company legal representatives know this all too well. The situation could easily be exploited by negligent respondents wanting to settle a claim quickly for a reduced payoff. This puts injured parties and their personal injury attorneys in a compromising position to a degree, and having comprehensive and aggressive legal representation has become even more important. This is why it is necessary for Nevada residents to retain Las Vegas injury lawyers like Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright for proper handling of their case.

Negotiation Process

Most injury cases are settled out of court after a negotiation process. Insurance companies typically use this time period to influence plaintiffs who are in need of a quick resolution to accept a substantially minimal financial compensation offer. They know it is ultimately up to the claimant to accept the money, and they typically make a low offer to settle or drag the case out through the court system as much as possible.

Court Appearances

Court hearings also present another problem because many are actually held through teleconference. This too can be exploited by the respondent insurance providers unless your attorney can prepare a very comprehensive case to counter any extra-legal steps a respondent party make take to stall the process or claim a comparative negligence defense, which can be significant in any case.

Comparative Negligence in Nevada

Injured claimants in Nevada accident injury cases cannot receive any compensation if they are more than 50% at fault for the accident. In addition, those with less than 50% shared fault have their claim values reduced by their comparative negligence percentage assessment. Due to delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, cases requiring a trial could be difficult and drawn out in scheduling to say the least, also to the insurance company advantage.

It has never been as important as now to have solid legal representation in a Nevada accident injury claim. Always call Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright Las Vegas injury lawyers for comprehensive legal representation.