Addressing Our Clients’ Confusion and Concerns, One Question at a Time
Injury claims are by their nature confusing, and insurance companies go out of their way to make them even more so. However, we believe our clients deserve straight answers to their questions—without confusing legal jargon. This is why, to better serve you, we address common injury questions as clearly as possible.
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How can I interview local attorneys if I was injured in Las Vegas but live somewhere else?
If you were injured in a slip and fall or other accident while on vacation or business in Las Vegas, hopefully you are taking a first smart step and retaining a local Las Vegas attorney to represent you. Unless you have used an attorney here before for a slip and fall claim, you should interview a few attorneys before making a final determination on who to hire. This can seem impossible when you were hurt in Las Vegas but live in another city or state. Thankfully, there are easy solutions.
How to Interview an Attorney When You Live Outside of Las Vegas
If you do not live in the Las Vegas area, you do not have to travel back here to interview attorneys, although this is certainly an option. Attorneys who accommodate clients who live elsewhere will have alternative ways to schedule an initial consultation and maintain regular communication with you throughout your case. This can include the following:
- Telephone calls
- Skype or similar Internet calls
It should be a red flag in terms of hiring a lawyer if he cannot accommodate the fact that you are not local. Ideally, you want to talk to the attorney rather than just email him because this will give you a better sense of how well he communicates with you and how much you trust him.
You should prepare a list of questions to ask the attorney during your interview. Here are some questions to include:
- What types of cases do you primarily handle?
- Have you handled cases like mine before? If so, how many and what were the results?
- Will you be the attorney working on my case? If not, who will be the attorney assigned to my case? Can I meet him?
- How many cases have you taken to trial? What were their outcomes?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
- What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of my case?
- How will you keep me updated on the progress in my case?
- How do you prefer to communicate and how long does it take you to return calls or respond to emails?
- What investigation of my accident do you plan to conduct?
- Do you anticipate hiring any expert witnesses? If so, what type of expert and how much does he charge?
- How much will it cost me to hire you?
The experienced slip and fall attorneys at Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers are happy to represent clients outside of the Las Vegas area as well as local residents. We are committed to answering your questions and keeping you informed about your case no matter where you live. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us directly at 866.299.0558. If you live outside of Las Vegas, be sure to let us know this, and we will be glad to accommodate you.
What types of accidents could I have while having fun at a casino in Las Vegas?
Casinos in Las Vegas are a fun destination for out-of-town guests here on vacation or business and for residents who want to go out on the town. However, they can become dangerous places where guests can injure themselves when casino owners and staff do not take their duty to keep guest safe seriously enough. These accidents can happen at the casino buffet and restaurants, in the public bathrooms, at their hotels, in the parking lots, and in the casino gaming area.
What Types of Accidents Occur in Casinos?
Under Nevada law, casino owners have a duty to keep the casino reasonably safe, to anticipate and correct hazards, and to put up warning signs of dangers when necessary. Because of the high volume of guests and staff at casinos on a daily basis, this is a big job that owners often fail to fulfill. Common ways that casino guests injure themselves in accidents include:
- Slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents are probably the most common way that people injure themselves at casinos. Spills of food and drinks, dirty and wet bathrooms, poor lighting, and cracked and worn flooring are a few of the reasons slip and fall accidents occur.
- Food poisoning. Casinos offer food in restaurants, buffets, fast food services, and room service to millions of guests yearly. When food is not prepared properly, staff do not keep their hands clean, or food is left out too long, guests can become seriously ill from food poisoning.
- Injuries on shuttle buses. Many casinos offer shuttle bus services to and from airports, hotels, and casinos. People can slip and fall when steps are not clearly marked or debris or luggage is left in the aisles. In addition, if the driver causes a vehicle accident, riders can suffer catastrophic injuries or death.
- Falls from slot machine chairs. Slot machine chairs get an incredible amount of use on a daily basis, causing them to wear down and break more frequently. When casino owners fail to repair or replace them on a regular basis, an unsuspecting guest could fall and seriously injure himself if a chair breaks.
- Burns. Some casino owners allow people to smoke in the casino. Intoxicated or inattentive guests can burn others with their cigarettes. In addition, faulty irons in hotel rooms and electrical cords can cause fires that result in victims suffering horrific burns, scarring, and disfigurement.
- Assaults. Because people visiting casinos often carry large amounts of cash, they can be the victim of assaults and robberies when casinos do not provide adequate lightening and security.
Were you injured in an accident at a casino? Whether you are an out-of-town guest or a local resident, you need an experienced local attorney to help in your fight with the casino and its insurance company to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call our office directly at 866.299.0558 today to schedule a free consultation. Learn how Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers can help you.
How do I find a local attorney if I was injured on vacation in Las Vegas?
Filing a claim for compensation after a car or slip and fall accident is never easy. It can become even more stressful and complicated if you were injured while on vacation in Las Vegas. Even if you live in another state, you will need to pursue your claim here. Hiring a local attorney is essential if you want to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How to Choose a Local Personal Injury Attorney When You Live Out of State
You must retain an attorney who is licensed in Nevada, understands the laws that apply to your case, and can file a lawsuit for you if this becomes necessary. While it can be more challenging to find an experienced attorney when you don't live then the area, it doesn't have to be as hard as you may think. However, you do not want to pick just any attorney.
You need an attorney who has lots of experience handling personal injury cases, has a track record of success, and is not afraid to take your case to trial. Here are ways to find the attorney that is right for you:
- Referral. If you know family or friends in the area who have used an attorney in the past, you may be able to get the name of an attorney from them. However, for most people on a vacation or business trip here, this is not an option.
- State bar referral. You may be able to obtain a referral from Nevada’s state or local bar association. However, you will still need to research the attorneys you are referred to.
- Internet search. You can research local attorneys on the Internet. You want to look carefully at their websites to see if they have any helpful information regarding your type of legal matter, successful results in cases similar to yours, and client reviews. Any lawyer can put up a website, but an experienced one who is successful is more likely to provide much more information for potential and current clients than just what types of cases they handle.
- Interviews. You should always take advantage of an attorney’s offer of a free consultation. This is an opportunity to interview him whether you are hiring someone where you live or out-of-state. Once you have narrowed down your list of attorneys, you should schedule your free appointments. An attorney who handles these cases for out-of-state residents will be able to conduct this consultation over the telephone. As well as learning how the attorneys believe that they can help you, you want to interview them to learn about their experience, how they communicate with clients, and how they handle cases for people who do not live in the area. Your interview will be crucial in determining whether the attorney has the experience and track record handling cases like yours and if he is someone you feel you can trust.
The experienced legal team at Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers handles cases for many victims of accidents while in Las Vegas on vacation or business as well as local residents. Review our testimonials and case results to see how we have helped clients like you, then contact us online or call us directly at 866.299.0558 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
What steps should I take after injuring myself in an accident while vacationing in Las Vegas?
If you are injured in a slip and fall, car accident, or other injury accident while in Las Vegas on vacation, getting the medical care you need for your injuries and compensation from the negligent party can seem complicated. It may be even more overwhelming if you do not know anyone in Las Vegas—common if you are a tourist. However, if you want to receive the compensation you are entitled to, you need to take certain steps to preserve evidence and strengthen your claim.
Take These Steps to Protect a Future Claim
There is really no difference between what you will have to do if you are injured on vacation and if you are injured at home. Unfortunately, the steps will be more difficult when you are away from home. Try to do the following when you are injured:
- Seek medical care. This is obvious if you know you suffered injuries, but it is also important if you do not think you were hurt. You may have hidden injuries with symptoms that will not develop for days or weeks after your accident. You may need care for these symptoms and will want to document them for your claim for compensation. Keep in mind that you will need your medical records when you file your claim.
- File an accident or police report. If you suffered a slip and fall accident, you should file an accident report with the business. You should contact the police if you were involved in a car accident. You will need to obtain a copy of the incident or police report to provide to the insurance company when you file your claim.
- Take pictures. You want to take pictures of the accident scene, any defect, spilled liquids, or other causes of a slip and fall accident, and your injuries. If you were in a car crash, be certain to take pictures of the damage to the vehicles, any skid marks, weather conditions, or other important information regarding your crash.
- Get contact information. You want to obtain the contact information for the negligent party and any witnesses to your accident. It is important to contact potential witnesses soon after your accident before they disappear or their memories of what happened fade.
- Do not give a recorded statement. You do not have to give a recorded statement to the insurance company for the negligent party and should not agree to give one. You could accidentally say something that could hurt your case.
- Follow up on your medical care. Many victims of accidents hurt their claim by failing to follow up on the medical treatment advised by their doctors. This makes it seem like their injuries are not that serious. Do not make this mistake in your case.
The Most Important Step Is to Call a Lawyer
One of your first steps after obtaining medical care and reporting your accident should be to retain an experienced personal injury attorney in the Las Vegas area. An attorney can investigate your accident, get copies of your accident or police report and medical records, and negotiate a settlement of your claim. A local attorney will be licensed to practice law in Nevada—necessary to file a lawsuit—and will understand the laws and practices unique to this area that govern your case. In addition, he will have a network of local qualified experts that you may need to prove your case.
At Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers, we gladly handle accident injury claims for tourists vacationing in the Las Vegas area as well as clients who live here. We are happy to accommodate you if you have already returned home. You will receive the same quality representation as you would if you lived here. Contact us online or call our office directly at 866.299.0558 to schedule your free consultation.
Is a business responsible for compensating me when I hurt myself in a slip and fall accident outside a building?
Slip and fall accidents outside buildings happen for many reasons. Cracked pavement, spilled liquids and food, and potholes in the parking lot a few of the hazardous conditions that could cause you to fall and suffer serious injuries. You may have a right to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you experience due to your injuries. However, like with many issues in slip and fall accident cases, it is not always easy to determine who is responsible for compensating you if you are hurt outside a business.
How to Determine If a Business—or Another Party—Is Liable for Your Injuries After a Fall Outside of a Building
While a business’ liability for a dangerous condition that its owner or staff knew about in the building is fairly straightforward, responsibility can be much more complicated when an injury happens outside the building. A number of factors will determine whether the business, another party, or both are responsible for compensating you. Some of the considerations include:
- Does the business own the property? If the business owns the building, the business would be responsible for the upkeep of the common areas, parking lot, and sidewalks. In this situation, it is likely that you can hold the business liable for your injuries.
- Does the business rent its space from the property owner? When a business leases its store, office, or other structure, it can become much more challenging to determine who is responsible for the upkeep of the building and the areas surrounding it. You would need to review the lease to see if the owner of the property or business had control of and was responsible for the upkeep of the outside of the property. If this was the owner’s responsibility, you may need to pursue your claim against the owner and not the business. However, if the business knew about the dangerous condition, such as a large pothole, and did nothing to warn guests of the danger or to get the property owner to correct the problem, the business could face some liability as well.
- Is there a contract with a third party to maintain the outside of the building? Some businesses or property owners will enter into a contract with a third party to maintain the outside of a building, such as landscaping, care of a parking lot, or removal of snow. If this was the situation in your case, this third party could also be at least partially responsible for compensating you. Depending on the facts in your case, you may be able to file a claim with the business’ or property owner’s insurance company as well.
An experienced slip and fall attorney can help you identify the negligent party and obtain a copy of the business’ lease, which you probably will not be able to get on your own. If you injured yourself in a slip and fall accident outside a business, fill out an online form to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys to discuss your situation with you and learn about your legal options.
What's the difference between filing a "claim" and filing a "lawsuit" in a car accident case?
Filing an insurance claim and filing a lawsuit to obtain compensation after a car accident are two distinct processes that are often connected. It is important that you understand the differences so you follow the best approach. This will also ensure that you do not miss important deadlines that apply to your car wreck case.
What Does it Mean to File A Car Accident Claim?
Filing a claim is the process of working directly with the negligent driver’s insurance company for compensation for your property and personal injuries. No legal document is filed with a court, and there is no judge overseeing the process or scheduling a trial. It is an informal settlement process which usually starts with your attorney writing a demand letter to the insurance company advising them of your claim and the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Documentation supporting your claim is usually included with the letter. An insurance adjuster will investigate your claim, and hopefully your attorney will be able to negotiate a settlement for you without the need to file a lawsuit.
How Is A Car Accident Lawsuit Different?
Most people start out by filing a claim and only file a lawsuit if they cannot reach a fair settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company. In addition, filing a lawsuit could be essential if the statute of limitations is about to expire. The statute of limitations is the time period you have under Georgia law to sue the negligent driver. You have two years from the date of the accident to sue for personal injuries and four years for property damages. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time period, you waive your right to do so.
A lawsuit is a formal legal document that is filed with the court where the negligent driver lives. A judge is assigned to your case. He decides disputed issues, schedules various hearings in your case to keep it progressing along, and oversees your jury trial if you are unable to settle your case. Here are some basic steps in a lawsuit:
- You file a complaint against the negligent driver in court asking that he be ordered to pay you a certain amount of compensation.
- The court issues a summons ordering the driver to answer your complaint.
- Your attorney hires a process server to personally deliver the summons and complaint to the negligent driver.
- The negligent driver has a certain number of days—usually around three weeks—to file an answer to the complaint with the court and send a copy of it to your attorney.
- Your attorney and the attorney for the negligent driver and his insurance company conduct discovery, which can be sending questions and requests for documents and depositions where you and the negligent driver are asked questions about the accident that are recorded.
- Your attorney will continue trying to settle your claim with the attorney for the other side. Most cases settle before trial. If yours is settled, a formal settlement agreement will be filed with the court.
- If you are unable to settle your case, it will be scheduled for a jury trial where a jury will decide what you are owed.
Whether you need to file a car accident claim or a car accident lawsuit, you need an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Contact us online or call us directly at 866.299.0558 to schedule your free consultation.
What compensation am I entitled to if a family member died in a car accident?
Losing a close family member, like a spouse, child, or parent, is devastating no matter how the death happens. When your loved one died in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, however, you may be able to bring a wrongful death action against him to compensate you for the loss of your family member. While there is no amount of money that can take away the grief and loss of your loved one, it can help to obtain some sense of justice in holding the negligent driver responsible for compensating you.
What Compensation Are You Entitled to in a Car Crash Wrongful Death Action?
Generally, the spouse, domestic partner, and children are a deceased person’s dependents who are allowed to file a wrongful death action. Other family members may be entitled to compensation if the person died without having these dependents. The compensation awarded in a wrongful death case is similar to but slightly different from what your loved one could have obtained if he had survived the wreck. You may be entitled to the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses. You are entitled to compensation for the medical bills from your loved one’s injuries caused by the automobile accident.
- Funeral expenses. You can be reimbursed for your reasonable funeral and burial expenses.
- Property damage. If your family member’s property, such as his vehicle or property in the vehicle, was damaged in the crash, you should include this in your settlement request.
- Lost wages. Your lost wage claim will include not only any wages that your family member lost after the accident but before his death, but also the future earnings and benefits he would have received if he had lived.
- Loss of companionship. The biggest portion of your claim may be to compensate you for the loss of companionship, support, and affection from your family member.
An experienced car accident attorney can advise you on the value of your claim and negotiate your settlement for you so you hopefully receive what you are entitled to. Whether you are a resident of Las Vegas or from out-of-state, the legal team and Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers is here to help. Call our office today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.
How will an attorney help me in my car crash case?
If you were hurt in an automobile accident, you may be tempted to try to negotiate your settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company on your own to save money. However, this would be a mistake. You could inadvertently do something that actually reduces the value of your claim and lose out on the benefit of having the advice and assistance of an experienced car accident attorney.
What an Auto Accident Attorney Can Do for You
Hiring an attorney can be critical to increasing the likelihood that you will receive what you deserve from the negligent driver’s insurance company. The first benefit you will most likely receive is a free consultation to have your questions answered and learn how the lawyer can help you. Once you hire an attorney, he can be helpful in many ways, including the following:
- Determining the value of your claim. An experienced attorney who has handled many cases like yours can give you an approximate value of your claim at your initial consultation. He will also have a better understanding of the true value of your claim after conducting an investigation of your wreck and determining the extent of your injuries.
- Communicating with the insurance company. An attorney can handle all communications with the insurance adjuster for the negligent driver to ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
- Obtaining evidence. An attorney can thoroughly investigate your accident, preserve important evidence, and hire expert witnesses when necessary so that you can prove your claim—vital to obtaining compensation for your injuries.
- Obtaining medical records and reports. Having complete medical records and a doctor’s report that provides the correct information regarding your injuries is a vital component of your proof of the amount you should receive. An attorney can collect your documents, work with your doctor, and be certain nothing is missing.
- Pursuing all liable parties. An attorney can identify all potentially responsible parties and pursue settlement negotiations with them so that you receive the full amount you are owed.
- Negotiating your settlement. Your attorney can negotiate your settlement for you. He should have experience anticipating insurance adjuster arguments and have strategies to defeat them—again helpful to maximize your settlement.
- Filing a lawsuit. If your attorney is unable to negotiate a fair settlement for you, he can file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations—the time period to sue—expires.
Were you injured in a car accident? The experienced legal team at Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers can answer your questions and explain your legal options. Call our office today at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Do I have a claim for compensation if I wasn’t wearing my seat belt at the time of my auto accident?
There are certain factors in a car accident that can make the victim’s claim for compensation more complicated. One of these is not wearing a seat belt when involved in a car accident. This does not mean that you do not have a claim against the negligent driver, but it could result in you having to be realistic about your claim and accepting less in compensation for your injuries.
How Not Wearing a Seat Belt Could Affect Your Claim for Compensation After Your Car Crash
In Nevada, a driver and his passengers are required to wear a seat belt. In some cases, whether you were wearing a seat belt will have no bearing on the seriousness of your injuries caused by a car accident. In this situation, the fact that you were not wearing a seat belt should not reduce your claim—at least not by much.
However, not wearing a seat belt often can increase the severity of the injuries in a car crash or the likelihood that the person would die. If not wearing a seat belt contributed to your injuries, it could affect the amount of compensation you receive under Nevada’s comparative negligence laws. These rules could affect your claim as follows:
- If the cause of your injuries was 51 percent or more due to the fact that you didn’t buckle up, you would have no claim for compensation against the negligent driver.
- If the cause of your injuries was less than 51 percent due to not wearing a seat belt, you would have a claim for compensation against the negligent driver. However, your settlement amount from him would be reduced by the percentage that you are found to be at fault. This amount could still be substantial.
- Even if you could not make a claim for your personal injuries, you may still be able to file a claim for your property damage against the negligent driver or your own insurance company if you purchased collision insurance.
- Even if you are at fault in causing your injuries, you could file a claim under your medical coverage for payment of your medical expenses if you bought that coverage.
One mistake that you do not want to make is to not pursue your claim for compensation simply because you were not wearing your seat belt. An experienced car accident attorney will have dealt with this problem—and more challenging ones—in negotiating settlements for victims. If you or a family member needs to file a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company, contact us online or call us directly at 866.299.0558 to schedule your free consultation.
How soon after my automobile accident should I retain an attorney?
If you or a loved one was injured or someone died as a result of your crash, you do not want to delay in contacting an attorney. After you receive the medical treatment you need, your next priority should be hiring an experienced car accident attorney who can help you build your case and file your claim for compensation with the negligent driver’s insurance company. Unfortunately, settling a claim is often a battle for accident victims and having an experienced attorney at your side can increase the likelihood of receiving what your claim is worth.
Why Hiring an Attorney Soon After Your Car Crash Is So Important
When you must file a claim for compensation, you want to do everything right so that you receive what you deserve. Retaining an attorney soon after a wreck can help you achieve your goal. Here’s why doing so is important:
- Preserving evidence. Evidence can be lost if it is not preserved soon after an automobile accident. An attorney can thoroughly investigate the accident scene to discover business surveillance tapes of your crash and evidence like tire track marks, photographs, and more that could prove the other drivers’ negligence. If the investigation is not done quickly, some of this important evidence could be lost.
- Interviewing witnesses. Witnesses are much easier to locate soon after the accident. They can move or their memories of what happened can fade if they are not interviewed soon after the incident.
- Avoiding mistakes. By hiring an attorney right away, you can avoid making inadvertent mistakes, such as saying something you didn’t mean to the adjuster, or agreeing to give a recorded statement. These innocent mistakes could result in you having to settle for less than what your claim could have been worth.
- Collecting medical records. Your medical records and medical expert testimony will be key to proving your injuries. An attorney can begin collecting this information right away to ensure it is complete and does not get lost. He can also hire the appropriate medical expert for your case.
- Negotiating with the insurance company. You want to leave all the communications and negotiations with the negligent driver’s insurance adjuster to an attorney. By hiring an attorney right away, you avoid being convinced to settle your claim for less than you deserve.
- Avoiding delaying too long to sue. An experienced car accident attorney will know the statute of limitations—the deadline you have to file your lawsuit—in Nevada and will file your civil lawsuit before this important deadline expires.
While it is always best to contact an attorney soon after your crash, it is never too late to do so. If you or a family member was hurt in a car accident caused by another driver, fill out our online form to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.