If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party, you may be wondering if you have grounds to file a personal injury claim. A skilled Las Vegas personal injury lawyer like Nadia von Magdenko can assist you in determining whether or not you have a case and, if you do, what amount of financial compensation you may be entitled to receive.
What Is a Personal Injury Claim?
Under Nevada law, if a person is injured due to the negligent actions or behavior of another party, then that victim has the right to file damages for any personal injury they have suffered. The point of a personal injury claim is to “make the victim whole again,” meaning that he or she is entitled to compensation for any losses they have suffered. Losses can fall under two categories – economic and noneconomic.
- Economic damages for a personal injury claim are those losses that have a dollar value. Examples of these types of damages include:
- All medical expenses the victim has incurred. These expenses can be for any emergency treatment when the injury occurred, hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ visits, physical therapy, medication, medical equipment or devices, and any other medical costs that contributed to the care and recovery of the injury, and include past, present, and future expenses.
- Any loss of income the victim has incurred. If the injury has prohibited the victim from working at all, then the amount of wages he or she lost is also recoverable damages. Any benefits the victim used to cover those lost wages – such as personal or vacation days – are also recoverable under a personal injury claim.
- Noneconomic damages are somewhat different in that they do not have an exact dollar value to them. A victim can be awarded financial compensation for the pain and suffering the injuries have caused them, as well as emotional anguish. If the injury caused scarring or disfigurement, they can be awarded compensation for those damages as well. If the injury caused a permanent disability which prohibits them from participating in activities they enjoyed before the accident, financial compensation can be awarded for those losses.
Since noneconomic damages do not have an easily determinable dollar value, they need to be calculated in other ways. A personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and provide you with an estimate.
In some cases, a victim may also be awarded punitive damages. The point of punitive damages is to punish the at-fault party and send a message to society that this type of behavior is not acceptable. Examples of instances when punitive damages may be awarded would be if a driver was speeding or driving under the influence when they caused the crash and the victim sustained permanent injuries.
Contact a Personal Injury Las Vegas Attorney Today
If you would like to meet with Attorney Magdenko to discuss your case, call 702-385-1600 to request an appointment for a free case evaluation to determine if you have a personal injury claim.