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Auto Accidents and Personal Injury Lawsuits

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In Las Vegas, Nevada, when you have an auto accident in which you have suffered personal injury, you will probably want to file a lawsuit. It is important to know what to expect in such a legal situation.

Personal injury cases mean that the defendant is responsible for compensating the plaintiff, the person who was injured in the auto accident, to cover the costs of their medical bills and pain and suffering. The exact amount is determined after the parties themselves, the insurance companies or attorneys negotiate a settlement. In some cases, the judge or jury may decide on the compensation amount after a trial.

A person deals with what is known as compensatory damages after being involved in a car accident. These damages include medical treatment, property loss, income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment and loss of consortium. The former four are the most common in personal injury cases. However, it is important to note that medical bills, property loss and income are generally easier to compensate the plaintiff for, while it’s trickier to put a monetary amount on one’s pain and suffering.

Sometimes, there are cases in which the defendant was extraordinarily careless, which means the plaintiff may be given punitive damages in addition to compensatory. Punitive damages are those that try to make the injured party “whole” but are in place to punish the defendant for their conduct.

In some cases, the plaintiff may be found to be partially responsible for their injuries. This is known as comparative negligence. When this is the case in a personal injury lawsuit that came about due to an auto accident, the plaintiff’s percentage of responsibility is deducted from the total amount of compensation being sought.

If you have been injured in an auto accident in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, it is imperative that you seek the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will strive to get you the maximum compensation for all your damages.