Nevada law follows the rule of “shared fault” or “comparative negligence” in personal injury claims. This means that if you are partially to blame for causing the accident, the damages in your claim are reduced based on your level of contribution.
For example, if you file a claim for $10,000 and a court finds that you are 40 percent responsible for causing the accident, you can only recover $6,000. However, if your actions are found to have been 50 percent or more responsible for the accident, you are automatically barred from being able to seek compensation.
If you have a case, you may be able to maximize your compensation by including both economic damages and noneconomic damages in your claim, which would quantify the true loss caused by the accident.
Economic damages are the compensation you can receive in place of any financial losses you may have experienced because of a car accident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
Noneconomic damages refer to the abstract and non-financial losses that may have occurred because of an accident and places an economic value on one’s pain and suffering. These can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Damage to one’s reputation
- Loss of comfort and quality of life
Having an accomplished attorney by your side throughout this process is especially important. We will guide you every step of the way, making sure your best interests are represented and working to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.