Types of Personal Injury Compensation
Personal injury laws vary by state; however, most of them revolve around the idea of tort, which is someone’s negligence or carelessness resulting in a civil wrong that has caused harm. Normally, in personal injury cases, the attorney must prove that the plaintiff didn’t contribute to the accident that caused the damage. Nevada personal injury claims allow for what is known as the modified comparative fault rule. In these cases, compensation is reduced or eliminated if the plaintiff, or injured person, has in some way contributed to the fault for the injury. Compensation damages are awarded as compensatory and/or non-compensatory terms.
Compensatory damages are those that are tangible, or readily documented by receipts or bills. They often contain medical bills and receipts, lost wages from work, and costs to replace property that has been damaged. Other costs people often don’t realize they should include in their estimation for compensation include transportation to and from medical appointments, lawn care, visiting nurses and domestic help, particularly if the personal injury has caused a disability or if a person suffers a period of incapacitation.
Some damages can’t be seen or are intangible. These include the injured person’s or the family’s pain and suffering. For instance, if the injury results in death or severe disability that requires around-the-clock care, the family may be entitled to non-compensatory damages. Emotional anguish also falls under this umbrella of damages.
Protect Yourself and Your Family
Maneuvering the complicated legal system in Las Vegas or any other Nevada city is best left to personal injury lawyers so any person who has suffered damage won’t be compromised in compensatory and non-compensatory determinations to which they are entitled.