We realize that many people may not understand exactly what personal injury attorneys do, and how they can make a difference between winning and losing your case. In this article, we’ll clear up some common misconceptions about these attorneys, and get to the center of the litigation process here in Las Vegas.
First, the job of a Las Vegas personal injury attorney is probably more complicated that you might think. They are necessary in fighting for your rights as an individual who has been injured. If you’ve been involved in an accident that led you being injured, the single most important thing that you can do is find the right attorney.
We’ve mentioned elsewhere in our blog the importance of evidence, highlighting cases that should have been won, but weren’t, due to a simple evidence gathering snafu. Here at Dallas Horton and Associates, we never want that to be the case when you come to us. In the litigation process, information reigns supreme, and protecting evidence is crucial in PI cases. That’s where an attorney can come in. He or she can help you collect information pertinent to your case, and this process is called the “discovery” process. It is a crucial part of our job to lock in all the details about your case to best assist you. The sooner that you have someone on your side collecting evidence and information, the better and stronger your case will be.
Your attorney can also help you accurately determine your damages. It’s easy to see how much an accident will cost you in bills, but there is a whole other level of damages involved that need to be addressed. For example, how would you know how much is due for pain and distress? How would you know how much you are owed do to missing work and future work (this is called your worklife expectancy)? An experienced attorney like Dallas Horton can help you determine the answers to these questions, and walk you through various scenarios.
Sometimes, seeking a settlement is in the client’s best interest as it can save you time and money, along with getting cash to you expeditiously. Reaching a settlement, though, can be complicated, with a lot of inherent “give and take”. Always remember that the other side is also looking to get the best deal for their client. A good PI attorney understands what your case is worth, and will know when it’s best to reach a settlement, and will be able to apply leverage when necessary to get the best deal for you.
The expert legal team at Dallas Horton and Associates ensures that you’ll get a fair shake in court. If you have a personal injury case or questions, we urge you to contact us today!