If You’ve Been Injured In A Car Accident In Las Vegas, Help Begins Here
In the aftermath of a car accident that wasn’t your fault, know that you aren’t alone. An experienced Las Vegas car accident attorney can help you file an injury claim to recover compensation for medical bills, your pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, and property damages. An experienced injury attorney will also make sure you are protected from future medical expenses resulting from the wreck. When you hire our team of car accident lawyers, you gain allies in your fight for justice. At Henness and Haight Injury Law, we dedicate ourselves to the quality legal representation you deserve.
If the thought of paying legal fees is making you second guess your case, you should know that our services don’t cost anything until we win compensation for you in the form of a settlement or verdict. Our promise of “no win no fee” representation means zero out-of-pocket costs for you while we fight your case, and zero owed to us unless we are successful in resolving your case. We mean it when we say “no win, no fee”; this literally means zero risk to you hiring us.
Working with the team at Henness & Haight Injury Law gives you:
- Decades of experience on your side. We’ve represented car accident victims in Las Vegas, Nevada for more than two decades, and we’ve invested in the community. Learn more about our attorneys.
- Case reviews are free. During our initial free case evaluation, you will meet with our attorneys who will listen to the facts and details of your case to advise you on the best course of action. This meeting is not only free to you, but there is zero obligation to hire us. You can simply meet with us and allow us to advise you on your rights.
- You pay nothing unless you win. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis — there are no upfront costs, and you won’t be charged anything until we get a settlement or judgment for you.
- Car accident lawyers trusted by 1000s. Read testimonials from our clients on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and Lawyers.com and you will see that we have earned the trust of thousands by taking great care of them during their time of need.
- We have recovered millions of dollars for car accident victims. We have the experience and knowledge to know what your claim is worth and ensure you receive maximum compensation. Our results speak for themselves.
Not quite ready for a free, no commitment case review? No problem. Help begins here with free, helpful information from our experts in personal injury law. Review this page for information about car accidents, what to do when an auto accident leaves you injured, and how a car accident attorney can help.
Do I Need a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney?
Although filing a car accident claim may seem straightforward, there are often several things that can quickly complicate your claim. Having a car accident attorney by your side from the beginning is essential to ensure the process runs smoothly and results in the best outcome. Following an accident, the insurance company will immediately begin investigating your claim and the details of your accident. At the same time, our Vegas car accident attorneys will investigate, gathering all the evidence needed to build a robust case on your behalf. We will:
- Interview anyone present at the accident who witnessed the behavior and driving of those involved.
- Analyze medical records, police accident reports, and insurance investigation notes to construct a solid timeline and account of the events that transpired during and before the accident.
- Consult with an accident reconstructionist who can recreate your car crash and provide us with a detailed understanding of how it occurred.
- Directly communicate with any insurance companies involved and negotiate the best settlement on your behalf.
After a thorough review of your personal injury case details, our law office will be able to determine who should be held liable for your car accident and the best way to build a strong case on your behalf.
No matter the cause of your car accident, our Las Vegas car accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate your claim and help fight for the compensation you deserve.
Why Should I Hire Henness & Haight?
Henness & Haight Las Vegas auto accident attorneys are strong advocates of the rights of injury victims and provide quality and dedicated legal services. We have recovered millions in successful verdicts and settlements for our clients, including:
- $2.2 million settlement for a T-bone collision
- $1.8 million settlement for a drunk driving wrongful death
- $1.046 million settlement for a rear-end collision
- $875,000 settlement for a taxi cab collision
Our law firm holds decades of combined experience representing car accident victims in the Las Vegas area, throughout Clark County, and all across the great state of Nevada. We know how to ensure our clients get the maximum compensation they deserve for their medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, wage losses, property damage, and other injuries. Additionally, we protect our clients from owing money for future medical care due to a wreck.
Our main goal is to make sure you or your loved one is taken care of and can focus on recovering. To achieve this, our experienced legal team will personally handle the insurance company and negotiate the terms of your claim. If the insurance company wrongfully denies your claim or the case needs to advance to court, we will take aggressive legal action when necessary to get you the justice you deserve.
If you suffered injuries from a car crash that was not your fault, call us for a free legal service consultation. Even if you’re uncertain whether or not you have a claim, you can still get a free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim and determine your legal options. We structure our fees on a contingency basis, which means you will only pay for our services if we succeed in recovering damages for your claim. We promise that your portion of any pre-lawsuit settlement will be equal to or greater than our fee, even if we must reduce our fee to make sure that happens.
How Can I Prove the Other Driver was Responsible for the Accident?
The first step to a successful car accident claim is identifying the at-fault party and proving their negligence caused the accident.
There are four elements needed to prove negligence in a personal injury claim following a car accident:
- Duty: The driver had a duty to act safely and responsibly while operating a vehicle to minimize the risk of an accident.
- Breach of duty: The driver failed or neglected to uphold a standard that would ensure the safety of other motorists or pedestrians.
- Causation: The driver’s actions directly caused the accident, and it would not have occurred if they had acted within reasonable standards of care.
- Damages: The victim suffered damages directly related to the accident caused by the at-fault driver’s negligence.
To identify the at-fault party as liable for the accident, you must prove without a doubt that all four of these elements were present.
However, the more parties involved in an auto accident, the more complicated the situation becomes. Different traffic laws apply to vehicles like motorcycles and large trucks that require an in-depth analysis of each driver or operator’s actions leading up to the accident.
Several federal agencies heavily regulate commercial trucks and commercial vehicles. The company that owns the truck or its cargo may not actually employ the driver involved in the car accident. Our Las Vegas truck accident lawyers will be able to review all claims involving a commercial truck or vehicle to determine if the vehicle’s owner or driver were responsible for the accident or if they violated any federal laws.
Similarly, a motorcycle operator must follow the same traffic laws as other motorists and wear standard safety equipment that provides adequate protection in an accident. Suppose a motorcycle operator neglects to ride or operate their vehicle safely. In that case, our Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys can also assist you in determining who is liable for the accident.
Our Las Vegas auto accident attorneys can help you obtain evidence that proves the other driver was at fault and should be held liable for your damages.
Causes of Auto Accidents
Some of the leading causes of car accidents involving negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving or impaired driving
- Driving under unsafe conditions
- Sleep deprivation
- Reckless or careless driving
- Failing to follow traffic laws
- Malfunctioning auto parts
- Poorly maintained roads
Regardless of what caused vehicle accidents, our personal injury car accident attorneys understand the difficulties you face recovering from your injuries.
Seeing your struggles motivates our team to seek justice and recover the maximum compensation that will help you rebuild your life.
Some of the most common injuries often associated with car accidents include:
- Brain injury
- Head damage
- Neck damage
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
As a personal injury law firm, we have developed strong ties to the Las Vegas, Nevada medical community. We can connect you with the health practitioners needed to treat your injuries or discover any hidden conditions.
Seeking medical attention is essential after any serious car crash and can provide you with an accurate assessment of the actual damages you or your loved one have incurred. Any medical records will also provide documented evidence of any injuries sustained due to the accident.
Suppose you do not have a primary care provider or physician that you see regularly. In that case, we can guide you to some of Las Vegas’s most prestigious medical facilities, such as University Medical Center, which has the only level one trauma care center and burn center in Nevada.
We know that you need maximum compensation to cover the costs associated with your injuries. That is why we work tirelessly to recover the maximum amount you deserve.
How Much is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
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 car accident, the damages in your claim are reduced based on your level of contribution.
For example, if you file an insurance 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 the court finds your actions 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 non-economic 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
Non-economic damages refer to the abstract and non-financial losses resulting from an accident and place 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 car accident 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.
Protecting Your Rights After a Car Accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to speak with a reputable car accident attorney before filing a claim with an insurance company or talking with an insurance adjuster.
Insurance companies are focused on one thing: making a profit. They will place their interests ahead of yours and will likely offer you an unreasonably low offer and do everything they can to minimize the amount of compensation for your claim. They may also delay payment or even deny your claim altogether.
We level the playing field between accident victims against insurance companies. Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers know these companies’ tricks to deny compensation for innocent injury victims. Our legal services fully protect your rights throughout the entire process, so you can recover the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We are prepared to take the case to court if the insurance company is unwilling to pay what you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other damages. However, most insurance companies are willing to settle for a fair amount rather than risk trial.
About Our Las Vegas Car Accident Attorneys
As a previous defense attorney, co-founder Michael D. Haight has valuable insight into the tactics used by insurance companies when handling insurance claims after automobile accidents.
He has since been nationally recognized as a “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer” by the American Society of Legal Advocates and a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by The National Trial Lawyers organization. He has also been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Mark G. Henness has been an attorney for 25 years. His entire career is devoted to standing beside his clients and holding insurance companies accountable for his clients’ losses and suffering. Mark has expertise in all aspects of car crash injury cases — including injury causation analysis, biomechanical trauma, and human anatomy. His peers often joke that Mark knows as much about the physics, science, and human anatomy surrounding car crash injuries as the doctors who care for Mark’s clients. Mark’s knowledge and expertise are invaluable in personal injury cases because insurance companies go to great lengths to deny fair compensation. They often try to fall back on junk science or untruths that protect them from being held liable. Mark and our team at Henness and Haight build logical, factual arguments to debunk their claims and demonstrate to insurance adjusters or juries why you deserve fair compensation. Our commitment to your case is so strong that Mark’s motto is, “Insurance companies can choose to pay, or we’ll make them pay.”
Car Accident FAQ’s
The time it will take for your case to resolve can vary depending on several factors such as:
(1) How long your medical treatment lasts;
(2) If the case has to go to court; and,
(3) What insurance company we are dealing with, among others.
We will never rush you through the treatment process because we want you to have every opportunity to obtain a full recovery from your injuries before we start negotiating with the insurance company. However, as a general rule, it typically takes anywhere from 3-5 months after your treatment ends to obtain a fair settlement. But stopping your treatment too soon is a massive mistake because this would negatively affect both your long-term health and the value of your case.
While putting a value on a case is never an exact science, our experience has shown five key factors to consider when assessing case value. These are the:
(1) Amount of your medical bills;
(2) Severity and duration of your pain and suffering;
(3) Amount of any wage loss;
(4) Amount of your out-of-pocket expenses; and,
(5) Likelihood of future pain, suffering, or medical expenses.
We won’t know the extent of these five factors when you are first injured. As your case moves forward, we will gather all of the evidence needed to prove the extent of these five categories of damages. For example, generally speaking, the longer you treat and the higher your medical bills, the more your case is worth.
We are happy to refer you to excellent doctors and specialists who can help you recover more quickly from your injuries and who can better document your pain and suffering. You need to know that not all doctors are equipped or even want to handle personal injury cases following a car accident. In fact, many “family doctors” will flat out refuse to see you if you have been involved in a personal injury-type case.
Consequently, we often help our clients find medical professionals to fit their treatment needs. Over the years, we have vetted and established relationships with many qualified medical professionals and specialists adept at helping our personal injury clients.
We encourage you to take full advantage of your treatment options and continue treating your injuries until you obtain a full recovery. Ideally, your medical treatment should last until you are just as healthy as before your car accident happened. Never rush the treatment process! Doing so will detriment your health and the value of your case. Insurance companies always assume you have fully recovered when you stop getting medical treatment.
Yes! Please remember to always tell EVERY medical provider you see, even for non-accident-related care, about all of your physical injuries, symptoms, and complaints from head to toe you believe may have been caused by the auto accident. This is important because insurance companies and their lawyers will obtain copies of ALL of your medical records, including non-accident-related care. They will try to use the absence of any reference to the accident or your symptoms in these unrelated medical records to discredit you. Unfortunately, this tactic can be highly effective.
Yes. Always be open and honest with your car accident lawyer and with your doctors about all prior injuries. It is better if your doctors know all about any prior injuries so they can be prepared to address them adequately. Our law office will do the same thing in our negotiations with the insurance company. For instance, prior injuries to a person’s neck or back can make them more susceptible to future injuries.
However, be certain to tell your doctors if any prior injuries were made WORSE because of your car accident. For example, “I had mild back pain before the car wreck, but now my back pain is major.” Also, try to differentiate your present pain symptoms from any you may have had in the past. For example, “I had intermittent dull back pain prior, and now my back pain is sharp and constant.” Or, “I had a prior accident that caused me neck pain, but after this car accident, I now also have low back pain.”
No! Do not talk to any insurance companies, even your own, unless getting prior approval from your car accident attorney.
It is best not to discuss your case with anyone except your doctor or car accident attorney. If anyone contacts you regarding your case, be friendly but immediately advise the caller that you have a car accident attorney who represents you. Then request their name and telephone number, and give them your car accident lawyer’s name and telephone number and ask them to contact them.
No. Please do not sign any documents or checks sent to you concerning your car accident without first consulting with your Vegas car accident attorneys. We will take it from there.
We recover compensation that includes your medical bills, pain and suffering, wage loss, out-of-pocket expenses, and in some instances, future medical bills. We will also ask for lost future earnings in cases involving catastrophic injury or wrongful death.
Yes! If you miss any time from work due to your injuries from the car accident, please ask your doctor to provide you with a written work excuse/ restriction notice and provide us with copies of any given notices. Also, please provide your car accident attorney with the name and address of your employer and supervisor, along with copies of all paycheck stubs, tax returns, or other income documentation that will help us verify your lost wages.
For most of our clients, the bills keep coming each month no matter what. So if you have no choice but to continue to work to pay your bills, just be mindful of your surroundings and don’t do anything too strenuous that could worsen your injuries or that could paint you in a bad light, just in case you are being watched. And if you do need to keep working, but working makes you feel worse, please make sure to tell your doctors so they can document your medical situation.
Probably not. The vast majority, about 90% of our car accident personal injury cases, settle without us needing to file a lawsuit. And of that 10%, only about 1 in 100 go all the way to trial. Instead, they settle somewhere along the way. However, our firm has an entire litigation department ready to litigate if the insurance company is not fair. And a lawsuit is sometimes the only way to convince an insurance company to do what’s right. Rest assured that we will not file a lawsuit without meeting with you first to weigh the pros and cons and get your permission to do so.
No! Please do not post anything about your accident on any social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok. Our law office has seen it happen repeatedly when insurance companies take posts out of context. Remember to be extremely careful with any information regarding yourself that you might wish to post on these websites, including photographs and biographical information, as this information becomes part of the public domain that can be used against you by insurance companies and their adjusters and attorneys. When in doubt, do not post anything, or contact our office for guidance.
Yes! In addition to monitoring your social media feeds, insurance companies have even stooped to putting people under video surveillance. Increasingly, insurance companies have begun secretly videotaping legitimately injured people, especially when the injuries are serious in nature. What the insurance company hopes to accomplish is obtaining footage that could incriminate or place at issue the validity of your injuries.
Typically, these investigators will park across the street from your place of residence, in parking lots while you shop, outside your office, and they will even follow you to the gym to watch while you exercise. These videos can be very damaging to your claim, mainly because they will not show you later lying on the couch resting and in pain after whatever strenuous activity you just undertook. Instead, they will only show you bending, squatting, or lifting. Therefore, be very aware whenever you are engaging in any physical activity that there is a possibility you could be under surveillance and adjust your activity level accordingly.
Yes. If you have a pending bankruptcy case or plan on filing bankruptcy, please contact us immediately. Bankruptcy can negatively affect your claim because it could become an asset for the bankruptcy trustee, who will then make all of the decisions regarding the settlement. And it could also affect how much you can recover personally, no matter how big your case, because there is a bankruptcy cap. Your failure to report a pending personal injury claim to the Bankruptcy Court could also result in severe sanctions against you, including the dismissal of your bankruptcy case as well as criminal charges. So your car accident attorney must be informed so that we may take appropriate steps to protect your interests. This can include helping you find a proper bankruptcy attorney who will not talk you into filing so that they can make a fee.
Please remember to keep your car accident attorney informed of any of the following:
- Current treatment status
- Change in address or telephone number
- Change in place of employment
- Names of all treating physicians, hospitals, and facilities
- The date a physician releases/discharges you from their care
- Any other facts which you feel may be important to your case.
If this case involves property damage to a vehicle you own, then you generally have two options to get your car repaired:
(1) Request that the insurance company for the at-fault driver pay for the repairs. Once the at-fault insurance company officially accepts responsibility for the collision, it will allow you to take your vehicle to the insurance-approved repair shop of your choice. It will then cover the cost of the repairs and any reasonable rental car expenses while your car is repaired. Be aware that all insurance companies are different: some will set up a direct bill for any rental car, while others will make you pay for it upfront and then require you to submit statements for reimbursement. Also, be aware that insurance companies will never reimburse you for the extra insurance that all rental car companies try to persuade you to take; or
(2) Request your insurance company to do the repairs and get reimbursed by the other driver’s insurance company. This option, though, is only available if you have collision coverage. You may feel more comfortable with your own insurance company doing the repairs. In that case, you can have your insurance company pay for your vehicle to be repaired at the repair shop of your choice, along with any rental car expenses (assuming you have rental coverage). You will need to pay your deductible to initiate the repairs in most cases. Some repair shops will be willing to waive any up-front deductible to get your business. The deductible would then be reimbursed or paid once your insurance company recovers it from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Your car accident attorney will assist you with either option as necessary.
Under Nevada law, when the cost of the repairs exceeds more than 80% of the value of your vehicle, it will be declared a “total loss.” The insurance company would then assign a value to your car. Many times you will feel that the value is too low. We are obviously not in the car business, but we are happy to help you fight to get fair value. In those instances, please provide us with receipts showing any recent modifications or repairs, like new tires. Also, any research you can do showing what your make, model, and year retails for in Las Vegas would be helpful. If you have full coverage, it’s always best to have both insurance companies inspect and assess your vehicle’s value. It is surprising how often insurance companies will come up with significantly different values, so it is best to have options.
If your car is declared a “total loss,” you would also have the option of retaining the vehicle for “salvage.” This means you would be given a check for the vehicle’s value, less what the insurance company could get if it sold to a wrecking yard. This option is best for people who are mechanically inclined or who want to “part it out.” Remember, though, that under this option, your vehicle’s title will by law be converted to a “salvage title” so that you cannot then fix it and then sell it to some unsuspecting buyer. Again, no matter your circumstances, remember we are here to help.
Contact Our Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyers
After a car accident, do not risk walking away with too little compensation. Contact the Las Vegas car accident lawyers at Henness & Haight Injury Law immediately, and we will help you seek the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Our Las Vegas car accident lawyers know the devastating effects of a crash and are dedicated to fighting for justice on your behalf.
Schedule a free consultation today to review the details of your claim. Each injury attorney at Henness & Haight works on a contingency fee basis; we do not get paid unless you recover a fair verdict or settlement.
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