When you have suffered an injury, whether you were involved in a car accident, slipped at the grocery store or tripped over your neighbor’s cracked sidewalk, it may be tempting to simply deal with the personal injury claim yourself. You may even think that if the case should end up in court, you can handle it on your own because the details are pretty straightforward. However, before you decide to handle your case yourself, known as proceeding pro se in the legal field, there are things that a lawyer may be able to do that you cannot do on your own.
Evidence Requirements in Court
You may think that the facts of the case are simple and straightforward. You may think that you can simply testify before the judge or jury, tell them what happened and that is enough proof for the court. The fact is that even the simplest personal injury case is not simple when it ends up in court. You could need expert witnesses to testify on your behalf about your injuries, what happened to cause the injuries or to prove that the other person was negligent. Courts also have very strict rules about what can be used as evidence. A Las Vegas injury law firm knows how legal proceedings work, the rules you must follow and what evidence you will need to prove your case.
A Las Vegas injury law firm may help you avoid going to court altogether. Personal injury lawyers are often better able to negotiate out-of-court settlements that are favorable to their client. Because they have experience with cases like yours, they know what your chances of winning are if you go to court. They also know the weaknesses in your case as well as the person’s case. They will also have more information on the defendant’s insurance coverage and will be able to investigate financial resources that you may not be able to learn on your own.
Experience with Deadlines
Every state has a statute of limitations that limits how long after an incident a lawsuit can be filed. In Nevada, the statute of limitations for filing to recover damages for injuries or the death of a person due to neglect or wrongful act is two years. In addition, once you have filed a lawsuit, the court sets additional deadlines that must be met and rarely have sympathy when deadlines are missed by someone who is representing themselves in court.
Experience with Insurance Companies and Law Firms
Very few people have had to deal with insurance companies and law firms on a regular basis. A Las Vegas injury law firm, on the other hand, has extensive experience working with insurance companies. They have also either worked with or against other attorneys in the area, so they are familiar with their tactics. This familiarity could be extremely beneficial to your case.
Keep Your Case Local
In some personal injury cases, especially those dealing with large corporations, the defendant will attempt to move the case to a different jurisdiction. This could be moving to a court in another county or they may attempt to move the case from a state court to a federal court. Federal court has many more rules and regulations that must be followed. An experienced attorney has the ability to stop this from happening or they can advise you when moving from one jurisdiction to another may actually benefit your case.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s neglect or wrongful act, contact us today. We can help protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve under the law.