Las Vegas Accident & Personal Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury and Accidents happen suddenly and unexpectedly, and the aftermath can take a physical, emotional, and financial toll on the victim that lasts for years. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a car accident, semi-truck accident, roll-over accident, bus accident, public transportation accient, pedestrian accident or, bicycle accident, you have the right to take legal action. Addtionally, our attorneys specialize in personal injury for wrongful death, brain & head injury, spinal injury, dog bites, nursing home neglect or abuse cases.
We are Gazda & Tadayon, and we’ve helped hundreds of people in Las Vegas win the compensation they deserve after a personal injury or accident. With over 50 years of combined experience and a reputation for smart and aggressive litigation on behalf of our clients, we know what it takes to win.
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We Specialize in Injury Case Litigation
In some cases, an injured victim can settle a claim outside of court. This is especially common when the case is relatively simple and straightforward. While most attorneys are proficient at settling cases, many lack the experience needed to pursue a lawsuit, or litigation, when settlement is no longer an option. At Gazda & Tadayon, we specialize in the types of injury case litigation that most lawyers can’t pursue. In fact, our firm has consulted for other law firms on tough cases, and we’ve since retained more than 500 cases from other major law firms in Las Vegas.
Other lawyers trust us to get the job done, so know that you’re in good hands. When you work with us at Gazda & Tadayon, you benefit from the same extensive technical knowledge and confidence that make other attorneys seek us out. Rest assured that we will represent you from start to finish, even if we have to take your case to trial.
Things To Know About Personal Injury in Southern Nevada
In Southern Nevada, we see a higher than average amount of personal injury incidents, due in part to our status as a tourist city. The majority of the injuries in Las Vegas are from motor vehicle accidents including auto collisions, rollover accidents, pedestrian hit and run, and motorbike accidents. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are caused by a reckless driver or someone driving under the influence.
After auto accidents, some of the other common injuries in Las Vegas include injuries sustained on the job, injuries from faulty equipment, and bodily injuries due to inadequate maintenance of buildings and public spaces. Poor working conditions contribute a lot to these accidents, as does general negligent behavior.
It’s the unfortunate reality of living in a big city like ours, but luckily if there are also great resources for recovery and rehabilitation once you’ve secured the compensation you deserve.
What Type of Personal Injury Claim Do I Have in Nevada?
There are many types of personal injury claims that victims can file, and knowing which type of claim you have can help you gain confidence as you move forward in the legal process.
Wrongful death claims – When someone dies from injuries caused by another person or entity. This includes deaths as a result of traffic accidents, work-related incidents, at school, in a public space. The liable party can be held responsible for bills from medical treatment, funeral services, and emotional damages to the family. In Las Vegas, this is most often filed on behalf of the victim by a spouse or their minor children. Occasionally family members can also be eligible to file a claim.
Head and brain injury claims – Also known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims. Any injury to the head or brain can be severe and often involves intensive medical care and rehabilitation. Symptoms may not be immediately obvious, and can develop over time after the accident. Victims often develop cognitive trouble, loss of coordination, chronic pain and can be disabled, resulting in an inability to work.
Dog bite injury claims -Dog bites are the most common injury from animal attacks in the United States. The owner of a dangerous dog can be held liable for the attack, especially since dog bites can result in infection (such as rabies and tetanus). Infected dog bites are especially threatening to children, the elderly, and patients with pre-existing medical conditions. Dog attacks can also cause severe lacerations, bone breaks and fractures, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other bodily injuries that can require medical care and rehabilitation.
Spinal injury claims – The spine is one of the most important parts of the human body, and a spine injury can lead to paralysis (either paraplegia or quadriplegia), mobility issues, trouble breathing, sexual dysfunction, and a host of other complications. Symptoms may not be immediately obvious, and can develop over time. Many spinal cord victims are unable to return to work after the accident.
Neglect & abuse claims – Also known as elder abuse or nursing home abuse, a neglect and abuse case is one of the most heinous acts. In these cases, the victim suffers physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse at the hands of their caregivers in a home care, facility, or nursing home environment. Sometimes, victims cannot speak up about the abuse or their injuries because they are intimidated by staff or otherwise unable to communicate. It is critical to investigate elderly neglect and abuse claims and hold the liable parties responsible.
Car accident injury claims – After a collision on the road, injured drivers or passengers can claim damages for costs of hospital visits, medical bills, rehabilitation, and medication, as well as for emotional damages (like PTSD) as a result of the car crash. Some common injuries that can be covered by auto accident claims include whiplash, brain and head injuries, spinal injury, and paralysis. Even if the injured driver or passenger is partially at fault, they can still file a claim as long as the other driver is held more than 50% responsible. Insurance often cannot cover all the costs of the accident, making it critical to pursue legal action after the traffic accident.
Truck accident claims – No one wants to be injured in a truck accident. Trucks can be 20 to 30 times more heavy than most vehicles, and truck collisions often result in severe and sometimes fatal injuries. In truck accident claims it is usually the trucking company that is held responsible. It is crucial not to communicate or accept direct settlements from the trucking company’s insurance, as they will often attempt to minimize the truck accident injury claim.
Motorcycle accident claims – Car drivers are often at fault for these accidents, as they fail to check their blind spots or make wide turns, injuring the motorcyclist. Motorbike accidents often lead to severe and sometimes fatal injuries, with a significant percentage of paralysis, disability, spine injury, and traumatic brain injury reported in these crashes. Insurance rarely covers all the costs of the motorcycle collision, making it necessary to pursue legal action and demand compensation after the bike accident.
Public transportation injury claims – After a traffic accident involving an airport shuttle, hotel shuttle, limousine, taxi, or other form of public transportation in Las Vegas, the operating company can be held liable for any injuries caused to passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, or other motorists. Many of these companies will attempt to minimize the claim and settle out of court with a small payout, but it is crucial to avoid these offers and instead pursue full and complete compensation for the public transit injuries.
Bus accident injury claims – Poor maintenance or reckless driving can cause a serious bus crash or collision, injuring the bus rider, pedestrians, or other motorists. This can happen on an RTC transit bus, school bus, or any other private or public bus in Las Vegas. It is the operating company that is usually held responsible for these bus collisions, but note that they will often try to avoid the claim and/or settle with a small payout which often neglect to cover all the damages owed to the victims. Legal action is often pursued instead.
Roll over accident claims – If a driver or passenger is injured in a roll over accident in their car, they can pursue legal action against the car manufacturer for defective products or other manufacturing defects and safety issues in the vehicle, or against a negligent or reckless driver at fault who caused the accident. Rollover accident injuries are some of the most serious traffic accidents in Southern Nevada. While they make up a small percentage of the vehicular accidents in Las Vegas, they are the most likely to cause severe injury, disability, or even death. The high medical costs and intense emotional damages from these rollover incidents can be covered by compensation won in an injury claim.
Pedestrian accident injury claims – Negligent and reckless drivers, including drunk drivers (DUI) and those texting while driving, can hit a pedestrian at a crosswalk or on the road and cause severe injury. It is almost always the fault of the driver in these situations, but even if the pedestrian is partially liable for the accident, they can still be eligible to file a claim. If the at fault driver has not been identified, the case is classified as a hit and run, but the driver can still be found and held liable with efforts from law enforcement and an experienced injury law firm who can help collect evidence and interview witnesses.
Bicycle accident claims – Bike accidents are unfortunately quite common in Nevada, since many drivers and even pedestrians neglect to share the road with cyclists. These bicycle crashes can be complicated by poorly marked roadways or bike lanes. Even when wearing a helmet and appropriate safety gear, riders injured in a bicycle collision often suffer severe injuries that require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. In cases there the bicycle rider is partially responsible for the accident, they can still file a claim and receive damages as long as the other party is more liable for the accident.
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Important Information About Your Personal Injury Claim
After any accident the full extent of the injuries may not be obvious at first, and it can take time for any complications and symptoms to develop. Seek medical assistance after any accident so that medical professionals can take a full inventory of all injuries. This medical documentation also helps us file for full and complete compensation to cover all medical bills, costs of care, and rehabilitation in your case.
Whether it’s physical evidence from a car crash or photos, videos, and audio recordings from the site of the accident, collect as much evidence as possible. Take photos from different angles, take down contact information from potential witnesses, and retain these to share with a lawyer once you pursue legal action. These are critical pieces of evidence that can strengthen your case and maximize your claim.
For injury claims in Nevada there is a statute of limitations, which means that there is a limited time frame during which the victim can file for damages and claim compensation from the liable party. In most cases, that time period is two (2) years from the date of the accident. It is critical to file as soon as possible for all personal injury cases in Las Vegas. In some extremely rare cases, a claim can be submitted and collected after the limited statute period.
After the accident, especially in traffic accidents or car crashes, it’s common to exchange insurance information with anyone else involved. The insurance companies will then proceed to call any injured victims to gather information and potentially settle any damages out of court. Do not settle with the insurance company. Do not provide any evidence or information from the accident. Their business model runs on awarding less money than they bring in from their policyholders, which means they will attempt to minimize financial compensation. Anything that you disclose to the insurance company can be put on the record and used against you in court, which can jeopardize your ability to collect full compensation.
We Can Help
At Gazda and Tadayon, we are one of Las Vegas’ most experienced law firms for personal injury cases. We have helped hundreds of clients like you get the compensation they need to get back on their feet and win back their peace of mind. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligent behavior, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case. Your initial consultations are FREE and we charge NO FEES until we collect from a case, so you can focus on your recovery and self-care.