Statute of Limitations and How This Impacts Personal Injury Cases

Statute of Limitations and Personal Injury Cases

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“Statute of Limitations” is a phrase that has worked its way into the lexicon of anyone who has watched a law show on television.  Statute of Limitations is defined as: “The time frame set by legistlation where affected parties need to take action to enforce rights or seek redress after injury or damage”.  In the area of personal injury it is the time from the date of the injury in which you have to file a lawsuit.

In Nevada, the Statute of Limitations is two years from the date of the injury.  If an injured party does not file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the injury, their claim is barred by law.  This does not mean that in every injury case there is a lawsuit.  To the contrary, most injury cases settle within the Statute of Limitations.  However, if the insurance company of the party that caused the accident is being unresaonable, it is sometimes necessary to file a lawsuit.

If you are injured in an accident it is important to consult with a qualified attorney to advise you of your potential rights.  If you need additional information, or have been involved in an automobile accident, please contact the office of Bellon and Maningo, Ltd.

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(702) 452-6299
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How Much Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?

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Many of our clients inquire about the value of their Personal Injury case.  Actually determining the value for our clients can be a challenge before we can analyze all of the case details.  The process of negotiating with the insurance companies, on behalf of our clients, is a very integral part of the process.

Our goal at Bellon and Maningo, Ltd., is to first insure that all of the anticipated challenges that our clients may face, not just in the short term but also for the rest of their lives, is addressed and considered.  Our job is to protect our client, while making the negotiating process easier.  As we move through this process we begin to understand the true value of your case.  However, no attorney can guarantee the outcome of any claim. So, how is your claim’s worth determined?

How Each Case In Determined

Assessment: Undergoing a complete assessment of your condition is critical to understanding short term and long term care requirements, and thus a large part of the value consideration of your case. Treatment: Your medical bills are a huge factor in deciding what your claim is worth.  What kind of medical treatment did you receive? Do your injuries require surgery? How long were you treated? What is the full extent of your injuries? These questions also factor into what your claim is worth. Damages: Was your car totaled or repaired? Was there damage to your other personal property?  Did the accident happen at work on the job?  Each case is unique and should be valued based on all criteria resulting from your claim. Pain and Suffering: Were you unable to work after the accident? Did you break any bones, or did you have soft tissue injuries? The length of your treatment also can factor in to this.  Accidents can be a very confusing time, and the insurance company does not represent you.

At Bellon and Maningo, Ltd., we look out for the best interest of our clients and seek to get you the most money possible. If you have been involved in an accident please call our offices for a free consultation at (702) 452-6299 or visit our website at www.bellonandmaningo.com

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Is MedPay Insurance Necessary?

 

MEDPAY COVERAGE

Medpay coverage is often overlooked by many consumers during the process of purchasing auto insurance.   Yes, it is an additional cost, but it pays your medical bills whether or not you are at fault for an accident.  A consumer can select the amount of Medpay coverage they purchase, usually from $1,000 to $25,000 per accident.  If you have no health insurance your Medpay will pay your medical bills up to the amount of coverage selected.  Even if you have health insurance but have a deductible and co-pays, your Medpay will usually pay those amounts.  Your Medpay insurance will cover all of the passengers in your vehicle.  Additionally, Medpay will cover you if you are a pedestrian and get hit by another vehicle.

If you need further information, or if you are involved in a car accident, call Bellon & Maningo at (702) 452-6299, or visit our website at:  www.bellonandmaningo.com

 

 

Vegas Police No Longer Responding To Non-Injury Car Accidents

Vegas Police No Longer Responding To Non-Injury Car Accidents

 

In our last blog we discussed the importance of understanding Uninsured / Underinsured Motor Vehicle Accidents.  It seems appropriate to discuss the new issue from Las Vegas Metro Police, who recently instituted a policy where they will no longer respond to car accidents unless an injury is reported.  This new policy is similar to policies instituted by the police in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.  Drivers in Las Vegas are now expected to exchange insurance information and file a report with the Nevada Division of Motor Vehicles within 10 days.

But what if your injuries don’t manifest until later that day or the following day as many soft tissue injuries do?  Will insurance companies deny more claims because of the absence of a police report?  One piece of evidence that insurance companies rely upon to make a liability decision is the police report.  Without a report, the insurance companies may unilaterally make fault determinations that benefit them, not the injured motorist.

The full impact on motorists is not yet known, but time will tell if this policy is detrimental to not at-fault drivers.

If you need additional information, or if you are involved in a car accident, call Bellon & Maningo at (702) 452-6299.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM)

 

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

 

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage is typically referred to as UM/UIM, but what does it cover and should you have it? UM/UIM coverage is optional automobile insurance that covers you when the at-fault driver has no insurance, or more commonly, not enough insurance. And to answer the question of should you have it, the answer is a resounding yes!!!

 

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Mandatory DNA Swab by Law Enforcement

 

Mandatory DNA Swab by Law Enforcement

A law went into effect earlier this year in July that requires law enforcement to collect DNA from a swab of your cheek whenever you are arrested for a felony. If probable cause is established to arrest you, law enforcement can then run a search of your DNA to see if there is any connection between your DNA and other crimes that have been investigated..

 
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Notice and Drug Crimes – Burrage v. United States – pt. II

 

Notice and Drug Crimes pt. 2- Burrage v. United States

A Two Part Series

Part II

This is a continuation of an earlier blog regarding the case Burrage v. United States. Burrage was convicted of an additional twenty years for a drug sale that resulted in death. Burrage’s attorney took exception to the jury instruction given by the Judge that the drug, in this case heroin, did not have to be the actual cause of the death. It only had to be a contributing factor.

 
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Notice and Drug Crimes – Burrage v. United States

 

Notice and Drug Crimes – Burrage v. United States

A Two Part Series

Part I

All individuals charged with a crime are entitled to notice. This means that a named defendant in a criminal case must be made aware of the charges against him/her and when the violations were committed. On Nov. 12, 2013 the United States Supreme Court, in the case Burrage v. United States, heard argument regarding the proper notice for drug dealers in cases where a person overdoses and dies.

 
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