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Personal injury law involves civil claims in which an individual is injured through the negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct of another person, a company, or property owner. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from physical or emotional injuries. Personal injury law compensates individuals injured as a result of another's negligence or intentional misconduct. Personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Nevada to evaluate your claim.

Nevada follows a system using the modified comparative negligence – 51% rule.  In states following a modified comparative fault – 51% rule, an injured party can only recover if it is determined that his or her fault in causing the injury does not reach 51%.  If the injured party was 50% or less at fault, he or she may still recover damages.  However, if a plaintiff’s fault reaches 51%, he or she recovers nothing.  In other words, a plaintiff may have caused half of the accident and still recover damages from the court, but if it is found that the plaintiff’s fault was responsible for more than half of the accident, that plaintiff is barred from receiving any damages determined by the court.  Here, as in a pure comparative negligence state, a plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by the degree of his or her fault.  For example, if Debbie sued Dave for damages she suffered in a car accident involving their vehicles, and Debbie was 51% at fault, Debbie would not recover anything from Dave.  If, however, Debbie was 40% at fault, she could recover damages, but the damage award would be reduced by her portion of the fault in causing the injury.  Therefore, a finding that Debbie suffered $10,000 in damages would result in Debbie receiving an award reduced by 40%, or a final award of $6,000. 

Click here to read about contributory vs. comparative negligence.

A statute of limitations is a type of law that restricts the period of time that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  Time limits can vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred. To learn more about statutes of limitations, read our Statute of Limitations page. To see a state by state comparison chart for the personal injury statute of limitations for each state, read our Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page.

Nevada Statutes of Limitations

In Nevada, the courts follow a modified joint and several liability approach in entering judgment against multiple defendants.  Generally, a defendant is subject to several liability only, where the defendant is responsible only for the proportion of negligence attributed to him or her.  However, a defendant is subject to joint and severally liability in certain circumstances such as in cases involving intentional torts, toxic substances, product liability, strict liability, or when the defendants were acting in concert to cause harm to another.  

Click here for more about Joint and Several Liability.

One of the best ways to research personal injury lawyers in Nevada is to contact courts in NV and ask them for information about the personal injury attorneys who utilize their legal facilities when they bring personal injury cases to court. We have compiled a list below of some courts in Nevada to get you started:

Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Nevada
Supreme Court Building
201 South Carson Street, Suite 300
Carson City, NV 89701-4702
775-684-1600

District Courts
First Judicial District Court, Carson City and Storey County
885 East Musser Street
Carson City, NV 89701
775-887-2082

Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County
P.O. Box 30083
Reno, NV 89520-3083
775-328-3119

Third Judicial District, Churchill & Lyons Counties
73 North Maine Street, Suite B
Fallon, NV 89406
775-423-6080

Third Judicial District, Churchill & Lyons Counties
31 South Main Street, Second Floor
Yerington, NV 89447
775-463-6501

Fourth Judicial District – Elko County
Elko County Courthouse
571 Idaho Street
Elko, NV 89801
775-753-4600

Fifth Judicial District – Esmeralda County
P.O. Box 547
Goldfield NV, 89013
775-485-6367

Fifth Judicial District – Mineral County
P.O. Box 1450
Hawthorne, NV 89415
775-945-2446

Fifth Judicial District – Nye County
P.O. Box 1031
Tonopah, NV 89049
775-482-8134

Sixth Judicial District, Humboldt County
50 West Fifth Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
775-623-6343

Sixth Judicial District, Lander County
315 South Humboldt Street
Battle Mountain, NV 89820
775-635-5738

Sixth Judicial District, Pershing County
Post Office Box 820
Lovelock, NV 89419
775-273-2208

Seventh Judicial District, Eureka County
P.O. Box 677
Eureka, NV 89316
775-237-5262

Seventh Judicial District, Lincoln County
P.O. Box 90
Pioche, NV 89043
775-962-5390

Seventh Judicial District, White Pine County
801 Clark Street, Suite 4
Ely, NV 89301
775-289-2341

Eighth Judicial District, Clark County
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89155-2511
702-671-0701

Ninth Judicial District Court, Douglas County
Judicial & Law Enforcement Building
Post Office Box 218
1625 Eighth Street
Minden, NV 89423
775-782-9820

 
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