PERSONAL INJURY LAW OVERVIEW

Personal injury law is the process of enacting legal defense through civil lawsuits due to physical or emotional harm that arose from negligence. Also known as tort law, personal injury law allows the victim of a negligent act to receive compensation for their injuries. Compensation will only be rewarded when negligence, injury due to the failure to use reasonable care, has been established.

Update:I was contacted shortly after leaving this review and they were extremely cooperative and understanding of my sons situation. They agreed to set up a consultation for my son TODAY 😃🙏. Thank you for your time and you have no idea how much you are appreciated right now.Original:The website says same day consultation but when you call to schedule you are told weeks out. Its an emergency case with a hearing scheduled less for than 24 hours after being served and I'm being told weeks after they state in black and white same day.
lara Sellers
18:27 18 Nov 20
If you are looking for attentive, caring, and super-smart attorneys, this is your firm. Rebecca and Mathew are quickly becoming the best attorneys in the area for a reason. They will take on your needs in the most efficient and professional way possible. They also are genuinely good people and care about their clients. If you need them, call them without hesitation. You are in good hands.
Kyle Yamamoto
17:15 30 Sep 20
Rebecca is wonderful; she came through after a long fight between my daughter, Kelly G. and her ex. The children are now safe! Highly recommend her and the Carlson and Work team. Thank you again so much!
Kaye Caisse
18:04 15 Sep 20
If you're looking for an honest and hard-working law firm, these people are for you. They have a work ethic to match the reputation they have earned.
Chris Allie
15:07 28 Aug 20
Carslon & Work, you all ROCK. Thank you. Thank you. Thank YOU! we did it! I can finally sleed and I am so relived. I will be recommending everyone I know!
Lacey Pena
13:49 22 Aug 20
If you're looking for an honest and hard-working, these people are for you. They have a work ethic to match the reputation they have earned.
Frank Smith
23:47 19 Aug 20
I hired Mathew to defend me against what were false charges. From the first appearance in court, it was obvious the court held Attorney Work in high regard and more obvious that the DA trusted him. In the end, the false charges were dismissed. I would 100% recommend Mathew to anyone looking for an honest attorney.
Trisha Cobbs
06:21 18 Aug 20
I can't say enough about how great Rebecca was to work with. She was the perfect attorney for my case and I am so pumped that I was able to work with her and her awesome staff.
Letha Wilson
21:47 14 Aug 20
Rebecca Carlson did a phenomenal job at representing me during the COVID19 pandemic at our telephonic hearing. She really did an excellent job. Thanks again Rebecca!
! Tyler
22:08 13 Aug 20
Mathew and his team really cared about me, my children and the process. 5 star law firm!
Evelyn Goad
21:39 12 Aug 20
Attorney Rebecca Carlson was tough, honest and fair. She was always available to take my questions and calm my concerns. Very thankful I was able to retain this group.
Mark Savala
06:12 11 Aug 20
I am so thankful and pleased that I hired this incredible law firm. They worked hard and got the verdict my family and children needed.
Deonna Ludwig
21:21 08 Aug 20
Very tough process but in the end, it was obvious I selected the best law firm in town. Kind people who are willing to have hard conversations and tell you the likely outcome. They don't blow smoke and really do care out us.
Steve Sullivan
20:32 08 Aug 20
I was up to speed, informed throughout the entire case process and so happy with the outcome of the case. Very happy with the service I received from the firm's manager, Lauren.
Beverly Bells
19:59 06 Aug 20
The buzz about this firm is real. They are just different. The difference is, they aren't afraid to tell you you're being an idiot, or that your expectations are not real. They live and die by fact and ignore all the noise
Rochelle Longhorn
22:14 03 Aug 20
They deliver. Plane and simple. They're never going to sugar coat things, they tell you hard, honest news, but they actually care about the best interest for everyone in the process, especially my kids. I respect that they tell you hard news even when it is tough.
Marc Colburn
09:50 01 Aug 20
The second we walked into court, I knew I had made the right decision. Rebecca > His attorney. It was almost sad to watch unfold. She was sharper, more confident and just quicker on her feet.
Raymond Dunn
09:32 31 Jul 20
I would happily recommend this firm to those I care about. I have no doubt that with Rebecca and Mathew in their corner, they would be in great hands.
Collen Pearce
21:25 25 Jul 20
The process was long and tough but I am so thankful I had this law firm on my side. Rebecca and Mathew are first-class people and some of the best attorneys I have ever seen work. Very thankful
Leo Wallace
22:06 11 Jul 20
From start to finish, this firm cares, they work hard and they are always looking ahead for the next steps and preparing as best they could. I was always prepped ready for court and kept up to speed when there was information to receive.
Hector Perez
18:47 02 Apr 20
My experience with Attorney Rebecca Carlson was terrific. She was kind, helpful, honest and communicated throughout the entire process. Even when the news was hard to deliver, she was there by my side. In any family law case, there are high and lows but with Attorney Carlson by my side, I was ready for the lows and knew she was always working to deliver the highs. I would highly recommend my friends and family to this firm.
Jane Andrews
02:08 01 Apr 20
From the first day, I consulted with Carlson and Work until the last day in trial. I knew they had my back. So thankful to these hard-working professionals. Such a great team.
Dayna Knott
20:54 29 Mar 20
Friendly folks.
Stephen O'Brien
04:31 04 Jan 20
I hope I never need them again but if I do, I’m so happy to know they are there!
Joyce Delrio
11:06 25 Dec 19
Hire this firm. They are the real deal and really care about people.
Steve Fremont
10:15 23 Dec 19
Rebecca and Mathew are such a perfectly matched partnership. They are hungry and they are determined. I was so impressed working with them both.
Emily Milewski
20:41 22 Dec 19
Working with any law firm is never easy, there is always tension but you will get the truth from this law firm. I never had anything sugarcoated and I was never told what I wanted to hear, I was only told the truth. At the end of the day, we didn’t get the results we all had hoped for but I got more than my moneys worth out of everyone. The outcome is fair and seeing these people work, gives me peace of mind that I got the best results possible.
Jeffrey Anding
22:52 21 Dec 19
I’ve spent the last year speaking with this firm on nearly a daily basis. I would be lying if I didn’t have days that I was upset with them and days that I was pleased with them but at the end of the day, they always answer the phone, they were always honest and prepared me for the difficult times ahead . We went through a tough battle together and I’m so thankful, at the end of the day, they were in my corner.
James Cole
22:05 20 Dec 19
Thank you so much to Rebecca ! I will never forget the dedication you all showed me and the compassion you practiced with. My life has been bettered in so many ways just for knowing you all.
Lacresha Barbour
01:13 19 Dec 19
As former law-enforcement, I have spent my fair share of time in court. Attorney Mathew Work, is hands-down the best trial attorney I have ever seen in my 30 years in law-enforcement. He is confident but not arrogant. He is humble but not passive. He is intelligent but not a know it all. He understands the dynamics and is typically three questions ahead of everyone listening in the court room. He is playing chess and everyone else, often including the judge, is playing checkers. Matthew may sincerely be the only top tier trial attorney in Nevada
Joanne Schwartz
19:45 17 Dec 19
Recently, I found myself facing a very scary custody battle with a very malicious ex. I needed a fighter. I found Rebecca. She is an absolute bull dog. She is smart and demands respect in the court room. Frankly, seeing the opposing attorney in court with Rebecca said it all. She ran circles around the opposition.
Nicholas Gerber
18:24 16 Dec 19
Hire this firm! They are truly remarkable. Rebecca and Lauren were an excellent tagteam.
Amanda Kelley
14:29 15 Dec 19
I can’t thank Rebecca enough. She was so honest, dedicated and loyal to me as a client throughout.
Lana Ramsey
14:20 14 Dec 19
Work Law always does an outstanding job. From the first consultation to the end of my case, they have been extremely helpful. I would highly recommend Work Law to anyone needing help in Family Law or Criminal Defense.
Dalton Wilson
01:09 07 Nov 19
Thanks to Rebecca Carlson, my kiddos are finally where they should have always been. I can’t think Work Law enough for the patience and dedication they showed me.
Roy Truss
06:43 05 Nov 19
Mathew Work and Rebecca Carlson were a dynamite duo. The last six months have been very difficult but I’m not certain I could’ve made it through without them. Thank you!
Louise Allen
14:11 03 Nov 19
Rebecca Carlson is hands-down the most honest and aggressive attorney I have ever worked with. A lot of attorneys talk a big game but she actually walks the talk.
Carolyn Ortiz
20:39 02 Nov 19
Lorin Taylor and Rebecca Carlson were a dream team. I cannot thank these girls enough for everything they did for me.
Chris Enrique
14:18 01 Nov 19
I can’t thank you all enough. You are the light at the end of a very difficult tunnel I needed to get through. I know I wasn’t always easy to deal with but thank you for the grace and kindness you showed me.
Arnold Woods
03:48 01 Nov 19
You all rock! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I am so thankful that there are still people like all of you in the community and in the legal profession
Eric Sipple
11:48 10 Oct 19
I was recently charged with a DUI and retained Mathew Work. They say a good lawyer makes all the difference, they do. Before meeting with Mathew, I met with one of the billboard-type attorneys. The entire meeting was the [other] attorney bragging about all the people he knew and how he would “walk me” through the process. Basically, how he was going to help me get convicted. Mathew, on the other hand, explained the entire process of a DUI conviction, what the DA would need and what he would attack. He did just that, three days later, all charges were DROPPED! He. Is. The. Real. DEAL!
Dwight Nielsen
19:20 07 Oct 19
I called the law office with a couple of questions. Before I could get the words out, they wanted to set me up with an appointment for $200.However after speaking with Matt York and answering my questions I was very satisfied and I am looking for a positive future relationship
Carl Hull
03:33 29 Jun 19
Mathew is a stand-up guy!
J Douce
20:19 30 Nov 18
Mathew is a standup guy, and is man enough to own up to situations and make them right!
James Doucettperry
20:12 30 Nov 18

Personal Injuries

A personal injury claim typically involves an injury to a person in one of three ways:

  • Physical bodily impairment
  • Emotional suffering
  • Pain and discomfort

Physical bodily impairment encompasses any injury that a person sustains on their actual body during an accident. For example, if someone were injured in a reckless car crash, they are considered to have sustained actual bodily harm. Emotional suffering involves a vast scope of injuries usually as a result of libel or a threat to the injured person. Pain and discomfort are concerned with how the accident has altered the injured person’s daily activities and lifestyle.

Negligence

Negligence is established in a personal injury case once it is proved that:

  • The Defendant had a legal obligation of duty towards the injured person.
  • The Defendant did not uphold their duty of care.
  • Plaintiff’s sustained injury was a direct result of Defendant’s failure to uphold their duty of care.

Compensation

The goal of personal injury law is to return the injured person back to the position that they were in before the accident. Oftentimes, it is not possible for this to happen, so instead, the injured person is compensated in other ways. This compensation usually comes in the form of money, whether it be to make up lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, or pain and discomfort damages.

The process of filing a personal injury claim is oftentimes strenuous and complicated. A qualified personal injury attorney can significantly streamline and simplify a personal injury claim proceeding. Contact Carlson & Work at 775-298-6403 for personal injury law guidance in Reno, Nevada. 

PERSONAL INJURY CASE TIMELINE

If you have been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury claim. This claim timeline can be confusing and long, especially if you have no prior knowledge of the format and logistics of a personal injury process. Below is a brief explanation of the timeline of a personal injury case. 

Gather Evidence

Evidence is a crucial aspect of a personal injury case. It important to gather as much evidence as possible about the accident that occurred and the injuries you sustained. The type of evidence that should be collected includes:

  • Multiple photos and videos at the scene of the accident from as many angles and perspectives as possible. These photos should include any damage that the accident caused before and after anything is moved.
  • Calls to emergency services for any medical treatment needed.
  • Calls to law enforcement to create a police report.
  • Contact, insurance, and vehicle information from everyone involved in a car accident.
  • Information from any witnesses of the accident, as well as the witnesses’ contact information.
  • Any documentation of the accident, including reports to those around the accident, medical expenses, lost wages due to the accident, and insurance letters.

Attempt to Reach Settlement

Many minor personal injury claims can be settled before a lawsuit is filed. A lawyer can help negotiate with another attorney or the defendant’s insurance company to reach a settlement that is sufficient enough to compensate for the victim’s injuries. Normally, this will occur through a written demand letter where you and your lawyer will ask for a high amount of financial compensation from either the insurance company or the defendant. Negotiations over this demand will occur until the parties either come to an agreement or decide to file a lawsuit.

File Court Documents

If the two parties cannot reach a settlement, a lawsuit will commence with the filing of court documents. Typically, an attorney will prepare and file a complaint that identifies the legal basis for the personal injury lawsuit. Within this complaint, the attorney will establish negligence using the gathered evidence from the accident. The complaint will also enclose the compensation that the injured person is requesting for their personal injury.

Go To Trial

Before going to trial, the parties can attempt to reach a settlement on their claim through mediation. If a settlement is not reached at mediation, the case will go to trial. The length of a personal injury trial varies greatly due to the complexity of the case. The personal injury trial can be half a day, a full day, a week, or longer. At the trial, a judge will decide how much compensation the injured person should receive.

Collect Compensation

Once the judge has ordered the amount of compensation that the injured person should receive from the defendant, the case will be complete, and the injured person will be able to collect their compensation.

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COMMON INJURIES OF A PERSONAL INJURY CASE

The field of personal injury encompasses several types of injuries and incidents. In Nevada, the severity and depth of a personal injury case depend on the type of injury sustained from the given accident. While almost any kind of accident can develop into a personal injury case, not every incident will end in legal liability. The following will review some of the more common injuries in a personal injury case.

Car Accidents

Many personal injury cases involve car accidents. While some states follow a “no-fault” law where the driver who caused the car accident cannot be sued, Nevada is not a “no-fault” state, meaning that a person in the state of Nevada who was injured as a result of a car accident that was not their fault may be able to seek compensation for their injuries.

Slip and Fall Accidents

It is the legal duty of any property owner to keep their establishment free of any dangers that could result in the injury of an innocent person. For example, if a person slips and falls on a liquid substance on the floor of a grocery store, that person may be eligible for a personal injury claim.

Wrongful Death Accidents

Wrongful death personal injury claims are a result of a person dying due to the negligent act of others. This would occur in any instance where someone has a legal duty of care towards someone and fails to uphold that duty. For example, a pedestrian fatality could likely result in a wrongful death claim.

Medical Malpractice

Doctors and health care professionals are responsible for upholding the same appropriate medical standard of care to each patient they treat. Failure to do so can result in serious injury of the patient. Medical malpractice personal injury claims can be complex and difficult to prove, so it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney if you believe you have a case.