Once a plaintiff is able to establish that the wrongful conduct of another caused the plaintiff “damages,” the law permits the plaintiff to recover for his or her losses. There are many categories of “damages” that a personal injury plaintiff may be entitled to. The Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers at The Hayes Law Firm have the experience and knowledge to discuss all categories of damages a plaintiff may be entitled to. Initially, the burden to prove damages always falls on the plaintiff. A negligent defendant is responsible for all foreseeable consequences proximately caused by his or her negligent act. This means that a successful plaintiff is entitled to compensation for all the natural and probable consequences of a defendant’s tortious conduct.
The categories of damages a successful plaintiff may recover for include, but are not limited to: property damages, medical expenses (including prescriptions), future medical expenses, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering damages, hedonic damages (noneconomic loss of life’s pleasures or the loss of enjoyment of life), mental anguish damages, damages to compensate for discomfort and annoyance caused by a temporary nuisance, loss of consortium damages, punitive damages (punitive damages are designed to punish and deter a defendant’s culpable conduct and act as a means for the community to express outrage and distaste for such conduct),
Next, as a general rule, a party cannot recover damages for losses that a reasonable person could have avoided. In other words, you have the legal duty to “mitigate” or lessen your damages to the extent that you can. Moreover, your damages must be reasonable and necessary given your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured and has a question about their damages, please contact an experienced Nevada Personal Injury Attorney to discuss your case for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation. You only get one chance at recovering for your losses. Here at The Hayes Law Firm we promise that you will meet with a seasoned Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney. We accept personal injury cases from all over the state of Nevada.