After an accident in Nevada, you may have the right to pursue damages from the person or party responsible. Damages is the legal term for financial compensation awarded for personal injury claims. Some states, including Nevada, impose caps or limits on the amount of damages you can recover. Understanding how a damage cap can potentially limit your compensation can give you a better estimate of your claim’s value.
Fortunately, Nevada does not have a law in place that caps the amount of compensation you can receive for compensatory damages (economic and non-economic damages) in personal injury cases unless it is against a government employee or is a medical malpractice claim. That means you can recover the full extent of your damages for current and future:
Nevada can potentially place a cap of $100,0000 for personal injury claims against a government employee (NRS 41.035). For example, if you are involved in a car accident with a government employee during the commission of their job duties, you will be limited in the damages you can recover.
In medical malpractice claims, the state does not impose a cap on economic damages but does limit non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering) to $350,000. That is the maximum a plaintiff (victim) can receive for non-economic damages under NRS 41A.035
Punitive damages are only awarded in very few cases, as they are meant to punish a defendant for extremely reckless behavior, such as fraud, malice, or a conscious disregard for the safety of others. In all personal injury cases, punitive damages have a cap based on the amount of compensatory damages you recover.
However, there are some cases in Nevada when a cap on punitive damages does not apply, such as:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a preventable accident caused by another party’s negligence, contact Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers. A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from our firm can discuss your legal options in a free case evaluation. Call (702) 384-1414 or send us a message online today.