Today's Personal Injury 101 is focusing on a standard used in most civil cases: preponderance of the evidence.
In short, it is the amount of evidence needed for a plaintiff to win a case. You can visualize the standard by thinking of it this way: more than 50% of the evidence must agree with the plaintiff's point of view, making it the burden of proof in a civil trial.
Even if the plaintiff's evidence is only slightly in his or her favor, let's say 51%, they will still win the case by a preponderance of the evidence. This means the plaintiff was able to show that its version of the facts, causes, damages or fault was more likely than not the correct version.
This should not be confused with the standard of proof 'beyond a reasonable doubt' which is a higher standard used in criminal courts.
When a patient seeks medical care from a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care provider, the patient is looking for the best possible treatment. All too often, though, patients become the victims of mistakes or negligence on the part of their healthcare providers. There are a number of different types of mistakes, or medical errors, that can occur in the setting of patient care, and when these medical errors occur and cause harm to the patient, the patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Accidents involving large trucks happen all too frequently in Nevada.
Slip and fall personal injury cases can be complicated, and things get even trickier if your injuries occurred on government-owned property, such as a public library, a federal park, or on the grounds of a government building.
Unlike other states, many of which have a one-bite rule when it comes to harm caused by dogs, Nevada does not have any specific statewide dog bite statute.
Motorcycles can be incredibly fun to own and ride, especially through the scenic Nevada desert or along the Vegas strip.
Car accidents can be horrible, especially for those who are victims of accidents caused by negligent or reckless drivers.
Countless motor vehicle accidents each year in Nevada involve a bad tire in some way.
In 2014, traffic accidents were responsible for causing almost 300 deaths and over 1200 serious injuries.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident, especially when a driver is hit from behind.
All too often a day of fun in the sun quickly turns into a nightmare when a boat is involved in an accident.