Personal Injury Attorney Helping Victims in Nevada & California
Get The Compensation You Are Entitled To By Jury Trial Or Settlement
Licensed Attorney in California Since 1986 / Licensed in Nevada Since 1999
Attorney Peter Goldstein began practicing law in June 1986 when he obtained his license in California. In October of 1999, he was admitted to the bar in the state of Nevada where he established The Law Office of Peter Goldstein.
Focus on helping victims of personal injury
Personal injury can be a complicated process because our job as lawyers is not only to prove that the other party is at fault but also to prove that all of the injuries you suffered were not only the result of the negligent act but were legally or proximately caused by the defendant’s negligent actions. Many cases are won on negligence but lost on causation and it is imperative that we establish medical causation clearly and definitively so the jury can understand it.
Personal Injury Law Experience
Personal injury cases can involve both physical and emotional injuries, and if the defendant has acted with reckless disregard or intentionally then punitive damages can be available as well. Our firm has handled thousands of cases crossing a wide range of personal injuries where the clients were injured physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Combined with a background in other areas of law, Mr. Goldstein’s years of personal injury experience enhances his ability to evaluate, understand, and analyze each case quickly and because he only takes on select cases and handles each case personally from beginning to end he knows what each client is going through and how the case affects each client’s quality of life.
Understanding Personal Injury
Personal injuries can be a physical injury that is clearly seen, such as a broken bone, or nerve damage detected on an MRI, such as a herniated disc but the vast majority of cases involve soft tissue injury which may not be observed in a diagnostic test or x-ray, but pain is nevertheless very real to the person who experiences it. Many personal injuries are not visible but nevertheless are still valid injuries and be proved through medical experts and evidence.
Injuries that are less obvious at first can present a challenge, one case involving foot drop was complicated because an initial test called a ‘nerve conduction test’ revealed that the common peroneal nerve, which starts from the tibia and continues down to the ankle, was compromised. A second test, however, indicated that the nerve was not injured. Subsequently, Peter Goldstein was able to establish nerve injury starting from the lower back and advancing down to the foot from sciatica.
Importance of an Attorney
Unfortunately most people do not look at the civil justice system as a high priority in the scale of important social issues. Because of that, Insurance companies work hard to make the playing field unfair by hiring expensive doctors and other experts. After all they make money by collecting premiums and paying as little as possible on claims, whether the claim is valid or not. Their job is to glob on to anything they can in the medical records, police reports or witness statements to try to establish either that their insured was not at fault or that you as the claimant had preexisting injuries, or that if you were injured, the accident did not cause your injuries.
Serious injuries can be life-altering. An injured person may not be able to work for the rest of his or her life and be unable to pay for necessary life expenses. Fair and full compensation makes the difference in the injured person’s quality of life going forward by providing monetary means for future care and expenses. Peter Goldstein will fight for the injured person to provided full and fair compensation for past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
In Las Vegas the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recently changed its policy to make traffic accident reports for all accidents, even "garden variety" auto accidents. The department announced this policy change for what they believe are non-injury accidents.
A police report containing details of an accident and assessment of fault for the accident is a good starting point to gathering the initial impressions of the accident. Police reports generally are not admissible at trial. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recently adopted a policy of issuing police reports on all auto accidents even though that policy changed two years ago to not report minor accidents.
When an accident occurs, the investigating officer investigates and evaluates it and writes a report containing his findings. If a police report is not readily available, the investigating officer will provide a case number that can be used to obtain the report.
We have obtained thousands of reports over the years from law enforcement agencies that investigate auto accidents, including the North Las Vegas Police, Henderson Police, Nevada Highway Patrol, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and the Los Angeles Police Department.
Making a Difference in Clients' Lives
Every case is unique, some cases take years and others can be resolved in a few months. In one case, the final judgment from the Court of Appeal was issued 11 years after the complaint was filed. Peter Goldstein filed the case in September, 2004 and the California Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in December 2015. Calling the clients and informing them of the outcome after waiting 11 years is a rewarding experience, particularly for clients who may have lost hope of seeing the end of their case, finality does occur.
In my cases I strive to make a difference in clients’ lives by obtaining significant compensation for their injuries to provide them the means to do the things that they would not have been able to do otherwise.
Reasons for Choosing The Law Office Of Peter Goldstein
Our multi-jurisdictional law firm has over 30 years of trial experience and a dual license to practice law in California and Nevada. We invite you to call our office for a free consultation so we can evaluate your case.
Call us today for a Free Consultation (702) 474-6400. In California call (310) 552- 2050. Thank you and we look forward to your call.
- $170,000 / Police Misconduct
- $164,000 / Personal Injury Trip and Fall Case
- $3,000,000 / Business Dispute
I will fight to get you the full compensation you deserve, but I do not just settle your case if going to trial is required to get you the money that your injury and damages are worth. Our goal is to target your personal needs and do everything possible to get you the full compensation you deserve in the areas of:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Law Office of Peter Goldstein knows that personal injury and police misconduct claims can be very confusing and it's a difficult experience. Here are some frequently asked questions we have received and answers we can give before you call our firm. If you need further assistance, please contact us for a free consultation.
- What types of compensation can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?
- How long does a personal injury case take?
- What will happen during my personal injury case?
- How much do you charge?
- What should I do if I’m involved in an accident?
- What is the statute of limitations for my case?
- What do I need to prove to win my personal injury lawsuit?
- How much is my case worth?
- Can I pursue my case on my own?
What types of compensation can be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?
Compensation for past medical bills, future medical bills, past lost wages, future lost wages. In addition to these amounts you can also recover damages for pain and suffering, inconvenience, stress, loss of consortium, and in some cases punitive damages. Pain and suffering are considered general damages which also include recovery for the mental anguish, physical pain and emotional distress.
How long does a personal injury case take?
It depends on the severity of the injuries and the complexity of the case. Some cases can settle within a few months others can take several years. Generally speaking the bigger the case the longer it takes to resolve but this depends upon whether fault is disputed, whether the injuries are disputed or where everything is clear cut and undisputed. Some large cases can settle quickly if there is no reasonable dispute as to who is at fault and what injuries are suffered by the plaintiff.
What will happen during my personal injury case?
Depending on the case and depending on the injuries, if the case can be resolved without litigation it is a matter of gathering all the physical evidence, the medical records and bills, lost wage documents and sitting down with you, the client to discuss valuation and authority to make a demand for settlement. If the case does not resolve during the prelitigation process I then file a complaint for damages. Next, I have a summons issued and have the process server serve the defendant with a summons and complaint. Once the case has been served and the defendant has answered, I gather all more information about the case to prepare for trial. The information gathering phase of the case is called discovery, and it involves sending written demands for information to the defendant, take the depositions of witnesses and subpoena records. Once discovery is completed, and the expert witnesses have been retained and deposed the court usually tries to encourage the parties to settle because at this point we know the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case. If the case does not settle I take the case to trial. Most litigated cases last between 1 and 2 years.
How much do you charge?
I charge a contingency fee which means you do not pay any money unless I win your case by trial or settlement. I advance the costs of litigation including filing the complaint and hiring of expert witnesses. My fees and costs are paid out of your settlement or verdict. If I don’t win your case, you don’t pay me anything. As far as the percentage that I charge it also depends on the case, generally most personal injury lawyers charge one third before trial. Again, I am always open to discussing the percentage of the contingency fee with my client and want to make sure that you are comfortable with my fee and that it is a fair fee for the work performed.
What should I do if I’m involved in an accident?
You should call Peter Goldstein before speaking to anyone else to ensure your case is handled by an experienced attorney who can obtain the best result possible. Do not make statements to any insurance company representatives or investigators because generally everything you say will be attempted to be used against you. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Do not apologize or admit you did anything wrong. Do not sign anything.
What is the statute of limitations for my case?
A statute of limitations determines the amount of time you have to file a personal injury complaint in court. Statutes of limitations for different types of cases differ from state to state and depend on the area of law, for example, medical malpractice cases have a one year statute of limitations both in California and Nevada whereas most personal injury cases are two years but there are exceptions. If you were injured, it is important to call me as soon as possible to make sure the limitation period does not expire.
What do I need to prove to win my personal injury lawsuit?
The plaintiff has the burden of proof in all cases. That means you must show it is more likely than not that your injuries were the result of the defendant’s negligence. Even if the defendant tries to argue that you were at fault, this is called contributory negligence, you still have the right to bring a lawsuit, and the jury or judge may ultimately decide what percentage of fault each party is responsible for in causing the accident.
How much is my case worth?
That varies from case to case, but in general compensation for personal injuries depends on:
- The past and future medical bills
- The seriousness of your injuries
- Whether you are able to continue to work after being injured.
Can I pursue my case on my own?
Yes, but you are a great deal more likely to get a good result if you let me handle the case so you get the benefit of:
- 30 years experience as an attorney
- Knowledge of legal procedures and substantive law
- Experience negotiating with insurance defense lawyers
- Knowledge of judges and mediators and jury venues in the courthouse your case will be filed and tried
- A multijurisdictional lawyer with full time, experienced staff ready to get you the best result possible