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NEVADA Personal Injury & Insurance Lawyers
PERSONAL INJURIES. INSURANCE DISPUTES. CLAIM DENIALS.
When you suffer an accident at the hands of another party, you may be facing a difficult recovery process. You may need emergency medical care, surgeries, multiple days of hospitalization, and rehabilitation. You may miss work, leaving you without the income your family needs. The last thing you need is to have the insurance company refuse to pay you a fair settlement amount or denying your claim. Unfortunately, this happens far more than it should. Count on Leverty & Associates Law Chartered to defend your rights.
OUR NEVADA LAWYERS KNOW THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY
Insurance companies are for-profit entities. When they are facing the need to pay a big settlement or a big claim to you, insurers sometimes will throw as many roadblocks in your way as possible. An insurer may act as if it is trying to help you when it really is working against you. Our Nevada law firm recognizes the unfair techniques that insurers frequently use, and we are ready to try to counteract them so you can receive the settlement you deserve.
Facing a personal injury case where the other party’s insurance company is treating you unfairly? Have a bad faith insurance situation where your own insurance company is giving you the runaround? Our law firm has experience in a wide range of cases involving unfair insurers. If you face a battle with a large insurance company that has multiple lawyers on its side, you will want our trusted team in your corner. Call Leverty & Associates today at (775) 322-6636 in the Reno area or at (702) 507-0201 in the Las Vegas area.
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INSURANCE LAW proficiency – THE BEDROCK OF OUR FIRM
Our Nevada attorneys focus on cases involving unfair treatment from insurance companies. This gives us an advantage against other firms that try to dabble in insurance cases, with their primary focus being elsewhere. Our knowledge of insurance coverages and our ability to use that knowledge to help with our clients’ losses separates us from run-of-the-mill personal injury law firms. Our Nevada law firm’s work in the area of insurance coverage analysis sets us apart, allowing us to strive to win the financial judgment our clients need.
Almost all legal claims involve insurance law. Personal injuries, wrongful death, commercial or homeowners disputes… when financial recovery is needed, you need someone who knows insurance best.Founding Attorney Gene Leverty; Former Chief Deputy Insurance
Commissioner of the State of Nevada
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We collectively have more than 100 years of experience among our lawyers, and this is another significant advantage for us. Our team’s legal wins over the years total more than $150 million in claims for our clients. We are caring, attentive, and hardworking, all of which lead to significant success in our cases. We have a team-oriented approach, which means our attorneys frequently work together to try to achieve the best results in every case we handle. We also are highly active and invested in the success of our local communities, helping us engage more fully with our clients.START YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
ATTORNEY GENE LEVERTY
Personal injury attorney Gene Leverty has 50-plus years of litigation, trial, and negotiation experience. He has held an AV Martindale Hubbell rating, which is the highest attorney rating, for more than 25 years. Gene is a long-time member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has victories in several multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements. Gene previously was Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the State of Nevada, and he has special expertise with insurance coverage issues. Gene has legal experience in Nevada and California.
ATTORNEY PATRICK LEVERTY
Personal Injury Attorney Patrick “Pat” Leverty has almost two decades of legal experience with our firm, helping victims of the negligence of others. Pat is board certified in personal injury law by the Nevada Justice Association. He holds an LLM (master’s degree) in insurance law as well, which is a key reason why our knowledge of insurance is the bedrock of the firm. Pat serves on the Nevada Justice Association Board and previously served as the board’s president. He has legal experience in Nevada, California, and Washington.
ATTORNEY BILL GINN
Attorney Bill Ginn has more than two decades of experience in insurance cases, focusing primarily on insurance litigation, insurance regulatory work, and disputes related to insurance. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Nevada Justice Association. He previously served as the Treasurer for the Nevada State Bar Section for Insurance and Health Care Law, and as the group’s Membership Chairman. Bill has legal experience in Nevada and California.
ATTORNEY JESS P. RINEHART
Personal Injury Attorney Jess P. Rinehart has been a part of Leverty & Associates for more than a decade. Jess is a Reno native who specializes in personal injury law. He clearly understands the challenges that victims face in these types of cases when trying to receive fair treatment from insurance companies. He previously served as the Young Lawyers Division District Representative for Nevada and Utah. He practices in state and federal courts in Nevada, as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Over 1,000It has been our privilege to help thousands of clients with personal injury, vehicle accident, bad faith, and class action lawsuits.
40+ YearsLeverty & Associates began serving clients in Nevada in 1979, and we now have offices in both Reno and Las Vegas.
of Service in Nevada
Actively InvolvedOur Nevada lawyers have extensive experience on state boards. We also are active participants in the communities in which we practice, which is vital to our ability to serve clients.
When you file a claim with your insurance company, but the insurer isn’t considering your claim in a timely manner, this may be a bad faith insurance claim. The insurance company may try to deny your claim by using confusing language or by saying you don’t qualify for payment because of a technicality. Remember, insurance companies are for-profit companies. They can increase their profits by denying claims. Our law firm in Nevada will work hard to force your insurer to treat you with respect and to honor the commitment it made to you while you were paying your insurance premiums.
If your case contains a few key elements, our Nevada attorneys will be ready to represent you in a bad faith claim. These may include:
- Delaying a response to your claim or offering a payment for your claim that is unreasonable
- Lying about the type of coverage you have
- Changing your existing coverage without notifying you
- Failing to provide specific reasons and documentation for the denial of your claim
- Canceling your policy after you make a legitimate claim.
Perhaps the best way to fight against the denial of your insurance claim is to hire our law firm in Nevada to represent you. When we attempt to have the insurer overturn its decision, we will start by spelling out in writing the reasons for questioning the denial. We will present evidence in writing that gives support to our attempt to overturn the denial. We will request a response to our claims within a certain period of time. Eventually, if we cannot make headway, we can take the case to trial through a lawsuit.
After an accident in which you suffered injuries, you may hear from the other driver’s insurer while you are still in the hospital. The insurer may call repeatedly, over multiple days, with what seems like the same questions over and over. The insurance company may be trying to trick you into contradicting an answer you gave to a similar question a few days ago. It then can use this contradiction to try to reduce or deny your claim. You are under no obligation to speak to the insurer without having our Nevada lawyers present. Once you hire us to represent you, we can take over all communications with the insurer, so you can focus on your recovery.
We understand that in the weeks and months after an injury accident, you may be unable to work. Money may be tight. We do not want to add to your financial worries. That is why we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee will be a percentage of the final settlement amount in the case. You will pay us nothing ahead of time to secure our services. If we do not win an award for you, you do not owe us anything.
One of the things that sets Leverty & Associates apart from other Nevada law firms is that we are not afraid to take cases to trial when warranted. We will attempt to reach a settlement through negotiations, but if the insurance company is not acting in good faith, we appreciate the opportunity to tell your story in court. We always are sharpening our trial skills and practices by attending seminars, by reading about the latest techniques for presenting a case in court, and by using focus groups to test new techniques. We always thoroughly prepare for trials, and we believe this gives us a significant advantage by being ready for any twist in your case.
We are a client-centric Nevada law firm, so we take pride in the accessibility we provide for our clients. We always take the time to learn as much as we can about the hopes and goals of our clients for the outcome in the case and for their lives going forward. We feel this is incredibly important, as it allows us to represent you and your interests as accurately as possible. Other law firms may try to rush clients through the process, so they can ramp up the number of cases they handle. We do not believe in this philosophy. We focus on giving our best effort to each client instead, which sets our team apart from the others. We will keep you informed about the progress of the case at every step along the way as well. Our clients appreciate our caring attitude, and they know we work extremely hard for them.
Practice Areas for Our
Nevada Personal Injury and Insurance Lawyers
We Are a Client-Centric Law Firm
Leverty & Associates Law Chartered has a few practice areas upon which we focus our efforts. Rather than trying to handle every aspect of the law and being a master of none of them, our team focuses on the following practice areas to give our clients the best possible level of service when they are facing these legal situations. [read more]
Medical bills from serious injuries add up quickly and can create added stress for an already difficult situation. When the head of a household suffers an injury in a severe accident, the family’s well-being is in jeopardy. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and suffering from your injuries, but your family’s financial status could fall apart quickly.
To have the ability to file a personal injury claim on your behalf, we must be able to show that the injuries you suffered in the accident occurred because of the negligence or recklessness of another party. This simply means that by taking a different course of action, the other party could have avoided causing the accident and your injuries. When we represent you in this type of claim, we can attempt to win an award for your medical bills and lost wages, as well as a judgment that takes into account your pain and suffering and your reduction in quality of life.
Personal injury cases can involve accidents with vehicles, and they also may involve . . .
- Premises liability
- Defective products
- Slips and falls
- Animal bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Failure to provide adequate security at a business or public event.
If you suffer an injury after a motor vehicle accident that was the fault of another party, you should have the ability to bring a personal injury claim. Our team can help if you suffer an injury in an accident with another motor vehicle in a variety of situations, including:
- As the driver of a vehicle
- As the passenger in a vehicle
- As a motorcycle operator
- As a bicycle operator
- As a pedestrian.
It does not matter if the other driver was operating a sedan, an SUV, a semitruck, a van, or a motorcycle. As long as the other driver made an error while driving that led to the crash and your injuries, you have the right to seek compensation in an injury accident claim. Our team can represent you from the start of your case until the conclusion.
When representing you, we first will need to use the facts in the case to show that the other driver is at fault for the accident. We also need to show that you suffered injuries and some sort of financial loss because of the accident. Your financial loss can include things like emergency medical bills, costs for ongoing medical treatment, or lost wages while you missed work during your recovery.
Bad Faith Insurance
When an insurance company is stalling or giving you the runaround after you suffer a catastrophic loss that your policy should cover, you may want to hire our bad faith insurance attorneys to represent you against the insurance company. By delaying the insurance claim payment that you deserve, the insurer causes you significant stress and potential financial harm. We will work tirelessly to defend you against this type of unfair situation.
During a free review of your case, our team will discuss the facts in the case with you and will attempt to determine whether we believe you have an insurance bad faith claim. Understand that not every denial or delay in an insurance claim will constitute a bad faith case. Trust that we will give you an honest assessment of your situation. We will also give you an opinion about whether we believe you have a winnable claim.
Insurance Claim Denials
If you believe that an insurance company is denying your claim unfairly, our team can represent you in an appeal of this denial. We represent both individuals and business owners who receive a denial of an insurance claim. Some of the types of claim denials that we can handle involve:
- Automobile insurance
- Personal and business liability insurance
- Health insurance
- Underinsured and uninsured motorist insurance coverage
- Business interruption insurance
- Construction insurance
- Disability insurance
- Homeowners insurance
- Life insurance
- Medical malpractice insurance.
When you purchase insurance and make your payments on time, you may simply assume that the insurance company will reciprocate by treating you fairly when you need to make a claim after a catastrophe. Sometimes, this happens. However, at other times, the insurance company uses a technicality to deny your claim, leaving you without the financial award that you need to rebuild your business or your life.