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Since 1989, Attorney Berry has practiced almost exclusively in the area of personal injury, as well as business and insurance disputes. Attorney Kevin Berry’s law office aims to provide the best possible representation to personal injury accident victims within the following practice areas:
Kevin Berry has extensive experience trying cases before judges and juries in Washoe County courtrooms. He has also won significant settlements and verdicts in cases involving insurance bad faith and wrongful termination. Since the Reno legal community is a fairly tight-knit one, being a Reno native helps Attorney Berry to have a good working relationship with judges, doctors, insurance adjusters and other lawyers. Attorney Kevin Berry represents the client aggressively, while always maintaining civility toward opposing insurance adjusters and lawyers.
Before resorting to litigation, other alternative approaches toward resolving personal injury and other disputes, such as mediation and arbitration, are explored with the client before a lawsuit is filed. Even if a lawsuit is filed, these options are always left open to the client. Kevin Berry has received formal training in mediation at the ADR Dispute Resolution Center in Boulder, Colorado, and believes strongly in the advantages of mediation over traditional litigation.
"All too often, the client is left in the dark about the procedural aspects of his or her case, causing needless worry and uncertainty. I will keep the client fully informed at all times, and let the client have a strong say in how he or she wishes to have their legal problem resolved."
- Reno Personal Injury Attorney Kevin M. Berry
Any potential client should make a fully informed decision about which lawyer is best qualified to handle your case, and should have at least a fundamental understanding of the civil legal process in Nevada before making the important decision of which lawyer to choose.
Anyone looking for an attorney will almost always find that the standard contingency fee charged by an attorney in one-third, regardless of the work actually done by the attorney. Quite often, however, Attorney Berry can negotiate a lower contingency fee depending on the complexity of the case, and will charge a lower fee if the case is resolved before it actually goes to trial, as the vast majority of litigated disputes are.
Kevin M. Berry serves the entire Reno region, including Sparks, Carson City and throughout all of Washoe County.
Contact Kevin M. Berry, Attorney at Law, today at 866-723-0608 or 775-337-2300 to schedule your free consultation.
Kevin M. Berry, Attorney
- University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1988
- University of Nevada, Reno, B.S., Accounting, 1981
- ADR Associates, Boulder, CO, Mediation Training
- Nevada, 1988
- Nevada Trial Lawyers Association
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- Washoe County Bar Association
- Alternate Dispute Resolution Section, Nevada State Bar
- Personal Injury
- Auto/Vehicle Accidents
- Aviation Accidents
- Defective Products
- Wrongful Death
- Premises Liability
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
Kevin Berry was born and raised in Reno, and received a degree in accounting from the University of Nevada in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. Prior to attending law school, Kevin Berry was a staff assistant to Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt in Washington, D.C. Since 1989, he has practiced almost exclusively in the area of personal injury, as well as business and insurance disputes. Attorney Berry believes strongly in protecting the rights of ordinary citizens against wrongful acts of corporations and insurance companies. While Attorney Berry has considerable trial experience, the possibilities of resolving a dispute through mediation or arbitration are always explored before a lawsuit is filed. Kevin Berry believes strongly in helping the client become fully informed about all of the options available before a decision is made how best to resolve a legal problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following information includes frequently asked personal injury questions. The answers stated are general in nature and are not intended to apply to every situation. Each case is different and carries its own set of circumstances which must be taken into consideration by competent legal counsel. By contacting Attorney Kevin M. Berry at 866-716-5117, you can receive a personal consultation regarding your specific legal claim.
What financial compensation can I recover in a personal injury claim?
Personal injury accident victims are entitled to recover monetary damages for all losses and expenses sustained as the result of an accident. Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Income, including overtime wages
- Pain & Suffering
- Physical Disability
- Emotional Trauma
- Mental Disability
- Property Damage
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability generally refers to accidents that occur due to the negligent maintenance, or unsafe conditions upon property owned by someone other than the injured victim. Landowners are required to maintain their property in a manner that does not cause injury to those that, for various reasons, visit the property. This law pertains to both business owners and homeowners. Crucial to a premises liability settlement is being able to show how long the defect or injury inflicting element was there, how visible it was, and how much notice the owner had of the dangerous condition before the accident.
What should I do if I've been injured in a slip & fall accident?
The first thing that a person should do if injured in a slip and fall accident is get medical attention if necessary. If no medical attention is necessary, make sure the owner of the property is aware of the incident. Most businesses and homeowners carry liability insurance to protect them in the event that someone is injured while on their property. The owner or possessor of a residence, land, or place of business has the duty to exercise reasonable care for the protection of those individuals who are invited to come upon the premises; i.e. individuals visiting for business or pleasure. In such cases, the owner, company or person must inspect the premises to discover any dangerous conditions and warn the invitee of dangers upon said premises. Those injured by a negligent owner or possessor of a premise may recover damages for their injuries, including loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
Every state has certain time limits, called "statutes of limitations," that govern the period during which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit from an automobile accident. When the statute of limitations expires on your case, you simply don't have a case anymore. Statutes of limitations differ not only from state to state, but also in regard to the kinds of lawsuits involved. In some states, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice, suits against governmental agencies and wrongful death actions is shorter than that for other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from one to three years, and the time begins from the time of the accident. There are some circumstances that will toll the statute of limitations such as if the harm is not discovered right away.
How long will it take to settle my claim?
The time it takes to settle a personal injury case depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. The more complex the case the longer it may take to settle. A case can take anywhere from 3 to 18 months to settle depending on its complexity.
Can a wrongful death action be brought even if the deceased never held a job?
Yes. Although the decedent never held a wage-earning job, he or she may have contributed in some other way to the family, such as a stay-at-home husband or wife who contributed services, guidance and nurturing. These contributions are quantifiable under "pecuniary losses" and can be sought in a wrongful death lawsuit.
What is the difference between murder and wrongful death?
Wrongful death is a civil claim brought in the name of individuals and is tried for money damages. Murder is a criminal charge brought in the name of the State and is tried to put the defendant in prison.
How much does Attorney Kevin Berry charge for personal injury or wrongful death counsel?
Attorney Kevin Berry has very competitive prices--which fall within the range of the industry standard--and tailors fee arrangements for each client's needs. Due to the nature of law, each case is unique and his Firm supplies various fee structures to accommodate each client and each client's case based upon:
- Set Fees
- Billable unit rates or any combination of the above
Attorney Kevin Berry gives every case individual attention and will work with you to find the best rate plan. There will be no hidden costs. You will be informed of the fees for your case during your first meeting with Mr. Berry.