There are numerous steps involved in getting a case to trial in Nevada. Some of those steps include filing the complaint, service of the complaint upon the defendants, obtaining answers to the complaint from the defendants, the granting of a petition for exemption from mandatory arbitration, a 16.1 joint case conference meeting, an exchange of documents at the conference, the filing of the report, standard discovery period (i.e. 180 days), and ultimately, a trial on the merits. If the value of the case does not exceed $40,000 in Nevada, the case automatically goes into the Mandatory Arbitration Program, where similar, but more limited discovery can take place.
Depending on the complexity of the case, once discovery begins, each side will send out written questions called interrogatories, requests for admissions, requests for production of documents, and question each other under oath in front of a court reporter (called depositions). Occasionally, each party’s experts will conduct on-site inspections and the Plaintiff may be required to undergo a medical examination by a doctor who has been hired by the defense.
Some cases can take a few hours to a number of weeks. As an example, in December of 2001, Mr. Achrem was involved in a major medical malpractice case against a local hospital. Although the case was ultimately settled before the jury began its deliberations for a confidential amount, the trial still lasted almost 3 1/2 weeks and required the testimony of more than a dozen expert witnesses.