Just imagine what the judge who will be deciding your case will think about how much you care about your case when you don't bother to show up for trial. I'd figure out how to stay the two weeks and show up for trial.
Yes, you can include a defamation claim with your negligence claims. I agree with my colleagues that you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your claims. If her insurance company is not accepting liability, chances are they will not change their position if you are not represented.
You should speak with a personal injury attorney. They are giving you a deadline because they probably think they can get away as cheaply as possible right now. If you are done treating, there probably isn't much of a reason to delay settlement. If you still have ongoing issues, speak with an attorney. If you don't respond to the offer by the deadline, they may rescind the offer.
More information is needed to adequately respond to your question. If your insurance company failed to resolve a claim against you within the policy limits when it had an opportunity to do so, you MAY have a bad faith claim. If you had a claim against someone else, and that person's insurance did not settle, you do not have a bad faith claim because Nevada does not recognize third party bad faith. You may want to speak with an attorney so these (and more) questions can be answered in order...
The short answer to your question is: it depends.
Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 41.440 codified the common law family purpose doctrine and states as follows:
Any liability imposed upon a wife, husband, son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister or other immediate member of a family arising out of his or her driving and operating a motor vehicle upon a highway with the permission, express or implied, of such owner is hereby imposed upon the owner of the motor vehicle, and such owner...
Your situation has a number of issues that could cause problems, however, more information is needed. Foremost, when was your son born? The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases in Nevada is generally 1 year. In cases of brain injury to a child, the statute is extended until the child reaches the age of 10, however, can be further complicated depending on what information the parents have. The next significant problem you may have is whether there is any insurance. You've...
It is not uncommon for the risk management department to ask for a medical authorization. What they will do with the information can vary greatly and it certainly doesn't mean that they will be offering a settlement. Hotels and casinos are notoriously difficult to deal with and like to keep their money. If you have any questions, feel free to call.
It should not cost you anything to fire your lawyer. However your present lawyer may put a lien on any proceeds from your case. This could be based on a percentage of any settlement offer that has been made or based on the work the lawyer has done on the case so far. Oftentimes, the lien is absorbed by the new lawyer. I'd be happy to discuss your situation with you. Feel free to call me at 702-823-3333.
You're in a difficult position. A little bit of something is always better than a lot of nothing. That said, I'd be interested to know what your medical bills are, whether they were on insurance or a lien, and a few other bits of information. Keep in mind that your current attorney will likely have a lien for attorney's fees based on the current settlement offer, which makes it harder to find a new attorney. Feel free to call if you have any further questions.