But this involves many people doing many jobs and at the heart of the operation is the loading dock worker.
The loading dock operator is responsible for operating heavy machinery and loading all goods to and from trucks.
These jobs at loading docks can be very dangerous due the machinery needed to load and unload trucks, the sheer volume of products being loaded and the fast paced environment on a loading dock.
These jobs are highly skilled careers and loading docks operators are usually paid well but they take a serious risk of injury or death everyday.
Even though there are safety procedures that are in place by most employers and safety laws that the government regulates, accidents happen all the time.
If you were injured while working at a loading dock in Nevada call Richard Harris Today.
Sspeak with an attorney who knows workers compensation laws before you speak with your employers insurance company.
Types of Loading Dock Accidents
Loading docks are big places with fast paced environments with lots of merchandise in and out and deadlines for moving that merchandise.
Since this is the case loading dock areas of warehouses are grounds for many different workplace accidents.
Some of the more common loading sock workplace accidents are:
Caught in between- This is when a loading dock worker gets stuck between two pieces of equipment. For example the worker could get trapped between the back of a tractor trailer and the loading dock itself, or a worker gets stuck in between a pallet and a forklift. This is the most common of this type of accident. Stuck between accidents can result in serious injury including crushing injuries and in some cases even death.
Workers getting hit- Workers can be hit by truck drivers that don’t see the dock worker or the fork lift operator , other falling equipment can stick a worker at any time. These injuries can be anything from Traumatic Brain injuries to back and neck injuries.
Falling accidents- Fall incidents including falling off the loading dock itself, mostly happens during raining or other inclement weather. Most loading docks are around 4 feet off the ground and falling accidents can be quite common. This can also include falling merchandise or equipment that hits a dock worker.
Trailer separation accidents- This happens when a tractor trailer pulls up to the loading dock to either drop a trailer full of goods off or drops an empty trailer that needs to be filled by the dock workers. When a trailer separates from a truck cab and everyone isn’t properly prepared serious injury can occur. These accidents are caused by
Not following the warehouse dock safety policies
Failure to set breaks
No safety equipment in place
If safety equipment was in palace failure to use it properly
Miscommunication between dock workers and truck drivers
Weight shifting of the truck
Who is Responsible for Loading Dock Safety
The responsibility for a loading dock safety depends on the circumstances of the merchandise being loaded.
If the driver of the truck is only driving one particular item for example couches and all that driver does is move furniture for a furniture store then the driver is responsible for checking and securing the load of furniture before traveling.
If on the other hand the driver has multiple stops and picks up a variety of items to fill a truck the warehouse and loading dock employees are responsible for the security of the merchandise.
Items are usually stored on loading docks on pallets or cages for easy loading with the use of a pallet jack or forklift.
This equipment can sometimes malfunction and the warehouse in some cases the pallet jack or forklift company may be held responsible for your injuries.
The warehouse can also be held liable for damages when not following general safety rules or federal safety laws.
An experienced personal injury attorney can determine who is ultimately responsible for your injuries in a loading dock accident.
Injured in a Loading Dock Accident at work
There are a few steps that we advise you to take when injuries in a loading dock accident:
Seek medical attention immediately no matter what. Even if you don’t think that you need to see a doctor you should always go immediately after an accident. You may have injuries that are not visible like a concussion or internal injuries. Also injuries like neck and back back injuries can worsen without medical treatment.
Immediately report the accident to your employer, you should report the incident to your immediate supervisor and human resources.
Follow all your employer’s procedures for reporting the incident and getting medical treatment. Most employers have specific doctors or hospitals that their employees must go to when injured on the job. This is due to workers compensation insurance.
Document everything and keep good records of everything.
Contact a personal injury attorney that has experience in workers compensation cases.
Workers Compensation Insurance
Workers compensation insurance is required for all businesses in Nevada.
Workers compensation insurance is insurance paid by your employer that covers all employees while they are working.
This insurance is only used when a worker is hurt on the job.
That’s why some employers require you to go to certain doctors because these doctors are part of the workers comp package.
If you choose to go to your own doctor you may have to pay out of pocket until your case is resolved.
Workers comp insurance requires lots of paperwork and deadlines.
Workers compensation will cover medical expenses and a portion of your wages when injured on the job.
That’s why hiring a personal injury attorney that specializes in workers compensation cases.
An experienced workers comp attorney can file all the necessary paperwork with the workers comp insurance company and can often determine if more than one party is responsible for your work related injuries.
Third Party liability in loading dock accidents
Since loading dock areas are always in and out.
There might be multiple companies working in the same area for example at the local industrial complex, many companies rent warehouse space that might funnel into one loading dock area.
This means the victim of a loading dock accident might have multiple parties to file claims against.
If you are injured while working a loading dock it is possible to file negligence claims against multiple parties if you feel they are partially responsible for your injuries.
Besides dealing with your employers workers compensation insurance you may have to file a claim against the following;
The manufacturer or the reseller of faulty or malfunctioning equipment
The owner of the warehouse where hazardous or unsafe conditions exists
Truck driver or trucking company
These are all parties that may be held responsible for some or all of your injuries. Having a consultation with a personal injury attorney can determine who to file a claim against.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a loading dock accident call The Richard Harris Law Firm today as soon as possible.
We can review your case with a free consultation.
We can determine what parties we may file against to be held accountable for your injuries.
When we take your case we will file all your workers compensation insurance paperwork to file a workers comp claim.
We will prepare you for what may take place with your case and what to expect from your case and your workers comp claim.
We will attend all court or mediation hearings with our clients.
We will get you the maximum settlement available by law.
We have been working with workers comp cases for over 40 years in Las Vegas and all of Nevada.
If you were a driver and were involved in an accident with a DoorDash driver or a DoorDash driver that was involved in an accident while driving for DoorDash you need to contact Nevada’s most experienced DoorDash accident attorneys.
Our lawyers can evaluate your claim and provide you with the legal advice you’ll need to move forward with a case against the parties involved in the accident that caused your injuries.
DoorDash is a large tech company with a legal team on speed dial.
Don’t try and go up against them without a legal team of your own.
If you were injured in an accident involving DoorDash call the Richard Harris Law firm today for a free consultation.
The Injuries From a DoorDash Accident
All accidents are different.
Like the accident itself the injuries sustained in an auto accident can vary.
Injuries can be absolutely nothing, maybe a few bruises to the extreme and even death.
The injuries suffered in an accident depend on many factors including the vehicles involved, the location of the accident, how safely were the victims in the vehicle restrained and how fast the accident victims were going.
Other factors like weather, DUI, construction etc. can also play a role in the outcome of the accident.
As you can see the variation of injuries in a car accident can run from very minor to serve up to involving the death of a loved one.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving DoorDash or if a loved one has been killed in an accident involving DoorDash call your Nevada DoorDash attorney right away.
You have rights after an accident it doesn’t matter if you were working for DoorDash as a driver or were the driver of another vehicle that was hit by a driver for DoorDash you need to call an experienced DoorDash lawyer today.
Other Injuries Sustained from DoorDash Accidents
If you are a DoorDash driver there are many other ways you could be injured on the job. Some of the most common injuries don’t involve a car accident at all and happen when you’re not in your car.
It doesn’t matter if you were involved in an incident with a DoorDash driver or you are the DoorDash driver that was involved in an incident we will review your case and give you the likely outcomes so you can decide what’s right for you.
We work on a contingency basis, therefore we take no money up front.
We only get compensated if we win your case.
We have an investigative team on staff to gather all the information needed to mount a case for you.
We will fight to get you the settlement you deserve.
We have recovered over a billion dollars for our clients over the years.
We are available 24/7 at our offices in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada.
If you have been injured in an accident with or as a DoorDash driver call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
DoorDash History and Gig Economy
DoorDash was founded by students from Stanford University in 2013.
Using the DoorDash app a customer will order what they want from a participating restaurant.
The order is placed at the restaurant and sent to a nearby available driver.
The restaurant prepares and packs up the meal ordered and the driver who accepts the order picks it up from the restaurant and delivers it to the waiting customer at their home or business.
Speeding Car Accident Lawyer Speeding is one of the leading reasons for serious car accidents resulting in serious injury or fatality in the US. These accidents are more serious than other accidents and kill…
We can help you get the most compensation for your speeding car accident injuries.
Call today for a free case review.
We will tell you what you can expect if we go forward with your case.
We will be with you every step of the way.
We take speeding car crash cases on a contingency basis so you never pay out of pocket for any of our services.
We only recover payment if we win your case.
Statistics of Speeding Car Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA) collects data about car accidents in the US. According to NHTSA in 2019 speeding was the key factor in 27% of all fatal crashes in the US.
The data collected also states that 9,717 people were killed in speeding accident incidents in 2019.
That is double the number of people that were killed in drunk driving accidents in the same year.
In 2017 the NHTSA reported that 37,461 people died in car accidents in the US. 9527 of those deaths were killed as a result of speeding related accidents, that is 25% of all accidental deaths caused by speeding.
This report also shows that in 2017 speeding killed more people than drunk driving and texting accidents combined.
In the same year 2017 2.5 million Americans were injured in car accidents 23 % of those were from speeding accidents or 574,000 people were injured in accidents related to speeding.
Why is Speeding so Dangerous
Speeding is dangerous on any roadway because the risk of a serious or fatal accident increases as the speeding car goes faster.
Speeding leaves the driver of the vehicle with a significantly reduced reaction time to any situation that may come up.
Less reaction time to slow down or stop if needed at a stop sign, red light, or any other type of car crash.
Excessive speed increases the chances of the driver hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian.
Speeding also increases the severity of the accidents that happen because of speeding drivers.
Most rollover accidents are caused by speeding accidents.
Rollover crashes are some of the most deadly of all crashes because the passengers are more likely to perish or be seriously injured when a car rolls over in an accident.
How is a Speeding Accident Investigated
All serious car accidents are investigated in the same way but for accidents involving excessive speed there are few other factors that police will investigate including:
Speed of the vehicles involved
Road conditions at the time of the accident
Was the driver obeying the speed limit or exceeding it
Traffic patrons at the time of the incidents
Other factors such as drunk driving or texting were involved
Did the driver attempt to slow down or stop before the crash
Speeding accidents that cause a fatality are usually due to many reasons but the main ones are:
Drunk Driving – Drunk driving reduces your ability to react fast and your reflexes are slowed down. Since your reaction time is also slower you will not be able to stop as quickly if you are speeding.
Distracted Driving- This includes texting , talking on the phone, eating and even putting on makeup are all considered distracted driving. Being distracted and not paying attention when speeding can cause a fatal crash
Reckless Driving- For example street racing is considered reckless driving and involves speeding and putting other law abiding people at risk
Proving Liability in a Car Accident Involving Speeding
If you were the victim in an accident that was caused by a driver that was going over the posted speed limit it is important to prove that the speeding driver was liable for the crash.
Speeding itself is considered negligent since you are endangering others by speeding.
So you must prove liability of the speeding driver by :
Proving the driver was actually speeding
Proving the driver was driving in a reckless manner while speeding
Showing that the driver was distracted while speeding
Showing that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Non economic damages can include pain and suffering , emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
The Richard Harris Law Firm are experts at car accidents involving speeding drivers.
We know this can be a devastating time for you and we will do everything to get you the settlement you deserve.
What Should I Do if a Speeding Motorist Hit Me
If you are ever hit by a speeding driver causing an accident there are a few things that you should do right away no matter what the accident situation
Seek medical attention- You may think that you are not injured and there is no need to head to the hospital but go no matter what. You may have injuries like whiplash, or a concussion that are injuries that you cannot visibly see or may not show until later. Not seeking medical attention can have a negative impact on your settlement case.
Take photos and video of the crash scene- This can be used as evidence in a court proceeding.
Get a police report- The police report will have all the accident information and the police often determine who is at fault and how fast they were going.
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer– In Las Vegas that lawyer is the Richard Harris Law Firm. Before you speak with anyone else we encourage you to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Keep excellent records- Start a folder or binder of all accident related expenses including medical bills. This will help with determining how much of a settlement you may be entitled to.
Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company or lawyer on your own. Do not give a written or recorded statement before you hire an attorney.
What To Expect After a Car Accident
As we have stated you should seek medical attention first.
Once you have received medical attention for your injuries you need to contact an experienced lawyer about your options.
You can be compensated for your accident in one of two ways
A settlement from the insurance company- You must contact your insurance company after an accident no matter what. In most cases the person who is at fault will use their insurance to cover your expenses. But just know that the insurance company is a money making business and they are not on your side. Insurance adjusters will try to get a recorded statement from you and they are also looking for any way to either deny or reduce your claim. An experienced injury attorney will negotiate with the insurance for you. If the insurance company offers a settlement that is below what is believed to be fair then the second option is to file a lawsuit against the insurance company and the other driver.
Filing a lawsuit can help you receive compensation- Sometimes the insurance company will deny the claim and refuse any compensation for the accident victim. If this happens your attorney will file a lawsuit on your behalf. If your attorney wins your lawsuit the compensation can be much greater than what the insurance company could have paid you anyway. Lawsuits can take up significant time and be very expensive, however a good injury lawyer will not take any money up front and work on a contingency basis so they only collect money if they are in the case.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm if you were injured in an accident involving a speeding driver.
Airbnb didn’t exist until 2008 and wasn’t even really that popular until a few years ago.
Now we can’t even imagine life without the app that rents everything from bedrooms in a private home to luxury mansions.
Airbnb offers the unique service of being a broker to a group of people interested in temporarily renting out space and guests who would rather not stay in a hotel.
This can be from one day to an extended period of time.
Some people even make a living renting out Airbnb space.
So Airbnb is an invaluable tool to us now and most of us don’t remember before Airbnb existed.
Airbnb is not without its issues though.
There have been reports of mayhem parties that have destroyed homes by renter through Airbnb.
There have been reports of hidden cameras in bedrooms and bathrooms by Airbnb homeowners.
Reports of sexual abuse at an Airbnb resisdence.
Airbnb reports that it does background checks on all renters and owners but it does say they are limited.
Most of the time an Airbnb transaction runs smoothly but who is responsible when it doesn’t ?
Who is Responsible for my Injuries at an Airbnb
Who is liable in an Airbnb accident solely depends on what caused the accident in the first place.
In order to place a claim against Airbnb or its owners you must prove negligence.
For example, if you fall down a flight of stairs because you were drunk while partying and you get hurt.
You will be held responsible for your injuries because you were actually at fault.
If on the other hand you were just walking the stairs and they fell out from under you because they were poorly constructed or not maintained properly then the owner and Airbnb might be held responsible.
Knowing the accident details becomes very important when considering taking action against Airbnb and the homeowners.
Common Accidents / Injuries at Airbnb Rentals
When we talk about injuries that happend while renting an Airbnb, they are typically premise liability claim type situations.
Don’t delay in getting help if you’ve been injured at an Airbnb rental in Las Vegas, call Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Below is a list of typical accidents –
Slip and falls
Swimming pool (drownings, slips)
Fires or explosions
Structural collapse of a deck or balcony
Another part of premises liability is the owner’s responsibility for the safety and security of the guests while on the premises.
A renter might want to pursue a claim if they feel the security at the Airbnb rental wasn’t sufficient and they were assaulted, sexual assault, or assault with a deadly weapon.
Negligent Security could involve
Broken alarm system
Broken or missing lighting
Doors and windows that don’t lock properly
Broken fences or gates
Lack of security cameras
Don’t just assume that all Airbnb rentals are safe and taken care of properly. Sadly many people who rent an Airbnb get injured due to no fault of their own.
Airbnb host protection insurance- Airbnb like other tech service apps have a unique situation and therefore have a unique insurance policy.
Airbnb offers its host and guests $1 million in liability insurance or damage or injuries to guests, property or a third party from check in to check out through Airbnb.
Since this policy is considered primary liability insurance you must file a claim through Airbnb for any injuries or damages first before filing against the owner or host.
To file a claim with Airbnb you must file an insurance claim providing details of the injury or accident just like if you were in an auto accident.
The insurance adjuster whose job it is to work for the insurance company and save them money will review the claim, gather information and try to settle the claim for as little as possible.
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We advise you not to speak with or fill out any forms from the insurance adjuster until you speak with an experienced legal team.
There are many things that the Airbnb $1 million dollar policy doesn’t cover including anything related to vehicles such as automobiles and other mobile equipment unless it is included in the rental.
For example if the owners live on a golf course and have a golf cart that you can use while staying at the property it might be covered but the owner must disclose this when renting via Airbnb.
Homeowners insurance- If you were injured in an Airbnb and it was a residence address then you might be able to recover from the owners homeowner policy providing that the Airbnb host liability insurance doesn’t apply or your injuries exceed the million dollar policy.
However it must be pointed out that most homeowners policies do not cover Airbnb incidents.
If a host wants to include Airbnb in their homeowners policy they must add an additional policy to the homeowners.
Landlord Insurance – This is insurance intended for landlords who do not actually own the property but rent out via Airbnb. In this case the Airbnb host insurance might not be valid because of the owner landlord situation but the landlord may have coverage like homeowners for the landlord. This insurance is usually limited because of the unique owner/ operator situation.
Travel Insurance- Some might not agree but I think travel insurance is a great idea especially in these times. If you purchased travel insurance before an Airbnb trip that policy will usually cover your losses. This is based on how much insurance you purchased, this might only cover some of the expenses.
But what insurance company do I contact first?
The right answer is no, you should always contact a legal expert before you call any insurance company.
Injured at an Airbnb in Nevada you need to call The Richard Harris Law Firm.
We can review your case for free before you contact the insurance company.
Airbnb Host Duties to the Guest
Just like a business or residence has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for their patrons or occupants, Airbnb hosts are held to a similar duty of care if not even held to a higher standard.
Airbnb as a company has guidelines it offers to its hosts, the company offers ways that the hosts can adhere to that duty of care.
For example Airbnb suggests that a host provide a list of house rules and a guests manual that will include all house rules and anything to be aware of while visiting.
Also whether or not certain things are off limits or area hazards for example if you live near water what the rules are.
In Nevada all short term rental property must be inspected by the city.
The city issues a Conditional Use Verification Permit (CUV) to the owner allowing them to rent via Airbnb.
The inspector, like a health inspector, will verify all safety issues are met , such as fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are installed and in working order.
Las Vegas also requires that besides the Airbnb hosts insurance that the owner is required to carry a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance.
This is also considered as a duty of care from the hosts to the guests while renting through Airbnb.
These duties are the responsibility of the hosts from the beginning of the rental agreement until the guests leave the premises.
Guests of Airbnb are also held to a standard of care to be good guests at the hosts residence. Some of the “ House Rules” as Airbnb calls them include:
No loud Noise
No food or drinks in certain areas
So as a guest you also have a duty of care that you are required to adhere to while staying at an airbnb.
How Can an Airbnb Injury Lawyer Help you?
If you have been injured at an Airbnb residence but the injuries or accident is minor then you should contact Airbnb and file a claim.
This should be fairly simple and easy but just as a note of warning dealing with insurance adjusters is never easy no matter how small the claim.
Insurance adjusters work for the insurance company and their job is to save the insurance company money.
They will use anything you say against you to try and minimize or deny the claim. That’s where an experienced Airbnb lawyer comes in.
If you were severely injured in an Airbnb incident then you need to call The Richard Harris Law Firm.
We will deal with the insurance adjusters from Airbnb.
We will also be able to decide who is ultimately responsible for your injuries since deciding who to file a claim against can be confusing.
The Richard Harris Law Firm can give you a free case review or consultation.
During a consultation we will advise you what to expect from us and from your claim in general, for example how long it will take, what is the possible outcome, and what might the settlement be.
We work on a contingency basis, so we take no money up front.
We only get paid when we win your case and recover damages for you.
We have been doing business in the Las Vegas community for over 40 years. We have recovered a billion dollars for our clients.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today to speak with our experienced team of lawyers if you were injured in an accident at an Airbnb.
Even if you think you were partly at fault you should always get a legal opinion call today.
Everyone is back to being in a hurry post pandemic.
The airport has always been a busy place, people going from one place to another all in a hurry to get there.
This creates the perfect storm for accidents, any trip business or pleasure can turn into an absolute nightmare when accidents at the airport happen.
If the accident or injury is severe enough you may even have to cancel your trip and wouldn’t that stink?
If you are injured at the airport the blame game may become confusing, so who is responsible and can you recover for your damages including the canceled trip?
Since airport accidents and recovery can be difficult to say the least, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney who knows the details of airport injury recovery law and who to contact after an airport injury.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you were injured at McCarran Airport or The Reno Airport.
Who is Liable for an Airport Accident
Like all other accidents or injuries the party who causes the accident or injury is responsible.
This can be an airline, a worker of the airline, businesses in the airport such as food vendors or their employees, other airport passengers are all parties that can be held accountable for an accident or injury at the airport.
In cases of airlines you may not have to prove negligence to get a positive outcome to your claim.
Common Injuries at The Airport
Of course there are many ways somebody can get injured at an airport, but below we listed some of the ways.
If you’ve been injured at McCarran airport in Vegas then call Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Injured in an elevator
Injured on an escalator
Injured or assaulted by an employee
Injured waiting for the plane (broken chair, glass, etc.)
As with all business, a reasonable amount of care and safety is considered the general rule when holding people or businesses to a standard of care.
When businesses or individuals don’t use this rule and actions contribute to the injury or accident then they can be held liable due to negligence.
For example, if you’re leaving the plane and the airport staffer did not properly set up the exit ramp and rushed it, and you fall because it wasn’t secured properly the staffer representing the airline can be held responsible because they did not use the standard of care and safety.
Government Owned Airport and Accident laws
Most large airports in the United States are owned and operated by government agencies.
In Nevada McCarran Airport is owned and operated by Clark County.
If you are injured at the airport and the airport itself is responsible there are special laws and limits that apply since the owner is a government agency.
In Nevada there is a monetary cap of $100,000 that applies to all lawsuits against the airport or in this case the government agency.
This law applies to all suits against any government agency in Nevada.
Filing a suit against a government agency can seem like it would be daunting.
It is not especially difficult, but you should be aware of the special circumstance like monetary caps on liability.
In certain cases you must file a notice of claim with government agencies like airports.
This notifies the airport that you plan on filing a claim against them and gives them the opportunity to settle with you before going to court.
In regular claims against a person or insurance company this is usually not the case.
Private Businesses and Airport Accident Laws
As we all know inside the airport there are plenty of businesses that operate besides the airlines itself.
Snack shops, newsstands, even manicure places operate inside the airport everyday.
All of these businesses can be held responsible for negligence if an accident occurs at their place of business.
The regular rules for duty of care and negligence apply to these businesses.
For example, say you are at the airport bar next to your gate and getting a cocktail before your flight.
You slip on the wet floor because someone spilled a drink, but the bar did not clean it up in a timely manner, even though the employees did not spill the drink the bar can be held accountable because they were negligent in not cleaning up the spill and therefore responsible for your fall.
As the victim of the fall you are entitled to damages from the bar and the company that owns the bar in the airport.
However in this case you would not be able to file a claim against the airport itself.
An experienced attorney can direct you to the right business or person to file a claim against.
Airline Injury and the Montreal Agreement
The Montreal Agreement is an international agreement among air carriers that makes filing a claim for injury streamlined and easy for the victims of injury.
If you are injured on a plane regardless of where you can file a claim under the Montreal Agreement from anywhere.
The claims however are limited to $150,000 without the proof of negligence.
If you can prove the airline or its employees were negligent then you can possibly recover more than the cap of $150,000.
The Montreal agreement only applies to injury or death while on the plane or in the plane.
It does not cover incidents that occur in the airport.
For example if you experience severe turbulence while in flight and are injured in the course of the flight you will file your claim under the Montreal Agreement.
If you fell at the bar you will file a negligence claim against the bar, and if you were hurt riding the escalator at the airport the airport is the responsible party.
Our Nevada team can handle your claim with Geico by negotiating a settlement with Geico or taking the case to trial if needed.
You don’t have to accept the low ball offer they will try and give to you just to close the case quickly, contact us today.
Similar to State Farm, you always want a good lawyer on your side.
Geico’s Stats of denying claim over the years
2018- Geico denied 21.8% of bodily injury claims , that is 1.3 % higher than the national average.
2017-Geico had a 22.1% of car accident in general, again higher than the insurance average of 20.9%
2016-The average insurance industry denial rate was 21.1% but Geico denied 23.3% of its accident claims
Geico has a repeated industry denial rate than most other insurance companies.
Geico’s Past: Before they were an insurance giant
Geico is the second largest insurance company in America, offering auto insurance coverage for millions of drivers of cars, trucks, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.
Geico is a privately held company that provides insurance to every state nationwide.
Geico- The Government Employees Insurance Company was founded in 1936 to provide insurance to federal government employees and their families. Berkshire Hathaway. Yes, Warren Buffet purchased Geico in the 1990’s. They are headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland but service nationwide.
Geico offers various insurance options including emergency roadside service, accident forgiveness, online claims submissions, and express auto repair services at their repair shops.
Geico has been the fastest growing insurance company for some time, maybe because of the national marketing campaign with the cute Geico gecko.
Dealing with a Geico Claims Adjuster
There are some very important steps to take after an accident
Make sure you have the other driver’s information like name , address , phone number and driver’s license information
Get the names and contact information of any witnesses
Take photos and video of the accident and any damage to all vehicles involved in the accident
Go to the doctor and get a full examination, even if you don’t think you were hurt you should go get checked out you might have injuries that you can’t see or injuries that might be painful later. Also keep all medical expenses and records
Keep all records of any expenses related to the accident including car repairs, rental cars, towing , medical expenses and lost wages from missed work.
DO NOT give a recorded statement or sign any documents without consulting an attorney, insurance companies will use these statements against you.
Geico will try to pay as little as possible of an insurance claim.
A good injury lawyer with all the information can formulate what the settlement offer should be before even speaking with a geico claims adjuster.
A settlement will include medical expenses and the treatment you need, and dealing with and the total amount of money that it will take to make you whole again.
The Richard Harris Law Firm has been representing clients and dealing with Geico insurance for over forty years in Las Vegas, Reno and all of Nevada.
Geioc’s claims adjusters will try to quickly evaluate and settle claims before the accident victims realize that they have taken a settlement offer that might not even cover their expenses.
Even though you pay into your insurance and rarely use it, Geico will try to use fear tactics to make you settle for a lower offer just to close the case and keep their costs low.
Geico uses a three tiered system in the claims process:
Speaking with a Geico insurance adjuster
Getting an appraisal from the insurance appraiser
Having to deal with the insurance Umpire
The Geico Insurance Adjuster– This is the person assigned to you by Geico. They will investigate your claim and may be responsible for offering you a settlement. They gather evidence and will try to limit the cost to Geico. This may be your main point of contact during the claims process so it’s best to be patient and professional. But before speaking with them you should always seek legal advice.
The Appraiser- This is usually a third party hired by Geico to place a dollar value on your case including personal property like the value of your vehicle.They should be a neutral party that has no stake in the outcome of your claim. If you don’t agree with the appraiser then you can always ask for a second opinion.
The Insurance Umpire- Many people have never heard of this term, but this is the person that’s assigned to your case if you and the appraiser and adjuster can’t agree. This is also a third party, neutral to the case like the appraiser. The umpire will review all the evidence collected and make a decision. If you choose to go with the Umpire option the findings of the Umpire are binding and final. That means that you can not make any further claims and you can’t go to court.
These are the major players that you will be dealing with when filing an accident claim with Geico.
You should always have legal representation before you even begin this process.
Insurance coverage is required for all vehicles in the United States, with that coverage comes the right to recover for the following if in an accident:
Medical expenses- This includes immediate medical expenses from the day of the accident. Future or ongoing medical expenses like physical therapy. This should also include ambulance rides, hospital stays, surgery and medications.
Lost wages- Wages you lost from missing work after the accident. This includes time off for rehabilitation. If you are disabled this may include a monthly payments for living expenses.
Property damages- Any personal property that was damaged during the accident, this includes repairing or replacing your car.
Other out of pocket expenses- Rental car expenses, cash payment for medications are included in this. Be sure to keep receipts and records. This category can also include pain and suffering.
The bottom line is that after an accident things can be difficult and dealing with an insurance company as big as Geico can be scary.
Geico will try to minimize their financial responsibility and settle as quickly as possible.
Johnathan Leavitt As a child, Johnathan Leavitt grew up in a family of lawyers, igniting his interest at an early age. His grandfather was the late Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Myron Leavitt. For Johnathan, personal…
As a child, Johnathan Leavitt grew up in a family of lawyers, igniting his interest at an early age. His grandfather was the late Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Myron Leavitt. For Johnathan, personal injury law intrigued him the most in law school and he excelled in it. Ultimately helping an injured person pursue and hold a negligent tortfeasor accountable appealed to Johnathan and led to him finding his right-fit place in personal injury law.
For Johnathan, the opportunity of helping those in their greatest time of need, especially when all odds are against them, is the best part of practicing personal injury law. He enjoys being an integral part of their recovery journey, helping those who need medical treatment and fighting for the compensation and financial recovery they deserve. Johnathan genuinely enjoys taking a case to trial and telling his client’s story to a jury.
Johnathan knew he wanted to be a part of the biggest and best in Nevada, so when he interviewed with Richard Harris Law Firm, he instantly knew he was in the place he was meant to work. The reputation, dedication to clients, and the firm culture were a perfect fit.
Johnathan earned his undergraduate degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed his Juris Doctorate from University of Idaho College of Law. He is now a member of the Nevada Justice Association, taking part in significant legislative advocacy and lobbying for Plaintiff’s rights. Johnathan was also a recipient of Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Mountain States) nominations in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
A specific experience that stands out to Johnathan from his career is from a recent victory, achieved for a client after a week-long jury trial. The client was involved in what may have seemed like a low-impact rear end collision to others back in 2015. At the time of the accident, she was 65 and was genuinely injured as a result, yet only received a modest amount of medical treatment to return back to normal. The insurance company representing the negligent defendant refused to pay for her medical treatment. Johnathan took her case to trial and told her story to a jury, resulting in a judgment for 65 times the amount that the insurance company had offered to pay. The heartfelt gratitude that his client expressed to him sticks with him today.
Johnathan likes to live-by two mottos: Never let someone else outwork you; always be the hardest working person in the room and you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Remembering these two things has allowed Johnathan to be someone his clients can confide in, but also be aggressive in the courtroom, while cordial and respectful.
Outside of the office, Johnathan loves to travel and see the world with his family. He enjoys playing sports, playing the piano, and watching MMA. We are proud to have Johnathan as part of our team and can’t wait to see his continued success in fighting for the help and compensation his clients deserve!
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Ambulance chasing lawyers illegally approach accident victims directly, without an invitation and solicit representation. These unethical lawyers pay “runners” and “cappers” to monitor police and other first responder scanners and Twitter feeds for a traffic…
Ambulance chasing lawyers illegally approach accident victims directly, without an invitation and solicit representation. These unethical lawyers pay “runners” and “cappers” to monitor police and other first responder scanners and Twitter feeds for a traffic collision dispatch or other emergency. They immediately race to the scene to contact the victims of accidents. They are often rideshare drivers, tow truck drivers or a “witness” who supposedly just happened upon the scene, who offers to take pictures and videos and provide information about “their lawyer.” The vulnerable unsuspecting injured accident victim is under a lot of stress, unaware these “helpful” folks are paid agents for an unscrupulous lawyer and are tricked into thinking this is their only choice.
Besides showing up at accident scenes, insider informants at hospitals, medical offices, and insurance agencies approach accident victims directly or provide private information to other runners and cappers who call to sing the praises of “their lawyer” promising large financial recoveries to lure the accident victim to sign a retainer agreement with the lawyer. Runners and cappers are paid thousands of dollars in kickbacks for each signed “referral” in untraceable cash or gift cards.
Although ambulance chasers appear friendly and helpful, victims of these schemes end up with lawyers ill-suited for their personal injury case. Ambulance chasing is a crime in Nevada and most states. A lawyer willing to commit a crime to get your case, is unethical, unprofessional, and not trustworthy. This leads to more damage to the accident victim from inadequate or incompetent legal representation. Insurance companies know who these dishonest lawyers are and often label their clients suspicious, assigning the case to the Special Investigations Unit, to delay or deny the claim.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF ILLEGAL SOLICITATION?
Not every person who recommends an attorney is on the payroll of a dishonest lawyer. After an accident, seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney of your choice. If the person recommending an attorney to you is not getting paid for their recommendation, there is nothing wrong with someone referring you to a good personal injury lawyer. But if someone you don’t know pushes you to hire a lawyer, don’t trust them. Don’t do it.
If you were pressured at the accident scene to hire a particular lawyer by a tow truck driver, or overly helpful “witness,” or later by hospital, medical provider, body shop, or insurance agency staff, you may be the victim of ambulance chasing. We know these unethical lawyers, and some heavily advertise to cover their criminal conduct. If you have a pending personal injury case, and believe you were the victim of illegal solicitation, get a new lawyer. Your contract with the lawyer is void and you do not have to pay them. Even if your case has settled, we can help you get additional compensation for the amount you paid the ambulance chasing lawyer.
We hear the term all the time but has anyone ever really explained it to you ?
I’m betting no, so here it goes.
Jackknifing is when a large, usually an 18 wheeler truck folds itself in half usually on a highway.
This can occur for many reasons but usually they are trying to stop the truck.
This puts the driver in the other vehicle in the position of having no choice but to hit the truck head on because there are no other options.
A Lot of these accidents happen on highways or interstates where there is large truck traffic.
It also happens frequently when there is weather like snow or rain storms.
These accidents can be devastating and cause major injuries or even death and this mostly happens to the drivers of the other vehicles and not the truck drivers.
The name jackknife refers to what an actual folding knife looks like when it is open to a 90 degree angle.
Since big rig trucks look like this when they try to stop on the highway the accidents that occur are called jackknife accidents.
How to Avoid a Jackknife Accident Situation
Since I-15 is an interstate and a major thoroughfare for interstate travel for the trucking industry places like Las Vegas and Reno with Interstate 80 are more susceptible to jackknifing accidents.
People who live in areas around interstate truck traffic should use caution and follow a few simple rules to try and avoid a jackknifing accident.
Keep a safe distance between you and other motorists and trucks. This allows you the opportunity to break or make another choice before a collision because you gave yourself enough time.
Driving at the appropriate or posted speed limit. Since you never know what’s going to happen to the truck in front of you, driving at the posted speed limit cn also by you time to break to avoid the collision
Driving only when alert. Never drive when you are tired this can slow reaction time and can contribute to a jackknife accident
Getting off the freeway. I make this my first line of defense. Don’t get on the freeway if you don’t need to. If you do however need to drive on the freeway if you notice it being dangerous for whatever reason like weather then you should exit as soon as you notice an issue.
These are just some ways you can try and avoid a jackknife accident.
Injuries associated with jackknife truck accidents
All accidents tend to have the same injuries that occur, but during a jackknife accident these injuries can be much worse because of the sheer weight and size of the fully loaded 18 wheeler vs a 3000 pound vehicle.
When a car is pinned in a jackknife accident these are the most common injuries:
Brain Damage- usually brain damage in a jackknife accident are TBI’s or Traumatic Brain Injuries. These are injuries that can cause permanent damage and result in the victim needing life long perminst care. This usually happens when the brain is moved inside the skull or the skull is crushed due to a severe hit at high speed.
Limb Amputations- The loss of limb like a leg or lower arm. This usually happens when the limb is crushed under crushed metal, severed by a piece of medal or crushed on impact. Losing a limb will involve getting prosthetic and major rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord or Back injuries- These injuries can be something minor such as whiplash, yes that is considered a minor back or neck injury to herniated disk or even paralysis. The more severe the back or spinal cord injury the more treatment that will be needed.
Cuts, Bruises, Lacerations, and broken bones- These are the most common injuries (broken ribs and bones) that occur after an accident but they can be much worse when it involves a jackknife truck.
Most of the injuries are the same as other car accidents but again the sheer size and weight of large tractor trailers at their full weight can make even the most minor injury much worse.
Getting Justice After a Jackknife Accident
No matter how the accident happened the responsible party should be held accountable and their insurance.
Or in some cases the parties themselves should be responsible for getting the victim as close to whole as an accident victim can be.
The responsible parties should pay damages for things like:
Medical Bills– This can include current after accident medical expenses and even future medical bills that can include long term care, rehabilitation, physical therapy, prescriptions, prosthetics, and any other medical expenses current or future.
Lost wages- Lost wages for any work missed due to injury and recovery. This includes current lost wages and can also include wages that could have been earned or future earnings. If a person is permanently disabled or dies in a jackknife accident the responsible party may be responsible for lost earning potential or the earning difference between actual wages and disability.
Punitive damages– Punitive damages are tricky and are decided by the court. They are damages awarded to the victims of a jackknife accident if the owner of the truck or the manufacturer of the truck are at fault due to negligence. For instance lack of maintenance is the reason for the accident
Pain and suffering– Accident victims often face psychological issues after an accident for example PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is caused by trauma and may involve seeing a mental health professional and medication
These are some of the things that the responsible party in a jackknife truck accident should be held accountable for.
Only an experienced personal injury attorney knows how to fight for all of these in a settlement against the responsible party in a jackknife accident.
Why Call The Richard Harris Law Firm
Richard Harris is the number one personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas.
We have recovered over a $ billion dollars for our clients over the years.
We’ve been in business for over 40 years and have a great reputation with our clients.
We offer free consultations and case reviews.
Our law firm works on a contingency basis meaning you pay nothing up front.
We only recover payment when we win your case.
We will always try to get the largest settlement allowed by law for a garbage truck accident or any semi-truck accident.
We fight for our clients and can help you get medical care or reliable transportations other other financial services while your case is pending.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a jackknifed tractor trailer call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
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Let’s face it, we take garbage pick for granted most of the time.
We just expect that the big truck will come and pick up our trash on the day specified for our neighborhood.
But as most of us have experienced being stuck behind the smelly truck on the road, or even stuck in a parking spot because the garbage truck is behind you or stopped on the road because the truck is picking up trash.
Yes most of the time this is just a small inconvenience to have trash removed, but what happens when an accident with a garbage truck happens?
As we all know garbage trucks are very large and can be hard to drive.
Some truck drivers may not have the experience to maneuver a truck like this properly or a driver gets nervous around the large truck while driving.
Accidents with garbage truck drivers happen all the time.
In Nevada Republic Services is the main company that picks up trash around Las Vegas.
Republic Services is contracted by the city or state to pick up all the trash.
So if you’re in an accident with a garbage truck in Nevada you will most likely deal with Republic Services.
But even though Republic Services is the provider they might not be responsible for the accident.
Is the driver liable?
For example, the driver of the truck even though an employee might be the responsible party.
The manufacturer or the maintenance crew might be responsible for faulty equipment and maybe responsible for the accident.
In some cases there are multiple responsible parties for an accident.
In Nevada the percentage of the fault of the accident determines the potential settlement.
For example if you are 30% responsible for an accident and the other party is 70% responsible then you can recover damages minus 30%.
Ultimately the court determines who is responsible and how much responsibility they carry in a personal injury case.
Who Gets Injured in a Garbage Truck Accident
Like we all know garbage trucks are huge and hard to handle.
Usually the driver of the other vehicle like a car or small SUV become the injured party.
A motorcycle rider or a bicyclist are also more likely to be injured.
Garbage truck accidents can result in serious injuries that can include head and neck injuries, back injuries, broken bones, whiplash and TBI or traumatic brain injuries.
Some of these injuries can be life threatening or life changing and cause things like paralysis or even death.
Some victims can require long term care or hospitalization for their injuries.
Call the Richard Harris Law firm if you were injured in an accident involving a garbage truck in Nevada.
What to do After Garbage Truck Accident
There are some basic steps that you need to take if you are involved in an accident with a garbage truck.
Seek medical attention immediately- You never know how really injured you might be or you may have injuries that you’re not aware of. This can also help you down the road when trying to get financial recovery that you want to get medical attention right away.
Take photos or video of the accident– Gather evidence including photos or videos, eye witness statements, date and time of the accident, other driver information and any other important information.
Call the police – Report the incident and get a police report filed. You will need for any insurance claim or any personal injury claim. The police always must be involved.
Contact a personal injury attorney- Do this before you speak with any insurance adjuster or anyone from the garbage disposal company or there representatives.
A good personal injury attorney will explain your rights and what you need to do next and explain the ther realistic expectations for your accident settlement.
A good personal injury firm will also investigate all parties involved in the accident and file a liability claim for you.
They will also deal with insurance companies and other party representatives.
Why call The Richard Harris Law Firm
Richard Harris is the number one personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas.
We have recovered over a $ Billion dollars for our clients.
We have been in business for over 40 years and have a great reputation with our clients.
Free consultations and case reviews.
We work on a contingency basis meaning you pay nothing up front.
We only receive payment when we win your case.
We will always try to get the largest settlement allowed by law for a garbage truck accident or any other accident.
We fight for our clients and can help you get medical care or reliable transportations other other financial services while your case is pending.
Since they do offer everything all in one place on a large scale they are more prone to accidents than smaller retail or grocery outlets.
If you have been injured at Costco either inside the store or in the parking lot you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.
If you have been injured at any of the Nevada Costco locations you should speak with an attorney that has experience dealing with large scale retail outlets.
Suing for Damages
Recovering damages after an injury from Costco is just like getting compensation from any other accident or injury.
If you were injured at a Costco in Nevada and we can prove that it was the fault of either Costco, or the employees (representatives) at a Costco location then you may be eligible to recover damages.
Never let a Costco employee force you into doing anything if you’ve been injured in the store.
Try to keep your cool and stay calm.
If possible take photos of your injuries and the immediate area where you were injured (parking lot, aisles, cash register area, etc.).
Some common incidents that occur at costco locations are:
Slip and fall accidents– This is the most common accident that occurs at Costco. Since it’s busy all the time and things are always being moved or even regular cleaning can cause a wet floor and anyone can fall.
Falling objects – If you have ever been in a Costco you know they have a warehouse full of stuff stacked to the rafters and use pallet jacks to move merchandise around. Having stuff stacked up so high there is a high risk of falling objects and in some cases they are large and heavy objects that can cause severe injury or even paralysis or death.
Assault and battery– Assaults are more common these days as crime is on the rise. Assaults at a Costco are usually between two or more guests but employees have been known to go off the handle at work and assault a guest.
Sexual assault– Even though this may seem like a far fetched idea that someone could be sexually assualted at a Costco it has been known to happen. Sexual assualt means many differant things. This can be inappropriate touching by a guest or staff member. Inappropriate names, slurs, or misconduct by another guest or employee. Finally sexual assualt or rape by an employee or other member.
Parking lot accidents– Another common issue at Costco is the parking lot. I could write an entire article about the parking situation alone. We all know the parking lots at Costco were made too small to accommodate all the guests at the warehouse. I think they made them too small on purpose but that’s just my opinion. But since there are never enough spots to go around and people are not paying attention, car accidents are very common at Costco. Also large trucks are always in and out dropping supplies to the Costco and they still have to use the same not large enough parking lot as us and large tractor trailers vs cars is not a good idea. Finally, in the parking lot Costco also sells gas at most locations with large pump stations that may have 20 or more pumps at one location offering gas usually as much as 20 cents less per gallon. So needless to say with gas prices as they are, it’s no wonder that there is a line that sometimes spreads throughout the shopping center. The Costco is causing traffic jams and impatient customers and that all leads to accidents.
These are just some of the incidents that occur at Costco’s all over on a regular basis.
Sometimes these are incidents between members and not Costco employees but it happened at a Costco.
Costco as a large wholesaler to the public has a duty of care to keep their members safe from injury.
If you were injured at a Costco you need to have your case evaluated right away.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Workers Comp Claim With Costco
Costco employees a lot of people as we all know.
Having 1000’s of employees definitely comes with risk, and that risk involves lawsuits and unhappy employees who aren’t treated fairly.
If you or a family member was injured while working at Costco in Nevada then it’s crucial you understand your legal rights.
Our workers compenstation attorneys are among the best in the entire state and we’ve recovered over $1 Billion as a law firm.
Costco is known for using a third-party administrator to manage their workers’ comp claims.
Don’t fall for their pressure tactics. Call us for help.
This is tricky because the claims manager doesn’t work for the state, but instead they work for the 3rd party admin at the direction of the employer.
Remember these 4 things in order to protect yourself –
Report your injuries – injured workers have a duty to report their accident without any delay, no delay. Tell your manager immediately if you get injured at work.
Get professional medical care – never postpone getting checked out. It can only hurt your case and your health to delay getting medical help.
File a workers’ comp claim – this is key and must be done. Just reporting your injury to Costco isn’t the same as filing a WC claim. Call us today if you need help.
Be ready to take legal action – Some injured employees find it difficult to get their workers’ comp benefits. If your claim was denied or underpaid then please contact Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Why Call The Richard Harris Law Firm
The Richard Harris law firm has been working in the greater Las Vegas and surrounding areas for over 40 years.
Let our experienced attorneys help you navigate your claim against Costco.
Costco is a Retail Monster
Costco is a wholesale outlet that has locations all over the world.
Costco is the largest American members only store and was once ranked the second largest retailer in the world.
Costco started in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego under the name Price Club.
In the early days Costco only served other businesses but soon found that serving non-business members could be beneficial.
In 1983 Costco opened its first warehouse location in Seattle, Washington.
By 1993 it had 206 locations and was doing $16 Billion in sales per year.
Costco has over 200,000 employees and 85 million members with over 700 locations all over the world.
Costco is a members only club that requires an annual fee for membership.
They are known to have whatever you need from large ceramic pots for outdoor plants to computers, from fresh bagels to surfboards and everything in between.
That’s why Costco is so popular and I say crowded because you can literally get anything you want or need and that is the crime of Costco.
But with so many members and it being busy all the time, accidents do happen on a regular basis.
Costco has strict safety policies as a large retailer but things happen everyday.
If you or a loved one was injured at a Costco and you believe that Costco or its employees or representatives were at fault for your injuries you need to contact an attorney that has experience dealing with large scale retail outlets.
Costco will have a top rated legal team to represent them and you should too.
Don’t leave an accident injury at Costco to chance.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you have been injured in a car accident while at a Costco in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada.
However, returning to work after an accident either too early, at all, or even just continuing to go to work can in fact actually hurt your chances of financial recovery in a few ways.
If returning to work, or continuing to work or returning to work too early and your injuries get worse or remain the same due to the work you do, this could hinder your case. This can depend on the type of work you do. But if your injuries get worse because you went back to work too soon then you can’t claim the working or new injuries from the accident and cannot request to be compensated for those added injuries. Doing construction work while injured could hurt your case.
If you are involved in a lawsuit from a car accident, continuing to work or returning too soon can hurt the credibility of the lawsuit since your claiming you were hurt in the accident, but apparently you’re well enough to work. Since a personal injury claim usually involves compensation for lost wages returning to work can affect the amount of compensation you receive.
The nature of your injuries and the extent of the injuries are the key factors in whether or not you should return or continue to work.
That’s why speaking with an experienced legal team is important.
A doctor usually won’t clear you to return to work if it will hinder or slow your recovery in any way.
Doctors will sometimes clear their patients to return to work with restrictions like limited hours or extended periods between breaks.
Doctors will also clear someone to return to work if they can do a different job at their company that won’t hinder the healing process.
On a side note, employers are required by law to accommodate your work needs after an accident within reason.
For example if your doctor says you can return to work in the factory but you can’t stand or lift anything, then your employer must supply you with adequate accommodations.
Just because the doctor says you can go back to work doesn’t necessarily mean that you are ready to return.
If for any reason you are uncomfortable returning to work and think it’s too soon you should seek a second opinion right away and get any documentation you need from all the doctors you see.
When getting a second opinion the doctor may agree with your primary care physician or they may impose a longer wait period or more restrictions before returning to work.
Another reason for having a personal injury lawyer is to protect your rights while you are seeking a judgment in your case.
A personal injury lawyer can also help protect your rights at work while you’re recovering from your injuries.
Even though they are obligated to accommodate your work restrictions after an accident, some employers may try to limit your opportunities to get back to work or in some cases even try to fire someone after an accident.
A personal injury lawyer can take actions on your behalf.
Contact The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Can I Exercise if I have an Open Injury Case
So many people exercise on a daily basis for many reasons.
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Uber Driver Independent Contractors or Employees?
Recently Uber went to court to try and remain in the independent contractor status.
This way they are technically not responsible for accidents or other crimes that occur during an Uber ride.
The Supreme Court has ruled that Uber’s drivers are in fact employees of the company and not independent contractors as they were classified before the ruling.
This means that Uber drivers are representatives of Uber the company and therefore Uber is responsible for the actions of its drivers as well as the driver themselves.
What does this mean if you’re involved in an accident while in an Uber?
It means that if you are involved in an accident while in an Uber you have the legal right to sue Uber as well as the Uber driver.
Even if the Uber driver was not at fault, since you have no responsibility for the accident in any way, you still have rights.
You should contact a lawyer who has years of experience in Uber accident litigation to help you file an injury claim against Uber, the Uber driver and even the driver of the other vehicle if there is one.
If you have been involved in an accident while a passenger in an Uber you should call The Richard Harris Law Firm today, they are the Las Vegas premiere Uber accident attorneys.
The Richard Harris Law firm can file a negligence claim against Uber and the driver.
Proving negligence has a few basic rules to prove:
Owing a care of duty- Uber has a duty to its customers to provide safe and efficient passage in their vehicles. Uber is responsible as a company to ensure that employees meet the Uber company standards via background checks, driving record checks with a clean driving record, and the cars are up to Uber standards and inspected for safety issues. Since Uber drivers are employees they are an extension or representative of the company and the company has the duty of care.
Breach of duty- To prove negligence you must be able to prove that there was a breach of the duty of care by Uber or the representative of Uber the driver. Breach of duty means that Uber placed the customer in an unsafe situation via speeding, reckless driving, texting while driving and any other violation that causes unsafe conditions for the passenger.
The breach of duty resulted in an accident- This for example means that if the Uber driver was texting while driving and hit someone because they were busy texting and not paying attention then this point would be proved since we can assume that if the Uber driver wasn’t texting they would have seen the other car and avoided the accident.
The accident caused physical harm- So if the texting Uber driver gets into an accident while texting and you were harmed as the passenger then all 4 points have been proved. You were injured because they were negligent in your safety and therefore are responsible for the accident and your injuries.
Even if the other party is the responsible party you can still file a claim against Uber as the passenger.
However, it is a good idea to file a claim against the at fault party first to make sure they are held accountable for their actions before you file against Uber.
Some of the most common car accident injuries are:
Broken bones- One of the most common injuries in a car accident. Broken bones are caused mostly by the crushing of the vehicle parts against the body. Broken bones can be as minor as a hairline fracture or as severe as a compound fracture that can leave permanent damage. Broken bones can take months even years to fully heal and can involve casting, immobilization , and physical therapy.
Back and neck injuries- Whiplash is the most common back neck injury after an accident. But seeking medical attention immediately is so important because you might not know you have whiplash without a doctor checking you out, or you might not know until hours or days later. Back and neck injuries can cause a lifetime of pain and in some cases paralysis. Severe back and neck injuries can require severe and painful medical treatments and can take years to heal if at all. Even amputation can happen.
Flesh wounds- These are wounds that are caused by broken glass, loose parts or metal pieces. They are lacerations that need stitches to repair or in some cases this can include severed body parts like a leg crushed below the knee. The leg most likely will not be able to be reattached and the victim will then be an amputee.
Death- This is the most unfortunate outcome of any accident including a passenger in an Uber accident. The family of the victim can file a wrongful death claim against Uber and any other responsible party for the death of their loved one.
If you or a family member has been involved in an accident while the passenger in an Uber in Las Vegas reach out to Nevada’s most experienced Uber accident attorney, The Richard Harris Law Firm.
Uber accident stats are very important to know before you hop in a car as an Uber passenger.
Why call The Richard Harris Law Firm
The Richard Harris law firm has been working in the greater Las Vegas and surrounding areas for over 40 years.
We have recovered over a $billion dollars for clients since we started this business.
We will work to get you the settlement you deserve if you have been injured in an accident as a passenger in an Uber or Lyft.
We have been representing Uber accident victims for years.
We work on a contingency basis so you pay no money up front.
Hire a lawyer that specializes in accident and injuries
You have the right to recover compensation for your injuries after you were involved in an accident but you need to hire an experienced attorney to represent you right away.
You won’t typically see Lyft drivers or UPS drivers cause an accident without a license, but you never know and it’s best to call our law firm today for a FREE consultation.
Can you Recover Damages if you Drove Without a License
In Nevada you can recover damages in an accident if you were involved in an accident while driving without a license.
In Nevada fault is determined by who has the most responsibility for the accident regardless of whether or not you have a license.
However, if you don’t have insurance you are then going to be held personally financially responsible for any damages that are paid to another if you are at fault in the accident and without insurance.
Not having a license may not have any bearing on the legal responsibility in an accident but it will be much more difficult to get compensation and it will be used against you in any court proceeding.
Nevada is not a no-fault accident state but one of 38 states that have adopted a policy of where the person who causes the accident is responsible for the damages via insurance.
The police will typically decide who is at fault.
In some cases both parties are held responsible for the accident based on a percentage.
For example driver one was 60% at fault and driver two was held 40% responsible, driver two can recover damages from driver one but they will be reduced by 40 % due to driver two having 40% of the fault.
What Happens When Someone Doesn’t Have Insurance
It is the law to carry liability insurance for vehicles in all 50 states and it is considered a crime to drive without insurance and can result in the loss of licenses and fines and in some cases even jail time.
But what happens if a driver doesn’t have insurance and is involved in a car accident.
The driver who doesn’t have insurance can be held personally responsible.
If you cause an accident in Nevada without insurance you will have to pay the accident victim out of your own pocket, even if the other party’s insurance may pay some of the damages.
If you are caught without insurance in Nevada the offenses are :
The first offense $250-$1000 fine, $250 fine to get your plates back, impounded vehicle, suspension of registration and a requirement to file an Sr-22 (special insurance required by the DMV after violations) this insurance is separate from your regular policy and is at a separate cost
Second offenses- $500-$1000 fine, a $500 reinstatement fee, and suspended license until you file for an SR-22
Third offenses-$500-$1000 fine, license suspended for 90 days, file Sr-22 insurance for 3 years, and $500 to get your plates back
Most of the time the only time Nevada knows you don’t have insurance or a license is if you get pulled over or are involved in an accident.
If you are caught driving without a license in Nevada you will be charged with a misdemeanor that includes up to a $1000 fine and up to 6 months in jail.
This includes people who have never had a license or people driving with a suspended license.
This however changes if your license is suspended for driving under the influence.
If your license is suspended for DUI and you are caught driving you can receive 30 days in jail or 6 months of home confinement, a $500-$1000 fine and an additional one year of license suspension.
These are just the fines for driving without insurance or a license in Nevada but if you are injured in an accident always call a local attorney for a case review.
Because in Nevada accident fault is determined by the actual fault of the driver and not whether or not you have a license.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you have been injured in a car accident in Nevada.
Why call The Richard Harris Law Firm
The Richard Harris Law Firm has been in Las Vegas and Nevada for over 40 years.
We know Nevada unlike any other law firm in Nevada and our reputation proves it.
Truck drivers have a duty to drive according to legal and safety standards and to protect other drivers on the road.
When they don’t this can lead to deadly accidents.
Actually all drivers have the same duty to each other but that doesn’t always work out.
Most trucking accidents are caused by negligence by truck drivers or trucking manufacturers.
Examples of Truck Driver Negligence in Accidents
Speeding- Speeding is a common cause of accidents. Driving above the posted speed limit by a truck driver can be very dangerous since the vehicle they are driving is so much bigger and heavier than a car therefore making it much harder to slow down or stop in an emergency.
Distracted driving – Most people think of texting as distracted driving but this also includes talking on the phone, eating, drinking and for the ladies putting on make-up ( we’ve all seen it ).
Driving when overtired– There are laws and regulations in place to prevent this from happening but yet it still does. Most truck drivers have a time limit to get whatever they are hauling to the location it needs to be. If they are late they may be fined or even lose a bonus so there are incentives to get the load there on time or even early. Even though there are laws, drivers are more motivated to drive over the hours they can legally drive. Remember the movie Smokey and The Bandit? They had 28 hours to go from Atlanta to Texarkana, Texas and back in under 28 hours to get Coors beer. Even in the movies they joke about driving long and tired to get somewhere on time.
Failing to perform regularly scheduled maintenance– Truck drivers are similar to other commercial drivers in that they are required to regularly run specific safety checks and do regular scheduled maintenance to their vehicle. This also goes for UPS and Amazon trucks.
Driving under the influence– This is a common problem all over but when a truck driver does it it can be deadly. The funny thing is on the same lot or near all truck rest stops are bars and liquor stores and even though big rig truckers have a cab that has a sleeper car some choose to take the risk and drive after they’ve had a few.
Reckless driving- Reckless driving can be anything from running a light, making unsafe lane changes, or failure to yield, and unsafe turns
Since most truck drivers are required to have a CDL or commercial drivers license to drive trucks across the country they can be held to a higher standard of driving.
To get a CDL license you must attend school and pass a special exam before you are issued a truck or bus driver license.
What can Semi-Trucks do to Avoid Accidents
Las Vegas is right on the I-15, a cross country highway that stretches from California to Montana before hitting the Canadian Border.
Las Vegas sees a lot of trucking activity on the interstate.
So when driving through Nevada there are a few things that truck drivers can do to avoid dangerous accidents.
Slow down, do the speed limit and slow down during bad weather or hazardous road conditions and construction.
Comply with the driving hours restrictions. Get rest, sleep and stop and take breaks.
This can only happen after an investigation into the accident.
At Richard Harris we will start a thorough investigation into your case the minute we take the case.
This will always be an independent investigation from the one conducted by the police.
Evidence to Prove Negligence
When claiming negligence against a truck driver or trucking company you need to gather as much evidence as possible as soon after the accident as possible.
Gathering evidence should be something that you do in any accident, but proving negligence in a truck accident there are some very specific pieces of evidence that you should gather when filing a negligence claim.
Police reports and evidence from the accident scene- This includes police reports, photos, video, witness statements, accident recreation by the police. The police usually do all of this immediately after an accident.
Truck Drivers Log Book- All truck drivers are required to keep and complete a log book. This is federally regulated and required to be updated daily. Failure to file a log report can also mean they were negligent.
Truck’s GPS or Blackbox Data- Most trucks now are equipped with GPS trackers, on board computers, blackboxes (just like on an airplane) and even on board camera systems.
Employment records- All data or records that have anything to do with the driver at the time of the incident. This includes phone records as well.
As an accident victim you need to be proactive in your case and gather as much evidence as possible.
Sometimes this information is not easy to get or you may need a warrant or a subpoena to get the evidence.
An experienced legal team will have an investigative team to help gather all the evidence in your case.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident involving a big-rig truck or a trucking company you need an experienced law firm to represent you.
Most truck drivers work for large trucking companies or are independent contractors, either way claiming negligence in either case can be difficult.
When you call us for a free consultation and we take your case we immediately take over all the investigation and evidence gathering.
Always Follow Safety Rules at Swimming Pools Living in Nevada especially southern Nevada and Las Vegas comes with its own set of circumstances. Everyone is familiar with the oppressive heat in the summer in…
Swimming pool accidents are caused by many reasons but there are some more common ones that we see:
Unsafe, uneven or broken area surfaces around the pool area- broken concrete, missing pool deck tiles, and buckled pool area surfaces that haven’t been repaired or replaced are a few examples.
Electrical problems and broken lights, pool filters or cleaners not working due to electrical problems. Even electrocution can happen if the pools electrical system is not maintained properly.
Broken or defective equipment. This includes diving boards, drains or drain covers, and stair railings.
Bad Signage and lack of warning signs, faded or missing sings about diving, water depth or any other safety measures.
No Lifeguard on duty and improper supervision or no lifeguard at all.
Who Is Responsible for Your Swimming Pool Accident
The homeowner- If you were at a private residence and injured the homeowner must have insurance for their home and that includes the pool. You can pursue a claim through the insurance of the home owners insurance
Condo and Apartment Complex– If you were injured or a loved one drowned in an accident at a condo or apartment complex then the property manager or management company can be held responsible since they are responsible for the safety of their residence.
Hotels and Resorts– Since these are public places they have a higher safety standard to uphold. Since this is the case hotel and resort owners or their parent companies can be held liable for a pool accident or death
Entertainment Company– Sometimes the big pool parties at the hotels are run by large entertainment companies. Essentially the hotel rents the pool to the company for the party. Making the entertainment company the responsible party.
Sometimes figuring out who is at fault in a pool accident or death can be like peeling back the layers of an onion.
That’s why hiring a good legal team can make all the difference .
Common Swimming Pool injuries
Whether or not you are at a giant hotel pool party or at your friends condo pool most common injuries from pool swimming accidents include:
Diving Injuries– this includes neck and spinal cord injuries from hitting the water the wrong way or hitting the bottom of the pool because its too shallow.
Drowning– This happens mostly to unattended children and adults who maybe under the influence or can’t swim. Drowing accidents can be avoided. Sadly brain injuries also happen when a drowning victim ends up living.
Cuts and Bruises– These usually happen by getting caught on a sharp edge of a railing or diving board.
Slip and Fall – This happens all too often when kids are running or adults or drinking and suddenly slip and fall.
No matter how small you may think your pool injury is, you should always seek out medical attention immediately to make sure you don’t have injuries that you’re not aware of.
Then you should call a personal injury attorney before you speak with any insurance company or hotel representative.
Compensation for Damages In a Pool accident or Drowning
If you are a loved was injured in a pool accident you can recover damages for the following –
Current and future medical bills- This includes all aspects of medical treatment including emergency room visits, physical therapy, surgeries, medications, future or ongoing treatments
Lost wages- Lost wages include anytime you missed work because of the accident including work missed for medical treatment. Lost wages can also be wages that you could have earned or future earnings
Pain and suffering- These are damages awarded based on the severity of the accident and determined by a judge.
Punitive damages- This is to punish the at fault party. Based on the severity of the negligence that caused your accident.
Wrongful death- No amount of money can replace a loved one but there is specific compensation for the death of a loved one. This money will go to the surviving relative like the spouse or children.
How Much is My Pool Accident Worth
Like all accidents there is no amount of money that can replace a loved one or make someone whole again after a severe injury.
So if you are injured in a swimming pool accident you might be entitled to damages if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or faulty equipment.
But damages are not set, they are determined by many factors including the severity of the accident or injury.
Was the accident caused by negligence or faulty equipment that could have been prevented or was it just an accident.
Did the accident result in a death?
These are all considerations that are taken into effect when determining the compensation of your case.
Having a strong legal team on your side will help you get the largest settlement available to you.
Most people don’t think of the salon as a place that can be dangerous and cause injuries or infections that can have lasting or permanent effects.
But even your longtime trusted stylist can cause injury to you.
There is a board in Nevada that is meant to protect customers.
Here are some of the most common injuries that happen in the beauty salon.
Burns- There are two types of burns that you can get at a salon. The first is chemical burn. Chemical burns are caused by the chemical they use to color, straighten, or dye hair. Chemical burns happen when the chemicals are left on too long or the chemicals are defective or you could have an allergic reaction. Skin burns are the second type of burn associated with salons. These come from hot tools like flat irons, curling irons, or hair dryers. These happen when your stylist accidentally burns your head or skin with the hot tools or the tools are defective.
Infections– If you’ve ever had a pedicure and soak your feet in the water you’ve questioned how clean everything is right? Well infection due to unsanitary conditions are a huge thing in salons. Most people don’t realize that salons like restaurants are inspected and regulated by the health department. But if a salon is not cleaned properly you could be in for things like athletes foot fungus, staph infections or bacterial infections. Some of these require prescription medication and doctors visits to clear up. Staph infections however can be dangerous and if not treated can be deadly.
Slip and falls – There’s always a lot going on in a salon, like hair cuts, coloring, styling and so on. There is always water or products on the floor as well as cut hair and they are always sweeping or mopping. This is just an accident waiting to happen when the floor is wet and hazardous and maybe the staff doesn’t know that’s when patrons fall and accidents happen.
Cuts– There are plenty of sharp objects in a salon: Scissors, hair cutting shears, nail clippers, razors etc. All of these tools can be dangerous and cause cuts and lacerations if not used properly or are defective.
Hair loss – This is actually quite common and can cause real mental harm to the victim. Don’t sit quiet if you’ve been injured in a salon. Call us today for a Free consultation.
Our personal appearance is very important since it’s the first thing people notice about you, but any injury at the salon can be devastating and can cause lasting physical and emotional damage.
Medical expenses related to the injuries or future medical expenses– For example if you were burned by chemicals you’ll need burn treatment and maybe even skin graft to repair the burnt or scarred area.
Lost income- If you missed work due to this injury or need to get medical treatment and you miss work you can be compensated for your missed time.
Pain and suffering- Pain and suffering is determined by how severe your injuries are and the physical and emotional toll that these injuries have taken on you.
Punitive damages- Basically to punish the at fault party for their negligence.
What to do After an Injury at the Salon
Like all businesses, salons, barber shops and spas all carry insurance for their business.
So if you have been injured at the salon you should seek out medical attention immediately especially for any burns that you may have suffered.
You need to notify the owner or manager of the salon as soon as the accident happens if they were not present.
Most owners will contact the insurance company immediately.
You should never speak to any insurance adjuster without legal representation.
Insurance companies will try to deny the claim altogether or minimize the claim so they can pay the minimum.
So before you speak to anyone about your case you should always call an experienced personal injury firm.
Did the coaches allow dangerous or violent behavior?
Were the playing conditions safe?
Answering any of these questions can determine who is at fault or held accountable.
The facility or stadium- The outlet can be held responsible for injuries if the sporting event was held in a facility that was unsafe, not up to code, or held when weather conditions could cause injuries.
Sports league or school- They can be held liable for children’s injuries if they are negligent in their care of your child or fail to stop violence or bullying. They can also be held liable if they perpetuate a culture of violence
Equipment manufacturers- Many people don’t think about this but playing a youth sport like football requires a large amount of equipment. The equipment manufacturer can be held liable for injuries if the equipment was faulty and as a result your child was injured.
Just because you signed a waiver as a parent for your child to play youth sports doesn’t mean that someone can’t be held responsible for your child’s injuries if in fact negligence has occurred.
Any settlement money awarded to a minor must be placed in a trust fund that is held in the trust until the minor turns 18. In some cases the parent can have access to the funds to care for the minor child. This all must be established by an attorney.
The parents or guardian cannot sign legal court documents under the age of 18 so the parents are required to sign as an agent of the child. Again these things are all set up by attorneys
Most Common Child Sports Injuries
All sports have some common injuries that occur more often than others
Sprains and Strains- these are the most common sport injuries for any sport adult or child. Sprained wrist and ankles are not life threatening or even permanent but they are painful and can take time to heal if they ever heal permanently at all.
Broken bones- after sprains and strains this is the next most common sports injury. Broken bones can be a simple fracture to a compound fracture that can require surgery. In some cases they may never heal correctly and can require long periods of recovery
Concussions or TBI ( traumatic brain injuries)- these are a very common injury in any contact sport such as football or hockey. Concussions can lead to severe brain damage as we have seen in many retired football players. Traumatic brain injuries are often permanently damaging and can require lifelong care for the injured party.
Spinal cord injuries or paralysis- these are also fairly common in contact sports and again may require lifelong care for the injured.
All sports injuries are serious especially when your child is involved.