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August 4, 2022

Garbage Truck Accidents and Injuries

  Garbage Truck Accidents Las Vegas Nevada   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…

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Garbage Truck Accidents Las Vegas Nevada

 

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.

If you have been injured in an accident with a garbage truck you need to contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

Most garbage disposal companies are large and have an experienced legal team on the side.

Also in some cases the garbage disposal is state run and the state or municipality is the main operator.

Call The Richard Harris Law firm today if you have been injured in an accident with a garbage disposal truck.

We offer a free consultation.

 

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Why do accidents happen with Garbage Trucks

When you drive a car or a small SUV you may have blind spots, and I know for me there have been times I didn’t see something that was in my blind spot.

Now imagine driving a big garbage truck; can you imagine the blind spots on that?

Well that is a main contributor to accidents involving a garbage truck since they have a significant amount of blind spots on the large trucks.

Another cause of accidents involving garbage trucks is the frequent stopping.

Like the mailman, garbage trucks stop at almost every house and another driver might not know where they stop or how often, which adds to the cause of accidents.

Some other causes of garbage truck accidents can include; bad weather conditions, poor maintenance, distracted driving, defective equipment and driver negligence or poor training.

The sheer weight and size of the garbage truck can also be the cause of an accident with a garbage truck. 

Running stop signs is sadly a common reality, as is running a red light.

 

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Who is Responsible for a Garbage Truck Accident

Finding the responsible party if you are involved in an accident involving a garbage truck can be more difficult than you might think.

Nevada has a modified negligence rule that means that if you were less than 50% at fault in an accident then you can still sue for damages.

But that is just the beginning.

The garbage truck is operated by a driver who is employed by a parent company, and that parent company might be contracted by the municipality or state.

The truck is also made by a separate company, but maybe it’s maintained by someone else who is also contracted by the company that owns the truck.

Sounds confusing right?

Well that’s why hiring a good personal injury attorney is so important. 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a garbage disposal truck call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.

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July 18, 2022

Costco Accident Injury Lawyer

  What Happens if you Get Hurt at Costco Let’s face it, we all love Costco. What’s not to love right? Where else can you buy 20 pounds of chicken breast, a kayak and get…

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What Happens if you Get Hurt at Costco

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Let’s face it, we all love Costco.

What’s not to love right?

Where else can you buy 20 pounds of chicken breast, a kayak and get a set of tires all at one location?

And they have gas at least 20 cents less per gallon than anywhere else so again what’s not to love?

If inflation continues I might just be eating my meals at Costco.

But even with all this great stuff accidents do happen all the time at the giant retailer.

It could be a slip and fall or maybe a display unit fell on your child while you were just walking in the store.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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 – 

  1. 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.
  2. Get professional medical care – never postpone getting checked out. It can only hurt your case and your health to delay getting medical help.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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 member or employee of Costco.

We have been representing employees and members of Costco who have been involved in an incident or accident  for years.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay no money up front.

We handle all the costs and only get paid when we win your settlement.

If you are a member or employee who has been injured while working or visiting a Costco in Nevada call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.

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.

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July 12, 2022

How Long Should You Stay Out Of Work After an Injury Accident

  Can You Keep Working if You Have an Open Car Accident Lawsuit Being in a car accident is a very scary scenario for everyone involved but if you are injured in a car accident…

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Can You Keep Working if You Have an Open Car Accident Lawsuit

Being in a car accident is a very scary scenario for everyone involved but if you are injured in a car accident things can be even scarier.

You may be out of work for a period of time due to injury.

In these times most of us need to work to make ends meet and pay the bills.

Most car accident victims will try and return to work as soon as they can because let’s face it we all need to get back to work for our financial security and general well being.

But what if you’re involved in a case where you have an open claim for the car accident you were involved in?

Should you return to work right away or should you return at all while your claim is being processed.

Of course no one wants to have their claim invalidated because they returned to work too early or at all.

This will cause you to possibly lose out on any financial compensation you deserve.

 

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Continue to Work After Being Injured in a Car Accident

The simple answer is yes you can continue to work if you are involved in a car accident lawsuit.

There is no timeline to return to work after an injury in a car accident, nor will returning to work invalidate your claim from your accident.

Remember in Nevada there is a 2 year general statute of limitations.

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.

We know medical bills and lost wages can be stressful.

An experienced car accident lawyer can advise you on whether or not you should return or continue working while your case is pending.

 

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How Returning Early to Work Can Affect my Health

Returning to work or continuing to work after a car accident should only be considered by you and your doctors.

Before your doctors consider letting you return to work or continue working they will consider many factors including:

  • The extent of your injuries- how bad are your actual physical injuries and how long is the recovery going to be
  • The anxiety of returning to work
  • Are you experiencing mental health symptoms like PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) or depression
  • What type of work do you do

Your injuries after an accident will always determine the time frame that you will need for recovery and how soon you can return to work.

Returning to work is also determined by what type of work you do.

For example if you are injured in an accident and are a factory worker or a waitress in a casino where the job is really physical you are out of work for a longer period of time.

However if the job is sedentary like a job in an office you may be able to return to work sooner.

But even a sedentary job can cause injuries like back and neck injuries to worsen.

Medication and Emotional Pain

You also may be on medications for your physical and emotional pain.

Most medications have side effects that can impair your ability to do regular things like –

  1. Drive to and from work
  2. Lift heavy objects 
  3. Operate work tools and machinery 

Since medications can impair your judgment you could be putting yourself and others in harm’s way.

So when on any medications after a car accident you should consult your doctor regarding the amount of time you should take off of work after an accident.

Most good law firms will have a group of doctors that they work with when you are involved in a lawsuit after an accident.

So you should always consult with your lawyers and your doctors when returning to work.

 

When Can You Return to Work

There is never a set time limit to remain out of work after an accident.

Your doctors will be the judge of when you can return to work based on the extent of your injuries.

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.

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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.

But if you’re injured as a passenger in an Uber accident and have a claim pending should you continue to exercise?

This is also something that you should consult your doctors and attorneys about. 

Since exercise has been determined to improve physical and mental health some doctors may deem it ok for you to do after an accident and may even aid in your recovery.

The main concern is that you can worsen your injuries with strenuous exercise and any worsening of injuries is not the responsibility of the at fault driver in your case.

Just be aware that any actions you take after an accident while pending the outcome of a lawsuit can determine the amount of compensation you receive based also on your injuries.

You should always limit your activities that could be used against you in your case.

Only a face to face meeting with our staff can determine what, if any those restrictions might be.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today and set up a consultations appointment.

 

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.

We have been representing accident victims for years.

We work on a contingency basis so you pay no money up front.

We handle all the costs and only get paid when we win your settlement.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm if you have been injured in an accident.

We offer free consultations and case review. 

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July 11, 2022

Passenger in Uber Car Accident

  Uber Passengers Injured in Car Accident As we all know we now have Uber and Lyft to get us around when we can’t drive or don’t have access to a car. These rideshare companies…

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Uber Passengers Injured in Car Accident

As we all know we now have Uber and Lyft to get us around when we can’t drive or don’t have access to a car.

These rideshare companies have changed the game of public transportation.

They have made it possible to get home safely after a night out with too many cocktails, or not need to ask your friends to pick you up from the airport.

Most of the time these rides go smooth and safe without incident and are uneventful.

But we have all heard the stories on the news or from someone about a car accident involving an uber driver and another car.

So what happens when you’re involved in an accident while you’re in an Uber?

Since you are the customer of Uber and the driver and are not in anyway responsible for the accident, you are just the passenger, what do you do? 

Well as the passenger of Uber you have rights since you are a customer of Uber and the driver who has a duty of care to make sure you arrive at your destination without incident.

After seeking medical care the first thing you need to do is hire an experienced Uber or Lyft accident attorney.

Uber and Lyft are big companies with a large legal team on their side.

Why shouldn’t you have the same representation?

Accidents can happen in a parking lot, at a red light, a dangerous intersection in Vegas, or of course the freeways.

Don’t just sit back and hope the insurance company (James River) is going to come rescue you and write a big check..

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

When filing a negligence claim against Uber, contact The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation and case review.

 

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Possible Injuries From Uber Accident

As with all car accidents you can sustain serious injuries when involved in a car accident and an Uber accident is no different.

Car crashes are some of the most dangerous incidents to be in and cause long term or life threatening injuries, even death.

Usually when two cars collide one person takes the runt of the accident.

A doctor explained it to me once that two cars head-on going 60 miles per hour equals 120 when they hit and that one person takes the brunt of the accident.

While in an Uber if you were struck in a head-on collision, or rear ended, or side swiped while the passenage in an Uber you could sustain serious injuries.

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.

We handle all the costs and only get paid when we win your settlement.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm if you have been injured as a passenger in an Uber accident.

We offer free consultations and case review.

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July 11, 2022

Unlicensed Drivers and Car Accidents

  Hit By an Unlicensed Driver in a Car Accident Everyone has heard the story from a friend right? Someone they know or you know was involved in a car accident where other driver was…

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Hit By an Unlicensed Driver in a Car Accident

Everyone has heard the story from a friend right?

Someone they know or you know was involved in a car accident where other driver was driving without a license or insurance and their friend or they were hurt really badly.

This may seem like a story that we’ve all heard over and over again but it does happen all the time.

So what happens if you were driving without a license or what if the other party involved was driving without a license, on the revoked list or suspended license?

What happens then ?

Can you as the accident victim recover damages if you were the one driving without a license?

What if you were hit by someone who was driving on the revoked or suspended list?

The simple answer is yes to all.

Even if you were driving without a license you may be able to recover damages if you were injured in an accident.

Driving without a license can cause serious fines and even jail time if you are caught but if you were injured in an accident you can still recover damages if the other driver was at fault.

 

Why do People Drive Without a License?

Everyone always asks why do people drive if they don’t have a license?

There are many reasons that put unlicensed drivers on the road.

People need to go to the store to buy groceries or most importantly to get to work.

But in reality most people just don’t care or think that they will get caught or ever be involved in an accident.

I guess most people that don’t have a license will say I’m only going down the road of what could happen.

But you never know. 

There are many reasons people don’t have a license to begin with:

  1. Conviction of a DUI 
  2. Failure to obtain proper insurance for your vehicle
  3. License revoked due to felony convictions
  4. To many points on your license from tickets
  5. Medical condition that makes driving dangerous for the driver and the public
  6. Failure to renew license 
  7. Restricted due to age
  8. New to the US and haven’t taken or passed the required driving test in your state

 

People who knowingly drive without a license run the risk of severe fines or even jail time if they are caught driving without a license.

 

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Injured in an Accident Involving Unlicensed driver

There are many steps you need to take immediately after an accident no matter if a driver has a license or not.

It is up to you to protect yourself after any accident.

You should take the following steps to make sure all the details are not lost 

  • Contact law enforcement immediately 
  • Exchange information with other drivers 
  • Take photos or videos of the damage and the scene of the accident 
  • Gather any witness statements and get their information
  • File a police report and get a copy
  • Seek medical attention immediately- do not wait even if you think you are not hurt
  • Notify your insurance company of the accident 
  • 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.

 

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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.

Always call a personal injury attorney after an accident no matter the circumstances.

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 :

  1. 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
  2. Second offenses- $500-$1000 fine, a $500 reinstatement fee, and suspended license until you file for an SR-22
  3. 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.

If you need a 2nd opinion feel free to call us.

We fight for our clients and have collected over a $ billion dollars in damages for our clients.

We offer free consultations and case reviews.

We work only on a contingency basis so we only get paid if we win your case.

We will deal with all insurance companies, police, and medical care.

We work for our clients by getting you the maximum settlement allowable by law.

Call today.

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June 21, 2022

Negligence In Semi Truck Accidents

  Understanding Negligence in Truck Accident Cases   Car vs. 18-wheeler, most of the time this doesn’t end well for the person or people in the motor vehicle. Most of the time the driver of…

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Understanding Negligence in Truck Accident Cases

 

Car vs. 18-wheeler, most of the time this doesn’t end well for the person or people in the motor vehicle.

Most of the time the driver of the truck will walk away from the accident unharmed and the people who were in the car are left with serious injuries and in some cases death.

This is a basic size issue; most cars and small trucks are significantly smaller and therefore just by size alone the semi-truck and the driver will mostly end up ok after a collision.

Most truck accidents occur due to negligence by truck drivers for many reasons.

But what exactly is negligence anyway?

Negligence is by definition -Failure to use reasonable care resulting in damage or injury to another.

Just to be clear, if someone is negligent that doesn’t mean it was purposeful.

However if you were injured in a truck accident you can seek compensation due to negligence and recover full compensation for accident related injuries (amputation, broken bones, spine).

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.

 

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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.

  1. Slow down, do the speed limit and slow down during bad weather or hazardous road conditions and construction.
  2. Comply with the driving hours restrictions. Get rest, sleep and stop and take breaks.
  3. Observing all traffic laws and drive safer, no drunk driving.
  4. Maintain safety and maintenance of vehicle.
  5. Maintain a safe stopping distance to be able to stop a vehicle of this size properly.

 

These are just some of the things that truck drivers can do to avoid an accident.

But not all accidents are caused by negligence; it can sometimes just be an accident or maybe faulty equipment that you weren’t aware of like faulty brakes.

Maybe in an accident the police initially say the driver failed to stop properly or fast enough but after an investigation of the truck they find the brakes failed.

The driver would not be held liable for negligence because he didn’t know the brakes failed until he tried to stop.

However the truck company or the brake manufacturer may be held accountable for faulty equipment.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

You only have 2 years from the accident according to Nevada statute and dealing with the insurance adjusters can be crazy.

If we think the truck driver or trucking company is negligent we will take your case and fight for the largest settlement allowable by law.

If the truck manufacturer sold faulty equipment we will file a claim against them as well.

If you need a 2nd opinion then call us for that.

The Richard Harris Law Firm has recovered $1 billion for our clients and have been in Las Vegas for over 40 years. 

 

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June 17, 2022

Swimming Pool Accident Lawyer Las Vegas Nevada

  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…

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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 Las Vegas.

In the summer months the temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees or even 120 degrees.

Besides, air conditioning pools are the other way we cool off in Las Vegas.

Some Casino hotels even allow locals to go to the pools with a local ID.

I even remember going to The Rio pool in the summer to beat the heat since I didn’t have a pool at my home.

The Rio was even nice enough to “chill” the pool water to keep it cold so you could actually cool off.

Las Vegas has also become known for the summer pool party at the giant pools at the big casinos.

This all started with Rehab at the Hardrock Pool years ago.

Rehab was the Sunday pool party that started it all.

Every Sunday thousands of people would wait in line and pay over $100 to get in just to stand outside or in the pool itself depending on how crowded it was and who the entertainment that week was.

It was a crazy fun time even though you had to pay to sit in a chair everyone wanted to go to.

But there is always a dark side, over the years at Rehab and yes it was around for years there were a few very bad incidents that happened at Rehab including drowning in the pool.

Since pool parties at hotels and private pools are commonplace in Las Vegas pool accidents are more common than you think.

If you have been injured in an accident at the pool you have rights after an accident.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today to discuss your pool accident case.

Common Causes of Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pool accidents are caused by many reasons but there are some more common ones that we see:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Broken or defective equipment. This includes diving boards, drains or drain covers, and stair railings.
  4. Bad Signage and lack of warning signs, faded or missing sings about diving, water depth or any other safety measures.
  5. No Lifeguard on duty and improper supervision or no lifeguard at all.

 

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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 .

 

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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.

 

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you are injured in any accident including any pool related injuries you should contact a personal injury attorney right away after you seek medical attention.

But timing is important in Nevada since you only have two years from the date of the accident or two years from the date of a person’s death to file a claim. 

At The Richard Harris Law Firm we offer free consultations.

We are available 24 /7, someone will always be available to speak with you.

We work on a contingency basis so you don’t have to lay any money out upfront, we only get paid if we win your case.

Our goal is to get you the maximum settlement allowable by law.

We have had a relationship with the Las Vegas community for over 40 years.

Call us today if you have been injured in a pool accident.

 

Swimming Pool Accident Statistics

  • From 2015-2017, 73% nonfatal swimming pool injuries involved children younger than 5
  • Males younger than 15 were twice as likely to be involved in a fatal drowning than females
  • Almost 6500 children younger than 15 years old were treated for pool injuries from 2015-2017
  • 75% of fatal pool accidents occured at residential locations
  • 67% of swimming pool drowning deaths involved children younger than 3 years old.
  • In Pennsylvania alone, four children died from drowning in a swimming pool in 2014.
  • About 75% of drowning deaths of children younger than 15 occurred at a swimming pool located at a private residence (home pool, neighbor’s pool).
  • 17 percent of swimming pool-related drowning deaths among children younger than 15 happened in an above-ground pool.
  • 9 percent of those pediatric drowning deaths occurred in portable pools.

 

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June 14, 2022

Injured At a Beauty Salon or Day Spa

  Beauty Salon and Day Spa Injuries Everybody wants to look good and for most of us that involves a trip to the salon, spa or barbershop. We spend billions of dollars a year on…

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Beauty Salon and Day Spa Injuries

Everybody wants to look good and for most of us that involves a trip to the salon, spa or barbershop.

We spend billions of dollars a year on beauty and wellness products.

From a haircut at the barbershop to a full spa day at a high-end hotel spa and everything in between.

We are a culture always willing to try anything to remain youthful or look polished.

But underneath the instagram photos of the perfect hair color and cut or the latest spa craze there is a dark side to the salon beauty industry.

Many people don’t realize that every year there are thousands of injuries that happen at salons due to chemicals, sharp objects, or electrical issues. 

When you come to Vegas you want to look good.

Maybe you brought a dress from home and have plans for a nice dinner and a show.

So you make an appointment at the salon at the hotel you’re staying in to get your hair and make up done.

But what happens when the hairdresser burns your forehead with a hot iron?

This is the type of injury that could scar you for life if it’s bad enough.

What happens after this horrible experience?

You need to call The Richard Harris Law Firm, we have many years of experience dealing with injuries from the salon.

 

Most Common Salon Injuries

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Working with an experienced personal injury attorney can leave you with financial compensation for your injuries.

If you have been injured in a salon in Nevada you need to call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.

 

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Compensation For Salon Accidents

Like all injuries and personal injury claims you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injuries.

Determining compensation is not an exact science and is determined by the court based on several factors including the severity of the injury.

Was your injury a third degree burn with scarring from a defective curling iron?

Or was it a singed hair burn from over done chemicals that will grow back?

Who was at fault?

Was the stylist at fault for being inexperienced or not paying attention?

Or were the tools or chemicals faulty?

Was the floor wet without a sign of someone cleaning it up?

Or was it properly marked and being cleaned by staff?

These are just a few examples of some of the factors that go into determining what compensation you’ll receive.

Compensation may include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

A good legal team will deal with the insurance companies and insurance adjusters.

If you have reported the incident to the owners and got medical attention and the owner still hasn’t submitted a claim to the insurance company your legal team can start one for you.

If you have been injured in an accident at any salon call the top Las Vegas accident injury lawyer Richard Harris.

 

Why Call The Richard Harris Law Firm

We know you have choices when it comes to legal representation.

At Richard Harris our clients and getting the largest settlement allowable by law is our goal.

We work as a team to represent our clients.

We have been serving the community of Las Vegas (Summerlin, Reno, North Las Vegas, Henderson) and all of Nevada for 40 years.

Our personal injury firm operates on a contingency basis that means we take no money up front and only get paid when we win your case.

We have recovered over $1 billion dollars for our clients over the years.

Our staff is available 24/7 for a case review or free consultation.

No case is too small. 

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June 13, 2022

Youth Sports Injuries and Accidents When Kids Get Hurt

  Kids and Youth Sports Injuries Let’s face it, all kids get hurt and when they do we call them resilient or we say oh they are kids and they will bounce back. I’ve heard…

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Kids and Youth Sports Injuries

Let’s face it, all kids get hurt and when they do we call them resilient or we say oh they are kids and they will bounce back.

I’ve heard those comments my whole life especially when it comes to kids and sports.

Parents have good intentions when they sign their children up for youth sports programs.

Youth sports programs are usually a great thing for children that can teach invaluable skills that can last a lifetime.

However youth sports can have a darker side.

Every year thousands of children end up injured sometimes severely while playing youth sports.

But overall youth sports programs are a great thing for kids to take part in.

They teach skills like sportsmanship, team building, social skills, accountability skills and many other things.

But parents should do their homework before signing up kids for any sports program.

Like everything else, knowledge is power when it comes to youth sports.

 

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Who Regulates Youth Sports Programs

You’d be surprised to know that the federal government does not regulate youth sports in any way and leaves it up to the state discretion.

Since there are no federal regulations or laws governing youth sports and each state is responsible, this leaves different rules in different places for different sports.

This can all be very confusing and since it’s children you would think they would have something in place.

In Nevada, The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association is the state’s governing body for youth sports and sports teams.

They create and propose all regulations for youth sports in Nevada.

However this only covers public school sports.

Private schools, universities, and private sports clubs are allowed to have their own guidelines for rules and safety.

So doing your homework before signing up for any youth sports program is important.

Know who creates the rules and regulations for your specific sports program.

 

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Who is Responsible for Youth Sports Injuries

This is why doing your homework is so important.

When you sign up for anything like youth sports you will be required to sign a waiver not holding the program responsible for anything.

We all have signed these documents but do they actually hold up in court and who is ultimately responsible for a child’s injuries in a youth sports accident?

When a child or adolescent is injured while playing youth sports who is ultimately responsible?

That depends on many factors like was there negligence involved?

Was there faulty equipment?

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.

If your child was injured in a sports related accident contact The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.

 

The Assumption of Risk

The assumption of risk basically states that you assume the responsibility that is equal to the sport.

There is an assumption of risk in all sports and most waivers will include the assumption of risk.

For example, if you sign your son up for football there is an assumption of risk for your son to get a concussion.

This is because concussion is a common occurrence in football at all levels even with a helmet.

The assumption of risk however does not include getting a staph infection in the locker room after the game.

In this case the assumption of risk is void since a staph infection is not an assumed injury in football.

Only an experienced attorney can work around the assumption of risk or make it work in your favor.

Don’t ever just assume that because of a signed waiver or a risk assumption that you don’t have a case if your child is injured in a youth sports accident. 

 

Why are Child Sports Injuries Different From Other Injury Cases

There are a few reasons why cases involving a minor are different from other injury cases including sports injuries.

  1. A minor can’t file a personal injury case. The parent or guardian must file on behalf of the child.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

But after you have gotten your child medical attention you need to call a personal injury lawyer right away.

Never talk to any insurance company or another lawyer for the school, or sports team without proper legal representation. 

 

Why Hire The  Richard Harris Law Firm

When your child is injured in a sports accident the sports team, school, or facility will have a legal and insurance team ready.

Why shouldn’t you?

We know you have choices when it comes to your legal representation in Nevada.

The Richard Harris Law firm has been in the Nevada community for over 40 years.

We have recovered over $1 Billion for our clients.

We work on a contingency basis meaning we only get paid if we win your case.

We offer free consultations and case reviews. 

Our clients are our number one priority.

We fight for you and will only accept the largest settlement allowable by law.

 

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June 2, 2022

What are Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Las Vegas Nevada

  Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Nevada  Every city or state has roads and intersections that are considered the most dangerous for accidents Nevada is not different. Nevada has many roads that are considered…

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Most Dangerous Roads and Intersections in Nevada 

Every city or state has roads and intersections that are considered the most dangerous for accidents Nevada is not different.

Nevada has many roads that are considered dangerous either because they are so crowded like the Strip or in some cases they are so isolated like certain areas of interstate 15.

Nevada has an average of 300 auto accident fatalities per year.

Since Nevada is a growing state these numbers should only increase as time goes on.

The population has exploded in Nevada from 2 million in 2008 to over 3 million currently.

There are many reasons Nevada’s population is exploding.

For example, a lot of people from California are moving to Nevada to take advantage of the lower cost of living and the tax breaks.

When the population explodes so does urban sprawl and construction and that takes a toll on traffic.

So if you notice that certain areas or intersections have become busier or more prone to car accidents you are right for concern because it’s just getting busier.

 

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The Las Vegas Strip 

Anyone who has lived in Las Vegas for a long time remembers when Las Vegas Blvd ( The Strip) was a two lane road or even a dirt road, can you imagine?

Now The Strip is huge and the construction continues as do many pedestrian accidents.

I was recently in Downtown Vegas on Fremont St. and at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd, they are now building that part of The Strip too.

Las Vegas Boulevard is continuously getting bigger and making more room for more cars, and with more traffic comes more accidents.

The Vegsa Strip can also be confusing because of the in and outs of all the hotels and as anyone who has lived there knows, they are difficult to navigate and understand as a local.

So can you imagine for someone who has never driven in Las Vegas before.

I for one still have a hard time finding the entrances of some of the bigger hotels.

Aria for example, can someone please tell how you get to the valet, still not sure and its been open for over 10 years.

There are also many distractions on the driver’s side to distract drivers like street performers who dress up in wild costumes to take photos with the tourist.

There are all the lights and signs and let’s not forget the thousands of people walking up and down the strip at any given time.

There have been many accidents on the strip as well as shootings, casino accidents, fires, hit and runs, etc.

These are all just another day on the Las Vegas Strip. 

 

Interstate 15 

If you are going to Las Vegas from central California then you have probably taken the 15 freeway because we all know the Bullet Train isn’t coming anytime soon,.

Everyone in California and Nevada knows what I’m talking about.

So in the meantime since we have no train most people drive and take the 15 freeway.

But have you ever driven home to California on a holiday weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day and spent 7 or 8 hours in traffic?

This is actually a real thing and it happens when all the California visitors leave at the same time to try and get home after a holiday weekend.

Since there are stretches of the 15 that are desolate and miles without a town or a gas station people tend to get tired and fall asleep.

Since the 15 is a freeway across the country, many long haul truckers use this route and are on the road with all other cars.

There are also several passes just between California and Nevada that can be dangerous when the weather is bad.

It can also snow on the 15 in the higher elevations even if it’s hot in Vegas there can be snow in the passes.

All of these factors are some of the reasons that Interstate 15 is considered so dangerous for drivers in the Las Vegas area.

 

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Tropicana Blvd

Tropicana is one of the first major intersections you arrive at when you arrive in Vegas.

Tropicana is one of the older intersections of the area and connects to The Vegas Strip and to the I 15.

Where Tropicana connects to the 15 the intersection is dangerous because there is a truck stop there for the long haul truckers so they stop there regularly.

There are also a row of not the nicest hotels in town and alot of prostitution since there is a truck stop.

All these things can cause drivers distractions and that leads to more accidents at certain intersections like Tropicana and the 15.

Since Tropicana is the first major stop off the 15 and the first stop before you hit the busy part of the strip, a lot of people also stop there for gas or to grab something to eat before continuing on their trip.

All of these things can create a very dangerous intersection.

These are just a few of the most dangerous intersections in Las Vegas and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Other dangerous intersections in Vegas include – 

  1. Sahara Ave and South Decatur Blvd.
  2. Rainbow Blvd. and Charleston Blvd.
  3. Boulder Highway and Nellis
  4. Flamingo Road and Pecos Road

More dangerous roads in Nevada –

  1. U.S. Highway 93
  2. U.S. Highway 50
  3. Mount Rose Highway

 

If you have been injured in an accident call Richard Harris today we are Nevada’s most experienced personal injury attorney.

 

Avoiding Accidents on Dangerous Roads in Las Vegas

There are many things you can do to avoid accidents on the dangerous roads or intersections in Las Vegas.

  1. Avoid driving while tired- This is a leading cause of night time accidents driving while tired or falling asleep at the wheel. A lot of people will continue to drive long after they should because they want to get to their destination. Being tired causes you to have slower reaction time when you need it.
  2. Driving under the influence- Driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is against the law. If your BAC is .08 or higher you are guilty of DUI in Las Vegas. Just don’t do it, period. Driving under the influence is a senseless crime that is the cause of too many deaths every year. Just take Uber or Lyft after a night out.
  3. No Phone- Again another thing that is illegal being on the phone while driving is also illegal and another example of distracted driving. The first offense in Nevada is a ticket of up to $250.
  4. Stop at all intersections- A lot of people are in a hurry these days and may see a yellow light as a sign to speed up to make a light but at an intersection like Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana this can be a bad decision that can lead to a terrible accident.

These are just a few examples that hel[p limit you getting in an accident.

Sometimes accidents can’t be avoided and you may have been doing everything right and another person is breaking the law and causing you injury.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.

 

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Why Call a Personal Injury Attorney

After an accident you have too many things to worry about.

Your only concern should be getting well, unfortunately there are car repairs, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering that comes with an accident.

Having an attorney who can help you handle all these things while you are recovering.

Dealing with insurance companies can be a daunting task and we specialize in handling all aspects when dealing with insurance companies.

At Richard Harris we work on a contingency basis, that means we take no money up front and only get paid after we win your case.

We go after the largest settlement allowable by law for all of our clients.

We will never settle for the first offer and we will go to court to get you what you deserve.

Call Richard Harris today for a case review.

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May 16, 2022

Head On Car Accident Lawyer in Nevada

  Head-On Collisions  Head-on collisions or front end collisions (wrong-way) are one of the most common car accidents out there and can be some of the deadliest. Once explained to me by a doctor, with…

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Head-On Collisions 

Head-on collisions or front end collisions (wrong-way) are one of the most common car accidents out there and can be some of the deadliest.

Once explained to me by a doctor, with most head-on collision accidents, one person takes the brunt of the accident and the other person is usually only slightly injured if at all.

Seems funny how that happens when cars collide at a high rate of speed.

If you have been the victim of a head-on collision and sustained injuries your recovery could be a long road.

You need to contact an experienced head-on car accident attorney to help you seek compensation for your injuries and take care of you while you heal.

Your main goal after a head-on collision is to get well and rebuild your life to the life you had before.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.

We offer a free case review and will use our experienced staff to see the largest settlement allowable by law.

If you have been injured in a head-on car accident anywhere in Nevada (Reno, Summerlin, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, etc.) then call us for help.

 

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What Causes a Head-On Collision

Accidents are caused by many things but head-on collisions have their own common reasons.

Some of them are the same as other accidents and some specific to head-on collisions.

  1. Distracted driving- Not paying attention to driving while driving is distracted driving. You are focusing on anything else other than driving for example texting is the number one distracted driving reason for a head on collision. Other forms of distracted driving include, eating, personal hygiene, talking on the phone, playing with the instruments in the car like the radio. When you drive distracted, if you realize you’re distracted it’s too late.
  2. Drowsy Driving- Drowsy or fatigued driving decreases the drivers ability to react to the driving conditions around them. In some cases drowsy drivers become sleepy drivers and simply fall asleep. This happens when people drive for long periods of time without rest like driving across the country or maybe they are working different shifts at work and haven’t adjusted to the new time schedule. Drowsy driving can lead to head-on collisions when drowsy drivers drift into another lane or fail to react to road conditions or traffic conditions.
  3. Drunk Driving- Drunk driving is a leading cause of all accidents and drunk driving is never condoned. Always take an Uber or Lyft when drinking is involved this will avoid any collisions including head on collisions. Drunk driving diminishes a drivers ability to concentrate, slows reaction time, and impairs decision making that lead to an accident. Drunk driving leads to many fatalities and most of the time the drunk driver survives and the innocent victims are the ones who suffer the severe injuries or death.
  4. Speeding- Speeding is a leading cause of alot of accidents including a lot of head-on collisions due to the driver losing control of the car while speeding. Recently there has also been a rise in street speed racing where innocent victims are put in harms way by street racing drivers at high rates of speed that can kill an innocent driver on the street in a second. Many red light and stop sign accidents are caused by speeding.
  5. Hazardous Conditions- Sometimes accidents and head-on collisions are caused not by a person but by conditions that can’t be controlled. Inclement weather like snow, heavy rain, heavy fog, or hail are some examples of hazardous conditions that no one can control. Other examples that a driver can’t control is poorly lighted or maintained roads are another example of hazardous conditions that might lead to a head-on collision. Drivers fail to adjust to the conditions thus causing an accident.
  6. Vehicle or part defects-Vehicles are made and maintained by humans and therefore are subject to human error. Sometimes head-on collisions are caused by vehicle or part defects created by the manufacturer. Or maybe they are commercial vehicles that have not been maintained properly and shouldn’t be on the road in the first place. A driver might lose control of a vehicle after a tire blowout. Break failure is another example that can cause a head-on collision when the driver is unable to stop to avoid an accident. This is common with Amazon and UPS truck crashes.

 

All these scenarios are very scary realities for victims of head-on collisions but there is hope.

Sadly we hear about these type of car accidents all too often.

Call Nevada’s biggest personal injury firm today, we will fight for our clients to get the largest settlement available by law.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you have been injured in a head on collision.

 

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Injuries From a Head-On Collision

After a head-on collision many people suffer severe injuries or even death.

The following are the most common injuries associated with head on collisions:

After getting medical attention for your injuries your next move should be to file a claim with the at fault driver’s insurance company if they have insurance and file a claim with your own insurance company.

You need to file a claim by law to pursue any and all future claims against an at fault driver.

A personal injury claim can provide compensation for medical expenses, lost pay, pain and suffering and property damage.

Getting that compensation that is owed to you the victim can be a tricky process.

Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can insure you get the maximum compensation you  deserve after a head-on collision.

Call Richard Harris today if you have been injured in a head-on collision in Las Vegas or any other city in Nevada.

 

Why call The Richard Harris Law Firm

The Richard Harris LAw Firm has been representing Nevada’s car accident survivors for over 40 years.

We offer a free case review or consultation for any case at any time.

If we decide you have a personal injury claim we will work on a contingency basis and that means you pay no money up front.

We only receive payment after a settlement has been won.

We will make all court appearances and deal with all insurance company representatives for you.

We have recovered over $1 Billion over the years for our clients.

We have offices in Las Vegas and Reno Nevada and are available for our clients 24/7.

We will recover a settlement for you but you need to act sooner than later in Nevada.

You only have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.

If a family member has passed away due to the accident then the date of the victim’s death is the date when the two years begins.

Trying to navigate the legal process on your own can be daunting and you may do more harm than good if you don’t know what the process is.

We are here to make the process as easy as possible while you recover.

Call Richard Harris Law today if you have been injured in an accident in Las Vegas.

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May 9, 2022

How To Get Car Repair Bills Paid After a Car Accident

  Getting Car Repair Bills Paid After an Accident  After you’ve been involved in an auto accident there are so many things to consider and take care of. Most important of course is your health…

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Getting Car Repair Bills Paid After an Accident 

After you’ve been involved in an auto accident there are so many things to consider and take care of.

Most important of course is your health and well being and you should always seek medical attention right away even if you don’t think you’ve been hurt.

After that there are things like getting a rental car to get to and from since your car may be getting repaired, or if the accident was bad enough your car may have been a total loss.

When this happens and you need your car repaired or replaced after an accident, who is the responsible party and who actually pays for your auto repairs or replacement? 

This can become a difficult situation after an accident since even figuring out who is at fault can be difficult.

In some cases the insurance companies will accept the fault of their driver and pay the repairs.

However in other cases they may deny the claim and try not to pay for the victims repairs.

Also what do you do if you are hit by a driver that doesn’t have any insurance or doesn’t have a valid license even though it is against the law to not have insurance or drive on the suspended or revoked list?

Hiring an attorney after an accident is the best way to ensure that your car repairs or replacement is paid for by the right person or company such as the insurance company of the driver at fault.

 

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What Damages Can I Recover After an Auto Accident

There are so many types of accidents in Las Vegas, from UPS, Amazon, truck accidents, and even limo accidents.

If you were involved in an auto accident and the other party was at least 50% at fault or 100% at fault, then you can be awarded damages for the following:

  1. Lost wages and future earning capacity
  2. Payment of medical bills current and future
  3. Pain and suffering
  4. Punitive damages if the accident was caused while doing something else illegal
  5. Property damage for repairs or replacement of your vehicle
  6. A rental car similar to your vehicle so you can get around while repairs are being made to your vehicle or your vehicle is being replaced.

We can help if you’ve been injured in a car accident in Reno, Las Vegas, Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Pahrump, Lake Tahoe, and the rest of Nevada.

Getting your car fixed after an accident in Las Vegas is crucial.

Don’t sit and wait for help, call us today for answers.

 

Who’s Responsible to Pay for Repairs After a Car Crash

The easiest way to get your car repaired after an accident is to file a claim with your insurance company if you have purchased the optional collision insurance.

Your insurance company must pay for the repairs regardless of who is at fault.

If it is determined later that it was not your fault and your insurance has already paid for the repairs then your insurance company will try and get a reimbursement from the other party’s insurance but your car will have already been repaired. 

If you did not purchase the optional collision insurance then there still might be several options for getting your car repaired after an accident.

If the other party involved in the accident has liability insurance ( a law in Nevada ) then you can pay for the repairs and try to get reimbursed from the other party’s insurance company or the other party themselves.

You can also wait until the case is settled with all parties to have your car repaired but this is unlikely a good scenario.

You can also try and just get some sort of settlement for the property damage of the car to get it repaired immediately and leave the rest of the damages to like medical bills to be settled at a later date.

These are the scenarios available if the other party has insurance but what happens if the other person doesn’t have insurance ?

Who Pays?

If the other driver doesn’t have insurance you have two options to get your car repaired.

  1. Sue the other party personally 
  2. If you have uninsured motorist insurance you can get reimbursed for your car repairs from your insurance company under these conditions

 

What if Repairs Cost More Than the Estimate

When you get an estimate for repairs after an accident it usually includes all damage to your vehicle.

An insurance adjuster will also come out to inspect the vehicle before any repairs are done.

If you are using an approved body shop they will work with the insurance adjuster and insurance company to work out any difference from the estimate.

This happens sometimes when repairs are unseen or the car is more damaged than previous thought.

If you are using a body shop not in the network and your repairs exceed the estimate it may be difficult to get the repairs without paying out of pocket.

A good lawyer can negotiate with the insurance adjuster and the auto shop so you don’t end up paying for any repairs out of pocket.

 

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What Happens if My Car is Totaled

When you are involved in an accident and your car is damaged it may be considered a total loss and unrepairable if the cost to repair it is more than 65% of the fair market value of the vehicle.

If considered a total loss then the insurance will pay you the fair market value of the vehicle to you.

You are not required to buy a new vehicle or the same vehicle right away.

You can use it however you want. 

However, what is fair market value?

And how is it determined?

This can be very complicated and insurers use many factors to determine what is fair market value of a totaled vehicle.

They can use Kelly Blue Book value, year of vehicle, condition of vehicle prior to the accident, miles on the vehicle , and what someone is willing to pay for the vehicle if it was sold. 

Getting fair market value can be difficult since insurance companies want to pay as little as possible out after an accident even if the car is totaled.

Having an experienced lawyer on your side can get you the most for your totaled car call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.

 

Do I Need to Report Car Accident to My Insurance

It is the law to report all accidents to your insurance company immediately.

Of course always call the police from the scene so they can file a police report which you’ll want later on.

Failing to report the incident can result in your insurance being canceled or you may not be able to recover damages from the accident.

Sometimes you hear stories where people were involved in an accident but the other person and them agreed to take care of it and not involve the insurance companies.

Never do this.

If the other person reports the accident to their insurance the other party’s insurance company will contact your insurance company and you could lose your coverage for failure to report the accident. 

There are a few instances where you are not required to report an accident to your insurance but they are very few and don’t involve another party.

So if you hit an object and not another vehicle and aren’t injured and you want to pay for your own repairs then you can do that if the damage is less than $750.

Anything over $750 in damages must be reported to the Nevada DMV by law.

 

Why Call The Richard Harris Law Firm

In any accident you have the right to recover damages for all sorts of things including car repairs or replacement.

We take the guesswork away, we will get the repairs paid for or your car replaced if it is a total loss at no cost to you.

We work on a contingency basis and that means we take no money up front, only if we win your case do we get paid.

We offer free case reviews and consultations.

We have been in business in Nevada for over 40 years and have recovered over $1 Billion for our clients.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.

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May 5, 2022

What To Do If You Are Injured In a Restaurant

  Injured in a Restaurant in Nevada There are thousands of restaurants in Las Vegas, some of the best restaurants in the country are located on the Strip in some of the more luxury hotels.…

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Injured in a Restaurant in Nevada

There are thousands of restaurants in Las Vegas, some of the best restaurants in the country are located on the Strip in some of the more luxury hotels.

But regardless of where the restaurants are with the amount of people that pass through them there are bound to be accidents and injuries regardless of where you choose to eat.

Most people gather at restaurants with their family or friends for a night out, or maybe a business meeting before a convention in Vegas.

Most of us don’t ever think they might be injured in an accident at a Las Vegas restaurant, but it happens more commonly than you might think.

Sometimes it’s just an accident but other times it can be negligence on the part of the restaurant that causes the accident.

Experiences at restaurants should be an enjoyable day out not something that ends up with a hospital visit.

 

What’s a Restaurant’s Duty to its Customers

Like all businesses restaurants have a duty to its customers to provide a safe environment including parking and exterior areas.

Restaurants must provide a safe environment for all patrons of the establishment and any other people that come in and out of the restaurants including suppliers.

A safe environment means:

  1. That the restaurant meets all health and safety codes for the county in which the establishment exists. In Las Vegas that is the Clark County Health Department, they perform inspections on all food establishments on a regular basis. All restaurants must maintain a grade of A to avoid fines and even shutdowns.
  2. Any restaurant that serves alcohol must meet Nevada’s ABC laws. All staff must be trained and receive an alcohol awareness card through a program called TAM. All staff is to serve alcohol responsibly to patrons and to serve drinks using the proper techniques.
  3. Restaurants must maintain a safe and clean environment and all equipment and furniture must be in good working condition. All broken items must be removed or repaired. All floor areas should be clean and dry to avoid a slip and fall accident.
  4. All lighting in and around the restaurant must be in working order to maintain safety.

 

These are the basic safety obligations of any restaurant establishment in Nevada.

If a restaurant fails to provide any of these safety issues they may be violating their duty to their customers and suppliers.

The Richard Harris Law Firm has 40 years of experience dealing with injury victims and restaurants, call us today.

 

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Can I File a Lawsuit Against Nevada Restaurant

The simple answer is yes you can file a claim against a restaurant if you were injured due to their negligence or an accident occurs.

On a few occasions you may not be able to file a claim.

For example, if another patron gets into a fight with you and the restaurant does its due diligence by calling the police and trying to break up the fight than you can file a claim against the other patron.

But in this instance you can’t sue the restaurant since the establishment would have no prior knowledge of how another person would act and did attempt to stop it.

However, if the restaurant did nothing and a fight continued and you were injured you might be able to file a claim since the restaurant did nothing after the fight started.

Another example where you might not be sure you can file a claim against a restaurant is when you may be partially to blame for the incident.

In Nevada we have a comparative negligence shared fault law, this law states that a person may be eligible to recover damages if the other party is at least 50% at fault.

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The damages you can recover will be reduced by the percentage that you were at fault.

So if you were drunk and you start a fight with another patron and you are injured but the restaurant does nothing to stop or intervene in the fight then you may file a claim against the restaurant for not intervening in the incident.

But the court may hold you accountable for starting the fight.

If you are held 30% percent responsible for being drunk and starting the fight then your award for damages will be reduced by 30%.

Understanding the comparative negligence law in Nevada can be confusing.

If you were injured at a Las Vegas restaurant you should contact an experienced attorney today.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.

 

What if I Get Food Poisoning at a Restaurant 

Food poisoning is a specific problem in restaurants.

While it doesn’t happen very often when it does it can be a huge problem for restaurants and especially restaurants in hotels on the strip.

You see, food poisoning can make many people sick at one time.

There are many ways to get food poisoning and many ways in which it is transmitted to the guests. 

But at the end of the day who is ultimately responsible for food poisoning of the guests?

This can be confusing and sometimes difficult to prove, but you can call our premise liability lawyers at Richard Harris Law Office.

If you ate a food item at a restaurant and become ill and end up at the hospital you might initially think that the restaurant or hotel is the responsible party?

In reality it may be the manufacturer or the transporter of the food item that causes the item to make you sick.

Food recalls from manufacturers are common in the US and most people don’t know much about them.

So if you get sick at a Las Vegas restaurant you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer or supplier of a food item and not just the restaurant. 

 

Common Injuries at a Restaurant

There are a few accidents or injuries that are common at all restaurants:

  1. Slip and falls- wet floors or debris in common walkways are the most common reasons for slip and fall accidents at restaurants
  2. Food poisoning- as previously discussed this doesn’t happen often but it does happen
  3. Burns- most burns occur to the staff and not the patrons
  4. Ingesting foreign objects- some packages contain foreign objects like glass or plastic

Some of these injuries don’t sound that bad or may seem like they are not a big deal, but these injuries can result in serious medical issues and in certain cases can cause death.

 

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Who Can I Sue if I’m Injured in a Restaurant

When you file a personal injury lawsuit there can be different people that might have some liability for your injuries.

This may involve individuals or companies, along with mutliple restaurant staff.

  1. Restaurant manager
  2. Restaurant owner
  3. Parent company
  4. Waiter / Bartender
  5. Security

 

What Damages Can I Get In a claim Against Nevada Restaurant

If you have been injured or got food poisoning at a restaurant in Nevada you can recover damages for the following items:

  1. Payment of medical bills- This includes all medical expenses including any future medical expenses that you may occur
  2. Lost Wages- This includes any wages you lost due to not being able to work after an accident at a restaurant. This can even include future lost wages for ongoing medical treatment
  3. Pain and Suffering- This is a percentage based on how much pain was caused to you by the accident or negligence
  4. Punitive damages- These damages are given by the court and basically they are to punish the defendant in the case. So if the restaurant was 100% negligent and caused your injury the court or jury may impose punitive damages to punish the establishment for their actions. Sometimes these damages can be extremely high amounts.
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May 3, 2022

Nevada Bicycle Laws and Safety

  Nevada Bicycle Laws and Accidents Riding a bike is a pastime or maybe an actual way to get around for a lot of people especially in places like Nevada where the weather is warm…

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Nevada Bicycle Laws and Accidents

Riding a bike is a pastime or maybe an actual way to get around for a lot of people especially in places like Nevada where the weather is warm most of the time.

Since gas prices have soared many people are turning to bikes as a way to get around.

But there are some risks that come with riding a bike and some laws that most people don’t even know exists.

But paying attention to the traffic laws and bike laws can mean the difference between having an accident or getting a citation.

Since many people talk to the roads on bikes these days we should all know the laws and and the rules of the road for the safety of all bikers as well as the relationship between automobiles and bikes.

If you were injured in a bicycle accident then contact a top Las Vegas bicycle accident lawyer.

Contact The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.

We can help you figure out how to deal with medical bills, insurance adjusters calling you day and night, and all the other stress that comes with being injured.

 

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The Bike Rules in Nevada

There are several basic laws that Nevada residents should be aware of before venturing out on your bike:

  1. All bicyclists are required to follow Nevada traffic laws. Even though Nevada does not consider them vehicle because they are powered by humans bicycle riders are required to follow the same traffic laws as motor vehicles
  2. There is no helmet law in Nevada. Nevada requires motorcyclists to wear a helmet but not bicyclists. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration strongly encourages all bikers to wear helmets.
  3. Cyclists are required to have one hand on the handlebars at all times. You can carry your belongings on your bike as long as one hand remains on the handlebars. So using a backpack or basket is encouraged.
  4. Cyclists are required to travel on the far right side of the road. This is the rule unless it won’t be safe, you are turning left on your bike, or you are traveling at the same speed as traffic. 
  5. You are not required to travel in the bike lane but it is suggested that when available you should use the bike lane. Only two cyclists should ride next to each other at a time.
  6. Bikers should riddle on the road and in the bike lane and not on the sidewalk. Even though there are no state laws prohibiting riding on the sidewalk there are areas where there are city ordinances for example on the Strip you cannot ride on the sidewalk and may receive a ticket for doing so.
  7. Bicyclists are required to ride with the traffic flow and prohibited from riding against the traffic in Nevada.

These are the basic bicycle laws and rules of the road in Nevada.

By following these rules you may prevent a bike accident that could end up with injuries or even worse.

 

Common Bicycle Accidents

Bike accidents only account for a small portion of traffic accidents in Nevada but they can be devastating mostly for the bike rider.

Since it is usually bike against car the bike rider usually suffers the most significant injuries or even death. 

Everyone is seeing increased accidents involving bicyclists as we get back to normal and gas prices are on the rise. 

Some common accidents are:

Bike versus car- This is the most common bike accident where a bike or motorcycle has an accident involving a car or other automobile. These accidents occur for many reasons including speeding, drunk driving, cyclists not visible to the driver of the car. These accidents are the most dangerous and can end in severe injury or even death. 

 

Bike rider hits something- This is when a bike rider runs over an object or runs into a bad road causing the rider to lose balance and fall over the handlebars or off the bike. Some common things bikers run into are potholes, cracked or uneven pavement, debris thrown from cars. These accidents can cause serious injury including broken bones , back of neck neck injuries. These accidents can be prevented if towns would fill their potholes and cracked pavement. 

 

One biker hits another- We see them all the time on the road large groups of bikers riding together in packs and sometimes they run into each other causing a bike crash. Depending on the speed of the bike and the size these crashes can cause serious injury as well and may be caused by negligence on the part of the other biker by not paying attention or obeying the rules of the road.

Bike accidents like other accidents can cause serious injury or death – If you have been injured in an accident on a bike you should get medical attention immediately and contact an attorney before you speak to any insurance company representative. Call The Richard Harris Law Firm for a free consultation. After a bike accident the only thing you need to worry about is getting well. We can handle the rest.

 

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Driving Under the Influence on a Bike in Nevada

In some states riding a bike under the influence of drugs or alcohol is the same as drunk driving a vehicle but not in Nevada.

In Nevada it is considered a gross misdemeanor or reckless endangerment and is punishable by up to a $2000 fine and 364 days in jail. 

However if a bike rider under the influence injures someone that causes severe injury to another while under the influence it can be considered a category C felony in Nevada.

The sentence can be up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

No one should ever drive or ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you have been injured in an accident involving a CUI ( cycling under the influence) my best advice is to get an attorney right away.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm if this has happened to you.

 

Why Call The Richard Harris Law Firm 

If you have been injured in a bike accident, like other accidents you have the right to recover damages you suffered because of the negligence of another or because they failed to obey the rules of the road or the laws. 

We will get you the maximum settlement allowed by law.

We take no money up front, that means we work on a contingency basis and only take fees after we have won your case.

You should always call a personal injury attorney before you speak to anyone from an insurance company or business.

We will take those calls for you or guide you through them.

Since in some cases insurance companies will try to deny a claim for injury or pay as little as possible to make the claim go away. 

Time is of the essence in personal injury claims so hiring an attorney right away is important.

In Nevada you only have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a claim or if in the case of a death due to an accident the day the person passed away.

Since cases take time to get through the court system you should not hesitate contacting a lawyer.

The Richard Harris Law Firm offers free case reviews or consultations.

We will tell you whether or not you have a case or not.

Legal fees and navigating the legal system is not something you should be worrying about after an accident.

Your only job should be to get well and recover so we can handle the rest.

Call Richard Harris today.

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May 3, 2022

Crosswalk and Pedestrian Laws in Nevada

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Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries in a Crosswalk

We use crosswalks everyday but do you really understand the laws and the reasons behind them?

Crosswalks exist to move pedestrian traffic safely on heavily traveled roads, and in places like Las Vegas to keep the traffic moving both pedestrian and automobile.

We hear about accidents all the time at the crosswalks or traffic intersections.

These accidents happen for many reasons but the main reason is human error.

All intersections where a sidewalk or road ends in Nevada are considered crosswalks even if they are not marked.

Under Nevada law pedestrians have the right of way as long as they obey traffic signals.

However, even if they violate the traffic laws vehicles must yield to avoid an accident.

So basically pedestrians in a crosswalk, marked or not, have the right of way and it is the driver’s responsibility to yield or stop to that person whether or not they are obeying the traffic laws.

Even if the pedestrian is somewhat at fault by disobeying the traffic rules, a pedestrian hit by a car in an intersection or crosswalk can file a personal injury claim against the driver.

On the other hand the driver who hits a pedestrian who is at fault can file a Nevada pedestrian knockdown lawsuit since the pedestrian caused the accident. 

 

What is a Crosswalk or Intersection in Nevada

All intersections in Nevada are considered crosswalks or intersections even if they are not marked.

Marked crosswalks consist of traffic signals and walk signals for pedestrians.

Also they have painted white or yellow lines that actually mark where people can walk.

Unmarked crosswalks are also called implied crosswalks because they are unmarked but at the end of a road or sidewalk.

The same laws apply for implied crosswalks as well as regular crosswalks.

Some crosswalks exist in the middle of the road and not at an intersection, these are to keep high traffic areas moving.

These middle intersections are always clearly marked so cars have to stop in the middle of the road.

 

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Pedestrian Laws For Crosswalks in Nevada

Even though pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections there are a few laws that they must obey.

  1. Pedestrians may not just dart into the intersection when a car oncoming is so close that it will cause an accident. For example if the driver has the light and is turning on the green a runner can’t run across the intersection because they don’t want to stop since this could cause a car to hit the runner.
  2. If you are already in the crosswalk when the “Don’t Walk” sign comes on you can continue through the crosswalk. However if you just got to the curb you cannot start to cross after the don’t walk sign comes on.
  3. Pedestrians must stay to the right in the crosswalk whenever possible
  4. Pedestrians may not cross the intersection diagonally unless the intersection is marked for that traffic pattern.
  5. Pedestrians who cross the street outside a marked crosswalk must yield to oncoming traffic and in this situation vehicles have the right of way outside marked or unmarked crosswalks. 
  6. Pedestrians who enter a roadway outside of a crosswalk are guilty of the crime of jaywalking and can be issued a citation. Jaywalking citations are usually only given at busy intersections in busy cities like Las Vegas.
  7. It is a misdemeanor for pedestrians to walk on a road when a sidewalk is available. To stand in a road to hitchhike or panhandle. To be out on the road under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

Laws for Drivers at Crosswalks in Nevada

The laws for drivers in Nevada at crosswalks or intersections are very simple.

Drivers must yield to all pedestrians at marked or unmarked crosswalks.

All drivers including automobile, motorcyclists, or motorbike drivers are to come to a yield that equals almost a stop when pedestrians are crossing the intersection.

They must treat the crosswalk like a stop sign.

Even if the pedestrian is crossing illegally, drivers are required to use caution to avoid an accident. 

Drivers are guilty of a misdemeanor when failing to yield to a pedestrian.

As a side note, blind pedestrians always have the right of way and drivers are required to yield or stop for them when they enter the intersection no matter what.

 

Can I File a Lawsuit for a Crosswalk Collision

Being hit by a car is no small matter no matter who is at fault.

However in Nevada the driver has the responsibility to yield to pedestrians at all times.

If you were hit by a car at an intersection or crosswalk you may be able to file a claim against the driver for negligence.

This is also called reckless driving.

If the driver of the vehicle was at work (Fed Ex, UPS, Amazon, Lyft) or using a work vehicle when you were hit you may be able to file a claim against the driver’s employer.

If the person hit by the car passes away then the estate or the family of the victim can file a wrongful death suit against the driver or business involved in the crash.

In Nevada however there is a two year statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim from the date of the incident.

If someone dies due to a crash the two year mark begins at the date the person passes away.

 

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What Damages Can I Recover 

Pedestrians hit by car in a crosswalk can recover damages for :

  • Medical Bills – including future medical expenses for continued treatment, prescriptions, medical transport, physical therapy, and medical treatment devices.
  • Lost Wages- including current wages from missed work, future wages for medical treatment, future earnings if not able to return to work after the accident.
  • Pain and suffering- pain and suffering is at the court’s discretion and based on the severity of the accident.
  • Punitive Damages- if the crosswalk accident goes to trial a judge or jury may award punitive damages to punish the defendant for their negligence that caused the accident.

 

If the victim or plaintiff was at some point the cause of the accident they may still be able to recover some damages under the Nevada Comparative negligence laws.

If the defendant is at least 50% at fault then the plaintiff can recover some money minus the percentage they are held at fault.

For example if you were drunk and walked into the crosswalk when the “Don’t Walk” signal was on but the driver didn’t yield or stop.

You are both guilty so you may be held 30% responsible for the accident.

If you are awarded any money it will be decreased by 30% to represent the 30% you are at fault.

When the pedestrian is completely at fault the driver can file a claim against the pedestrian if the pedestrian caused the driver to be in an accident with another car or object to avoid getting them.

 

Injuries In Crosswalk Accidents

When pedestrians are hit by cars at crosswalks or intersections many injuries can occur.

Since it is car against human the injuries can be severe including:

  1. Broken bones and contusions
  2. Internal or organ damage
  3. Spine, back or neck injuries
  4. Traumatic brian injuries
  5. Death

If you have suffered any of these injuries after a crosswalk accident you should immediately get medical attention since you may have injuries that you are not aware of.

Even if you think you don’t need medical attention you should always go get checked out just to be safe.

Before you speak to anyone at an insurance company you should always contact an attorney to make sure you get what you deserve.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.

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April 20, 2022

Amazon Workers Compensation Lawyer

  File Amazon Workers Compensation Claim In the beginning Amazon just sold books online, can you believe that, just books out of a garage. But since then Amazon has become the world's largest shipping company…

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In the beginning Amazon just sold books online, can you believe that, just books out of a garage.

But since then Amazon has become the world’s largest shipping company and ships millions of packages all over the world everyday.

A long time ago Amazon did not have any warehouses of its own and they were just the vessel by which to order an item that was shipped from someone else by another shipping company.

As Amazon grew they started opening their own warehouse to sort and ship the millions of products they sell on the website.

They also have their own fleet of delivery drivers.

If you live near an Amazon warehouse you can see the fleet leaving the warehouse during different times of the day.

Amazon employs millions of people around the world everyday.

Amazon has also come up with the prime membership that has one day shipping for free.

I swear sometimes they come out of the trees and drop a package at my door.

Amazon has become known for speedy shipping of the millions of products they sell.

Being the fastest doesn’t mean that they are the safest.

By becoming the fastest shipper in the ecommerce world they are sometimes sacrificing the well being of the employees over being the fastest.

 

Working for Amazon

Amazon has many different employment opportunities throughout its organization; the biggest employment for Amazon is warehouse employees.

That is the biggest pool of employees they have.

The Amazon warehouse is a 24 hour a day operation that never closes and requires workers 24 hours a day. 

Working at the Amazon warehouse is no easy job.

These are often very demanding jobs that are repetitive in nature and may even have a quota that you are required to process per hour or shift.

Since Amazon offers benefits to the employees from the first day of employment for employees even part time employees.

Working at an Amazon facility can be a great job for someone.

So setting quotas or putting employees in harm’s way to get out as many packages as possible, employees are less likely to report accidents or injuries.

They may be afraid to lose their job if they report an accident or injury in the workplace.

Amazon has many different employee statuses from full time employees to independent contractors such as the drivers. 

Over the years we have heard stories of accidents at Amazon warehouses, some with catastrophic results.

Recently an Amazon warehouse burned down killing several employees.

Amazon does not have a good record of safety, according to the Strategic Organizing Center.

A group of labor unions in 2019 Amazon reported an injury rate of 8.8 per full time worker and of those injuries 90% are severe injuries.

Proving that Amazon is putting speed over the safety of its workers.

If you have been injured while working at Amazon you should contact The Richard Harris Law firm today for a free consultation. 

 

 

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What to do After an Accident at Amazon

If you have been injured while working for Amazon you should follow a few steps immediately after the accident.

First report the incident immediately to your supervisor.

Failing to report the incident within 30 days can cause you to lose any rights to a future claim.

But do not sign anything, Amazon may ask you to sign documents after an accident but don’t sign anything without having an attorney look at it first.

It might be a form that says that you can’t sue them for the incident.

Second, seek medical attention even if you think you don’t need it.

You may have injuries that are not outwardly visible.

Seeking medical attention also lets the insurance company know that you did what was necessary to medicate the injury.

Failing to seek medical attention will not help your case going forward.

Once you’ve seen a doctor, always file the treatment plan for your recovery.

Collect as much evidence or information related to your injury as possible.

  1. including – 
  2. photographs
  3. video footage
  4. eye witness statements
  5. copy of the accident report from Amazon
  6. clock in and outs for the day of the accident to prove you were actually on the clock when the incident occured and any medical records after you’ve seen the doctor.

You must also file workers compensation forms to be submitted to Amazon after the incident.

These forms will be submitted to the workers compensation insurance of Amazon ( all employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance in Nevada).

Once the forms are submitted the insurance company will either pay the claim or medical bills or reject the claim.

 

What Injuries Occur at an Amazon Warehouse

Since working at the Amazon warehouse is a repetitive job and they have quotas there are several injuries that are more common than others based on the job requirements at Amazon.

Some injuries are minor while others involving large equipment like forklifts can be devastating.

Some common injuries for Amazon warehouse work are :

  • Back injuries– sprain, strains and herniated disks are common back injuries
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Falling items from above that land on the victim
  • Large equipment such as forklift accidents
  • Repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Muscle strains and tears from lifting 
  • Hazardous material injuries

In some cases Amazon employees have reported being asked to work double shifts without a proper break in between causing the workers to be over tired and this is where most accidents occur.

If you have been injured at the Amazon warehouse, call Richard Harris today. 

 

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What Can I Recover After a Work Injury at Amazon

Like all other accidents workers compensation accident victims can recover damages for there injuries based on the severity of the injuries and fault of the employer, in this case Amazon.

You can recover damages in many forms:

  1. Lost wages- lost wages include wages lost if you missed work after the accident. This includes future wages you can’t eran due to injury’
  2. Pain and suffering- this is based on the how severe your injuries were and if it could have been prevented by your employer
  3. Punitive Damages- these damages are considered a punishment for the at fault party in an accident. So these are based on how at fault Amazon was and if the accident could have been prevented using basic safety practices and if those practices were ignored.
  4. Medical Bills- Medical bills for work injuries can end up being extremely expensive. Having these bills paid by the responsible party including an employer can be life changing for an accident victim.

Getting the highest settlement for our clients is our number one priority at The Richard Harris Law Firm. 

 

Why call The  Richard Harris Law Firm

We hear the same FAQ’s all the time –

  1. Can I sue Amazon?
  2. Can I sue an Amazon truck driver?
  3. How do I file a workers comp claim against Amazon?
  4. How to find good injury lawyer that takes Amazon cases?

 

Richard Harris is Nevada’s premier personal injury law firm.

Whether you work at the Amazon warehouse in Las Vegas or the warehouse in Reno we have been a part of the Nevada legal system for over 40 years.

We have recovered over $1 Billion for our clients over the years from some big companies like Amazon.

We fight for our clients.

Our number one priority is to get you the largest settlement available to you after your accident.

Your job is just to recover, we do the rest.

We are available to our clients 24/7. 

Our firm offers free consultations and case reviews

We take no money up front, we work solely on a contingency basis.

We only collect a fee if we win your case.

All up front money for investigation and court filings is paid by us upfront so you don’t need to worry about paying for services while you’re recovering.

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April 11, 2022

Walmart Accident Lawyer

  Walmart Accident Lawyer in Nevada Walmart is considered an American success story. In 1962 Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in Rogers, Arkansas. Since then Walmart has expanded to over 10,500 retail outlets in…

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Walmart Accident Lawyer in Nevada

Walmart is considered an American success story.

In 1962 Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in Rogers, Arkansas.

Since then Walmart has expanded to over 10,500 retail outlets in 24 countries.

Walmart employees approximately 2.6 million people with 1.6 million in the U.S alone.

Walmart has also expanded into the ecommerce business trying to compete with Amazon.

So yes Walmart has become the largest retailer in the US with actual retail outlets.

Walmart sees approximately 265 million customer visits in 2020, that’s a lot of people.

With Walmart being America’s number one retailer and seeing as many customers as they do, it’s no wonder they have one of the highest accident rates.

But getting any help from Walmart can be difficult since they are so big and they have a huge legal and insurance team to fight litigation that comes their way.

So if you’ve been injured at a Walmart you’ll need a legal team that isn’t afraid to fight, call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.

We can help if you were injured at a Walmart in Henderson, Summerlin, Reno, Tahoe, or any other city in Nevada.

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What Makes Walmart Different Than Other Retailers

Getting any help from Walmart after an injury, accident, or defective product can be difficult.

This is because they are different from every other retailer out there.

While other retailers like Target or Macy’s carry liability insurance through a third party insurance company Walmart does not.

They are big enough to be self insured for liability insurance.

For example, if you are in an accident at another grocery chain and you slip and fall, the third party liability insurance will most likely pay your claim without much question.

They will then just raise the rates of the insurance for the grocery store for filing a claim.

That’s how insurance works right?

But in Walmart’s case they have created their own liability insurance firm to handle all accident claims so they will have to directly pay for any claim against them for accidents.

This makes it in Walmarts best interest to fight claims and pay as little as possible.

Since Walmart has endless resources and a legal team that comes with endless resources, they have the time and money to fight any claim that comes their way.

Another example of how Walmart is different from other retailers is that all businesses who employ one or more people are required to carry workers comp insurance to cover any employee related accidents.

Walmart again carries their own workers comp insurance.

So when an employee is injured it is in Walmarts best interest to try and deny claims or pay as little as possible. 

The bottom line is that Walmart doesn’t pay third party insurance.

And therefore they have a vested interest in paying as little for accident claims in any form as possible since they basically pay out of pocket for any accident claim brought against them.

Only an experienced law group like the Richard Harris Firm has the experience to go up against a giant retailer such as Walmart.

 

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What Types of Injuries Happen at Walmart

We’ve all seen the video’s of funny memes of people being hurt at Walmart, there are websites and TV segments dedicated to it.

But other than getting a good laugh at someone else’s expense, injuries at Walmart occur everyday and can be very serious.

A lot of the injuries are minor and may not result in anything but hurt pride, but in other cases they can result in serious injury or in very rare cases death.

The most common injuries at any Walmart are slip and falls.

Slips and falls happen for a variety of reasons including spilled items or water on the floor.

A guest may trip over a falling item or something that was left on the floor.

Accidents like slip and falls just don’t occur in the store; they can occur in the large parking lot with cracked or uneven pavement.

Other types of injuries that occur at Walmart are concussions from falling objects, cuts from sharp or broken objects or shelving. 

Other than accidental injuries, Walmart has had some intentional acts happen to customers including assault by another customer, or assault by a Walmart employee all causing injury to the customer.

Don’t fight Walmart alone if you were injured while working at Walmart or if you were injured while shopping in their stores.

Call The Richard Harris Law firm today for a Free consultation.

 

 

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What to Do
After an Accident at Walmart

If you are injured in an accident at Walmart there are a few steps that you must take.

  1. Seek medical attention– as with any accident it is best to seek medical attention even if you don’t need it. You may have serious injuries that you are not aware of. 
  2. Gather evidence – you must be your own investigator at this point. You’ll need to take as many photos or videos as possible. Gather witness statements and any other evidence that might help you in the future. If you call the police they might file an accident report.
  3. Do not talk to Walmart- Walmart will fill out an incident report at the scene and make every effort to contact immediately after. You do not have to speak with them and you shouldn’t without an attorney. They will try and have you sign papers or make statements that could directly affect you in the future.
  4. Don’t Wait- there is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims of two years from the date of the accident in Nevada. If however someone dies as a result of their injuries from a Walmart accident then the date is two years from the death. 

 

What if I’m Injured While Working at Walmart

Being injured on the job is not anything new, it happens all the time.

However, getting injured at Walmart is different from other companies.

Since Walmart carries their own workers comp insurance Walmart may try to mitigate the circumstances and therefore pay as little as possible for your workers comp claim.

However the difference with a workers comp claim is that there is no fault.

That means that if you slip and fall at work you will still be awarded workers compensation regardless of the circumstances.

There are a few examples where workers comp claims become personal injury cases.

Usually this happens if the employer, Walmart is grossly negligent or acted with malice.

For example if Walmart didn’t provide safety equipment and their workers were hurt then they acted negligently for not providing the safety equipment needed and could be held liable to injuries that occured.

Also, since Walmart is self insured, they may try to deny a workers comp claim or pay significantly less than needed.

That’s when you’ll need a personal injury attorney if injured on the job at Walmart.

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April 8, 2022

Electric Bike Accident Lawyer

  https://youtu.be/faZKlRVWly0   Electric Bike accident Lawyer in Nevada Over the last few years electric bikes have become a more popular form of transportation and the prices have come down making the electric bike more…

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Electric Bike accident Lawyer in Nevada

Over the last few years electric bikes have become a more popular form of transportation and the prices have come down making the electric bike more available to more of the population.

Also with the gas prices as they electric bikes as a mode of transportation and not justa recreational vehicle are looking better and better.

But electric bikes are very different from a regular bike and have a whole different set of rules since they are motorized.

If you are in the market for an electric bike you should make it a point to know the laws and the rules and what happens if there ever is an accident while you’re riding your electric bike.

An E-Bike accident can really disrupt your life, don’t sit and wait for the insurance company to help.

Because there is a statute of limitations in Nevada and when you add up lost wages from work and medical bills, you’ll need a good electric bike accident lawyer to fight for you.

 

Why call The Richard Harris Law Firm 

Having an electric bike accident can be a traumatizing experience for anyone and the only thing you should have to worry about is getting life back to normal.

We at The Richard Harris Law Firm can handle all aspects of your case from start to finish.

We offer free case reviews and consultations.

The Richard Harris Law Firm has staff available 24 /7, we are a multi- lingual law firm with many staff members who speak many languages.

We work for our clients to get the largest settlement possible.

Once we have reviewed your case we will not take any money unless we recover a settlement.

We have been in Nevada for over 40 years and have recovered over $1 Billion for our clients.

Call for a free consultation today if you have been injured in an electric bike or motorized bike accident.

 

What is an Electric Bike or E-bike

An electric bike is defined as a bicycle that can be run on full electric power as well as by pedaling or a combination of both.

E-Bikes as they are known come in a variety of sizes, shapes and different motors.

The difference between an e-bike and a moped is that a moped weighs much more than an e-bike and can’t be pedaled as easily as an e-bike if the moped has pedals at all..

Basically e-bikes are the new moped.

In the US The Consumer Product Safety Commission defines electric bikes as a two or three wheeled vehicle with low speed power and full use of the pedals as well.

The consumer product safety commission also regulates the standards of manufacturing of electric bikes in the US but most laws regarding the use of e-bikes are state based.

 

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What are the Laws to Ride an Electric Bike in Nevada

The US regulates the manufacturing and safety standards of electric bikes but each state has its own laws for operating electric bikes.

The following are a few laws that everyone should be aware of:

  1. In Nevada you do not need a license to operate an electric bike but you do need a license of any class to operate a motorized bike or moped.
  2. Electric bike riders do not require a helmet but it is strongly recommended to prevent injury or even death. A moped or motorized bike rider requires a helmet inNevada.
  3. All traffic laws that automobile drivers are responsible for are the same laws that motorized bike and moped drivers are responsible for as well. 
  4. DUI- In the case of electric bikes a person charged with DUI might be only charged with reckless endangerment, however if riding a moped while drunk you will be charged with DUI and your license is likely to be suspended.

 

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Injuries Associated with an E Bike Accident

Like all other accidents e-bike injury can range from minor to very severe including death.

You should always wear a helmet when riding an electric bike even though it’s not required.

It can mean the difference between minor injuries or life threatening injuries based on just wearing a helmet.

The following are the most common injuries associated with electric bike accidents:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Abrasions / lacerations/ contusions
  • Dislocations of the shoulder, elbow, and knee
  • Head Injuries-TBI ( traumatic brain injury), concussions
  • Internal injuries- Internal bleeding punctured organs
  • Spinal cord injuries/ paralysis

 

These are the most common injuries that occur when you have a bike or electric bike accident.

Usually on a regular bike the injuries can be significantly less because the bike is only going as fast as you can pedal.

But electric bikes are going as fast as 20 miles an hour and this might not seem like much, but even at 20 miles per hour an electric bike accident can be devastating.

If you are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle the injuries can be devastating. 

If you have been injured in an electric bike accident call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free case review.

 

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What Damages can I Recover From my electric Bike accident

If you are injured in an electric bike accident and you are not at fault you stand to recover financially for your injuries. 

Some of the damages that you may be able to recover are compensatory damages that include any thing lost due to the accident including payment for medical bills current and future.

Lost wages also current and future, property damages that occurred due to the accident.

Another form of damages that can be awarded after an e-bike accident is for pain and suffering, this is often at the discretion of the judge or jury in the case.

The final financial award that can be awarded to an e-bike accident victim is punitive damages, these are damages that a judge or jury imposes on the defendant in a case and it is basically as a form of punishment.

If you were injured in an electric bike accident we can recover the highest settlement available by law.

Our firm has been recovering large settlements for over 40 years in Las Vegas and all of Nevada, so call The Richard Harris Law Firm Today.

 

Who is at Fault in my Electric Bike accident

Who is at fault in any accident is always the question, sometimes it’s easy to determine who is the victim and who was the at faulty party in an accident.

Sometimes however this can be more difficult to determine especially when involved in an accident with an electric bike.

Distracted drivers are notorious for causing bicycle accidents in Las Vegas.

Most people assume that if you are involved in an e-bike accident with a motor vehicle that the motorist is at fault but sometimes you the e-bike rider might be at fault.

Since, like the internet the laws are trying to catch up with technology, the same applies to the laws and e-bikes.

But in Nevada determining who is at fault is based on the current laws about e-bikes and motorists in a car.

For example, Nevada statute NRS 4848.270(1) states that the driver of a motor vehicle shall not intentionally interfere with the movement of a person lawfully riding an electric bike. 

So this means that if a driver intentionally goes around or turns in front or cuts off the rider of an e-bike who is just riding correctly if an accident occurs then the driver will be at fault since they caused the accident by breaking the law.

Nevada also has  comparative negligence which means that if both parties are at fault in some way then the court based on evidence will attach a percentage of at fault to each party.

If the driver of the car is deemed 90% at fault based on evidence and the e-bike rider is 10% at fault then the e-bike riders settlement will be decreased by 10% because they were 10% at fault.

An experienced attorney like The Richard Harris Law Firm will fight to make sure you receive the maximum payment available after an electric bike accident.

 

 

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April 7, 2022

Amazon Truck and Van Accident Lawyer

  https://youtu.be/mZ1vVUn74vg Amazon Truck Accident Lawyer  As Amazon has become the world's biggest online retailer or reseller its delivery service has gotten bigger and bigger. Amazon's shipping is based on speed of service like Prime…

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As Amazon has become the world’s biggest online retailer or reseller its delivery service has gotten bigger and bigger.

Amazon’s shipping is based on speed of service like Prime one day shipping.

This forces Amazon drivers to deliver a large amount of packages in a short period of time.

Amazon is known for putting profit over the safety of its employees in its warehouses.

Having employees work long hours with shift quotas.

Over the years as Amazon has grown its employee safety record has gotten significantly worse and this includes the drivers for Amazon.

However most people don’t know that Amazon delivery drivers don’t directly work for Amazon.

Drivers for Amazon are considered independent contractors or gig workers ( we all remember that term from the pandemic).

Essentially gig workers or independent contractors are drivers that use their own vehicles to deliver packages for Amazon, they are paid after finishing a route of deliveries and not per hour.

Also Amazon has Delivery Service Partners( DSP) that employ its own drivers and in this instance drivers are paid via the DSP and not Amazon.

Hiring Drivers

By hiring outside companies or employing independent contractors Amazon avoids paying benefits and unemployment insurance to the drivers.

Amazon also creates a barrier between the company and the delivery services to avoid being held responsible for accidents or other problems associated with most delivery services.

That’s why when you are involved in an accident with an Amazon truck it may be difficult to determine who is at fault and who is responsible for your medical bills or who to file a personal injury case against.

Going up against a Goliath such as Amazon can be a daunting and scary task.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation if you were injured in an accident involving an Amazon driver.

Common FAQ’s – 

What happens if I crash an Amazon truck?

Can you sue Amazon for injuries in car crash?

How to file a claim with Amazon Flex?

Does Amazon cover car accidents?

 

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What to Do After an Accident Involving an Amazon Driver

Like most other accidents there are several steps you should take immediately after an accident involving an Amazon driver.

  1. Report the accident- immediately call the police a report the accident 
  2. Seek Medical Attention- Even if you don’t think you need medical attention you should always get checked out. You may have injuries that are not visible and it’s always a good idea since this can help you with any future claims with either insurance companies or any parties held responsible for the accident
  3. Gather evidence- This includes witness statements, video or photos, police reports, insurance information for anyone involved in the accident and finally a police report. Medical records are also considered evidence in an accident.
  4. Report the accident to your insurance company- Even if you think you are not responsible for the accident you must report it to your auto insurance carrier.
  5. Contact a personal injury attorney- This after getting medical care could be the most important thing you do. If you think the driver for Amazon is at fault hire an attorney before you speak with anyone working for Amazon. They have a huge pool of legal representation on their side so should you. If you have been injured in an Accident with an Amazon driver in Nevada call The Richard Harris law firm today.

 

Who is at Fault in an Accident with an Amazon Driver

Determining who is at fault in any accident is difficult but when you’re involved in a crash with an Amazon driver  it gets very confusing as to who is actually at fault and who needs to be held responsible.

Since some Amazon drivers are independent contractors and use their own vehicles can Amazon be held responsible?

Like Lyft or Uber these independent contractors are only employed by Amazon while on the clock and delivering for Amazon and this can be difficult to prove.

In a lot of cases the independent contract drivers for Amazon use their own vehicles and therefore use their own insurance.

Amazon requires the contractors to carry liability insurance that is equal to that required by municipal governments for delivery drivers.

So they are required to have extra liability insurance but like other independent contractors that work for ecommerce like Uber or Lyft enforcing the extra insurance can be difficult or not at all.

So if  you are involved in an accident with an Amazon driver who is an independent contractor then the personnel insurance of the driver is the insurance that will cover the accident.

Amazon does have extra insurance but only when the drivers are on the clock and delivering for the company.

The other drivers who work for Amazon are Delivery Service Partners ( DSP) who are separate delivery services that provide drivers and work out of the Amazon warehouse.

You may have seen a fleet of Amazon drivers leaving a warehouse together at one time in what looks like Amazon delivery vehicles and they are Amazon delivery trucks but operated by delivery service partner drivers.

The Delivery Service Partners pay these drivers and not Amazon.

If you are involved in an accident with these drivers then The Delivery Service partner company is the responsible party and you should contact them.

As you can see, since Amazon essentially shields himself from responsibility by hiring independent contract drivers or hiring Delivery Service Partners it can be difficult to prove that Amazon has any responsibility in an accident involving an Amazon driver.

 

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Compensation for Injuries After an Accident

Can you be compensated after an accident involving an Amazon driver?

The simple answer is yes.

Nevada is an at fault state allowing accident victims to pursue financial remedies based on who is at fault.

You can recover for medical expenses, lost property, future medical expenses, rehabilitative services, and my other bills that are associated with the accident. 

 

Victims can Recover Lost Wages

Lost wages is very important because lost wages doesn’t just cover lost wages for the time you missed from work immediately after the accident, it also covers lost future earrings if you are unable to work in the future due to your injuries.

This also covers time off from work to attend medical treatments that are associated with the accident.

Lost wages that would have been earned by the sole provider of the family if the provider dies in the accident.

Pain and suffering and punitive damages are other compensation that a victim can recover for in Nevada.

This includes physical or emotional pain like PTSD.

Punitive damages are assigned to punish the defendant for negligence.

Punitive damages are always at the discretion of the court and sometimes can be very high based on how the court feels the defendant was reckless.

The Richard Harris Law Firm will get the highest settlement allowable by law if you were injured in an accident involving an Amazon delivery driver call today.

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April 6, 2022

Lyft Car Accident Lawyer In Nevada

  https://youtu.be/bWX94oC0PJs Lyft Car Accident Lawyers Everyone uses Lyft these days, especially in a tourist area like Las Vegas. Las Vegas used to be a town that let everyone park for free but that no…

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Lyft Car Accident Lawyers

Everyone uses Lyft these days, especially in a tourist area like Las Vegas.

Las Vegas used to be a town that let everyone park for free but that no longer exists.

So people who come to town are less likely to rent a car, and have to pay to park every day.

That’s where Uber and Lyft come in, in most cases taking a ride share service is a less expensive option than renting a car or taking a taxi, for some reason taxis are still more expensive and less reliable than rideshare services.

With all these Lyft drivers out on the road the chances of accidents happening while in a Lyft are much greater.

However since Lyft is a rideshare service with a third party driver the fault in a Lyft accident becomes very confusing and hard to figure out.

Determining who is at fault in a Lyft accident and getting you the compensation you deserve after the accident is the job of The Richard Harris Law Firm.

If you were injured as a passenger in Lyft or as a Lyft driver, then call our Lyft accident lawyers today for help here in Las Vegas.

 

What to do After an Accident in a Lyft

First after any accident you should seek medical attention.

Even if you don’t think you need medical assistance it’s a good idea to go get checked out anyway for many reasons.

Medical bills can pile up and you don’t want to pay for those later on.

You may have injuries that you are unaware of.

Going forward when filing against Lyft or any other rideshare service you will have medical records for documentation of your injuries.

Second, report your accident to the police.

Many Lyft and rideshare passengers assume that Lyft or the Lyft driver will report the accident to the police.

Most of the time they will but to be sure you should make sure you as the passenger should make sure you give a statement to the appropriate authorities and make sure you do the same things you would do in a regular car accident.

For example taking photos or video where available.

Getting as much information as possible from witnesses, the Lyft driver, and the police.

Documenting anything you can like the weather, construction or any other outside factors that may have an affect on the accident and any case against Lyft.

Do What You Need to Do

In the beginning you should be your own investigator.

The third thing you need to do is notify Lyft.

This is extremely important and no matter what the Lyft drivers say, they will report the accident and for you not to worry about it.

You should never assume they will report the incident.

Always report the accident yourself either via the Lyft app or the website or by calling the Lyft critical response team.

This team responds to all Lyft accidents or any other incidents that happen while you are a passenger in a Lyft.

This includes all accidents, robberies and even assaults committed by drivers or passengers.

 

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Who Insures Lyft drivers

Understanding Lyft can be very confusing, who actually insures Lyft drivers at a certain time and who is ultimately responsible in a Lyft accident.

There are several scenarios that occur when someone is driving for Lyft and when someone is a passenger in a Lyft.

First is a Lyft driver, who is considered an independent contractor despite all the recent legal attempts by Lyft drivers.

Lyft does not employ drivers; they are independent contractors therefore they work for themselves technically.

If a Lyft driver who independently drives for Lyft is off the clock, meaning they are not using the Lyft app at the time and has no passengers or has not opened the app to work at the time of the accident, the drivers personal insurance will be covering the vehicle for any accidents.

Second, if the same driver has opened the Lyft app and is accepting passengers  but has not accepted any rides the driver’s personal insurance is still involved.

But Lyft’s contingent policy is also included.

This is why this is so confusing as to who do you go after when filing a claim against Lyft.

And Finally if a Lyft driver has accepted a ride and there are passengers in the car, the car is no longer a personal vehicle but rather a commercial vehicle even though again, Lyft drivers are considered independent contractors.

The vehicle since it is now considered a commercial vehicle is insured by Lyft’s commercial insurance if it is involved in an accident.

Understanding this insurance system can be difficult so having an experienced Lyft accident lawyer who knows the system is a good idea.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm for a free consultation.

We have been representing clients in Lyft accidents since Lyft began.

 

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Who is at Fault in a Lyft Accident

This is always a complex answer and that’s why you need to hire an attorney that specializes in accidents and other incidents when in a Lyft.

When accidents occur there can be many reasons they occur and determining who is at fault can be difficult.

Sometimes the Lyft driver is solely responsible for an auto accident but is Lyft responsable since  they were driving for Lyft at the time?

There is also the chance that the driver while driving for Lyft may have mechanical failure of the car that is a manufacturing defect by the manufacturer of the car.

So in this case is Lyft, the driver, or the car manufacturer at fault for the accident?

Now you can see how difficult it is to determine who is actually at fault in an accident when riding in a Lyft.

Before seeking any type of remedy via the court system the accident victim needs to determine the at fault parties, once that has been determined then you can seek damages from the court.

At Fault State

Nevada is an at fault state when it comes to accidents so you can seek a financial resolution from the at fault parties though either insurance or through a personal injury claim with the court.

When you seek a personal injury claim you’ll need a good attorney to navigate the court system for you.

If you are considering filing a personal injury claim after an accident involving Lyft you should call The Richard Harris Law Firm.

We can help you determine the right path and help you investigate who is actually at fault.

There is a statute of limitations in Nevada so don’t delay getting help.

 

Were you  Sexually Assaulted in a Lyft?

Accidents are not the only things that happen when riding in a Lyft or other rideshare service.

Recently there has a been a rise in sexual assaults reported among Lyft riders.

There are many reasons that this happens but as a victim of sexual assaults you have rights.

The reasons this can occur under the Lyft platforms includes-

  1. Hiring practices- Lyft only does a background check up to 7 years. So any criminal activity prior to the 7 years will not show up in a background check. They never actually interview drivers or interact with them on a personal level. All hiring is based on the driver’s driving record and car.
  2. Improper training- Lyft offers no real training regarding sexual harassment or driving since they are considered independent contractors they are not required to through the training that you get at a corporate job.
  3. Can’t verify information- When you sign up to driver Lyft you set up an account via the Lyft app. Lyft cannot verify that its actually the person setting up the account is the actual driver. A predator can create a fake account and Lyft would never be able to verify it.

 

Most assaults occur after a person has been incapacitated like after a night out of drinking when the victim is not fully aware.

So you order a Lyft after you’ve been drinking instead of driving because you think you’re doing the right thing.

People assume that since the information is on your phone that you will be safe but that isn’t always the case.

Since Lyft and other rideshare companies are fairly new the information available on sexual assults among Lyft drivers is limited.

If you have been assaulted by a Lyft driver you can seek damages above and beyond criminal charges.

You can also file civil charges against Lyft and the driver if you have been sexually assaulted in a Lyft.

These cases can be difficult since most occur while the victim is under the influence.

If you think you were assaulted in a Lyft ride you need to contact an attorney immediately.

The Richard Harris Law Firm will fight for your rights, after all you’ve been through you need someone on your side to help you navigate the difficult road ahead.

Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you think you were the victim of sexual assault in a Lyft.