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Bed Bug Lawyer in Nevada
Bed Bugs Are a Problem Las Vegas is known for being a hospitality city. It invites everyone from all over the world to visit. The bed bugs aren’t invited but do however show up.…Read more
Bed Bugs Are a Problem
Las Vegas is known for being a hospitality city.
It invites everyone from all over the world to visit.
The bed bugs aren’t invited but do however show up.
This is unfortunately an issue and the Nevada Department of Agriculture are well aware.
The problem seems to be more common than we may think.
It appears that bug exterminators are kept really busy in the tourist cities in Nevada.
This means Reno and Laughlin too.
Nevada is also a community that is constantly growing.
People are moving into our cities by the thousands every month.
Apartments and residences throughout the state are having bed bug issues more than ever.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be a real nightmare.
If you happened to get them in a hotel and casino property and take them back home with you the problems will only continue.
How Can We Help?
If you have been harmed in any way because of your exposure to bed bugs it is possible that you may be entitled to compensation.
Claims can be filed against landlords, hotel owners or maybe an AirBnb rental.
There is a responsibility for them to keep their properties clean and free of dangers.
Bed bugs can do some serious damage to those that come in contact with them.
The Richard Harris Law Firm can help with a bed bug lawsuit.
We are here to protect your rights and give you legal advice and support if you want to pursue a bed bug claim.
Call, email or just come by the office for a free consultation.
How To Avoid Bedbugs
There are some things that you can do in order to minimize the risk of bed bugs.
Some of the hotels and strip properties understand that this is a serious issue and actually have techniques to reduce these annoying bugs.
Some properties have designed the rooms with this in mind.
When you get to a room you should always check it for bedbugs.
Look under the sheets and see if the mattress has any signs of these critters.
There will be spots and stains left on the mattress that will be a giveaway.
There are sprays that you can get that will stop bed bugs from getting in your luggage.
It is important to always keep your clothes and luggage off the floor.
Keep your suitcase closed at all times when not getting something out of it.
There is no way to completely avoid bed bugs, but if you see any signs of them you should definitely ask for another room.
Bed Bug Info to Know
When we think of bed bugs the name makes it sound like they are found only in the beds, sheets, pillows, mattresses etc.
This may be true in some instances, but they can also be found in luggage, carpet, couches, and furniture.
While a person is sleeping the bugs are seeking their next victim.
They tend to feed on humans and get on the skin and bite for blood.
This can have a wide variety of problems when these bugs come in contact with you.
They may be difficult to spot if you are unaware and not looking for them.
Some of the symptoms include –
- Skin rashes
- Psychological effects
Getting bed bug bites can have an effect on your day to day life.
Missing work due to infestation can cause financial loss.
It is possible to file a claim against a hotel or landlord to get back these damages.
Bed bugs can also leave a person with unnecessary medical expenses from an unclean environment that was not their fault.
Having a personal injury attorney that understands bed bug cases can be a big help.
Richard Harris is here to fight for you and get you the maximum compensation.
We have been helping clients in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada since 1980.
Allergic Reactions can Occur From Bed Bugs
Bites can lead to many different health problems.
Infections of the skin can occur from scratching the area.
In some cases, a bed bug bite can lead to respiratory issues like asthma.
There are treatments that can help to reduce the pain, swelling and other symptoms.
Bed bug bites can also cause sleep issues and stress on a person.
They are not to be taken lightly.
The time that it takes for bed bug symptoms to go away can be around 2 weeks if properly treated.
In more serious cases they can affect a person much longer.
Bed Bug Lawsuits and Compensation
Most bed bug lawsuits in Las Vegas will tend to be against landlords of an apartment complex or a hotel property owner.
All personal injury cases have their own set of circumstances, facts and evidence that will determine just how much money can be recovered.
The amount of medical expenses and lost wages along with pain and suffering will be considered when filing a lawsuit.
Call our lawyers today to get answers.
Obviously if the injury goes away in two weeks and you are able to get back to your day-to-day routine the amount will be less.
Either way Richard Harris will fight to get you the max compensation that you deserve.
Can I Sue my Apartment Landlord for Bed Bugs?
Landlords have an obligation to keep a property clean and safe.
There are times where a property owner may be totally unaware that there is any issue at all.
Other times a tenant may bring the issue to the landlord’s attention and they do nothing to help.
In this situation a landlord can be held liable for damages from bed bugs.
If the tenant repeatedly expresses concern for this issue and infestation continues that is a problem.
It is important to put your complaints in writing so there is a paper trail that shows you have reported the bed bugs.
Richard Harris can put together a winning case that can help you.
Can I Sue a Hotel Casino for Bed Bugs?
Whether it is Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Wynn, Golden Nugget, Venetian, or the Motel 6, it is possible to file a lawsuit.
You need to prove that the bed bug injury was directly related to staying on their property.
With all the different people in and out of hotels and motels in Las Vegas it is easy to see how bed bugs can get into a hotel room.
Once again, a hotel and motel operation have an obligation to their customers to provide a reasonably safe experience for them.
Bed bugs are just one of the ways that a person can be harmed on a Las Vegas property.
If the hotel is informed of the complaint and refuses to act, they can be help responsible for the damages.
Richard Harris and our team of expert personal injury attorneys can file a claim against the casino hotel on your behalf.
Don’t hesitate call us today!
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What to do When a Car Accident Police Report is Wrong
Fix a Car Accident Police Report That Is Wrong If you have ever been in a car accident and received a police report it is important to make sure that it is correct. Fixing…Read more
Fix a Car Accident Police Report That Is Wrong
If you have ever been in a car accident and received a police report it is important to make sure that it is correct.
Fixing a police report that is wrong takes some patience and the ability to communicate well. You might have to contact the police department and the officer who wrote the report. You might be better off calling The Richard Harris Law Firm for help.
Sometimes there are errors in a police report that can make it difficult if you are trying to prove your case.
If you believe that there are errors in the report it is important to address the issue immediately.
Insurance companies and their adjusters look at it and put a lot of stock into what it says.
The police report can be the difference between winning or losing your case.
What Is Included in a Police Report?
When an officer rolls up on an accident there are some basic things that will be included in an accident report.
- Contact information – Getting the names, addresses, insurance, and driver’s license of all those involved in the accident.
- Statements of drivers – Hearing what those involved have to say and how it happened will be in the report.
- Witness Statements – Witnesses can play a major part in lawsuits and figuring out who was at fault.
- Description – This information will include the damages related to the crash.
- Diagram – This is where the officer draws out the accident and how it may have happened according to the statements and his analysis of the crash.
- Pictures – In some of the reports photos of the accident will be added.
- Opinion – The officer may add their opinion of what happened and who is believed to have caused the accident.
Insurance companies will look at all the evidence that they receive and make their own determination on who they think was at fault.
If the information on the police report is inaccurate then you may be able to contest it.
Mistakes That Happen in A Police Report
Police reports may not show all the information that is necessary to draw a conclusion on who is at fault.
Errors of the Facts – These may be the easiest of the errors to get corrected in a report. Facts may be mistaken in a lot of ways. It could be simple errors like the type of car, birthdate of the driver, insurance information, address of the accident location, street names, misspelled names, etc. If you can show that there are mistakes and prove the factual information then a police report can get corrected. Remember when it comes to lawsuits and courts that getting the correct facts are of utmost importance or there can be issues later down the road.
Errors of Excluded Info – This is often referred to as ‘Errors of Omission.’ This type of error can make a huge difference in a case if some of the facts and information of an accident are excluded. This could include a statement that you made to the officer about an injury you may have sustained at the time and somehow this information was not included in the report. Insurance companies love this type of mistake. If you see this in the report it would be wise to reach out to the officer and remind him of the conversation. This could be an important piece to your case and could help you win the lawsuit.
Errors in the Transcription – Errors in the police report will happen from time to time. It could be a mistake like the speed limit or the time of the day. If a report is written from notes later that day or the next day the police officer may not remember things perfectly. This could be problematic for your case if this happens.
Why Errors Are Made in Police Reports?
First of all, police are human and will make errors like everyone else.
They may be rushed, having a stressful day, or their eyes may miss something.
If a police officer believes a witness is telling the truth, then it could sway their opinion of fault.
Their determination of fault could be based on misinformation.
There are many ways that errors can get into a police report.
Here are some of the details in a police report that could be mistaken.
- Time of the crash
- Vehicle information (year, make and model)
- Injuries sustained
- Amount of damage to the vehicles
- Witness statements
- Who was the driver and/or passenger
Every accident has many details that make up the report.
Mistakes will happen, especially when there are multiple vehicles involved in the crash.
Sometimes small mistakes are made that can be easily corrected.
When it comes to disputing who is at fault things get much harder to change.
Get the Help You Need
If you find yourself in an accident and feel as though the police report is wrong, it is important to get the help of a personal injury lawyer that can help you with your case.
Richard Harris and our team of legal experts will give you a fighting chance at correcting the police report and protecting your rights.
It is important to remember that just because a police report may state that you were at fault does not mean that it is always true.
You have every right to defend yourself if you believe that the police report is wrong.
Why Are Police Reports Important to A Claim?
When you are presenting your lawsuit to insurance companies there must be evidence that can support your claim.
A police officer stating who is at fault in an accident can be a key part of the claim.
A police officer is supposed to be impartial when they make their opinion on the report.
If the report is wrong then a person will need to have the proof to show that there was a mistake made.
This is possible and happens more than one may think.
With some investigations it is possible to gather enough information that may show that the report was incorrect.
Pictures, videos, and witnesses are some of the ways that may help the outcome.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the information and present it in a way that might be a big help in your case.
Fighting an Inaccurate Police Report
It could be as easy as asking the officer to change the report and they agree that a mistake was made.
However, there may be some that will refuse to do so until you come up with some compelling information.
- Gather Evidence – Make sure to write all the information down and basically make your own report as to what happened. Take into consideration things like; vehicle type, date, your destination, weather, road conditions, who was in the vehicle with you, what was going on at the moment the accident occurred and what caused the crash. Every detail that you can think about. If the other driver was angry or intoxicated that should be noted. It is important to take your own pictures and videos that can help validate your story.
- Call Richard Harris – Having an experienced lawyer that has been successful can be beneficial. Getting the report changed and setting the record straight will be worth it in the end.
- Speak To the Police Department – It is best to remain respectful when speaking with the officer. Mistakes are usually just an accident so stay professional with the way you approach the officer. Having legal representation will make your claims more credible and serious.
At Richard Harris the first consultation is always free!
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Should You See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident
Visit a Chiropractor After a Car Crash Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident is a good idea, never assume you are just fine and go about your life. Seek medical attention immediately and…Read more
Visit a Chiropractor After a Car Crash
Seeing a chiropractor after a car accident is a good idea, never assume you are just fine and go about your life. Seek medical attention immediately and then schedule a chiro appointment.
An even better idea is to call our personal injury law firm for help before you visit a chiro.
Car accidents happen all of the time.
We all see the results when driving the roads of Las Vegas and nearby areas.
Usually it is a car or two pulled over with law enforcement officers nearby. The people outside of the car (assuming they haven’t already been transported by ambulance to a hospital) have disgruntled looks on their faces.
They know that many hurdles now exist in their future which will be a drain on their time and energy. We simply hope these accidents do not happen to us.
Even if you are a careful driver who practices defensive driving, we can still fall victim to an accident due to the lack of concentration or negligence from another automobile operator.
Getting in a car wreck means that you will have to deal with getting your car fixed, possibly needing to get a rental car and of course dealing with insurance companies.
This most likely means dealing with your insurance company and also the other person’s firm.
Dealing With Insurance Company
Although your agent might be very nice, especially when you got signed up for your auto policy, you probably will not be communicating much with him or her when there is a claim.
Remember the insurance adjuster works for the insurance company and wants to do what’s best for them.
Upon starting the claim, you will probably be directed to a 1-800 number and dealing with people not even located in Nevada.
This is all a headache for most people and rightfully so.
These insurance companies (even your own) are not easy to work with.
Medical Attention is Crucial
Aside from the administrative work that has to happen after a car accident, you also will probably have some medical issues.
Even if you do not feel pain immediately after the crash, you may have symptoms that start showing up 24-72 hours later.
Often times, adrenaline is so high during and after a wreck that people do not experience any pain but later on they do.
After getting in to a wreck of any kind, it is a wise move to contact the Richard Harris Law Firm.
Since 1980, Richard Harris has been helping the people of Clark County and beyond winning more than $1.5 billion dollars.
As we have noted, dealing with insurance companies can be a complete nightmare.
They will try to low ball you on settlement offers and will also give you scare tactics to coerce you into accepting these low settlements.
This is precisely why you want to have someone working for you.
The Richard Harris Law Firm is conveniently located in Downtown Las Vegas.
Consultations are free and you can set one up by phone, email or by stopping by our building.
We recommend you do this as soon as possible after your auto accident.
You should also seek medical assistance as soon as you can after a car wreck.
We can help you along with this process as well.
Within 72 hours of your car accident you should see a chiropractor. Aside from getting the medical help you need, by making and fulfilling an appointment, it also shows support when you make your insurance claim.
Having legal guidance will ensure you make all the right steps which will increase your settlement to ensure that your medical invoices are covered.
5 Reasons to See a Chiropractor
You Need to Minimize Your Pain
Having a chiropractor inspect your joints and areas that are in pain will certainly help as they can provide various types of treatments that involve spinal manipulations.
These types of exercises will help reduce your pain levels. The best part is that this all occurs naturally.
Scar Tissue Needs to be Reduced
After any type of impact (but certainly after a car crash) it can be quite normal for your body to develop scar tissue.
This occurs as the body’s natural attempt for the healing process. Scar tissue is built up by the body from collagen and works to help heal injured tendons, ligaments and muscles.
This same tissue that the body builds up though can eventually cause stiffness and pain which makes it difficult to stay mobile.
A chiropractor can help alleviate this type of issue by breaking up the scar tissue using various techniques. You certainly do not want your injury or pain to get worse over time.
Range of Motion Restoration
After sudden and sharp impact, your neck and back can be damaged which reduces flexibility. We often see this after a wreck when someone is unable to turn their head from side to side.
This is where a chiropractor can be extremely helpful.
Chiropractors Offer Non-Invasive Treatment
No one likes having surgery. Not only do you have to fast for hours before, but you typically get laid up for days afterwards.
There is also a risk with any type of procedure while being under. It really is not a comfortable situation for anyone.
A chiropractor can help and by seeing one in a timely fashion, they can start to work on you so that your injuries do not get worse.
By seeing a chiropractor soon after an accident it can reduce the odds that surgery will be needed. Waiting too long to get help is not a good thing.
Chiropractor Care can Help Your Case
As we referenced earlier, seeking out medical treatment after being in a car crash is very helpful and not just for your body.
If you do not get medical help then it is difficult to prove that you actually were injured.
This is the reason why it is emphasized that you seek out a good chiropractor after an injury. Some people wait because they aren’t in a lot of pain, they hope their injury will just heal on its own.
If you are ever involved in a car accident in Nevada then seek out medical help with a chiropractor as soon as practical.
If injuries are more serious you may want to start off with a general practice doctor or your primary care physician so that they can rule out other, more significant issues.
These types of doctors may give you a referral to see a chiropractor or you can likely setup an appointment on your own.
Richard Harris Law Firm Can Help
As we know, a car accident is the last thing that any of us needs after leaving our homes for work or daily errands.
Being involved in an accident not only hurts physically but also adds stress and anxiety to our already hectic lives.
For most cases, the statute of limitations is two years after being in a car wreck but some exceptions apply.
That is just another reason to reach out to our office as soon as you can because we can help people all over Nevada.
Reno, Spring Valley, Summerlin, Henderson, Laughlin, Pahrump, Sparks, Carson City, North Las Vegas, Downtown LV, etc.
We focus on getting you paid as much money as possible in the fastest time frame available.
We work as quickly as we can to get our settlements paid and will take your case to court if need be.
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What To Do If You Were Injured By Hotel Casino Security
Hotel and Casino Security Injury Lawyers Las Vegas is known as a city that never sleeps. People all over the world come to town for both business and pleasure. World class events, excitement, and…Read more
Hotel and Casino Security Injury Lawyers
Las Vegas is known as a city that never sleeps.
People all over the world come to town for both business and pleasure.
World class events, excitement, and relaxation in some of the finest spas around.
Unfortunately there have been some horrific accidents in Las Vegas that have really changed the way we think of things.
Acts of violence on concert goers like the Mandalay Bay Shooting comes to mind.
The recent stabbing in front of the Wynn is just another crazy event that has occurred on the Las Vegas Strip.
There are many more violent crimes that happen inside the hotels and casinos that don’t get the same amount of press.
Whether it’s on the strip or in downtown Las Vegas, traumatic events have happened and will occur in the future.
Lack of security may allow weapons on a property.
All this is definitely not providing a safe space for guests.
Keeping the guests safe should be the number one priority for these properties.
Richard Harris Law Firm
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a crime in a hotel you are not alone.
The Law Offices of Richard Harris are here to seek justice.
We are well aware of these types of cases and understand how to file a winning lawsuit.
If security is lacking and not providing proper safety for their guests, they can be held liable for the damages that happen.
Being a victim in a violent crime at a Vegas property can be completely life changing.
Serious injury and damages can be shattering.
We are here to help you to pick up the pieces after a hotel and casino injury accident.
Injuries may be both physical and/or psychological depending on the situation.
Hotels and Casinos Must Provide Reasonable Security
Security must always be a top priority at a Las Vegas hotel and casino.
We all understand that not every incident will be the responsibility of the property but they must provide reasonable safety for all their guests.
If there is not reasonable safety provided then they can be held liable and a victim has the right to file a lawsuit for damages.
Having a hotel and casino injury attorney is important if you plan on seeking justice and winning your case.
Ways that a property must provide security include:
- Parking – When a guest arrives on a property they must be able to park their vehicle in a safe parking lot and then be able to safely get out of the vehicle and walk into the hotel. This also means that there must be adequate security to make sure that there are no criminals lurking around in the shadows waiting to attack you. Acceptable lighting must be working and security guards must be surveilling the parking garages and lots.
- Surveillance Cameras – These must be working and monitored to make sure that the property is aware of any danger that is on the property. Cameras can not only help in prevention but footage may be helpful in a lawsuit too.
- Proper Security Procedures – There must be a system in place the does the rounds through out the day and night that is constantly checking for any danger. Making sure that there are no dangerous weapons being brought into the building or on the property is important for safety and prevention. Deadly guns and knives can do serious harm to unsuspecting guests.
- Proper Training – Having security is one thing but they must also have the proper training in order to perform their duties in an emergency situation. If a serious incident happens then emergency assistance needs to be quickly and effectively implemented.
Statue of Limitations in Nevada
In most cases, Nevada has a two (2) year window to act and file this type of lawsuit.
If you miss this window of opportunity then it may be impossible to seek compensation for damages.
Hiring a personal injury attorney that specializes in hotel and casino security lawsuits is important to get the best results.
The longer you wait the harder it may be for us to gather the evidence of the incident. It is best to get an attorney right away.
It is also important that the lawsuit is properly filed or the case may be dismissed.
Contact Richard Harris for the latest information on filing a hotel and casino security injury lawsuit.
Gathering Evidence is Crucial to The Case
The longer you wait to get an attorney the more difficult it will be to gather evidence like; surveillance video, witnesses etc.
Getting pictures, video, and reports from the property sometimes can get lost over time.
Remember the management and owners are all trying to protect themselves from any wrongdoing.
So, thinking they are going to just hand over incriminating evidence is naïve.
Getting a witness to recount what happened will also get harder as the time moves forward.
It is best to gather all this information while the memory is fresh.
Our expert legal team will help get all the evidence and do our own investigation in order to protect your rights.
What Damages Can I Receive in a Hotel and Casino Injury Lawsuit?
If there is a hotel security failure guests may find themselves in serious danger.
A guest may suffer not only property damage but personal injury as well.
This can be devastating and will definitely ruin a vacation to say the least.
Some of the many damages from a hotel injury can include;
- Property Replacement – If you were robbed and property stolen the expenses can be tremendous.
- Medical Costs – We all know how expensive any kind of injury or health related issue can be. The more serious the injury the more expensive the cost of medical care will most likely be. The ER, surgery and rehab are not cheap. Treatment may be ongoing and can add up quick.
- Wages – Loss of employment can be overwhelming to a person’s finances. Wages lost now and, in the future, should all be calculated and considered in the lawsuit.
- Emotional Damage – Having mental anguish from a traumatic experience can be just as harmful to a person as physical injury. This is nothing to be taken lightly. Psychological suffering is not uncommon in these types of events.
Security Issues Can Be Troublesome
Here we will look at some of the potential security problems to be on the lookout for when staying at a hotel and casino property.
- Poor Lighting – Any time that there is inadequate lighting at a hotel the risk for something bad to happen will go up. This could be out in the parking lot or inside the property. Criminals look for this when they are looking to take advantage of someone. Besides assaults a guest can also trip, slip or fall in a dark area and this can also lead to a serious injury.
- Door Locks – These days in Las Vegas most of the hotels will use key cards in order for guests to get in their rooms. There are a couple ways this can cause a dangerous situation. If a guest is not able to quickly get inside their room due to a card key not working it may give extra opportunity to someone with bad intentions. A malfunctioning key reader may also allow others with key cards to access the room which can also put a person at risk.
- Unsafe Windows – When there are windows and sliding glass doors in a hotel room they need to be properly secured. If not then robberies and assaults are more likely to happen.
These simple security issues can be reported in some instances if you are aware of the problems.
Maintenance and staff have a responsibility to make sure these issues are fixed and that the guests are safe.
When Security is Lacking Bad Things Can Happen
We all expect a certain amount of safety when we check into hotel.
When security is not handled properly then dangerous events can occur.
- Robberies – Getting robbed can cause mental trauma to a victim. Even if the person was not physically injured there will be property loss and the mental torment can be just as damaging or even worse. In some robberies there is often physical injury as well.
- Assault – Being attacked can come with multiple injuries. Broken bones, cuts, and bruises along with mental suffering. If the beating is severe, it can be fatal.
- Terrorist Attack – Hotels should now all be implementing safety plans for these types of events. It is sad and unfortunate where this world has gone but security must be ready. Some properties will scan luggage and use metal detectors. Being able to react to a terror attack is vital for Las Vegas hotels and casinos.
Richard Harris works on a contingency basis.
This means that we only get paid if you win your case.
If you have a legitimate claim then we will do everything we can to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
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Were You Injured at a Dottys Casino
Dotty’s Casino Injury Lawyers If you or a loved one has been injured at a Dotty’s casino, contact The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation. Our team of Las Vegas…Read more
Dotty’s Casino Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured at a Dotty’s casino, contact The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Our team of Las Vegas casino injury lawyers work with investigators to gather evidence and maximize the compensation you might be able to collect from your Dotty’s Casino injury.
You pay nothing until we win or settle your personal injury case.
In most cases we can negotiate a settlement in your case without going to court.
But we will go to trial if necessary to fight for the settlement you deserve.
We have represented clients against big casinos for over 40 years.
To schedule a free consultation call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Don’t wait for the insurance company to help solve your problems,
If you were injured in a Dotty’s Casino then seek medical care and contact our injury law firm today.
Common Injuries at a Dotty’s
Patrons who get injured at a Nevada casino can bring lawsuits against the casino for negligence resulting in injuries sustained from many types of accidents including:
Food Poisoning or other related food illnesses
Sexual Assault or harassment
Injuries from employees or other patrons
Our Nevada personal injury team can help you better understand filing claims against a casino
Can I Sue if I’m Injured at Dotty’s
Guests who are injured or hurt at a Nevada casino can file a claim.
Casinos use outside vendors to supply a variety of products, so along with the casino itself and its owners, injured victims might be able to sue:
Other casino employees
The property owners if the casino owners don’t own the property
The parent company of the casino
Third party security company
Food or liquor distribution companies
Other material vendors
The business or entity that you need to file a claim against is not always obvious at the time of your accident.
An experienced lawyer can investigate your claim and find out who is exactly at fault for your injuries.
In Nevada to prove negligence the plaintiff must prove four elements when filing a claim against a casino like Dotty’s.
The casino owed the patron a duty of care
The casino breached that duty
The breach of duty was the legal cause of the patron’s injury; and
As a result of the breach, the patron suffered damages
Duty of care Owed by Casino
The Nevada premises liability law requires that casino operators maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.
This duty extends to all areas of the casino including parking areas, bathrooms, and walkways.
Casinos also have a duty to reasonably protect against all foreseeable injuries.
Included in this duty of care casino owners and operators must (without limitation)-
Take all food preparation and storage precautions to ensure food safety and prevent food poisoning, E coli, and salmonella
Not serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons in casinos, drinking areas or nightclubs
Keep furniture and fixtures stable and in good repair
Clean up spills promptly to prevent slip hazards
Maintain adequate security
Maintain even grounds and floors
Provide adequate lighting throughout the property including parking areas
Keep water from being too hot to cause burns
Maintain safety of casino garages and ground transportation
Be able to provide reasonable aid in an emergency
Comply with federal and state discrimination laws
When a Casino is Liable for an employee
In most cases the person who was responsible for your injuries is the only one responsible, however in Nevada there are a few cases where the business or casino in this case can be held liable for its employees actions.
The employee was performing their job duties and
The employee was negligent
A casino like Dotty’s can also be held liable for its employees if they negligently hire, retain or supervises an employee when:
The casino fails to conduct a reasonable background check to ensure an employee is fit for the position
The casino keeps the employee after being given notice that the employee may be dangerous or
The casino fails to exercise adequate supervision over an employee’s activities.
Damages You Can Recover for an Injury
Guests who are injured at a casino as a result of the casino’s negligence can recover compensatory damages under Nevada law.
Personal injury claims for compensatory damages can include:
Medical expenses including hospitalization, rehab, and medications
Lost earning capacity
Medical expenses and funeral expenses under the Nevada wrongful death law.
You may also be able to recover punitive damages if you were injured intentionally.
Punitive damages may also be awarded if the casino knew about the hazards but chose to do nothing to repair or fix them.
Gross negligence is another reason a victim may recover punitive damages.
Casino Insurance Companies
When you’re injured at a Dotty’s or any other casino you will have to fill out an accident report either before or after getting medical assistance.
Most likely you’ll then be asked to speak with an insurance adjuster about the accident or incident.
We strongly suggest that you don’t speak with them without legal representation.
Insurance companies have one job and that is to make claims go away with as little money as possible.
Insurance adjusters may claim to be on your side and there to help you but their job is to make the claim go away.
They may make you a low ball offer to first settle the claim.
It may sound great but never take that first offer.
Always have an attorney look over any claim offer before accepting them.
Once you accept the offer you may not be able to get compensated for any other damages.
If you don’t take the first offer to settle your claim, the casino might use their risk management team or litigators to intimidate you.
That’s why victims who are injured in a casino should fight for the largest settlement possible available to you.
Our Las Vegas casino injury lawyers can help you determine what damages you may be able to recover as a result of casino negligence.
Dotty’s History and News
Anybody who lives in Vegas knows Dotty’s, but did you know that Dotty’s has 175 locations in Nevada, Oregon, and Montana ?
Many people think Dotty’s is exclusive to Nevada but obviously not.
Dotty’s also didn’t start in Las Vegas but Oregon in 1991.
In 1991 The Oregon Legislature legalized video poker machines to be installed in bars and tavern’s under the umbrella of the Oregon Lottery.
The First poker machines arrived in March of 1992 and in April of that same year 5 Dotty’s locations had already opened.
Dotty’s began opening locations in Nevada in 1995 after getting approved by the Nevada Gaming commission.
By 2002 there were 8 locations in Nevada with 3 more planned in Northern Nevada and Reno.
Dotty’s operates 120 locations throughout the state of Nevada and also has acquired the Hacienda Hotel near Boulder City and The River Palms in Laughlin.
Recently Dotty’s has been in the news for a double shooting outside of a Dotty’s location and the murder of a manager after a patron was robbed at another location.
Most Dotty’s locations are in small strip malls throughout Nevada and they, like every other casino, are open 24 hours.
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What To Do If You Are Injured at a Dog Park in Nevada
Injured at A Dog Park? Dog parks have become a popular spot among dog lovers. Getting your dog out of the house and to a park where it can run around can be a…Read more
Injured at A Dog Park?
Dog parks have become a popular spot among dog lovers.
Getting your dog out of the house and to a park where it can run around can be a lot of fun for the dog and owner.
Some dogs love to be around their fellow dogs and will be able to socialize without incident.
While others may not be so friendly.
Dog parks in Las Vegas seem to be popping up everywhere.
Some of the most popular ones in the Vegas Valley include;
- Dog Park Basin – Northwest
- Kellogg Zaher Dog Park – Summerlin
- Desert Breeze Dog Park – Spring Mountain
- Winding Trail Park – Centennial
- Fire Station Dog Park – Southwest
- Dos Escuelas Dog Park – Henderson
There are times when a dog will not be in the mood.
Just like us humans’ dogs can get annoyed and may not be feeling well.
This can lead to a situation and a dog park injury.
This is usually in the form of a dog bite but can happen other ways as well.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
It is important to hire an attorney if you have been in a dog park injury accident.
Richard Harris is here to help you with all the legal issues that surround this misfortune.
It is important that everyone understands the rules of the dog park and takes them seriously.
When there is an injury due to the negligence of another then you should not be responsible for all the medical bills, vet bills and damages that may come from such an incident.
Call our law offices today.
Our first consultation is always free!
Were here to help you with all your concerns and answer all your questions.
Responsibility of the Dog Owner
If you are a dog owner taking your dog to the dog park it is important to have your dog under control.
If your dog happens to cause injury to another animal or person then you may be held liable for any injury or damages.
Besides a dog biting someone and causing an injury it can also hurt someone by jumping up and knocking a person to the ground.
Having a dog is a big responsibility and as an owner you know that a dog is capable of injuring a human or another animal.
An owner can be found to be negligent if an injury occurs.
Making sure your dog does not hurt another dog, dog owner or innocent bystander is important in dog park safety.
Dog owners have an obligation to keep their furry friends from causing injury to others when they are out in the world and/or at the park.
If there is a dog incident where injuries have occurred then it is possible for the victim to recover compensation for the damages from the accident.
Dog owners can be found liable in accidents outside of a dog park as well.
Attacks with liability can include scenarios where a dog escapes the owners property or cases where the owner does not have the dog on a leash when it is walking it.
If you have been injured by a dog in Las Vegas or Reno (Laughlin, Carson City, Tahoe, Pahrump, Spring Valley, etc.) then it is important to have the legal expertise of a personal injury attorney.
The Richard Harris Law Firm has years of experience in all types of personal injury lawsuits including dog bites and dog park accidents. Don’t hesitate.
Statute of Limitations on Dog Bite Injuries in Nevada?
The state of Nevada has a two (2) year statute of limitations on injuries accidents caused by a dog.
It is critical to file a lawsuit before this deadline passes.
Not every state has the same time frame.
It is important to speak with an injury lawyer if you are involved in a dog park injury case to make sure that you know the current statute of limitations in Nevada.
Safety Guides For a Dog Park
Clark County has some rules that are meant to keep those safe at dog parks throughout the city.
It is important that all dogs be on a leash when they are in the common areas of the county parks.
Sometimes there is some area inside the dog park that has exceptions.
Warnings can be given to anyone who is not going by these rules.
If your dog is wandering around without it’s leash it can be deemed a threat to others on the county property.
If there is a second time that the park police have to warn a dog owner then they can be cited with a ticket.
This law is meant to protect everyone that is sharing the space. Citations can carry a fine of $250.
So, make sure to go by the rules of the dog park.
Dog owners can feel as though they know there dog and that it is no threat to anyone.
There are many cases of the best behaved dog having unpredictable behavior.
Dog bites and injuries sustained by man’s best friend can be serious.
There is no reason to take an unnecessary chance with your dog.
It can be a traumatic experience if you are ever attacked by a dog.
It is recommended to go to the dog park first without your dog in order to check out the space and get a vibe on the park.
Make sure you are familiar with all the rules that are posted.
Even if you have a dog that is happy around other dogs that is not always the case with all dogs.
Getting to know how your dog reacts around other dogs before you go to the park can be helpful.
Getting your dog around other dogs at a young age is important to do.
The more you are prepared and know your dog the better.
Use Dog Park at Your Own Risk
There can be some confusion when it comes to a dog injury accident.
A common-sense consideration would be that the dog that attacks first is the aggressor and usually the one liable.
Most dog parks may have posted signs that read ‘Use at your own risk’.
This does not relieve you or anyone else of the responsibility to follow the rules that the park has put up.
It does mean that you must read and acknowledge the rules.
The rules usually are that if your dog injures another person or dog then you should be responsible for the damages.
Know The Rules
In some cases an owner breaks the rules of the park and puts others at risk.
This could be by not having a collar on their dog or having a breed of dog that is restricted from entering the park.
Dogs that are overly aggressive are not permitted in these parks.
Other reasons could be a dog in heat or just a very young dog that is over excited and not properly able to behave.
The problem is that not all owners are aware of the rules or understand them.
If there is an injury that resulted from breaking the rules of the dog park it is important to have an attorney that can help protect your rights and put together a case that will win and get you compensated for your damages.
What To Do If a Dog Bite Occurs?
When a dog attacks and a dog bites it can be a scary situation.
It is important to try and stay as calm as possible.
When a dog park injury occurs, it can be very emotional for the animal and the owner.
For most owners their dog is a beloved member of the family and seeing an injury to your pet can be stressful.
It is important to get contact information from the owner and try and remain as polite as possible.
Hopefully it is nothing major and you can continue your day.
There may be some minor scratches and cuts that need to be looked at by a veterinarian.
If the damage is more significant then you may need to immediately get to an emergency vet.
Sometimes a dog may attack another owner and results may be similar. There may be excessive bleeding from a bite.
If any of the main veins and arteries are hit it can even be fatal if a person or other dog do not get the medical attention they need quickly. Sharp teeth can rip through skin and tear a person up.
If you are with a kid and they are caught in the middle of an incident the results can be devastating as well.
When dogs get in a fight and become scared they may be hard to control and dangerously excitable.
Biting is a natural behavior for a dog.
Even though we train our pets and try and discourage them from doing so it still will happen.
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What To Do if You Were Injured While Driving For Uber
Injured While Driving For Uber? Driving for Uber is a great way to make some money. It could be full time or just a side hustle. The freedom of making your own schedule is…Read more
Injured While Driving For Uber?
Driving for Uber is a great way to make some money.
It could be full time or just a side hustle.
The freedom of making your own schedule is also very appealing to drivers everywhere.
When you are out on the road the more you drive the more of a risk there is for an accident.
Being an Uber driver, you get to know the streets and can do your best for a safe travel.
An experienced driver can see things coming and react to traffic and a lot of times avoid accidents.
The problem though is that you cannot control the actions of the other drivers on the road.
A car accident can happen when you least expect it due the fault of another, and this affects Uber passengers as well.
Richard Harris Law Firm
If you are an Uber driver and have been injured in an accident it is important to have a personal injury lawyer on your side.
Richard Harris is here to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
Dealing with these types of rideshare lawsuits can be complicated.
Insurance companies and corporate lawyers may try and pay you less then you are entitled too.
Having legal representation in an Uber accident is crucial.
Call the Law Offices of Richard Harris today!
Understanding Uber Insurance
Being an Uber driver involves working with the Uber app.
The app lets you know all the details of the trip.
The entire job is based on this app.
An Uber driver is usually involved in 3 different types of scenarios if they crash with another vehicle.
This has to do with what status they are in when it relates to their app.
- If you are an Uber driver on the app, waiting for the passenger and there is no one in the vehicle at the time of the accident. It is possible in this situation that Uber may give you supplemental insurance coverage if the at fault drivers insurance is lacking.
- If you are an Uber driver and you are not on the app but offline. Uber will not help you out with any insurance coverage. If you are not officially on the app and working then you will have to deal with the insurance and situation on your own. Your own insurance provider will be involved in the event of a crash.
- If you are online working and you have a passenger in the vehicle. If you are hit by another vehicle in this situation and the person that was the cause of the accident doesn’t have enough insurance then Uber should step in and cover all the rest of the damages for you. Uber’s supplemental insurance coverage should then cover anything extra.
What To Do After an Uber Accident?
There are many things that can be done after the accident.
An accident can be traumatic even if just a minor fender bender.
What type of automobile crash were you in, rear-end, t-bone, speeding crash, rollover, head-on, red light, stop sign, etc.
It is important to try and stay calm if you can.
- Make sure that you are safe – If you have passengers check and see if they are injured. If they need immediate medical treatment call 911 for help.
- Get the Police – It is important to file a report with the police. Hopefully they will speak with everyone involved. Having proof of the accident with the police can be important and help your case.
- Get Contact Information – It is crucial to get all the information that you can from all involved and witness as well. Phone number, license plate, insurance information etc. are all important.
- Pictures and Video – Get the phone out and start to document everything that you can that will show how the accident happened and the vehicles involved. The more pictures and video the better. Later you can go through it all and organize. A picture can tell a lot about the scene and who is at fault. Getting pictures of the crash is key. Getting pics of the injuries sustained is also a good thing to do.
- File a Claim with Uber – The Uber form should be filled out by the driver and any other passenger that were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. These forms will ask some straightforward questions on the accident. Once submitted Uber will follow up and check on everyone and get more details.
- Get to the ER – Get the help that is needed to anyone that was injured. It is important to get all the injuries evaluated with a medical professional. It is recommended that even if you are not sure that you are injured to get looked at anyways. Sometimes the adrenaline from the accident can mask the injuries.
- Call Richard Harris – Get yourself an expert personal injury attorney that can guide you through an Uber accident. Our law firm has years of experience dealing with Uber injury accidents in Nevada.
- Call Insurance – It is recommended to hire an attorney before you get a hold of your insurance company if you plan on filing a lawsuit.
Uber Driver Can Prepare Ahead of Time
Uber gives the driver the option to carry additional optional injury protection coverage.
This will provide coverage if an accident occurs and may even cover lost wages.
It is important that the driver has all their own personal insurance and give Uber all the information in advance.
There are rideshare protection policies that a driver can get that will really be useful if there is an injury accident.
Installing a camera inside the car can also be useful in protecting yourself from any situation that may arise.
Uber accidents can get intricate if there are passengers and multiple vehicles involved.
Any way that makes it easier to prove your case will help.
It is also important to remember that when your Uber app is off the insurance coverage is much less then if the Uber app is turned on.
Keep the driving to a minimum when the app is off so your risk of an accident is minimal.
We Work on A Contingency Basis
There are many different ways that a lawyer bills their clients.
They can charge by the hour, flat rate or work on a contingency basis.
A contingency fee arrangement means that we will only get paid if we win your case and you receive compensation.
We will get a percentage of the money received for the monetary damages.
The good news is that there is no upfront payment that you will have to come up with.
If we decide to take on your case, we will then receive an agreed upon percentage of the damages awarded.
The first consultation at Richard Harris is always free, as we are known to be the Best Uber accident lawyers in Las Vegas.
It is important to feel comfortable and know that we are here to protect you and get you maximum compensation for your damages.
If you have any questions, we are here to answer them.
How Long Does an Uber Injury Settlement Take
Every Uber lawsuit is unique.
Some lawsuits will be settled within maybe 6 months, while other more complicated injury accident claims may take longer.
Negotiations are not always a slam dunk and may take some time to work out compensation that can be agreed upon.
When negotiations fail it may then need to go to trial.
Some injuries (broken ribs, face injury, etc.) may have complications after treatment.
For example, a person needing surgery may later get staph infection and may need more treatment.
In some cases, where the injuries are serious a person may not be able to return to their normal life and lose employment.
Having The Law Offices of Richard Harris can be very valuable in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Can Uber File a Claim on A Drivers Behalf?
Uber can file an insurance claim with the person who was the cause of accidents insurance company on a driver’s behalf.
If there was negligence in the accident that was the cause of the crash a claim can be filed.
This usually will happen if Uber is confident that there was carelessness by the other driver that caused the accident.
It is also possible that they will not take action on your behalf.
You can then get your own representation and pursue your own insurance claim.
Richard Harris Knows Uber Injury Cases
We have been serving our clients in Las Vegas since 1980 and have been at the forefront of rideshare injury accident lawsuits.
Our attorneys have a winning record and a long history of earning our client’s max compensation.
We will take the time to get all the facts and build a compelling case that will be successful.
Working with investigators and other experts to gather the evidence needed is important.
This is enormously useful when presenting the case to the insurance companies during negotiations or a jury at trial.
An Uber injury accident can be multifaceted and it is in your best interests to have a knowledgeable team of attorneys protecting your rights.
Contact us by phone, email or come by the office.
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Injured at a Pts Pub In Nevada
Common Injuries at PT Pubs Nobody goes out to a bar or restaurant thinking that they might end up getting injured, but it does happen fairly often. In cites like Las Vegas where people can…Read more
Common Injuries at PT Pubs
Nobody goes out to a bar or restaurant thinking that they might end up getting injured, but it does happen fairly often.
In cites like Las Vegas where people can drink 24 hours a day it definitely causes problems that other states like California don’t experience.
Patrons that are injured at a PT’s Pub can hold the bar responsible for injuries including:
No Security or Lacking Security
Negligence of club or bar employees
Falling and wet floors
Failure to get medical attention
Assault by another patron
Richard Harris Law Firm
Since 1980 we’ve been helping accident injury victims in Nevada.
It doesn’t matter if you break a bone or suffer a serious head injury, out team of top attorneys are here to help.
Don’t sit and wait for the insurance company or PT’s Pub to write you a big fat check!
We offer free consultations where we will discuss your options.
Use our own investigative team to gather evidence including video, photo’s, witness statements , medical reports , police reports.
Find other liable parties not just the owners but other vendors.
Negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company on your behalf.
We will handle all correspondence between all parties involved in your case.
Will advise you of all settlement offers.
We prepare and file lawsuits by the statute of limitations in Nevada (usually 2 years).
When these instances occur and injuries happen due to negligence then someone needs to be held responsible.
Companies like Golden Entertainment have a slew of legal representatives to fight claims, so you should call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you’ve been injured while at a PT’s Pub.
Who’s Liable for Injuries at PT Pubs
In Nevada the responsibility for a negligent act is usually limited to the person who committed the act.
However under certain circumstances, a bar or nightclub owner like PT Pubs can be held liable for the actions of its bouncers, bartenders and other employees.
In the following examples the bar owner or operator can be held liable for a guest injury when:
An employee of the bar or club negligently performs their regular job functions. For example, a bartender continues to serve an obviously intoxicated person and that guest ends up being hurt at the bar by falling.
The bar or club is guilty of bad hiring practices or guilty of lack of supervision if its staff.
If a club owner is notified that an employee is sexually harassing other employees and does nothing about and that employee ends up sexually assaulting someone the club can be held liable since they were made aware of a situation prior to the assault and did nothing to stop it.
The bar or club has discriminatory practices. Both Federal and Nevada law make it illegal for businesses to discriminate based on gender, gender identity , or sexual orientation. For example if the strip club doesn’t offer a ladies room but has a men’s room even though ladies work there and there are lady patrons, or if a club offers discounts to one gender and not the other No More ladies nights at the club.
When an employee commits an intentionally wrongful act. Usually the person who acts negligent or commits an intentional act will be held responsible, however if the club or bar was negligent in its hiring and supervision practices it might be liable for the employee’s actions. Some examples of intentional acts by employees where the pub could be held liable are: sexual harassment, sexual assault, assault and battery, discrimination, defamation and invasion of privacy.
Also, the owners of PT Pubs Golden Entertainment can be held liable for their employees actions as well as some companies like food vendors if you get food poisoning from eating at a PT Pubs.
An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate your case and determine who exactly is at fault and who you can recover damages from.
Damages Possible From Injury at PT Pubs
If it is determined that your injuries are from negligence or intentional acts of the employees, owners or vendors of the bar or nightclub, then you can recover damages for:
Lost earning potential
Pain and suffering
If your case involves gross negligence or extreme wrongful behavior that was completely avoidable you may be able to recover punitive damages for injuries sustained and a PT Pubs.
Punitive damages are damages that are solely awarded as a punishment for malicious or incredibly reckless behavior.
Any punitive damages are awarded in addition to any other damage awards.
How Long To file an Injury Claim?
To file a personal injury claim against PT Pub’s or any other bar or nightclub in Nevada you must file within two years of the incident.
If the victim dies from their injuries the time to file is within two years of the date of the victims death for the injuries.
If the victim is a minor the victim’s parent or guardian can file a claim within two years.
If the minor wants to file they must wait until they are 18 and it is two years from the time they turn 18.
What if I’m Partially to Blame?
Let’s face it, if you’re at a PT Pubs there is probably some drinking and gambling going on and this can be the partial reason you got injured in the first place.
Under Nevada’s comparative negligence shared fault law, a plaintiff can still recover damages as long as one or more defendants were at least 50% liable for the plaintiff’s injuries.
The amount the victim can recover will be reduced by the extent that the plaintiff is liable.
For example if you as the victim are awarded $100,000 in damages from your injury at the club or bar but the jury decides that you were 40% percent responsible, then your award would be reduced by $40,000 and you would receive only $60,000.
Injured by Another Customer at PT Pub’s
Listen, we all know that alcohol can be a major factor in club and bar injuries since fights become more common when alcohol is involved.
Usually a business is not responsible for a patrons wrongful act.
However, the club or bar has a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent injury to their guests and employees.
This includes providing adequate security and supervision on its premises.
If a bartender sees a customer put something in someone else’s drink and does nothing about it at the time and the victim is later sexually assaulted, the bar can be held liable because they knew about it beforehand.
If you have questions about an injury you suffered while being at a PT’s Pub then call today for a FREE consultation.
PT’s Pub History and News
If you live and work in Las Vegas you have probably been to one if not more of the P.T Pubs Taverns at one time or another.
Since most of us have been in a PT’s Pub at least once we all know that no matter what time of day you show up at PT’s there are always six people in the bar and wonder how this place stays open and makes money.
But they do, with operating 24 hours a day and on site video gambling machines, pool tables, and other on site games, PT’s have something for everyone.
PT’s Pub has been in the news for tragic events like a shooting.
If you thought it was just PT Pubs you would be wrong.
PT’s is owned and operated by Golden Entertainment that was founded in 2015 when Golden Gaming and Lake Entertainment merged.
The PT stands for Phil and Tom Boeckle the original owners of PT’s Pub.
So besides the PT Pubs locations, the company also owns 9 casinos in Nevada and 1 casino in Maryland.
Also the PT’s brand includes PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing, Sierra Gold, SG Bar and Sean Patrick’s all owned and operated by Golden Entertainment.
PT’s are known for their happy hour and as a place to watch sports.
Since Las Vegas is a 24 hour a day town and nothing ever closes even PT’s, there are some times when this creates a greater risk for injury or accident to the patrons and staff.
With a 24 hour business and then mix in alcohol and gambling this can create a recipe for disaster.
If you have been injured at a PT’s or any other bar or club in Las Vegas call a lawyer with experience in bar or nightclub injuries.
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Accident Attorneys For Moving Truck Injuries
Moving Truck Accident Lawyers If you are ever injured in an accident with a moving truck please contact the Richard Harris Law Firm. Our firm is well versed with all laws in Nevada and…Read more
Moving Truck Accident Lawyers
If you are ever injured in an accident with a moving truck please contact the Richard Harris Law Firm.
Our firm is well versed with all laws in Nevada and can help you seek out the damages you need to get back to normal.
As with most accidents, you did not ask for it but were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Because of that, there is no need for you to have to take on all of the financial responsibilities on your own.
Even if you have medical insurance you are still coming out of pocket with many costs.
Major medical insurance typically offered by your employer will pay the majority of your expenses but they often come with co-pays and deductibles in which you are responsible for paying.
Not only that, but loss of time from work (having to go to doctor appointments or not even being able to work due to an injury) are not paid by the insurance.
Call Richard Harris Law Firm
The Richard Harris Law firm has been around since 1980.
We are conveniently located in downtown Las Vegas along with a Reno office, and do not require an appointment.
If you have been involved in an moving truck injury accident then you should reach out to us.
It is not wise to wait so drop in to our office at your convenience or feel free to call or email us to get your initial strategy meeting going.
We have been helping injury victims in Nevada since 1980.
We have won over $1 Billion for our clients.
If you want to hire the Best then call us today.
Injuries Caused by Moving Trucks in Nevada
It should be no surprise that moving van and truck accidents are a common occurrence in Nevada when one realizes how low the barrier to entry is for driving a moving truck.
To get access to a moving vehicle, a person really just needs to meet the necessary requirements.
Typically, a person just needs a driver’s license and sufficient funds to pay the moving truck rental company (U-Haul, Ryder, Enterprise).
There usually is no training provided by the moving company which really sets the driver up for failure.
Of course then there are the companies that use big moving trucks like Allied, North American, International Van Lines, etc.
Common Injuries in Moving Truck Accidents
Broken bones – we see this all the time.
Head injury – even a minor head injury can be serious.
Amputation – a very sad and tragic outcome.
Neck and back – very common in all motor vehicle crashes.
Spine injury – seeking medical care is crucial after the crash.
Knee and foot – knee and foot/ankle injuries are no joke.
Chest pain – from air bags deployed or hitting steering wheel.
The driver has their license so they are accustomed to the rules of the road and how to operate a standard vehicle, but moving vans and trucks are much different.
They occupy much more space, are heavier with a load that can shift while driving and offer a much different depth perception to the driver.
The load that the truck is carrying differs and can make driving much different depending on if the truck is loaded or empty.
Having the extra weight can also make it difficult to stop in time.
Needless to say, how a person normally drives is much different then when they operate a vehicle designed for moving.
That, coupled with a lack of training and people being in a hurry to move their items is a recipe for disaster.
Because rental trucks are usually charged by the time used, drivers are incentivized to get to their destination as quickly as possible to avoid further costs.
Being in a rush only makes causing an accident more possible.
Imagine moving from the east coast to Las Vegas and moving all of your items on your own.
By the time a driver gets to southern Nevada they are exhausted and at a higher risk for causing an accident.
Compensation $ For Your Injuries
Every party responsible for the accident should be addressed in your case.
By no means should you have to come out of pocket for an injury that you did not cause.
Having to pay medical bills and compensating for missed work when it is unexpected often has people dipping into their savings account and other funds that were not intended for that purpose.
Having to go through the physical pain and inconvenience is bad enough without suffering financially.
An attorney from the Richard Harris Law Firm will work to get you everything that you are entitled to.
Although the specific costs vary for each injury and specific case there are some parameters that a skilled lawyer will work to get.
These may include some of the following:
- If a long term injury, all costs associated with it. This would include any permanent disabilities that have been diagnosed
- Actual hospital charges incurred. In addition, future hospital and medical bills will also be anticipated. Most likely, you will need more treatments after the court has made their ruling and you should be compensated for that.
- Physical pain and suffering. Being involved in any type of accident is draining. The emotional distress you incur needs to be compensated.
- Going back and forth the doctor costs money. It also takes time.
- If you miss work because you have doctor appointments or because you are unable to perform the duties of your job due to an accident then you should seek that compensation. Again, you did not ask for the injury. Things happen and when they do you should not be made to suffer financially.
Richard Harris Law Firm Can Help
One would think that if you were involved in an accident and were injured that all of your out of pocket expenses would be payable without second thought.
That however is usually not the case.
Typically, a victim has to fight to get proper help and doing so on your own can be quite difficult.
Most people are not versed in Nevada law and do not know where to even start the process.
In addition, the opposing side (ie: moving truck company) likely has an on staff lawyer or one on retainer meaning that they have the hired guns and you do not.
This is another reason to hire an injury lawyer for your moving truck accident in Nevada.
Your moving truck accident attorney will see to it that you stay up to date on your legal rights.
Setting up an initial strategy session is of no cost to you and one of our professional legal staff members will review your specific case and let you know what the next steps are.
Moving Trucks Can Be Dangerous
Nevada and specifically the southern part of the state where the city of Las Vegas is located has been on the upswing in population trends since the 1990’s.
The population gain is not exactly due to people having more babies but can be attributed to the massive amount of transplants coming from other states.
In record numbers, people are leaving east coast cities where home prices are expensive and overall cost of living is higher.
High tax rates and costs don’t make it an easy place to live not to mention the long and cold winters, high density living spaces and extreme traffic.
Moving to the southwest part of the country has been a popular idea for many people and that of course includes southern Nevada.
Although, moving to Las Vegas or Henderson might be an easy choice, actually getting here with all of your belongings is a tougher task.
When people relocate they need to either hire a moving company to transport all of their belongings or rent a moving truck and bring out all of their stuff on their own.
Anyone that has their commercial drivers license or has ever operated machinery or a large vehicle knows that driving one is not the same as driving a sedan or small truck.
Many people do not have the experience or skill set to drive one of these heavier vehicles let alone in traffic and certainly not while traveling thousands of miles across the country during all types of weather situations.
When there are inexperienced drivers, the possibility of an accident or injury involving a moving truck goes up significantly.
An injury can occur to the passenger of the moving truck, another driver (or passenger) or even a pedestrian in the location.
If an injury does occur, the victim may be able to seek damages not only from the driver of the moving vehicle but perhaps also from the moving company too.
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FedEx Truck Accident Lawyer
FedEx Truck Accident Attorneys Famously one of FedEx major marketing campaigns is “when it absolutely positively has to get there overnight”. Well getting it there overnight might be one of the reasons that FedEx…Read more
FedEx Truck Accident Attorneys
Famously one of FedEx major marketing campaigns is “when it absolutely positively has to get there overnight”.
Well getting it there overnight might be one of the reasons that FedEx is involved in so many accidents involving injury and even death.
FedEx is known for fighting claims against them for accidents and denying liability.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving FedEx call The Richard Harris law firm today.
Suing FedEX For Damages
When suing for damages there are many factors that contribute to what damages you can recover.
Like how serious your injuries are and how bad the accident was.
The most common damages that you can recover from a FedEx accident are:
Lost wages- including current and future lost wages if you are unable to work while you recover from your injuries.
Medical expenses- this includes all medical treatment after the accident including hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy and any future medical treatments.
Pain and suffering– Based on the negligence of the FedEx employee and the severity of the accident.
Property loss – if your vehicle is a total loss, most vehicles involved in a crash with a truck you can recover the loss of property based on value.
Punitive damages– these are damages assessed by the court to punish the at fault party and can be three times the other damages awards.
Only an experienced truck accident attorney can get you the maximum settlement available to you after a FedEx truck accident injury.
If you have been involved in a FedEx accident in Las Vegas, Reno, Pahrump, North Las Vegas, or anywhere in Nevada then call the truck accident experts at The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
What To Do After a FedEx Truck Accident
There are a few steps you need to take immediately after any accident including FedEx truck accidents:
Call 911– if you can dial 911 and call the police immediately. Usually other witnesses will as well but you need to make a police report as soon as possible.
Seek medical attention- even if you feel you’re OK it never hurts to go get checked out. You may have injuries that you’re not aware of and getting medical attention right away can go a long way with your claim.
Gather witness statements and evidence- take photos or video of the scene if possible. Get witness information for follow up.
Contact your insurance company– you must do this as soon as possible.
Contact a legal professional- you’re going to need a lawyer if you want to file a claim against FedEx. They have an army of legal representation on their side to fight against accident claims and so should you. Level the playing field and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Never speak with their insurance company without representation.
These steps can help secure your claim against FedEx if you have been injured in an accident with FedEx or any other trucking company delivery service.
Causes of FedEx Truck Accidents
There are many trucking delivery services to choose from besides FedEx, like UPS for example.
This makes delivery services very competitive.
All services including FedEx all claim to pack and ship packages as quickly as possible.
FedEx and other drivers feel pressure and in some cases are made to work up until all of their deliveries are made.
This can cause drivers to be negligent or reckless to make sure all deliveries are made on time.
Human error is the most common cause of FedEx truck accidents.
Some other more common causes of FedEx accidents are:
Little or no training
Failure to maintain vehicles properly
Depending on the type of accident and the circumstances you may be able to file a claim against the truck driver and the drivers employer.
If the truck was defective or parts were defective you may be able to also file a claim against the truck manufacturer.
You need to contact a reliable truck accident lawyer to determine who may be at fault in your case.
How Long To File a Lawsuit
Timing is everything they say and in this case it is true.
In Nevada any claim that falls under personal injury must be filed within two years of the accident date.
If the victim of the accident is a minor under the age of 18 then Nevada requires that the victim wait until the day they turn 18 to file a claim.
Then the victim has two years from the date of turning 18 to file against FedEx.
The minor’s parent or guardian can file on behalf of the minor before they turn 18.
Any monies recovered during this time will be placed in a trust for the minor victim.
Your accident attorney will be the one to file a claim against FedEx for your accident in a timely manner, another reason to hire a personal injury expert immediately after the accident.
Beware of FedEx Insurance Companies
FedEx has a reputation for denying accident claims and not taking responsibility.
Like all businesses they have an insurance company that represents them in any accident case.
NEVER speak to the adjusters without seeking legal advice.
Insurance companies at the end of the day are in a business to make money and payout as little as possible for any claim against them.
Insurance adjusters will ask you for a recorded statement over the phone or an in person interview that they will record and use in any future negotiations or court proceedings.
Insurance adjusters from any company including the FedEx insurance company will claim to be there to help you.
But they will either deny your claim altogether or offer you a low-ball offer that isn’t even close to what you deserve or that covers any expenses.
Never accept the first offer because it is usually for the lowest amount to make the claim go away.
Before speaking with any insurance company representative or adjuster, call a personal injury lawyer.
How Much does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost
Meeting with a personal injury attorney will cost you nothing.
At The Richard Harris Law firm we offer free consultation appointments.
We will go over the details of your case and let you know what to expect from us.
Once we take on your case you’re not responsible for any fees up front.
Most personal injury firms work on a contingency basis and charge nothing for their services up front.
We only get paid if you win your case.
So you don’t have to worry about footing the bill after you have been injured in a FedEx accident.
How Richard Harris Can Help With Your Lawsuit
We offer a free consultation where we will go over the specifics of your case
Our own investigators will gather evidence to determine the facts of the case using photos, videos, witness statements, police reports, and video footage
We will identify all parties that are liable for your injuries including vendors, manufacturers and drivers
Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
Submit any and all offers to you and go over the pros and cons of each one
Assess what damages you can recover from your injuries
Prepare and file all lawsuits with the court in a timely manner within the statute of limitations period of 2 years
If you have been in an accident involving a FedEx truck in Nevada call The Richard Harris Law firm today.
FedEx is one of the largest delivery trucking services in the United States with more than 100,000 trucks on the road and nearly 125,000 drivers.
FedEx has an estimated annual revenue of nearly $84 Billion dollars.
According to the Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in a 24 month period between 11/2020 and 10/2022 FedEx ground trucks were involved in a total of 2766 crashes in the U.S alone.
Out of those 893 resulted in serious injury and 71 resulted in at least one death.
Basically FedEx was involved in at least one serious accident per day and one fatal crash per week in the U.S.
FedEx was founded in Little Rock , Arkansas in 1971 by Yale graduate Frederick Smith.
Since then FedEx has become a staple of American popular culture and even made an appearance in the movies like Cast Away with Tom Hanks.
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How Much is The Average Settlement For a Back Injury From a Car Accident
Average Back Injury Settlement From Auto Accident Any time a person is in a car crash there is a chance that they will have some kind of injury. The back is one of…Read more
Average Back Injury Settlement From Auto Accident
Any time a person is in a car crash there is a chance that they will have some kind of injury.
The back is one of the most painful injuries there is.
If you have ever hurt your back then you know how painful it can be.
When a back injury is serious it can have long lasting and life changing results.
When the spine is injured, a person can become disabled and this can lead to not being able to earn a living anymore.
Ever wonder what a back injury is worth in a settlement?
This will depend on the extent of the injury and how the persons life is affected by it.
There are multi-million $$ settlements and there are cases settled for $10,000.
If the injury ends your ability to make a living and pay your bills then the settlement will most likely be much higher than a person with a sore back needing a couple weeks to get back on their feet again.
Because every back injury accident and claim is unique to the circumstances surrounding it they will all be calculated differently.
Depending on the insurance coverage that is associated with the injury will also be a factor in the outcome.
Richard Harris Law Firm
The Richard Harris Law Firm can be a big help in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Having a highly knowledgeable personal injury attorney can make a huge difference in the outcome of the case.
If you are injured due the negligence of another then you should not be liable for all the expenses that come along with a back injury or any other injury for that matter.
Car accidents can be frightening and being injured will only add to the stress of the situation.
Our attorneys can take care of all the legal aspects of the case so you don’t have to worry about it.
This will let you focus on recovering from the back injury.
We Help With All Types of Car Crashes
If you were rear-ended, hit head on, t-boned, hit at a stop sign or stop light (very common in Vegas and Reno) then call us.
We are here to help those injured in Nevada.
Hire a Great Back Injury Attorney
Insurance companies are in the business to make money.
If you have a back injury claim then they will get to work and come up with a number to pay you out and settle the claim.
Best case scenario is that they accept your demands and pay you the amount of the claim.
It is not uncommon for them to hit the reject button on the initial claim and pay you nothing.
Being in the middle of this battle while you are recovering can be overwhelming.
Usually when they reject your number, they will then come up with a low-ball figure.
This can be very emotional, make you upset, and leave you with a feeling of desperation.
Not good if you are trying to get yourself healthy again.
Insurance Companies are Tricky
They can also try and delay payouts with endless red tape and confusion.
Sometimes they can even get you to sign something that later you may regret.
It is important that you get the medical treatment that you need and keep the documentation of it.
We can help with all of this as we build your case.
Treatments for back injury and pain could include; therapy, doctors, specialists, medicine etc.
There are a lot of details, paperwork, records, and time that may be spent in getting you the maximum compensation for a back injury.
We will be putting together the evidence that is needed in order to win your case.
This is why it is in your best interests to allow us to represent you and battle the insurance companies for you.
Having Richard Harris on your side protecting your rights and giving you expert legal advice is your best bet.
We have been servicing clients and winning cases throughout Nevada since 1980.
Back Injuries from an Car Accident
Herniated Disc – Between the vertebrae there are discs that help cushion the spine and protect it. A car crash can jolt the back and cause the disc to move out of position. When this happens, it can cause some serious nerve pain and numbness in the back. A regular x-ray will not be able to detect a herniated disc. A CT scan, Myelogram or an MRI may be needed to see the damage and location of the nerves affected.
Fractures – The back can break bones and this can create serious pain and other medical issues. Car accidents can put pressure on the back when the person is thrown about. Vertebrates can collapse from the force of an accident. Some of the different types of fractures are burst, flexion, and compression. If the fractures are serious, they can lead to paralysis and death.
Thoracic Injury – This is the middle back area that is connected to the ribs and the chest. When this is injured, a person can experience serious discomfort. They may also have tingling and weakness in the limbs when impacted.
Spinal Cord – When the spinal cord is damaged it can cause temporary loss of feeling or paralysis can end up being permanent. The spine can be severed in an auto accident which may lead to loss of sensation from the neck down or waist down. Either way having a serious back injury can be devastating. If your job requires any type of physical labor forget it. You will be taking some time off.
There are many secondary medical concerns that a back injury can be the cause of.
A spinal injury can have an affect on other parts of the body as well.
Some of these concerns include; kidneys, bladder, bowel, obesity, osteoporosis, hypotension, influenza, sexual disfunction, blood pressure, ulcers, etc.
There may also be mental health issues that will come with the back being injured.
Depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders are all major health concerns.
It is important to get the back immediate medical attention in order to minimize these secondary health concerns.
What Can Affect a Back Injury Settlement
How serious is the back injury?
This is a main factor that will be evaluated and directly affect the claim.
The range of injury is wide and can go from a simple muscle, tendon strain to being paralyzed.
A broken back will typically have a much higher payout compared to someone with an injury that will heal up in a couple weeks.
How much medical attention is needed?
The amount of care and medical expenses will factor in to the value of the lawsuit.
These costs can add up quick when you are talking about hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, medication, and all the other expenses that go with a major back injury.
In some of the lesser injuries there may be a chiropractor involved for treatments and some short-term prescription medication.
The treatment may last a short period and in these cases the payout will be comparable to the expenses.
It is not uncommon for the cost of a serious spinal injury to be astronomical.
A life time of care can cost $1 Millions
Richard Harris will evaluate all the costs not just in the present but what it will cost in the future.
Every detail will be examined in order to come up with the proper amount of medical attention that you will need.
If a life time of attention is needed, we will then be able to plan for it.
We will work at getting you the life care plan that is needed.
This can include costs like assisted living expenses, medical equipment, mental suffering, loss of companionship, loss of quality of life, loss of consortium and any on-going treatments in the future.
Our expert attorneys specialize in back injury cases and know just how to get you the highest amount of compensation for all the expenses. pain and suffering.
We have a team of attorneys that are expert negotiators and trial lawyers if it needs to go to court.
Statute of Limitations For Back Injury in Nevada
The statute of limitations in the state of Nevada on most personal injury cases is 2 years from the day you were injured.
In this time period you can bring a lawsuit. If this time period passes the victim may lose their right to sue for damages.
It is important to speak with an attorney that knows the law and can make sure that your case is filed accurately and in the appropriate time.
There may be situations when the statute of limitations can get suspended and time extended.
Get with a knowledgeable lawyer and make sure of all the details surrounding your case in order to avoid any misunderstanding.
How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Charge?
Here at Richard Harris, there are no fees until we win your case.
We work on a contingency fee basis.
If we take on your case, we will do everything in our power to get you a winning outcome.
We have won over $1 Billion for our clients in Nevada over the years.
Our record speaks for itself.
To learn more about how we can help get you the money you deserve give us a call, email, or come by the office.
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Don’t Get Ripped Off by Insurance Companies After Car Accident
Don't Trust Insurance Companies After Car Crash Getting in an automobile accident can be a terrifying experience. Getting injured can make the situation even worse. The insurance companies are supposed to be there…Read more
Don’t Trust Insurance Companies After Car Crash
Getting in an automobile accident can be a terrifying experience.
Getting injured can make the situation even worse.
The insurance companies are supposed to be there to help you pick up the pieces after the accident.
They claim to have your best interests at heart.
The reality is that this is not always the case, and insurance companies can make it very difficult on someone just trying to get fairly compensated for the damages after a crash.
When we all take out insurance, we are led to believe that as long as we pay our monthly premium, we have nothing to worry about.
If some unexpected situation happens and we need to use our insurance it should be honored and a no brainer.
If only that were true.
In many cases there is a push back and investigation where the insurance companies will try to get out of the responsibility for the payout.
Sometimes they will try and remove themselves from all liability, other times a portion of it.
Unfortunately, this all part of the insurance game.
And this is why you need to call the Best personal injury law firm in Las Vegas.
The Richard Harris Law Firm.
Richard Harris Law Firm
The Law Offices of Richard Harris deal with the insurance companies every day and can make a big difference in the outcome of a lawsuit.
Feeling like you are being taken and ripped off is unfortunately what usually happens if you try and take these companies on alone.
The insurance world is big business and profitability is their number one concern.
The goal is to pay out as little as possible in order to make the most amount of money.
Makes sense for them but not good for you.
Richard Harris has been in Las Vegas since 1980 servicing clients throughout Nevada.
We have an excellent track record at keeping the insurance companies accountable.
Going up against companies like State Farm, AAA, Progressive, and Geico can be challenging.
Getting the maximum compensation from these industry giants can be difficult.
We have dealt with them all before and know what to look out for so that you won’t get ripped off.
What Does an Insurance Adjuster Do?
Insurance adjusters’ main job is to investigate the claim and then come up with the amount of money that the insurance company should pay out.
They have multiple ways to calculate these numbers because every accident is unique.
Auto insurance claims have ways of getting to the numbers through their investigation of the accident.
Then they will take a look at the policy and what it covers and does not.
This will determine who is owed what and the correct amount that should be paid.
Insurance adjusters are often referred to as claim examiners.
All of us that pay insurance know that it is an upfront fee that we all pay in order to be covered financially if there is an accident.
The payout will depend on how good the coverage is when the accident occurs.
The insurance adjuster is there to make sure the insurance company keeps up their end of the commitment, while trying to keep the settlement amount as low as possible.
Sometimes these claims go smoothly while other times it may be a major pain and fight to get compensated.
There are three main essentials when it comes to handling a claim and getting paid.
Insurance Companies Take Advantage of You
Making An Offer You Can Refuse – Insurance companies will try and low ball you at first with an offer. If you do not have representation and are going it on your own the offer will definitely be on the low side. This is why it is so important to have an attorney on your side that can give you good advice on if the offer is fair. They will take advantage of those that are busy with kids or working. They can take advantage of the fact that you are not a lawyer and may not understand how the system works.
Not all situations will come to this but many times this is the case. Offers may be based on things that are not related to the actual costs of the damage in some instances. Richard Harris will examine the current damages as well as the potential losses that may happen in the future. Do not sign anything with the insurance companies until you have an expert attorney take a look at the offer to determine if it is the best way to go. There may be things in the heat of the moment that you overlooked and once you take the offer it is too late.
Scare Tactics – Insurance companies are great at trying to scare a person into taking a low-ball deal. They may make you think that you have to decide immediately. Making you feel like you are in a take it or leave it situation. If a person has been injured seriously, they may find themselves in a life changing circumstance. This is a tough place to be in and a person may feel desperate.
The insurance companies know this and will take full advantage. A personal injury law firm on your side will see right through this and help you take the desperation out of the equation. Remember the insurance companies can face penalties if they act in bad faith. They are also obligated to live up to their end of the policy. Richard Harris will help hold them accountable.
Medical Authorization Form – This is another tactic the insurance companies will use in order to get a hold of you past medical records in an attempt to try and say that the injury was caused by a previous incident.
Signing this would give them some serious access to your medical files of the past looking for any way to limit the pay out to you. Richard Harris will protect your rights and be the in between to the insurance companies’ requests. Our goal is to get you the maximum compensation for the damages.
Twisting Your Own Words Against You – Just another common strategy that the insurance companies use. Remember the saying ‘anything you say may be held against you’. That’s what they will do if they find any little discrepancy in your story. You have to be careful when engaging in any conversation with the insurance companies.
They are highly trained professionals at trying to get you to admit to something that you may not even understand. As they talk with you, they are also trying to come up with any way to discredit your story in order to pay you less. Having a personal injury lawyer representing you is the smartest way to go. Any communications and negotiations with insurance companies is best if handled by an attorney that is there to give you legal counsel.
Rejecting Accountability for Medical Bills – It is a fair assumption that the insurance companies should not be responsible for billing that was not necessary to the claim. There may be medical attention that the insurance company will say that you have had enough time to heal. This is not always the case. It will be harder for the insurance companies to not give you the medical care that you deserve if you have a lawyer that is fighting for you.
If the medical expenses are valid and you are covered under the policy then your insurance should cover it. Health service providers may go along with the insurance companies which can lead to unpaid bills. If they both disagree over the validity of the claim then you may find yourself stuck in the middle. They may even make you feel that if you don’t pay the bill then your credit score could be in danger. Richard Harris will help you get the treatment that you deserve and make sure that the insurance companies are responsible.
How Much Does an Injury Attorney Charge
At Richard Harris the first consultation is always free.
If we decide to take the case then we will work on a contingency basis.
This means that we will only get paid if we win your case.
If we win, we will take a percentage fee.
Protecting your rights, winning your case and getting you the maximum compensation is our goal.
Do not hesitate.
The Law Offices of Richard Harris have won over $1 Billion for our clients.
We are here to answer any questions you may have.
Accidents are tricky regardless if you were hit by a UPS Truck, Amazon van, Uber or Lyft driver, a limo driver, or even just a normal person driving a Tesla commuting to work.
Peace of Mind and Richard Harris
Dealing with any type of accident can be frustrating.
And it’s well known that insurance companies will try to rip you off if they can save money.
The legal system can seem slow and intimidating. Just knowing that there is a team of knowledgeable and professional attorneys on your side can be a huge relief.
We are top rated personal injury lawyers that will look out for your best interests.
The insurance companies will be looking out for theirs.
If you have no legal experience then you can easily find yourself at a disadvantage with these companies.
You can have peace of mind knowing that Richard Harris is on your side.
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What To Do If You Are Injured at a Strip Club
Injured at a Strip Club Some of the most famous strip clubs in the world are in Las Vegas and some of these strip clubs have the most amazing locations in Nevada. Over the…Read more
Injured at a Strip Club
Some of the most famous strip clubs in the world are in Las Vegas and some of these strip clubs have the most amazing locations in Nevada.
Over the years strip clubs have become a vital part of the nightlife or day life scene in the Las Vegas entertainment empire.
They are just as prevalent as any number of the Cirque du Soleil shows.
Strip clubs even offer some famous faces making appearances on a regular basis in Las Vegas.
Some of the most famous strip clubs include Sapphire, Crazy Horse, The Hustler Club, and The Spearmint Rhino.
Any strip club in Las Vegas offers not just dancing girls and booze but private dances in the champagne room, bachelor and even bachelorette parties.
Most strip clubs have a group of limo drivers that they pay to bring customers to the club from a casino.
The driver in this case gets a price per person to bring guests there.
There are even a few famous male strip acts in Vegas like The Thunder from Down Under and Chippendales Dancers.
Even though some of the most famous strip clubs and reviews are in Vegas they are not always a safe place to be.
Strip clubs have a reputation for bad business practices and some questionable treatment of their customers and staff.
In 2001 a Kansas tourist was left paralyzed when he was beaten by employees at The Crazy Horse Too.
The F.B.I eventually raided the club and closed it down.
Employees and owners were charged with a variety of crimes including tax evasion on the part of the dancers and club owners as well as many other crimes.
After this incident many former employees and patrons brought lawsuits against the club for injuries sustained from many instances that occurred while the club was operating illegally.
Protect Your Legal Rights
Even the most famous strip clubs in Las Vegas like The Hustler Club are surrounded by controversy.
There are always news reports of incidents happening at many strip clubs in Las Vegas from assaults to murders.
A patron may be able to recover damages when the club is held liable for –
Assault and battery by the club bouncers
Slip and fall accidents
Food Poisoning (yes they do offer foods at some strip establishments) questionable at best
Alcohol and drug poisoning
Failure to get medical attention
Lack of adequate security
Negligence of club employees
Call a personal injury lawyer if you have been injured at a Las Vegas Strip club.
Who’s Liable for Las Vegas Strip Club Injury
Under Nevada law a wrongful act is usually limited to the person who has committed the act.
However, a strip club might be liable for the actions of its bouncers, bartenders, dancers or any other staff.
The strip club owner may be liable for a patron’s injuries when:
An employee of the strip club performs their regular job duties in a negligent manner. For example a bouncer beats up a patron before throwing them out of the club.
The strip club is negligent in the hiring or supervision of its staff.
The strip club practices illegal activities like a dancer drugging a patron with drinks or over serving the patrons to make them spend more money.
The strip clubs policies or practices are discriminatory.
Injured Working at a Strip Club
Let’s face it, strip clubs have a reputation for unsavory practices not only against patrons or guests but to the dancers and staff as well.
Since strip clubs like other businesses have a duty of care to the employees as well as the patrons, the club can be held liable for injuries to the staff as well.
Dancers, bouncers and bartenders can recover damages if the strip club is negligent with basic safety practices for the following injuries
Slip and fall- dancing is the job of the stripper but if the pole is improperly installed or the dancer falls on a stage that is wet and the club failed to clean it up and the dancer falls the club can be held responsible.
Failure to provide adequate security – If a patron assaults an employee of the club and the security was not there to protect the employee the club could be held responsible.
Failure to provide a safe work environment- Under the law strip club emp employees, like all other employees have the right to a safe workplace. If another employee either discriminates against, emotionally harassed or physically harassed another employee the strip club can be held liable.
Usually strip club employees don’t get benefits like health insurance or a retirement fund, but they do have rights against being hurt while working at the strip club.
If you have been injured while working at a Las Vegas Strip Club call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Damages $ from a Strip Club Injury
If you have been injured at a Las Vegas Strip Club either as an employee or a patron you might be entitled to recover damages.
If the strip club owner or other employees are negligent in their practices you need to call us today for help.
Below is a list of some damages we can help you recover.
Lost earning capacity
Pain and suffering
You’ll need to hire a good lawyer to get you the maximum settlement for all of these damages.
What if You’re Partially at Fault
Nevada is a comparative negligence / shared fault state.
This means that a plaintiff or the injured party is entitled to recover damages as long as one or more of the defendants were at least 50% liable for the injuries to the plaintiff.
The amount of damages will simply be reduced by the extent the plaintiff is liable.
For example if a patron at a strip came to the club drunk and started a fight with a bouncer and the bouncer had to use force to subdue the patron but the patron ended up being hurt.
The patron can sue the club for injuries and damages but the judge may decide that the patron was responsible for 40% of their injuries because they started the fight and were drunk.
If you receive a $100,000 settlement then the settlement will be reduced by $40,000 since you were 40% responsible.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost
Most personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning your attorney absorbs all the financial responsibility for your case.
This includes filing fees, depositions, investigative costs, and attorneys fees.
Your lawyer only gets paid once a settlement has been reached.
How Long do You Have to File a Claim
Nevada has a 2 year statute of limitations to file a claim for an injury accident.
There are certain instances when that may change for example if the city was involved in your claim or someone passed away.
If your loved one passes away because of their injuries from an incident at a strip club then the date to file is extended until 2 years from the day the victim dies.
How Long Does an Injury Settlement Take
You may have only 2 years to file a claim, but it could take some time to settle your case.
One of the advantages to having an experienced personal injury lawyer is that they will work to settle your case in a timely manner while achieving the goal of getting you the largest settlement available to you.
Usually lawyers will negotiate a settlement, but if the case needs to go to trial then it may take longer to achieve a settlement.
Why Call Richard Harris Law Firm
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with a personal injury specialist
Using our own investigative team we will gather evidence to determine what happened using photos, videos, witness accounts, police reports and medical reports
Our staff can identify all parties that could be held liable for your injuries including the strip club itself, vendors of the club, construction workers, or other patrons.
Negotiate with insurance companies or insurance adjusters for a fair settlement on your behalf
Review with you all potential offer and advise
Prepare your lawsuit by the statute of limitations
Take your case to trial if negotiations dont work
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Who Is At Fault In a Multiple Car Accident In Nevada
Liability in Multiple Vehicle Accidents Getting in an accident can be a traumatic experience in itself. It is usually not too difficult to determine the party responsible for the accident when there are 1…Read more
Liability in Multiple Vehicle Accidents
Getting in an accident can be a traumatic experience in itself.
It is usually not too difficult to determine the party responsible for the accident when there are 1 or 2 cars involved.
When all the facts are looked at and considered liability will be put on the person that is the most responsible for the accident.
Being involved in a multiple vehicles crash can really be scary and confusing and determining who was at fault may take more time and consideration to figure out. All the reasons you need a lawyer.
Proving who is at fault for the accident may be even more difficult.
It is important to have the help of a personal injury attorney that has experience and understands multiple vehicle accidents in the state of Nevada.
Always Be Careful
With the more people involved in an accident the more that insurance companies will try and fight to relieve their clients of fault.
It will be necessary to make a case that will prove that the person that caused the accident is the one liable.
Law enforcement and insurance adjusters will all be involved in the process.
Sometimes there is more than one party liable for the damages which can make it difficult to reach a settlement.
The Law Offices of Richard Harris understands what it takes to protect your rights and win a multiple vehicle accident case.
Different Types of Multiple Car Accidents
Whenever a driver losses control of their vehicle there is always a chance that they will involve more than one car, truck, or SUV in a crash.
This type of multi vehicle accident happens all the time in the Las Vegas Valley.
When one car hits another and then that car collides with someone else is common.
Rear end accidents are the most common of these types where the car is struck from behind and then gets pushed into the car in front of them creating a chain reaction.
Depending on how much traffic there is and the speed of the crash will often determine how many other vehicles are involved.
This can happen for a long list of reasons including;
Driving Distracted – A driver not paying attention can often lead to a crash from behind and a multiple car pile-up. On the busy streets of Las Vegas with billboards and sightseeing tourists it is easy to see how an event like this can occur.
Our phones have become the most major distraction for everyone. Looking down and checking a text or map can be the reason a multiple vehicle accident takes place.
Weather – When there is rain the chance for an accident increases. The roads get wet which makes for a dangerous street. Lack of visibility in rain storms can create havoc. If there is fog on the freeway a semi-truck can be deadly if driving recklessly. Not being able to judge the distance of the vehicles in front of you can be disastrous if you need to quickly apply the brakes.
Skidding across the wet road out of control is a problem. A large truck can jackknife into other lanes of traffic causing the other vehicles to crash into them. Swerving to miss a vehicle and then hitting another can also happen in these accidents. Sometimes there is nowhere else to go but to crash into another vehicle.
DUI – Driving intoxicated is a major problem in Las Vegas. Many multiple vehicle accidents take place due to this reason. Some recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show that everyday approximately 32 people will die in the US in DUI related accidents.
Alcohol has a negative affect on a persons nervous system which puts everyone in danger if sharing the road with a drunk driver.
Loss of concentration, bad judgement, lack of self-control, and impaired perception all translate into a much higher risk for an accident.
Las Vegas is a 24-hour town and drinking and driving are always a danger on our streets.
Multiple vehicle accidents can happen in an instant.
Some Dangerous Intersections in Vegas Valley
Some of the most dangerous and busiest streets where multiple vehicle crashes can occur in Nevada are in the Las Vegas Valley.
Because of the increase of car accidents we built a traffic accident video command center to view and record camera footage.
High traffic areas and drivers speeding can be dangerous.
- Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard
- Charleston Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard
- Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard
- Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road
- Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road
- Sunset Road and Green Valley Parkway
Some of the busiest and dangerous highways of the Vegas Valley include the I-15, and 215.
Big rig crashes have been known to do some serious damage in multiple vehicle crashes on these roads, even resulting in death.
Determining Fault in A Multi Vehicle Accident?
Determining who is at fault in an accident with multiple vehicles can be complex.
Who is at fault will be the one that will be held liable for the damages left behind.
Establishing the driver responsible will take the consideration of all the facts and analysis of the accident and circumstances.
If a driver was intoxicated or found to be distracted or driving recklessly and breaking the laws of the road, they can be held responsible.
In multiple car crashes there can be more than one driver at fault.
Modified Comparative Negligence – This is a term for a law that can hold each driver responsible for the costs in amount to their percentage of their fault in the accident. Nevada is a modified comparative negligence state with a threshold of 51%. You can collect from another party if you were responsible for the accident up to 50%. If you were responsible 51% then you can’t seek compensation.
It is important to seek the representation of an experienced multiple car accident attorney in order to protect your rights and be compensated for the damages.
The Law Offices of Richard Harris are here to help answer any questions that you may have.
How Long Does It Take to Be Compensated in a Multi Vehicle Accident?
Getting fully compensated for damages in a Nevada car accident will not come without a fight.
Insurance companies will do their best to try an avoid a big payout.
They will offer much less usually on their first offer amount.
The better representation that you have the better your chances at getting the highest amount of compensation.
When there is a multiple vehicle accident with injuries the compensation will be determined by many different factors.
Some of these include;
- cost of the damage to your vehicle
- health and medical costs now and in the future
- and lost wages due to the fact that you are unable to work.
If the injury is serious and long-term care is needed this will have to be considered.
Pain and suffering are always a calculation that we will measure in the lawsuit.
If there is emotional suffering then mental health care and attention will be part of the damages.
These are just some aspects that determine the amount of compensation we will go after.
We will fight to get you full and just compensation.
What To Do After a Multiple Vehicle Accident in Nevada
A multiple vehicle accident can be overwhelming, stressful and injuries are often part of it.
Hopefully the injuries are minor but severe injuries can be life changing and even deadly.
There are some things that can help you if you are aware and can stay calm after a crash.
- Try and get yourself and the vehicle off the road to a safe spot if possible.
- Check and see if you or anyone are injured in the wreck.
- Call the police and report the accident.
- Call for medical care and an ambulance if there is any sign of injury.
- Don’t talk about who is at fault to anyone.
- Get the phone out and take pictures, video, of everything involved in the accident and the surrounding area to get the entire picture of what happened.
- Get contact information, drivers license, license plate, insurance etc.
- Witnesses are always valuable and important to help your case.
- Call The Richard Harris Law Firm
Getting Richard Harris in your corner is a great decision.
Our lawyers have worked on all types of personal injury cases in Nevada including multiple vehicle accidents.
We know how to take on the big insurance companies that will throw up road blocks.
Hire The Best Injury Lawyers In Vegas
Our attorneys are expert negotiators and trial lawyers.
Richard Harris has been servicing the Las Vegas Valley since 1980.
That is a lifetime of experience.
We will help you put together a winning case and get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
By the way, we have won over $1 Billion for our clients.
We take cases on a contingency basis.
We get paid only if we win your case.
There is no need to go through an accident like this alone.
We will be with you every step of the way.
Call, email or just come by the office for a free consultation.
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What To Do If You Have Chest Pain After a Car Crash
Chest Pain After Car Crash If you have chest pain after a car accident you need to seek medical attention immediately. Don't just assume the pain will go away because you might be seriously…Read more
Chest Pain After Car Crash
If you have chest pain after a car accident you need to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t just assume the pain will go away because you might be seriously injured and need medical care ASAP.
The problem with chest injuries in a car accident is that they are not always obvious.
You may think that the pain will go away and therefore not seek immediate medical attention.
The chest being injured is nothing to mess around with and serious issues can arise days after the injury occurs.
There are some accidents where the chest area is impacted and right away you know that there is a serious problem.
There is no hiding the pain of broken or cracked ribs after an accident.
The problem sometimes is that a person after an injury may feel like it will heal up on its own and not get to a doctor when they should have been checked out.
This can lead to serious medical complications down the line.
Get to a doctor and get the proper diagnosis of the injury.
It is important to also seek a personal injury car accident attorney.
Who Was At Fault
If the injury was due to the fault of another then you may be able to seek compensation.
Getting a chest injury can land you in the hospital and may take some time to heal.
This will inevitably lead to doctors’ visits and medical bills.
We all know how expensive getting medical attention can be.
It can add up quickly and be overwhelming and stressful.
The Richard Harris Law Firm will give you a free consultation after an accident.
If there is a case, we will fight for getting you the just and maximum compensation for the damages from the accident.
If you were not at fault then you should not be paying for all the expenses from the accident.
Call The Law Offices of Richard Harris Today!
Causes for A Chest Injury in A Car Accident
Getting in a car accident can cause all types of injuries.
An injury to the chest can be painful and dangerous if not treated with medical attention immediately.
The part of the body between your neck and your stomach area are vulnerable in a crash.
Getting knocked around in an accident is normal and depending on how hard the impact is can determine how bad the injuries are.
Seatbelts, airbags, steering wheels, and doors can all cause injuries.
If you are a passenger in the back seat then hitting the back of the front seats can also be damaging.
Accidents That Cause Injuries
Of course car accidents happen for many reasons in Nevada, but we listed some of the most common situations below.
Chest Injuries from Airbags
An airbag can be a blessing in some crashes but can also cause injury in others.
An airbag injury can happen if there is a malfunction in the sensor and the airbag deploys at the wrong time.
The airbag also has gasses that are often released that can give a person respiratory issues.
Airbag recalls in vehicles are something that is quite common.
Issues with an airbag may not be discovered until the accident occurs.
Chest injuries can happen when the airbag hits those in the vehicle in the chest.
The fabric that is on the airbag can cause burns to the chest, face, and other areas that it hits if the skin slides across it.
Where Chest Pain Can Occur After a Car Accident
Injuries from an accident can include many different parts of the chest area.
This is why it’s always a good idea to seek medical attention if you were involved in a car crash.
Some of these include;
- Fractured Ribs – Broken or cracked ribs can seriously hurt and take a while to heal. Just breathing can be excruciating. This is one of the most sensitive and painful parts of the body. Sharp debilitating pain can come from a fractured rib. Cracked ribs can lead to other problems if not treated with proper medical attention.
- Bruised Ribs – Rib injuries are common in car accidents. If you are lucky enough not to break them you may have bruised ribs. Seat belts and steering wheels can put some serious pressure on the rib area and leave them wounded. This is going to hurt and be tender. Diagnostic tests can be a big help in determining the extent of the injuries.
- Sternum – This is also referred to as the breastbone. This is a long flat bone that is in the center of the chest and connected to the ribs with cartilage. This bone and the rib cage protect the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. An injured sternum can be incredibly painful and incapacitating.
- Lungs – The lung can be punctured or bruised in a car crash. It can happen if the rib or sternum is fractured and a piece of bone from it hits the lung in the impact. Ouch!
- Soft Tissue – All the muscles, tissues and tendons that surround the chest are all at risk of injury when hit in a car wreck. The chest can be strained when an accident happens because it is working to protect the body. Significant pain can come from muscle strains and any movement in the area can be uncomfortable. Inflammation can occur from the strain and will hurt until the area is properly healed. This can take some time.
- Heart – Internal organs like the heart, liver and spleen can all be impacted in a serious accident. Pressure from impact on the heart can be deadly. An overwhelming experience like a car accident can be stressful on the heart. It can be so stressful that the person gets a heart attack. A heart attack has some symptoms like; shortness of breath, indigestion, nausea, and chest pain. Immediate emergency attention is important.
When the chest is injured, it can have major effects on the person.
The person can become confused and begin to panic when they are having trouble breathing.
Chest injuries can create a life-threatening situation.
Respiratory failure can do some serious damage to the organs and this can be deadly.
Sometimes it takes ultra sound, x rays, blood tests and other examinations in order to find out the severity of a blow to the chest.
Do not underestimate a chest injury and get to a doctor.
$ Compensation for A Chest Injury in A Car Accident
Anytime that you are injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another you have every right to seek compensation.
Having a highly trained personal injury car accident attorney on your side can make a major difference in the outcome of the case.
The Richard Harris Law Firm are ready to look at your case.
If it has merit, we will do everything that we can in order to get you the settlement that you deserve.
We are here to win and get you paid for the damages that are related to you case.
- Medical Expenses
- Lost wages
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
The Richard Harris Law Firm have expert negotiators and trial attorneys that know how to win.
What To Do If You Have Chest Pain After Car Accident?
As we have already stated get to a doctor as soon as possible.
They will hopefully get you the treatment that is needed in order to get you better.
This could include hospitalization and care that may take some time to heal up.
Time to rest will often lead to time away from the job.
A car accident attorney can help you to better prepare a legal claim in most cases.
Here are some things that will help you when filing a claim.
- Save all the receipts and bills that are related to the car accident. Any expenses that were a result of the crash will need documentation for a successful lawsuit.
- Let the insurance company know about the accident. Make sure to give specifics when it comes to medical reports. Do not hold back when it comes to letting them know about the pain and injuries you are dealing with.
- If you were aware of the details of the accident, then it is important to record and write them down. Keep a record of what you were doing, who was with you and where you were going.
- Do not sign anything that with the insurance company. In distress they may get you to sign something that could relieve them of liability. This could come back later to haunt you.
- Contact Richard Harris. A personal injury car accident attorney can help you figure out the right insurance settlement. If any legal complications arise then our law office will sort them out with you. Insurance companies can be hard to deal with and will try and give low ball offers. Our attorneys have years of experience dealing with the insurance companies. Fighting for your rights and getting you the maximum compensation is our goal.
We are here to help answer any questions that you may have about your case.
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Who Is At Fault For Most Motorcycle Crashes in Las Vegas
Who Is at Fault for Vegas Motorcycle Crashes Motorcycles in Las Vegas have become more popular than ever. With economic factors like gas prices and the cost of cars, trucks and SUV’s it is…Read more
Who Is at Fault for Vegas Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycles in Las Vegas have become more popular than ever.
With economic factors like gas prices and the cost of cars, trucks and SUV’s it is easy to see why.
Motorcycles are a great form of transportation for those that need to get around independently and efficiently.
Motorcycles can be exciting but also dangerous on the busy streets of Vegas.
Crashes happen all the time with all types of vehicles and that’s partially why we built our Las Vegas accident command center.
When a motorcycle is hit by another bigger and heavier automobile the damage can be serious.
The chance of an injury is much higher to the rider of the bike.
If there is a passenger on the back of the bike they are also at high risk for an injury.
The chance of a fatality on a motorcycle is a real concern if the crash is at high speeds.
Every accident has its own set of circumstances.
Determining who is at fault and liable for the damages can be complicated is some accidents.
There are many ways that an accident can happen on a motorcycle.
If you have been injured in a Las Vegas motorcycle accident it is important to speak with an attorney that is experienced in handling these types of cases.
The Law Offices of Richard Harris can go through the evidence of the accident and help you decide how to proceed.
Liability in Las Vegas Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can be complicated.
An accident can have just one person fully responsible.
It can also have those involved partially responsible.
- Motorcycle Rider – Rider error can cause an accident. Anytime you get on a bike there is always more risk of injury than a regular vehicle. When a motorcyclist drives reckless accidents can be devastating.
- Driver of Vehicle – A driver in another vehicle crashing into a motorcyclist is another way an accident happens. The reasons are endless. Driving distracted has become the number one cause of crashes in Vegas.
- Manufacturer Error – A defective part can really do some serious damage to a motorcyclist. Faulty brakes, steering, tires etc. can be deadly. A manufacturer defect or error can be to blame.
- Pedestrian – If a pedestrian is jaywalking or not paying attention when crossing the street, it can create an unsafe road and a motorcycle crash can happen.
- Government – If the roads are not properly marked and road maintenance has created a dangerous road an accident can occur. With all the road construction in Las Vegas the roads are much more dangerous. The government entity in charge of this must provide a reasonably safe road. This could have to do with lighting, detours, potholes, rocks, and debris.
Our Attorneys Can Answer Any Questions
We have been in Las Vegas since 1980 and are experts in personal injury motorcycle accidents.
Our team of trained, professional lawyers can help you get the maximum compensation for your damages.
Medical expenses and lost wages can be overwhelming after a motorcycle crash.
Getting healed may take some time.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash and it was not your fault than you should not be responsible for the financial burden of it.
Call our law offices today.
Law of Comparative Negligence
In the state of Nevada if an accident occurs fault can be placed on more than one person or party in certain crashes.
This means that compensation can be based on the percentage of fault.
A person trying to receive compensation must be less than 51% at fault in the accident.
An example of this would be that a motorist driving along gets in an accident with a motorcycle.
It is determined that the motorist is 80% at fault but the motorcyclist was 20% to blame.
The motorcyclist can claim only 80% of the damages from the accident.
It is always important to have an attorney that is well versed in the law of comparative negligence.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Richard Harris Law Firm are expert attorneys that will make sure that you are not taken advantage of by the State Farm and AAA insurance types.
There does seem to be prejudice against motorcyclists.
Some insurance adjusters will tend to immediately cast blame on the motorcyclist thinking that all riders speed and cut in and out of traffic. However, this is not true.
Obviously, not all motorcyclists are speeding, irresponsible and wild.
The majority of serious injury accidents seem to be due to the fault of another.
The injuries sustained in an accident are usually much worse for the motorcyclist.
A personal injury attorney can be a great asset in setting the record straight and negotiating with these companies that will try and minimize a payout.
Causes for Las Vegas Motorcycle Accidents
Roads – Las Vegas seems to have constant road construction and repairs going on throughout the city. Roads are ripped up with pieces of cement, gravel, rocks, and all sorts of debris on them. Uneven pavement and other road issues can make for serious danger. If you are from out of town, you may not notice these issues until it is too late. Riders must always be on high alert for these road dangers and travel with caution. The higher the speeds the more dangerous it can be if you hit something. Hitting a boulder in the road can take a rider down.
Distracted Driving – Cranking the radio or looking at the phone can cause a motorcycle accident. A car driving reckless and changing lanes without seeing the motorcyclist is dangerous. A bike is much harder to see than another car. Most vehicles have some kind of blind spot and an accident can happen in an instant. Motorcyclists must always be on the lookout for a distracted driver.
Left Turn – Taking a left turn doesn’t seem that dangerous but is one of the leading ways that a motorcycle accident happens. Often a driver will take that left not seeing that a motorcyclist is going through the intersection. Car drivers are usually the fault for these accidents. Motorcyclists may find themselves partially at fault sometimes by speeding. A speeding motorcycle is hard to spot and can seem to come out of nowhere. By the time you see it…BAM!
DUI – Driving Under the Influence accounts for accidents of all types including motorcycles. Las Vegas has some of the deadliest accidents because of people driving either drunk or high. With the 24-hour drinking and cannabis shops on every corner it is no wonder that accidents are all a round us no matter what time of the day.
Of course we see rear-end accidents daily in Las Vegas, head on crashes, cars backing out of driveways, parking lot accidents, and the list goes on and on.
Don’t wait for the insurance company to help you, call us Today.
Motorcycle Safety Prevent Accidents
There are some reasons why a motorcycle rider may find themselves in an accident and held liable.
Lane splitting, speeding and just lack of experience are all common reasons for this.
Motorcycles have very quick acceleration that can cause a dangerous situation quickly.
There are some tips that a rider should know that can make for a safer road.
Learn How to Ride – It is important for new riders on the road to get some necessary hands-on training before taking it to the streets. Motorcycle accidents happen a lot of the times because the rider is inexperienced. There are basic operating procedures that need to be learned in order to have a safe ride. Training in shifting, throttle control, turning, stopping and safety strategies can all be very helpful.
Get The Right Helmet – Getting a motorcycle helmet that can really protect your head is extremely important. Just getting any helmet is not good enough. Every person has a different size and shape head and the helmet should fit properly. It should also be DOT approved and meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.
Obey the Laws – As a motorcyclist it is important obey the laws in order to cut down on the chance of an accident with another vehicle. By going the speed limit, signaling turns, and not be unnecessarily risky will go a long way in motorcycle safety. In the majority of collisions involving a motorcycle and another vehicle, the rider is not at fault.
While you can’t always account for what other drivers will do, you can reduce your risk of having an accident by obeying traffic laws, sticking to the speed limit, and not taking any unnecessary risks.
It is important to always pay close attention to everything around you.
One mistake on a bike can be tragic.
As a rider there are always those opportunities to split lanes and maneuver through traffic quickly.
First of all, lane splitting is illegal and it not worth the risk to save yourself a few extra minutes.
It is important to give plenty of room to those around you and stay out of danger.
Contact the Richard Harris Law Firm
We are well experienced, highly trained motorcycle accident attorneys.
We are committed to helping you receive the maximum payout for any damages you may have suffered.
Contact our office by phone, email or just come by.
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Getting Compensation For Emotional Distress After Car Accident
Emotional Distress Can Affect Your Settlement As you probably know, when there is an accidental injury due to the negligence of another party the victim is entitled to a settlement. If you’ve been injured…Read more
Emotional Distress Can Affect Your Settlement
As you probably know, when there is an accidental injury due to the negligence of another party the victim is entitled to a settlement.
If you’ve been injured you are probably curious as to how much of a settlement you will get.
That depends on many factors including how old you were when you were injured, how bad the injury was (did it cause permanent or temporary injuries), how much medical expense you will have and much more.
Aside from the more tangible aspects of an injury, you will also have emotional distress.
Being in an injury can be very traumatic for most people.
By nature of an accident, they are unexpected and therefore are a traumatizing event both while it is happening and also in dealing with it after.
Most accidents cause injuries to people.
These injuries can be external (such as scars or dismemberment of a body part) or can be internal like traumatic brain injuries or back issues (vertebrae or spinal problems).
Those injuries can cause distress through the pain that is often associated with them.
Aside from injuries there is also mental anguish due to the intangible issues that are caused by an injury.
Often times injuries will put a victim out of work for a time while they get there ailments treated.
When someone who suffered an injury is out of work and is making less money than what they usually do (or no money at all) there is extreme stress.
Not only does the person need to get healthy, but they also have to pay bills and dealing with both challenges simultaneously can be an emotional nightmare.
This psychological harm needs to be included in any settlement. It will be difficult for you to correctly calculate this if you are dealing with the insurance company on your own.
And the insurance company will most likely not offer any help in this regard.
So it is very important that you find a reputable and competent personal injury attorney to assist you with getting the best settlement available.
The Richard Harris Law Firm is precisely the people you want to reach out to.
We have been serving the Las Vegas and Reno areas for over forty years and take our jobs very seriously.
We will review the details of your claim and will work to get you the most money possible.
We know that anyone involved in an accident did not ask to be in that situation and we are aware of the massive inconvenience being injured and/or out of work can cause.
Most importantly we know the emotional distress that all of the above causes.
How Much is Emotional Distress Worth?
The first thing we will do after reviewing your case is to figure out how much your emotional disorder is valued at.
There is not a one size fits all answer so it really depends on your case specifically.
Some of the many factors we might look at are how egregious was the negligence that caused the accident, how sudden was it and much more.
Although there is not a said rule as to how much “emotional distress” is worth, there are some formulas that some insurance companies will use.
In many cases, they will calculate the amount of medical expenses and will multiply that by one or two times to cover “pain and suffering”.
Sometimes though, more money than what is calculated from that simple formula is needed to truly repay the victim.
Although those higher payouts are usually reserved for injuries of the most severe situation, a good law firm will work to get you a significant amount.
Emotional disorder compensation usually falls under “pain and suffering” so as a claimant you should not expect to see two line items.
A good personal injury attorney will negotiate an amount of the physical pain their client suffered and will also negotiate for the mental anguish suffered.
If there was no physical harm on an injury it is difficult to negotiate for emotional distress.
A defending lawyer working on behalf of an insurance company will argue that without an actual physical injury the claimant could not have suffered emotional issues.
Everyone knows that may not always be the case as an accident (even without an injured body part) is still traumatic which can cause both present and future mental stress.
Evidence to Show Emotional Distress
As a reminder, the insurance company you are making the claim with is not working for you.
As a matter of fact they are trying to limit their exposure to the claim as much as possible.
An insurance adjuster will be as tight as possible when it comes to making a claim payout recommendation.
They account for every dollar they earmark towards payment as that is part of their job.
Because emotional distress is nothing that can be seen or touched (like an actual physical injury) you will need to make your case.
Again, this is where a personal injury firm such as the Richard Harris Law firm can assist you.
Our legal experts know what it takes to prove your case for the emotional distress you have been suffering from.
Because you have been the one suffering, you are aware of how true your emotional harm actually is.
But how do you prove that to an insurance adjuster and what should you provide to them?
The more documentation you can provide the better.
Aside from providing the insurance company with various forms of documentation, you also want to give them different types of emotional distress that you have been suffering from.
Documentation may include the following:
Mental Health Records
If you have been treated for mental health then those records should be submitted to the insurance or your personal injury lawyer. Proper documentation would include invoices, bills, daily notes and other reports that cite your diagnosis and progress. It is best if your treatments are with a licensed professional serving in mental health. This would include psychologists, psychiatrists and licensed counselors.
Although your medical records most likely pertain to physical injuries they can help you make your case for emotional distress. For instance, if you see your doctor for an injury where they propose a limitation to you physically (for example: no standing for more than 10 minutes at a time) then that could cause you mental distress. Sticking with the same example, if you cook and feed your children but are unable to because of your doctor’s directive of standing then that could be emotional distress.
It is recommended that you keep a daily journal of all of your issues and setbacks. It is not as effective to do this if you only document certain days so it is important that you be consistent and write each day or week. Only writing something every few weeks may not help set a pattern of your emotional distress. Items to document might be any nightmares that you have had, documenting your pain levels, sleep issues and other details about how your daily life routine has been negatively impacted by your accident.
Statements for Witnesses of your Distress
Getting as many statements from coworkers, friends, family members and other people is very significant. It is important that they write the statements in their own words using their own observations of you since your accident and how your actions and demeanor has differed since it occurred. By relating the change in your behavior from before and after the incident, you can make the case that the injury was the catalyst in your change.
Emotional Distress Settlement
As we have previously mentioned, hiring a law firm to assist you with your emotional disorder settlement is very important.
The Richard Harris Law Firm has been around for decades serving in all types of personal injury cases.
We focus on personal injury and can help you obtain the most dollars possible for your injuries and pain & suffering.
You will need professional legal help to get the full value out of your claim and to battle against the insurance companies.
Insurance companies have their own lawyers on retainer so if you go about this alone you will be head to head with their law team.
They will most likely also try to make the case that the injury was not as significant as you are stating it was.
Another common strategy that is often used against victims of injuries are accusing them of being partially to blame.
If they can make a viable case that the victim had something to do with the injury then they can possibly get out of paying the claim entirely or at the very least getting the settlement amount reduced significantly.
You never want to settle for less and want to get everything you deserve.
If you were involved in an accident and incurred injuries and or mental emotional disorders please reach out to the Richard Harris Law Firm.
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Road Rash Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents
Road Rash From Motorcycle Accident Road rash is - when the skin is stripped of skin and has abrasions that happen when the skin rubs across the pavement with no protection usually at…Read more
Road Rash From Motorcycle Accident
Road rash is – when the skin is stripped of skin and has abrasions that happen when the skin rubs across the pavement with no protection usually at high speeds like after falling off a motorcycle during a crash.
This can also be caused by falling onto the payment with a lot of force.
Motorcycle crashes usually involve a rider sliding across the pavement after being thrown onto the road from the motorcycle in an accident.
Skidding across the pavement can lead to significant road rash for motorcyclists.
If you were hit by a semi-truck, Uber driver, Amazon Van, UPS Truck, Garbage truck, or just a daily commuter in Vegas, our motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help.
Top Nevada Motorcycle Lawyer
When you are injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve to be represented by the best personal injury attorney possible to maximize your settlement.
You should work with experienced accident lawyers that have been in Las vegas for years and because of that can navigate the legal system and keep your case moving forward.
That means hiring The Richard Harris Law Firm, with over 40 years in Las Vegas we know Clark County and Nevada law in and out.
If you are a motorcyclist that suffered a road rash injury at the hands of another negligent driver you are entitled to the same compensation as all other motorists on the road.
Call Richard Harris Law Firm
By Calling Richard Harris you are giving yourself the advantage of an aggressive team to be on your side while fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Our motorcycle accident experts are available 24/7 to discuss your case.
We offer assistance with medical care, bill pay, work related issues, and future medical issues.
We are Nevada’s best personal injury law firm with years of experience.
The goal of the Richard Harris Law Firm is to help our clients like we would care for our family.
We have collected over a $ billion dollars for our clients over the years.
When Road Rash Occurs
This involves being thrown or dragged from the motorcycle across the gravel or pavement of the road.
Things that contribute to road rash motorcycle accidents are intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers, speeding, poor visibility or poor road conditions, and finally weather.
Road Rash Happens
Motorcyclists are more likely to get road rash than any other vehicle operator out on the road.
It is largely in part due to the lack of protection for the driver during a crash.
Motorcyclists present unique challenges for other drivers because seeing them is sometimes absolutely impossible since the profile is so small compared to other drivers on the road.
In Nevada you are required to obtain a motorcycle license or (Class M ) license to operate a motorcycle.
This doesn’t not deter new motorcyclists and the class is maybe one hour, then there is a test.
Once you take the test and pass and take the road test you can obtain your motorcycle license.
New drivers are usually the ones who get into accidents involving road rash.
All riders should wear protective clothing such as heavy leather or thick denim to put a barrier between you and the road should you ever get involved in a motorcycle accident.
Wearing protective gear like leather can also minimize the road rash should you ever get it.
Also helmets are required to ride motorcycles in Nevada.
Motorcycle Crash likely in Las Vegas
Since Las Vegas is a tourist town, this can pose an elevated risk for potential road rash accidents.
Las Vegas attracts drivers and bikers from all over with various backgrounds and experience levels.
The risk of intoxication is much greater and other variations make interactions between tourists and locals unpredictable.
The city is also full of distractions like bright lights, street performers, new construction, and many, many pedestrians can make for a very distracted motorcyclist, and that can be a recipe for disaster.
When driving in Las Vegas all drivers should pay extra attention to their drivers especially near the strip and the airport.
Downtown Las Vegas is another place where motorcycle road rash accidents occur often, due to the volume of pedestrians and now the new construction causes distracted drivers and therefore accidents.
If you are ever in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas get assistance from The Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorney specialist.
We can help with motorcycle accidents at red lights, stop signs, parking lots, rear-end crash, getting t-boned, even hit by a Tesla, etc.
Road Rash Can Be Bad
When you’re involved in an accident, the faster you’re going or the more force involved in a fall, crash, or skid that causes the road rash the more severe the injury will be.
PTSD is common after a bad motorcycle accident.
How bad the road rash is will determine what symptoms you experience.
Mild road rash or abrasions.
Those only affecting the top layers of skin can cause moderate pain and bleeding.
That because abrasions that cover a large surface area of the skin like the top layer of your shin affect the nerve endings and can cause severe pain.
Deeper road rash that affects the under layers of skin, or through the muscle and even bone can bring other medical conditions like:
Damage to the knee and blood vessels etc.
Skin tattoos or traumatic tattoos are permanent discoloration of the skin that happens when foreign objects are embedded in the skin from road rash
What to do?
As with any accident you should seek medical treatment immediately following an accident.
Injuries can be far more severe then they seem at the scene immediately following the accident.
Seeking medical attention can only help you move forward with any claim against the other parties involved.
Not seeking medical attention right away can have a negative affect on your case.
The lawyers for the other parties can use this against you by saying that the injuries were not that severe since you weren’t in need of medical attention or didn’t seek medical attention.
If you suffer severe road rash injuries in a major motor vehicle accident see a doctor immediately.
Also contact the Las Vegas motorcycle accident attorneys for help in processing your claim and to protect your interest.
Some insurance companies charge motorcyclists a higher premium even though the insurance is fairly inexpensive due to the higher risk they present to get into accidents.
But motorcyclists are entitled to compensation for their injuries regardless of risk factor.
Damages in Accidents Involving Road Rash
Motorcyclists can recover the same damages available to other accident victims.
This can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages or damages paid by the defendant for negligence in the case.
You may be eligible for more compensation than you think.
Most personal injury attorneys will give you a free consultation to evaluate your case.
Most reputable attorneys work on a contingency basis so you don’t have to pay out any money up front and we only collect money if we win your case.
Motorcycle Crashes on The Rise
Since the population has exploded in Las Vegas over the last several years and the tourists are coming back at greater numbers after Covid, motorcycle accidents involving road rash are on the rise.
This is mostly due to the increase in population and tourism and let’s face it the weather doesn’t hurt.
Most motorcyclists from another state either driving their motorcycle or renting a motorcycle while in town fail to get information on the laws for driving a motorcycle in Las Vegas.
All states have different motorcycle laws and this inconsistency can create a dangerous state of unpredictability on Nevada’s highways.
When this happens it is usually the motorcycle driver who bears most of the risk or injury when involved in an accident.
Motorcycles provide almost no protection for the driver or the rider when they are involved in a crash.
Often the motorcycle rider or passenger is thrown from the bike or dragged along with the bike.
Either way the motorcycle provides no protection for the rider.
In a crash involving a motorcycle the only thing between the rider and the pavement is the clothes they are wearing.
Limited protection combined with increased motorcycle crashes, usually at high speeds lead to more instances of more severe accidents and more road rash injuries.
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Injured at a 7 11 in Nevada
Were You Injured at 7-11 Walking into a convenient store is something most of us do routinely. Picking up some quick items, stand in line, pay and then out the door. This is usually…Read more
Were You Injured at 7-11
Walking into a convenient store is something most of us do routinely. Picking up some quick items, stand in line, pay and then out the door.
This is usually how it goes.
It is unusual to think of being injured in a 7-11 but recent studies show that accidents with injury do take place more than we can imagine.
First thing that comes to my mind would be a slippery floor and a person goes down.
However, there are many other ways that an injury can take place.
A fallen item off a shelf and a trip or even an assault and battery can lead to injury in a 7-11.
Don’t fight the insurance companies alone, Call us.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
If you are in a 7-11 in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada and are injured due to the negligence of another it is possible to receive compensation for all the damages.
Damages can be medical costs, lost wages or any other expense that came from an accident. Pain and suffering can also be factored into the lawsuit.
It is important to have a trusted and knowledgeable attorney that specializes in personal injury lawsuits.
Richard Harris are experts in these types of cases and are here to answer any questions you may have.
Call The Law Offices of Richard Harris Today – Reno and Las Vegas!
Who Is Liable For 7-11 Accident?
If you were injured inside or on the property of a 7-11 and it is not your fault than someone else could be held liable.
If a business does not provide proper safety for their customers, they could be held responsible.
If the store is not reasonably safe to enter and injury occurs than a lawsuit against the property owner can be filed.
Slippery floors can be dangerous if there are no signs warning customers as they enter.
A freshly waxed floor can do some serious damage on a person coming into the store to get a quick coffee before work.
Wet floors from a leaking pipe or a newly mopped floor can do the same.
Store employees, managers and owners must make a realistic attempt at keeping the property safe.
Potholes in the parking lot and a customer sprains or breaks and ankle can lead to medical attention.
7-11 is a place where there are drinks and food in constant motion.
There are many opportunities for spills which can lead to an injury if not attended to.
Establishing who is liable may be more complicated than you might think.
It is important to show that you were not the cause of the accident by not paying attention or doing something you should not have been doing.
Talking to witnesses and having evidence is key.
This is why having a team of legal minds like Richard Harris is important in establishing the facts and who is responsible.
Once we look at the evidence and investigate the incident, we will than know if you have a case.
We work on a contingency basis so there is no upfront money that you need to pay us.
We only get paid if we win your case.
Injury Accidents at 7-11
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of accidents we see in an injury at 7-11.
Anytime there are drinks, food and items on shelves in a store there will be higher risk for a wet floor.
Wet floors can happen due to spillage but also rain and leaking faucets, sinks, or toilets.
The CDC has stated that each year millions of people will hit the ground and be injured because of a slip and fall.
The chance for injury is always there if a person goes down but for those 65 and older the chance of injury is even higher.
1 out of every 5 falls tend to see more serious injuries like broken bones or injuries to the head.
Over 800,000 patients will be hospitalized each year due to injuries from a slip and fall.
With these statistics it is easy to see that a 7-11 or any other type of convenience store can have a good amount of these types of accidents.
Getting hit in the parking lot at a 7-11 is also a harsh reality.
Maybe Uber dropped you off, or maybe you got hit by a car when you were just walking to the store?
Sadly we see people being assaulted by staff or other customers also.
Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident
Getting injured can be hard on a person. If the injury is serious a person may have trouble getting around as they once did.
Injuries can traumatically affect the day-to-day routine and in some cases, they may need long term care.
Some of the injuries that we tend to see from a slip and fall accident at a 7-11 include;
- Broken Bones – Wrists, arms, ankles, and hips are some of the common bone breaks. These can take a long time to heal and a person may lose their ability to go to work. Putting a cast will limit the persons mobility and make it difficult. Some breaks will need surgery which will need even more time to heal up. Medical bills can be overwhelming and lost wages can create financial stress.
- Traumatic Brain Injury – Falling on a hard floor can cause serious injury to the brain. Not only can the skull get fractured but the brain can be affected. TBI can happen from a fall in 7-11 from a wet floor, uneven floor, loose flooring, product off the shelf that is on the floor, grease and food on tiled floor etc. Some of the symptoms of TBI include, dizziness, headaches, loss of appetite, depression and loss of memory.
- Spinal Injury – Falling directly on the back can hurt the vertebrae. The spine can also be injured by twisting the spinal cord while falling down. When the spine is injured, it can take time to heal and be very painful. In worst case scenarios the person can become paralyzed and need long term care.
It is important to seek medical attention if you have been injured in a 7-11 accident.
Teeth and facial injuries also happen often in grocery stores and places like Walmart, when a 20lb box falls off the shelf it can do serious damage.
It may seem minor at the moment but often these injuries can get worse with time.
Then call Richard Harris and speak with an experienced personal injury attorney you can count on.
We Can Help You Build Your Case
There are many things that go into building a personal injury case at a 7-11.
Determining who is liable can take some investigating of the details.
It is important to get the evidence that you need in order to be successful.
This means getting pictures, video, and eyewitness statements that can back up your claim.
Our attorneys will then figure out a value of the economic and non-economic damages.
We will try to negotiate with the insurance companies, property owner etc.
If necessary, our law firm has top rated trial attorneys that will represent you in a court of law.
A personal injury lawsuit has specific time limits set by the state of Nevada on how long after the incident that you can file.
So don’t wait too long.
The sooner you begin the process the better.
Richard Harris is ready when you are to help you build a winning case.
We have been in Nevada since 1980 and have won over $1 Billion for our clients.
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How Much is a Permanent Injury Accident Settlement Worth
Permanent Injuries and How They Are Compensated If you or anyone you know has been involved in an injury that was due to the negligence of another party you need to be aware of…Read more
Permanent Injuries and How They Are Compensated
If you or anyone you know has been involved in an injury that was due to the negligence of another party you need to be aware of what the injured party might be entitled to.
It is not a bad thing to think of what the settlement benefits will be.
Some people feel guilty for pursuing a settlement but there is no reason to feel that way.
If an injury occurs, especially one that causes permanent damage then the person suffering will no doubt have issues that stay prevalent the rest of their life.
This can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of income and lack of employment options.
It probably goes without saying but it should be emphasized that a permanent injury claim will be entitled to a larger settlement then lesser injuries.
Because of that, it is important that you (as a claimant) get everything you deserve.
Having a competent law firm represent you will be a key necessity in accomplishing this goal.
This is where the Richard Harris Law Firm comes into play.
We’ve been serving communities (Henderson, Spring Valley, Pahrump, Reno, Summerlin, Laughlin, Paradise) throughout southern Nevada and beyond for decades and will ensure that you receive everything you are entitled to.
So you can be more educated, we will have a look below at more details involving permanent injury claims.
It Can Be Complicated
When an injury occurs that causes a long term disability things can get complicated.
Aside from having massive medical expenses that continue on throughout the person’s life, there are other aspects that need to be addressed that are subjective and sometimes not quantitative.
In some cases, a “multiplier” will be referenced by both attorneys and insurance companies but when there are other intangible issues this type of tool cannot be used.
These complicated factors make it really necessary that you find a good legal representative to help you along.
You can pretty much be sure that the insurance company will have a well versed injury law professional working for their best interests.
A significant claim will always have emotional testimony due to the severity of the situation.
The same goes with presenting evidence to showcase pain and suffering.
Due to all of the factors listed above, a permanent injury claim can sometimes pay in the millions of dollars.
What to Emphasize for Permanent Injury Compensation
Attempting to calculate what the economic damages are is one of the first steps your injury attorney should do.
One of the more straightforward things to calculate are what medical expenses have already been incurred.
This is somewhat easy because there are bills and invoices already on file from medical providers.
In addition, there are receipts for payments.
Because these expenses are set in stone as having already been done, they are the first items that should be inputted on the ledger.
Future Medical Bills
Future medical care can also be expensed.
That gets a bit tricky though because no one really knows for sure what treatments will be needed in the future.
Just because a chiropractor is being used today does not mean that more pain will occur in the future or that another diagnosis will be made that causes surgery, MRI’s, CT’s among many other things.
Hospital room charges can be huge and anyone that has viewed a UB04 form (itemized hospital bill) knows this.
You need to have a good attorney that can calculate these future, unexpected items.
Bringing in medical professionals can also help with this matter but the attorney you hire will manage all of that.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is not quantifiable but still needs to be a part of your settlement claim.
An injured person needs to remember that they did not cause the injury, someone else’s negligence did.
If it was not for the other party’s action, there would not have been an injury.
So due to this, you are entitled to be compensated for your pain and suffering.
Age of when the injury occurred is also a factor.
Looking at life expectancy and actuaries is a big deal for permanent injuries.
If an older person suffers a long term injury their settlement will be less than if the same type of injury happens to someone younger.
It is not any kind of bias but is really just math.
A younger person will suffer more income loss, more pain, more medical expenses, etc… then compared to an older person simply because they have more time left on earth.
Disfigurement cannot only be a visible blemish but can impact the psychological aspect of the victim as well.
Long term injuries can be depressing for some knowing that certain goals may never be fulfilled due to the accident.
Depending on the situation, the potential of lost wages may also cause stress and agony.
The stress can be for the future or may be due to the financial stress of the present time.
Visible scars and disfigurement can also be very hard to handle psychologically for some people.
How severe the disability is also needs to be assessed.
Activity of Daily Living
One way to help determine this is if the ADL’s are impacted. An ADL is the ‘activity of daily living’ and consists of numerous things that people do during the normal course of life.
They can include using the bathroom without assistance, dressing oneself, being able to feed yourself without assistance and other things.
If an activity of daily living cannot be done due to the injury then your settlement will increase in value. If your family has dealth with loss of consortium then feel free to call us also.
Injuries are Expensive
Injuries can cost money by way of losing future income.
If an injury causes a job or career change that would pay less than the victim’s current profession, then those lost wages need to be calculated as part of the settlement.
Looking at the victim’s education level and work experience will be ways to get an idea of the lost wages.
Knowing how many years they had left in their career is also a variable. One thing that can be overlooked but would not by a competent injury attorney is factoring in cost of living adjustments (COLA).
Inflation is always present meaning that prices go up so having that factored in will help ensure that the victim’s settlement will be fair and will help them throughout the rest of their life.
Don’t sit and wait for help from the insurance companies, and if you want a second opinion then call us today.
Sometimes Settlements can be Limited
In some scenarios, limited funds may be available regardless of how severe the injury was.
Workers’ Compensation claims are one example of this.
Workers’ Comp is generally managed by each state so the Nevada department will handle all partial and permanent injury claims.
One benefit to a Workers’ Comp claim is that the settlement is not considered taxable income to the victim. That brings more money to the victim’s pocket helping them in the future.
The Worker’s Comp insurance will usually settle with a lump sum payment to the victim but lacks certain things that we have previously discussed.
Pain and suffering benefits are omitted from the payout. Also, the calculation of future lost wages will not be considered in the settlement process.
Auto insurance claims can also be capped out.
When someone is permanently injured in a car accident, the settlement will be based on the driver’s liability coverage.
So whatever the maximum is on that insurance policy will be the maximum a victim will receive.
If the victim has another supplement policy then that can help.
An “underinsured motorist” insurance plan would kick in for a victim after the driver’s policy maxed out.
No one likes paying more for insurance but in a situation like this, a driver would be thankful they purchased a supplemental plan.
A permanent injury can include many different diagnosis but below are some of the most common ones dealt within the court system:
Disfigurement – Mostly this will consist of visible issues such as scars but may also include the loss of a limb. Amputations and issues that are visible can play havoc on a victim’s mindset. Often times they feel their worth is discounted due to their handicap.
TBI – Traumatic Brain Injuries – These types of issues often occur when there is blunt force trauma to the head which causes a lack of oxygen to flow to the brain. Injuries such as this can be tough to calculate because sometimes they start off as simple symptoms (similar to a concussion) but can also range to permanent brain damage which can cause significant problems up to and including the loss of cognitive functionality.
Back Injuries – anyone who has suffered a back injury or lower back pain knows how the pain lingers and how things never seem to get back to normal. Disc injuries like ruptures or vertebrae issues (such as fractures) can sometimes require multiple surgeries. These types of surgeries often require hospital confinement and at the very least will cause suffering and lack of production for the victim while they recuperate.
Sensory Losses – These will include a loss of sense such as permanent hearing loss, blindness (or not being able to see well enough to drive) or the inability to taste things. Many types of injuries can cause this type of damage to include medical malpractice, traumatic injury or toxic exposure.
If you were involved in a long term injury causing permanent damage please reach out to the Richard Harris Law Firm for help.