After an injury accident, and prior to hiring an attorney, the insurance company may make an offer of settlement. If you haven’t hired an attorney yet, and you were injured in the accident it is best not to accept such an offer. A quick offer of settlement after an injury accident is a leading indication that you have a significant chance of a larger settlement and the insurance company wants to take you off the street. Accepting a settlement comes with a release of all future claims, meaning that once you accept, that is the final and last action that can be taken in that case. If additional injuries manifest after such a quick settlement, the insurance company will not be obligated to cover the treatments.
Once you have hired an attorney and have substantially completed your medical treatments, your attorney will file a Demand with the insurance company. The insurance company will usually counter the Demand with a lowball offer to settle. As ethics rules dictate that lawyers communicate all offers to their clients, your attorney will inform you of the offer and if it doesn’t meet the value the attorney has placed on the claim, he will advise you not to take the offer.
After rejecting the offer, you lawyer will continue to negotiate, and the insurance company may make additional offers to settle the case. Your lawyer will advise you each time this occurs. Once your lawyer advises that you to accept you should do so. Your lawyer has considered all the factors of additional expense, costs, potential time to settlement and risks associated with litigating your case to make the decision to recommend accepting the settlement offer. While your lawyer can give you his best legal advice regarding an offer, only you can ultimately decide whether or not to do so. Your lawyer can advise you what the potential advantages and risks are associated with your decision.
How is my settlement distributed?
Once a settlement offer is accepted, either by direct negotiations in pre-trial, or after a successful litigation, the distribution is roughly the same.
First, all medical provider balances for treatment associated with the case will be paid.
Second, any liens against the case will be paid. Some medical services may have been provided via a lien, meaning that your medical provider agreed to treat on the promise of payment once the case settles. Other lien holders, if any, are also paid.
Third, costs which were advanced by the firm are paid. Costs are different than legal fees. Costs are hard expenses which the law firm paid on your behalf during the case. For example, a medical provider may charge a fee for copies of medical bills to be provided to the firm. Or court filing fees were paid by the firm. The firm advanced those fees and is now recovering the hard costs. In pre-litigation, costs are usually small, but can increase dramatically in litigation with payments to expert witnesses, court reporters, and other costs necessary to litigate your claim.
Fourth, legal fees are paid. Your attorney receives his fee based on the retainer agreement.
Your compensation is paid to you after all medical, legal costs and services, and all other claimants against your settlement are paid. Your pain and suffering, lost income, and other non-economic forms of compensation will be represented in your proceeds.
Finally, you will receive a full and transparent accounting of the distribution at the successful conclusion of your case.
The Richard Harris Law Firm will assist you to obtain the highest Settlement
Our lawyers have to experience and legal knowledge to pursue your case in order to obtain the highest settlement. Our firm has been helping our clients obtain fair settlements since 1982. Rely on our experience to help you with your injury claim. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of others, call our firm today at (702) 444-4444.
Less than a week after the horrendous events of October 1, 2017, when 58 concert goers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival were brutally cut down by a mass shooter, Las Vegans came together to open a place of remembrance for the victims. The Las Vegas Healing Garden, located at 1015 S Casino Center Blvd in downtown Las Vegas, was the brainchild of Jay Pleggenkuhle, a landscaper, who drew out his first few ideas for the memorial on a dinner napkin.
Things moved fast from there, with the City of Las Vegas donating a ¼-acre unused lot on Casino Center Blvd near Charleston, and individuals, volunteers, and businesses from around the valley donating their time, efforts, and products to put together what is now the Las Vegas Healing Garden.
What is the Healing Garden?
The empty lot became a place for the community to pour their angst in order to be in solidarity with survivors in remembering the innocent victims who were senselessly cut down. Three days after construction began, the Garden opened on October 6, 2017 as part of the First Friday Monthly Art Festival in October.
The garden consists of a brick paver sidewalk, which encircles a heart-shaped planter for a single large tree, designated the “Tree of Life.” The entire site is surrounded by 58 trees, one for every victim of the shooting. At the far end of the walkway is the Remembrance Wall, which consists of slats of wood with notes, photos, flowers, painted stones, and other mementos placed to remember the victims.
It is a place of reverence and remembrance to counter the injury received by the entire Las Vegas community as a result of the October 1 shootings.
Future of the Garden
The original garden came together organically, not necessarily intended as a permanent shrine. The City of Las Vegas owns the land, and once the Garden came together, the city established the Community Healing Fund to maintain the site. This fund is being managed by the nonprofit Nevada Community Foundation.
However, plans are now in place to add more permanent monuments to the location, including replacing the temporary Remembrance Wall with 5 walls of increasing height and incorporating remnants of the current wall into a steel frame with back lighting.
Get Outdoors Nevada (GON), the group taking charge of fundraising for the new memorial, presented plans to Las Vegas City Council in early May. GON has budgeted $150,000 for the project and has seen an outpouring of support. They have since collected $25,000 from a single source along with other donations from others in the community.
Plans are to dedicate the new Remembrance Wall on October 1, 2018, with a dedication ceremony followed by music performances of pop and country. Links to donate to both funds are found below.
One of the benefits of being a client, friend, or employee of the Richard Harris Law Firm (RHLF) or its affiliated companies, Ticket Busters or the Defenders, is participation in our Connections program. If you’ve…
One of the benefits of being a client, friend, or employee of the Richard Harris Law Firm (RHLF) or its affiliated companies, Ticket Busters or the Defenders, is participation in our Connections program. If you’ve had a case close at either RHLF or Ticket Busters, you’ve received an invitation to participate in the Connections program.
What is the Connections program?
Connections is a free purchasing program that makes discounts available to you when you buy products or services from local and nationwide vendors who are affiliated with the program. We offer discounts from a wide range of companies, including Papa John’s Pizza and other restaurants, grocery stores, airlines, movies, hotels, rental car services, and much more.
Checking out what benefits are available to you is easy once you’re enrolled. You can access Connections through a web browser on your PC, Mac, or by downloading the Connections app to your smart phone from the App Store or Google Play.
Connections is administered by our partner company, Abenity.
How do I get in on Connections?
It’s not difficult at all. If you’ve had a case close at either RHLF or Ticket Busters, you will have received a Case Closed package within a month or two of the case closing. In the Case Closed package is an invitation to enroll. If you haven’t received a Case Closed package, ask your lawyer, paralegal, case manager, or legal assistant. They can arrange to have a Connections invitation sent to you, or you can pick one up at our office by asking the receptionist.
How hard is it to enroll?
It’s not hard at all. All the information is included inside your invitation along with an enrollment code that you’ll need to enter once prompted. You’ll need to enter an email address and password, and once your profile is setup, you’ll be able to access the Connections site.
How do I find discounts available to me?
There are several methods available once you’ve accessed the website. The home screen will give you many suggested discount categories with instant buttons to take you to offers for discounts on:
The menu bar across the top of the website also provides searches by selecting Brands, Categories, Recommendations, Popular, and New. We even provide a short instructional video under Perks 101.
The main screen also has many quick links in the body of the site to popular discounts, including movie discounts up to 30%; amusement park admissions, including Disneyland; Costco memberships; car repairs and tires; and tuitions at selected educational institutions, among others.
If you want to know if a particular company provides Connections discounts, just type it into the SEARCH box at the top of the screen. There is also a Nearby Offers selection under the My Perks link, which shows offers for companies within 10 miles of where you live.
The Connections by Richard Harris Program is Our Way of Showing Thanks
Whether you’re a client, employee, or friend of the Richard Harris Law Firm, this program is available to you as a way to say thanks for your continued support for our firm. Richard Harris says, “Your connections membership allows us to thank you every day for your loyalty and referrals—and we will continue to deliver the extraordinary client service and results you expect.”
Despite the sunshine and cooler fall weather, it has been a couple of dark days in Las Vegas. We are all saddened and dumbfounded by the Sunday night tragedy on our Las Vegas Strip, where a crowd of more than 20,000 had gathered for the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The Las Vegas shooting was the worst massacre in modern U.S. history, with nearly 60 people losing their lives and more than 480 injured.
In the midst of the mass shooting and in the hours and days immediately afterwards, incredible stories of heroism and selflessness flowed on media outlets and social networks. Brave souls helped save the injured and provided cover to those still threatened. Passersby turned their vehicles into makeshift medical transport units, taking the injured to area hospitals. First responders, doctors, nurses and other medical staff left home and families to report to work within minutes of hearing about the tragedy. Lines of donors formed in the middle of the night at local blood banks. It was all hands on deck, coming together to provide compassion and help to those in desperate circumstances.
The generosity of our community continues to shine, and many are asking what else they can do. Below are a few resources if you or someone you care for needs more information or would like to help:
MGM Resorts (Mandalay Bay) hotline for victims, their family members and any others who were impacted by this Las Vegas shooting: 702.692.2300 or 888.634.7111
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police hotline for locating family members or friends: 800.536.9488
Additional Las Vegas Metropolitan Police victim and family assistance resources:
For local Las Vegas residents, call 3-1-1 if you are a witness and have information to assist the investigation or you were a victim of the shooting.
For out-of-state residents, call 702.828.3111 if you are a witness and have information to assist the investigation or you were a victim of the shooting.
FBI Victim Assistance to complete a victim questionnaire or supply photos or videos related to the shooting: 800.CALL.FBI or tips.fbi.gov
National Compassion Fund: Donate $10 to directly support the immediate and long-term needs of victims of the October 1st shooting in Las Vegas by texting Vegas to 20222
Nevada Victims of Crime Program for a variety of assistance for victims and their families: voc.nv.gov
Blood donations: Give the gift of life with your blood and blood product donation. United Blood Services has three collection sites. Please be sure to call to find out the latest needs and schedule your donation time.
West Charleston Donor Center
6930 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Green Valley Donor Center
601 Whitney Ranch Dr.
Bldg. D, Suite 20
Henderson, NV 89014
Northwest Donor Center
4950 W. Craig Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Richard Harris Law Firm, Here to Help:
As you can imagine, there will be a lengthy period of investigation of multiple sites, and it will be quite a while before answers are available for the many questions all of us are asking. As bystanders, it’s hard enough to think about those impacted by this senseless happening. For the victims, those at the concert during the shooting, and their families, they may have another whole series of questions about what they need to do and where they can get help. For now, the Richard Harris Law Firm is contributing to victims’ funds. Our focus is to use our strength of more than 70 team members to support our community in need.
In the coming months, as the investigation ensues, there will be lawsuits to compensate those injured or who lost loved ones at the concert. When that time comes, Richard Harris Law Firm is handling these injury and wrongful death cases. Read more about how we can represent you or your loved ones. If you need help, please call us at 702.444.4444.
The Richard Harris Law Firm is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual Students with a Cause competition, which focused on the theme, “Just in Case.” More than 30 talented high school students…
The Richard Harris Law Firm is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual Students with a Cause competition, which focused on the theme, “Just in Case.” More than 30 talented high school students submitted entries. Winners were selected in each of the competition’s entry categories:
Video: Jordan Dailey (Palo Verde High school), for the video, “Don’t Text and Drive #JustInCase”;
Work of Art: Janisse Badere (Chaparral High School), for artwork reinforcing the need for online safety;
Short Story or Poem: Samantha Fabela-Andaya (Advanced Technologies Academy), for a short story about repairing damaged relationships.;
Website: Pablo Cortez (Advanced Technologies Academy), for his website discussing the dangers of texting and driving.
The four winners were each awarded $1,000 scholarships. Additionally, $500 was awarded to the school of each winning student.
In this year’s newly expanded competition, the four winners were encouraged to submit a 30-second video, a work of art, a short story or poem or a website to illustrate the theme, “Just in Case.” A review panel narrowed down the decisions based on creativity, content and clarity of the message. Each winner was chosen based on their interpretation of the “Just in Case theme.”
Sponsored by the Richard Harris Law Firm, the campaign’s goal is to encourage students to express their vision and experiences through creative interpretation, in a way that will engage, motivate and make a difference in their lives and the community. “For seven years, I have been in awe of the talent and insight that lies within the students of Clark County,” says Richard Harris, Founder of the Richard Harris Law Firm. “This year was a perfect example of what our youth can do if given the chance. To be given an open ended topic like ‘Just in Case,’ and to be able to come up with the work that they have is impressive. My focus is to give students a sense of accomplishment and encourage them to create artistically while thinking critically, and I believe that Jordan, Janisse, Samantha and Pablo have done just that. Congratulations to them, and all of the entrants in this year’s Students with a Cause!”
Filed under: About RHLF, Community, Students with a Cause
2015 marks the sixth-annual Students with a Cause PSA video contest sponsored by The Richard Harris Law Firm. As part of our law firm’s “Reach Out” program, Students with a Cause is a community-focused video…
2015 marks the sixth-annual Students with a Cause PSA video contest sponsored by The Richard Harris Law Firm. As part of our law firm’s “Reach Out” program, Students with a Cause is a community-focused video challenge to high-school students throughout Clark County, intended to raise awareness in different areas of safety.
Through the years we have witnessed amazing creativity in the 30-second video submissions sent in by local high-school students. The links below will take you to some of the previous submissions, including the annual winning videos.
The theme of this year’s contest, “What If…” challenges students to answer the hypothetical question as it relates to improving their lives, that of their family or community, or making for a better society. Students can apply by submitting their unique take on the theme in a 30-second video submission. The winning video will be aired on local TV in June and posted on the Internet.
The goal of the Students with a Cause campaign is to encourage students to creatively express their vision and experiences through a video that will engage, motivate and make a difference in their lives and the community. “My focus is to give students a sense of accomplishment and encourage them to create artistically with a long-term goal in mind,” says Richard Harris, Founder of the Richard Harris Law Firm. “This campaign not only serves as an avenue to be creative, but as an opportunity for students to make a real commitment to their future.”
Entries are judged by a panel of professionals in media and broadcasting who will rank the videos based on content, persuasiveness, creativity, production/presentation and awareness. The Richard Harris Law Firm will reward the top two PSA videos in the contest with a first and second place prize. FIRST PRIZE: $1,500 scholarship and $500 donation to the student’s high school / SECOND PRIZE: $1,000 scholarship.
Students must be currently enrolled in a high school in Clark County
Students must be in grades 9 to 12
Students under the age of 18 must obtain parent/guardian permission
Video must be 30 seconds in length, contain no vulgar or inappropriate content
Video should include original images and background music
Video submissions must be received by May 3, 2015
WINNERS will be selected on May 22, 2015
For contest details, visit https://richardharrislaw.com/community/students-with-a-cause/