Don’t speak to anyone until you know the police are on the way, even if you think someone else has already called the police, always call yourself after you are involved in an auto accident.
Sometimes if you are involved in a fender bender where no one is really hurt at the time of the accident, someone will say hey let’s not call the police we can handle it ourselves.
Never ever do this.
It’s safer to call the police no matter how insignificant you think the accident may be and let them decide.
You should always get information and evidence at the accident scene like license information, insurance information, any witness information, and photos or video if possible just so you have it right away.
Who is ultimately at fault based on an investigation by the police
Investigation report by the police- if the accident is severe the police will conduct an investigation after the accident is cleared. This will be added to the police report
All of these things should be in any police accident report.
After the accident you will need the report to move forward.
If you are involved in a car accident in Pahrump or anywhere else in nevada then call The Richard Harris Law Firm.
You can send us a copy of the police report for a review of your case free of charge.
Get a Copy of a Police Report After an Accident
Police reports are usually pretty easy to get after an accident.
After the accident you are usually given a business card from the responding officers with the name of the officers responding to your accident and the police department they work for and the phone number of the police department.
This is also important information, but on this card is a police report number and this information is the most important.
This number is the number to get a copy of the police report but also to reference anything having to do with your accident on the police side.
So usually after an accident, maybe within a week you can call the police with the reference number on the business card and the police will send you a copy of the police report.
The police will automatically send a copy to the DMV in the state that your license is from especially if a DUI is involved.
All insurance companies will need a copy of the police report and can easily get one on their own.
This is something the insurance company should do, you should not get a copy of the police report for the insurance company.
When you hire an attorney after an accident like The Richard Harris Law Firm, that’s something we can do for you.
We can get police reports and speak with the police and investigators for you.
Will The Police Report Help Your Injury Claim
Police reports contain vital information and the observations by the police officers on the scene of the accident.
However, in Nevada under the hearsay rule police reports are generally inadmissible at trial or arbitration unless the parties agree to admit it into evidence.
So even though they are not admissible in court, police reports can be a valuable tool during any negotiations with insurance companies or other parties legal counsel.
What if during the accident you were severely injured and don’t remember what happened?
The police report can help fill in the blanks especially since it is taken by an impartial party.
That’s why having a police report is essential and having a good attorney like The Richard Harris Law Firm to be able to use the police report in your favor.
We get the best settlement for our clients and we use things like police reports to negotiate those settlements.
Why Contact The Richard Harris Law Firm
The Richard Harris Law Firm has been Nevada’s best accident firm for over 40 years.
We have over 40 years of experience handling some of the most difficult cases in Las Vegas.
Always hire a lawyer to help you after an accident.
We fight for our clients and will get the best settlement available
We have recovered over $1 Billion for our clients over the years
Our clients pay nothing until we recover a settlement for you
Getting Maximum Compensation
After an accident, contact an attorney right away.
At The Richard Harris Law Firm we will work to get you the highest compensation available.
Insurance companies and lawyers for other parties will try to pay the minimum or deny the claim altogether.
Getting good evidence such as police reports improves your chances of getting a better settlement.
By gathering the accurate information including police reports, medical treatments and bills, photos or video of damages to your vehicle at the scene, and the repairs after the accident helps create a picture of what happened.
The Richard Harris Law firm can gather all this information for you and use it to get the most compensation available.
We will never take the first lowball offer and use all the evidence to fight for you.
Just remember insurance companies are a business and therefore in the business of making money.
So even if you’ve never had an accident or claim and have paid them every month they will do their best to pay as little as possible or not pay at all.
I know that sounds crazy but it’s true.
So always hire an attorney after an accident to make sure you get what your claim is worth.
Call a top personal injury attorney for a free consultation or case review.
Dealing with Insurance Companies After an Accident
Insurance companies are in the business of making money just like all other businesses.
After you file a claim and get any sort of payment your insurance premium may go up even a little bit because they had to pay you.
But make no mistake, insurance companies will use many tactics to deny or minimize your personal injury claim.
Never speak to any insurance adjuster without calling Richard Harris Law Firm ahead of time.
Any statements made by you can be used against you when asking for payment or settlement from insurance companies.
Below are some of the tactics that insurance companies use to deny claims.
Calling immediately after the accident- someone from your insurance or the other person’s insurance may call you immediately after the accident, sometimes even the same day. You may want to talk to someone but don’t talk to anyone from the insurance company without speaking to an accident attorney from the Richard Harris Law Firm.
Asking for a signed medical authorization- Never ever do this without speaking to a lawyer first. By doing this you are giving an insurance adjuster and company access to your medical records and doctors. This information is private for a reason. Don’t let them use your medical records against you. Only release this information to your immediate family and your personal injury attorney like The Richard Harris Law Firm.
Offering a quick settlement in return for a release of claim- So you have medical bills piling up and other bills because you haven’t worked since you were injured. The insurance company calls and offers you a settlement right away, you’re thinking I need this it will take care of all my problems right? Don’t do it… The insurance company knows that if they pay you an amount now you can’t go to court and get what you really need for the future. Having The Richard Harris Law Firm on your side, we will get you the absolute highest amount for your accident settlement.
Claiming the insured is at fault or denies the claim- Insurance companies will try and blame the insured, making them at fault and therefore denying your claim. They also can deny certain expenses based on at fault and out of pocket expenses. Call The Richard Harris Law Firm if you have been injured in an automobile accident before you speak to an insurance company.
How to Decide to Go to ER or Urgent Care in Nevada
If you’re in an accident and maybe you think your injuries are minor do you go to the ER or the Urgent care?
If you have the choice and aren’t seriously injured and sent by the ambulance then you have a decision to make.
If you are going to the ER you should consider the following:
ER will take patients without the ability to pay- if you have insurance make sure the ER is aware and bills your insurance.
ER doctors base the ability to be seen on the severity of your injuries- if you have minor injuries like cuts and scrapes you may wait a long time to be seen.
ERs are just a triage area- ER is designed to just treat immediate injuries and base everything on the severity of the injuries. The ER doctors may treat you and send you home to follow up with your regular doctor or they may admit you to the hospital. Whatever the aftercare plan is, you should always follow the doctor’s orders.
ER’s take all patients and can be a very scary place during a very scary time.
Calling an experienced attorney after an accident can help you navigate through the ER red tape.
If your thinking about Urgent care you might consider this:
Urgent care treats less severe injuries- If you have cuts and scrapes this may be the best option for you.
Urgent care doesn’t accept an ambulance- You need to drive yourself or have someone drive you to the Urgent care. If you are sent by an ambulance you are going to the ER and you should go no matter what
Urgent care takes patients in the order they arrive- Wait time in the URgent care is based on when you arrive not the severity of your injury like the ER.
Urgant will send you to the ER if they can’t treat your injuries so be careful because you may pay twice.
No matter what you choose or whether or not you are sent by ambulance.
Always call for legal assistance if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in Nevada.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Sometimes when we travel we want to rent a car or maybe we are going to a place that doesn’t have much uber or lyft like a remote area, some areas of Lake Tahoe or Reno have very little Uber or Lyft service because it is so remote.
So renting a car is the other option and in Las Vegas it happens all the time.
In most states including Nevada you must be 21 years or older to rent a car.
Also in Nevada you must have insurance when renting a vehicle.
Usually you make a reservation either on the rental companies app or you call.
But do your homework before you make the reservation for a rental car in Nevada.
Once you make the reservation or go to pick up the car, be careful rental car agencies will throw all kinds of extras at you that you may or may not need.
After you pick your rental car anything can happen and you should be prepared for anything including what will happen in a rental car accident in Nevada.
Call The Richard Harris Law Firm today if you were involved in a rental car accident.
Am I Covered For a Rental Car Accident in Nevada
You must have insurance to rent a car in Nevada and this includes Las Vegas, even if you are just driving around Las Vegas Boulevard.
If you go to rent a car and don’t have a copy of your regular insurance you have a few options to make sure you have the coverage you need when renting a car.
So if you are ever in a rental car accident you are at least covered by some insurance.
Again you must be insured to rent a car in Nevada.
Regular Car Insurance- if you have a car then you should have regular car insurance. This can be enough insurance coverage for a car rental company but you must have a copy of your valid insurance card with you at the time you rent the car. You have to actually have proof that you have regular car insurance.
Sometimes regular car insurance has rental car insurance built into the payment. If it doesn’t rental insurance can be added to your regular policy for an additional fee usually for a dollar or two a month. Rental car insurance through your regular insurance will cover all accidents with the full coverage of your regular auto insurance.
Coverage from your credit card– American Express was known for its exceptional rental car insurance. If you rented a car using your american express card they offer an insurance policy through the card that is less expensive than purchasing via the rental company.
This policy is either total coverage or supplemental coverage added to your regular policy. Obviously the full coverage will be more via your credit card.
This service is great if you are renting a car out of the country or in places like England for example where they drive or the other side of the car and the other side of the road.
Coverage from the rental car company- most people try to avoid this as this is the most expensive of the rental car insurance options. This coverage will cover a rental car like regular insurance covers your car at home.
But again this is the most expensive option and some rental car companies will still add extras onto the policy.
Make sure you do your research before renting a car to make sure you have the proper coverage if you are ever in a rental car accident.
What is Supplemental Insurance Offered by Rental Car Companies?
Supplemental insurance is an add-on to regular insurance and is not usually needed if you have regular insurance but you must look into it before you rent a car.
Knowing exactly what coverage you have before renting a car can save you time and money.
There are the major options for supplemental insurance offered by rental car companies when you rent a car.
Collision Damage Waiver– this is added to regular policy and means that you will not be held responsible for all or part of the cost of the damage if the rental car is stolen or damaged while you’re renting it.
Supplemental Liability Insurance– this protects the driver and renter from lawsuits if the renter is involved in an accident. This is good when you rent a car for a business trip or the company you work for rents the car for you since the company can be held liable
Personal accident insurance– This is the third option for supplemental insurance and this covers all the passengers in the rental car if they are in an accident. This covers everyone for medical care and any associated care after a rental car accident.
These add-on supplemental policies are usually not needed and rental car agents can be aggressive because they may get a commission to sell these add-ons.
Do your homework and know that insurance you have or need before you rent a car.
If you rented a car and were involved in an accident you should know your rights.
If you are injured in a rental car accident in Nevada call The Richard Harris Law Firm for a free case review.
What to Do After a Rental Car Crash
There are some basic steps that you should take when involved in a car accident no matter what, they are the same if involved in a car accident with a rental car.
Report the accident to the local police
Gather information and evidence- get info from the other people involved like insurance info , license info , take pictures or video if possible
Seek medical attention- if you are injured or believe you might be injured seek medical attention immediately. Waiting could cause you issues later on
Notify the rental company and any insurance company of the accident. Notify the insurance you decided on or had when you rented the car. This is very important, you must notify both the rental company and the insurance company as soon as possible otherwise you could be held liable for damages whether or not you were at fault.
Seek legal advice- always seek legal advice after reporting the incident but before you make a statement.
Dealing With Insurance Companies after a Rental Car Accident
Let’s be honest, insurance companies are a business like any other company.
They are in the business of making money so they will do whatever it takes to not pay a claim.
Always have legal representation before speaking with any insurance company.
Insurance companies will use many tactics to trip you up.
Some examples are:
Calling you for a statement immediately after the accident- You are not required to speak with them right away and it could affect your final settlement
The Insurance Company asks for a recorded statement over the phone- Never do this without legal counsel. Insurance companies will use whatever you say against you at a later date
Offering a quick settlement- Since they want to pay out as little as possible or nothing at all they will offer a quick settlement at the lowest dollar amount possible-if you accept this low ball offer you may never be able to get get a better settlement in the future
Claiming you are at fault- The insurance company may not settle at all and claim that you are at fault completely- This absolve them of any payments and holds you accountable for all damages
Insurance companies will use many tactics to try and not pay out claims.
Always have legal representation before you speak with any insurance agent regarding a rental car accident in Nevada.
Since you are usually far from home when renting a car there are a variety of reasons rental car accidents happen.
Lack of knowledge of the area- Even with GPS and mobile phones with maps, not knowing the area can lead to an accident. Some places are more rural than others and you may not be able to use your phone or GPS
Lack of knowledge of the vehicle- Ever gets in a vehicle that isn’t yours ? Maybe it’s newer or a completely different model. I got into a rental car that seemed almost like the batmobile with all the bells and whistles.
Lack of knowledge of local laws- For example if you live in certain states like Nevada you have to have your headlights on in the rain. This is not the law in all states so maybe you don’t know that. It can be a big deal if you’re in a rental car accident in Nevada.
These are not considered excuses if you are involved in an accident with a rental car.
That’s why having Richard Harris Law Firm on your side is important.
We can find out who is at fault and help you with your legal rights.
Why call Richard Harris Law Firm after a Rental Car Accident
We at Richard Harris Law Firm have over 40 years of experience as Nevadas premier personal injury lawyers.
We offer free case review and consultations
Over 1,000 Positive reviews on Google
We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients
We are available 24 hours a day
We fight for our clients and won’t be bullied by big insurance companies or take the first settlement offered.
A 6 vehicle crash killed nine people and left one person in critical condition in Nevada.
The police are trying to determine if a driver might have been impaired before running a red light, causing the collision.
Las Vegas Metro Police said the driver and his passenger were among those dead after Saturday’s crash, and sadly the ages for the other victims ranged from juveniles to middle-aged adults.
In all there were 15 people involved in the crash.
“We have not seen a mass casualty traffic collision like this before,” police spokesman Alexander Cuevas said at a news conference. Cuevas said the crash was reported at 3 p.m. after the driver struck multiple vehicles, causing “a chaotic event.”
Reports show that 2021 was the deadliest for Nevada roads in 14 years. The state reported 382 traffic deaths last year, or an 18% increase over 2020′s total.
Nevada Traffic Accidents
Nevada drivers are almost 21% more likely to be involved in a traffic accident during their driving career than drivers in any other state. They are also estimated to be involved in an automobile accident approximately once every 8 years.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Nevada traffic accident caused by the recklessness or negligence of another person, you can contact an experienced and skilled car accident attorney in Nevada. We have been serving Las Vegas since 1980 for personal injuries and losses. Recoverable losses in a car accident case with injuries include medical bills, pain and suffering, mental health treatment bills, prescription costs, funeral costs, and more.
Notes: These posts were created through the use of secondary sources for the Richard Harris Law Firm. These sources include news stories and bulletins, local police accident reports, State Police News bulletins, social media outlets, and first- hand accounts about injury accidents that take place throughout the state of Nevada. For this reason, the information relayed in these posts has not been independently verified. If you identify any information that is incorrect or false in one of our stories, please let us know and we will correct the story to reflect the most accurate information available. If you would like the post removed, please let us know and will remove the post as soon as possible.
Disclaimers: As highly regarded members of the Las Vegas community, the attorneys at the Richard Harris Law Firm are always working to improve the quality of life and provide overall safety information for all of the residents of Nevada. We do this in an effort to create awareness about the dangers of driving and hope that our community members will make every effort to take the precautions needed to avoid these types of serious accidents. This post is not a solicitation for business and should not be viewed as such. The information in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not representative of the actual accident scene.
Rear End Accident Attorney Richard Harris Most people think of rear end collisions as minor and maybe just something that happens at a traffic light when someone can’t stop in time. But like everything else…
Most people think of rear end collisions as minor and maybe just something that happens at a traffic light when someone can’t stop in time.
But like everything else this is not always the case.
Sometimes rear end collisions can be a major accident causing property damage and injury.
To learn more about rear-end car accidents in Las Vegas and your rights call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
We are well versed in rear end collisions in Las Vegas and have been in Las Vegas for over 40 years.
Call for a free consultation today.
Common Causes of Rear End Accidents
Rear end accidents are most of the time caused by human error when people aren’t paying attention.
Here are the most common causes of rear end collisions in Las Vegas –
Distracted Driving– this is the most common cause of rear-end accidents. This includes things like texting, talking on the phone, eating , drinking, and being distracted by small children in the car are all examples of distracted driving. When this happens the driver is distracted by the previous examples and doesn’t see the driver stop in front of you and therefore you don’t stop causing a rear-end wreck.
Following closely– better known as tailgating, this is when it is just too close to the rear-end of the car in front of them. Leaving little or no time to stop if needed.
If at a traffic light someone is too close to try and make the light is another example of driving too close.
You should always maintain one car length for every ten miles per hour. For example if you’re going 50 miles per hour you should be 5 car lengths from the car in front of you.
Stopping without cause– this causes rear-end collisions when the first car stops suddenly and without warning or can’t be seen when on a windy road. The rear driver can’t see the front driver or the front driver stops suddenly. This can cause a rear-end collision.
Vehicle defects-vehicle defects are less common than human error but can cause a rear-end accident. Breaks may fail or a tire may blow out without warning causing a rear-end collision.
Aggressive driving-people going too fast and riding someone’s bumper, abusing the front driver to tap on the brakes to warn them they are too close can cause a rear-end accident. This is aggressive driving between both parties.
Weather– Las Vegas doesn’t have severe snow and for the most part it’s dry. But when it rains it pours and there is street flooding. This can also contribute to a rear-end collision. When people just can’t stop because they are hydroplaning through a puddle.
If you have been injured in a rear-end collision in Las Vegas due to any of the circumstances above, call Nevada’s number one rear-end accident attorney The Richard Harris Law Firm and let us review your case free of charge.
Injuries Caused by Rear End Accidents
Rear-end accidents can cause a variety of injuries based on factors like speed, seat belts, the age of the car, and airbags are all factors in determining the injuries sustained in a rear-end collision.
Here are some examples of injuries caused by rear-end accidents in Las Vegas.
Whiplash– this is the most common injury from a rear-end accident. This is when the head is snapped back and forth from the impact of the collison. A mild case may just leave you with a sore neck and head for a little while. A severe case may involve extensive medical treatment and even surgery.
TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury– this happens when the brain is moved inside the skull or is severely damaged from an outside object. TBI’s are sometimes permanent brain damage and require ongoing medical care or very long rehabilitation.
Spinal Cord Injuries– spinal cord or back injuries are more common in rear-end accidents because of the force of the hit. Spinal cord injuries can take years to heal or may require surgery to correct and enve then they may never heal completely for someone.
Cuts and Lacerations– many accidents including rear-end accidents cause victims to get cut and bruises. These happen from broken glass or metal. The airbag going off is another common reason. Airbags can cause extreme bruising or cuts to the face when they go off.
Not all rear-end accidents cause injuries you can see.
Some accident victims are so traumatized from the rear-end collision they have been in that they suffer severe psychological damage known as PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder.
This psychological disorder can cause many symptoms and can take medication and therapy to help heal if at all.
At The Richard Harris Law Firm we understand the effects of a rear-end accident can have on our clients both financially and emotionally.
We work for our clients so we will do our best to get you the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, pain and suffering, future medical care, therapy and any other care that you may need.
We can help rear end car accident victims anywhere in Nevada including –
Stop your vehicle- stop immediately and check for injuries. If possible get out of the way of traffic. Call 911 if there is an emergency
Exchange information- get all other drivers involved information including driver’s license, insurance information, vehicle information. All get this information from any witnesses.
File a police report- this is very important even if you think there are no injuries due to the accident. But you will need it for any insurance claims or car repairs. Also request a copy.
Gather Evidence- get information from any witnesses. Take photos or videos with your phone. Note the area of the accident and the weather in the evidence
Get medical care – whether you think you’re injured or not you should just get checked out. If you know for sure you are injured 911 should be called immediately and medical attention should come first.
Contact the best rear-end accident lawyer in Nevada.
Don’t speak with your insurance company until you speak with a rear-end accident attorney.
Insurance companies will try to settle for as little as possible or not at all.
Hiring an expert like The Richard Harris Law Firm can protect the victims in a rear-end collision from being undercut by big insurance companies that don’t want to settle your case fairly.
Who’s At Fault in Rear End Accident
Most people assume the rear driver is at fault automatically but that is not always the case in Nevada. Many times another driver or outside influences play a part in the fault of a rear-end collision. Only a thorough investigation can provide the answers as to who is at fault.
In Las Vegas you must prove who acted without a proper degree of care to determine who is at fault.
Nevada also has a comparative negligence rule that states that you may be entitled to compensation if you are less than 50% at fault for your accident.
These laws can be very confusing and your case may hang in the balance based on the at fault laws in Nevada.
Calling an experienced attorney like The Richard Harris Law Firm could be the difference between getting the combination you deserve and not.
It can be that simply not calling an experienced lawyer can cost you the entire claim.
How Can The Richard Harris Law Firm Help
Our team can lead a full investigation to determine who is actually at fault in your rear-end collision in Nevada.
https://youtu.be/ZwKrNtvs-wI Who Is The Insurance Adjuster and What Do They Do? An insurance adjusters’ role is to inspect personal injury claims or property damage and determine how much the insurance company should pay for…
Having a legal team like Richard Harris on your side can make all the difference in getting you the settlement you deserve.
Government agencies will also employ an attorney to handle insurance claims.
Don’t negotiate with insurance adjusters alone, let the Law Offices of Richard Harris go to work for you, call today.
How Insurance Adjusters Settle Claims
Insurance adjusters are required to settle as many claims as possible for with the smallest payouts possible.
A professional insurance adjuster will look at every detail as it relates to the case and make sure he has all the facts and records of the claim.
They will even see if there was previous medical conditions or injuries before an accident and explore every angle possible before making an offer.
If they do realize that you are educated about what insurance adjusters do and what your claim is worth, they will usually try to settle your claim.
Insurance adjusters are not at the scene of your accident, they just see you as a claim on the paper work they are provided.
Doing all the right things after an accident can mean the difference between a large settlement and a tiny one.
First get medical attention
Keep records of all injuries and treatments
Keep and organize all medical bills
Gather as much info as possible; police reports, pictures, videos
Stay up on the insurance adjusters’ activities
If you are organized and actively participate in all these areas with your personal injury lawyer you will be in a much better position to negotiate.
Once the adjuster has all the info and you have made them aware of your interest in a settlement, they will usually submit an offer to you.
How to Best Position your claim for success
Have an approximate settlement amount in mind
Be patient, don’t jump at the first offer
If offer is low, get the claims adjuster to give specific reasons for their offer
Reiterate the physical and emotional pain and suffering experienced
After terms are agreed upon, always get a settlement in writing
The victim will have a certain number of days to decide before the offer is rescinded.
The insurance companies want you to take the first offer but take the time you need before making your decisions.
Insurance adjusters only have a certain amount of money they can approve no matter how much your medical bills and injuries are.
If your claim goes beyond the scope of what the adjuster can approve, usually an insurance adjuster supervisor is called in to look over your case.
This seems like a lot of work and can be confusing, so don’t deal with the insurance companies by yourself.
Call the Law Offices of Richard Harris today because we know who the insurance adjuster is and why they do what they do!
Contact the Law Offices of Richard Harris
Richard Harris Law Firm can help residents all over Nevada.
We are a compassionate accident law firm, with experience in all accident types including: cars, trucks, motorcycle, pedestrian, Uber, Lyft etc.
At the Law Offices of Richard Harris, we will work hard for our clients, we will not just settle hurriedly, instead we will make sure that you get the settlement you deserve.
With years of experience our highly capable attorneys won’t be intimidated by big business and big insurance companies.
If you have been injured in an accident, get help right away and call Richard Harris for a free consultation.
Things to be aware of when you are dealing with insurance companies
One of the hardest things to deal with after an accident is the phone calls that begin almost immediately from insurance adjusters, wanting to settle your case as soon as possible.
They are all the same to deal with, State Farm, Allstate, Geico, Farmers, Liberty, etc.
We pay into our insurance for years hoping we never need to use it and in spite of this the insurance company will still give you the runaround.
Don’t let this happen to you, call the Law Offices of Richard Harris today to get answers to your insurance and accident needs.
Insurance adjusters are trained negotiators – The job of insurance adjusters is to protect the interest of the insurance company. They do use a variety of tactics and tricks to get you to sign documents or settle as quickly and for as little as possible.
Don’t accept the first settlement offer – Call Richard Harris before you agree to any settlements, these are usually low offers by the insurance company to settle quickly at a low cost.
Be careful when speaking about your case – Anything you say will most likely be used against you. Before you give a statement contact the Law Offices of Richard Harris.
Insurance Companies will try to avoid paying out medical bills – Medical bills are part of a car accident and part of why we pay insurance, but they will do their best to not pay out on any of your medical bills if they can get away with it.
If you won’t settle Insurance companies might ignore you or deny your claim altogether – Ignoring you or denying your claim at first is another plan used by insurance companies to intimidate you into a settlement.
Don’t Sign anything until you call Richard Harris – Be careful of the small print. This is what the insurance companies hope you don’t read when they ask you to sign documents.
Insurance companies don’t have to treat you fairly – Nothing is a guarantee, whether it’s your own insurance company or the other driver’s insurance. They can deny or delay payment in hopes that you will give up and not pursue it. We will pursue it for you at the Richard Harris Law Firm.
UPS drivers are everywhere today delivering packages on time is what they do.
Or as we have all seen the commercial “ What can brown do for you?”
The downside to that is careless , reckless and unsafe driving that can result in severe injury.
UPS drivers are expected to deliver packages on time and that means a daily quota and time schedule that may be unrealistic.
Drivers worry about the route and making sure packages are on time so they don’t lose their job. When this happens they may use unsafe driving practices that can result in injury for anyone driving on the road with them.
With the advent of Postmates, Lyft, Uber and Amazon delivery there are so many delivery services out there all in a hurry to deliver.
These delivery services including UPS are causing major havoc on our roads.
It may be convenient for your new shoes to be delivered to your house instead of going to the store to get them but at what cost?
UPS truck accidents can cause severe injury or even death.
If you or a family member has been injured in a UPS truck accident call Nevada’s premier accident attorney Richard Harris Law Firm for a free consultation.
Why Contact Richard Harris Law Firm
If you have been injured in any accident you should contact a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law immediately.
Having injuries, medical bills, lost wages and lost property can be extremely stressful and scary to navigate all while dealing with insurance companies that truth be told don’t want to pay your claim.
Hiring the right attorney like Richard Harris will let the insurance companies know that we will not take no for an answer.
Richard Harris Law Firm can help with medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
We will get you the maximum compensation available to you for your accident.
Being in an accident with a UPS truck can be worse than a regular truck accident.
UPS is a large corporation with a legal team and insurance company that will look to settle quickly or not at all, and that’s why having the right legal representation is so important.
Limousines are commonplace in Las Vegas even in the time of Uber and Lyft limousines still play a major role in the travel industry in Las Vegas.
When you’re in a limo how much attention are you really paying to the driver and what’s going on around you?
You’re usually with your friends on your way to a casino, maybe having a few drinks because for the night you don’t have to drive.
Well lack of attention is one of the main reasons for limousine accidents.
You’re out celebrating a prom or graduation, maybe a friend’s wedding and the next thing you know your limo has been involved in an accident and you or your family or friends are injured.
This happens all the time in Las Vegas and most people aren’t aware of how dangerous limos, Uber or Lyft can be.
Since you are not driving you are trusting that your limousine driver is alert and paying attention, let alone a good and licensed driver.
Reckless drivers are the major cause of limousine accidents with major injury.
And if you rented the limousine and the driver works for the limo company then who is responsible if you are involved in a limousine accident involving injury?
Calling a lawyer right away after a limousine accident is essential to getting you the help you need.
Call the Richard Harris law firm today and let us answer all your questions about a limousine accident in Las Vegas.
Common Causes for Limo Accidents in Las Vegas
Driver Error- let’s face Vegas is a 24 hour a day city. Maybe your driver works another job and they are tired. Maybe they were on the phone and not paying attention. Also speeding or driving under the influence are also other forms of driver error. These are all examples where the driver is at fault for the limo accident.
Mechanical Error- has your limo not been serviced properly? Are there any recalls for the limo you’re riding in. Does the limo meet the safety standards set by the Taxi and Limousine commission? If not and there is an accident it may be related to mechanical error. This may be where the manufacturer of the limousine as well as the limousine company are to blame.
Outside Influences- road work, especially the construction that is ongoing in Las Vegas is a perfect example of outside influences. Is the road construction properly signed to warn drivers of potential obstacles? If you’re in an accident where a construction site is involved is the city or building owner at fault?
When determining the causes for limousine accidents and who may be responsible it’s best to hire a representative to advise you and guide you through the legal process.
Call Richard Harris Law Firm after a limousine accident, we can determine who is at fault and guide you through the legal process.
What to do After a Limousine Accident
What you do immediately after an accident is very important and can alter what happens after.
So follow these steps immediately after a limousine accident in Las Vegas.
Of course, call 911 immediately.
Seek Medical Attention- even if you don’t think you are hurt it is best to seek medical attention. You may have a concussion or whiplash that may not be immediately noticeable. Also it’s just best to get checked out after any accident.
Collect evidence- If you are able to gather as much information as you can. Take pictures or video with your phone. Exchange information with the limo driver and witnesses if possible. Take notes about the surrounding area, weather, construction or whatever else is going on at the time.
Also get information from the police so you can get a copy of the police report.
Contact a lawyer- after getting medical attention this may be the most important thing to do. Just remember the limousine company and the limo’s insurance companies all have a team of layers on their side. Why shouldn’t you? Call Richard Harris Law Firm today if you have been injured in a limousine accident in Las Vegas.
Never speak with the insurance companies- they will try and settle or even deny your claim. So never speak to the insurance companies without hiring a lawyer first.
Head On Collision- this is when two vehicles hit each other front to front. Usually in a head on collision one car takes the majority of the brunt of the accident, that is one car will have significantly more damage thus the injuries to the passengers is usually more than the other car passengers.
Rear end collision- this happens when a vehicle is hit from behind. This happens when the vehicle behind is either going too fast or cannot stop at a traffic signal and hits the vehicle in front in the rear. This is a very common cause of limo accidents, especially at red light intersections.
Side swipe accidents- these accidents usually occur at intersections. This is when a vehicle hits another vehicle on the side. This occurs when a vehicle can’t stop at an intersection or doesn’t stop and hits the side of the vehicle usually at a fairly high rate of speed.
Any of these can be dangerous and cause serious injury to the passengers of limousines.
If you were injured in one of these accidents while in a limo in Nevada call the city’s premier limo accident attorney, The Richard Harris Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Since most limos are larger in size than most regular vehicles the injuries can be much greater in a limo accident.
All accidents have a possibility of injury and limo accidents are no different. Here are the common injuries associated with a limo accident
Traumatic brain injury- TBI for short-most TBIs are permanent and require permanent care and rehabilitation
Head and Neck injuries- these can range from a concussion and whiplash to permanent damage and can require surgery, physical therapy and future care
Paralysis- or permanent motor function loss- this requires permanent and continuing care. Special equipment is also needed
Burns, cuts and lacerations- this might be as simple as a few stitches and scratches but maybe it can be more severe and involve severe burns that require surgery and skin grafts
All injuries can be minor to major and you may need future medical attention and care. That’s why hiring the right attorney after a limo accident is so important. Getting the compensation you need for all your medical expenses and pain and suffering is the job of The Richard Harris Law Firm.
Who is Responsible for Limo Accidents
As with everything else in a limo accident there are a number of responsible parties involved in a limo collision. This may be one party or multiple parties depending on the accident.
The Limo driver- usually the first one held responsible for a limo accident. When drivers are at fault it usually is from reckless driving, distracted driving or negligence. The limo driver can be independently held liable for the accident or held accountable with the limo company.
The Limo Company- the limo company is the second to be held responsible for a limo accident. Usually this includes negligence, knowingly hiring an unqualified driver, or not servicing vehicles properly can be the cause that the lmo company is held responsible for the accident.
Limo manufacturer- faulty vehicles are the main reasons that the limo manufacturers can be held responsible for a limo accident.
Other drivers- also a common party that is held responsible for a limo accident. Maybe they hit your limo while driving under the influence or on the phone. Speeding, falling asleep are other causes of accidents by other drivers.
If you have been injured in a stop sign accident in Las Vegas or anywhere else in Nevada call The Richard Harris Law Firm today.
Common Causes for Stop Sign Accidents
Every accident is different but there is a common theme for most stop sign accidents.
Below are the common reasons stop sign accidents occur in Nevada.
Distracted Driving– possibly the number one reason for stop sign accidents-texting, taking or answering emails while driving causes distracted driving and is now illegal in all 50 states including Nevada
DUI- drunk driving is another common reason for stop sign crashes and can have disastrous results. DUI is most common between the hours of 9am and 12 noon is Las Vegas due the 24 hour atmosphere.
Obstruction- with all the construction going on in Las Vegas, as the city continues to grow, stop signs can be obstructed from view or can be confusing as to whether or not you actually have to stop. This can cause drivers to be confused or not see it all leading to a collision.
Driver error- do you know the difference between a 4 way stop , a 2 way stop , or an all way stop. These can be confusing and lead to driver error as to who has the right of way or who has to stop at all. Driver error or lack of knowledge of the area can also lead to a stop sign accident.
Weather- it may be hot in Las Vegas in the summer but we have a rainy season with flash flooding leading to many stop stop sign accidents as we have all seen.
If you have been injured in a stop sign accident call Richard Harris law firm today for a free consultation.
Our law firm is experienced in stop sign accidents and stop sign accident injuries.
Legal Liability for stop sign car accidents
One of the reasons to seek legal representation after a stop sign accident is that the law can be tricky.
Who is at fault in a stop sign collision?
Typically the driver without the right of way is at fault but that isn’t always the case and that’s why having Richard Harris as your legal representative can be the right move.
We can sort the legal issues out for you.
Below are the Nevada laws for stopping at a stop sign.
NRS 484B.257 Vehicle entering intersection marked stop or yield. Except when traffic is being controlled by a police officer or a traffic-control signal:
When proper signs have been erected, the driver of a vehicle shall stop or yield at a clearly marked stop line or, if there is none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if there is none, then at the point nearest the intersection where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the through highway. After having stopped or, in the event of a yield sign, slowed or stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles which have entered the intersection from such through highway or which are approaching so closely on such through highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection.
The driver of a vehicle shall stop in obedience to a stop sign or yield in compliance with a yield sign, in compliance with the manner prescribed in subsection 1, prior to entering an intersection if a stop sign or a yield sign is erected at one or more entrances thereto although not a part of a through highway and shall proceed cautiously, yielding to vehicles not so obligated to stop or yield and which are within the intersection or approaching so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1496; A 1973, 1326)-(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.319)
Common Injuries From Stop Sign Car Accidents
There are usually two types of stop sign accidents in Nevada either head-on collision or T-Bone.
T-Bone accidents are known to cause more serious injuries.
Many other factors play a role in how bad a stop sign accident is, including rate of spread, type of vehicle and of course weather or not you were wearing a seatbelt ( also a law in Nevada).
If you were injured in a stop sign accident in Las Vegas or Reno (or Summerlin, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Henderson, or anywhere in Nevada) and believe it was not your fault call Richard Harris today.
Did you know that if you have been injured in an accident, you are entitled to file a personal injury claim in order to receive compensation from the responsible party? If you have never filed a personal injury claim, the thought of doing so may be daunting. It is not the kind of process you want to go through without a strong advocate to guide you.
Step-by-Step, here is what to expect in the process of filing a personal injury claim and what comes after.
Get a Medical Examination.
See a doctor for an examination regardless of whether you are in significant pain or not. Many personal injury victims do not immediately feel the physical consequences of the accident, and therefore, may not think it necessary to seek medical treatment. On the contrary; a medical exam can reveal internal issues, as well as injuries that may otherwise have a tendency to take an extended period of time to show up as physical pain. Some injuries can take months or even a year to show up.
Important: If you choose not to seek medical attention after an accident yet pursue compensation for your injuries, the insurance company representing the responsible party is able to use the fact that you did not see a medical professional after the accident as evidence that you may not be injured and in turn be entitled to compensation.
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney.
You can receive a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney like the ones at the Richard Harris Law Firm who will assist you in determining your next steps, as well as what compensation you may be entitled to receiving. Depending upon the nature of the accident and severity of your injuries, as well as when the incident occured, an attorney can inform and guide you through the process.
Your Personal Injury Attorney Assists You in Filing a Claim.
Once you have secured an attorney, they will inform all parties involved that you are filing a claim – both the responsible party, as well as their insurance company will be notified. In accidents resulting in minor injuries, settlements can sometimes be made quickly.
Continued Medical Treatment and Record Keeping.
In receiving regular medical treatment to recover from your injuries, you must keep records of doctor visits and invoices along with detailed medical records. All information obtained about your accident and resulting injuries will be valuable when it comes to a personal injury claim. Be sure to obtain information about:
What ongoing medical treatment you will require
Collect payment statements for all treatment
Get estimates on repair or replacement of personal property or vehicle
Keep records of wages lost due to inability to work
And any other details having to do with your accident, damages, and injuries
Negotiations are Made in Order to Come to a Settlement Agreement.
Negotiations for compensation are made either directly to the responsible party or their insurance company. These can take place either before a lawsuit is filed or after. Ideally, each party will state what their settlement amount will be and after a likely series of negotiations, an offer will be agreed upon and a trial will not be necessary. If both parties cannot come to a settlement agreement, a lawsuit will be filed and the case will move to a trial process. There is a statute of limitations on filing personal injury lawsuits, so if it comes to that point, it is imperative to be aware of the time limit in order to have the opportunity to obtain compensation for your injuries.
What does the trial process look like in a personal injury lawsuit?
A complaint is filed and includes your requested compensation amount.
Litigation begins and each party in the lawsuit reports their information about the accident via a deposition which is recorded under oath.
The case goes to trial and a judge or jury hears evidence from both sides and makes a decision on which is credible.
If the jury or judge decides in favor of the injured party, they will decide what the final compensation will be.
The Richard Harris Law Firm has over four decades of experience representing the injured and getting the compensation they need and deserve. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to guide and support you through the process. Contact us by phone at 702.374.0436 or visit our website: richardharrislaw.com
Nursing home abuse covers a wide range of acts (or the lack of action) perpetrated against someone in a nursing home or similar residence, such as a short- or long-term care facility. It can include:
Intentional physical harm, such as hitting a patient
Withholding of medical care
Lack of supervision
What are some of the statistics about nursing home abuse?
It is difficult to verify statistics of nursing home abuse, because it is suspected that many instances of abuse go unreported. Family members of the victim may simply be unaware of the abuse, for example. At the same time, for a variety of reasons, the victim himself or herself may not be able or willing to report what has taken place, or he or she may not even recognize that abuse has occurred. According to nursinghomeabuse.com, thousands of families are affected by abuse each year, with more than 14,000 complaints filed with nursing home ombudsmen in 2014. The National Center for Victims of Crime provides this breakdown of the complaints by percentage:
27.4% – Physical abuse
22.1% – Resident-on-resident abuse (physical or sexual)
19.4% – Psychological abuse
15.3% – Gross neglect
7.9% – Sexual abuse
7.9% – Financial exploitation
What should a family be on the lookout for?
Family members and other visitors to a care facility are encouraged to keep an eye out when visiting a loved one. Knowing what to look for and when to ask questions can help discover or uncover an issue that warrants attention. If the answer is yes to any of the following questions, you should have a consultation with a qualified lawyer.
Does the resident/patient have bed or pressure sores?
Have there been any recent falls, particularly if they have resulted in a broken bone?
Is there an incidence of pneumonia?
Are there recurring infections?
Has the patient left the facility without supervision/permission?
Is there unexplained weight loss?
Have there been mistakes with medicine dosing or delivery?
Is there unexplained bruising or other visible injury?
When you visit a loved one, besides enjoying your time together, always take time to talk about how well they believe they’re being treated and cared for by the staff. Ask if there are any concerns, and if so, investigate further.
Why are there incidents at nursing homes in the first place?
There are several reasons. The simplest is that, like many healthcare facilities, they may be short staffed. There may be too many residents to care for than the staff is capable of attending to successfully, and safely. This may be despite the workers’ best efforts or intentions. In addition, just like in any industry, there may be people who just don’t care or aren’t good at their jobs. Regardless of these reasons, there is no excuse for poor care or outright intentional neglect or abuse. Holding the facilities and individuals involved accountable is important, both for your loved one and to raise awareness and possibly keep other patients from being abused.
I suspect abuse. What should I do now?
First and foremost, take care of any immediate healthcare needs for the injured party. If this means calling 911 or an ambulance, do it. Get your loved one the care he/she needs.
Call a nursing home abuse attorney to assist with the next steps and evaluate your case:
Report the neglect or abuse to management at the facility where the injury occurred. Also, report the abuse or suspected abuse to local and state agencies.
Document the injuries: Photos, timelines about what you know/what occurred, medical records and statements from those involved.
Unfortunately, nursing home abuse does occur, even in the best facilities with caring team members and healthcare professionals. The key is to recognize when the resident may have been the victim of abuse and getting the victim to a safe environment. Then, with the help of a seasoned lawyer, you can have the support and guidance you need to work through a potential legal case.
The Richard Harris Law Firm has lawyers who are very knowledgeable about nursing home abuse. They can navigate the legal process and ensure that the victim’s rights are protected and those responsible are held accountable for their actions or inactions. Call 702.444.4444 if you suspect nursing home abuse.
Everyone is in a hurry again riding around trying to get to wherever as quickly as possible.
In Nevada this means many people just ignore the traffic signs including red lights.
We all have done it. The traffic light turns yellow and instead of yielding and starting to stop like we are supposed to, we accelerate and go through the light as it turns red all because we are in a hurry.
Drivers are injured everyday in Nevada due to this basic traffic violation. The population rises in Nevada as it has done in great numbers over the last decade.
More and more people are out driving on our roads this leads to more accidents, injuries and property damage from red light car accidents.
Most of the time it is just one vehicle that blows through a red light at a high rate of speed. Sometimes both cars are trying to run the light they are at and hit each other.
These accidents can cause anything from minor injuries and damage to even, unfortunately death.
Even though most of these accidents can be avoided if people just followed the rules of the road and red light laws in Nevada, that is not always the case.
If you or a family member has been injured in a Red Light traffic accident in Nevada call Richard Harris Law Firm today, we offer free consultations and are available 24 hour a day.
Don’t delay getting legal representation.
FHA Facts on Red Light Car Accidents
The Federal Highway Administration offers statistics about all types of accidents from DUI, Cell phone, Speeding and red light Accidents.
Some statistics to consider are in 2019 (pre pandemic) 846 people died in the US at redlight traffic accidents.
An estimated 143,000 people were injured in the US in 2019 in red light car accidents.
Legal Liability for Red Light Car Accidents
Typically motor vehicle laws can be very complicated and you should never have to guess who is at fault in a red light car accident.
Usually the person who enters into the intersection on the red light is at fault but that isn’t always the case.
As Nevada gets bigger and bigger and more people move here, the more red light accidents occur.
Running red lights or stop signs is very dangerous and causes great harm to the unsuspecting victims.
If you think that you are the victim of a red light traffic accident call Richard Harris today and we can sort out who is at fault.
Nevada Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits
No one ever really thinks about a lawsuit until they need to.
But knowing your rights is the main reason to hire a local personal injury lawyer who specializes in red light car accidents.
In Nevada you only have two years to file a personal injury claim after a car accident.
Many people don’t realize they only have a limited time to do this.
As we know time seems to fly by without any notice.
In the court system once 2 years have passed you can no longer make any claim against the person who hit you at the red light they ran.
That means you are responsible for your own medical bills and you will not receive any reimbursement for lost wages or pain and suffering.
That’s why calling Richard Harris immediately after your accident can help get the process of recovery started as soon a possible.
Common Injuries from a red light car accident
First, always seek medical attention after a car accident.
A lot of the time you might not even realize you are hurt until much later.
But not seeking medical attention can be the worst thing you can do.
Maybe you have a minor pain in your back and you don’t seek medical attention.
That same back pain can turn into a lifelong back issue if not addressed immediately.
So the moral of the story is always seek medical attention immediately following an accident whether you think you are hurt or not.
All accidents are different but there are some common injuries associated with red light accidents.
The holiday season is synonymous with merry gatherings and festive libations, but all it takes is an unfortunate slip and fall accident to happen under your roof to ruin the night. If you or a loved one slips and falls on someone else’s property, or if someone slips and falls on your property, the owner of the property is likely responsible for injuries ensued. For any type of personal injury case, whether it be a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or malpractice, those responsible and liable is key in the injury case. Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured during slip and fall accidents, especially as the winter season and slick or icy conditions increase. Slip and fall accidents are common in public locations such as parks, shopping malls and even other people’s homes as they gather together for holiday parties and festivities.
Who is Liable?
If you have suffered from a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, one of the following should be true in order to determine liability:
An employee or property owner caused the conditions in which a slip and fall occurred, like creating a slippery or dangerous environment, and did not tend to it.
An employee or property owner knew about the dangerous conditions and did nothing about it, resulting in the slip and fall accident.
An employee or property owner should have known about the dangerous conditions, as a responsible and reasonable person caring for a property.
The last instance is one of the most common ones, but may be somewhat subjective and less clear to argue, as the phrase should have known results in some judgements being finalized due to the use of common sense in such situations.
Laws on premises liability often cover slip and falls or similar types of personal injury accidents on someone else’s property, but in order for a property owner to be held liable and legally responsible, one of the above must be true.
Determining What is “Reasonable”?
For cases due to negligence, claims are determined based on whether or not a defendant acted “reasonably” in the situation at hand. To determine a property owner’s “reasonableness,” statements in the law concentrate on whether or not the property owner regularly updates or fixes things as needed, to mitigate the chances of accidents or injuries happening. Common question addressed include:
Was the slippery floor or unsafe conditions causing the slip and fall accident an act of negligence of a property owner, such as an unresolved leak or flooding issue?
Have the dangerous conditions been there long enough for a property owner to know about it and put effort into repairing the issue?
Are facilities and premises regularly monitored and examined and is this documented when it happens?
Should a warning or sign have been left to prevent others from suffering from similar personal injury accidents?
Did poor lighting conditions play a factor?
Did poor weather conditions play a factor?
Answering the above questions may help your initial discovery process as you plan to take action regarding a slip and fall accident. Determining your actual losses, or the financial liability of the property owner, may be difficult. Having a trusted and experienced personal injury lawyer can make or break your case, especially since their expertise shines in personal injury cases like your own. Gathering medical records and recording your time off from work and additional expenses resulting from your slip and fall accident can greatly assist you as you embark on your recovery journey.
As you celebrate the holiday season and ring in the new year, be extra cautious of unfavorable weather conditions, dangerous conditions in others’ homes and the liability of someone being injured as a result of a slip and fall accident in your own home. Being aware and taking additional precautions can help you prove your “reasonableness” if or when accidents arise.
If you have been in a car accident, you know what the emotional distress feels like upon the moment of impact and for a notable time afterwards. Shock, anxiety, fear, and even anger are some of the most common emotions one may go through. The last thing many people think of is taking photos of the scene or gathering other evidence that may explain what happened after the fact. That is why we are here to give you this valuable information in order to be more prepared if you find yourself in an unexpected situation such as an automobile accident, precisely because it will serve you once you have your wits about you and are armed with an attorney. Proof of the specific details from the scene of the accident itself provides valuable evidence that protects your legal rights and provides your attorney with solid facts to present as your legal team works to ensure you are awarded the justice and compensation you need and deserve.
What types of evidence should you gather?
If you are physically capable of gathering evidence at the scene of the accident, here are some tips. It is highly likely that you will have a smartphone, so utilize the camera function to take both photos and video, if possible. Be sure to focus on these four items:
Photos of the scene. Be sure to capture the following images:
The area of the accident from every direction – both closeup and from afar
Skid marks from both vehicles taken from a distance to get a full view of all skid marks left by each vehicle involved
Traffic lights and/or traffic signs to assist in indicating who had the right of way at the time of the accident
Images of the viewpoint of the other driver(s) if it is applicable to your situation and could potentially be relevant to illustrate their ability to avoid the collision based on their visibility of the accident scene
Photos of all vehicles involved. Be sure to capture the following images:
The areas on each vehicle that show damage – both closeup and from afar
Much can be determined by investigating the damage, such as how fast the vehicle was moving when the collision occurred, as well as potentially revealing who was at fault
Contact information for all drivers and any witnesses at the scene of the accident. Be sure to obtain the following information:
Name and address – you can get this information from car registration, driver’s license, or insurance card
If the other driver does not stop, capture the license plate number, if possible
Official reports about the accident. Be sure to obtain copies of:
DMV reports – your accident report along with the accident report filed by the other driver(s) involved in the accident
At Richard Harris Law Firm, we understand how traumatizing these events can be for the victims, and we are committed to providing resources that are of value in the unfortunate event of a car accident. If you or a loved one has been injured, our highly knowledgeable and experienced team of attorneys is here for you, offering you the representation you need in order to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Damages can include compensation for some of the following:
Depending upon how severe your injuries are from the accident, medical expenses can refer to minor medical attention with physical therapy or other services related to recovery to major surgery involving extended hospital stays and more.
Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
Rehabilitation may be weeks, to months, to years of necessary treatment in order to gain your quality of life back as closely as possible to what it was before the accident.
As you are going through the process of necessary medical attention and rehabilitation, it is likely that returning to a normal work schedule may be delayed, resulting in a loss of wages.
Loss of earning capacity
If your injury results in the loss of ability to do your job as needed, the repercussions may be that you are unable to earn enough to sustain your rightful quality of life.
Pain and suffering
By definition, pain and suffering refers to “physical and emotional stress caused from an injury. Some damages that might come under this category would be: aches, temporary and permanent limitations on activity, potential shortening of life, depression or scarring.”
In some cases, motor vehicle accident injuries cause irreversible damage to a person’s physical appearance.
While some walk away from motor vehicle accidents with minor injuries that can be recovered from in a period of time, there are many who have life altering consequences leaving victims unable to return to a normal way of life.
We are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to guide and support you through the process. Contact us by phone at 702.374.0436 or visit our website: richardharrislaw.com
Every year in the United States, nearly 5 million Americans are bitten by a dog. Half of those bitten are under the age of 10. According to the Centers for Disease Control, twenty percent of bite injuries require medical attention. There is no singular profile of what “kinds” of dogs bite. They can be puppies, small or large adult dogs, a seemingly friendly dog or even a dog you know very well.
If you have been bitten by a dog, first and foremost, get any medical attention needed. It is also important to report the bite incident to the police and/or the local animal control division. Finding and contacting a personal injury lawyer, such as the lawyers at Richard Harris Law Firm, is the next best step to ensure your rights are protected and to discuss a possible case for your injury.
What are the laws in Nevada that govern dog bites?
Nevada is one of several states in the United States that does not have specific laws or statutes regarding dog bites. In those instances, the state is known as a “one bite” state. That means that a dog’s owner may only be liable if his or her dog bites someone and the owner had reason to believe that the dog was capable of biting or would be likely to bite. In essence, from the time immediately after a first bite, that owner should be aware from that point forward that the dog poses a bite risk and take action to protect others from the possibility of harm.
Most Nevada jurisdictions do have leash laws. Under Las Vegas Municipal Code 7.36.030, for example, it is a misdemeanor to allow a dog out in public without a leash. It is always the duty of a dog owner to take proper responsibility for his or her dog, especially in public places. The owner is expected to have proper control of the animal at all times.
If I’m bitten, what rights do I have?
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, there are many factors that come into play to determine what rights you have, and what compensation you may be entitled to. For example:
Were you on private property or in public at the time of the biting?
Was the dog on a leash and under control by the owner?
Did you do anything that may have caused the animal to bite you? Did you scare or antagonize the animal such that it acted out to defend itself?
Was the dog known to the owner to pose a bite risk?
Does the dog owner have insurance that may cover damages incurred by the victim? In some cases, homeowner’s insurance and/or an umbrella insurance policy may provide coverage.
If I have a case, what kind of compensation could I receive?
Each case is unique, and the value of your case depends on the details and circumstances of your particular dog bite incident. Your lawyer will work with you to investigate your case, establish liability and any negligence, weigh which laws may have been violated and ultimately determine the best course of action. You could be entitled to:
Reimbursement for medical treatment and related costs.
Money for pain and suffering.
Payment for lost wages for any time you were unable to work.
Payment for future/anticipated medical costs or inability to work stemming from the dog bite injury. This could include cosmetic surgery to restore damage you sustained.
When you meet with your attorney, you will be asked a number of questions. If you don’t already know the answers to these example questions, try to get answers or track down the information as best you can:
Who owns the dog, and what is his or her contact information? Is the person someone you have known or a stranger?
What was the exact site of the incident?
Is the dog up to date on all vaccinations?
Do you have contact information of any witnesses?
Do you have photos/videos of the incident occurring or right afterwards?
Do you have documentation of filing a report with authorities?
How can Richard Harris Law Firm can help with your dog bite case?
A dog bite incident is usually shocking and unexpected, and it can be downright scary and dangerous. There are many laws involved and potential rights you may have if you’ve been bitten by a dog. Immediately after getting medical attention, contact our attorneys, who have extensive experience in dog bite cases. We will listen to the details of your dog bite incident and evaluate your possible case.
When you’re injured in an auto accident, some of your injuries may be subtle or appear days to weeks after the collision. Although injuries such as broken bones or concussion may be apparent immediately, an…
When you’re injured in an auto accident, some of your injuries may be subtle or appear days to weeks after the collision. Although injuries such as broken bones or concussion may be apparent immediately, an injury like whiplash may be less visible or take more time to recognize. If you are suffering from lingering pain you cannot explain or may have a claim after the accident, you need the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, especially if you may be suffering from whiplash.
One of the most common injuries following an auto accident is “whiplash.” In personal injury cases, it can be very difficult to prove you are suffering from whiplash injuries and there are many misassumptions surrounding what whiplash is, how it happens, and how it affects day-to-day life following your accident. One of the most common classifications of injury in rear-end collisions and other types of accidents is known as “whiplash.” It is important to remember that whiplash may be a serious injury and should not be taken lightly. If you are experiencing pain, get the help and compensation you deserve.
Whiplash – What is it?
According to Mayo Clinic, “whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip… Most people with whiplash get better within a few weeks by following a treatment plan that includes pain medication and exercise. However, some people have chronic neck pain and other long-lasting complications.” Whiplash was first termed in the 1920’s and has become exceedingly more common. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to, headache, dizziness, pain, visual disturbance and blurriness, and hearing disruption. Whiplash is not typically life-threatening, but may cause long periods of pain and disability and lasting complications, depending on the severity of the accident or type of collision.
How is Whiplash Proven?
Overall, it can be very difficult to “prove” whether or not a victim of the accident has whiplash. Whiplash usually involves soft-tissue injury, which x-rays and scans typically do not show. Primary care physicians may diagnose whiplash through careful examination and testing pain levels through different movements, but it can be difficult to know if the pain or injury is truly from the recent accident or if any underlying conditions existed before. This usually means a whiplash diagnosis is somewhat subjective, based on the doctor, tests, etc. It is reassuring to know that new advances in medical technology may give a more definitive diagnosis for whiplash.
Building Your Case and Compensation
Following your auto accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, especially if you suspect you may have a whiplash injury. Your primary care physician and their medical team can record your symptoms and begin a medical log that will provide better evidence for your claim than not being treated altogether. Your medical team can also provide exercises or tips for things to do/not do in efforts to speed up your treatment and recovery time. If you follow your treatment plan, this shows the jury that you are making an effort in your recovery process and may be suffering from some serious pain following your collision. The guidance of your personal injury lawyer will also provide the direction needed and assist in the building of your case.
The calculation of your compensation depends on the treatment received and the value of your claim. You may begin by totalling all of your medical bills for treatment received after the accident–doctor’s visits, medication or pharmacy bills, chiropractor or physical therapy bills. Including all of these bills in your valuation and fighting for compensation is key to get the most out of your claim.
Turn to a Lawyer You Can Trust
The guidance and assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer can make or break your case. They can help you file a claim for whiplash injury damages, accurately describe the pain, accident, or injuries sustained, and collect money from those who hurt you. Our lawyers know and understand the challenges of “proving” a whiplash case and have expertise in how to overcome the obstacles that may arise with fighting for your injury. Our team works with some of the best healthcare experts to argue your injuries and fight for the debilitations whiplash may cause for each and every individual involved in an auto accident.
There is a series of steps that must be taken to file a workers’ compensation claim. Paperwork must be filed with specific timelines involved and protocols that must be followed.Before you do anything, call the Richard Harris Law Firm and consult our personal injury lawyers who know exactly what to do. Even if you have already begun the process of filing a claim, or you have been denied, our lawyers know what to do next. When you hire a dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve increase greatly. Your lawyer represents you in communicating with the insurance company responsible for workers’ compensation. The truth of the matter is, insurance companies have their own lawyers who are looking for any way to avoid payouts and save money for their clients. This is why it is important to hire knowledgeable and trustworthy lawyers who are dedicated to representing victims of injury in the workplace and know how to deal with insurance company’s lawyers.
What is the initial process of filing a claim for workers’ compensation?
Step 1: Notify your employer by filing an incident report.
Timeline: Within 7 days of injury
Step 2: Fill out an Employee’s Claim for Compensation form if the injury forces you to miss work or you are in need of or are already receiving medical attention.
Timeline: Injured persons must fill out the top portion of the claim form called a C-4 within 3 working days of treatment while the doctor must complete the C-4 by filling out the bottom portion of the claim and submitting it to the insurance company within 90 days.
Your lawyer can assist you with filling out and filing all paperwork correctly and in the allotted time.
In the following situations, it is imperative to have a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of workers’ compensation cases and how to navigate varying circumstances.
There is little medical evidence to support the workers’ comp claim.
There have been serious and potentially long-term injuries that lead to a high value claim.
The employer disputes the claim.
The settlement doesn’t seem sufficient or in alignment with the injuries. sustained.
The claim was not approved and an appeal is necessary.
Three important aspects of workers’ compensation your personal injury lawyer handles include:
Gathering medical evidence that supports your claim
How can a lawyer ensure there is sufficient medical evidence to support a claim?
Assembling all medical records
Proposing treatment with certain physicians
Securing the medical opinions of participating physicians and potentially have independent medical exams conducted
Acting as representation at a deposition
Conducting depositions of medical experts
Gathering statements from family and friends
Obtaining evidence of negligence on an employer’s part
Negotiating a good settlement
How does a workers’ comp lawyer determine how much an individual’s settlement should be?
How severe the injuries incurred are and what limitations are caused by the injuries
Medical expenses from the time of the injury along with future expenses
The extent of impairment, whether it is short term or long lasting/permanent
Wages lost and penalties owed due to loss of funds
Note: If a settlement is reached, your lawyer can ensure that your agreement is written properly and in a manner in which it will not negatively affect other benefits such as Social Security disability benefits.
Representing you at your workers’ comp hearing
How does a workers’ comp lawyer help when a settlement can’t be reached and the case proceeds to a hearing or trial?
Take depositions of witnesses
Request medical records
Perform legal research
Write the stance being taken on the client’s behalf in petitions, motions, and responses to the insurance company
Make sure that everything is submitted on time.
Present their case theory to the judge giving the reasons why benefits should be rewarded
Argue on your behalf for opening and closing statements
Raise objections when the insurance company does something improper
Appeal if a satisfactory decision has not been made
Your lawyer can also ensure that your settlement agreement is properly written to avoid negative consequences down the road. For instance, if you’re receiving or applying for Social Security disability benefits, an improperly designed settlement agreement
If approved, your workers’ compensation benefits can cover the following:
Payment for lost wages
Payment for permanent loss of function
If denied, you may file an appeal:
File a Request for Hearing – Contested Claim
File with Department of Administration, Hearings Division
File within 70 days of the decision
Note: Working with a lawyer to prepare for the process of a workers’ compensation appeal gives you a significant advantage. Knowing how to navigate the proceedings, gathering evidence to support your claim, and having the ability to prepare you for what to expect from the lawyers representing the insurance company are some of the advantages to having your own representation.
When you are injured at work, the only thing you should have to focus on is healing. Even minor injuries can affect your physical health, ability to work, and in-turn your financial security. Small injuries like a broken bone may not seem like a big deal at the time, but could have a profound and lasting impact on your health and ability to work going forward. For this reason, it’s recommended that you speak with a personal injury lawyer after sustaining any injury. He or she can offer legal advice, project future complications and expenses, and assess damages. If you or someone you love has been injured at work, contact Richard Harris Law Firm to discuss your personal injury case for free. Call (702) 444-4444 or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free case consultation.
Attorney-client privilege is an important factor in the relationship and trust factor that a client shares with their attorney. This rule of confidentiality is designed to allow a person to freely speak with their attorney…
Attorney-client privilege is an important factor in the relationship and trust factor that a client shares with their attorney. This rule of confidentiality is designed to allow a person to freely speak with their attorney in order to give all of the information they have pertaining to their case, which in turn allows an attorney to effectively represent their client. With that, the information obtained in the attorney-client communications may not be used without the client’s consent.
How is attorney-client privilege established?
A person establishes communication with an attorney.
Communication is made between privileged persons.
The content of the communication is made in confidence.
The person is seeking to obtain legal assistance.
Are emails protected by attorney-client privilege?
Yes, if they are strictly between a client and their attorney with no one else included, and the communication in the email must specifically be regarding seeking (client) or providing (attorney) legal advice. Some emails with other in-house counsel may also be covered as long as it is concerning legal advice with no mixed purpose. Communications including the opposing counsel are not covered.
Are text messages protected by attorney-client privilege?
Yes, text messages are protected,;however, the ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality may be more difficult than with in-person communications or email. As with emails, as long as the nature of the text message is to seek or provide legal advice and does not include any other parties aside from the client and attorney, it is covered by the attorney-client privilege. In order to protect the privacy of the content of text messages, a texting platform including end-to-end encryption is advised.
When does attorney-client privilege start?
The moment a client speaks to an attorney with the intention of obtaining legal advice, and the attorney is acting as such, any communication shall be confidential. This can be waived by the client if they choose,;however, the attorney is held to the rules of confidentiality and may not divulge any information outside of the legal team working on the case.
Who can claim attorney-client privilege?
According to NRS 49.253 “The privilege may be claimed by the client, the client’s guardian or conservator or by the personal representative of a deceased client.”
What does and doesn’t it cover?
When a client speaks to their attorney in private, the conversation and any notes taken or recordings made of the conversation are covered under attorney-client privilege. If the conversation is had in public, or if the client repeats the information to someone else, the information is no longer protected.
In the instance where there is another party in the room who is privy to a confidential conversation between the client and their attorney, there are factors that determine whether the attorney-client privilege applies.
Is the person assisting with the legal representation of the client?
Does the client intend for the information being disclosed to be confidential?
Does the third party fulfill an essential duty or role in conjunction with the case such as an investigator, expert, interpreter, or advisor?
Are there exceptions to the attorney-client privilege?
If communications between an attorney and their client are deemed to intend to cover up a crime or a fraud, the attorney-client privilege is forfeited.
If a third party not playing an essential role in the case is present or included in the communications, the information is not protected.
If the information exchanged in a private setting with an attorney is then made public by the client, it is no longer protected.
If the information disclosed is made in a setting where other parties may overhear or see the information inadvertently, it is no longer protected.
Are family members included in attorney-client privilege?
A client’s family members are not entitled to the information that is shared with a person’s attorney. This includes spouses and all other relatives unless they are acting as an advisor, are the client’s guardian or conservator, or are the personal representative of a deceased client.
How long does attorney-client privilege last?
Attorney-client privilege is perpetual. The confidentiality is to be maintained throughout the period of representation and thereafter, even upon the client’s death. Even in the event that additional confidential information about the client is obtained after the case is complete, the attorney is bound to the confidentiality. If the information becomes public knowledge; otherwise, the privilege is no longer protected.
At the Richard Harris Law Firm, our team of expert attorneys protect your privacy and dutifully maintain the integrity of attorney-client privilege. Contact the Richard Harris
Law Firm to discuss your personal injury case. Call or text (702) 444-4444 or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free case consultation.
Slip and fall accidents, also referred to as trip and falls, are the number one cause of non-fatal personal injuries in need of medical treatment in the United States. There are more than 8 million emergency room visits every year as a result of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. Statistics also show that falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults age 65 and older. In many instances, these accidents occur on someone else’s property or business. When this is the case, the property or business owner can be held liable for the injury, making it possible for the victim to recover money for their medical billsand prescriptions, as well as lost wages due to missed work due to a prolonged disability.
When it comes to workplace injuries, more than 5,000 workers die on the job every year, many as a result of a serious slip/trip and fall accident. According to the Department of Labor, nearly 20–30% of workplace slip-and-fall accidents cause moderate to severe injuries. These include injuries such as head injuries and concussions, broken bones and spinal cord injuries. The cost to employers is estimated at approximately $161.5 billion per year.
A slip and fall can be life altering and, at the very least, disruptive to your daily routine for an extended period of time. Learning how to avoid slip and fall accidents is a great way to prevent them from ever happening in the first place. Part of knowing how to avoid slip and falls is knowing what may potentially cause them. Over two-thirds of all trips and slips happen on the same level, while the remaining occur from a height such as a ladder. Here is a list of common scenarios that occur at floor level at home, in public and in the workplace, compliments of Grainger Inc., and can result in a slip, trip, and fall:
Wet or greasy floors
Dry floors with wood dust or powder
Uneven walking surfaces
Polished or freshly waxed floors
Loose flooring, carpeting or mats
Transition from one floor type to another
Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
Damaged or irregular steps; no handrails
Sloped walking surfaces
Shoes with wet, muddy, greasy or oily soles
Electrical cords or cables
Open desk or cabinet drawers
Damaged ladder steps
Ramps and gang planks without skid-resistant surfaces
Whether you are an employer or are an owner with a business that is open to the public, these tips can be of value and assist you in implementing policies and procedures that minimize the possibility of slip and falls under your watch. When these preventive measures are not taken, some may create an environment that helps cause an accident and create liabilities (and possible restitution) for the person suffering an injury.
Housekeeping and Preventative measures:
Keep clean and place clear signage out when surfaces are freshly cleaned or compromised by weather conditions
Keep free of clutter
Stairways and Handrails:
Clear of obstructions
Free from loose objects – avoid placing rugs in front of stairs
Mark top and bottom with reflective tape
Cords and Wires:
Run cables behind walls or under carpeting when possible
Install power outlets, internet connections and phone jacks in immediate area of use
Avoid running cables across walkways at any time – when unavoidable, mark with bright tape and signage of possible tripping hazard
Employers – ensure suitable footwear for employees is required according to the tasks at hand with proper traction
Individuals – consider your destination and choose footwear mindfully while always watching your footing in every type of environment
Illuminate areas with high potential for slips, trips and falls such as walkways and stairways
Install motion-detected lighting in outdoor spaces for dark hours
Place informative and brightly colored signage in highly visible locations where someone may encounter things such as: a step, a gap in the pavement, uneven ground or loose rocks
Ladders and step stools:
Make ladders or step stools readily available for assistance in getting to items at a height – this avoids usage of unstable or unsafe methods
Maintain and repair all footpaths both inside and outside where trip hazards are prominent
Use a non-skid layer underneath all rugs or mats
Clean spills immediately once they occur and place warning signs where residue may need to be removed with more thorough cleaning methods
With all of the precautions taken to avoid slip, trip and fall accidents, they can and do still occur. Many people ask the question, “Can I sue for a slip and fall accident?” The answer is simply, yes. In many instances, a slip and fall or trip and fall accident occurs when something is out of place and becomes a hazard. Business and property owners are potentially liable for injuries that happen on their property and are due to this type of negligence. These instances allow for the victim to file a lawsuit and have the opportunity to recover money for damages due to the accident.
It is imperative to contact an attorney if you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall. At the Richard Harris Law Firm, our attorneys have won over $1 billion for victims of personal injury with a 98% success rate for all cases. Contact us today for a free legal consultation!
Fact vs. Fiction – when it comes to the law, there are so many complicated terms and documents involved in every aspect of the legal process that are packed full of language and phrasing difficult for the average person to navigate and fully comprehend. This oftentimes causes confusion between what is fact and what is fiction – both for a person determining whether they should seek a lawyer to begin with, as well as for those who are already in the midst of a legal case.
Truth and justice are the foundation of the Richard Harris Law Firm, and instilling knowledge in our community and our clients is powerful and has proven to lead to the highest probability of success. With that, there are a handful of common misconceptions that we are here to deflate. Knowledge is Power!
Seven Common Legal Myths – Deflated.
MYTH: Hiring a personal injury attorney is so expensive. There is no way I can afford representation. I will have to represent myself.
Navigating the legal system without an attorney is a huge gamble, one that is not recommended and completely unnecessary. The attorneys on Richard Harris’s team work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t pay anything until we negotiate a settlement or win a verdict for you at trial. You don’t pay any fees until we win your case. If you have been in an accident of any kind, schedule a free case consultation, and we will assist you in determining the correct course of action.
MYTH: An attorney won’t be able to help me because my injury isn’t severe enough.
TRUTH: Many injuries may not seem severe in the immediate aftermath of an accident, however, the full severity may not present itself for some time after the occurence. If your body is in pain and you are incurring medical bills, that is an excellent indication that you likely have a personal injury case. We are here to help you with the next steps, and a case consultation is free.
MYTH: I don’t need to get a lawyer. The insurance company will handle everything.
TRUTH: An insurance company’s priority is to handle your claim for as little payout as possible. They are not in business to ensure that all of your financial, medical, emotional, and physical needs are met. Richard Harris personal injury lawyers are your advocate and champion when it comes to doing everything in their power to get you the compensation you deserve and need in order to get your life back on track.
MYTH: If I hire an attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit, I will have to go to court.
TRUTH: In most cases, personal injury lawsuits settle out of court. Most defendants never see the inside of a courtroom. Your attorney will rely on you for as many of the details as possible from the incident, and they will handle the heavy lifting from their offices.
MYTH: All attorneys are the same.
TRUTH: Each individual attorney has a certain skill set and level of expertise in specific practice areas. Depending on the type of case you bring to the attorney, they may or may not be a good fit for you. Keep in mind that there is no way to know how much your case may be worth before all the details are clear, so be aware of attorneys promising a certain payout for your case.
MYTH: It takes a very long time for a personal injury case to be resolved.
TRUTH: The amount of time a personal injury case takes is dependent upon many factors. The truth is that most cases settle out of court within a matter of months. It is always worthwhile to pursue justice and compensation for another’s negligence that has resulted in injury which costs victims time, money, and many times mental distress. It is our mission at Richard Harris Law Firm to get you that compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible in order for you to return to your life.
MYTH: Personal injury cases are usually people just trying to work the system.
TRUTH: Personal injury law has been designed to bring justice for victims who have been injured by another’s negligence and, in some cases, have had their entire lives altered forever. The Richard Harris Law Firm has a history of excellence and integrity and takes pride in serving the injured and their families.
Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to being available to you when you need us. We provide one-on-one attention and excellent service to each of our valued clients, and we will promptly respond to all phone calls or emails. Our attorneys understand what a traumatic toll a personal injury can take on you and your family, and we are intent on obtaining maximum compensation for you.
When you’re hurt in an accident, even a minor injury can affect your physical health, emotional well-being, and financial security. Small injuries like a broken bone may not seem like a big deal at the time, but could have a profound and lasting impact on your health and ability to work going forward. For this reason, it’s recommended that you speak with a personal injury attorney after sustaining any injury. He or she can offer legal advice, project future complications and expenses, and assess damages.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident, contact Richard Harris Law Firm to discuss your personal injury case for free. Call or text (702) 444-4444 or fill out the online evaluation form to schedule your free case consultation.