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The New Las Vegas Law and What it Means for Your Car Accident

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Between high levels of traffic and drivers unfamiliar with the area, Las Vegas has a high rate of traffic accidents. They’re so frequent, in fact, that the Las Vegas police department has taken on a new policy to mitigate the work-load. What it amounts to is that officers will no longer be required to respond ton non-injury accidents. What this means is that if you’ve been in a minor incident, it will be your responsibility to collect all the necessary information and file a police report. In this article, we’ll take a look at why this new policy was put in place and what you can do to make your eventual accident claim process as smooth as possible.

Las Vegas Car Accident Policy

With the gradually increasing number of traffic fatalities int he Las Vegas valley, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has found the need to shift focus and spend more time and resources on accidents that lead to injuries and death. The LVMPD cites several circumstances in which they will still respond. In addition to injuries and fatalities, police will follow up on your call if the other driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there’s been a hit and run, the other driver refuses to cooperate, or a disabled vehicle remains in the roadway.

What You Need to Do if You’re Involved in an Accident
You should still call 911 in the case of an accident. The dispatcher will ask you for some general information about the accident to determine whether an officer should respond. If there are no injuries, you should follow these steps:

  • Collect photographic evidence of visible damage. Be careful about ongoing traffic.
  • Move the vehicle off the roadway if possible.
  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver, including their name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, and issuing state. You’ll also want all the details associated with their insurance plan, including the company that represents them, their policy number, and the expiration date.
  • Gather information about their vehicle such as the make, model, license plate number, and VIN number. If the driver is not the owner, obtain the contact information for the person
  • Obtain insurance information from the other driver(s) including the name of the insurance company, policy number and expiration date of the policy;
  • Obtain the year, make, model and license plate number, including state of issuance of all vehicle(s) involved. Also obtain the name and address of the registered owner and the (VIN) Vehicle Identification Number.
  • Communicate with any witnesses, including vehicle passengers, and get contact information for them in case of an eventual dispute.
  • Document everything on the DMV’s SR-1 form, which you can find here.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Many insurance companies now have a smartphone app to make it this process as hassle-free as possible.

After an accident, emotions can run high and your sudden responsibilities can seem overwhelming. Take a deep breath and collect every bit of information you can–it will pay off in the end. Always remember to contact a good car accident lawyer immediately!

 

 

Ask an Auto Accident Lawyer: How Much Can I Expect for My Settlement?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Car_AccidentIf you’ve been in an accident that incurred serious injury, you may be entitled to damages. Many of these cases are settled out of court, which means you might have to sacrifice some of your potential compensation in order to receive money more quickly and keep yourself out of court—thus reducing legal fees. But how do you know if it’s worth it? In this article, we’ll look at what factors go into deciding a fair settlement.

Calculating Your Settlement Estimate

Estimating your settlement is not just a matter of adding these numbers up. There are essentially two categories of damages that play into determining a settlement. The first is Special Damages, which are actual expenses that are relatively simple to quantify. General damages, on the other hand, are much more complicated.

Compensation for Expenses

The first factor in your estimated settlement target is your actual expenses, including what you’ve had to pay out for medical expenses and vehicle repairs. Even if you did not pay your medical bills out of pocket, these costs should be included in any settlement estimate.

Compensation for Future Expenses and Losses

This category includes not only the lost income stemming from your recovery period, but also any future medical expenses and loss of income due to an inability to work. Remember, you’re working for a settlement that includes every dollar you lost as well as every potential dollar you could have earned if your accident never happened. If your injury is serious enough to incur some level of disability, your auto accident lawyer should include all future loss of income in the settlement estimate.

Compensation for General Damages

Some things cannot be compensated for with any amount of money. If you experience daily pain and suffering due to your accident, you deserve significantly more compensation than someone who received a minor injury with a brief recovery window. The problem is that these aren’t quite as easy to capture in a simple dollar figure. Included in General Damages is a sub-category called “pain and suffering,” meaning physical discomfort, mental anxiety, stress, and other negative effects of being injured such as interruption to the claimant’s day-to-day life. Your auto accident lawyer will be able to help you determine the right multiplier for factoring pain and suffering into your settlement target. The multiplier will be lower or higher depending the specifics of your case, such as the severity of injuries, the degree of medical treatment you’ve received and expect to receive, and the permanent or long-lasting effects of your injuries.

To find out how much compensation you can expect when your auto accident case is settled, contact an experienced Las Vegas auto accident lawyer today.

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What to Ask Your Car Accident Lawyer

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

After you’ve been in a fender bender, there’s a few things you have to remember: get the other driver’s insurance information, contact the police, collect photographic evidence of the damage and scene, etc. After that, you shouldn’t have much more hassle than dealing with the insurance and getting your vehicle fixed. But if you’ve been injured–or the other driver is uninsured–you may need to take the next step and contact a lawyer. An expert in personal injury and car accident cases can help you get the compensation you deserve, but only if you play it smart. In this article, we’ll lay out the questions you should be asking your car accident lawyer.

Important Questions for Your Car Accident Lawyer

To make sure you get the best representation possible, you need to make sure your potential lawyer can handle the job. Here are a few questions you can ask to find out if they’ll be a good fit for you?

  • “How long have you been representing personal injury clients?” – This will give you a sense of their expertise in this field and whether it’s a sideline or their main focus. As with anything, the longer they’ve been doing it the better.
  • “How many car accident victims do you represent in a given year?” – The higher the volume, the better understanding your lawyer will have of the legal nuances in your region. They may also have the insurance company you’re dealing with and their representation.
  • “How many auto accident lawsuits do you settle? How many do you take to trial?” – This is an indication of how hard they’re willing to fight for you.
  • “Will you be my lawyer or will I be working with another member of your firm?”- If you’re meeting with a partner, there is a good chance that they will actually assign your case to another lawyer. This is not necessarily bad, but you’ll want to meet the lawyer you’d be working with before you make any decisions.

You’ll also want to get a sense of what your lawyer thinks about your case. Make sure you get everything you need to know. For instance, ask:

  • “What is your assessment of my case?”
  • “What kind of settlement or judgement is realistic?”
  • “Will we have to go to trial and how long do you expect it to take?”

You’ll also want to know how your case will be handled:

  • “Do you charge a contingency rate or by the hour?”
  • “Will I have to pay you if we do not win a settlement?”
  • “Can I receive progress reports? How frequently?”

Once you’ve found a car accident lawyer, you’re job will be to provide them with all the relevant information about the case including your account of what happened and any evidence you may have–photographic or otherwise. A good lawyer will work with you and keep you continually updated on the progress of your case. If you’ve been involved in an accident, contact a Las Vegas car accident lawyer today.

 

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When Should I Hire an Auto Accident Attorney?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Auto accidents are no joke. In fact, every year over 40,000 people are killed in America alone on the nation’s highways, making it one of the leading causes of death–not to mention the pain, suffering, inconvenience, and expense associated with wrecks that do not lead to fatalities. The problem is, no matter how safe you drive (or what safety equipment you have equipped on your vehicle) you can still get in an accident due to someone else’s mistake. In an ideal world, you would be compensated for any injury or property damage by your insurance company or the negligent driver’s–unfortunately, that’s not always how it works. In this article, we’ll look at what kinds of accidents and circumstances should prompt you to contact an auto accident attorney.

When to Hire an Auto Accident Attorney

While there’s generally no need to contact an auto accident attorney in Las Vegas for a minor fender bender without injuries, there are a number of factors that might prompt a call to a reputable firm. Here’s when you should call a lawyer:

  • The injuries sustained by you or your family may have long-term repercussions, including such severe conditions as paralysis but also anything that might prevent you from working and/or enjoying your life.
  • There is a dispute about just whose fault the accident was. Few people are willing to admit fault and a auto accident attorney will be more motivated to get to the bottom of things than the typical officer on the scene.
  • The offered compensation will not be enough to cover your long-term medical costs.
  • The other driver was not carrying insurance, or was carrying limited insurance.
  • A claims adjuster is putting pressure on you to settle. Do not make rash decisions when dealing with the complicated legalese of insurance companies who are only interested in paying you as little compensation as they can get away with.

What to Expect When Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney in Las Vegas

There are a number of benefits to hiring a auto accident attorney to represent you. You are much more likely to get the compensation you deserve when working with an expert in the field of auto accidents and personal injury. And you won’t have to pay up front. Any reputable personal injury or auto accident attorney will only charge you on a contingency basis–meaning you only pay them if you win.

Have you suffered an injury in a recent auto accident? Are you being pressured to settle? Contact an auto accident attorney right away.

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When David Beat Goliath: 5 Times The Little Guy Beat the Big Corporation

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

In a world of billion dollar corporate bailouts, it sometimes seems like there’s not much justice for the little guy. Big corporations have big budgets, meaning they can afford to hire multiple lawyers and drag out proceedings for years. But every once in a while, a corporation simply goes too far. As a personal injury attorney, I fight for the little guy against greedy corporations on a daily basis. Read about these five landmark lawsuits when David beat Goliath, and justice was served.

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Vibram Running Shoes

Earlier this year, Vibram agreed to pay $3.75 million for embellishing the health benefits of the shoes that they produced. Known for their “FiveFingers” running shoes that look like gloves for your feet, Vibram told consumers that their “toe shoes” could help strengthen foot muscles and reduce running injuries. But as more evidence proved that running in these shoes caused puncture wounds and increased stress, the company was forced to redact their advertising statements and pony up to consumers. The $3.75 million settlement offered purchasers roughly $20-$50 per pair of shoes bought, which can pay for less than half of a nice pair of running shoes customers will need after throwing these ones in the trash.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

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The name of the company might not be familiar, but you probably know something about the case. Erin Brokovich, who would be played by Julia Roberts in the film adaptation, served as lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against PG&E. The major allegation in the case was that the company knowingly allowed hazardous waste products to contaminate the groundwater–jeopardizing the water supply of Hinkley, California. This waste was found to cause cancer, fertility problems and a list of other health issues.

This case resulted in the largest settlement ever paid out for a direct action lawsuit in the history of the United States. PG&E was forced to pay nearly $300 million to just 1,100 people.

Eveleth Mines

Erin Brokovich isn’t the only class action lawsuit hero to become a major motion picture star. The 2005 movie North Country stars Charlize Theron as Lois Jenson, one of the first female employees of the Eveleth iron mine in northern Minnesota. Jenson and her female coworkers endured such intense sexual harassment from the men they worked with, that some of them were diagnosed with PTSD. The problem was, Jenson had a hard time finding anyone to represent her. After being turned down by more than 50 lawyers from 1984 to 1991, Jenson finally got the case accepted as the first class action lawsuit related to sexual harassment. The problems didn’t end there, though. The court proceedings were almost as abusive as the harassment to begin with. The judge allowed Eveleth to obtain medical records and put the women through eighty days of depositions, probing their personal and sexual histories. One plaintiff said afterwards that “I felt I was raped on the stand.”

In the end, the women had to wait until 1998 before Eveleth settled with them on the eve of the jury trial. The women of Eveleth mines were awarded $3.5 million for their troubles.

Facebook

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In the 2007, Facebook stepped over the line into privacy invasion. The social media giant launched a new advertising program called Beacon, which distributed purchasing information between partner retailers and Facebook. This meant purchases you make could end up being published on your social network profile. The program went mainly unnoticed until a man purchased an engagement ring from Overstock.com. His plan was to surprise his girlfriend with a proposal, but the purchase was immediately published on his newsfeed–and quickly seen by friends, family and his girlfriend.

Once Beacon was uncovered, Facebook users soon retaliated with a class action lawsuit. Facebook settled the case in 2009, agreeing to discontinue Beacon and use $9.5 million to establish a foundation dedicated to privacy.

Cryovac

Another lawsuit turned feature film, A Class Action, depicts the legal battle between the citizens of Woburn, Massachusetts and W.R. Grace & Co, owners of the Cryovac food packaging plant. The central complaint of Woburn’s lawsuit was that the company contaminated the city’s water supply with dangerous carcinogens, resulting in at least six deaths from leukemia. The case, which began in 1982, went on for four years until W.R. Grace & Co. settled out of court for $8 million.

These big cases stand out on the silver screen, but average Americans are winning smaller settlements such as these every day. If you’ve suffered personal injury or loss due to a corporation’s negligence or unsafe practices, you can win your lawsuit. Let me represent you and get you the compensation you deserve. For more information, give me a call at (702) 522-7707 today.

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Common Diabetes Drug Actos Increases Risk of Cancer

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

If you’ve taken the drug Actos and have developed bladder cancer or similar symptoms, contact our office today. Actos, which is prescribed in conjunction with diet and exercise, is meant to help individuals with Type 2 diabetes maintain low blood sugar. While it has proven to be an effective treatment, recent findings suggest that taking the drug for more than two years can double your chance of developing bladder cancer. Read ahead to learn if you’re at risk, and find out what Actos manufacturer Takeda has to say about the risks associated with taking this medication.

Increased Bladder Cancer Associated with Actos

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After analyzing data on more than 115,000 people treated with diabetes drugs from 1988 to 2009, researchers identified 470 individuals who had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. Comparing these individuals to healthy people, they found that people who had taken Actos specifically were at an 83% percent increased risk.  While bladder cancer remains relatively rare among the general population, over 70,000 new cases are diagnosed every year in the United States alone.

Doctors have started warning patients of the potential health risks that can stem from using Actos. Simply put, if you have a history of bladder cancer or have dealt with other bladder conditions in the past, you should not take the drug Actos.

Actos Manufacturer Responds

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A spokesperson for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Actos, told WebMD that “Takeda is confident in the therapeutic benefits of Actos . . . and is committed to ongoing clinical research to understand and investigate potential safety concerns.” The label on Actos does include a warning about the risks of bladder cancer, but it should be noted that the drug is banned in France and Germany.

If you’ve taken Actos for more than two years, you should consult your doctor or urologist about bladder cancer screenings. If you’re considering taking Actos to help maintain low blood sugar due to diabetes, you should discuss the risks with your doctor and possibly consider seeking other medications. Give us a call at (702) 522-7707 today if you or a loved one has been impacted by the drug Actos and would like proper compensation for your pain and suffering.

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Las Vegas Drivers: Beware Of Identity Theft Following Car Accidents

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Starting in March of 2014, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stopped responding to non-injury car accidents. While this saves law enforcement time and resources which they can put to better use elsewhere, it has led to a spate of insurance scams. Read ahead to find out what to look out for and to ensure your fender bender doesn’t end up costing you thousands more than it needs to.

Why Is Metro Not Responding To Accidents?

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If you’re involved in a minor accident in the Las Vegas area, it is now your responsibility to exchange information, document what happened and report the incident. This allows officers to better respond to high priority accidents, especially those involving injuries and more dangerous crimes.  While the policy is still too new to know whether it’s saving the department time, it is important to know that drivers involved in non-injury accidents can still call 911 to have a law enforcement officer dispatched.

A New Scam Has Emerged

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It didn’t take long before unscrupulous people tried to take advantage of the new law. After a recent crash on U.S. 95 and Decatur Boulevard, a man who claimed to be associated with a company called “Nevada Car Accident Reports” showed up and started collecting personal information. When the Nevada Highway Patrol arrived, the scammer was holding a driver’s paperwork. This man didn’t work for law enforcement, but did carry some official looking paperwork. The information collected by these scammers can be used to steal identities and commit insurance fraud, which is why it is so important to never offer your personal information to anyone other than a uniformed officer.

Following this attempted scam, the Nevada Highway Patrol has warned drivers in the Las Vegas valley to be on the look out for anyone other than law enforcement who shows up at an accident site. NHP is also concerned that phony wrecks could be staged in order to commit insurance fraud. If you’re involved in an accident, the most important things to do are to stay composed, understand the situation and get to safety. For more information on car accidents, call us today at (702) 522-7707.

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Students Pledge To Drive Safer

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

For decades, the leading cause of death among teens has been car accidents. Whether inexperience, distraction or simply unsafe driving practices contribute, it’s clear that teenage drivers are particularly at risk for car accidents. But recently, teens have started to take a stance against car accidents. Find out how the student body of a South Carolina high school decided to do something about the troubling reputation of teen drivers after two students were killed in a tragic accident that rocked the community.

A Pledge to Drive Safely

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Following a harrowing car accident that killed two and injured two more, investigators reported that the teens involved were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. While it’s not clear exactly what the outcome would have been if the students were belted in, the fact that they were thrown from their car indicates that a lack of seat belt usage was a primary factor in their deaths. On the Monday following the accident, their friends and classmates wore green ribbons around their arms in memoriam and signed a banner pledging to practice safe driving when they get behind the wheel. This means wearing a seat belt, but also following posted speeds and staying off their phones while operating a vehicle.

What You Can Do

Driving is a huge responsibility, and what we do behind the wheel can have a serious impact on our lives, and the lives of others. Teenage drivers need to be educated on how to drive safely, how to avoid accidents and what to do if a wreck happens.

If you’re concerned about your teen driver, consider having them sign a similar pledge. For tips and facts about teenage drivers, visit the Department of Transportation’s Teen Driving Safety 101 to find out what you can do to keep your teens safe. If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, contact us today to get the help you need.

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Man With Road Rage Is Victim Of Instant Karma

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

If you spend any amount of time behind the wheel, you know that it can be extremely frustrating at times. After being cut off, stuck in unexpected construction zones or hitting three red lights in a row, it’s common to feel a bit angry. For some people, this anger gets out control. Road rage is a legitimate problem, and now that everyone has a camera in their pocket, new viral videos of road-crazed drivers are being posted online every day. But not many end like this:

It’s not clear from the video what sparked the incident, but a Tampa, FL woman captured this video of a man in a large truck tailgating her at speeds of up to 60 miles an hour. At some point, he attempts a dangerous pass and flips our videographer the bird. He loses control of his truck, spins across the median (and across oncoming lanes) before crashing into a light pole. “That’s what you get!” the woman says as she films. “All on video buddy.”

Instant karma? At least no one was hurt. While millions of people have watched the video, Tampa police used information in the film (especially the license plate number that is briefly visible) to make an arrest on the man in question. He was charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene and failure to wear a seat belt.

The woman filming was thanked by the authorities for information leading to the arrest, despite the fact that she wasn’t driving much safer. In most jurisdictions, using a cellphone while driving is a ticketable offense–and shooting video is definitely more distracting than taking a call. The moral of the story? Keep your cool behind the wheel. Otherwise, you might just become the laughing stock of the Internet. If you are the victim of someone else’s road rage, contact us today.

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One Facebook Post Cost This Girl’s Family $80,000

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

If you’ve watched a courtroom drama, then you probably have some understanding of a confidentiality provision. In many lawsuits and settlements, part of the agreement between parties is that the details and consequences of the proceedings are to be kept confidential. Basically, if a private entity decides to settle with you over a claim, they may attach a provision that disallows you from speaking about the case. While this is usually only employed in drastic circumstances, Patrick Snay, the former head of Gulliver Preparatory School, learned the hard way that you can lose everything you’ve won if you break the agreement.

Age Discrimination, European Vacations, and Facebook

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When Snay’s 2010-2011 contract was not renewed by Gulliver Preparatory School, he filed an age discrimination lawsuit. To keep the matter out of court, the school agreed to pay Snay $80,000, plus $60,000 to his attorneys, and $10,000 in back pay. All he had to do was keep the news to himself. Unfortunately, Snay’s daughter had to share the good news and posted the following message for her 1,200 followers on Facebook: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

Back in Court

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Attorneys for Gulliver swiftly sent a letter to Snay explaining that he would not be receiving the settlement because he and his daughter had broken the confidentiality provision. Snay took the case to a circuit court, who enforced the settlement. But after an appeal by Gulliver, the Third District Court of Appeals in Florida decided that Snay had deliberately violated the confidentiality provision and voided the agreement.

While Snay has found work at another preparatory school in Florida, he never received his $80,000. All because of one comment on Facebook. For more information on confidentiality provisions or for a qualified personal injury attorney, contact us today.

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