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Common Carrier Accidents: Southwest Planes, Trains and Escalators

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Yesterday, at one of New York’s famed airports, the landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight collapsed during landing resulting in injuries to no fewer than 11 passengers, including 3 Southwest Airline employees. This week, a patron fell down the escalator at one of Las Vegas’ famed strip casinos and, likewise, was injured. While these two preventable incidents may seem completely unrelated, there is a unique legal standard that a Nevada court would impose against either defendant in a common carrier accident (i.e., personal injury lawsuit). This is generally known as the “common carrier” rule.

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In Nevada, common carriers of passengers are “bound to use the utmost care and diligence for the safety of its passengers therein.”  Historically, Nevada Courts have determined that common carriers include airlines, trains, buses, and even escalator manufacturers.  Common carriers are liable for injuries to a passenger “occasioned by its slightest negligence, against which human prudence and foresight should have guarded.” It is important to distinguish this from the general legal duty imposed in most personal injury matters, or the generic “reasonable” standard.  So, when you are a passenger involved in a common carrier accident, you automatically derive certain legal protections and benefits that you might not otherwise enjoy.  As they say in the travel industry….know before you go.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, contact the top Las Vegas personal injury law firm to get the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (702) 522-7707.

Jeep Recall Issued to 2.7 Million Consumers Based on Defective Gas Tank Design

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Jeep RecallThis week, Chrysler “voluntarily” recalled 2.7 million Jeeps.  The Jeep recall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was based on observations that the vehicle catches fire when involved in low speed, rear end accidents.  I don’t care what side of the “political car-aisle” you hail from, Chrysler’s Jeep recall is a safety-related issue that touches anyone who drives on a public road.  The problem, according to the experts, revolves around the design and placement of the Jeep’s gas tank.  In other words, Chrysler is dealing with a probable design defect.  Design defects, especially those involving motor vehicles, can result in serious injuries, or even death.

This isn’t the first time a domestic car manufacturer has been forced to recall a vehicle over a gas tank.  In the late 1970’s Ford recalled the Pinto.  Like the Jeep recall, the Pinto involved a design defect that caused the vehicle to burst into flames following low speed, rear end accidents.  As a result, several consumers were injured and jurors across the country later held Ford liable for their injuries, harms, and losses.  In 1999, a California jury similarly held General Motors (GM) liable for damages two women and four children sustained after their 1979 Malibu burst into flames following a rear end accident.  Like Ford, GM knowingly utilized a defective gas tank design.  In the GM case, the jury returned a $4.9 billion dollar verdict.

I think its fair for consumers to believe that car manufacturers would learn a lesson or two in design safety over the past 25 plus years.

Jeep has decided to follow Ford in announcing a voluntary recall and, where warranted, has agreed to “provide [consumers] an upgrade to the rear structure of the vehicle to better manage crash forces in low speed impacts.”  I anticipate that, following the Jeep recall, Chrysler will follow Ford and GM into the Courtroom to explain to a jury exactly why these preventable acts were allowed to occur.  We should also expect Jeep to fairly compensate any consumer that was injured or killed as a result of their defective product.


If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury attributed to this recall, give us a call to schedule your free consultation today: (702) 522-7707

An Average Trial Lawyer

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Becoming a trial lawyer is not an easy task.  For me, it started sometime in high school after I received my pre-ACT scores.  In summary, my score sheet suggested that, “the only way Mr. Remmel will ever achieve a college education is if he joins the military.”  I’m confident this was not the response, verbatim.  But it felt that way.  I am certain the term “military” was utilized.  Years before, I yearned to accomplish things people said I could not do.  In a very real way, discouragement and doubt became my motivators.  While I cannot condone this particular practice as healthy, “I cannot curse the road that got me where I am today.”  I also believed I had the drive to succeed at anything I put my mind to.  Regardless of your circumstances, drive can see you through as well.  Just ask Larry H. Miller.

A lot has occurred since high school.  I attended Weber State University– a college in my hometown Ogden, Utah.  During my college years, I learned to work extremely hard.  I took no less than 18 credit hours every semester.  I attended summer semesters.  I worked two part time jobs and started our family.  I was active in my church service.  I maintained a GPA worthy of the school’s honor roll.  I graduated with a double major in only three years.  My hard work and diligence allowed me the unique opportunity of attending the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Law School was much of the same– hard work and long hours.  It was relentless.  I found it terribly frustrating.  Up to this point, I had found ways to “beat the system”, to do things they said I could not.  Now, I was seated amongst true scholars with impressive pedigrees.  For whatever reason, my work ethic was not enough and like high school, my most sincere efforts were met with only average results.  Someone moved my cheese and I doubt  if any of my professors thought I would amount to anything significant in the law.  For whatever reason, I was unable to secure their attention with my lengthy handwritten essays.  Perhaps, they thought, he might make it on his own, in a small town, somewhere far from success.

Success too is a curious thing.  We have been taught that much of what we perceive in terms of success is based on worldly things.  In short, we measure one another by our tax returns or the size of our house.  There are some exceptions.  I have since learned to measure true success based on a person’s true character and effort.  Where there is effort, coupled with drive, there is often success.

So why share all of this with you?  I really want the world to know, in a very real way, that I am just the same as you.  I’m not a super human (and I don’t play one on TV).  I have been blessed to secure a job that allows me the opportunity to serve.  I take my job as a trial lawyer very seriously.  As a professional, I don’t always meet the status quo.  There are times I come to the office in jeans and a t-shirt.  I try to keep it real.  I try to keep things in perspective.  Make no doubt about it, I intend to continue winning regardless of the odds (and regardless of what I am wearing).  I have been fortunate to receive several accolades for my efforts as a trial lawyer.  National organizations, including the American Trial Lawyers Association, have identified me as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyer in Southern Nevada.  All of these plaques have meaning  and yes, they make me feel good.  But the most rewarding thing I have ever encountered in my professional life, is when a client expresses their heartfelt gratitude for a job well done.

So, if you are looking for something different, something outside of “average” I welcome you to give my office a try.  Be forewarned, your dealings with our office might force you to think differently about personal injury lawyers.  I commit to helping you, just the same as anyone else.  Together, with a little effort and drive, we can change things for the better.

Give us a call today at (702) 522-7707 to schedule your free consultation!

Costco, Townsend Farms, and Organic Antioxidant Frozen Berries Threaten Las Vegas with Hepititis A

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

This week Costco and Townsend Farms notified our family that we had purchased (and since consumed) a package of frozen Organic Antioxidant frozen berries that were possibly contaminated with Hepatitis A. My first thought was that I had trusted these companies to provide our family with edible food. I also contemplated that with today’s technologies, contaminated foods should be near extinction. Because Costco and Townsend Farms breached our trust, my family– including my minor children– were potentially exposed to Hepatitis A. This makes me sick to think that I fed something potentially dangerous to those nearest to me. To date, more than 90 people have been sickened by this outbreak in eight different states, including Nevada. Hepatitis A, at its worse, can cause liver failure.  I strongly believe (and advocate) that if corporations learn to follow  safety rules regarding the manufacturing and production of edible foods, these outbreaks can be avoided.

If your family received a similar notice from Costco or Townsend Farms regarding the Hepatitis A recall, we would encourage you and your family to get tested. Hepatitis A is highly contagious.

If you need help finding answers or finding a testing location, Remmel Law Firm would be happy to meet with you for a free consultation.  We also offer services for personal injuries obtained by way of truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and more. Our office can be reached at (702) 522-7707.

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