What Types of Damages Are Compensable in an Injury Case

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Individuals may be eligible to pursue compensation for several types of damages following an automobile accident, medical malpractice, or personal injury accident in Nevada. This compensation can help individuals recover from medical expenses, lost wages, loss of quality of life, and more. Damage to Property Injured people in Nevada can pursue compensation to cover damages to personal property. This includes damage to the vehicle or contents within the vehicle in an auto accident. Individuals are entitled to compensation to cover the cost of repair, or if the vehicle/items are beyond repair, compensation for the fair market value. Non-Monetary Damages Accident survivors can pursue claims for mental suffering, physical pain and suffering, and loss of consortium or companionship. Likewise, individuals can pursue damages for loss of quality of life and the impact the injury has on the individual’s ability to engage in and enjoy activities they enjoyed prior to the accident. Special Compensatory Damages Special compensatory damages include lost income, loss of future earning capacity, and household expenses. They also include compensation for medical expenses, compensation for predicted future medical care, and for any expenses related to canceled vacations. Wrongful Death Survivors of those who are killed in an automobile accident,

Fighting Trucker Fatigue Can Prove Fatal

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Drivers who use stimulants to fight off fatigue place themselves and other motorists at considerable risk for an accident. The problem is especially pronounced for long-haul drivers whose routes require extensive driving over long periods with little rest. As staffing and economic pressures within the trucking industry continue to grow, it is likely that stimulant abuse among truck drivers will increase further exacerbating the risk of accidents and fatalities. Impact of Stimulants on Driving Random sampling from drug testing programs has determined that approximately 0.6% of truck drivers test positive for stimulant use. Extrapolating these statistics indicates that as many as 21,000 truck drivers may be using stimulants while operating commercial motor vehicles. These drivers tend to have higher rates of driving infractions than their counterparts who do not use stimulants. Use of cocaine, amphetamines, or methamphetamine changes the individual’s cognitive and motor functions. These stimulants negatively affect attention span and can cause reduced impulse control. Drivers under the influence of stimulants have reduced focus, diminished balance, and coordination, and can become easily agitated. As the drug levels within the bloodstream begin to fall, users can become paranoid, aggressive, or extremely drowsy. They may also become delusional. This creates a

Why Slip and Fall Accidents Happen

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Slips, trips, and falls are common hazards and their causes range from slippery surfaces caused by weather to poorly conducted maintenance. These types of accidents cause millions of hospital visits each year. Knowing what causes them is useful in learning how to prevent them from happening. Flooring is a Dangerous Factor Tile and polished stone do not create a solid friction coefficient that is sufficient for preventing slips and trips. When wax, water, ice, or sand are added to the equation, these surfaces become even more dangerous. Add in sun glare and the inability to see these on the surface of the flooring and it creates a dangerous combination of factors that can cause an individual to lose their footing. While any indoor surface can pose a slipping hazard, the risks are often greatest near entrances, exits, and on stairways. Weather Raises the Risk Rain, ice, and snow can make any surface hazardous to walk over and increase the risk of suffering a personal injury. It can make a concrete sidewalk or asphalt parking lot a dangerous zone to navigate. Of course, people track snow, water, ice, and sand indoors from parking lots and sidewalks which can make interior surfaces

Fall Brings Unique Car Accident Risks

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As the seasons change, motorists face a number of risks as they head out for a weekend drive in Northern Nevada this fall. Deer, debris, and other drivers who are eager to get a peek at the scenery can make driving dangerous in the area. Deer and Other Wildlife Animals throughout the area are busy preparing for winter. Whether they are gathering food or migrating towards more temperate climates, this means many will be crossing highways and roads on their trek. Nationwide, there are more than 1.5 million collisions involving deer every year and this number climbs as the fall season progresses. The risk is greatest at dawn and dusk when deer are more active and likely to come into contact with motorists. In Nevada, motorists have a 1 in 966 chance of striking a deer. Other large animals that motorists may encounter in the Reno area include wild horses, black bears, coyotes, antelope, and mountain lions. Weather conditions, time of day, and traffic can make it difficult to spot these animals and can increase the potential for accidents. Changing Weather Fall weather conditions can change rapidly. It can be bright and sunny when drivers set out on a trip,

Common Types of High School Sports Injuries

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Thousands of children are injured every year while engaging in school sporting events including football, wrestling, gymnastics, and other sports. Injuries sustained can include concussions, contusions, broken bones, torn ligaments, and others that can leave the student with permanent loss of function or diminished mental capacity. Common Sports-Related Injuries Concussions and contusions are among the most documented high school sports injuries. These are often sustained in football and wrestling events where contact with other students or hard surfaces can damage the brain. While the number of concussions sustained in Nevada has declined due to increased awareness and enhanced safety protocols, they remain a common and dangerous factor in high school sports. Shoulder injuries affect students who lift weights, throw balls, wrestle, and those who are required to lift and support the weight of other students, such as cheerleaders. The shoulder is not a strong joint and injuries caused by these activities can result in permanent loss of range of motion if they are not promptly treated. Knee injuries are the most common sports-related injury. Known as Patellofemoral Syndrome, knee injuries can occur to runners, basketball players, football players, baseball players, cheerleaders, and others who engage in sports that cause strain

NutriBullet Owners Beware: Exploding Blenders Are Causing Severe Injuries

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Exploding NutriBullet blenders are leaving consumers with serious burns, lacerations, and other significant injuries and numerous personal injury lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer. The force of the explosion is significant and can cause deforming injuries. Manufactured by Capital Brands, the devices may soon be banned for sale in the United States because of the increasing number of reports of injuries caused when the blenders fail. Explosions Caused by Overheating Many of the explosions occur as the result of the motor overheating. While the devices are equipped with a thermal cut-out that is designed to shut the device off if the motor overheats, this safety feature does not always work. The blender is designed to operate for 60 seconds. However, many users claim their devices have exploded before this point even when they are using the blender to mix liquids that are chilled or at room temperature. As the motor heats up, it transfers thermal energy into the liquid within the plastic mixing container. This causes the liquid to expand which leads the plastic container to split open at the base or explode. Injuries Caused by Explosive Failure Explosive failure of the mixing container can eject plastic shards and

When Defective Truck Parts Cause a Crash

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When defective components on a commercial truck fail and cause a crash, serious injury or death is often the result. Brakes, tires, and steering components are some of the most common parts to fail and liability for these failures can fall upon the vehicle manufacturer, part manufacturer, or fleet operator. At the turn of the century, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) identified mechanical failures as a primary or contributing cause in approximately one-third of large truck accidents. Common Equipment Failures Brakes, tires, and lighting system failures are some of the most common mechanical failures that can cause a large truck accident. Data gathered by the Department of Transportation shows that up to 30% of large truck accidents involve some form of brake failure. When tires or brakes fail, the operator of the vehicle can lose control over the truck’s direction and careen into other traffic, guardrails, ditches, etc. When lighting systems fail, they can diminish the driver’s field of vision and make the truck less visible to other cars, trucks, cyclists, and pedestrians on the road. Other frequently cited component failures include engines that overheat and shut down, shocks that malfunction, hub assemblies that cause wheel separation, and

Using Your Health Insurance When You’ve Been in a Car Accident

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Individuals who are involved in a car crash or accident in Nevada should file claims with their own health insurance provider to cover their medical expenses. We have had numerous clients who have done this to cover their immediate medical expenses in the aftermath of a car crash or accident. Patients don’t have to delay treatment for their injuries nor do they have to bear the considerable financial burden that medical bills can create when they use their health insurance after a crash. Insurance in Nevada Nevada is a “fault” state and drivers are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury to one individual, and $50,000 for bodily injury to more than one person. People can use this coverage to cover their own medical expenses if they are injured in an automobile accident in Nevada, but payment from the at fault insurer will not pay until the end of the case. However, all policies are not the same. Few cover lost wages or funeral expenses unless they are added as riders to the policy. In most cases, these additions are inexpensive and can provide considerable protection in the event of a car crash or

Posting to Social Media Can Ruin Your Injury Claim

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When people post on social media after an accident, they can adversely affect their claim for compensation. Insurance companies and their attorneys may review social media posts to find photos or comments that can give them an upper hand for undermining the victim’s claim. While it can be tempting to share experiences with friends and family via platforms like Facebook and Twitter, we’ve seen cases where social media posts have jeopardized claims, even when they had nothing to do with the accidents or injuries. Comments Might Pass as Admission of Fault Determining who is at fault after a car accident can be a very complicated process unless one of the parties admits to liability. Posting casual comments such as “I never saw that car coming” or “I just crashed my vehicle” can be misconstrued to imply that the victim is admitting to having caused the accident, even when the reverse is true. To avoid misinterpretation in court, it is imperative to avoid making such comments on social media. Also, posting too much can be used to show that the claimant did not suffer the emotional distress that is normally associated with severe accidents. Online Posts Might Be Used to Counter

What You Should Do Immediately After a Car Accident

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Whether it’s a fender bender or a serious crash, there are critical steps to be taken immediately after a car accident. Accidents occur in a split second, and when they do, physical injuries, damages to the car, medical expenses and mechanical bills are often the aftermath. Staying calm and following a few simple steps can help protect accident victims and make the claims process a little easier. Gathering Witnesses and Information Car crash victims should stay at the accident scene until law enforcement arrives. After calling the police and paramedics, victims should collect information from everyone who was involved in the crash. Gathering the names of all drivers, passengers, and witnesses as well as their contact information is vital. Also, license plate numbers and the make and model of all vehicles involved in the crash and insurance policy information should be exchanged. The time and location of the accident should also be documented. In most cases, this information is gathered by responding police. If applicable, the accident report number should be obtained for future reference. Taking Pictures and Preserving Videos Documenting the consequences of a car crash entails taking photographs and videos of the involved vehicles, and of the individuals

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