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Las Vegas Beats a 73-Year-Old Record

Rainy Weather Las Vegas

Record-Breaking Rains Show Importance of Having a Post-Accident Plan

Las Vegas is known for being dry because of its location in the middle of Nevada’s desert. When it does rain, however, it pours -- and the effects can be devastating. Not many days ago, the city saw record-setting rains. Here’s a look at what happened.

Record-Breaking Rains in Las Vegas

On April 9th and 10th, Las Vegas saw a rainstorm of rare magnitude. In what’s usually one of the area’s driest months, almost a full inch of rain (0.95 inches) came down in just two days. Most of that, 0.81 inches, poured down on Saturday, April 9th.

The rainfall on both Saturday and Sunday broke a 73-year-old record in Vegas. Previously, the highest rainfall on April 9th was just 0.17 inches in 1943. Saturday’s total more than quadrupled the previous record. Sunday also broke the previous rainfall for April 10th, although not by as much. Sunday’s total of 0.14 inches barely edged out the 0.13 inches that fell on April 10, 1943.

The Rain Caused Over 100 Accidents

The city’s roads aren’t made to handle that much rain, and many of the roads quickly flooded. As a result, there were many auto accidents.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 127 crashes on Saturday alone. Seven of these were hit-and-runs. From these crashes, 43 people sustained injuries and 77 individuals filed reports of property damage.

Know What to Do If You’re in an Accident

The recent rains and resulting accidents are a reminder, collisions can occur anytime and anywhere on the road. You never know when you might face hazardous road conditions or be struck by an out-of-control vehicle.

In addition to driving safely, it’s important to know what to do if you’re ever in an accident. First, seek medical treatment if necessary and contact the police. If you need to file a claim, a police report may be helpful. Once you’re safe, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez to see if you have a case.

To make sure you’re prepared in an auto accident, download our accident checklist. Print and put it in the glove box so you’re always prepared.

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What You Need To Know About Slip and Fall Injuries

Being injured on the job is stressful. Besides the physical pain, there are doctor appointments, missed days of work, and other painful ordeals that must be overcome to get life back to normal.

If you have experienced a slip and fall injury on the job, here are things to be aware of:

  • Immediately After the Incident. Be sure to contact your manager or supervisor on duty immediately. It is essential you file an incident report to document the occurrence, as unknown injuries could be present that you do not readily see or feel at the time. Make sure you request a copy of the incident report for your own records, as you may need this later.
  • Medical Attention. Depending on the severity of your fall, your employer may ask you to seek attention from a medical provider. In some cases, this request may be a requirement, or it may simply be an option. You should always accept an invitation to seek medical attention. Physicians may or may not find injuries upon inspection, but the documentation of the visit will be important in the future.
  • Asking for Evidence. The effects of your fall may be minimal, but you do not always know what the end result will be. It is important to gather evidence of your situation when it occurs so you do not have to worry about any lost information down the line.

If you are an hourly employee, make sure you keep a record of your time card to indicate when you got to work and when you left that day.

Some facilities have security cameras onsite. The footage from these may help your case if you develop pain in the future, but some footage is only available for a limited time. Request footage of your fall as soon as possible, so you can be sure you have evidence in hand, should litigation arise.

  • After-Effects. Sometimes, a slip and fall injury causes damage and pain that is readily apparent. Bruises and blood can appear right away, but even when those don't occur, it doesn't mean injuries didn't take place. Injuries may be more serious than they initially seemed, which means pain may present itself after the fact. After-effects of slip and fall cases can range anywhere from bumps and bruises to torn ligaments and broken limbs.

Having the incident documented on medical records can be an important tool down the road, even if it seems like a trivial doctor's visit at the time.

Have you been injured on the job? Our team at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez is here to help. Download our What to Expect Checklist to guide you through the proper steps necessary to protect yourself after a workplace injury or call 702-388-4476 to schedule a free consultation.

Should I Sign This

Many circumstances in life involve signing important documents, from buying a house or car to signing an employment contract or insurance agreement. But how many people really take the time to read a contract rather than blindly signing it? Failing to do so is very risky because you're bound by what a document says, not by what you think it says.

The following tips may help you determine whether or not you should sign a document (although always consult with an attorney when you're not sure):

Determine the document's importance

Some documents will be more important than others. Anything involving your employment, an insurance claim, or other significant matter deserves to be examined very carefully.

Pay attention to the document, not to what someone is telling you

In most cases, a written document overrides anything someone may tell you. Don't rely on what you're being told by the person or company who's trying to get you to sign. Instead, go solely by what the document actually says, unless the changes are put in writing on the document and initialed by both parties.

Read headings and skim paragraphs

To understand the main points of a document quickly and efficiently, thoroughly read headings and skim paragraphs for the main points. The most important information is usually in the beginning and end of a paragraph about a particular topic. Keep an especially close eye out for important words and phrases such as "agree to", "shall", "shall not", "surrender", "relinquish", and "prohibited from".

Resist pressure to sign

It may be awkward to ask for more time, but it's better than signing something you don't understand. Be polite yet firm, and rather than saying something specific about the situation, just say you never sign anything without fully reading and understanding it and explain you need a little more time to do so. If you're facing undue pressure, such as when you're being terminated from your employment, sign it with a note saying, "Signing as to receipt only" and get a copy. This signifies that you received the document but you aren't agreeing to its terms.

Request more time and consult an attorney

If you have any doubt at all about the terms of the document or feel pressured to sign, take the document home and review it line by line when you have more time and aren't under pressure. If you still have questions, ask an attorney to take a look at it. It's far easier to get advice before you sign a document than to deal with unpleasant consequences afterward.

If you've been injured on the job or involved in a car accident, have doubts about signing, contact the Las Vegas injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez for a free consultation.

8 Weird Nevada Laws

Nevada Laws

Despite promoting a scintillating time with a city motto of 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas', there are some things you don't want to be caught doing, lest you run counter to the law.

Here are 8 weird Nevada laws you should know before you cross the line:

  1. Driving a camel atop the highway is illegal. Private companies with an eye for profit imported camels to work as pack animals back in the 1860s. However, loose camels became a huge nuisance on public highways and led to this weird Nevadan law.
  2. Hanging someone for shooting your dog on your property is 'legal'. In the Wild West days, dogs were a highly valuable asset for protecting herds and property that were absolutely not to be messed with.
  3. In Reno, benches and other seats cannot be placed on any street, alley, or sidewalk without express authorization. This is one of those anti-homeless laws that might have gone a bit too far in the city legislature process. Which also leads to the next weird Nevada law:
  4. Also in Reno, it's illegal to lie down on the sidewalk. AND...
  5. Again in Reno, it's illegal to hide a spray-painted shopping cart in your basement. Spray painting shopping carts is popular among stores. This law was put in place to help reduce theft.
  6. In Eureka, a man who has a mustache is not allowed to kiss a woman. Prohibitions against mustaches and unkempt facial hair were quite popular throughout the country during the 18th and 19th centuries. Eureka, Nevada just happens to be one of the few still keeping in tune with arcane weirdness.
  7. In Las Vegas, it's illegal to pawn your dentures. Actually, you can't sell your dentures on eBay either as they're considered a prescriptive medical device. However, it is strange for Las Vegas to have to spell it out in their city laws, leading one to wonder if it was the result of a surge in seniors trying to get just one more game in at the gambling house.
  8. In Elko, everyone walking the streets is required to wear a mask. The massive influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 caught many states unprepared. Areas of Nevada were particularly hard hit and slow to respond. The Elko mask law was instituted in hopes of preventing the disease from spreading among citizens.

While you aren't likely to get pulled over and handed a ticket for any of the above weird laws, you may find yourself ticketed for more common missteps, such as jaywalking. If you've been injured by someone else's illegal activity or misguided recklessness, contact us today at (702) 338-4476. Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, and Martinez, your Las Vegas accident injury attorneys.

Cell Phone Safety In the Car

Dont text while driving

Cell phone usage has become increasingly prominent over the last decade - to the point where it is unusual not to own a cell phone. Unfortunately, as useful as cell phones can be, they have proven to be a serious danger in regards to driving. Cell phones are a huge distraction to drivers, which has led to a large increase in car accidents over the years. In 2014 alone, there were roughly 431,000 motor vehicle crash-related injuries and 3,179 deaths that involved distracted drivers. According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, there are an estimated 3,500 distraction-related car crashes every year, accounting for almost 20% of all car-related accidents taking place in Nevada each year.

Nevada Cell Phone Law

In 2011, Nevada Legislature passed legislation making it illegal to speak or text on a cell phone or any similar device (such as a tablet) while driving. If you are pulled over for using a cell phone while driving, you can be fined upwards of $250.

Cell Phone Safety Tips

Research has shown reaction times are delayed when you are using a cell phone while driving - almost as much as it would be if you were driving while legally drunk - even if using a hands-free method. In fact, you are four times as likely to crash when using your cell phone while driving. The following are safety tips to keep in mind to help prevent you from using your phone while driving:

  • Keep your phone on silent while driving or put it in a place where you can't reach it while driving, such as in your glove compartment, so you aren't tempted to check it.
  • If you are driving with a passenger, allow the passenger to answer the phone or respond to a text if it is urgent.
  • Make any calls you need to make before you begin driving.
  • If you need to make a call while driving, get off the road where it is safe to do so. For example, if you need directions to someone's home, pull over at the nearest gas station or fast food restaurant and call from the parking lot.
  • Download an app that blocks texts and calls while you drive. There are a number of different apps that do this, such as Drive Safe Mode, Live2Txt and Cellcontrol, to name a few. There are even apps available that provide you with rewards for not texting while driving, such as SafeDrive.

Avoid using your cell phone while driving not just to avoid potential fines, but to prevent road accidents as well.

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