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How to Avoid Swimming Accidents

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,500 Americans died from drowning each year between 2005 and 2014. Thousands more are injured, in pools and spas, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Of those who are treated for drowning in emergency rooms and survive, more than 50 percent require hospitalization or ongoing care, which can be expensive. Many suffer from lifelong afflictions including brain damage, memory issues, learning disabilities or the loss of basic brain function.

And it's not always their fault. Sometimes negligent pool and spa owners put swimmers at risk by not properly caring for their equipment or providing a safe, secure place to play in the water.

Here are seven ways to protect yourself from swimming accidents:

1) Watch your children closely.

Roughly one in five people who drown are age 14 or younger. If you are in a pool, lake or spa with children, make sure there is an adult specifically designated to watch the youngsters.

2) Learn CPR.

CPR has been proven to save lives and improve outcomes for drowning victims. Doing CPR while waiting for medics can save lives.

3) Wear a life jacket.

It is estimated that half of all boating deaths could be prevented if the victims had been wearing life jackets. Wearing a life jacket--whether at the beach or in the pool--can help keep you safe.

4) Don't rely on air-filled or foam toys.

Water wings, noodles and inner-tubes might be fun to play with, but they should not be counted on to keep you or your kids safe in the water.

5) Make sure pool decks are clean and clear.

Toys and slippery spots left around pool decks are tripping hazards. The toys can also be alluring to young children, attracting them to the pool without supervision.

6) Look for rescue devices.

When someone goes under water, it's important to have a pole or rescue device nearby to throw to the person in trouble. Before you jump into a pool, make sure you know where the rescue devices are located.

7) Don't drink too much alcohol.

Whether you are at the beach or on a pool deck, it's important not to consume too much alcohol. Drinking too much can limit your ability to keep track of your kids and make responsible decisions.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a swimming accident, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez the personal injury attorneys at 702-388-4476 to discuss your legal rights to the best care possible.

Summer Safety

For many, summer is one of the best times of the year. When the sun is out and the weather is perfect for grilling in your backyard or taking a dip in a pool, it's not hard to understand why. However, summer won't be all fun and games if you disregard you or your family's safety. To ensure your summer remains fun for all, make sure you follow these summer safety tips:

  1. Staying Hydrated

    The heat can cause you to get dehydrated quicker than usual. Heat-related illnesses kill hundreds of people every year. Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated - especially if you plan on spending time outside.

  2. Avoiding Sun Burn

    Sure, a summer tan looks great and all, but you don't want to over expose your skin to the sun. Doing so can not only cause your skin to burn; it could put you at risk for developing skin cancer. The following are a few tips for preventing sun burn:

    • Cover yourself up with clothing - Wear long pants and a long shirt to help protect your skin. You can find clothing made out of light materials so you aren't too hot.
    • Use sunscreen if you spend any time outdoors. Sunscreen isn't just for the beach, you can just as easily get burned walking around outside in the middle of the city. Wear sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher.
    • Protect your face, neck, ears and head by wearing a wide brimmed hat.
  3. Swimming Safely

    Pool Party

    Because the weather is perfect for swimming, many people will jump into the nearest pool. The following are a few swim safety tips:

    • Never leave children alone in the water without adult supervision.
    • Never swim alone. Even the best swimmers may need help at some point and will need someone there to help them.
  4. Grilling Safely

    A lazy summer afternoon is the perfect time to grill a few hot dogs or burgers outside for friends and family. Keep these grilling safety tips in mind when doing so:

    • Never put cooked food back onto an unwashed plate that held raw food.
    • Use a meat thermometer to make sure your food reaches a safe internal temperature.
    • Never leave your grill unattended.
    • Don't set your grill near flammable objects, like your house or a shrub.

Your summer should be full of sunshine and outdoor activities. To ensure you stay safe this summer follow these tips to enjoy every minute of it. If you experience a personal injuries this summer and need legal counsel, contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.

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How to Protect Yourself After a Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident is an understandably stressful situation. Knowing what to do after an accident occurs can help keep you safe and allow you to gather evidence that could help with possible legal action.

The following tips will help you know how to protect yourself after a motorcycle accident:

Get to a safe place

You'll need to get off the roadway as quickly as possible. Make sure you’re a safe distance away if a vehicle is leaking gasoline or on fire. Call 911 if you or anyone else is injured.

Call law enforcement

You'll need to report the accident to the appropriate law enforcement agency. They’ll be able to direct traffic safely around the scene of the accident, arrange for vehicles to be removed if necessary, take witness statements, and file a police report.

Take photos

If possible, use your cell phone to take photos of the accident scene, showing close-up views of the damage to your motorcycle and photos showing the other vehicle and yours together. Make sure to show any relevant traffic signs or signals and nearby buildings. Finally, take photos of any visible injuries you may have.

Keep your cool

Don't lose your temper with the other driver or argue about who was at fault. Make sure to not admit fault. You may be upset and may not fully realize or understand what happened.

Stay at the scene

As long as your injuries don't prevent you from doing so, you should stay at the scene of the accident to talk with the responding law enforcement officer. You can get insurance information from the other driver, as well as contact information. This will also let you answer the officer’s questions on the scene, while the events are still fresh in your mind.

Seek medical attention

You may be injured but not be aware of it. This can happen, if you have a concussion or have internal bleeding. Make sure to keep record of any doctor's reports, bills, medication records, and any other documentation.

If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476). We offer a free consultation to discuss your case, and our experienced attorneys will advise you on the best course of action.

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Does the Way You Drive Increase Your Risk of an Accident

While we have certainly come a long way with car safety, with the total number of traffic accident fatalities in the United States having decreased significantly since the early 1970s, there still are an alarming amount of preventable vehicle accidents. Today's automobile accidents are caused by a variety of factors, with the most frequent of which being operator error.

The following are some of the leading driving habits that cause accidents and how you can avoid your risk in becoming another statistic:

  • Driving under the influence. The vast majority of traffic-related accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These chemicals impair a person's ability to quickly react to situations that could otherwise have been avoided. If you are planning on enjoying a drink or are taking drugs, prescribed or otherwise, that are known to impair your mind, either call a taxi, designate a non-using driver, or use other public transit options.
  • Speeding in a carSpeeding. The second leading cause of traffic accidents is speeding. While there is an entire subculture dedicated to the art of driving fast, such recreational speeding should never be done outside of a designated race track like the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Of course, driving too far under the average speed of a given roadway also has its own risks. To stay safe, keep at or just below the posted speed limit.
  • Distracted driving. You've likely already seen the advertisements against texting and driving, but this isn't the only source of distraction. Yelling at children in the backseat, staring at another driving accident, and rifling through a backpack while driving are all acts of distraction that can lead to a serious accident. Keep your eyes and mind on the road until you get to your final destination.
  • Weaving in and out of traffic. Regardless of whether you use your turn signals, the constant weaving in and out of traffic is a poor driving habit that increases your likelihood of an accident. Especially if you're doing so at a high speed.
  • Tailgating. Tailgating is never a good idea, even if the driver in front of you is traveling well below the speed limit. This may end with the in-front driver slamming on the brakes. Such sudden stopping frequently causes rear-end accidents which can land you with a scratched up car, potential injuries, and a hefty traffic citation.

Should any of these dangerous driving habits sound eerily familiar, then it's time to consider the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers, and make a positive change. Or if you've been the victim of a traffic accident caused by someone else committing one of the above driving sins, then contact us at GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation to get you on the road to financial recoveries for your injuries and property damages. Download our Auto Accident Checklist to learn more.

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Types of Damages in a Personal Injury Case

Personal injuries can be sustained in a number of ways, including car accidents, malpractice and slip and fall accidents. If you successfully sue someone for personal injury, you’re entitled to collect financial compensation, aka damages, from the at-fault party. In Nevada, the statute of limitations – or time you have to file a personal injury complaint – is two years.

The Purpose of Personal Injury Damages

Damages received in a personal injury case are intended to make you “whole” again after an injury. It can be difficult to put a dollar figure on certain injuries, particularly non-tangible ones, but the goal is to return you to the position you would have been in if the injury had not occurred.

What Damages Can I Recover?

In Nevada, damages are generally divided into two main groups:

  • Tangible damages, also known as special or economic damages, are made up of things like lost wages and/or medical expenses.
  • General damages are less tangible – such as pain and suffering.

There are situations in which you can ask for punitive damages, which serve to punish and make an example of the defendant. They are available in very limited situations.

Personal injury damages you might receive, depending on your particular case, include:

  • Compensation for medical bills that arose from injuries you suffered due to the defendant's actions. This could include items like hospital stays and physical therapy. If your insurance provider has been paying your medical bills prior to a settlement or personal injury award, you must reimburse them for those payments.
  • Lost wages may be recovered in a personal injury case, including payment for any work you were required to miss due to the injury itself or your treatment. In cases where the injured party has been made permanently disabled for work, lost wages can include what could have been made over the course of a lifetime.
  • Pain and suffering is a type of emotional damage. If you suffered from trauma or emotional stress due to a serious personal injury, financial compensation may be provided. Emotional trauma can cause physical symptoms, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression which, in turn, can cause chronic pain, migraines, weight loss, etc.

Additional damages can be awarded for wrongful death and loss of companionship or consortium.

Nevada Damages Cap

In the state of Nevada, personal injury cases that arise from medical malpractice are governed by what’s known as a financial cap. This limits the amount of non-economic or intangible damages you can recover to a current maximum of $350,000.

Since Nevada’s personal injury case rules can be complicated, it’s best to seek out a professional and knowledgeable law firm that can guide you through a potential personal injury claim. If you believe you have suffered a personal injury loss and are entitled to compensation, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez Accident Injury Attorneys today at 702-388-4476 for a free personal injury consultation. We look forward to discussing the details with you.

Paying Your Parking Fines With Charitable Donations

Las Vegas parking ticket

We've all been there: You get back to your car after a day of shopping to find a parking ticket on your car, or you neglect to feed the meter because you're only running into the bank for a second, and lo and behold, a ticket is prominent on your windshield. You get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, the one where you know you are unnecessarily dishing out money and it makes you feel sick. However, the good news is, Las Vegas City Council has approved a new way to pay off those parking tickets, and one that will make you feel good inside. You can now pay off your tickets by making charitable donations.

This innovative program has been approved to take place twice a year and is intended for certain parking violations. While exact dates have yet to be set, the beginning of the school year and the end of the holiday season are being considered as viable options.

Violations that put the public in danger, as well as many nonmoving violations will be exempt from this program. Examples of tickets not included in this program are blocking traffic, double parking, and parking your car in a fire lane. Large parking fines will also be exempt, but a combination of charitable donations and paying a portion of the ticket may be an option.

City Council will authorize the charities in which you are able to donate. However, it's important to note the program is not yet underway and you can't save your tickets until program starts.

If you have been involved in an accident and are suffering from a personal injury, it's important to seek professional assistance. Make sure to contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez Accident Attorney Injuries for a free consultation at 702-388-GGRM (4476).

Reducing Car Accident Injuries

Car Crash Injury

Nobody plans on car accidents happening to them, and when they do occur, they often disrupt life as we know it.

Even if you follow all posted laws and have a spotless driving record, you can't always escape a car accident. Obstacles are all around us on the road. Although you can't always prevent them from occurring, these precautions can help you steer clear of severe injuries if a mishap does occur:

  1. Buckle Up. It doesn't matter if you're taking a road trip across the country, or if you're just heading three blocks to the store, you should never step on the gas without your seat belt buckled. According to the National Safety Council, "More than half of vehicle occupants killed in 2012 were not wearing seatbelts."

    Unfortunately, despite great efforts on the part of cities and states around the nation, this number cannot change unless drivers and passengers make a conscious decision to buckle up each time they get in a vehicle. Never allow passengers to ride in your car without fastening their seat belts, and be sure to always secure yours, whether you're riding or driving.

  2. Deny the Distractions. The temptation to talk and text is ever-present. In this constantly-connected economy in which we live, our phones are always at our fingertips, but nothing is more important than safety when behind the wheel, and any phone call or text message can wait until you've arrived at your location. In Injury Facts 2016, presented by The National Safety Council, distracted driving came in as the third biggest cause for fatalities in the road. Nearly a third of recent fatalities were attributed to distractions on the road.

    If you find the temptation to answer your phone is too great, put it on silent and toss it in your glove-box. This way, it won't make noise making you want to grab it, until you arrive safely at your destination.

  3. Allow the Speed Limit to Suffice. Over the past decade, about one-third of crash fatalities have resulted from excessive speed on the roadways. Although this number is declining, it's still an alarmingly high percentage.

    The higher the speed you're traveling, the greater the impact that results from a crash, even if you weren't the cause of the accident.

Even the safest of drivers can find themselves facing the aftermath of a collision on the road. If you've been involved in an automobile accident, contact our team at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476, and be sure to download our 8 Surprising Things To Know After A Car Accident Checklist.

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The Cost of Speeding in Nevada

Las Vegas has a reputation as a party city. Tourists and visitors alike find themselves in this city largely because they love the high lifestyle of exciting attractions and non-stop entertainment. A large component which beckons adrenaline junkies who adore fast cars with fast times. But unless you've entered the Dream Racing operation at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it's best if you ease up on that gas pedal for your safety and wallet's sake.

Speeding Ticket

Nevada Highway Patrol has joined forces with other agencies in what has become an annual bid to make the streets safer by doubling down on the issuing of speeding citations. This renewed effort is being made possible by a special $29,000 grant from the Nevada Public Safety Department and will include participation by Boulder City, Henderson, Mesquite, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas police departments.

Of course, the goal isn't to ruin a tourist's holiday, but rather a step in achieving the state's goal of cutting traffic deaths and injuries in critical traffic areas in half by the year 2030. Speeding is one of the leading causes of those traffic deaths and injuries as NHP stated, "The chances of being involved in a traffic accident rise when you speed. There is a greater risk of losing control of your vehicle and the amount of time it takes to stop a vehicle increases when you are speeding."

In addition to the surge of new traffic officers who will be patrolling the greater Las Vegas area, the NHP will continue to work in conjunction with California officials on overseeing the I-15 Zero Tolerance Zone. First established in 2013, this area is now a heavily patrolled area with all traffic laws being heavily enforced. Such enforcement has significantly decreased the amount of accidents along the I-15 corridor. In just the first two months, officials issued an unprecedented 2,707 traffic citations (including 70 for seatbelt violations) and saw a 31% reduction in crashes.

To keep yourself safe on the road (and out of the NHP's radar), keep the following tips in mind:

  • Obey all speed limits, especially when driving through work zones and past schools.
  • Don't drive distracted. This may be the easiest rule to follow, yet it is also the most ignored. For instance not accessing your phone, keeping radio volume at an acceptable level, and not allowing passengers to divert your attention are all important concepts in safe driving.
  • Anticipate Nevada hazards. This includes regularly checking your vehicle's coolant levels to ensure you don't encounter sudden overheating in our hot climate, and always looking towards the horizon while driving to anticipate road hazards and prepare for car, bicycle, and pedestrian encounters.

If you have been involved in a car accident or have a personal injury case then contact the Las Vegas legal authorities of GGRM at 702-388-4476.

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Introducing Las Vegas’ First Professional Sports Team

Professional Hockey Las Vegas

It's a bit surprising Las Vegas, the biggest city in Nevada and the entertainment capital of the country, took so long to attract a professional sports team. However, the city has been positioning itself as a prime location for an NHL team. Not only did it have a willing owner in the form of billionaire Bill Foley, but it recently opened the T-Mobile Arena, which is perfectly suited to host hockey games. In fact, looking at how the arena was built, you can't help but think it was built specifically for hockey games. Just consider some of the following hockey-friendly features:

  • The lounges - There are clubs on each seating level, many of which are expensive VIP lounges. There's also the Hyde Lounge, which is located above the upper deck where the net would be at during a hockey game. The Hyde Lounge gives the arena it's most unique architectural feature as well.
  • The seating bowl - Even though the T-Mobile Arena was supposedly built as a Vegas venue, it's obvious it's perfect for hockey games due to the seating bowl. Besides the triangular lounge platforms located on top of one of the end zones, the seating bowl is extremely similar to that of the MTS Centre - Winnipeg's hockey arena.
  • The location - The T-Mobile Arena is located in the perfect spot - a block away from the Las Vegas Strip, right between the Monte Carlo hotel and the New York-New York hotel. The area is extremely fan friendly due to "The Park," which is a space nearby the arena consisting of restaurants and bars. The Park is the perfect place for fans to gather before, during and after the game. The Park even has its own waterfall pathway and is roughly a five-minute walk from the Strip.
  • The Toshiba Plaza - The Toshiba Plaza is located directly in front of the T-Mobile Arena. It contains an enormous LED video screen that measures 200 feet wide and 45 feet tall. Perfect for screening NHL hockey playoff games for fans that couldn't nab tickets but want to enjoy the game with fellow fans.
  • The locker rooms - The T-Mobile Arena already has a visitor team locker room built and is currently in the process of building the home locker room. Whereas in most hockey venues, the visiting locker room is no nicer than what you might find at a municipal skating rink. Here the visitor accommodations will rival the locker rooms most home teams have.

The T-Mobile Arena was practically built with hockey in mind, which is why it should come as no surprise that the NHL recently announced it is rewarding Las Vegas with an expansion team for the 2017-18 season. If you visit the T-Mobile Arena for a hockey game or any other event and are injured due to an unfortunate accident that was the fault of a third party, then be sure to contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 today for expert legal advice.

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How To Keep Teen Drivers Safe Behind The Wheel

Teen Driver

If you have a teenager who has started driving, you probably wonder how to keep them safe. Driving in the Las Vegas area can be challenging even for seasoned drivers, with the Spaghetti Bowl and generally a high volume of traffic. For a teen driver without much experience, driving can be even more dangerous.

The following tips can help you keep your teen driver safe behind the wheel:

Choose a safe car and help your teen maintain it

Choose a vehicle with a high safety rating and equipped with air bags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and other safety features. Help your teen learn how to keep the car well maintained, making sure the tires are always in good condition and routine maintenance is performed.

Help them get experience

Many teens say their parents are too busy or nervous to give them the hours they need behind the wheel. Invest in a driving course for your teen if needed, and continue to let them drive with you in the car. The more experience they have, the better, and the course may even help you get a discount on your car insurance.

Put rules and consequences in place

Stress to your teen that driving is a privilege, not a right. Make sure they understand behaviors such as drinking and driving, texting behind the wheel, or speeding won’t be tolerated. It can even help to draw up a contract for your teen to sign that spells out the rules as well as the consequences (limited or revoked driving privileges) if he or she breaks them.

Limit places and times when they can drive

Don't let your teen drive on freeways during rush hours or on weekend nights. Traffic can be particularly heavy and aggressive at these times. In fact, limiting nighttime driving in general is a good idea, because most teen driver fatalities occur between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Restrict the number of passengers

Teens are easily distracted when their friends are in the car, making them more likely to get into an accident. Limit the number of teen passengers they can have in the car to one at the most.

Model good behavior

If your teen sees you raging at other drivers, cutting them off in traffic, and using your cell phone while you’re driving, he or she is likely to do the same. Make sure you’re modeling the kind of behavior that sets a good example behind the wheel.

Teach them what to do in case of an accident

An accident is a stressful situation, so make sure your teen knows what to do if they’re involved in one. Teach them about getting to a safe place, calling police, and exchanging insurance information.

Download the free checklist, "8 Surprising Things to Know after a Car Accident" and go over it with your teen and print out a copy to keep in their car. If you or they are involved in an accident, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476).

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