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Firefighters Workers Comp Delays Lead to Retirement in Maryland

Workers’ compensation is an essential element for many lines of work. In particular, first responders are often in the face of danger during their daily employment activities and rely on the quick and correct distribution of workers’ comp benefits when things go wrong.

A few years ago, firefighters in Montgomery County, Maryland were met with the realities that can happen when problems exist in a workers’ compensation system. After a change in the company that handled the county’s workers’ comp claims, injured workers began experiencing severe delays in payment for their medical problems.

Over time, according to International Association of Firefighters Local, 1664 union President Jeffrey Buddle, the system eventually stopped working all together and became “unbearable” for those employees who needed to use its services.

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Firefighter workers compensation

CorVel reportedly refused to honor injury claims from the firefighters of Montgomery County. Delays and inactions on behalf of the company led the firefighters to experience further injuries and pain, as they were unable to seek proper and timely treatment.

Ultimately, benefits and medical care was either severely delayed, ignored, or completely denied, causing a trickle-down effect of incredibly high medical bills and no money to pay them.

Forced into Retirement

For some employees, the costs associated with their work-related injuries were devastating. Without the timely assistance of workers’ comp payments, many firefighters were unable to seek proper treatment, causing their medical conditions to continually worsen.

Once the bills piled up and the medical problems became too great for these firefighters to continue performing their daily functions, they were forced to retire on service-connected disability retirement — a situation, which ultimately ended up costing Montgomery County hundreds of thousands of dollars in disability retirement benefit costs.

If you’ve found yourself in the face of a worker’s compensation battle, it’s important to seek professional legal assistance as soon as possible. Workers comp attorneys are focused on the laws pertaining to this particular subject, and they can help you understand your rights from a legal perspective.

To learn if you have a workers’ comp case in Las Vegas, contact our team of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.




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Workers Compensation in Florida Before the Supreme Court

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Florida’s worker’s compensation laws have been under scrutiny many times in the past, and a recent case has brought issues to light once again. Below, we’re looking at a case, Daniel Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital, that goes beyond one employee’s worker’s comp case and challenges the state’s laws for all employees.

How Did the Case Begin?

In 2003, Daniel Stahl was an employee at Hialeah Hospital. He sustained a back injury while on the job, when working as a nurse and lifting a patient. Later, it was determined the injury would be ongoing, preventing Stahl from heavy lifting, resulting in the end of his nursing career.

The injury occurred just two months after Florida laws were revised to dramatically reduce workers comp benefits, including eliminating partial disabilities, and to tighten guidelines for who those benefits apply to.

What’s the Argument?

Daniel Stahl and his attorney, Mark Zientz, argue that legal benefits for workers have drastically declined over time, making it extremely difficult for those who are injured to receive any compensation. Stahl himself received just $5,472 for the 12 weeks that he was partially impaired and did not qualify for long term assistance.

Stahl and Zientz started the case in an effort to change the laws that eliminated benefits for those who are partially disabled on the job. They argue the laws go against the 14th Amendment. The two aren’t the first to criticize the law, which was signed off by Governor Jeb Bush in 2003.

Is This a State Issue?

Clearly, the case is based on Florida’s worker’s comp laws, specifically. However, when Daniel Stahl and Mark Zientz brought the case to the Florida Supreme Court, the court dismissed the review, saying the case was out of their jurisdiction.

Worth noting is several of the justices sympathized with Stahl, noting the compensation he received seemed “meager” and the laws have been the cause of concern for many over the years.

What Happens Next?

After the Florida Supreme Court declined to review the case, Mark Zientz petitioned the US Supreme Court to take the case. Regardless of the outcome, the case underscores the importance of worker’s compensation legislation and challenges whether current laws are actually doing their job of financially protecting employees.

In Las Vegas the workers compensation laws follow different guidelines, however, it is still important to hire the proper legal counsel when hurt on the job. Contact the lawyers of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476 for a free legal consultation and to receive the settlement you deserve.




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Who Holds Liability For Accidents in School

School Injury

When your children are in school, you trust they’ll be safe and administrators, teachers, coaches and school personnel are doing everything they can to protect them. Some accidents can’t reasonably be avoided, for example, if your child is injured by a softball hit during P.E., no one may be at fault. As long as the children were properly supervised and had the right equipment, it may be an unavoidable accident.

A Las Vegas accident lawyer will look into administrators or other school personnel making sure they took reasonable measures to help keep children safe. If they failed to do so, the school and its personnel may be responsible for paying for your child’s medical bills, as well as other compensation for pain and suffering.

A duty of care

School administrators and personnel have a legal duty of care – a responsibility or obligation – to act reasonably to protect students from foreseeable harm.

It doesn’t mean they’re responsible for every accident that may occur, but it does mean they are responsible for providing an environment as safe as reasonably possible. If they fail to do so, they may be guilty of negligence.

Proving your case with a Las Vegas accident lawyer

If you decide to take legal action against the school, you’ll need to prove your child was injured and the injury occurred because of the school’s negligence.

Evidence can include photographs of your child’s injuries, medical bills, receipts for medication and statements from witnesses.

How to take legal action

If your child goes to public school in Nevada, taking legal action may be a little different from taking action against a corporation or private individual or school. You may need to file a claim through the state’s government or tort claim agency or against the local school district.

If your child goes to private school, ask for the name and contact information for the school’s insurance company.

You may need the help of a Las Vegas accident lawyer to help you gather evidence, meet required deadlines, take action against the proper individuals or other entities and represent you and your child’s interests. This is especially true if your child’s injuries were serious.

Call the Las Vegas accident lawyers of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation, if your child has been injured in an accident in school.




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Pedestrian Safety Tips to Teach Your Kids When Walking to School

Pedestrian Safety

Regardless of how old your children are, it’s important to teach them the necessary skills for walking to and from school safely. Walking is a healthy alternative to driving, which sets the stage for an active lifestyle. Because children lack the decision making capacity of an adult, are more easily distracted, and may not be able to accurately judge risk or distance which makes, children vulnerable to traffic related, pedestrian injuries. If any member of your family falls victim to a pedestrian related accident, consult with a Las Vegas personal accident attorney as quickly as possible.

Here are some pedestrian safety tips to help prepare your kids, and help them arrive to school safely.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Sooner is better. Begin teaching your kids pedestrian safety as soon as they can walk, holding hands, engaging in dialogue about crosswalks, and the importance of looking both ways before crossing.
  • Be a good role model. Lead by example; model the exact behavior you expect from your children.
  • The rule of 10. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are more likely to gain the cognitive skills required to safely navigate traffic after age 10, although this age can vary between children.
  • Walk with a friend. Children tend to be more visible in groups, so encourage your child to walk with others whenever possible.
  • Stick to your route. Choose the safest route, and practice it frequently, pointing out where to cross, and any potential hazards.
  • Stow electronics. Cell phones, iPods, and other devices should be put away for the duration of the walk, and headphones removed, to increase awareness and reduce distractions.
  • Be alert. Pedestrians should remain vigilant at all times, watching for traffic signals, looking both ways before crossing, and establishing eye contact with drivers before progressing in to the intersection.

Bus safety

Children who ride the school bus are also at risk, and should be taught to follow a few simple rules for getting on and off the bus safely.

  • Be early. Running for the bus increases the risk for injury; always arrive five minutes early to the bus stop.
  • Stand back. Stand back from the road while waiting for the bus to arrive, and wait for it to come to a complete stop.
  • Be seen. If you’re close enough to touch the bus, the driver can’t see you.
  • Watch the driver. If children need to cross the street to board the bus, have them wait until it comes to a complete stop, wait for the driver to alert them it’s safe to cross, and look both ways before proceeding.
  • Hold the handrail. Teach children to use the safety rail, and avoid pushing or shoving while boarding.

Las Vegas personal accident attorney

Every day in the United States, over 400 people are treated in emergency rooms for traffic related pedestrian injuries. If you or your child is injured in a pedestrian accident, call a Las Vegas personal accident attorney right away, to discuss your injury claim. Call GGRM at 702-388-GGRM (4476), and schedule your free consultation.




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Preventing Personal Injury at Las Vegas Festivals

Life is Beautiful Festival

Encompassing a full 18 city blocks in downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful promises to live up to its name with a steady stream of musical and culinary offerings. It also promises to draw thousands of enthusiastic people. While no one wants to act as a rainstorm on this otherwise rousing event, the personal injury lawyers of Las Vegas at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez know from experience that festivals present an opportunity for personal injury accidents.

Take holistic safety precautions

To enjoy Life is Beautiful to the fullest – they recommend you take the following sensible precautions:

  • Familiarize yourself with the layout soon after you arrive. Take note of exits and the location of first aid stations, medical tents and restrooms.
  • Formulate a plan with your fellow festival-goers about where you will meet if you become separated or an emergency situation erupts.
  • Remain watchful of your surroundings and especially of suspicious people or occurrences. If you sense something is amiss, alert a safety or law enforcement official.

Take safety precautions to avoid personal injury

  • Wear rubber-soled shoes to help provide traction even on slippery surfaces.
  • Wear light-colored clothing and stay hydrated with water to avoid heat stroke.
  • If you must drink alcohol, limit your consumption. You’ll remain hydrated, lucid and better able to respond in a clear-headed manner to an emergency if one develops.
  • Stay alert to ground conditions that could jeopardize your safety. Spilled food and drinks are common culprits in falls.
  • Remain informed of changing weather conditions and consider returning to Life is Beautiful if rain threatens.
  • Avoid crowd surfing and stage diving. These activities have caused serious and sometimes permanent personal injuries to fun-loving festival-goers.
  • Sidestep personal confrontations – and their potential for physical violence – by simply walking away from a provocateur.
  • To avoid the inevitable “crowd crush” that develops at the end of a performance, consider leaving a few minutes before the end of a musical act.
  • Call for a taxi if your designated driver is inebriated. Do not put your life in the hands of a drunken driver.

Call premier personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas

Despite your best efforts, you could suffer a personal injury at this festival or another public event. To help you assert your rights, turn to the team of personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. These experienced attorneys have served as an advocate for thousands of people in southern Nevada since 1970 – and they’re ready to do the same for you when life becomes less than beautiful because of a personal injury. Call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.




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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, the premier auto accident law firm in Las Vegas, has seen the horrific consequences of distracted driving accidents up-close – and is eager to prevent other Las Vegas drivers from going down the same tragic road.

Cut no corners on defining a distraction

The auto accident law firm of GGRM believes drivers should understand what constitutes a distraction; then it should be simpler to eliminate each one.

Distracted driving is defined as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving” and thus endanger the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians and other drivers.

The most common in-vehicle distractions include:

Distracted Driving

  • Texting
  • A cell phone or smart-phone
  • A navigation system
  • Reading, including maps
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player or MP3 player
  • Tending to active occupants (especially children and pets)
  • Tending to loose or fallen objects

For everyone who thinks they are gifted multi-taskers or that texting “takes no time at all,” GGRM wants drivers to consider: Even if your eyes are off the road for five seconds, that’s still long enough for a vehicle to cover the length of a football field at 55 mph. Like drinking and driving, texting and driving can be a deadly cocktail.

Eliminate distractions

The GGRM team endorses tips to avoid distracted driving from the Governors Highway Safety Association and other transportation safety groups. These safety tips include:

  • Turn off your cell phone or switch it to silent before moving your car out of park. Then stow your phone out of your reach.
  • Record a message on your phone announcing you’re driving and will return their call when it’s safe for you to do so.
  • If you must get in touch with someone while driving, pull over to a safe place to make a call or ask a passenger to make the call for you.
  • Enter your destination in your GPS before you depart and review the directions in advance.
  • Refrain from eating, drinking, grooming, and scrounging around for tapes or CDs or any other activity that forces you to take your eyes off the road.
  • Secure children and pets. If they act up while you’re driving, pull over so you can quell the disturbance and give the situation your undivided attention.
  • Secure groceries, briefcases, papers and other objects that may topple over and distract you while driving.

Auto accident law firm in Las Vegas

You could be the most conscientious, focused driver in the southwest and, through no fault of your own, be involved in an accident with a distracted driver. This is when you can count on Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez – the most experienced auto accident law firm in Las Vegas – to represent your best interests.

Remember that no question about an accident, liability or insurance is “too small” because looking out for your safety and well being is this team’s guiding rule of the road — and the focus of all their efforts. Call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.




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Las Vegas Prepares for Kids to Return to School

School Bus Safety

Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reminds drivers to slow down and be alert for children as they walk and ride bicycles to school and wait for buses at bus stops now that a new school year has started in Clark County.

Especially “at arrival and dismissal times, drivers are often in a hurry and distracted, which can lead to unsafe conditions for everyone traveling through a school zone,” Lombardo says.

Sheriff asks drivers to “slow their roll”

Lombardo’s “slow your roll” campaign targets drivers and especially parents in Clark County, who he says “play an important role in enhancing safety near schools.” They should follow safe driving practices, which include:

  • Slowing down and obeying all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding schools. (Speed limits should be clearly marked. In school zones, the speed limit usually is 15 mph; in school crossing zones, 25 mph.)
  • Watching for children walking and bicycling on sidewalks or gathered at bus stops
  • Refraining from passing other cars in school zones
  • Refraining from making U-turns in school zones
  • Avoiding double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of a car
  • Following marked crosswalks within school zones
  • Stopping for school buses whose overhead lights are flashing red – regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching (Drivers should not proceed until the red lights stop flashing.)
  • Keeping an eye out for children near schools; they can move quickly and appear out of nowhere near parked cars. Drivers should look carefully for little feet as they drive alongside parked cars – an excellent sign to slow down and proceed with extreme caution.

Officers will be watching

To ensure drivers heed these safe driving practices, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers will be conducting surveillance in school zones, Lombardo says. And drivers who receive citations might be surprised to learn the usual state fines are doubled in school zones.

To prevent accidents and mishaps – and especially to encourage safe driving habits – Lombardo encourages Clark County residents to watch a YouTube video called “Watch Out for the Kids.”

GGRM augments police effort

Fall is a good time to hit the books in other ways, too. The most trusted personal injury attorneys in Nevada, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez offer a free guide, “6 Questions to Ask About Your Car Insurance.” Like the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, this premier team knows responsible drivers never tire of safe driving reminders and advice. Call GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been personally injured.




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How a Witness Statement Supports Your Claim

Accident Witness

Witness statements have long been an essential component of any trial. If you’re hiring a Las Vegas accident lawyer to represent you in a car accident, insurance claim or lawsuit, one of the first questions they ask is whether or not you were able to secure witness statements at the time of the incident. As an injured party, it is up to you to prove you were not at fault and provide evidence that supports your claim on how and what injuries and property damages occurred during the incident. Witness statements are a powerful form of evidence that can support your claim in the following ways:

Support Claims of Innocence.

Nevada operates on what is known as ‘tort laws’ for car insurance claims. This means, in contrast to no-fault states, insurance companies will typically view one party as completely at fault for the accident. This gives you the ability to file suit against the at-fault party to recover both the full amount of damages in addition to re-compensation for any emotional pain and suffering. However, first you need to provide evidence of your innocence in the accident and give credence to your claim the other party was at fault. Witness statements of the incident are invaluable here.

Support Claims of Injury.

In addition to simply proving the fault of the accident, witnesses can also assist you in proving the scale of injuries and property damages that occurred during the accident. Here, you can use eyewitness accounts to help the court ascertain your claimed injuries were caused by the accident. Additionally, eyewitness of the aftermath can help the court determine the severity of your injuries and pain as they recount your actions and attitude immediately following the collision.

Discredit Injuries and Support Claims of Guilt.

If you are the other side of the aisle and another driver is attempting to use a Las Vegas accident lawyer to prove you are the party at fault, then you can likewise use witness statements to refute their claims. Third-party witnesses are so valued because they provide an independent and unbiased account of the accident. Someone who is injured and seeking re-compensation for those injuries by suing you has their vision of what occurred colored by their personal and financial interest in the outcome of the case. Thus, if an incident did not occur as the ‘injured’ party claims, a third-party witness statement will be able to refute the charges and show the party was partially or even fully responsible for the collision.

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Have you been involved in a recent Nevada car accident? Don’t let the insurance companies bully you, instead, get the professional representation you deserve. Call your local Las Vegas accident lawyers of GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation, and download the after-accident guide. Our team will work with you to secure witness statements and file your claim so you can get the financial compensation you need to get back on your feet.




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Do Slip and Fall Injuries in Las Vegas get Ignored?

Slip and Fall Injury

In Las Vegas, slip and fall injuries are a common occurrence, but when an individual falls and injures him or herself, it may not disrupt the flow of business, thus, it may go unnoticed.

Although these incidents may not be seen as newsworthy, they can be just as debilitating and painful as a major vehicle accident. Casinos will often resort to blaming intoxication or carelessness on behalf of their patrons, but there are many times when the fault lies on building code violations and premise liability, not the consumer.

Common Reasons People Seek Assistance from a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Attorney

  • Flooring that has uneven or damaged walkways, sidewalks, driveways, and paths are causes of slip and fall injuries. From warped floorboards, uneven concrete settings, and potholes.
  • Stairways that do not meet the building code regulations of slip-resistant step coverings, broken or missing handrails, and improper lighting.
  • Having unmarked caution areas, including areas unsafe to walk, for example; wet floors, uneven flooring, and areas under construction.

When building code violations may be the cause of an incident, a Las Vegas slip and fall attorney will often obtain the assistance of expert engineers and inspectors who can evaluate the validity of the claim being presented by the injured party.

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Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere, and they can inflict damage to any part of the body. Broken ankles and torn rotator cuffs are two of the common ailments suffered when property neglect has occurred. Injuries of any kind, even if they seem minor at the time, should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. If long-term problems ensue, it’s best to have a fully documented record of the incident and treatments.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a trip, slip, or unfortunate mishap, it is imperative you seek the representation of a Las Vegas slip and fall attorney who understands how to navigate the law and isn’t afraid to stand up to the city’s big name resorts and casinos. Contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez Accident Attorneys at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation.




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Back to School Driving Tips for Teens

School is back in session, and with it the morning parking lot shuffle and afterschool rush. Depending upon your teenager’s age, it may be up to them to get up and get going on their own as they enjoy their first years of driving privileges. Of course, such newfound independence can be more than a bit worrisome for parents.

To reduce the risk of your teenager getting into an accident and having to call a Las Vegas Auto Accident attorney, talk to them about the following back to school driving tips for teens:

10-Minute Window.

Being late invariably causes a person to feel stress, and such stress causes otherwise careful drivers to overlook basic driving rules and etiquette. This might include everything from aggressively speeding down a highway to dangerously tailgating in an attempt to move forward faster. Prevent yourself and your teenager from feeling this dangerous need to speed by impressing a 10-minute window. Whenever you think you need to leave, give yourself an extra ten minutes to account for the unaccountable, like construction, unexpected traffic, and flat tire hold-ups.

Fewer is Better.

While there are benefits that come with having your teenager carpool, having too many people packed in a car can quickly overwhelm a young driver. Remember, young drivers may not yet know how to safely react to certain experiences because they have not come across them yet. This includes learning how to safely handle a car during storms, how to react if a car suddenly turns into their lane, how to handle aggressive drivers, etc. All of these first-time situations will require their complete focus, which makes it absolutely necessary to keep distractions at a minimum. Usually when you hear about ‘avoiding distractions’, advocates talk about turning off cell phones and ‘don’t eat and drive’, but arguably even more important is keeping passenger distractions at a minimum. Start with one passenger max and slowly graduate to more over the course of the year.

Go, Go, Defense, Go.

Always be wary of other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It’s easy for new drivers to fall into the trap of expecting real-life driving to be similar to video games in having some level of safe predictability. However, while you can generally be assured everyone knows the rules of the road, it’s important for young drivers to take a defensive driving stance at all times. The two primary tenants are to keep your options open and give space for other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, to act (or not) before moving forward.

Las Vegas Auto Accident Attorneys

Of course, even driving experts experience collisions. Should the worst happen and you find yourself with an accident on your hands, don’t handle insurance companies on your own. Instead, call the Las Vegas auto accident attorneys of GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation about your financial and legal compensation options.