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Las Vegas Personal injury Lawyers Warn of Aviation Accidents

Commercial Flight

Despite several high-profile airline crashes, 2016 was one of the safest years in the history of commercial air travel.

The international aviation research company reports seven fatal accidents led to 271 deaths last year, which translates to 1 in 5 million flights.

The company fittingly inspected all causes, including mechanical failure, design failure, human error, faulty maintenance and what it calls "unlawful interference." While injuries also decreased in 2016 – falling to 64 – they also remain a real concern for travelers.

The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez know from experience, people who heed 10 safety precautions are less likely to incur a personal injury. These safety rules should be followed not only when an aircraft is in the air but also when it is landing, taxiing to a gate or even sitting on the runway awaiting takeoff.

Play it safe when you fly, the most skilled Las Vegas personal injury lawyers say

  • Take nonstop flights when you can. Most airplane accidents occur when a plane is taking off, climbing or landing, so you can turn the odds strongly in your favor by reducing the number of flights you take.
  • Fly on larger aircraft, or those that seat at least 30 people. This is not to say flying on a private plane is unsafe. But statistics historically show there is a better chance of survival on larger planes.
  • Don't bring hazardous materials on-board. Every airline posts a list of "banned materials." In today's fraught travel climate, it pays to know what they are.
  • Keep the overhead storage bin free of heavy items. You'll appreciate this tip if the plane you're flying in hits turbulence and the contents of the bin tumble out. Follow a reasonable rule of thumb: if you must hoist an item with effort, you should check it instead.
  • Pay attention to pre-flight instructions and read the safety guide. If you're a frequent flier, it's easy to get complacent. But aircrafts differ, as do their safety procedures and safety exits.
  • Listen – and follow – instructions from the flight crew. They really are there to protect you, so it's wise to cede them authority over your choices and movement around an aircraft.
  • Keep your seat belt buckled while you are seated – always. If you're traveling with a child who weighs less than 40 pounds, make sure that are secured in a child safety seat.
  • Let flight attendants pour hot drinks and serve hot food. We've all heard about cases in which people sue an airline – and other businesses – because they've suffered unintentional burns. Remember, attendants are trained to anticipate turbulence and passenger disruptions and know how to navigate tight quarters.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol. The high altitude of an airplane virtually ensures alcohol will affect you with greater force than if you were sitting in a restaurant at ground level. Being clear-headed also will help you respond with greater speed and proficiency in a crisis.

Contact GGRM, the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers

Remain calm and follow the instructions from the flight crew if you find yourself involved in an emergency situation. In the very unlikely event you incur an injury aboard an aircraft, let the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez show you the way to a successful conclusion. Contact GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free legal consultation today.

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Bizarre Workers’ Comp Cases of 2016

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Workers' comp attorneys in Las Vegas and those throughout the country handle a variety of these types of cases, and their details can occasionally be downright bizarre. The following are four strange cases of 2016:

Fall from tree caused by horseplay

Haney v. Fabricated Pipe, Inc.

A pipefitter was seriously injured when he fell around 25 feet from the top of a tree at work. However, the State Court of Appeals ruled he was engaging in inappropriate horseplay at the time, so his injuries didn't arise from and come about because of his employment. In fact, his duties didn't involve climbing trees, and his co-workers told him he should climb down. Instead, the pipefitter shook the tree, making it break and causing his own fall.

Videotape sinks hotel employee's claim

Witham v. Intown Suites Louisville Northeast, LLC

A former hotel employee claimed her former employer fired her because she filed a worker's compensation claim. However, a videotape revealed a strange incident in which she argued with a hotel guest who complained about a vending machine, taunting him and blocking him when he tried to leave. She pushed him into a wall, clawing at his face, and he eventually slammed her to the ground, kicked her, and left. After trying to claim work-related injuries, she was fired after the tape was viewed, and her case was promptly rejected at the summary judgment level.

Angry thoughts don't constitute misconduct

Cory Fairbanks Mazda v. Minor

A worker had been injured twice by the same co-worker, and after the second injury, she received medical care and was receiving worker's compensation benefits. She told her attorney she thought her co-worker injured her intentionally, so she felt like "punching the lights" out of him. Her employer fired her as a result and asked that her worker's compensation benefits be terminated because she was fired for misconduct. A psychiatrist described her comments as simply "blowing off steam," and the Court ruled the employer didn't prove misconduct, so she was still entitled to her worker’s compensation benefits.

Fake robbery attempt costs employer $360,000

See Lee v. West Kern Water District

An employee was approached by a man wearing a ski mask who slammed a bag down on the counter. The employee was given a note that said, "I have a gun. Put your money in the bag." She gave him the money, and after he left, the employee began shaking and crying. The incident wasn’t a robbery at all, but was instead an employer-staged security exercise. The Court found in her favor after she said she was physically assaulted and suffered emotional distress, and she was awarded $360,000.

Contact workers' comp attorneys, GGRM

If you’ve been injured at work, contact worker' comp attorneys in Las Vegas, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-GGRM (4476) for a free consultation. With over 40 years in practice, GGRM will provide you with expert legal advice while walking you step by step through the legal process.

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Asbestos Remains a Workplace Threat, and Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys Urge Workers to Minimize the Risk of Exposure

Asbestos

You've assessed some facts and, being a fairly lucky person, you figure you're "in the clear." Las Vegas personal injury attorneys discuss asbestos and if you really are "in the clear."

Fact: Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water and soil.

Fact: Everyone is exposed to asbestos as some point in their life.

Fact: Most people do not become ill from asbestos, which the National Cancer Institute defines as "a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads (and are) resistant to heat, fire and chemicals and do not conduct electricity."

Fact: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos in 1989.

Many workers remain vulnerable to asbestos, Las Vegas personal injury attorneys say

While health care experts agree on these facts, they also agree on a few others, including the fact asbestos still kills at least 12,000 people every year – often those involved in demolishing, constructing, removing drywall and performing other trade work on homes and office buildings built before 1989.

Firefighters, police officers and rescue and recovery workers also are at risk – a fact that shook the public's consciousness after the World Trade Towers fell and nearly 70 percent of the first and second responders suffered new or worsened respiratory symptoms in the months and years following September 11, 2001.

For many of them, the exposure process was similar, the American Cancer Society says: "When asbestos fibers in the air are inhaled, they can stick to mucus in the throat, trachea or bronchi (large breathing tubes of the lungs) and might be cleared by being coughed up or swallowed. But some fibers reach the ends of the small airways in the lungs or penetrate into the outer lining of the lung and chest wall. These fibers can irritate the cells in the lung or chest wall and eventually cause lung cancer or mesothelioma."

Las Vegas personal injury attorneys point to other chilling facts

Researchers agree the health risks from asbestos exposure increase commensurately with the potency of the asbestos and the duration of the exposure itself. The Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez point to two other chilling facts:

  • Researchers have found asbestos-related diseases in people who were exposed to asbestos for only brief periods of time.
  • It can take years for symptoms of asbestos exposure to appear. In fact, the cancer institute says "Generally, those who develop asbestos-related diseases show no signs of illness for a long time after their first exposure. It can take 40 years or more for symptoms of an asbestos-related condition to appear."

Las Vegas personal injury attorneys urge workers to be proactive

Clearly, at-risk workers can ill afford to be complacent about the threats asbestos poses. Although employers bear the lion's share of responsibility for being vigilant about asbestos exposure, cancer experts agree workers should:

  • Wear protective equipment provided by their employer
  • Follow the recommended best practices and safety procedures
  • Bring any safety concerns about asbestos directly to their employer
  • If necessary, contact the Nevada office of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency responsible for safety regulations in most workplaces, for assistance.

If you have questions about asbestos exposure in the workplace, or fear you already are suffering from the symptoms of lung cancer or mesothelioma, call the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476.

When it comes to asbestos -- in this way and in this way only -- you will be "in the clear" because you will have Nevada's most experienced and skilled advocates at your side.

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How does Negligence Play a Role in a Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Case

Unfortunately, negligence often plays a role in workers' compensation cases, whether it be the fault of the individual who got hurt, a coworker's fault, or someone else's fault entirely. That being said, regardless of whose fault the accident ultimately was, if you are hurt on the job you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation, and you may need workers' compensation lawyers in Las Vegas.

What is Negligence?

Negligence occurs when an individual does not behave in a sensible way that keeps either himself/herself or someone else from getting harmed.

Examples of Workplace Negligence

  • Safety EquipmentYou don't wear the safety equipment provided by your employer, and as a result, you are injured on the job. For instance, your employer provides a helmet, you don't wear it, and suffer an injury from an object falling on your head.
  • You work with machinery and a manufacturer fails to inform the company in which you work there is a defect in a machine you use. Due to failing to communicate this information, you are injured on the job.
  • A piece of equipment is broken, such as a ladder, and you use it not realizing it is broken. This results in you falling and hurting yourself.

Seeking Compensation

  • As mentioned previously, regardless of who's fault the resulting injury is, you can seek workers' compensation. However, if your injury is the result of you being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will not be able to seek workers' compensation.
  • If you have been injured on the job, make sure to file an injury claim with your employer prior to seeking workers' compensation for your injury.
  • You may also be able to seek compensation from a third party if their negligence was the result of your injury. For instance, if you work in the construction business and a contractor did not provide a safe working environment, you may be able to file for compensation for pain and suffering.

Contact GGRM, Workers' Compensation Lawyers in Las Vegas

If you have been injured at work due to negligence and need workers' compensation lawyers in Las Vegas, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez. Call 702-388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today!

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Should Cell-Phone Companies be Held Responsible for Texting and Driving Cases?

Texting And Driving

Distracted driving is a problem across our country. As cell phones have replaced home phones, and on-the-go-offices have been implemented over standard cubicles, people behind the wheel have been overtaken with emails, texts, and calls that take their attention away from the road.

With this occurring almost everywhere, you can never be too careful when driving. Staying vigilant and having strong Las Vegas personal injury attorneys on your side may come in handy when faced with a distracted driver.

The Nuts & Bolts of the Lawsuit

The lawsuit filed by MLG Automotive Law is interesting. In short, it alleges that Apple has the technological capabilities to lock out unsafe phone use, effectively eliminating texting while driving.

The class action lawsuit centers around a single plaintiff. According to the filing, Julio Ceja was stopped at a red light when he was hit from behind by another driver who was using her iPhone.

In 2014, Apple was granted a patent for a technology that could potentially block users from texting and driving. As it stands, this appears to be the basis for the plaintiff in this case. It's worth noting, however, this technology could have its downfalls, and it's highly possible Apple hasn't released the technology as a result of potentially problematic scenarios.

Who's Phone Gets Disabled?

Apple's lockout technology could, in fact, prevent numerous accidents and deaths, should it be implemented. The question is -- is this Apple's job?

The lawsuit specifically targets Apple, although there are plenty of other devices being used on the road daily. According to 9to5Mac.com, "The suit cites data from the U.S. Department of Transportation that claims 1.5 million people are texting and driving at any given moment."

This is a red flag to Las Vegas personal injury attorneys. To begin with, who's to say all of these 1.5 million drivers are using Apple devices? It's highly unlikely any cell phone manufacturer could be singled out for this cause.

Additionally, Apple's lockout technology largely relies on the speed in which the user is traveling. This begs the question -- What happens to cell phone users' devices if they're simply passengers in a moving vehicle? Should all phones be disabled if they're in vehicles traveling at certain speeds?

Our Las Vegas personal attorneys would argue, most people would not wish to have their mobile devices locked if they were simply passengers in moving vehicles. So, how would the court distinguish these users? At present, there is no distinction. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Apple hasn't moved forward on its patented technology.

Contact Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorneys

If you've been hit by someone who was texting and driving, contact GGRM, a team of Las Vegas personal injury attorneys that specialize in vehicular accidents. GGRM will be able to examine your case and help you understand your rights if you were in an accident caused by a distracted driver. Call 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.

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Keeping Your Children Safe at Amusement Parks

Kids Amusement Park

Nevada is home to a number of fun and thrilling amusement parks. Las Vegas alone has multiple hotels and other attractions featuring amusement park activities like water slides, Ferris wheels, and thrill rides.

Unfortunately, many theme parks and carnival rides can pose different dangers, particularly when it comes to children. Research from the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found, on average, as many as 4,400 children seek medical attention every year for injuries sustained in amusement parks and similar carnival rides. If your child has been injured in an amusement park discuss your legal options with the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez.

Causes of Amusement Park Accidents

What's causing all of these injuries? The Consumer Product Safety Commission lists the following causes as leading contributors to amusement park injuries and fatalities:

  • Mechanical failure of the ride. Mechanical failures are generally the result of either a manufacturing defect or the failure of park operators properly maintaining the ride and its components. Examples of mechanical failures include a coaster cart that detaches or a lap bar that becomes loose mid-ride.
  • Improper ride operations. This most often arises from either negligence or general ineptitude and lack of proper training and/or supervision by park authorities. Examples include an operator who abruptly (and unsafely) stops a ride or fails to properly latch a safety restraint.

As a parent, the best thing you can do to ensure your kids stay safe at an amusement park is to ensure they (and you) follow all posted age, weight, height, and health restrictions and recommendations. Only allow children on rides with seat belts or other safety restraints and ensure operators manually check and confirm those restraints.

Contact GGRM, the Personal Injury Attorneys in Las Vegas

However, should the worst happen and your child becomes injured while riding an amusement park ride, you have a number of legal options available to receive financial compensation. The attorneys at GGRM will sort through your case and discuss your legal options.

Amusement parks are supposed to be fun, not harmful. If your child was injured, don't walk away from your rights. Contact the personal injury attorneys of Las Vegas, GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation today.

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What Qualifies as a Burn Injury in a Workers’ Comp Case

Burn Injury

Most people can expect to experience the occasional and relatively insignificant burn injury from routine household activities such as cooking. However, not all burns are normal and some are so severe they can cause a great deal of pain and suffering, and sometimes even death. Most of these more serious burn incidents may occur at work and around heavy equipment, hazardous chemicals, and dangerous electrical situations. According to OSHA, more than 5,000 workers are hospitalized every year after suffering burns at work, with 200 of those injuries ultimately proving fatal.

If you have suffered an accident and have been burned as a result, it is good to know the difference between minor and more serious burns, how they're classified, and what steps you can take in a filing a claim with Las Vegas workers comp lawyers.

Types of Burns

The medical community categorizes burns into four primary types:

  • Thermal Burns. Thermal burns include any burn caused when a person comes into direct or close contact with an open flame or super hot object. These burns are caused by heat transferring directly to the skin and causing damage.
  • Scalding Burns. Scalding burns are most common in kitchen environments. They are defined as burns caused when skin comes into direct contact with a hot liquid or gas. For instance, cooking oil being used to fry often results in minor scald burns for the unwary.
  • Chemical Burns. Chemical burns can be especially dangerous as the threat of injury isn't always made clear to employees handling chemicals. Chemical burns often don't involve heat sources, instead, when the skin comes into contact with various types of chemicals (or specific combinations of chemicals) they cause damage to tissue similar to the aforementioned types of burns. Some chemical burns can even be caused by a person simply inhaling toxic chemical vapors.
  • Electrical Burns. Electrical burns are also a very serious and dangerous type of injury not only because they rarely involve heat, but also because electricity can cause unseen and extensive damage to internal tissues and organs. Even if there is only minor burn damage seen on the skin, it is of utmost importance for victims of this type of burn to seek immediate medical attention. Only a trained medical professional will be able to determine the true total damage done to the body following an electricity-involved accident.

Contact the Las Vegas Workers' Comp Lawyers

If you have suffered second- or third-degree burns while at work or performing work duties, then it is time for you to call your Las Vegas workers comp lawyers. Second- and third-degree burns can take weeks, sometimes months to heal. In severe cases, you may require skin grafts and overnight hospitalization. A workers comp claim will ensure you receive appropriate recompensation, particularly if they were caused by someone's negligence.

Contact GGRM, at 702-388-4476, your local Las Vegas workers comp lawyers, to learn more and for a free consultation.

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Workers’ Compensation from Construction Site Injuries

If you're a Nevada construction worker who's been injured on the job, any resulting legal claim you have may be affected by the state's workers' compensation laws. When confronted with an injury at work, it may be in your best interest to contact workers' compensation attorneys in Las Vegas.

Construction Injuries in Nevada

Construction Site Injury

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says, each year, over 2,000 workers are hurt in construction accidents in Nevada, with 700 Nevadans missing at least a day of work because of a construction accident. Even when all safety precautions are properly taken, it's a dangerous industry that can cause any number of life-changing accidents. Falls, debris, and malfunctioning machinery can all cause significant short, long, or permanent disability, emotional trauma, and ongoing medical treatments. Such injuries can be devastating for victims and their families, resulting in significant financial hardship. If you're injured on the job, you have legal options and access to the best workers' compensation attorneys in Las Vegas.

More Common Than People Think

From minor sprains to broken bones (and in extreme cases, death), occupational injuries in the construction industry can be severe. Nevada construction workers injured on the job lose an average of 14 days of work due to their injuries. The industry suffers the highest number of fatal occupational injuries, even with careful compliance of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and additional employer safety rules and regulations in place to protect workers. Accidents happen when shortcuts are taken, and many of the recorded injuries occur in the rush to meet job deadlines.

Steps to Take After a Construction Injury

If you are hurt as a result of a work-related accident, it's often a good idea to consult with a workers' compensation attorney in Las Vegas whose experience will guide you in getting the compensation you are entitled to. Factors that come into play for determining the cause of a construction site accident include:

  • Company work methods.
  • Worksite conditions.
  • Failure to adhere to safety precautions.
  • Improper training.

You must also consider the various organizations and workers involved, and the use of heavy equipment and machinery from various manufacturers. Determining just who might be responsible for your injuries can be complicated and time-consuming. Working with a workers' compensation attorney who specializes in construction accidents will help lessen the amount of stress you would go through trying to do it on your own.

Contact the Workers' Compensation Attorneys, GGRM

If you've been injured on the job at a construction site, contact the Las Vegas workers' compensation attorneys Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation. We'll go over all your options and help you receive the representation, and compensation, you deserve.

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Personal Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas Have Your Back After a Hit & Run

Hit and Run

Being in a car accident is upsetting, but it's even worse if you're the victim of a hit-and-run. You may be driving your car when another car hits you and the driver flees without stopping. Or your car could be hit while it's parked, and the person who hit your car is nowhere to be found.

In hit-and-run cases, you may not know what to do or how to go about getting reimbursed for your damages or injuries. Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, experienced personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas, offer the following advice:

Laws governing hit-and-run accidents in Nevada

Nevada law requires drivers involved in collisions to exchange information, and if someone is hurt, you must render aid if you're able to do so. For an accident that caused property damage but no injuries, penalties start at up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 and six points on your license. Penalties for felony hit-and-run accidents causing injury or death include two to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 and possible license suspension or revocation.

In addition, Nevada law requires the police be notified about a car accident that causes death, injury, or property damage of $750 or more. The legislature has also passed a law that treats hit-and-run drivers who cause substantial bodily harm or property damage the same as drivers who are under the influence.

What if you're the victim of a hit and run?

If you were present when your car was hit, try to get any information about the car that you can. Could you make out any license plate numbers? Do you know the color, make, and model of the other car? If you're physically able, try to get contact information from anyone who may have seen the accident. They may be able to back up your account of the incident and also provide details you may have missed.

Document your damage

Make notes while the accident is still fresh in your mind, and take pictures of the damage and surrounding area. Also check to see if security cameras in the area may have captured footage of the accident.

Notify the police and your insurance company

You'll need to notify the police and your insurance company as soon as possible so they can investigate the accident.

Contact personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas

Personal injury lawyers in Las Vegas can help you navigate the legal and insurance process so you'll have the best possible chance of receiving compensation for your injuries and property damage.

If you've been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, contact GGRM today at 702-388-GGRM (4476) for a free consultation. Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers have your back after a hit-and-run, and will help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Why Insurance Companies May Refuse to Pay Back Wages in a Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Case

Work Injury Claim Denied

When you suffer an injury or illness at work or while performing job duties, you are entitled to benefits and compensation for that suffering. Those benefits are typically to be paid out by your employers' required workers' compensation insurer. Unfortunately, as with most forms of insurance, these insurers will often deny claims in order to keep their costs down and profits high. Certainly, some claim denials are done for legitimate reasons, but not all. Even when Las Vegas workers' comp attorneys reverse the status of your claim denial, insurance companies can still be reticent with payouts.

A common scenario our Las Vegas workers' comp attorneys see after winning a client's claim is the insurance company refusing to now pay back wages. This scenario begins with a denied claim after which an injured worker must wait weeks, months, or even longer for a claim to go to court following their injury date. Throughout this time, an injured worker with adequate health care often has no options but to wait for the process to resolve itself. This may result in no doctor visits and therefore no doctor’s notes to outline why the injured worker is unable to work. The injured worker may also have restrictions on what type of work and how much they can do compared to their normal working capacity.

Once Las Vegas workers' comp attorneys have reversed the denial and the insurance company is forced to administer the injured worker's claim, they're able to see a doctor and receive their restrictions for time off. However, this results in a gap between the date of the injury and the time in which a doctor is seen under the claim's terms. Therefore, there is no doctor proof of why a worker was unable to work and deserves back wages. Insurers know this but, again, in attempts to keep costs down and profits high, they may try to sneak out of paying you the wages. In most situations in which this happens, the injured worker will either have to forgo their deserved wages or take the insurer back to court to fight for what the court calls retro TTD benefits.

Las Vegas workers' comp attorneys are here to help

At GGRM, our Las Vegas workers comp attorneys work hard to help you understand these complex facets of workers' compensation law and work hard to assist you in ensuring you get all the benefits and back wages you are entitled to under Nevada and federal law. Contact us today, at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation and to learn more.

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