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Important Changes to Accident Reporting Requirements for Nevada Employers

Recent changes to accident reporting laws add important new obligations for Nevada employers when an employee gets seriously hurt on the job. When an employee is critically injured or killed in an accident, it can be easy to forget statutory reporting requirements amidst the flurry of insurance paperwork, potential need to cooperate with law enforcement, and concerns for the wellbeing of the affected employees and their families. But employers need to remember that a report must be filed with the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations very quickly following a major accident to ensure that state inspectors have access to fresh evidence and information.

New accident reporting deadlines and scope

Assembly Bill 24 went into effect on October 1, 2017, amending the reporting rules set out in NRS 618.378 to bring Nevada into line with federal rules. The new rules retain the long-standing obligation of an employer to report an accident involving an employee fatality within 8 hours of learning of the accident. But Assembly Bill 24 changed the reporting deadline and scope of reportable non-fatal accidents. Unlike the old rule, which only required reports for accidents involving three or more employees, the new law requires employers to report a serious accident involving even one employee. Reportable injuries include anything requiring the employee’s inpatient hospitalization, amputation of part of an employee’s body, or the loss of an eye. Employers must report all such accidents to the Division of Industrial Relations within 24 hours after first learning of the accident. Although the change from the old 8-hour deadline for reporting non-fatal accidents is a welcome reprieve for employers, it still leaves little time for compliance.

What goes into an accident report

An accident report to the Division of Industrial Relations needs to specify the name of the employer, the location and time of the accident, the number and names of employees with reportable injuries, a brief description of the accident, and the name of a contact at the employer. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration is instructing employers to report accidents by phone. After the report is filed, the law provides that an inspector from the Division of Industrial Relations will inspect the scene of the accident within 8 hours. For decades, GGRM has been helping members of the Las Vegas community work through the challenges associated with workplace injuries. We are here to help workers who are injured protect their rights and get the care they deserve. If you or a love one has been injured on the job, we’d like to help. For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, give us a call at 702-388-4476 or visit our website.

An experienced Las Vegas Accident Lawyer will advise Caution During Celebrations

An accident lawyer in Las Vegas is the last thing on your mind this time of the year, right? Early summer in Las Vegas brings plenty of reasons to celebrate.  So why think about injuries and legal cases? However, celebrations can often lead to reckless behavior. Party guests may not make wise choices, which could lead to injury. In fact, some mistakes may lead to the injury of another, prompting the need for an accident lawyer in Las Vegas. Did you know?
  • In the same amount of time that 2,600 Americans were killed in Iraq, 2,200 youths age 16 to 19 died in car crashes? *
  • Overzealous or intoxicated party goers may make poor decisions during a celebration such as jumping off a roof into a pool
  • Injuries can also result from overcrowded rooms or unattended slippery floors
  • Drivers heading to or from parties may be texting on their mobile devices while driving resulting in collisions and accidents
*Source: The University of Colorado Hospital Additionally, as the party host you may be liable for injury stemming from your party, creating the need to seek legal counsel from an accident lawyer.   If you’ve been injured by the fault of another, contact an accident lawyer in Las Vegas to determine if you have a case.  Only an experienced attorney can determine if legal action is in your best interest. Party Safety from a Leading Accident Lawyer in Las Vegas An experienced accident lawyer at the GGRM Law Firm in Las Vegas will caution you  that by taking a few safety-oriented steps you can reduce the possibility of injury at your party or any celebration:
  • Never drink and drive, nor allow a guest to leave your party intoxicated – take the keys and arrange for a cab or alternative transportation
  • Never serve alcohol to anyone under age – not only can they get in trouble, you can too
  • Have plenty of food on hand to ensure that if people are drinking they aren’t doing so on an empty stomach
  • Serve a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks such as water, soda or punch
  • Ensure you have enough “hosts” available to survey the party and prevent guests from making reckless recreational decisions
Unfortunately, not all hosts are as careful and alert as they should be; which can put you at risk for injury. Reduce the chances of needing an accident lawyer in Las Vegas by taking a few conscious safety measures when throwing or attending a party.   If you need legal assistance, meet the team with over 40 years of experience – Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez. A strong Las Vegas accident lawyer will have worked on numerous “post-celebration” cases and can help you get back on your feet. Summer time is often about relaxation and celebration.  However, in the unfortunate event that you need an accident lawyer in Las Vegas, contact us online or call 702-388-GGRM (4476).

Welcome to the GGRM Law Firm Blog — Bringing You the Latest News and Information in Nevada State Law and National Legal Issues

This blog is an effort to keep you informed of ongoing changes, important news and information about accident and personal injury related laws. The law practice of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez (GGRM Law Firm) aims to use this blog as our communications platform. We want to not only inform and educate, but open dialogue between our Las Vegas, Nevada law firm and the clients we serve. Check back often for blog posts concerning laws and news regarding personal injury and worker’s compensation in Nevada.  We couple our 40 years of experience with the current accident and personal injury issues of today to provide you with “news you can use”. You can look to this blog for expert legal insight; especially with regard to worker’s compensation and personal injury law. For example, on January 16, 2011 the New York Times wrote an article about the unregulated business of lawsuit loans. This is the practice of loaning money to plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, which typically results in dire financial problems due to high interest rates and difficult terms:
  • Injured plaintiffs may turn to a lawsuit lender when they’ve been out of work for a considerable amount of time and cannot borrow money from family or friends.
  • Another reason injured plaintiffs become desperate and turn to a lawsuit lender is because it can take months or years to settle a personal injury case.
  • Lawsuit lenders’ prices are usually unadvertised, allowing for additional fees and higher rates.
  • While accepted worker’s compensation claims pay for ongoing medical expenses, some worker’s compensation plaintiffs still seek lawsuit loans.
This practice generally occurs for both personal injury and worker’s compensation cases throughout the country. However, the state of Nevada prohibits liens on worker’s compensation settlements. In fact many lawsuit lenders have little understanding of how an injured worker receives his or her settlement under Nevada law. Unfortunately, some attorneys will sign their name on an agreement between the lawsuit lender and the client. At Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez Law Firm,  we know that when you work with a lawsuit lender, you take on the sole responsibility to repay the loan.  Going into debt may not be the best decision so we encourage clients to have an in-depth discussion with an attorney before proceeding. For more information about how the state of Nevada views worker’s compensation claims or lawsuit loans, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez Law Firm today 702-388-GGRM (4476) and allow us to review your case.