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Automobile accidents can happen within a split second, but the effects may last a lifetime. It is recommended that whether you are the victim of a vehicle crash or a slip and fall, you should get to a safe location and photograph, video, etc., the scene or property damage as soon as you are able. The next thing most people do is file an insurance claim with either their insurance company, or the at fault driver’s company, or both. Do not speak with the insurance company without legal representation, even if it is your own company. Insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind, it is their bottom line that is on their mind. At Pecos Law Group, we ensure that you receive the treatment necessary to heal, along with a legal team who will fight for you when dealing with the insurance companies.
Unlike other states, Nevada does not have a statute for strict liability for dog bites. Strict liability dog bite statutes essentially state that dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by their dog biting someone else.
Despite the fact that Nevada has no specific statute regarding dog bites, a dog owner may still be liable for the injuries caused by a dog biting another person. Some things that can cause a dog owner to be liable is if the dog has previously bitten someone else and the owner knew about it, if the dog behaves menacingly or dangerously while off-leash, or if the owner was violating the law (such as a leash law) when the bite occurred.
In Nevada, typically dog bites are litigated as negligence, and a victim may be entitled to recover damages such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and, in extreme cases, possibly even for wrongful death.
If you or a loved one have suffered damages related to a dog bite, the attorneys at Pecos Law Group can help you determine the extent of your possible claims against the dog’s owner. Our attorneys are ready to evaluate your case with a consultation.
Even if there are criminal charges already filed and pending against the perpetrator of a crime, the victim of that crime may still have a claim for a civil cause of action against the perpetrator. In fact, Nevada Revised Statute 41.133 states that a judgment of conviction of a crime is “conclusive evidence” of the facts necessary for civil liability for an injury. While a criminal act may not necessarily automatically mean that the perpetrator is liable civilly, sometimes a civil lawsuit can result in a larger damages award to the victim.
Assault & Battery
An assault is when an individual intentionally places another individual in reasonable apprehension of immediate harmful or offensive touching without the victim’s consent, causing damages. Similarly, a battery is the actual harmful or offensive contact. So, for example, if an individual hits someone in the face, the “assault” part of it is the victim’s anticipation of being hit, and the “battery” part of it is actually being hit.
In Nevada, not only are assault and battery crimes, but they can also lead to civil liability.
In order for there to be civil liability for an assault, the perpetrator intentionally placed the victim in reasonable apprehension of immediate harmful or offensive touching, the perpetrator intended to harmfully or offensively touch the victim, the victim did not consent to the contact, the victim was put in apprehension of the contact, and the victim incurred damages caused by the assault.
For a battery, a civil claim may arise when a perpetrator uses willful and unlawful force or violence against the victim, causing harmful or offensive contact with the victim, the perpetrator intended to cause harmful or offensive contact, the contact occurred, and the victim incurred damages caused by the battery.
If you believe you may have a civil claim against someone for assault and battery, the attorneys at Pecos Law Group can help you evaluate and discuss your potential civil claim.
Nevada does not have particularly strict firearms laws, and accidental shootings happen. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, in 2019, accidents were the second-leading cause of death in Clark County. Per the CDC, in 2017, the firearm deaths rate for Nevada was 16.7, as opposed to 12.0 nationally.
Even when a shooting is accidental, if someone is injured due to an accidental shooting, they may have a civil case against the shooter. These situations can be considered negligence. Both the owner of the accidentally discharged firearm as well as the property owner of the location where the accidental shooting took place could potentially be liable for damages caused as a result of the accidental shooting. In fact, Nevada even has a statute – Nevada Revised Statute 41.472 – which states that a parent or guardian of a minor child may be held liable for a minor child’s use of a firearm if some conditions apply.
Any accident is unfortunate, but if negligence played a role in a shooting accident, an experienced attorney at Pecos Law Group can help a victim evaluate their options to recover for their injuries.
Negligent Security and Premises Liability
Las Vegas is, obviously, a major tourist destination. Places like casinos and hotels have a duty to take reasonable measures to keep their premises safe for guests but, sometimes, they do not do so.
If an individual is the victim of a robbery, assault, or other crime at one of these properties, and the crime occurred due to a lack of adequate security by the property owner, there may be a cause of action against the property owner for negligence. Some examples of this negligence include things like inadequate lighting or insufficient security.
If you believe you have been the victim of a crime that was due to negligent security at a place where you should have had an expectation of safety, our attorneys at Pecos Law Group are ready to meet with you for a consultation.
Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of Older and Vulnerable Individuals
Nevada Revised Statute 41.1395 allows for a personal injury or wrongful death action to be brought on behalf of an older or vulnerable person when that person was injured or died due to abuse and neglect. This statute covers both older individuals (those over 60 years of age), or a vulnerable person, who is someone with a physical, mental, medical, or psychological impairment or disability.
These actions can cover abuse (willful infliction of pain or injury, or the deprivation of necessities like food and shelter), neglect (the failure of the person who is legally responsible for the victim to provide proper food, shelter, clothing, etc.), or exploitation (obtaining wrongful control over money or assets or stealing the victim’s money or assets).
If you believe you may have a strong civil case for abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an older or vulnerable person, a Pecos Law Group attorney can discuss the case with you and help you determine the best course of action.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly half of Nevada women and over one-third of Nevada men will experience intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or stalking in their lifetimes. Nevada consistently ranks in the top five states in the nation for domestic violence fatalities.
Nevada Revised Statute 41.134 allows for a civil action against a perpetrator of domestic violence for injury or damage to real and personal property. Victims in these cases may recover for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by the domestic violence.
Other Crimes That Can Lead to Civil Liability
In addition to the examples listed on this website, a number of other crimes can also lead to civil liability. Nevada Revised Statute 41.1396 allows for a victim of child pornography may sue anyone who promoted or possessed the film or photograph. The statute stated damages for this are “deemed to be at least $150,000,” and that the victim may use a pseudonym in court proceedings.
Similarly, victims of human trafficking can also bring civil lawsuits against their traffickers under Nevada Revised Statute 41.1399. That statute allows for the recovery of both compensatory and punitive damages.
Another civil cause of action allowed by the Nevada Revised Statutes, at 41.690, is hate crimes. The statute states that if an individual suffered injury as the proximate result of several different types of actions listed in the statute, and the perpetrator was “motivated by the injured person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression” may bring a civil action for actual and punitive damages.
Nevada is a great pace for water sports and boating, with Lake Mead and the Colorado River not far from Las Vegas. On summer days, many Nevadans can attest to the number of boats being towed around Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City.
But what happens if you’re injured while engaging in these summer recreational activities? Several factors can lead to boating accidents. Most commonly, reckless or negligent behavior is a factor. If a boat is in an accident, one of the boat operators could be under the influence of alcohol. Finally, the boat itself could have defective equipment.
If you have been injured in a boating accident, you may have legal recourse. Based upon the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to damages for your medical treatment, wages you may have lost as a result of the accident, and other compensation. If you have been in a boating accident, an attorney at Pecos Law Group can evaluate the circumstances of your case and advise if they believe you are entitled to financial compensation.
Did you know that in the State of Nevada, bicyclists are legally permitted to share the road with auto drivers? According to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, motorists must give cyclists at least three feet of clearance when passing, must yield to cyclists at intersections, and must not drive in designated bicycle lanes.
Despite these rules, it is likely no surprise to Las Vegans that bicycle accidents with motorists are not uncommon. These accidents can result in serious injuries, and are often the fault of the motorist, not the cyclist. An attorney at Pecos Law Group can discuss your options with you if you have been involved in an accident as a cyclist.
Nevada consistently ranks high among other states for pedestrian fatalities. In 2018, there were over 60 pedestrian deaths in Clark County. Many of our roadways are not lit enough, have wide lanes, high speed limits, and a lack of safe cross-walks. For these reasons, pedestrian accidents are common in Nevada, and in Las Vegas in particular.
Under Nevada law, a vehicle must yield to any pedestrian crossing the road in a designated crosswalk. Unfortunately, this does not always occur. Being struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian can cause serious injuries, including injuries that may temporarily or permanently impede that individual’s ability to work, or to do normal, routine tasks of daily living.
If you have been involved in an accident as a pedestrian with a vehicle, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Pecos Law Group can help guide you to getting the compensation for your injuries and lost wages you deserve.
We have all experienced the disappointment of purchasing an item only to find it does not work the way it is supposed to work. Sometimes, however, the issue goes further than that and the item ends up causing an injury.
There are several different ways in which a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer may be liable for defective products. The product may have been carelessly and negligently designed. Even the design of the product was okay, perhaps the product had a flaw in its manufacturing. Or the product may not have been what the retailer represented, or may not have been as safe as what was represented by the retailer. Sometimes, products lack needed warning and hazard labels.
In any case, if you have sustained injuries caused by what you believe to be a defective product, you should consider consulting with an experienced attorney. At Pecos Law Group, our attorneys can help you evaluate your situation and determine if you have a good claim for a product defect.
We have all seen the huge semi-trucks on the road. These vehicles are obviously significantly larger than the average car, and even the average passenger truck. Unfortunately, sometimes these semi-trucks are involved in accidents and due to the size of these vehicles, can cause severe damage and injuries.
After an accident with a semi-truck, an individual could face significant medical bills, possible rehabilitation bills if surgery or other major medical treatment is required, a loss of wages or even a job, and long-term or permanent pain and suffering.
An experienced attorney, like the ones at Pecos Law Group, can assist those who have been injured due to being in an accident with a semi-truck. An attorney can help in injured party receive fair compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages stemming from the accident.
If you have been the victim of a crime that caused you to incur damages, an experienced attorney at Pecos Law Group can help you decide whether a civil lawsuit is right for you.
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