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June 2017 Archives

Expert medical witness banned from testifying


Expert witnesses may be vital part in a Nevada personal injury lawsuit to prove a cause of action or to bolster a defense. In a rare move that may impact witness qualifications, two Las Vegas judges barred a local neurosurgeon from presenting testimony in two cases because he was biased against plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

Nevada drunk driving basics


Drivers who face operating under the influence charges in Nevada should prepare a criminal defense, as serious consequences may follow a conviction. For example, the first DUI conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. It has minimum penalties of two days incarceration or 48 to 96 hours of community service, as well as mandatory attendance at DUI course.

Nevada expands parentage rights


Recognizing the changing nature of families, Nevada amended its family law relating to parental rights to make it gender neutral. Beginning July 1, the law will no longer utilize the term acknowledgment of paternity and instead refer to acknowledgment of parentage, thereby granting equal rights to married couples of children conceived during marriage from donor sperm or artificial insemination.

Traffic deaths rise with economy


The stronger economy has encouraged motorists to drive more often and more dangerously. The risk of personal injury and dying in a car accident in a late model car has risen slightly according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The overall fatality rate involving 2014 models is 30 per one million registered vehicle years. This is an increase from 28 for 2011 models. This latest study is based upon car crash fatalities that occurred from 2012-2015. In its last study, however, IIHS found that the overall rate dropped by almost a third over a three-year period. This was attributed to improved vehicle designs and safety technology.

Workers' compensation basics in Nevada


Nevada's workers' compensation program is a no-fault insurance plan that gives guaranteed financial payments to workers who suffer a work-related injury. It pays for lost wages and medical expenses and makes lump sum disability disbursements. Workers' give up the private right to sue employers for negligence in return for prompt payment and avoiding the delay, cost and acrimony associated with a lawsuit.

The best way to handle road rage

Now that summer is here, there are more vehicles and construction zones on the road. This means more traffic, accidents, tourists and teen drivers. Being stuck behind a long line of slow-moving cars and dealing with reckless or distracted drivers are enough to make anyone more than irritated.

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