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5 steps to take after a dog bite

Experiencing a dog bite can be traumatic and result in severe injuries and diseases. If a dog bites you, no matter who it belongs to, you may want to file a personal injury claim. Taking legal action may get you compensation for your damages. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a dog bite lawsuit: 

Returning to work after being injured on the job in Nevada

Being injured on the job can be a stressful experience. People in Nevada who find themselves in just such a situation may be concerned about regaining their health. Will they recover from their injury or will their injury be permanent?

In addition to that worry is how the worker will be able to pay his or her bills and living expenses while he or she is recovering from his or her injury and cannot return to work. Fortunately, Nevada law provides workers' compensation benefits to qualifying workers to help reduce this financial stress.

New device could detect marijuana, lead to DUI charges

While it is common for police in Nevada to conduct a breath test to determine a motorist's blood alcohol content, testing for driving under the influence of drugs, specifically marijuana, has been more difficult. That is because up until recently, blood tests for marijuana may detect the drug, but they are not able to pinpoint whether a driver is currently high or whether there are simply residual drugs in their system from prior marijuana use that has not impaired the motorist's driving. However, new technological advancements may change that.

A new device developed by Hound Labs that is about as big as a large cellphone may be able to provide a more accurate assessment of a motorist's intoxication with regards to marijuana. Like a breath test for alcohol, the motorist breaths into a tube on the device. The device then detects whether the motorist has smoked marijuana within the last two hours. In addition, the device can also be used to conduct breath tests for alcohol.

Consider your taxes when deciding whether to divorce in 2018

Whether a divorce comes only after a few years of marriage or after decades of marriage, once the decision to end their relationship is made, spouses in Nevada may be eager to go through the divorce process as quickly as possible. This may be possible for couples who weren't married long, have no children and have little in the way of assets. However, wealthier couples may have more complex divorce legal issues to sort out.

While no one should hastily rush through the divorce process, couples in a high-asset divorce may want to determine whether they should divorce in 2018 or continue working on their divorce legal issues during the New Year. This is due to changes made in tax laws earlier this year that affect alimony and certain assets that may be subject to property division.

Can you appeal a denial of workers' compensation benefits?

Nevada workers are sometimes injured on-the-job in a manner that is so severe that it prevents them from working. When this happens, they may apply for workers' compensation benefits.

Unfortunately, sometimes despite a worker's best efforts and great need, their initial application for workers' compensation benefits is denied. However, workers may be relieved to hear that this doesn't have to be the end of the story. There are ways to appeal a denial. The first level of appeal is seeking a hearing through a Hearing Officer.

We assist those who have been injured in a car crash

The aftermath of a car crash can be overwhelming for the victims involved. A person may suffer serious injuries in an auto accident. In some cases, a car accident victim is rendered permanently disabled due to the crash. At times like these, most people in Nevada will just want to focus on regaining their health and getting back to their normal life. However, doing so can be expensive. Therefore, once the dust has settled, a person might want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver responsible for the crash. However, there are some points to consider before taking such action.

First, it is important to keep in mind that there is only a certain amount of time in which a person can file a personal injury lawsuit. Known as a "statute of limitations" when it comes to car crash cases, a person only has two years starting from when they were injured to file a lawsuit. So, one should not wait too long to seek legal help after being injured in a car accident.

How a DUI can affect your driver's license

It happens. As a college student, many of your peers drink. You wanted to hang out with your friends, but you did not know your limit. There was no designated driver. You decided to get behind the wheel. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but you will have to deal with the consequences.

There will be ramifications when you get a DUI. The biggest one you are probably worried about is when you will be able to drive again. For those in your situation, driving is a privilege you may lose when you are charged with a DUI in Reno.

Should young couples have prenuptial agreements?

Communication is key in any relationship, especially in marriage. Newlywed couples enter a different world after saying their vows. They will make big life decisions together, like buying a house, switching jobs and having children.

Often, young couples do not give premarital agreements a second thought. Maybe they both just finished school, earned a degree and now are headed down a new career path. If prenuptial agreements are about assets - and you do not have any yet - why would you need one right now? 

What are "accident benefits" for workers' compensation purposes?

Being injured on the job can be a difficult experience. A workplace injury accident can compromise a worker's health, leaving them temporarily or even permanently unable to perform their job duties. When this happens, workers in Nevada may be concerned about how they're going to afford the medical expenses associated with the injury.

However, they need not worry. Per Nevada Revised Statutes §616A.020, in general, a person can seek workers' compensation benefits if they are injured in the course of employment. When a person files a claim for workers' compensation in Nevada, under Nevada Revised Statutes §616A.035 they may pursue "accident benefits."

A DUI in Nevada may lead to an ignition interlock device

The Fourth of July holiday was a time for celebration for many in Nevada, with barbecues, parades, fireworks and more. However, since this holiday is a popular time for drinking alcohol, Nevada police officers were on high alert for those they believed were driving under the influence. While many people may already know a drunk driving conviction could result in fines and jail time, they may not be aware that sometimes a person will also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles.

Under Nevada law, if a person is convicted on their first non-aggravated DUI offense, the judge has the discretion as to whether to require the person to install an ignition interlock device on all their vehicles. However, if it is a person's subsequent DUI offense or an aggravated DUI offense, then an ignition interlock device will be mandatory.

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