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Legal help is critical when seeking workers' compensation

For workers in Reno and throughout Nevada, being injured on the job and unable to work is a nightmare scenario. With medical expenses, the lost income and other issues that will inevitably arise, people are understandably fearful that their lives will come undone just because they have suffered an injury, condition or illness due to their work. That is where workers' compensation benefits become immensely valuable. However, there are often questions about getting workers' compensation and how it will be handled if there is a sticking point or an outright denial of benefits. Having legal assistance with any matter related to workers' compensation is vital.

There are certain jobs that are viewed as especially dangerous. Construction work, law enforcement, security personnel and anyone who is in a physical job can face workplace injuries. However, workplace injuries and illnesses can come about in any type of work. Even people who are sedentary or work in a safe atmosphere can find themselves with a medical problem that keeps them from doing their jobs. All should think about workers' compensation benefits.

Tow truck-pedestrian crash leads to personal injury in Nevada

Crossing the street in Reno and the nearby areas should be one of the simpler activities in life. While there are traffic lights, crosswalks and laws dedicated to keeping people safe as they function as pedestrians that does not mean drivers will adhere to them. People can be hit by a motor vehicle and suffer personal injury at any time. This can lead to serious injuries and death. When there is this kind of crash, those who are affected must remember their rights to consider a legal filing to be compensated.

An accident between a pedestrian and a tow truck led to a woman being hospitalized. According to the investigation, the woman was crossing the street and was in the crosswalk at shortly after 4 p.m. The tow truck was heading west and turned to head south when the collision occurred. Emergency responders were called and she was hospitalized. Her injuries were said to be serious, but were not thought to be life-threatening. It is not believed that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, nor was speed an issue. The investigation is continuing.

Woman on scooter has personal injury after drunk driver hits her

There are constant dangers when out on the road in Reno in any capacity. However, pedestrians, bicyclists, people on scooters and motorcyclists face inherent risk when they are sharing the road with other people. Because they are so vulnerable, being in a crash can cause severe personal injury and even lead to death. This is made worse when there are people under the influence out on the road. After an accident, those who were hurt or lost a loved one need to make sure they understand the ramifications of the incident and protect themselves with a qualified legal professional.

An accident between a car and a scooter led to the woman on the scooter being injured. The accident occurred at approximately noon when law enforcement and emergency personnel were called to the scene of a crash. According to the investigation, the female driver of a vehicle was under the influence when she hit a 55-year-old woman who was riding a scooter. The woman on the scooter was taken to the hospital with injuries. They are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest for DUI.

Can my Nevada workers' compensation claim be reopened?

Nevada workers' compensation cases are rarely the same. Understanding how the law handles a case is critical to getting the necessary benefits. One problem that frequently arises is if a person wants to reopen a workers' compensation claim. Knowing how to deal with such a circumstance and having legal help is a must. When a case was closed and the work injury or condition from an industrial disease has changed or gotten worse, the worker has the right to ask that the case be reopened so more benefits and treatment can be provided.

The worker must do the following to get treatment or vocational rehabilitation after a case has been closed: get a statement in writing from the doctor as to its necessity; and give a written request to the claims representative to reopen the case. The claims adjuster must receive a copy of the letter from the doctor. In the doctor's letter, it must say the following: that the worker's condition has changed or gotten worse after the claim was closed; the worker needs to be treated; the treatment is described; there is a link between the condition worsening when the request to reopen the case is made and the initial injury; the work injury is why there is a need for the claim to be reopened; and a specific time period that the person cannot work at the job at which he or she was injured or the one for which retraining was provided.

When children divorce their parents

Divorce between adults is commonplace in America. Media routinely report contentious divorce actions among high-profile people and inform the public of acrimonious child custody battles.

Media seldom feature news of children seeking to become emancipated, the legal term for a minor child "divorcing" his or her parents. Many people may not be familiar with emancipation law. They believe parents are strictly responsible for their minor children until they reach the age of majority: 18 years old in most states. The truth, though, is that minor children can seek to become legally independent before this age.

Man arrested for DUI and grand larceny needs criminal defense

Any allegations of a criminal act in Reno and throughout Nevada should be taken seriously. People who are facing charges of any crime should be cognizant of the penalties they will face, if there is a conviction. In some cases, the person has a history of violent behavior and will need a different level of defense than someone who might have made a mistake on a whim. Of course, no one is above the law and regardless of the reason for an arrest, there can be hefty consequences including fines, jail time and more. A legal professional who is experienced with all aspects of criminal defense is crucial to crafting a strong defense against all charges, violent and not.

Motorcyclist suffers personal injury in crash with drunk driver

Motorcycles are often on the road in Reno and throughout Nevada. When sharing the road with a motorcyclist, it is important for drivers of normal vehicles to keep a close eye on them to avoid a crash. However, when the driver of a conventional vehicle is not paying attention, is under the influence, is driving recklessly or is negligent, it raises the likelihood of an accident and personal injury for a rider. Since motorcyclists are naturally vulnerable, there is a significant chance that there will be severe injuries and death. For people who have been hurt in a motorcycle crash or the family of a loved one who died, it is crucial to have legal advice to consider all their options.

A motorcyclist was severely hurt when he was hit by an alleged drunk driver. The accident happened in the late morning at around 11:30 a.m. According to the initial investigation, the 32-year-old male driver of a Chevrolet pickup is believed to have been heading east when he hit the rider as he was turning to go south. The driver of the pickup stayed at the scene and was being cooperative. He was subsequently arrested for DUI. The rider was taken to the hospital. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Workplace hazards for janitors and custodians

As a custodial worker, you know you face risks every day. While some moments of your job may seem mundane, there are some real dangers that may cause you injury. Whether you work in an office building, school or any other facility, you may experience an accident on the job.

Your employer should utilize risk management strategies to reduce your risk of injuries and promote your health. Here are some janitorial hazards that may cause you to seek compensation for your workplace injury.

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in Nevada?


No one enjoys being pulled over by the police, especially when they believe they have been following the rules of the road and have not done anything wrong. This may especially be true when a sober driver is stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Nevada statutes permit police to set up sobriety checkpoints. However, the question is still often raised as to whether DUI checkpoints are legal.

Sobriety checkpoints are set up in order to identify drunk drivers. They often take place around holidays where many people will be drinking, such as Labor Day weekend. Due to the random selection process used, a DUI checkpoint will inevitably cause even sober drivers to be stopped by police for no apparent reason. Therefore, some may wonder whether this is an unreasonable search and seizure in violation of a driver's Fourth Amendment rights. The U.S. Supreme Court examined this issue, and it decided that sobriety checkpoints are lawful.

August is an especially dangerous month for car crashes


Summer is drawing to a close in Nevada, but that doesn't mean the roads are becoming safer. Motorists still must deal with changes in traffic patterns, the unexpected behaviors of other drivers, construction zones and more. In fact, according to two sources, August is an especially dangerous driving month in the United States.

Last August may have been the worst month in terms of motor vehicle accidents over the past four years. In August 2016, almost 61,000 collisions were reported to Nationwide Insurance. Nationwide stated that hard braking, sudden acceleration and time spent in congested traffic were the main factors that contributed to these accidents.

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