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August 2, 2014

Municipalities Are Liable

Municipalities Are Liable for Negligence   Many people abide by the old adage: “You can’t beat city hall!” Cities and other municipalities and their representatives, such as police officers, generally enjoy protection against some lawsuits and prosecutions through hold-harmless laws. And city officials have greater access to judges, prosecutors, medical examiners, various inspectors and other personnel who can influence outcomes of trials, tickets and other types of civil proceedings, but that does not mean they aren’t liable for negligent and criminal acts. In many instances, a municipality or its representative will undertake actions that reasonable people in similar circumstances would […]
July 28, 2014

Auto Manufacturer Liability

Don’t Forget About Auto Manufacturer Liability Officials for taxpayer-rescued General Motors recently were found to have ignored defective airbag systems in their new cars and now are facing the largest recall in automotive history. Toyota also had significant recall issues regarding some of its most popular models. Throughout the years, auto manufacturers have been involved in product safety recalls, and that brings up product liability issues. Unlike most manufactured products, autos have the potential to cause a lot of deaths if they become defective. A defective vehicle might cause a chain reaction to an accident on a busy freeway that […]
July 10, 2014

Liability for Lawn Water

Don’t Overlook Liability for Lawn Water It might seem silly, but when people water their lawns and the water runs off of the property, where it goes could have legal consequences for the property owner. Although most water runoff is captured by the many drainage systems across the Las Vegas Valley, it is very easy for those drains to become clogged and not drain properly. That means water could run off of lawns and out into the streets where it can become a hazard for some and a liability for the property owner. Accidents Can Cause Steep Financial Issues One […]
July 10, 2014

Premises Liability Concerns

Don’t Give Up Premises Liability Concerns When people walk into buildings or onto property belonging to others, they do so under the reasonable expectation that the property owner will take reasonable steps to maintain and make repairs to any damages that might cause injuries to others. “Reasonable” is the key term and has a large impact on people’s liability for properties they own. For example, it is reasonable to expect someone to routinely clean the pine cones out of their parking lots. But it might not be reasonable for to expect them to clean pine cones the very moment they […]
July 10, 2014

Owners With Liability

Sidewalks Can Trip Up Owners With Liability Having sidewalks makes it much easier to get across lawns and home fronts without slipping and falling, but if the homeowner does not take care of that sidewalk, it could wind up costing them a great deal due to liability. Having a sidewalk means having the responsibility to maintain it reasonably well and prevent dangerous conditions from developing. If someone were to trip and fall due to the poor condition of a sidewalk, its owner and those responsible for maintaining it could be held liable for damages. Property Owners Have to Keep Sidewalks […]
July 10, 2014

Trip and Falls

Don’t Make Trip and Falls Easy When it comes to owning property, a trip and fall injury to someone else is hard to defend. Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their property is safe for others. If someone is injured due to a property condition, the owner is liable for costs. The property condition might be something as simple as leaving yard tools lying in the grass. If a neighbor’s child comes over, steps on it and sustains injury by falling or spraining an ankle, for example, the parents of that child can file a lawsuit to recoup costs […]
July 10, 2014

Slip and Falls

Keep an Eye Out for Slip and Falls Slip and fall injuries can have dire consequences if someone is seriously injured or worse due to negligence on the part of the property owner. When people allow others into their homes, businesses and other properties, they accept the responsibility to ensure a reasonably safe environment so that no one will be hurt or suffer property damage. Stores and casinos in Las Vegas are the most sued for slip and fall injuries, but homeowners and other property owners also can be held liable. The most common culprit is water and a tile […]
May 27, 2014

Campfire Liability

Campfire Liability Can Be Costly Camping is a popular family activity but one that can result in severe liability due many potential dangers, particularly when it comes to campfires. Most campgrounds will post potential fire dangers and whether or not it is alright to have an open campfire. When the weather is hot and dry and the surrounding country is dried out with lots of tender, having a campfire is downright foolhardy and could result in massive wildfire capable of destroying homes, killing wildlife and possibly people. Some 19 firefighters tragically lost their lives fighting an Arizona wildfire started by […]
May 22, 2014

Fireworks Liability

Fireworks Liability Can Be Costly The Fourth of July is one in which many people like to set off fireworks and have fun grilling outdoors. But that kind of fun can come at a heavy price if something goes wrong and one or more people are injured or worse or property is damaged. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles and similar fireworks are illegal in Nevada and for good reason. Many people improperly handle them and wind up causing injuries or property damage. In the worst of cases, someone is hospitalized or might even die from injuries. Large mortar shells in […]
May 15, 2014

Hunting and Shooting

Hunting and Shooting Liabilities Can Be Costly Firearms are one of the oldest and most controversial forms of recreation and self-defense and remain a very popular pastime in the desert and wilderness of Nevada. Whether using that firearm for target shooting, hunting or self-defense, there are many legal liabilities tied to how the firearm is used and where the bullets go after the rifle or pistol is fired. Even police officers can be held liable if they recklessly discharge their firearms or accidentally shoot a bystander while trying to apprehend a dangerous criminal. Every Shooter Is Responsible for the Bullet […]