Personal Injury

If you have been injured, you need to take action immediately to protect both your health and your rights. If you do not quickly identify and treat your injuries, not only will your ultimate recovery be delayed or prevented, but you may also unknowingly sabotage your own legal case. Call our office today at (702) 479-1400 to schedule a free consultation with lawyer Jeffrey D. Andrews to discuss your case. Andrews Law Firm has helped many people recover from auto accidents by helping them get the treatment they require and by obtaining the compensation they deserve. Our firm will work with you to maximize the compensation you receive.

The term “personal injury” actually applies to injuries that can occur in a wide variety of settings or circumstances. These include:

  • Automobile Accidents 
  • Premises Liability 
  • Product Liability 
  • Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

When It Comes to Accidental Injuries, Experience Counts

Insurance companies won’t give you money just because you ask for it. Their loyalty is to their shareholders first, their policy holders second, and you are way down the list in last place. They often use a variety of techniques to delay or minimize the payment of money to a victim, and may even try to avoid paying it altogether. Representation by an experienced personal injury attorney is often the only way an accident victim can get what he or she deserves. Call our office now to let us go to work for you, and keep you from being victimized a second time when you try to settle you case by yourself.

Managing Your Case for

Reasonable Compensation

We will begin your case by investigating the accident. If necessary, we can call upon accident reconstruction specialists, safety engineers, biomechanical experts, and other professionals who can provide insights and support your case. We will also work with your doctor(s) and other medical specialists to identify the care and treatment you need to recover to the fullest extent possible. If you need a doctor, we will help you find one that is conveniently located for you.
Andrews Law Firm will work to obtain full and complete compensation for all your losses — medical, financial and emotional.

Andrews Law Firm handles the following types of Nevada personal injury cases: auto accident, truck accident, bus accident, motorcycle accident, moped accident, aviation accident, airplane accident, boat accident, jet ski accident, PWC accident, defective products, dog bite case, medical malpractice, slip and fall accident, trip and fall accident, premises liability case, product liability case, workers’ compensation case, and wrongful death case.

Automobile Accidents

Every year car crashes on our nation’s roads and highways cause:

  • injuries in about 6,000,000 people, 
  • death for about 40,000 to 50,000 people, and 
  • approximately $400 billion in lost economic output due to injuries and deaths.

While the overall number of fatalities has declined over the years, more than one in four auto accidents result in bodily injury liability claims. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of injury and death for Americans under the age of 35. Here in the Las Vegas area, you stand about a one in seven chance of being in a car crash every year.

Don’t Be Victimized Twice

The most common type of auto accident is the rear-end collision. Don’t take it in the rear a second time when the other driver’s insurance company has their way with you. Don’t let them literally add insult to injury. Let Andrews Law Firm handle your case professionally, and work to maximize your recovery.

Insurance companies are getting more sophisticated (read that as “tricky”) every year. Once they learn that one of the drivers they insure has caused a crash, they will often contact you as fast as they can, and try to get you to give a statement that they can later twist and use against you. They might offer you a small amount of cash and a promise to pay “all your medical bills.” They will try to get you to sign off as cheaply as they can, because their loyalty is to their shareholders, not to you. They are much more interested in giving their own company president a multi-million dollar salary than they are in looking after your harms and losses. At Andrews Law Firm we are well aware of the various tricks insurance companies use, and we work hard to make sure they don’t use them on you.

5 Steps to Follow in Case of an Automobile Accident

Las Vegas car crash claims can be very complex, but there are steps you should take to protect your rights and strengthen your case. Read and implement the following steps to ensure you have the strongest Las Vegas auto accident claim possible.

  1. Call the police immediately. They can verify the true identities of the parties involved, record the names and addresses of the drivers, passengers and witnesses, identify the insurance companies involved, and verify whether the required liability coverage exists. They are experts at detecting whether alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. Only move the cars from the point of impact if they are a hazard to other drivers, so that the police can document the facts of the accident scene. Having the crash summarized in a traffic accident report prepared by the police will help establish fault correctly. Under NRS 484.229, if there is absolutely NO injury from the crash, or if the property damage is less than $750, the police may decline to make a report, but you may be required to either complete DMV form SR-1 or make a station report .
  2. If possible, take pictures of the scene and the involved cars before the any of the cars are moved. Exact details and events are often difficult to remember, especially considering the emotional trauma accompanying the accident. These photos will preserve evidence that may be very helpful later on if expert review becomes needed. 
  3. Anyone involved in an auto accident should have a prompt and thorough medical evaluation by a health care provider who is very familiar with injuries of this type. A rushed once-over by an overworked ER doctor who only looks for broken bones or gross bleeding is not enough. Undiscovered and untreated injuries can worsen and cause other complications. In some instances, the extent of your injuries may not be apparent for quite some time. 
  4. Promptly notify your insurance company of the accident, even if the accident is not your fault. Your insurance policy very likely requires you to do this, and to requires you to cooperate with their processing of the claims. If you fail to fulfill this duty, you may negate any coverage you would otherwise have. 
  5. Call Andrews Law Firm right away. Once we go to work for you, we have the expertise to assure that your rights are preserved and that your recovery (physical and financial) has the best chance of being complete. Let us deal with the stress of resolving your claim, so you can focus on your highest priority, which is getting well. Call us today at 479-1400 for a free consultation about your case.

Additional DOs and DON’Ts

  • DO be honest and forthcoming with your insurance company’s adjustor. Even if it is embarrassing, it is better that your insurer knows all the facts. Failing to be truthful might cause a denial of coverage or even invalidate your entire policy.
  • DO review and understand your coverage before talking to your insurer or agent. If the policy says you have a particular type of coverage, don’t let the adjustor talk you out of claiming benefits under that provision. Read the “Coverage” and “Exclusion” sections of your policy in particular.
  • DO take and keep detailed notes (date, time, and number called) of all conversations with insurance company representatives, and get names, phone numbers, and job titles of people you speak with, including their supervisor’s name.
  • DO get and keep receipts for all towing and rental expenses, meals, lodging, and purchases made in connection with your claim or recovering from your injuries, from the time of the accident until final settlement with all insurance companies. You won’t likely get reimbursed if you can’t prove you incurred the expense.
  • DON’T give any recorded or written statements to any insurance company adjustor or representative until you retain Andrews Law Firm. Remember you have the right to refuse the insurance company’s request to record your telephone conversation.
  • DON’T automatically accept the estimate or appraisal of your property damage losses from the adjustor. Insurance companies will often try to get you to accept their adjustor’s estimate, which might be a bit low, or might be based on using used or remanufactured parts. If needed, get a comparison estimate from the dealer that sells your brand of car. They are trained to know what damage to look for.
  • DON’T sign any releases or waivers of any kind until you obtain legal advice from Andrews Law Firm. Don’t let your tough circumstances after an accident force you to accept a premature, inadequate settlement. Insurance companies, like sharks, have been known to move in for the kill when they smell blood in the water. Don’t let yourself be their next meal.
  • DON’T ignore the time limits set by your policy contract. Most policies require a signed proof of loss within a certain time limit. Be sure you comply with this requirement, unless you obtain a written waiver from your insurance company.
  • DON’T forget that a contract works both ways. Your insurer has a legal obligation to provide the coverage it promised to you. Be insistent about enforcing that obligation. If you need assistance in doing this, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Andrews Law Firm.

At Andrews Law Firm, we understand the problems suffered by people who have been injured by negligent drivers. We know that insurance companies often try to take advantage of people who don’t have lawyers to protect them. We work hard for our clients to get them the money they deserve without their having to go to court. We work hard to get your medical bills paid, your lost income reimbursed, money for your pain and suffering, and money for any residual disability. If the insurance companies want to fight it out, we are ready to file a lawsuit for you and take your case to court.

Premises Liability

Every business owner or homeowner has a duty to maintain their property in a state that is free from defects and hazards. If the business owner or homeowner fails to perform this duty, he will be liable for any damages that result from the defective or hazardous condition. At the same time, every business patron or property guest has a duty to watch where they walk, and avoid open and obvious hazards. If a person fails in this duty, that person has to take care of his or her damages by himself or herself. Somewhere between these two extremes is where most slip and fall cases end up.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as a result of an accident on someone else’s property, you may be due compensation for the cost of treating your injuries, and also for your pain, suffering, wage loss, and disability. Let Andrews Law Firm help you evaluate your potential slip and fall injury claim and advise you about your options.

The key to winning a slip and fall accident claim is proving negligence on the part of the property owner. Proving that negligence often times means proving that the property owner has actual or constructive notice of the dangerous condition, and a reasonable opportunity to remedy it. “Actual notice” means the property owner had been clearly informed about the dangerous condition before the accident occurred, and then did nothing to prevent it. “Constructive notice” means the property owner should have known about the dangerous condition if he had exercised due care. A “reasonable opportunity” to remedy the condition varies with the unique circumstances of each case.

Determining who is liable in a slip and fall accident can at times be challenging for someone who isn’t experienced in premises liability law. In some cases, both the property owner and the business owner renting the property are liable, while in other cases only one or the other may be responsible. Many properties have owners who are hardly ever physically present on the property, but have managers and renters who have the duty to inspect and maintain the property is a safe condition.

Inspect the site of your slip and fall accident, and take photographs to document the condition as soon as possible. The property owner may correct the hazardous condition soon after your fall, not only to avoid a lawsuit, but also to prevent injury to others. Because of this, it’s important to get photographs promptly. Also take note of the surrounding area, looking at things such as lighting, security, warning signs, etc. Try to get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your fall. These people may be needed to testify or give a statement for your claim. Be sure to promptly report the accident to the proper person at the scene, and insist that they follow their policies and procedures for documenting the incident. Then, contact Andrews Law Firm today.

Product Liability

Product liability arises when defective consumer products cause injury to the user. Sometimes, products are designed poorly, or are manufactured poorly, or are missing a safety warning that might help consumers use a product more safely. This area of the law is very broad and can include foods, drugs, tools, machinery, furniture, children’s toys, sports equipment, recreational vehicles, cars, tires, etc. Andrews Law Firm is skilled at helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.

If you have been hurt because of a defective product, you might be able to recover from the product’s manufacturer, distributor, and even retailer for your injuries suffered because of the defect. These cases are typically complicated and often require testimony from experts, and committed attorney representation.

Andrews Law Firm has the expertise and ability to understand the complex legal rules governing product liability cases, investigate the situation, identify the product’s defect, and obtain the necessary experts to testify at trial. We have the dedication and resources required to successfully obtain compensation for your injury.

Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

When you and your loved ones decide to place an elderly family member into a nursing home, the last thing you want to worry about is the possibility of physical, emotional or sexual abuse to that dear one. Unfortunately, elder abuse and neglect are on the rise, and, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse, many of these incidents go on unreported and unpunished.

It is horrifying to realize that nursing homes are so understaffed, or that the staff is so uncaring or untrained, that they could allow the weak and frail among us to lie for days in their own waste. Or that the staff would let bedsores and gangrene take hold, and lead to crippling amputations. Yet these things happen all too often.

If you suspect that a loved one has experienced abuse or neglect in a nursing home, assisted living facility or convalescent home, you should report the incident and consult legal counsel experienced in handling cases involving elder abuse and neglect. Andrews Law Firm is at your disposal for immediate assistance. Contact us today by e-mail or call 479-1400 for a free, confidential consultation.