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Representing the Injured in Nevada


Motor Vehicle Accident

Father Killed by Drunk Driver

A young father, his wife, and a cousin were on their way to the store when a drunk driver crossed the center line of the road at a high rate of speed and hit the family head-on. The young father was killed, and his wife and the cousin suffered life-threatening injuries. Our firm filed a lawsuit against the drunk driver.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement, including all available insurance proceeds and defendant's assets

Mother Suffers Serious Injuries Requiring Multiple Surgeries

A single mom hit a delivery truck when the driver failed to yield to the right of way. She suffered neck, back, shoulder, and jaw injuries, requiring multiple surgeries. Richard Harris Law Firm filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the delivery vehicle.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Casino Worker Needs Surgical Fusion after Car Accident

A Las Vegas casino worker was rear-ended at a red light. He suffered neck and back injuries, leading to surgical fusion. Our firm was associated as co-counsel by the client's initial attorney. We prepared the case for trial.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Insurance Company Refused to Pay Fair Amount to Injured Mother

A single mother was seriously injured in her company's van, requiring numerous surgeries for her jaw. The other driver, who failed to yield to the right of way, did not have adequate insurance. The insurance company refused to pay a reasonable amount, even though the work vehicle had underinsured motorist coverage. Our firm filed a lawsuit against the underinsured motorist insurance company.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Welder Injured Driving Home from Work

A Las Vegas welder was driving home from work when a careless driver rear-ended him at a high rate of speed at a stop light. He suffered severe neck and back injuries that required surgery. The insurance company refused to offer a reasonable settlement. A lawsuit was filed against the defendant.

Status: Confidential multi-million dollar binding arbitration award

Carpenter Loses Ability to Earn a Living after Auto Accident

A Las Vegas carpenter was stopped at a traffic signal. Another car slammed into his car at a high rate of speed. The carpenter suffered severe neck and back injuries, which significantly reduced his ability to earn a living. He required cervical and lumbar fusion. A lawsuit was filed against the defendant to retain compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

Status: Confidential seven-figure binding arbitration award

Family Injured in Two Auto Accidents

A family was hit by a drunk driver. Each family member suffered moderate to severe injuries. A few months later, the family was involved in another car accident. The father required surgery. It was difficult to determine which accident led to the injuries, so the insurance companies for the two defendants and our firm agreed to a single-binding arbitration hearing of both cases.

Status: Confidential seven-figure binding arbitration award with allocation of damages between the two defendants

Two Families Injured in Construction Zone Accident

A young mother, with her three children, was riding in a minivan, along with her best friend and her three children when they came to an intersection in a construction zone. A flagger was having a conversation with another person and began to gesture her arm. The mother mistook the inadvertent gesture as a signal to pull forward, and she drove directly into the path of a large truck. All eight occupants in the minivan were injured, some severely. The insurance company for the construction company flagger refused to offer a reasonable settlement. Our firm filed a lawsuit and the case went to a jury trial.

Status: Awarded seven-figure jury verdict

Insurance Company Acts with Bad Faith

While driving home, a mother was rear-ended by a distracted driver, and she suffered an injury to her neck. After months of conservative treatment, she had surgery. Our firm made a time-limit demand for the defendant's liability insurance policy limits, which were only $50,000. The insurance company refused to pay even though our client's medical expenses were in excess of $50,000. The insurance company's failure to pay was an act of bad faith against its insured, exposing the insurance company to the full extent of our client's damages, regardless of the inadequate policy limits. An arbitrator determined our client's full damages, and the defendant's insurance company paid the entire amount.

Status: Confidential seven-figure binding arbitration award

Father Injured When Truck Loses Load

A tractor-trailer spilled a load of trusses across the freeway. A father hit the trusses while driving his motorcycle to work, and he was ejected from his bike. He tumbled 171 feet from the initial point of impact and suffered numerous compound and crush fractures to his arms, hands, ribs, pelvis, legs, and feet, requiring multiple surgeries. An investigation revealed the truck driver failed to secure the load of trusses. The truss company also failed to provide the proper trailer to safely transport the load. We filed a lawsuit against the trucking company and the truss company.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement of the commercial liability policy limits of both companies

College Student and Mother Injured in Truck Accident

A college-bound student and her mother were driving on the highway when the daughter slowed down to pull over for an approaching ambulance flashing its emergency lights. An 18-wheeler slammed into her car from the rear. The mother and daughter suffered significant head and neck injuries, requiring a life flight and surgeries. The insurance company for the tractor trailer company refused to pay. It claimed the accident was the daughter's fault. Our firm filed a lawsuit against the big-rig company.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement

Elderly Man Injured in Crosswalk

An elderly gentleman was hit by a commercial vehicle in a Las Vegas crosswalk, suffering multiple fractures. The gentleman's daughter contacted our firm from out of state and asked us to help her father. We filed a lawsuit against the company for the negligence of its employee.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Premises Liability

Teacher Electrocuted by Resort Bathtub

A day-care teacher and her husband were guests at a Las Vegas hotel. While bathing in the jetted bathtub, she reached for the hot water control and received an electric shock. She was treated at a local urgent care facility before returning home. The excruciating symptoms in her left hand worsened, and she developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). She is now permanently and totally disabled and will require medical treatment for the rest of her life. It was determined that there were defects in the wiring circuits in the guest bathroom. This allowed electricity to leak into the water temperature control handles. Our law firm filed a lawsuit against the resort.

Status: Negotiated seven-figure settlement at mediation shortly before trial

Child Assaulted, Lack of Security Provided

A Las Vegas mobile home park advertised as a safe environment claimed to perform background checks on new residents. A convicted sex offender was allowed to live in the family-oriented community, without management performing a background check. The sex offender raped a nine-year-old girl in the mobile home park. Our firm filed a lawsuit against the owners of the community for negligent security. This case was featured nationally on CBS's "The Early Show."

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Tree Trimmer Electrocuted and Killed

A homeowner planted palm trees in her backyard under high-voltage power lines. The palm trees grew and interfered with the power lines, causing small fires in the trees. The local power company had a "line clearance" program to identify and remove trees that became hazards and sent a crew to remove the trees. The utility company had the legal right to remove hazardous trees without the homeowner's permission, but as a courtesy, asked for permission. The homeowner refused. She hired a private party tree trimmer who, while trimming one of the trees, was electrocuted and died. His family asked our firm to help. We filed a lawsuit against the homeowner and utility company for negligently allowing the hazardous tree to remain on the premises.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Family Killed in House Fire, Fire Detectors Installed Wrong

Three family members and a friend died in a house fire, which started in an upstairs bedroom. The smoke detectors failed to warn of the spreading fire. Investigation indicated the developer of the housing tract failed to interconnect the various smoke detectors in the home—as required by the construction plans and smoke detector installation specifications. Our firm was associated as co-counsel by the original attorney. A lawsuit was filed against the developer and electrical contractor on behalf of the survivors of the tragedy.

Status: Negotiated confidential multi-million dollar settlement at mediation

Defective Product

Father Killed in Defective SUV

A family and friends were in a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that blew a tire, rolled over, and caught fire. The driver was killed, and the passengers suffered life-threatening injuries. Our investigation revealed the design of the SUV caused the vehicle to be inherently unstable and prone to loss of control and roll over.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement

Mother Killed As a Result of a Defective Airbag

A Las Vegas mother of two suffered a severe head injury when she was involved in a head-on collision. She was in a persistent vegetative state for four years before dying. Our firm's investigation revealed a side airbag design defect failed to protect our client from hitting her head. We filed a lawsuit against the car's manufacturer for the defective design of the airbag system.

Status: Negotiated confidential settlement

Groundskeeper Killed by Faulty Turf Sweeper

A father of four worked as a groundskeeper for a golf course. While operating a new turf sweeper—on a slight incline—it suddenly rolled over on its side, crushing him to death. Our firm's investigation revealed that the turf sweeper was a three-wheeled, tricycle-type design that was more unstable on inclines than a four-wheeled design. An expert witness, with a specialty in tractor safety, determined the turf sweeper was not equipped with an incline gauge, seat belt, roll cage, or lateral restraining arms—any would have prevented the groundskeeper's death. We filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family against the turf sweeper manufacturer.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement at mediation

Teenager Injured By Defective Door Hinge

A 16-year-old passenger in a sports car was hurt in a collision when the passenger door hinge failed, allowing a large gap between the door and the dashboard. The teenager's legs became entangled in the gap, severing them. Our firm's investigation revealed that the vehicle had a defectively designed door hinge that allowed the doors to disconnect. The manufacturer knew about the defect and had redesigned the hinge. Our firm filed a lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer.

Status: Negotiated confidential settlement at mediation

State and Car Manufacturer Negligent for Family's Accident

On the way to church, a young father, his wife, and their eight-year-old son were sideswiped by a hit-and-run driver. The family's pickup truck was forced into the freeway median and then into the path of an oncoming vehicle. All three family members were ejected from the vehicle. The young father was severely injured, and his wife and child were killed. The driver of the other vehicle also died.

Our firm's investigation, including expert witnesses, determined the state failed to construct a freeway median barrier which would have prevented the truck from being forced into oncoming traffic. The family's truck also was not equipped with electronic stability control, which would have kept the vehicle from losing control. The truck did not have laminated glass, which would have kept the occupants inside during the collision. The truck's seat backs and seat belts also failed to restrain the mother and child.

The child's seat belt remained in its locked position, confirmed in photographs of the truck taken by the highway patrol at the scene.

We filed a lawsuit against the state and against the vehicle manufacturer for product liability. The hit-and-run driver was underinsured, and although the young father purchased multiple policies of stacking underinsured motorist coverage, his insurance company refused to pay. Our firm also filed a lawsuit against the father's insurance company to force it to pay the full limits of coverage. This case was featured nationally on MSNBC.

Status: Negotiated confidential multi-million dollar settlement with automobile insurance companies, vehicle manufacturer, and state at mediation

Teenager Paralyzed in Roof Crush Accident

A 19-year-old teenager was a passenger in his friend's truck when the friend ran a red light, and they were hit by another vehicle. The truck rolled over, the roof collapsed, and the teenager was paralyzed. The driver had inadequate auto insurance. The teen's family had a small policy of underinsured motorist coverage, but the insurance company refused to pay the $25,000 policy. Our investigation revealed that the truck had a substandard A-pillar. This allowed the roof to collapse, crushing the passenger when the vehicle rolled. We filed a lawsuit against the truck manufacturer for defective design and against the driver's insurance company for "bad faith" failure to promptly pay the amount owed.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement paid by the vehicle manufacturer and the teen's automobile insurance company

Family Members Injured and Killed in Space Heater Fire Accident

While several family members slept in their grandmother's home, a space heater ignited the bedding. The fire spread through the house, and the family was trapped inside. Three children died, and three other children and their grandmother suffered severe burns. Our investigation found that the space heater was not equipped with a simple heat-sensing, cut-off switch that was installed on other space heaters made by the manufacturer. The family also had purchased a heat detector with an alarm and smoke detectors. Both failed on the night of the fire. Security bars on the doors and windows failed to have release latches on the inside, so the family could not escape the fire. We filed a lawsuit against the various product manufacturers for defective designs.

Status: Negotiated eight-figure settlement shortly before trial

Mechanic Run Over by Vehicle with Faulty Design

An auto mechanic was working on a customer's car while the engine was running, and the vehicle was in park. The vehicle transmission slipped from park to reverse and rolled over the mechanic. He suffered multiple injuries, requiring several surgeries. He was permanently disabled. Our firm's investigation revealed the customer's car had a design defect in the automatic transmission shifting mechanism. This allowed a condition known as "false park" to occur. The gear indicator showed the vehicle was in park, but the transmission was actually between park and reverse, allowing it to easily slip into reverse. We filed a lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer for defective design.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement shortly before trial

Medical Malpractice

Infant Given Fatal Dose of Zinc at Hospital

A 3-week-old infant in a Las Vegas hospital neonatal intensive care unit was given a fatal dose of zinc intravenously. A hospital pharmacist incorrectly entered the prescription into a computerized solution compounding device, another pharmacist failed to catch the error. The technician who operated the compounding device added the fatal dose of zinc to the I.V. bag, and a third pharmacist and two hospital nurses also failed to notice the error. Investigations determined that the compounding device manufacturer considered, but failed to include, a mandatory lock-out or warning prompt in the software to prevent mistaken overdose selections. This case was featured nationally on ABC's "Nightline," "Inside Edition," and in Portfolio magazine.

Status: Negotiated confidential seven-figure settlement with the hospital and compounding device manufacturer

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