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Top 5 Things to Consider When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Experience – LAURA PAYNE HUNT’S EXPERIENCE and insight is the key difference in knowing how to settle, when to settle and for how much.  If you don’t know what to do next, call The Law Office of Laura Payne Hunt and let us help you get the Medical Treatment and Legal Advice you need and deserve.

 

Accessibility – As a small practice with a consistent staff we are able to treat our clients like friends and family and be there to hear their concerns. My secretary, Peggy has been with me for many years and she is extraordinarily skilled and knowledgeable in the area of personal injury law. At the law offices of Laura Payne Hunt, we take great pride in providing a service that is fading in the world of big law firm‘s big advertising and nationwide organizations. If you are looking for experience, knowledge, personal service and compassionate representation, call our office today

Knowledge of the Law — INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE NEVER ON YOUR SIDE! ATTORNEY LAURA PAYNE HUNT knows this firsthand because she spent years working as defense counsel for one of the leading insurance companies in the nation.    Laura knows what it takes to win.  She uses the insight, knowledge and expertise she acquired while helping THEM save millions to now help YOU recover the maximum personal injury compensation you deserve.

HER focus is protecting your rights so that YOUR focus can be on getting well.

 

Compassionate –insurance companies are cold and corporatized and it is important to have someone who listens to you and understands the pain, inconvenience and emotional distress that you are going through. I take great pride in being available to my clients to listen to what they need and to find specific medical providers that are best for their location, as well as the injuries they have sustained. It is important that you receive the proper care and it is equally important that your property damage is addressed. Many law firms do not assist you with your property damage. However we care about our clients and we see the case through from start to finish. Every case we take will be ready for trial if necessary. Fortunately for clients, only about two percent of cases go to trial but we handle every case as if it is one of those two percent and insurance companies know that.

 

Community Connections –As a lifelong resident of Nevada, professional connections I have built are of great benefit to the clients we represent.  Having grown up in the state of Nevada and the city of Henderson primarily, I have made many friends and have valuable professional connections that help my clients to get the proper medical care that they need as well as to have their vehicle repaired properly with the proper warranties. It takes a village sometimes to handle these matters.   Clients need medical care, vehicle repairs, and rental cars. Having practiced and worked in this city for my entire professional career and having worked for the insurance companies, I have maintain strong professional connections that are of great benefit to the clients we represent. I have been a long time sponsor of Paseo Verde Little League teams and I enjoy being active in our community.

 

 

 

ABOUT LAURA

I knew I wanted to be an attorney from the time I was seven years old. I grew up in Las Vegas and attended Tomiyasu Elementary School and Valley High School. I went to junior high school at Cannon Junior High School and was a product of 6 Grade Center being bused to a different part of town. Henderson is my home and it has been since I was five years old. I take a great deal of pride in what I do and being part of the community.

I went to UNLV undergrad and obtained a degree in Communications with an emphasis is print Journalism.  While attending UNLV I was a writer for the school paper for the entertainment section. I was also an active Disc Jockey at the school radio station KUNV,  playing my alternative favorite alternative beats. To pick up extra cash, I was also a Disc Jockey at the AM radio station where we played a variety of cultural music. Fortunately, my amateur guitar playing skills and love of Diet Coke helped keep me awake during those overnight AM radio jobs.

I went to Oklahoma City University for law school. I graduated from law school Cum Laude. While in law school, I was a member of the legal honor Society a Phi Kappa Phi as well as a participant in the moot court team.  Upon graduating from law school, I took the Nevada bar exam successfully followed by the California bar successfully. I am also admitted to practice law in the state of Texas.

I returned to Las Vegas to start my legal career and clerked for a respected District Court judge. I went on to work for a law firm that handled cases for the insurance companies for a couple of years before I became the managing attorney for a major insurance company’s in-house legal office.

During my time working as an attorney for the insurance company, I learned the ins and outs of this business first hand. I trained insurance adjusters on how to deal with attorneys and had daily interactions with claims adjusters and claims files.  I observed the nature and approach of insurance companies to accident claims and the victims involved.   This experience is invaluable in representing injured people.

I am very passionate about what I do and I take great pride in providing top legal representation for injured people. I never had a desire to be on every billboard in town and be an attorney that brings in 100 files a month.  To do that you need a lot of lawyers churning these files out to pay the massive overhead of advertising and large buildings.  Personal care and attention to clients’ needs can easily be lost in that type of environment.  I prefer to focus on the people who are my clients. I know each of my client’s case personally and I meet with every client personally. When you call my office, I will know your first name, I will know what your case is about. I will know what is going on. That is not the case with many law firms that have a high turnover rate because of low pay and often inexperienced attorneys.

The benefit of retaining a small law firm to handle your case is that you will receive personal service and you will have a relationship with your attorney. I kind of analogize this to the difference between going to a large medical center where you see someone different every time who hasn’t looked at your file and doesn’t know your name, to going to your family doctor who knows who you are remembers your conditions.  The person who is there for you to talk to about your needs. It is a choice that an injured person should make from the start of their search for a lawyer.  Whether a large firm or a small firm is the right choice for you will be very important for your mental well-being during your case.  Dealing with a large firm with constant turn over can be frustrating. THE LAW OFFICE OF LAURA PAYNE HUNT is a boutique law firm providing you with personal and compassionate representation with one goal in mind, the best care and recovery for each of our clients.

 

With over 18 years of experience helping injured people and working for the insurance companies I have a vast amount of knowledge and insight into exactly what insurance companies are looking at when reviewing your claim. Having been a member of this community for so many years, I know many good physicians and practices that provide top medical care for injured people. Connections in the community are vital in helping clients obtain the medical care they need for their specific injuries.

 

AS A SHORT TRIAL JUDGE and frequent Arbitrator, my skill is just as effective in the courtroom as it is in the conference room.  I will passionately and aggressively defend your rights and recovery whether your case settles or goes to trial.

 

If you or a loved one is ever in any type of accident and have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our offices today.  At my office, we are experienced in helping injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to.  Insurance companies never have the best interest of the injured person at the top of their priorities.  They want to pay as little on every claim as possible.  Having worked for an insurance company as an attorney for 9 years before opening my boutique law firm specializing in helping injured people, I reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.

At the Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt we are here to help you and your family in the event that accidents and tragedies occur. For any of your legal needs, do not hesitate to contact our offices.  The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt is a boutique, family owned law firm in Henderson that specializes in helping injured people and the community with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, and all types of injury claims.  Please do not hesitate to call us anytime you have a legal question or you or a loved one has sustained an injury at 702-450-(HUNT) 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032.

Apology means guilt?

Is Saying I’m Sorry an Admission of Guilt?

Imagine this. You’re driving along on Eastern, trying to get to your favorite donut shop. The tunes are playing loudly on the radio and you’re not paying much attention to the road as you sing along. The light ahead of you turns red and the cars stop, but you miss it. You slam on the brakes, unexpectedly. Suddenly, your rear fender finds itself lodged in the front fender of the car behind you. Horrified, you call the police and your personal injury lawyer. Then, you get out of your car and apologize profusely. After all, your mom raised you to be polite and apologize for things. But did you just admit your guilt? And can it cause you legal difficulty if your case goes to court?

Outcomes of Apologies in Court Cases

There’s two possible outcomes when you apologize after an accident. In one case, a sincere apology can lessen a person’s anger, thus making it less likely that they will seek legal action. In the other case, it’s a question of “anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.” By apologizing, they may argue you indicate your liability in the matter and it gives the other party a compelling case against you.

Thirty-six states have recognized the detriment that an apology can cause to a potential defendant and have enacted “Apology Laws”. First applied to medical malpractice, the laws protect anyone who makes a statement of sympathy or benevolent gesture following an accident. As long as the person doesn’t actually admit guilt, such statements are not admissible as evidence. Unfortunately, Nevada is not one of those states, so legal protections for an apology are limited.

So, how do you apologize without admitting guilt?

First, think about if an apology really is important in the situation. It might be your gut reaction, even if you did nothing wrong, but is it necessary? In our example above, there was obviously a lapse in judgment by driving distractedly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should apologize for being in an accident.

Second, if you decide that an apology is worthwhile, don’t admit any fault or place any blame. It’s important to not give any indication that you are liable. You shouldn’t express any opinions or hunches about what caused the accident or how it could have been avoided.

Third, consider finding something different to say, instead of “I’m sorry.” Simply saying “I’m sorry” is relatively ambiguous and can be applied to many different situations, including accidents, funerals, and arguments. Find specific language for the sentiment you are trying to express. In our above example, you might say, “I understand how frustrating this situation is” instead of “I’m sorry I stopped so abruptly.”

Dr. Ken Broda-Bahm, a Ph.D. in persuasive strategies, gave two suggestions on how to show you are sorry: one, acknowledge pain, death, loss, and inconvenience; two, don’t let acknowledgement get confused with responsibility. In short, there are many occasions when apologizing is meaningful, and can even be beneficial, but don’t let anyone mistake saying “I’m sorry” for saying “It’s my fault.”

In general, when you’ve been in an accident, the old adage probably still holds true: “It’s better to say nothing at all.” And if you have been in an accident, please call our office today at 702-450-4868 and we can explain your legal rights and remedies under the law.

Find Out if a Dog Bite Attorney in Las Vegas Can Help Your Case

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, seeking medical attention for your injury is essential for your well-being. Once you’ve dealt with your injury, you most likely want to know your legal options from a dog bite attorney and how you can get financial compensation to assist with the various bills you now have to pay. Continue reading

Protect Your Rights as a Dog Bite Victim

Nevada law guarantees certain rights to people who were attacked by a dog. These rights allow the victim to be compensated for their injuries and losses. Continue reading

Liability Issues After a Dog Bite in Nevada

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A dog’s owner is not automatically liable when the dog bites someone. Nevada law makes it possible for the dog’s owner to escape liability and may shift the blame to another party.

Who is Liable After a Dog Bite?

In Nevada, a dog’s owner is not automatically considered liable for a dog bite. There are, however, ways to prove liability that both dog owners and the public should be aware of, since Nevada law can make someone other than a dog’s owner liable for a dog’s actions. Though the law varies from one city to another, here are some general facts everyone living in the area should know.

The One Bite Rule

Though it has received much criticism, Nevada maintains a one-bite rule that can free a dog’s owner from liability if the dog has never bitten anyone before. This leaves the burden of proof on the dog bite victim, who must show either that the owner’s dog has bitten someone previously or that the owner had reason to believe the dog might bite even if unprovoked. Proving this can be difficult, which is why consulting a dog bite attorney as soon as possible after the incident is a smart move.

Negligence Per Se

Under negligence per se, a dog bite victim may be able to hold someone other than the dog’s owner liable for the bite. This doctrine provides that anyone who acts negligently while caring for or in control of the animal may be held liable instead. If, for example, Bob’s sister takes his dog for a walk and then lets the dog off leash, she may be held liable for any ensuing dog bites rather than Bob himself. Again, a dog bite attorney can help you determine who is liable for your injury and file a claim against them.

Know the Local Law

Local law may trump state regulations, so always make sure you understand your liability as a dog owner where you live in Nevada. If you’ve been bitten, seek legal counsel immediately to learn what recourse is available to you. If the dog’s owner refuses to pay for your medical bills related to the bite, you may be able to pursue legal action against him or someone else. Consulting a dog bite attorney in Las Vegas to protect your rights is always wise, even if you are able to resolve the issue later outside of court.

Reasons Why You Should Not Omit Legal Counsel for A Dog Bite

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When you contact a dog bite accident attorney, you can increase your chances of receiving compensation for your injury.

Don’t Omit Legal Counsel for Your Dog Bite

Dogs can be ideal pets to have and are liked by most people. However, there are times when dogs are not as nice as they appear and will attack those whom they know or don’t know. When these situations occur, the dog bite victim can lose a significant amount of blood, limbs or die from their injury. The severity of dog bites may vary among victims, but the trauma is the same. The sudden attack of a dog can leave you fearful of any dog that is similar to the dog that bit you.

Don’t Forego Your Benefits

You may not want to cause any trouble regarding your dog bite injury, but you have to take into consideration your future discomfort. Some people may be able to recover from a dog bite within a short period of time, but if you have extensive wounds your level of care may be lengthy.

How an Attorney Can Help You

An attorney understands your apprehensions about being near dogs and knows that the recovery process requires various forms of medical treatment. That’s why it is important to seek assistance shortly after the incident. You may have already begun your medical treatment, and that’s good, but you should also seek counsel with an attorney so that you can receive the compensation you’re entitled to in order to cover medical expenses. You need to ensure that all of your injury expenses will be paid.

Contact an Attorney Today

There is no specific deadline in which you must submit a dog bite claim or file a lawsuit within the state of Nevada. However, the sooner you seek dog bite attorney Las Vegas representation, the sooner you will be able to collect compensation that you’re entitled to. Your recovery process can be better when you have legal support.

Dealing with a Serious Dog Bite Injury

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If you’ve been attacked by a dog, whether it was your neighbor’s dog or a stranger’s dog, it may be worth your time to explore your legal options. The laws vary from state to state, but in some cases, you can get compensation for dog bite injuries in Las Vegas.

Reach out for Legal Protection for Yourself or Your Child

Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States, and unfortunately, more than half of them are children. Most of the time, it is not a serious injury, but if your dog attack results in a serious injury, you may want to meet with a lawyer to go through your options. A dog bite attorney in Las Vegas can examine your case and tell you whether you can legally hold the owner responsible.

How to Handle Your Dog Bite Accident

Not every state automatically holds the owner of the dog responsible for the dog bite accident. You have to gather evidence, make a claim and prove that the owner was neglectful of basic dog-care regulations. Seek legal counsel and let a dog bite attorney provide you with guidance to ensure a small mistake doesn’t cause your case to be tossed out. Your lawyer will investigate all avenues in order to establish strict liability on the part of the owner.

The Best Advice You Could Get about Your Dog Bite Accident

In order for your lawyer in Las Vegas to build you a valid case, you can take some important steps when you have to deal with the consequences of a serious dog bite injury. Seeking medical attention should always be a priority, but whenever possible, you or a family member should document the scene of the accident, obtain information about the dog owner and report the incident to your local animal control.

Protect Yourself

Don’t wait too long after a dog bite injury to contact a dog bite attorney. You can uphold your rights and hold those responsible accountable for being irresponsible with their dog.

Winning a Dog Bite Case in Nevada

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Winning a lawsuit over a dog bite can be tricky since Nevada does not have a dog bite statute. Learn what you can do to strengthen your case.

Strengthening a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Las Vegas

If you have been bitten by a dog in Las Vegas, suing the dog’s owners can be tricky as Nevada does not specifically have a law covering dog bites. However, working with a dog bite attorney Las Vegas, you can successfully sue under a general negligence claim if you can prove that the owner knew their dog was a threat to bite and didn’t take adequate steps to protect the public. Here are a few points that can help you strengthen your case.

Frequent Aggressive Behavior

An animal’s past history can be used to prove that the owner should have reasonably known that it was a threat to bite a person. This history can include a track record of snapping or biting at people or past fights with other dogs. Another potential factor in a lawsuit is if the dog has been trained as an attack dog; if this is the case the owner has a higher burden to keep the dog away from the public.

Defending Against Shared Negligence

One common defense that dog owners use in Nevada during a civil case is that the person who was bitten had provoked the dog and was partially responsible for the attack. If this holds up in court, a potential financial judgement can be reduced or even thrown out. It’s important to find witnesses to the attack if possible to prove that you were not involved in provoking the dog to attack.

Dog Breeds and Sizes

Certain breeds of dogs are known to be more likely to aggressively attack strangers. Such breeds include rottweilers and pit bulls. If you are bitten by a dog that is a breed known to be aggressive, this can be proof that the owner should have taken additional precautions. This is also true if the dog is a larger breed that can cause more damage if a bite does occur.

How to Escape a Vicious Dog Attack

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When attacked by someone’s dog, you need to know how to fight off the hostile animal. These tips will help people minimize the injuries sustained during a sudden dog attack.

Angry Canine: How to Escape a Sudden Dog Attack

For centuries, dogs have provided loyal companionship and protection. Although most dogs are friendly, a moody dog may suddenly lash out at you in an aggressive manner. Here are three tips to help you to survive an unexpected dog attack.

Try to Remain Calm

Although a dog attack can be a very horrifying experience, it is critical that you remain as calm as possible. If the animal senses that you are a threat, it may begin to become even more confrontational. Instead of immediately running away, slowly back away from the aggressive dog. Remember, dogs are natural hunters that love to chase other animals.

Protect Your Body

In the event that the dog tries to jump on you, use a weapon to keep away the animal. Some of the potential weapons include a purse, a stick and pepper spray. Never attempt to fight off an angry dog with by flailing your arms or legs. In the eyes of the dog, your limbs are targets. If the canine bites into your flesh, use your body weight to break its hold.

Avoid Eye Contact

According to an experienced dog bite attorney in Las Vegas, you should try to avoid eye contact with an attacking dog. A stare-down with an aggressive dog could actually escalate the situation. By looking away, you will give the dog a chance to calm down. Hot-tempered dogs can snap at any given moment.

How Much Damage Can a Dog Bite Cause to You and Your Finances?

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Dog bites can cause a great deal of physical and financial damage aside from medical expenses. If you’re not prepared for the worst-case scenario, a lot more can happen than a few stitches.

Problems That Develop after a Dog Bite

Dogs can be a wonderful pet and loyal guardian. What many people don’t realize is that these otherwise friendly and obedient creatures are still animals. Without warning, some of the friendliest of canines can bite. If the wound remains untreated, a slew of problems could develop.

Common Problems That Develop from the Dog Bite

Infections are one of the most prominent physical problems that develop from a bite. Diseases as well as bacteria can enter the wound making the situation worse. If the wound is left untreated, it’s possible to develop everything from a severe fever to blood poisoning.

In many cases, nerve damage from a dog bite has affected the functionality of various body parts. Nerve damage could become a permanent disability that directly affects your capacity to be self-reliant. If the owner of the dog was negligent in providing a safe environment in public, he or she will need to be held accountable.

If the wound becomes infected, it could affect your career. You could lose time at work and be less productive. In this situation, you may also have to take sick leave in order to deal with the injury reducing the number of hours you have available for other emergencies.

Keeping Yourself Protected

The owner of the dog needs to be held liable for damages to yourself in the event you’re bitten. Your goal will be to recover financially during the ordeal and get your life back together. In such a circumstance, a dog bite attorney in Las Vegas may be able to help.

Always Prepare for the Worst-case Scenario

The best way to prevent being bitten by a dog is to avoid strange canines. However, it may not be possible due to career choices or during social events. Regardless of the severity of the bite, always seek medical attention. It doesn’t take much for an infection to cause a lot of damage internally. It is better to be cautious than to develop blood poisoning and other deadly ailments.