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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.

What to Do When Involved In a Slip and Fall Accident

Knowing what to do after you’re involved in a slip and fall accident can help you successfully bring a case against the liable party. Continue reading

Reach Out for Legal Assistance for Your Slip and Fall Injury

When you use public property or when you’re in your work place, you have the right to expect safety and trust the authorities responsible for that property are looking out for your safety. Continue reading

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Slip and Fall Injury Compensation in Las Vegas Could Benefit You

When you are recovering from a slip and fall injury, it is a difficult time for your whole family. If the injury was the fault of another individual or organization, it is even harder. However, if you reach out for help, a Las Vegas slip and fall attorney may be able to show you a way to hold those responsible accountable. Continue reading

Slip and Falls in a Las Vegas Hotel

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Victims of a slip and fall at a Las Vegas hotel or casino could be entitled to compensation, especially if the incident results in a serious injury.

Your Rights Pertaining to Las Vegas Hotel Slips and Falls

When you visit the city of Las Vegas, you may be attracted to the excitement, glitz, and glamour, like most tourists that flock to the many hotels and casinos to enjoy the entertainment and attractions. What you don’t expect is for a daytime outing or a night on the town to take a turn for the worse when you suffer from an unexpected slip or fall in one of the hotels. If this accident leads to a serious injury, you could be entitled to compensation for the damages you suffer due to the personal injury, which is why you should know your rights.

Holding the Hotel or Casino Accountable

If you have suffered from as slip and fall at one of the Las Vegas hotels, you will need to hold that venue accountable for its negligence. Perhaps you fell and injured yourself on a puddle of water while waiting in the buffet line, or maybe a construction area outside of the hotel was not sectioned off probably, or you could have tripped on an uneven floor surface. Regardless of how the accident occurred, you could be entitled to compensation for:

• Medical expenses
• Wage loss
• Pain and suffering
• Mental and emotional damages

Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

There are various types of slips and falls that could lead to serious injuries, which you may be entitled to compensation for. This includes:

• Damaged railing and stairs
• Wet or slippery floors
• Loose carpet
• Sidewalks or floors that are uneven
• Faulty escalators or elevators
• Dangerous or hazardous construction zones

Issues With Hotel or Casino Slip and Fall Cases

Even though you have slip and fall rights, you will need to prove that the Las Vegas hotel is liable for the incident. Establishing fault is one of the most essential parts of your case. This means that you will need to prove that the casino or hotel knew about the hazard and failed to fix the issue in a timely manner. However, if the venue was not aware of the hazard, you must prove how they should have known about the issue.

Get the Legal Representation That you Need

Nevada laws place a lot of the responsibility on pedestrians, which can also be a challenge when fighting for your rights. However, an established slip and fall attorney Las Vegas can help you face this challenge. When you schedule your free consultation with the Law Offices of Laura Hunt, you are taking the first step in acquiring experienced representation that provides caring service and proven results. Our firm has spent years taking on slip and fall cases that many Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have turned down.

Call today and get the legal representation that you need!

Protect Your Rights After a Slip and Fall Accident

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If you’re a victim of a slip and fall accident, you can benefit from understanding your legal rights and discovering whether you can hold those responsible accountable.

Protect Yourself and Gain Compensation

If you’ve had a fall due to the neglect of another individual or organization, rest assured you have options. Every state has laws in place to support people like you and give you the opportunity to gain compensation and hold those responsible accountable. Visit a slip and fall attorney and investigate your possibilities.

Learn About Slip and Fall Injuries

Sometimes, you can get up and walk away from a slip and fall accident, but at other times you can find yourself with a serious injury that takes months to heal. The most common ways slip and fall accidents occur are inadequate warning of slippery surfaces and debris. Each case is unique and depends on the specific condition of the place. Even if it seems like a clear-cut case to you, it takes a thorough investigation to prove the owner of the premises knowingly allowed a dangerous situation to occur and did nothing to remedy it.

Legal Assistance Can Make a Positive Difference to Your Case

Property owners are not always responsible for every dangerous situation on their property. A lawyer can help you identify whether the owner should have known and prevented the situation that caused you to fall. Maybe your injury happened outdoors due to inadequate lighting or hidden hazards, or indoors due to a lack warning signs, worn and broken flooring, or an inadequately maintained star case. Whatever your situation, it is to your benefit to seek legal counsel before evidence is lost and eye witnesses forget valuable information.

Seek Legal Assistance

Getting legal representation will protect you and let you know whether you can make a claim for compensation. Take advantage of the laws in place to protect you and meet with a Las Vegas slip and fall attorney. At the very least, you can be at peace knowing your legal options.

Important Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall

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The events after a slip-and-fall accident won’t be as confusing if you have legal representation for your case.

The Importance of Legal Representation After a Slip-and-Fall Accident

There is no question that, after an accident that causes an injury, life can seem hard. Just dealing with the pain itself can take time and an emotional toll on everyone involved. Asking for legal help is important in sorting the situation out with success.

The Severity of Your Accident

These types of situations can be serious. Slip and fall accidents are the number one reason for emergency room visits and the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries. It is the second leading cause of accident related fatalities. If it has happened to you or a family member, there are slip and fall attorneys in Las Vegas and all over the country who can assist.

Hiring a Lawyer

Other parties involved and insurance companies can be difficult to deal with when trying to smooth out the bumps in your case. Given the nature of the situation, most aren’t in the mood to handle these people themselves anyway. Partnering with a lawyer can make the process feel easier from the start.

Begin by contacting an attorney and providing the truthful version of the event. Your representation will need all the honest facts and details of what happened. It is important that they receive the truest form of your experience in order to obtain the highest level of results for the case.

Ensuring an Ideal Outcome

Always provide your lawyer with everything they need. Making everything promptly available to them will limit delays on your part. Trust that they have your best interest at heart and listen to their advice within reason. They want to succeed as well. Then perform all duties necessary to bring the case to the most positive outcome possible. The rest is up to them.

Determining Premises Liability in Las Vegas

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Premises liability is a legal term that refers to specific injuries or accidents that occur on a homeowner or renter’s property lines.

Understanding Who Is Responsible in Premises Liability

If you are a homeowner or a non-owner resident, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that the environment of your premises is as safe as possible. It might be difficult to understand who is responsible if an accident occurs on a property whether it is a guest or a package deliverer who slips and falls on an icy driveway.

What “Premises Liability” Encompasses

This area of law is referred to as “premises liability” and essentially holds property owners or residents liable if an accident or injury occurs on their property. The type of incident that occurs can range from an individual tripping over a toy that has been left on the lawn to a child getting hurt while playing on equipment in a public park. Not every injury or accident that happens falls under premises liability. If a man trips and injures his knee while walking on a public sidewalk and it is discovered that he was intoxicated during the time of the injury, it is probable that the city would not be held responsible.

Factors Courts Might Take Into Consideration

Whenever a court is assessing a premises liability case, they will most likely take specific factors into consideration, such as the overall condition of the property and the extent of the injuries that were suffered. They might also consider whether the homeowner reasonably attempted to repair a dangerous condition or to warn visitors, or what the specific reasons were that the visitor entered the property in the first place.

Premises Liability May Differ by State

Deeming who is responsible under premises liability laws may be hard to determine without an expert opinion, especially since each state operates under different rules and might approach the matter in varying ways. For example, if a person from Texas slips while walking through a department store where an employee has just mopped but neglected to display the wet floor sign, the case might be handled completely different than if a child trips over debris left from a construction site on a public sidewalk in Nevada. In this specific scenario, a slip and fall attorney in Las Vegas would be able to explain what options are available to the child’s parents in order to receive the appropriate medical treatment.

Premises Liability and the Open and Obvious Clause

When someone slips and falls at your home or place of business, figuring out who is liable can be tricky. The open and obvious clause was overruled by the Nevada Supreme Court in 2013.

Premises Liability and the Open and Obvious Clause

Slip and fall cases are lawsuits filed against a business when a customer has slipped and fallen on the grounds of their property and been injured. These cases can quickly get complicated, which is why you should consult a Las Vegas slip and fall attorney before filing your claim.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the basic understanding that a business or homeowner is responsible for keeping their property safe from injury-causing hazards. This can include a ripple in the carpet, a loose tile or accumulated snow and ice that has not been properly removed. It can even be something as simple as spilled water that was not cleaned up before someone slipped and was injured.

Who Is at Fault?

It can be difficult to determine fault in a premises liability case. It is true that home and business owners are responsible for keeping their facilities accident-free. However, it is also reasonable that customers and visitors should take basic precautions no matter where they are. To prove that the home or business owner is at fault, the plaintiff must prove that they knew about the condition and did not take proper steps to take care of it. A snowstorm that brings three feet of snow may take a business owner by surprise, and they may not get their sidewalk shoveled before customers arrive. If the storm was three days ago, however, they have had a reasonable amount of time to fix the problem.

Open and Obvious Clause

In 2013, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled on the open and obvious clause in Foster vs. Costco. The defendant argued that the fall and subsequent injury was caused by a hazard that was “open and obvious,” and therefore the fault was with the plaintiff, not the defendant. The Supreme Court ruled that a landowner is not free from the duty of reasonable care, even if a hazard is considered “open and obvious.”