Top 10 Holiday Accidents and How to Prevent them

Top 10 Holiday Accidents and How to Prevent them

  1. Falling off Ladders; 
  2. Auto accidents in the Holiday Frenzy;
  3. Christmas Trees Catching On Fire;
  4. Slip and Falls on Ice;
  5. Fires Outside Lights;
  6. Tripping Over New Toys And Cords. …
  7. Injuries From cutting down Christmas Trees;
  8. Back Injuries from lifting heavy gifts:
  9. Toxic fumes from Burning Wrapping Paper In The Fireplace and Watch Candles;
  10.  Make sure Toys are age Appropriate and Do not cause choking.

The holiday season is here!  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, the holiday spirit fills the air.  It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorations in 2012. Mishaps send about 250 people to the ER daily, with falls, cuts and back strains topping the list of injuries. To ensure you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season with your friends and family, here are 10 tips to keep in mind as you decorate  your home:

1 Don’t Hang  Lights Alone

When installing Christmas lights above your normal reach, make sure you use have an assistant and use the proper step stool or ladder for the job.  Always use a ladder when hanging decorations on the tree, walls or when outside and make sure the ladder is opened properly. Be sure to check stability. Stepladders should be about 3 ft. shorter than the highest point you have to reach to allow for a stable base. Make sure that all of the ladder’s feet are on a solid, level and on a non-slippery surface. On portable ladders, maintain three-point contact by keeping two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on the ladder at all times. Do not overreach while on the ladder. Climb down and move the ladder when needed because accidents causing injury can occur.   Do not stand, climb, or sit on the stepladder top or pail shelf.

2 Drive carefully while out in the rush and poor weather conditions 

Christmas is the 7th deadliest time of year to drive.  https://www.valuepenguin.com/most-dangerous-holidays-drive During the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the number of trips people take increases by 23%.  People are generally driving longer and there more people on the roadways during Christmas holidays. At Thanksgiving the average road trip is 214 miles.  However, the average Christmas or New Year’s trip is 275 miles, compared with a national average of 261 miles for long trips during the rest of the year. In addition to taking longer road trips, alcohol use is a significant reason for the increased in hazardous conditions since  car accidents in Las Vegas and Henderson see an increase in fatality rates during holiday periods. (see the National Center for Statistics and Analysis https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/809718. Younger partygoers are particularly at risk: the NHTSA reports that drivers aged 21 to 24 have the highest level of involvement in alcohol-impaired driving over the holidays.

3  DON’T LET HOLIDAY TREATS SIT OUT TO LONG

It’s always important to keep foods at safe temperatures, which is between 4°C (40°F) and 60°C (140°F). Keep hot foods hot, at least 60°C (140°F) and keep cold foods cold at 4°C (40°F) or lower. Do not leave hot or cold foods at room temperature for more than 2 hours to avoid bacteria. I like to have a lot of chips, cookies, nuts, and popcorn out at the holidays to keep the party festive without have food spoil.  

4 SLIP AND FALLS ON ICE

Although Las Vegas and Henderson accidents from slipping on snow and ice are not a frequent as in other parts of the country, Las Vegas and Henderson slip fall accidents likely increase as our residents are traveling to cold weather destinations and may be unprepared for the conditions. Be sure to wear boots or slip-resistant shoes. When you are in icy areas, w walk slowly and watch the placement under  your feet. Watch out for black ice which forms when wet slowly an carefully because black ice may look like  just a wet surface, but in reality is solid ice and very slick. Use your arms to keep yourself stable and balanced when walking on ice and don’t carry a lot of objects with you.  Use a backpack if you can.to carry things. Also, always be aware of where you park and be cautious getting out of your car as you may be parked on of a patch of ice. Always use handrails whenever possible and watch the floors as you enter a building as water from melting ice tends to accumulate at doorways.  Finally, always clean your feet on rugs or mats as the first few steps inside a building are the most hazardous. https://www.osha.gov/dts/weather/winter_weather/hazards_precautions.html

5  Fires Outside Lights

Use mini or LED lights as they have cool-burning lights (and LED lights save electricity). Make sure all of the sockets contain a light bulb.  Never remove the ground pin, or file the wide peg of plug as this interferes with the electrical grounding. Never put extension cords through doorways or under carpets and do not overload electrical outlets.

6 WHATCH YOUR ELCETRIAL CORDS

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions as to how many sets of lights that can be strung (plugged in) together.  In addition, make sure your lights and extension cords are in good condition. Check them for bare places, frayed wires, and gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets/plugs, excessive folds or wear. Also, after they are put up, check the cords to see if they feel warm when they have been on for a while. If you find any of these signs, replace them immediately.  Finally, always use the proper equipment for the job. Use indoor lights and extension cords indoors, and outdoor lights and cords outdoors. 

7 Injuries From cutting down Christmas Trees

Before you go out to cut down your own tree, you will need a permit.  The U.S. Forest Service District Ranger stations issue permits to cut down your Christmas Tree. The cost is $10 and along with that, you’ll get some maps, a brochure, and a sticker. The U.S. Forest Service sells about 10,000 tree cutting permits every year.  At the offices of TheOneLawyer.com, we urge you to use caution and follow basic safety steps when cutting down your own tree. Do not cut down trees in bad weather and be sure to have the correct equipment. For more tips, visit the OSHA safety site at  https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3301-10-05-english-06-27-2007.html

8 Back Injuries from lifting heavy gifts

Here are a few simple ways that you can stop back pain from ruining your Christmas.  Avoid bending and lifting awkwardly. This is one of the most common causes of back pain.  Be sure to lift using your legs and your core and for really heavy objects, use two people. This can include lifting things as simple as your Christmas turkey which can weigh over 30 pounds.   Although it is no reasonable or pleasurable to avoid all the Christmas goodies, excessive alcohol consumption is often to blame for many back pain complaints over the Christmas Holiday. Even if you don’t drink to intoxication, drinking for several days can lead to muscle inflammation, dehydration and fatigue.  In addition to alcohol, excessive sugar, caffeine and stress can have a negative effect on your back. Sugar stimulates your adrenal glands and this combined with alcohol, caffeine and stress can over-load your adrenal glands, which can lead to adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands produce anti-inflammatory corticosteroids and without these chemicals, any back injury is likely to feel more painful. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/caffeine-side-effects     https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/features/how-sugar-affects-your-body

9 Toxic fumes from Burning Wrapping Paper In The Fireplace and     

    Fires from Candles

Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires.   There are some things you should not burn in a home fire place, according to experts. They include treated lumber (chemicals and harmful fumes),  aerosol cans and Christmas wrapping paper.  This a common practice and I, myself, have been guilty of burning Christmas paper.

Due to its construction, elements and chemicals, wrapping paper gives off chemicals and odors that can make you sick if you get enough whiffs. 

Read More: Why You Should NEVER Burn Christmas Wrapping Paper in Fireplace | https://newstalk870.am/why-you-should-never-burn-christmas-wrapping-paper-in-fireplace/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Only burn candles away from combustible materials (papers, cloth, drapes, curtains, etc.). Try to keep candles one yard away from anything that can burn. Trim candle wicks to about 0.5 cm (0.25 inches) before burning to keep the flame small and prevent uneven burning and dripping. Always use a non-combustible candleholder and never leave a candle unattended. Also, never use them on live or artificial trees.  In addition, never use a candle if oxygen, e.g., for medical purposes, is used in the area. Consider substituting wax candles and liquid fuel lanterns with flameless LED battery-operated candles. Be sure your home is equipped with working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and a fire extinguisher. Tis the season to check the batteries as well. Turn off all lights on the tree when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98476323

10 TOY SAFETY

Before buying toys for children or when donating them to a charity, always consider the safety of the toy (e.g., small pieces can be a choking hazard, movement of pieces that may be pinch points, quality of materials, etc.) Also consider the age and ability of the child, or other children who may also play with the toy. Read labels for ages carefully and always inspect the toy for small pieces before giving it to a small child.  Make sure battery closures are secured and there are not parts of the toy that will easily break off. Children are the joy of Christmas and keeping them safe should be the highest priority. https://www.fisher-price.com/en_US/parenting-articles/health-and-safety/10-toy-safety-tips

If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Payne-Hunt, Esq. a Henderson Injury Attorney for over 15 years.  Laura is recognized as one of Nevada’s Top 100 Lawyers. She has the experience and knowledge to obtain the maximum settlement you deserve. Please call our office if you or if a loved one is injured. We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence.  

At our 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC at TheOneLaweyer.com,  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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Henderson offices.  TheOneLawyer.com 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. 

Happy holidays!

Thanksgiving 2019!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I really believe it is the only four consecutive days of 365 when work really stops for family. What began as an Autumn celebration and feast hundreds of years ago has its own modern meaning to all of us. The holiday gives us an opportunity to reunite with family, enjoy our traditional dishes, express our gratitude and, of course, watch parades  and football and shop online for Black Friday Sales. It is the kick off to a hectic and joyous holiday season that we all look forward to all year. Have you ever wondered where the time honored tradition of Thanksgiving originated in our law or the legal history of the holiday? Probably not, but as a legal blogger it has crossed my mind. In researching the issue, I have discovered some interesting laws regarding Thanksgiving. The following are my top 10 favorite as the most interesting laws on the subject of Thanksgiving.

  1. There is No Shopping on Thanksgiving day in Some States
  2. Turkey Poo used for energy is required
  3. Thanksgiving not always the fourth Thursday in Nov.
  4. You can’t buy alcohol in some States on Thanksgiving
  5. You clean your house certain ways in New York City
  6. You can’t drink wine from a tea cup in Topeka
  7. One lucky Turkey is pardoned
  8. A lawyer invented canned cranberries
  9. Injuries Change the Law for Thanksgiving Parade
  10. It is illegal to use dogs to hunt Turkeys in some States

  1. No shopping on Thanksgiving 

In Massachusetts, Maine and  Rhode Island no shopping is allowed on Thanksgiving Day. In these states most retailers are prohibited from doing business on Thanksgiving day. Blue laws, as they were first referred to originate from the colonial era and encourage businesses to close to allow people to attend church on Sundays and holidays. They have remained in place in these states to urge people to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving Day. One notable exception is in Maine where any store over 5000 ft.² must remain closed with the exception of the L.L. Bean outlet.  A loophole in the law allows sporting goods stores to stay open on Thanksgiving Day. I guess you never know when you are going to need a football although I don’t believe they sell those at L.L. Bean, maybe a jacket.

  1. Turkey Poo Must Be Used as  an Alternative Energy Source 

No that is not a typo.   In the state of North Carolina and the state of Minnesota they have mandated that utility plants use a small amount of turkey waste to generate some of their power due to the large turkey farming industry in these states. I really can’t make these things up.

  1. Thanksgiving has not  always been on the fourth Thursday in November

Throughout most of our current lifetimes Thanksgiving Day has always been on the fourth Thursday of November. However,  it was President James Madison who proclaimed that we would have two Thanksgivings in 1815. One in the Spring and one in the Fall.   In 1940 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed Thanksgiving Day would be on the third Thursday in November in order to lengthen the shopping season for depression era retailers.  Surprisingly, Roosevelt’s announcement proved to be controversial with some states continuing to celebrate on the fourth Thursday of the month. In 1941, Congress put an end to the “Franksgiving “ by passing a joint resolution that Thanksgiving Day would be established as the fourth Thursday in November.

  1. Plan ahead for all desired beverages 

If you are planning on hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing an alcoholic gift to your party giver this Thanksgiving, it is important to know that many states have laws against selling liquor on Thanksgiving. Some states have more lenient liquor laws such as Alabama where you can purchase beer and wine but not spirits on Thanksgiving. However,  in states such as Kansas and Oklahoma their laws are much stricter. In those states you cannot buy alcohol on Sundays or Holidays.  

  1. Careful  Cleaning your house in New York 

If you plan on cleaning before your guests arrive and  you live in New York City, bear in mind it is against the law to shake out a dust mop or a rug out of a window.

6)  Be sure to use the right glass

Perhaps one of the most interesting and unusual laws I came across was in Topeka, Kansas.   It is against the law to serve wine in tea cups in a restaurant. Not that I’ve ever seen wine served in a tea cup.  However, in case this is your preferred method of drinking wine, bear in mind you cannot do so in Topeka Kansas

7) The Lucky Turkey

You’ve probably seen the White House tradition where the president is gifted a turkey and subsequently pardoned the turkey for everything,  meaning it cannot be eaten as someone’s Thanksgiving dinner. Although I did find conflicting stories about the origins of the turkey pardon, it does have a basis in law. In 1865 President Abraham Lincoln spared a Christmas turkey that his son took a liking to. However,  it wasn’t until 100 years later that President John F Kennedy spared the first Thanksgiving turkey. The first president to issue a formal pardon to the turkey was George HW Bush during a ceremony in the White House rose garden in 1989. The tradition has been upheld for the past 29 years. It will be interesting to see if the current administration follows this tradition

8) Canned cranberry sauce came from a lawyer

Americans consume over 5,000,000 gallons of jellied cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving every year. Attorney Marcus Lurran came up with the idea at the turn of the 20th century. He left his legal career to buy a cranberry bog. In an article published in the Spokane daily Chronicle in 1959, decades after his inspired career change, he said that his true motive was that he knew how to market cranberries and he wanted to extend the otherwise short selling season of the berries.   Cranberries are picked during a six week season and before canning technology the product had to be consumed immediately. Sadly, the rest of the year there were no cranberry dishes.. Lurran’s canned cranberry sauce and juice were revolutionary with a shelf life of months instead of days. If it were not for Mr. Lurran, we would not be able to enjoy the random, impromptu to summer time Thanksgiving meal.   

9) Injuries Change the Law for Thanksgiving Parades

  In 1997, very high winds pushed the Cat in the Hat balloon into a lamppost. As a result, the falling pieces of the lamppost struck a parade-goer, which resulted in a tragic injury fracturing her skull and leaving her in a coma for a month. Following this injury, the balloon size regulations were enacted for  the next year, which prohibited larger balloons such as the Cat in the Hat.

10 ) It is Illegal to use Dogs to Hunt Turkeys in Maine

In the state of Maine, no person may employ the use of a dog or dogs in any manner while hunting turkey except during the fall season; 

From all of us at the TheOneLawyer.com,  we wish you and your family a very happy holiday. We hope you enjoy all of your unique, special holiday traditions.  When traveling during the holidays, take a look at some of my past blogs regarding injuries that can occur on vacation and issues arising with rental cars.   We hope that you travel safely.

 If you or a loved one is injured call our office immediately.  If you have been 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. 

NEW LAWS IN NEVADA EFFECTIVE IN 2019

On July 1, 2019, almost 300 new laws went into effect in Nevada covering legal issues ranging from insurance to crimes to education to health care.  Additional laws go into effect this month, and more changes go into effect in January. These new laws were passed during the Legislature’s 2019 session that ended in early June.  The bills themselves and history are lengthy regarding all of these laws. A summary of all of them can be found at https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/80th2019/Reports/EffectiveJuly.cfm..  Here are my top Five picks of importance, then my top twenty follows:

TOP FIVE NEW LAWS IN NEVADA

  1. Past Marijuana convictions of 1 oz. or less can have the record sealed:
  2. The Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault cases is lifted;
  3. There is No More Tax on most Home Durable Medical Equipment;
  4. Neon is now the Official Element of the State of Nevada;
  5. It is now Easier to remove Public Offices who Engage in Malfeasance.

The Nevada state assembly meets every two years in Carson City. The Nevada legislature is a  bicameral body, meaning it consists of the lower house called the Assembly with 42 members and the upper house which is known as the Senate with 21. There are a total of 63 seats and the Nevada legislature is the third smallest bicameral state legislator in the United States after Alaska and Delaware. The next election for the Assembly will be November 3, 2020. The Assembly meets every two years in Carson City. Our current assembly is made up of 29 democrats and 13 Republicans.  The most recent session of the Nevada state legislature, the 80th, ended sine die (The legal and Latin term for proceedings that have been adjourned with no appointment date to resume ) on June 4, 2019. They are now in the interim period between legislative sessions.

                      In Nevada our legislature meets every other year in odd numbered years and they meet for a 120 day consecutive session beginning the first Monday in February. It is the duty of the Nevada Legislature to an enact laws for the state, to specify the tax rates to be levied on individuals, property, gaming, sales, and to appropriate the funds collected for the support of public institutions and the administration of government.  In Nevada, our legislatures are under term limit restrictions and they cannot serve more than 12 years. Members of the Assembly are elected to two-year terms and members of the Senate are elected for four year terms. However a member of either house can only serve for 12 years in total. Nevada currently has a democratic state governmental trifecta meaning that both houses in the legislature and the governor’s office are democrat.  The 2019 elections marked the first time in the nation’s history that any state legislature holds a majority of female lawmakers. 

TOP TWENTY NEW LAWS IN NEVADA FROM THE 2019 LEGISLATURE

  1. Assembly Bill 192 allows people convicted of possession of an ounce or less of marijuana to ask a court to have their records sealed. In addition, under Assembly Bill 431, an estimated 77,000 people whose felony conviction prevents them from voting will have their voting rights restored. In the future, all felons will be allowed to vote as soon as they are released from prison. People convicted of crimes have already benefited from this bill.
  2. Assembly Bill 152  creates two new crimes that are punishable by a prison sentence.  This bill makes filing certain fake legal documents a criminal act.  Another new crime for which you can also face incarceration under Assembly Bill 152 is  destroying or defacing Native American gravesites, or historic or prehistoric sites.
  3.  Assembly Bill 142. Lifts the 20-year statute of limitations in sexual assault cases. Starting in July, the 20-year statute of limitations was eliminated and in cases in which police can use DNA evidence to identify a suspect, an arrest can be made.
  4. Senate Bill 103 will help Low-income residents by allowing local governments to waive impact fees and building permit fees for developers who construct affordable housing which may lower costs. 
  5. Senate Bill 448 is another bill to give builders incentive to build low income housing and it provides for $10 million in transferable tax credits per year to encourage developers to build more affordable housing.
  6.  Senate Bill 151 will hurt landlords in this state by slowing down Nevada’s speedy time frame for evictions.  It also limits late fees for unpaid rent.
  7. Assembly Bill 326 provides for tax credits for businesses that open grocery stores in areas that don’t currently have one a grocery store nearby. 
  8.  Assembly Bill 223 requires the state to request federal waivers in order to provide some dental care through the state’s Medicaid program for people 21 and older who suffer from diabetes.
  9. Assembly Bill 59 eliminates the residency requirement for people 65 and older to have lived in Nevada for five years in order to apply to get a free pass to visit the state’s parks, 
  10. Senate Bill 447 was enacted as a result of voter approval of  an exemption on the ballot in 2016 and 2018 to end sales tax on medical equipment such as oxygen tanks or motorized wheelchairs. 
  11. Assembly Bill 136 requires construction workers building schools in Nevada to receive 100 percent of the prevailing wage for those projects.  The Republican-controlled Legislature reduced the prevailing wage rate for those projects to 90 percent in 2015 claiming that it would reduce the cost of building schools in Nevada.
  12. Assembly Bill 140 provides that people who hold a medical marijuana card issued by the state of Nevada cannot be discriminated against when it comes to adoption or child custody cases, 
  13. Senate Bill 430  lists the disorders for which people can seek medical marijuana for treatment and has been increased to include anorexia. anxiety, autism, and autoimmune disorders.
  14. Assembly Bill 397 makes it easier to remove public officers who take part in malfeasance or employment discrimination. Under this provision, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission can begin the process by recommending the removal of any person who it finds has engaged malfeasance or employment discrimination 
  15. Assembly Bill 248 states that legal settlements with victims regarding sexual assault, sex discrimination or retaliation can no longer contain nondisclosure provisions that prevent a person from discussing the case.
  16. Senate Bill 224 Provides that it is no longer public information how long retired public employees worked in government, the date they retired or the last public agency for which they worked. The names of retirees and the amounts of their pensions, however, will remain publicly accessible.  
  17. Assembly Bill 289 provides that it will no longer be mandatory for a third grade child to be held back if they are not reading at grade level.  The parents of the child who is not reading at grade level in third grade will have to approve of holding their child back a year.  Under a bill passed in 2015 (which was set to go into effect this school year) it would have required that all students who couldn’t read at grade level in third grade would be held back.  The Assemble decided instead to provide more help to students leading up to third grade.
  18. Assembly Bill 309 allows county commissions, including the Clark County Commission, to vote to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for education, affordable housing, and programs to combat homelessness and workforce training. 
  1. Assembly bill 216 requires the state treasurer to establish a database for funding opportunities for higher education.  This bill was also effective on July 1, 2019.
  2. Assembly bill 182  established neon as the official state element for the state of Nevada affective July 1, 2019

If you or a loved one has a legal question or is injured in any type of accident, call our office immediately and we will make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve, and advise on how to preserve evidence.  If you have been 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. 

Halloween Safety Tips- Please keep our kids safe this Halloween

Here’s a frightening statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Below are some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

TEN HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

 “Trick or Treat!”…are the words spouted with joy by thousands children every Halloween. It’s the holiday for costumes, candy, tricks and treats. But ghosts, vampires and monsters aren’t the only things to be wary of this Halloween. Accidents and unfortunate mishaps increase dramatically on this traditional evening of whimsical fun.  It is important to avoid potential risks and dangers. The following are some safety measures to keep children from being injured while out trick-or-treating:

  1. Always trick or treat with an adult. Don’t allow a child to go outside alone.
  2. Accompany children to the door of every house they approach.
  3. Stay outside. Do not enter a home or apartment without adult supervision.
  4. Children should not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
  5. Remain visible. Wear bright clothing or use reflective strips on costumes. Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  1. Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. Look both ways before crossing, walk on sidewalks, and obey traffic signals and stop signs. Always walk; never run across streets or lawns.
  1. Trick or Treat at friendly homes. Children should be warned to never approach a house that is not well lit and does not have a porch light or outside light on.
  1. Do not go onto a property that is marked “Keep Out”, “No Trespassing”, and “No Solicitors Allowed”.  
  1. Never eat any candy until an adult checks it. Dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened, or isn’t wrapped.

  1. Children should immediately report to their parents and/or law enforcement if they see or experience anything suspicious. Instruct children to shout for help and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into involuntary situations.

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

As your family heads out for a fun Halloween of trick or treating, The Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt wishes you a safe and fun holiday.   Please keep your children safe by staying with them and watching for traffic. If you must be out on the roadway, please drive with extreme caution and watch for children, parents and pets out on the streets taking part in traditional Halloween fun.  This is all our community here in Henderson, Nevada and we would like to see a safe and fun Holiday for everyone.  

If you or a loved one is injured on Halloween or at any time, call our office immediately and we will make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve, and advise on how to preserve evidence.  If you have been 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. 

Halloween Safety Tips- Please keep our kids safe this Halloween

Here’s a frightening statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be struck by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Below are some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

TEN HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

 “Trick or Treat!”…are the words spouted with joy by thousands children every Halloween. It’s the holiday for costumes, candy, tricks and treats. But ghosts, vampires and monsters aren’t the only things to be wary of this Halloween. Accidents and unfortunate mishaps increase dramatically on this traditional evening of whimsical fun.  It is important to avoid potential risks and dangers. The following are some safety measures to keep children from being injured while out trick-or-treating:

  1. Always trick or treat with an adult. Don’t allow a child to go outside alone.
  2. Accompany children to the door of every house they approach.
  3. Stay outside. Do not enter a home or apartment without adult supervision.
  4. Children should not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
  5. Remain visible. Wear bright clothing or use reflective strips on costumes. Carry a glow stick or flashlight.
  1. Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. Look both ways before crossing, walk on sidewalks, and obey traffic signals and stop signs. Always walk; never run across streets or lawns.
  1. Trick or Treat at friendly homes. Children should be warned to never approach a house that is not well lit and does not have a porch light or outside light on.
  1. Do not go onto a property that is marked “Keep Out”, “No Trespassing”, and “No Solicitors Allowed”.  
  1. Never eat any candy until an adult checks it. Dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened, or isn’t wrapped.

  1. Children should immediately report to their parents and/or law enforcement if they see or experience anything suspicious. Instruct children to shout for help and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into involuntary situations.
https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/autumn/halloween

As your family heads out for a fun Halloween of trick or treating, The Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt wishes you a safe and fun holiday.   Please keep your children safe by staying with them and watching for traffic. If you must be out on the roadway, please drive with extreme caution and watch for children, parents and pets out on the streets taking part in traditional Halloween fun.  This is all our community here in Henderson, Nevada and we would like to see a safe and fun Holiday for everyone.  

If you or a loved one is injured on Halloween or at any time, call our office immediately and we will make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve, and advise on how to preserve evidence.  If you have been 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. 

TOP 10 UNUSUAL STATE LAWS THAT CURB THE FUN ON HALLOWEEN

Halloween is a holiday that gives a permit to kids and adults to get crazy and bizarre. But in some states and countries, the law prevents you from going too far with your Halloween costumes. From a prohibition on Silly String to outlawing trick-or-treating on Sundays, here are some laws aimed at protecting the public from the potential human-made horrors of Halloween.  From age limits to restrictions on costumes, to time limits to what you can where to church, (yes, really, what you can were to church) these are just some of bizarre laws throughout the United States. Unfortunately, they do put a damper on the holiday spirit.

The following are some of the more humorous or interesting laws that can be found governing the holiday:

TOP TEN WEIRD HALLOWEEN LAWS

1) IllinoisNo masks for the grownups in Illinois. The small town of Belleville, Illinois has many regulations regarding trick-or-treating including a ban on masks for any person over the age of 12. They also have laws limiting trick-or-treating to children in the eighth grade and under. Sadly, that would’ve put a real damper on our teenage fun. Which, by the way, teenagers are still considered children under the law. They also have a law that trick-or-treating can only go on between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM. In addition, they actually have a legal definition for trick-or-treating which states “Halloween solicitation shall mean seeking or obtaining gifts, food, candy or contributions of money, as is customarily and commonly known as trick or treat in the celebration of Halloween day.“  Interesting that the state legislature actually sat and wrote down laws and voted on them for Halloween. Maybe they did not have educational issues, economic woes, environmental hazards, or criminal regulations to address that year.

2) Alabama— It is prohibited to wear a mustache that may cause people to laugh in church. This law is intended for fake facial hair and is currently not enforced, but its origins are unknown. If you do happen to be attending church on Halloween in a mustachioed costume, make sure you won’t get in trouble for it, especially if it’s amusing.

3) Alabama –No nuns allowed in.  And Alabama makes the list twice.  Yes that is real. They have an ordinance in Alabama that states it is illegal to dress up as a “minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy.” This law is effective on Halloween or any other day. Seems like an infringement on your first amendment rights, however, apparently the law has not been challenged at this time. It is actually a criminal statute which is punished with a fine of up to $500 and/or a stint in the county jail for up to a year.  It appears they have very little sense of Halloween spirit in Alabama.

https://codes.findlaw.com/al/title-13a-criminal-code/al-code-sect-13a-14-4.html



4) Georgia—In Dublin, Georgia It is unlawful for any person over 16 to be in a public place  on Halloween wearing a mask, sunglasses, hood, or any other type of accessory that covers the face. Other states have laws similar to this.  Laws like this where put in place to reduce the amount of mischief and possible crime that can happen on Halloween aka All Hallows’ Eve. Although the intent is reasonable, it might make it less fun for parents who want to dress to take their children to different houses. However, if you are just handing out candy at home, you are allowed to wear a mask.

5) International — No Halloween at all! Some countries have extreme rules regarding Halloween. In Jordan, all public celebrations are banned for Halloween as of 2014. In fact the United States Embassy actually advises any United States citizens living in Jordan to “expect police reaction, including arrests at any public Halloween themed event. “ The United States Embassy went on to advice US citizens traveling from their home to a Halloween party to cover their costumes while in public or even in the car.  They are serious about not allowing Halloween in Jordan.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/why-has-jordan-banned-halloween/382207/


6) California — No silly string!  In Hollywood. That’s right! In the land that one would consider the most entertainment and festival focused city, the city of Hollywood, California says it is against the law to “possess, use, sell or distribute silly string“in public from 12:01 AM on October 31 to noon on November 1.  Violating this law can cost you $1000. They are serious about silly string in Hollywood. http://www.lapdonline.org/october_2004/news_view/20641

7) Virginia — No Teen Trick or Treating. Some jurisdictions really dampen the fun for the older kids. In Newport News, Virginia trick-or-treating but anyone but those over the age of 12 is sadly prohibited. And even if you are the legal age to trick-or-treat you cannot do so after 8 PM. There is a fine of up to $250 and punishment of a class four misdemeanor for violating these ordinances.  Talk about party poopers.  This is one of the harshest statutes I came across.   Gone are the days of endless trick-or-treating for the teens after the little kids have gone to bed in Newport News, Virginia

8) Delaware –No Go on Sunday! Perhaps one of the saddest statutes is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where trick-or-treating is prohibited on Sundays. Sadly, if trick or treat night falls on a Sunday, Halloween is moved to October 30 for trick-or-treating between 6 and 8 PM. Many children will miss out on Sunday Halloween’s in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Hopefully it is a small town and kids can go to their friend’s house outside the city to trick-or-treat on the traditional day.



9)  Canada —Not too late! On a happy Halloween note, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada recently enacted a law allowing children to trick-or-treat up to the age of 16 and extending the curfew to 8 PM. However, violating the curfew could cost you about $200 in fines.

10) Missouri —Women are not permitted to wear corsets in Merryville, Missouri. This law is not related to Halloween, but it’s a good thing to remember when planning out your costume.  It is not likely such a law would be enforced. However, it is interesting to note that many such dated and unusual laws are still on the books all over the United States.



Fortunately in Nevada, no such crazy laws exist to prohibit trick-or-treating. Please watch for our upcoming blog for safety tips to stay safe and have a great time this Halloween.  As your family heads out for a fun Halloween of trick or treating, The Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt wishes you a safe and fun holiday.   Please keep your children safe by staying with them and watching for traffic. If you must be out on the roadway, please drive with extreme caution and watch for children, parents and pets out on the streets taking part in traditional Halloween fun.  This is all our community here in Henderson, Nevada and we would like to see a safe and fun Holiday for everyone.  

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If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury, please don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC, and Henderson Injury Attorneys for over 15 years. Please call our office if you or if a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence. If you have been in any type of accident and have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices today.  At our 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Henderson 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.

FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN EVENTS for HENDERSON AND LAS VEGAS

Halloween is a holiday that has been celebrated by kids and adults for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, some jurisdictions in the United States have laws that limit specific aspects of the celebration. Fortunately in Nevada, no such crazy laws exist to prohibit trick-or-treating. In fact, there are many great ways to celebrate Halloween in Nevada including the following events:

THE FIVE BEST HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS IN LAS VEGAS 

  1. Mandalay Bay: The Shark Reef aquarium welcomes guests into their dark and eerie Haunted Shark Reef.
  1. Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror: If you can handle three scary haunted attractions in one night, try Freaking Bros. Trilogy of Terror in the west valley on select dates September 26-October 31. After signing a consent form and deciding how much fear you can handle, you’ll make your way through three terrifying interactive haunted houses, including the R-rated Gates of Hell.
  1. Fear The Walking Dead Survival:  This walk-through horror attraction is like an escape room, maze, video game, haunted house and motion simulator all in one. Inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead, this wild ride has enough freaks to rival the cast of characters outside on the Fremont Street Experience.
  1. Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest: Share the holiday spirit with the entire family at Springs Preserve with carnival games, live entertainment and a petting zoo among the Halloween activities. The Haunted Harvest is accessible for tricksters of all ages. This year’s 2019 edition runs Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  1. HallOVeen at Opportunity Village: Ghosts and goblins of all ages are welcome to hop aboard a mini coaster, enchanted carousel and other rides at the family-friendly Magical Forest. Enjoy carnival-style snacks and take part in a round of mini golf. HallOVeen runs October 11-13, 18-31.

TOP TEN HALLOWEEN FUN FOR KIDS FOR HALLOWEEN 2019 in HENDERSON

  1. Spooky Birds Dress up in your Halloween costume and learn about spooky birds, make a craft, and trick or treat along our walking path. Watch out for things that go bump in the night. Ages 4-10
    Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E. Galleria Dr.
    Monday, October 28 | 5:30pm-7pm | 664046-00
    $7 in advance | $10 day of event
  1. Halloween Town  — several location at 71 E Silverado Ranch Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89183,  510 S. Rampart Blvd., 7455 S. Rainbow Blvd. and 9748 Las Vegas Blvd. South NOW OPEN — rides, games, a pumpkin patch, activities and more, 4-9:30 p.m. Fri., Mon.-Wed. and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., free admission. All-day ride wristband is $20. Tickets are $1 each (2-5 tickets per ride and game), $20 for family pack of 25 tickets.
  1. Tots Trick-or-Treat Trail Dress your little ones in their Halloween costumes, and let them trick or treat in our center. Admission is free, but a donation of two canned food items to benefit the Henderson Salvation Army would be appreciated. Ages 1-5
    Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St. 
    Thursday, October 17 10am-Noon | Free
  1. BOOgie Woogie Bash BOOgie the night away in your spookiest Halloween costume. Bring a friend to enjoy dancing, a costume contest, carnival games, prizes, snacks, and refreshments. Ages 5-10
    Downtown Recreation Center, 105 W. Basic Rd. 
    Saturday, October 18 | 6pm-8pm | $5 | 154281-53
  1. Ghost Hunting 101 In this beginner’s workshop you’ll learn to decipher false positives, the basics of paranormal investigating and research, safety protocols, different spiritual hauntings, and the equipment used. Then you’ll be ready to use equipment to record evidence of a possible haunting. Materials and light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own dowsing rods and digital cameras to try and capture apparitions and orbs. We are searching for authentic experiences and take this seriously. Ages 12+
    Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy.
    Friday, October 18 | 6pm-9pm | $20 | 194246-12
  1. Zombie 5K Run & 1-Mile Walk The walking dead return to Henderson for another feeding. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Halloween garb or as a member of the undead. Souvenir T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 300 participants. All fitness levels are welcome. Packet pickup is on Oct. 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Jimmy John’s (106 N. Stephanie St., Suite 130) or at Cornerstone Park from 5:00-6:00 p.m. the day of the event. Day-of registration is cash only. Ages 5+
    Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Pkwy. 
    Saturday, October 19 | 6pm-9pm
    5K Run | Starts at $25 | 154221-58
    1-Mile Walk | Starts at $15 | 154283-58
  1. Trunk or Treat Henderson’s premier safe trick-or-treating event returns for an evening of festive fun. Put on your 
    costume and follow the trick-or-treat trail in our parking lot where we pass out treats (or tricks) from
    the trunks of our festively decorated cars. The event includes a variety of activities, entertainment and a
    costume contest. A set number of tickets are available for each time. Early purchased tickets will be available for pickup at the center on Oct. 21-23. All ages
    Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Rd. 
    Thursday, October 24 | 4:30pm-6:30pm | 154027-00
    Thursday, October 24 | 7pm-9pm | 154027-01
    $3 in advance | $5 night of event (cash only)
  1. Haunted at the Ranch There is something spooky happening at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center and Whitney Ranch Aquatic Complex. Dress up in your favorite costume and join the community for two evenings of spooky fun with a collection of carnival games, bounce houses, craft stations, and a trick-or-treat trail. The event features a spine-tingling haunted house tour (and an alternate version for younger children). Children under the age of 8 must be supervised by a parent/guardian at all times. Enter the event through WRRC. All ages
    Whitney Ranch Recreation Center and Activity Pool, 1575 Galleria Dr. 
    Friday, October 25 | 6pm-9pm | 436614-00
    Saturday, October 26 6pm-9pm | 436614-01
    $5 in advance | $7 night of event
  1. Spooky Sports Fall Festival Scare your friends on the court during this costume volleyball tournament. Played on the grass courts at
    Aventura Park. Teams compete 6 v 6 with three games guaranteed. Girls and co-rec divisions offered for U12, U14 and U19 age groups. This great event also features a fall festival on the multi-purpose fields including music, bounce houses, games, and food. $15 per person for the volleyball tournament. Ages 10-18
    Aventura Park, 2525 Via Firenze
    Friday, October 25 | 5pm-9pm | $15 | 154284-00
  1. Pet Trick-or-Treat 1-Mile Walk Show off your pet’s Halloween costume at our second annual Trick-or-Treat 1-Mile Walk. Bring a trick-or-treat pail and walk your leashed pet along the Heritage Park Trail, stopping at our stations along the way to collect dog treats. Visit the agility dog park to see if your pet is interested in trying out some tricks. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and best human/pet costume combo during each session. Canned pet food will be collected for the Meals on Wheels program. Registration is per pet and includes treats and a special gift for your four-legged friend. All ages
    Heritage Bark Park, 350 S. Racetrack Rd. 
    Saturday, October 26
    Dogs under 25 lbs. | 10am-11am | 154350-58
    Dogs 26 lbs. & over | 11am-Noon | 154350-59
    $5 in advance | $10 day of event (cash only)

As your family heads out for a fun Halloween of trick or treating, The Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt wishes you a safe and fun holiday.   Please keep your children safe by staying with them and watching for traffic. If you must be out on the roadway, please drive with extreme caution and watch for children, parents and pets out on the streets taking part in traditional Halloween fun.  This is all our community here in Henderson, Nevada and we would like to see a safe and fun Holiday for everyone.  

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If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury, please don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC, and Henderson Injury Attorneys for over 15 years. Please call our office if you or if a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence. If you have been in any type of accident and have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices today.  At our 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Henderson 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.

TOP 10 BIZARRE LAWS THAT SLASH THE FUN ON HALLOWEEN—BUT NOT IN HENDERSON, NEVADA FORTUNATELY

Halloween is a holiday that has been celebrated by kids and adults for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, some jurisdictions in the United States have laws that limit specific aspects of the celebration. Fortunately in Nevada, no such crazy laws exist to prohibit trick-or-treating. In fact, there are many great ways to celebrate Halloween in Nevada including the following events:

Las Vegas Events for Halloween 2019

  1. Mandalay Bay: The Shark Reef aquarium welcomes guests into their dark and eerie Haunted Shark Reef.
  1. Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror: If you can handle three scary haunted attractions in one night, try Freaking Bros. Trilogy of Terror in the west valley on select dates September 26-October 31. After signing a consent form and deciding how much fear you can handle, you’ll make your way through three terrifying interactive haunted houses, including the R-rated Gates of Hell.
  1. Fear The Walking Dead Survival:  This walk-through horror attraction is like an escape room, maze, video game, haunted house and motion simulator all in one. Inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead, this wild ride has enough freaks to rival the cast of characters outside on the Fremont Street Experience.
  1. Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest: Share the holiday spirit with the entire family at Springs Preserve with carnival games, live entertainment and a petting zoo among the Halloween activities. The Haunted Harvest is accessible for tricksters of all ages. This year’s 2019 edition runs Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  1. HallOVeen at Opportunity Village: Ghosts and goblins of all ages are welcome to hop aboard a mini coaster, enchanted carousel and other rides at the family-friendly Magical Forest. Enjoy carnival-style snacks and take part in a round of mini golf. HallOVeen runs October 11-13, 18-31.

Please watch for our upcoming blog for safety tips to stay safe and have a great time this Halloween.

Even though Henderson does not have restrictive Halloween laws, may cities have crazy Halloween laws.  One city even has a ban on silly string! There are some places that even outlaw trick-or-treating on Sundays! There are some bizarre laws throughout the United States and even the world which allegedly try to “protect the public”. Unfortunately, they do put a damper on the holiday spirit. The following are some of the more humorous or interesting laws that can be found governing the holiday:

TOP TEN WEIRD HALLOWEEN LAWS

  1. No masks for the grownups in Illinois. The small town of Belleville, Illinois has many regulations regarding trick-or-treating including a ban on masks for any person over the age of 12. They also have laws limiting trick-or-treating to children in the eighth grade and under. Sadly, that would’ve put a real damper on our teenage fun. Which, by the way, teenagers are still considered children under the law. They also have a law that trick-or-treating can only go on between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM. In addition, they actually have a legal definition for trick-or-treating which states “Halloween solicitation shall mean seeking or obtaining gifts, food, candy or contributions of money, as is customarily and commonly known as trick or treat in the celebration of Halloween day.“  Interesting that the state legislature actually sat and wrote down laws and voted on them for Halloween. Maybe they did not have educational issues, economic woes, environmental hazards, or criminal regulations to address that year.

    2) No masks for anyone in Walnut, California, either. In Walnut, California, the law states that “no one of any age is allowed to wear a mask or disguise on a public street without a permit on this from the sheriff – on Halloween or for the other 364 days a year.“ That is very sad; it appears that most costumes are outlawed in the city of Walnut, California. This law was apparently passed to reduce illegal incidents during Halloween. People are required to obtain a permit to wear a mask on Halloween.  So I guess if you’re really wanted to wear that mask, head to the police station for a permit! Seriously. Talk about bureaucracy. 
http://qcode.us/codes/walnut/view.php?topic=3-3_48-3_48_200&frames=on


3) No nuns allowed in Alabama. Yes that is real. They have an ordinance in Alabama that states it is illegal to dress up as a “minister of any religion, or nun, priest, rabbi or other member of the clergy.” This law is effective on Halloween or any other day. Seems like an infringement on your first amendment rights, however, apparently the law has not been challenged at this time. It is actually a criminal statute which is punished with a fine of up to $500 and/or a stint in the county jail for up to a year.  It appears they have very little sense of Halloween spirit in Alabama.

https://codes.findlaw.com/al/title-13a-criminal-code/al-code-sect-13a-14-4.html



4) No clowns allowed. The town of Vendargues, France has banned people from wearing clown costumes on Halloween for the entire month of November for anyone who is over the age of 13. If people wish to dress up as clowns for “fairs or other public festivities, during the ban,” they are required to get a special permit from the authorities. I guess they are quite afraid of clowns in France.

https://www.france24.com/en/20141031-french-town-bans-clown-costumes-after-terror-wave-halloween-vendargues



5) No Halloween at all! Some countries have extreme rules regarding Halloween. In Jordan, all public celebrations are banned for Halloween as of 2014. In fact the United States Embassy actually advises any United States citizens living in Jordan to “expect police reaction, including arrests at any public Halloween themed event. “ The United States Embassy went on to advice US citizens traveling from their home to a Halloween party to cover their costumes while in public or even in the car.  They are serious about not allowing Halloween in Jordan.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/why-has-jordan-banned-halloween/382207/


6) No silly string!  In Hollywood.   That’s right! In the land that one would consider the most entertainment and festival focused city, the city of Hollywood, California says it is against the law to “possess, use, sell or distribute silly string“ in public from 12:01 AM on October 31 to noon on November 1.  Violating this law can cost you $1000. They are serious about silly string in Hollywood.

http://www.lapdonline.org/october_2004/news_view/20641

7) No Teen Trick or Treating. Some jurisdictions really dampen the fun for the older kids. In Newport News, Virginia trick-or-treating for those over the age of 12 is sadly prohibited. And even if you are the legal age to trick-or-treat you cannot do so after 8 PM. There is a fine of up to $250 and punishment of a class four misdemeanor for violating these ordinances.  Talk about party poopers.  This is one of the harshest statutes I came across.   Gone are the days of endless trick-or-treating for the teens after the little kids have gone to bed in Newport News, Virginia

8) No Go on Sunday! Perhaps one of the saddest statutes is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where trick-or-treating is prohibited on Sundays. Sadly, if trick or treat night falls on a Sunday, Halloween is moved to October 30 for trick-or-treating between 6 and 8 PM. Many children will miss out on Sunday Halloween’s in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Hopefully it is a small town and kids can go to their friend’s house outside the city to trick-or-treat on the traditional day.

9)  Not too Late! On a happy Halloween note, Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada recently  enacted a law allowing children to trick-or-treat up to the age of 16 and extending the curfew to 8 PM. However, violating the curfew could cost you about $200 in fines.

10) No Sunglasses!  In Dublin, Georgia, it is illegal to go out in public wearing a mask, sunglasses or any other type of accessory that covers your face. Seriously? This law was put in place allegedly to reduce mischief on Halloween. I think it just reduces the fun. If you live in Dublin, Georgia, again hopefully you can go to your neighbors nearby and trick-or-treat in a less restrictive venue.

Fortunately in Nevada, no such crazy laws exist to prohibit trick-or-treating. Please watch for our upcoming blog for safety tips to stay safe and have a great time this Halloween.

As your family heads out for a fun Halloween of trick or treating, The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt wishes you a safe and fun holiday.   Please keep your children safe by staying with them and watching for traffic. If you must be out on the roadway, please drive with extreme caution and watch for children, parents and pets out on the streets taking part in traditional Halloween fun.  This is all our community here in Henderson, Nevada and we would like to see a safe and fun Holiday for everyone.  

 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. 

FALLS AND THE LAW

THE CRITICAL FACTS OF SLIP AND FALL LAW

  1. Who – Is Responsible?
  2. Where – Did the injury happen?
  3. When – Did the accident occur?
  4. How – Was the Fall Caused?

What is Slip and Fall Law? 

Clients often call our office and ask for a quote “slip and fall” attorney and sometimes their injury is more product liability related or related to other areas of the law such as workers compensation.  The law of “slip and fall” refers to the liability of a property owner to an individual who falls and suffers an injury due to a dangerous condition on their property. It is a part of personal injury law and these cases are governed by basic rules of negligence like many other areas of the law.

There are several things to keep in mind when you are involved in a slip and fall: accident

Who is liable?

If the accident occurs on private property, the state law of the state where the accident happened usually controls.  An exception is if the accident happens on government property, federal law will control. There are a lot of nuances to slip and fall law and it is critical that you retain an attorney immediately. Owners are not automatically liable for injuries to persons who are injured on their property. Violations of local building codes and ordinances can often be relevant when someone is involved in a slip and fall accident.  Even though the legal jargon of “slip and fall” is generally used, this area of law covers any type of accident that happens as a result of an unsafe condition under your foot on an owners premises. It can be a stumble, a twist, an injury from stepping in a hole, uneven footing, or many various movements that can occur to the human body as a result of a defect on an owner’s property. Common causes of slip and falls can include food or debris on the ground, cracks in the surface such as the asphalt on the sidewalk, miscellaneous objects laying about that are trip hazards, snow or ice, broken or missed placed floor tiles, steps that are in violation of code, in disrepair, or uneven, potholes in parking lots, misplaced sprinkler heads, or almost anything that you can think of that causes a trip hazard that is in violation of code or in disrepair on the property.

Although this may seem like an obvious question it is often the most difficult part and slip and fall law.  To determine who is liable it is important to identify the responsible parties immediately. It may be the owner of the premises, it may be a contractor who is working on the premises, it may be a past contractor who created the negligent condition, or any number of factual scenarios to give rise to liability to the responsible party.  That is why it is critical to hire an attorney immediately so that responsible parties can be identified in order to allow them to recover for medical bills and suffering for their injuries. An attorney can find out who was in control or ownership of the accident site, who was a property manager, business owner, landlord, independently insured tenant, or company or person responisble for the maintenance of the premises. In many cases involving slip and fall on private property there can be multiple liable parties or parties that will point the finger at one another as to who had actual control over the premises at the time of the injury.

Often times, if it cannot be determined from the facts, identifying  all of the liable parties is critical. If there is any kind of uncertainty, attorneys will name what is known in the law as “John Doe defendants”. This is a defendant that their negligence or their participation in the events that were the cause of injury is known but there specific identity is not known at the time suit must be filed. Once the responsible party has been brought to light through the litigation and discovery process, the attorney will amend the pleadings to add the name of the known entity to replace the John Doe defendant.  Attorneys can use a lot of different tools to locate all of the responsible parties to recover damages for your injury from a fall type accident.

Falls on Public Property vs Private Property

If you’ve ever been to a park or  any type of government or public facility you may have noticed a trip hazard such as broken sidewalks, overspray from sprinklers, or any number of hazardous conditions. Many states have what is called “Sovereign Immunity.”   In Nevada, our statutes governing this area can be found at section 41 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. There is generally a limitation on damages against the State of Nevada at $100,000. The Cities and State entities will generally refute liability for injuries and if there is a material change in the area you may not be able to prove liability for your injury by the time your case gets to court. An attorney will put the entity on notice immediately and advise  that they cannot change, modify, or alter the location of the injury until the attorney has had the opportunity to have the area inspected by the appropriate expert. The burden lies with you, the injured party to prove the landlord or property owner is liable for the injuries. Many clients are surprised by this fact. I think it is the public perception that when someone falls on private property or public property that they are entitled to recover for your injury. Call our office immediately if you are injured on someone’s premises, including the state.

When did the accident happen?

In Nevada it is critical to understand that you have two years from the date of the slip and fall to bring a claim against the property owner. However, two years is as an extraordinary period of time and you do not have two years to collect the appropriate evidence including  having the site inspected where the accident occurred. Although you legally have two years to bring the claim, you still need certain evidence to win a slip and fall case. That is why it is of critical importance to contact an attorney. Contact the Law Offices Of Laura Payne-Hunt today if you or a loved

 one has been injured in a slip and fall accident. The landowner needs to be identified and notified immediately and advised not to alter the scene until it can be inspected.   You will need the appropriate expert to quickly inspect the scene. This is a critical element in any slip and fall case. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident contact our office today.


Proving the Defendant is Liable and How the Accident Happened

The last piece of the puzzle of a slip and fall claim is to prove how the accident happened and how the landowner is liable. People often think the landowner is automatically liable if they fell on their property. But as mentioned earlier, this is not the case. The plaintive, a.k.a. the injured victim has the duty to prove that the landowner was negligent and that he failed to act in a reasonable manner under the circumstances. An example is when the store creates a hazardous condition such as mopping floors that become wet and slick, it is important that they act reasonably to place signs in the area so that guests know that area needs to be avoided. If the store owner mops the area and fails to put any signs or notices of the hazardous condition, they can be liable for the injuries of an unsuspecting guest who falls. That being said, it is not always that obvious and there may be denial involved by the landlord.  It is upon the victim’s shoulders to prove that the area was mopped before the fall. This is why it’s so important to obtain an attorney. An attorney can file suit, take depositions of employees that were there, obtain surveillance video and immediately notify the landowner not to destroy any evidence such as video and store logs.

When handling a slip and fall claim, an attorney will gather testimony from persons, witnesses or employees that were involved; attorneys can also use subpoenas to obtain documents from the landowner such as employment records to see who was there, surveillance video, store sweep logs to show what actions were taken to maintain store or not maintain the store at certain times and various other evidence to assist injured victims in proving their claim against the landowner.

If you have a question about a slip and fall injury, any injury on someone’s property of any kind and/or any questions regarding any personal injury, whether from a car accident or a slip and fall or any combination of injuries, please don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC, and Henderson Injury Attorneys for over 13 years. Please call our office if you or if a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence. If you have been in any type of accident and have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices today. At our 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Henderson 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. 

WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS

The TOP FIVE WAYS TO PROCTECT YOUR LOVED ONES  WHILE ON THE ROAD

  1. Practice defensive driving. Always use seat belts, use a designated driver, and avoid distractions.  
  2. Recognize the dangers of impaired drivers;
  3. Stay aware of  your teenager’s  driving habits. Visit DriveitHOME.org for resources.
  4. Learn how to use your vehicle’s safety systems. Visit MyCarDoesWhat.org for information.
  5. Fix recalls on your vehicle immediately. Visit ChecktoProtect.org to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall.

Driving is a dangerous proposition in Las Vegas and at the Law Offices Of Laura Payne-Hunt we feel it is our civic obligation to write blogs to inform the public of dangers on the roadway and things to be careful for. Whether we realize it on a daily basis or not it is actually statistically more dangerous to drive a motor vehicle on our roadways than it is to fly an airplane, travel by train, or travel by water. The nature of driving is inherently  dangerous due to human error and negligence. We have a lot of people on our roadways taking drugs or driving under the influence of alcohol; texting and driving, as well as the regular distractions of conversation, music and distractions on the side of the road. A sad statistic to report is that for the first time since the 1903’s there has been three consecutive  years of at least 40,000 roadway deaths in the United States, according to estimates released Feb. 13 by the National Safety Council. In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people died in car crashes  which is slight decline from 2017 where there were 40,231 deaths and 2016 where there were 40,327 deaths In addition, approximately 4.5 million people were seriously injured in crashes last year .

https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatality-estimates

Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., had at least a 5.8% spike in fatalities, according to Council estimates. Five states experienced declines of more than 9.4%: which were Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wyoming.

Even when the utmost caution is taken by drivers, you are at the mercy of other people on the road who may be much less cautious. When someone’s negligence causes the death of a loved one it is absolutely imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately. Often times,  people will want to negotiate the matter or take it on themselves. Unfortunately , when a death is involved there’s a lot of emotion and there is no emotion on the part of the insurance company. The insurance company will immediately put resources into motion to protect their own insured and their own financial interests. Their interest is steadfastly on the side of the driver causing the death and they will take steps to minimize the tragedy. Even if you think that your loved one had fault in the accident it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney. . At the Law Offices Of Laura Payne-Hunt we are experienced in looking for manufactures defects, intentional acts, joint and several liability, defects in the roadway, and other negligent areas  for which you are entitled damages for the loss of your loved. 

Car accident sorry leading cause of wrongful death claims and there are several main causes of auto accidents.

Although auto accidents are a common occurrence, fortunately, death claims are not as common. That is why the insurance company will immediately place a large amount of resources in defending the claim as soon as the accident occurs. The most common causes of wrongful death in auto accidents is texting and driving while being distracted,  poor weather conditions, driver fatigue, Street and Highway defects, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol including prescription drugs, car manufactures defects and inexperienced drivers. An experienced attorney will immediately collect the proper evidence needed under Nevada Law to prove the liability of the at fault party in order to collect compensation for your tragic loss.

Elements of a wrongful death claim

Every state has a specific statute on the books that govern the elements of a wrongful death claims. Although they are similar in many states it is important that your attorney know the specific laws in your state governing a families right to recovery. In Nevada our statute states as follows:

NRS 41.085  Heirs and personal representatives may maintain action.

1.  As used in this section, “heir” means a person who, under the laws of this State, would be entitled to succeed to the separate property of the decedent if the decedent had died intestate. The term does not include a person who is deemed to be a killer of the decedent pursuant to chapter 41B of NRS, and such a person shall be deemed to have predeceased the decedent as set forth in NRS 41B.330.

2.  When the death of any person, whether or not a minor, is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another, the heirs of the decedent and the personal representatives of the decedent may each maintain an action for damages against the person who caused the death, or if the wrongdoer is dead, against the wrongdoer’s personal representatives, whether the wrongdoer died before or after the death of the person injured by the wrongdoer. If any other person is responsible for the wrongful act or neglect, or if the wrongdoer is employed by another person who is responsible for the wrongdoer’s conduct, the action may be maintained against that other person, or if the other person is dead, against the other person’s personal representatives.

3.  An action brought by the heirs of a decedent pursuant to subsection 2 and the cause of action of that decedent brought or maintained by the decedent’s personal representatives which arose out of the same wrongful act or neglect may be joined.

4.  The heirs may prove their respective damages in the action brought pursuant to subsection 2 and the court or jury may award each person pecuniary damages for the person’s grief or sorrow, loss of probable support, companionship, society, comfort and consortium, and damages for pain, suffering or disfigurement of the decedent. The proceeds of any judgment for damages awarded under this subsection are not liable for any debt of the decedent.

5.  The damages recoverable by the personal representatives of a decedent on behalf of the decedent’s estate include:

(a) Any special damages, such as medical expenses, which the decedent incurred or sustained before the decedent’s death, and funeral expenses; and

(b) Any penalties, including, but not limited to, exemplary or punitive damages, that the decedent would have recovered if the decedent had lived,

Ê but do not include damages for pain, suffering or disfigurement of the decedent. The proceeds of any judgment for damages awarded under this subsection are liable for the debts of the decedent unless exempted by law.

      (Added to NRS by 1979, 458; A 1995, 2667; 1999, 1354)

Who can file a claim

In order to have standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of your loved one, you must be an immediate family member such as a spouse, child, or parent of the deceased victim. The personal representative of the estate is who will be named in the lawsuit on behalf of the decedent’s  estate and the family members.

Wrongful death in a car accident

Losing a loved one is a tragedy and losing a loved one to someone’s negligence in an auto accident is an unthinkable loss for every family.  While we cannot bring that person back, we can help ease the financial burden that goes along with the loss of a loved one. If you or someone that you love has lost a loved one due to the negligence of another contact our office immediately. We have over 20 years’ experience helping loved ones and family members recover for the loss of their family.

If you have a question about the wrongful death of a family member or any type of accident involving a personal injury, whether from a car accident or a slip and fall or any combination of injuries, please don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC, and Henderson Injury Attorneys for over 15 years. Please call our office if you or if a loved one is injured.  We can make sure that you receive the care you need and deserve and advise on how to preserve evidence. If you have been in any type of accident and have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury offices today. At our 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Law Offices of Laura Payne Hunt, PC 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 Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury Henderson 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.