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THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

 THE TIME IS ALWAYS RIGHT 

                TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT.

                                                             Martin Luther King, Jr. 

                                                              Oberlin College 1964

 

This is one of many of my favorite quotes the Martin Luther Kings and I think a great summary of his legacy in the law. Although my blogs generally regard topics that we help clients with every day, I feel that at the time of the Holiday of his birth, it is important to take this week to remember his words that ring so real over fifty years later. Perhaps the most significant of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influences on American history were his remarks on the connection of the law and social justice.

Laws Can be a Block to Racial Justice

A large part of the civil rights movement was a battle against laws as they existed at the time. There were racially discriminatory laws in place that  allowed segregationists the grounds on which to attack civil rights activism. In fact, police in Southern states  arrested civil rights protesters which included, on several occasions, Martin Luther King himself for violating criminal code provisions. These laws included trespassing, disturbing the peace, marching without a permit, violating picketing laws, engaging in criminal defamation and criminal conspiracy. In fact, the NAACP was actually prosecuted in for refusing to disclose its membership rolls as was required by state law at the time. Not only was the law drastically against the Civil Rights movement at the time, but multiple  states in the south also brought actions against civil rights attorneys for legal ethics violations as retaliation and to instill fear in those attorneys willing to fight to change the law as it stood at that time. In addition to legal ethics complaints, the city of Montgomery, Alabama used minor traffic ordinance violations as a way to stop the carpools used during the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. The state of Alabama went as far as to prosecute Marin Luther King on charges of tax evasion.

The Can Be Applied Unfairly

Although Martin Luther King, Jr. was an advocate of peace and justice, it was necessary break laws that were in place at the time to effectuate social justice. In fact, even some laws that, upon their wording said nothing about race, were clearly being used against the civil right protesters. State leaders were segregationists who defied the implantation of the Supreme Court’s decision in  Brown  vs. Board of Education and other federal civil rights requirements. In his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (found at the following link: 

https://www.csuchico.edu/iege/_assets/documents/susi-letter-from-birmingham-jail.pdf )

he confronted this question in 1963 , where he set apart  just and unjust laws. “A just law,” he wrote, “is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” Since segregation laws  fall in the latter category, “I can urge men to obey the 1954 decision of the Supreme Court because it is morally right, and I can urge them to disobey segregation ordinances because they are morally wrong.”

 

The Supreme Court can be Political 

Martin Luther King  addressed the more difficult situation where a  law that “is just on its face and unjust in its application.” It was this situation that resulted in his arrest and arrival at his Birmingham jail cell. He was arrested for “parading without a permit.” “Now, there is nothing wrong with an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade,” he explained, “but when the ordinance is used to preserve segregation and to deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and peaceful protest, then it becomes unjust.”

In this particular case, King was correct and supported in the court of public opinion and the constitution as we read it today, but he lost in the highest court of the nation. The Supreme Court of the United States heard the appeal of the conviction of civil rights protesters for violating a state court injunction ordering them to refrain from demonstrating, the Court ruled 5-4 against the civil rights protesters in Walker vs. City of Birmingham , 388 U.S. 307 (1967) https://www.oyez.org/cases/1966/249.  Although he had multiple victories in the Supreme Court, but this case was one of a few of exceptions. Justice Stewart, writing for the Court, reprimanded the protesters in Walker v. Birmingham: and stated: “This Court cannot hold that the petitioners were constitutionally free to ignore all the procedures of the law and carry their battle to the streets. One may sympathize with the petitioners’ impatient commitment to their cause. But respect for judicial process is a small price to pay for the civilizing hand of law, which alone can give abiding meaning to constitutional freedom.”  

The Continued Fight Against Unjust Enforcement of Laws

What strikes me in this is how the Supreme Court can sometimes ignore how the implementation of a law can violate the rights guaranteed by other laws. This is a practice that continues to plague our system of justice to this day. In fact, it is clear and apparent from the current Supreme Court and the recent very political appointments made to the Court. For King, enforcement of unjust laws and the courts that supported the practice  were hurdles in the cause of racial justice. These enforcement of law in an unjust manner continues in our justice system over fifty years later. In some recent decisions, the court has made controversial rulings in some of the most politically and socially charged areas of the law. Here are a few examples:

City of Tahlequah, Oklahoma v. Bond (Per Curiam Opinion on October 18, 2021)

In this case, the Court summarily (without argument) reversed the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court held that the conduct by the police officers did not violate any clearly established violation of statutory or constitutional rights, and thus, they are entitled to qualified immunity

United States v. Cooley, (9-0 Opinion by Justice Breyer on June 1, 2021. Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion.)

In this case, the Court vacated and remanded the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Court ruled that a tribal police officer has authority to detain temporarily and to search a non-Indian traveling on a public right-of-way running through a reservation for potential violations of state or federal law.

Nasrallah v. Barr, (7-2 Opinion by Justice Kavanaugh, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan and Gorsuch on June 1, 2020. Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Alito, filed a dissenting opinion.)

In this case, The Court reversed the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court held that courts can review an immigrant’s factual challenge to a denial of their application to stay conviction-based deportation under the Convention Against Torture.

For a full up to date list of recent decision by the Supreme Court Refer to the ABA website: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/resources/case_updates/   

WHY I AM GRATEFULL 2022:  I am grateful for this hot and delicious latte from the fancy Keurig  that my son talked me into buying on this quiet and peaceful Sunday morning as I write this blog and reflect on this amazing human being who changed our county so profoundly. Thank you, Dr. King, for your passion, your determination and your brilliance. It is important for all of us to be the change we want to see in the world by making gratitude a part of each day. If we all practice gratitude more regularly, the world will be a kinder place. Each of my blogs will contain something I am grateful for and reviewed in our year end blog. I hope that you will also have a lengthy list by the end of 2022. I hope that by reflecting on gratitude, we will find the positive of everyday, even the days that are stressful. 

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area and we are grateful for this opportunity. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, Esq. TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law. If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please do not hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne,  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 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 to which they are entitled. 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions. 

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices. TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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 702-450-4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

INJURIES AT WALMART

If you or a loved one has been injured at a Walmart store, whether at the Supercenters or the grocery stores, call or text our experienced team at TheOneLawyer.com for your personal injury claim against Walmart. This blog  is about personal injury lawsuits against Walmart stores. I will examine past settlement compensation payouts in Walmart personal  injury cases and the process you will go through when you have been injured at a Walmart store. 

Walmart was the world’s largest company  with  retail revenues reaching 523.96 billion U.S. in 2019. ( https://www.statista.com/statistics/266595/leading-retailers-worldwide-based-on-revenue/)   As the  largest non-governmental employer, It is not surprising that it is the most frequently sued private personal injury claim defendant in the United States. Walmart gets sued approximately 20 times a day, which is nearly 5,000 lawsuits filed every year against Walmart. Although many of these are suits brought by employees for various employment discrimination and wage and hour claims, many are also for personal injuries sustained by customers. 

CAN I SUE WALMART IF I AM INJURED AT A STORE OR BY A WORKING DRIVER

The answer to this question is yes but you need to be prepared and collect the correct evidence. It is best to obtain a lawyer from the very beginning. Walmart will not be on your side and will not make extensive efforts to preserve all evidence. Your best path is to hire the best lawyer that you can. Walmart is a large company and there are some aspects about suing Walmart and litigating with this company in court that are different from dealing with other defendants. It has been my  experience that Walmart handles injury claims in an aggressive manner. Let’s face it, almost all of us have shopped at a Walmart store. Just the sheer numbers of customers and number of stores makes it clear that accidents will happened and in larger numbers compared to most other retailers.

TheOneLawyer.com has the experienced and compassionate attorneys you need to help you get the treatment you need for your personal injuries and fight the giant of Walmart for the compensation you deserve. Our law firm handles severe injury and wrongful death personal injury cases against Walmart and has been successful in obtaining substantial compensation for our client. Like many companies, Walmart often demands that such settlements be confidential and therefore cannot be shared. However, a jury verdict is a public record, and his article is about personal injury aka tort claims against Walmart the dollar value of those claims. The most common claims are slip and fall or other premises liability cases, truck accidents, falling objects,  negligent security, or pharmacy mistake cases.

The following  are summaries of some winning jury verdicts. Please note that as mentioned, these do not include settlements as any large  settlement against Walmart will have a strict confidentiality clause include with the settlement. 

  • West Virginia February 2019: $16,900,000 Verdict: Plaintiff/ victim, a 52-year-old mother and grandmother who was visiting her local Walmart with her granddaughter in the shopping cart. Unrelated to them, the store security had detained a shoplifter near the rear  of the store. The shoplifter then attempted to evade security and while he was fleeing ran the Plaintiff/ victim over on his way out knocking her over and the shopping cart with her granddaughter. The cart  fell on top of her, and she suffered major abdominal injuries. Her injuries were so severe that   she underwent numerous surgeries, over 20 hospitalizations, and was left permanently dependent on a feeding tube. Plaintiff/ victim hired a personal injury lawyer who filed suit against  Walmart, claiming that its security staff was negligent in attempting to detain the shoplifter who had run from them on previous occasions. Walmart denied any wrongdoing and tried to place the blame on  the shoplifter. 
  • Ohio July 2019: $81,500 Verdict: A 51-year-old woman was shopping when a pallet jack/pallet being pushed down the same aisle by a Walmart employee struck her cart. This caused her to   fall backward  as she was pushing a shopping cart. The Plaintiff/Victim  alleged she suffered disc herniations with chronic radiculopathy; a partially torn rotator cuff; and other soft tissue injuries. Walmart admitted liability but disputed the alleged injuries were a result of the fall. A jury awarded the Plaintiff/ victim $81,500 in damages.
  • Florida  January 2020: $572,988 Verdict:  The Plaintiff/ victim  slipped and fell on an unknown substance in a Walmart grocery aisle in Florida and she sustained permanent injuries. The Plaintiff/ victim claimed the company failed to maintain safe conditions. Walmart denied liability and claimed that the woman’s  own negligence caused her injuries. The jury found the store 100 percent liable and awarded the woman a $572,988 in damages.
  • Texas March 2013: $199,112 Verdict: A 42-year-old clerical worker slipped and fell while walking in the meat department of her local Walmart in El Paso. She was taken from the store by  ambulance to an emergency room where she was treated for disc herniations and bulges as well as a sprained right ankle, an annular tear, and a torn ligament in her right knee. Her Walmart lawsuit claimed the employees had washed the concrete floor with a mechanical scrubber that had been excessively filled with soap and used an incorrect mop. Plaintiff/ victim also claimed that Walmart failed to warn customers by placing wet floor signs in the area. Walmart denied liability, claiming the floor had fully dried at the time the Plaintiff/ victim slipped and fell and sustained personal injuries at Walmart. The lawyers for Walmart also argued the Plaintiff/ victim’s disc injuries were pre-existing conditions and did not happen as the result of her fall. A jury found Walmart liable for Plaintiff/ victim’s injuries and awarded $199,112 in damages.
  • Colorado June 2019: $583,040 Verdict:  Plaintiff/ victim’s was a man on crutches who requested an electric cart. As he sat in the cart, the back support  of the cart collapsed, and he fall backward. The plaintiff/ victim’s suffered soft-tissue spinal injuries. He claimed that Walmart should have known of the defective carts and was negligent for providing the defective cart for customers. Again, Walmart denied responsibility and argued that the man’s injury was pre-existing before he had the accident at Walmart. The jury found Walmart 75 percent liable and the man 25 percent responsible and they awarded $583,040 in damages.
  • Washington June 2019: $325,000 Settlement: This case is an exception to the  general rule that settlements against Walmart do not get reported. In a Washington injury accident case, a  70-year-old male Plaintiff/ victim slipped and fell on water leaking from a mini-refrigerator at his local Walmart. As a result of the slip and fall, he sustained a broken leg and ankle fractures that required several surgeries. The Plaintiff/ victim alleged that the mini refrigerator had been leaking for several hours and that Walmart failed to clean up the water. The claim was settled for $325,000. It is our experience that when damages are clear and not exaggerated like in this case, Walmart is more likely to settle the case

These are only a few the many jury verdicts render against Walmart all over the country. At TheOneLawyer.com, we have the experience in fighting large companies to recover damages for injuries sustained by our clients. 

The Walmart Claim Handling 

Walmart fights hard in the investigation of injury claims. However, if liability can be proven for a severe injury, Walmart will pay for their mistake and settle the claim. If you are injured in a Walmart store, hire an attorney immediately. Take Photographs of the hazard that your injury, be sure to take the following steps while you are at the scene:

  1. Take Photographs of the entire scene near and around where the injury occurred;
  2. Request any and all surveillance footage from the manager, and if you give a written statement, be sure to put this request in that statement;
  3. Obtain all eyewitness contact information yourself, do not rely on the store to obtain this information;
  4. Request a copy of the accident report while you are at the scene.

Getting a Lawyer to Fight for You

At TheOneLawyer.com, we handle claims against Walmart for severe injury and wrongful death personal injury claims. At TheOneLawyer.com we are lawyers who fight against Walmart for the personal injuries of our clients sustained at Walmart stores. If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured at Walmart, call us for a free consultation. 

WHY I AM GRATEFULL 2022:  I am grateful for my amazing staff and colleagues at TheOneLawyer.com who make my job easier and provide amazing service to our clients every day of the year. It is important for all of us to be the change we want to see in the world by making gratitude a part of each day. If we all practice gratitude more regularly, the world will be a kinder place. Each of my blogs will contain something I am grateful for and reviewed in our year end blog. I hope that you will also have a lengthy list by the end of 2022. I hope that by reflecting on gratitude, we will find the positive of everyday, even the days that are stressful. 

We fight hard with this companies for our clients every day and we are grateful you have chosen TheOneLawyer.com to fight your you and your family after a car accident and help you recover for the injuries sustained in that car accident. At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area and we are grateful for this opportunity. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, Esq. TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law. If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please do not hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne,  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 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 to which they are entitled. 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions. 

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices. TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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 702-450-4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

CLAIMS FOR INJURY AGAINST A LARGE COMPANY

All big retailers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their premises for their customers and vendors. However, employees and supervisors are not always as diligent as they should be in maintaining safe stores. When the premises are not kept in a safe condition, customer injuries that could have been prevented can happen, and these include injuries from slip and falls, falling objects, negligent collisions with customers and store equipment, and other accident injuries. If you believe you have been injured in a store or other retail settings, you may want to hire a personal injury lawyer to handle your personal injury claim against a large retailer today. Do not go it alone. Large retailers are sophisticated in overseeing these claims and we are too. We have done battle with large retailers and won for our clients many times over the past two decades. Let the experience of TheOneLawyer.com recover the most money possible for your personal injury claims against a large retailer. At the scene, call us and follow the following steps to preserve your claim: 

Report the Accident To Management at the Store

Report the accident to  a manager or employee immediately. Locate a store  employee and describe what happened in detail. It would be helpful to make a voice recording at the scene for your attorney describing what happened in as much detail as possible. Be specific regarding the facts when telling the manager or employee what happened. If the employee prepares an accident report, request a copy for your own records. Be sure to ask the manager  if there is an in-store or parking lot surveillance camera that might have recorded your accident and demand that the footage be preserved. If possible, video yourself making this request to the store employee or manager. Try to get an email address for store claims at the scene. If you are able to obtain one, go home and send an email, and copy yourself, demanding they “preserve all evidence, including all video evidence” before the security system deletes the footage. Many retailers automatically tape over old footage every 24 hours, so do this immediately. It is best to call us at TheOneLawyer.com  702-450-4868 to retain our experience to handle your claim immediately for the personal injuries you sustained in an accident at a large retail location.

Collect Information By Taking Photos and the Names and Phone Numbers of Witnesses

While you are still at the store, restaurant or other commercial location, it is important for you to collect evidence that will be critical to preserve your personal injury claim. It is important to do this while you are still at the scene before an employee has the chance to clean up or remove the hazard that caused your injury. Do your best to collect the following evidence before leaving the scene of the accident:

  • Take Photographs of the hazard that your injury;
  • Take Photographs of the entire scene near and around where the injury occurred;
  • Request any and all surveillance footage from the manager, and if you give a written statement, be sure to put this request in that statement;
  • Obtain all eyewitness contact information yourself, do not rely on the store to obtain this information;
  • Request a copy of the accident report while you are at the scene.

It is also important for you to keep the clothes and shoes you were wearing at the time of your accident. These items may be critical evidence  to defend the store’s  causation as a later time and may contain direct evidence, such as residue from a recently waxed floor. If you are too injured to collect evidence yourself, ask your companion to do these things. At the very least, be sure to use your phone and snap dozens of photos of the scene, the hazard, the employees, and  the witnesses.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE as Soon as Possible

Take photos of any cuts, bruises or swelling that you sustained and seek medical care immediately. If you have severe pain or a severe injury, advise the store to request an ambulance to pick you up from the scene. If you leave the store on your own, go to a doctor or hospital as soon as possible to obtain treatment for the personal injuries that you sustained in your accident at a commercial retailer like Walmart, Target, Costco, Home Depot, Amusement park or any other commercial location. It is important to know that you may have injuries with delayed symptoms, such as a muscle tear or a head injury.  It is important to see a doctor without delay and report all symptoms and injuries, even if you believe they are not significant at the time such as anxiety, confusion, soreness, etc. 

Make a Note In your Phone Regarding the Facts 

In your phone, make a “note” that starts “to my Attorney” and list the details you recall at that time when it is fresh in your memory. If you start this note for your attorney at TheOneLawyer.com and call us immediately, this statement will likely be considered a privileged statement to your counsel. In your note, describe the incident in detail while the memory of it is still fresh in your mind. Include the exact date and time that your fall happened, the location of the business, the hazard that caused your injury, the names and phones numbers  of anyone (including witnesses and employees)  you spoke to about the accident, and the pain you are having since the accident. 

Consult With an Attorney with Experience at TheOneLawyer.com  

Large Retailers will  fight to provide the lowest financial recovery possible for an accident injury. Do fight them on your own. Contact the experienced attorneys at TheOneLawyer.com to handle your commercial personal injury claim against a large corporation. Hiring an attorney  gives you the power and knowledge needed to procure a settlement or go to trial, if necessary, against a large company. A lawyer can manage every phase of your personal injury claim against a large company and allow you to focus on recovery. 

WHY I AM GRATEFULL 2022:  I am grateful for the crisp air and sunshine on this first beautiful workday of 2022. It is important for all of us to be the change we want to see in the world by making gratitude a part of each day. If we all practice gratitude more regularly, the world will be a kinder place. Each of my blogs will contain something I am grateful for and reviewed in our year end blog. I hope that you will also have a lengthy list by the end of 2022. I hope that by reflecting on gratitude, we will find the positive of everyday, even the days that are stressful. 

We fight hard with this companies for our clients every day and we are grateful you have chosen TheOneLawyer.com to fight your you and your family after a car accident and help you recover for the injuries sustained in that car accident. At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area and we are grateful for this opportunity. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, Esq. TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law. If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please do not hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne,  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 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 to which they are entitled. 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions. 

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices. TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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 702-450-4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

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40 Simple Ways To Be Grateful Everyday

Ok readers, it’s time for the news year’s resolutions and yes, I always make them. But this year has brought profound stress and turmoil to all of our live and we are all desperate to put behind us. Through the profound changes we have all endured, we have been forced to look inside ourselves and find purpose and drive in this life. For 2022, I resolve to practice Gratitude daily. Indeed,  I am putting my new year’s resolution in the public domain. Gratitude is such a potent emotion, one that can bring joy into your life and make your life more rewarding  in many ways. There have been many days that watching the news and living in this new life has made us feel depressed or created feelings of doubt. After everything we have all been through in the past two years, I think we are all yearning for the daily feelings of happiness that hard work and kindness can bring back to our lives. When you are feeling grateful for the positives in your life, it is easier not to dwell on the stresses and better cope with those situations. 

In fact, I resolve to keep a gratitude journal to record one thing I was grateful for every week of 2022. Every day just seems like a resolution that will be unrealistic to keep in a journal aka the notes in my iphone. However, I will do my best to take 30 seconds each day to recognize one thing that I am grateful for. I am grateful for so many things including my family, my clients, my dog, my home, my co-workers, my health, and each day there is always a reason to be grateful. Hopefully, I will be able to share many of them in my final blog of 2022 which seems so far away but will be here in a flash. 

In a study by Emmons & McCullough . 2003, their research showed “there were a multitude of benefits from keeping a gratitude journal. A simple notebook where you write down daily what you are grateful for. The study showed that the people who kept a journal exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic. It also showed that people who kept the journal were more likely to make progress towards their goals.”  “Overall, there was a greater sense of feeling connected to others, a, more optimistic view towards life and better sleep quality, relative to a control group.” https://emmons.faculty.ucdavis.edu/gratitude-and-well-being/ 

I hope you will follow with me in  this journey for 2022, even if by simply reflecting on something you are grateful for each day. In addition, there are many resources on the internet if you choose a more formal process as well as many apps for your phone. For suggestions on keeping a gratitude journal, this article has some great ideas. https://www.lifehack.org/794635/gratitude-journal. 

Here are 40 simple ways to make gratitude a part of everyday.

  1. Keep a list of things you are grateful for in your phone; 
  2. Add to your list regularly;
  3. Download one of the many gratitude apps;
  4. Tell your co-workers or family how much you appreciate them;
  5. Look at the beauty in nature around your area one morning; 
  6. Make time for your friendships;
  7. Force a big smile for things that bring joy;
  8. View inspiring videos of kindness;
  9. Include an act of kindness in your day;
  10. Avoid overwhelming  negative media;
  11. Call your family or friends;
  12. Enjoy that cup of coffee;
  13. Don’t speak badly about people for no reason;
  14. Spend quality time with your family, even just a chat or a meal;
  15. Compliment a random stranger for a nice outfit;
  16. Send an email to someone you have not seen in a while and tell them something nice;
  17. Make positive comments, not negative, on social media;
  18. When you think a negative thought, turn to a positive;
  19. If you find yourself complaining, think about how you can improve that issue;
  20. Verbally acknowledge when someone does a good job;
  21. Do something nice for someone;
  22. Meditate with positive thoughts;
  23. Live mindfully, check out this great resource to help;
  24. Thank the people who help you at the bank, the store, etc.;
  25. Thank your loved ones for the little things they do even when they leave dishes behind; 
  26. Hang pictures with positive quotes and images around your space;
  27. Check on your elderly neighbor and see if they need anything you can do for then;
  28. Call your family or friend or significant other and tell them you love them;
  29. Embrace challenges of your day and see them as opportunities to grow; 
  30. Do not let the people you dislike bring a negative energy to your environment;
  31. Be thankful when you discover something new;
  32. See mistakes as a growth opportunity in your life a career to learn from going forward;
  33. Help the people around you see the positive side to life;
  34. When times are difficult, focus on resolution and not feeling doomed by the situation; 
  35. Take time to notice the needs of others and help if you are able; 
  36. Make gratitude a part of family life and share it with each other during the times you are together.
  37. Practice gratitude every day so it becomes your mindset and not a chore; 
  38. Focus on your strengths every day and how they will help you problem solve;
  39. Share your gratitude with family and friends and those around you;
  40. Share gratitude with other by posting a tweet, Facebook post or Instagram; 

It is important for all of us to be the change we want to see in the world by making gratitude a part of each day. If we all practice gratitude more regularly, the world will be a kinder place. Each of my blogs will contain something I am grateful for and at this time next year, they will be listed. I hope that you will also have a long list by the end of 2022. I hope that by reflecting on gratitude, I will find the positive of everyday, even the days that are stressful at the court and adversarial with the insurance companies. We fight hard with this companies for our clients everyday and we are grateful you have chosen TheOneLawyer.com to fight your you and your family after a car accident and help you recover for the injuries sustained in that car accident. 

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area and we are grateful for this opportunity. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, Esq. TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law. If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please do not hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne,  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 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions. 

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices. TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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 702-450-4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Things To Be Thankful For Today

Sometimes, it is easier to dwell on what we are missing , rather than what we have. During this Holiday with family, especially after the past year, take time out and remember all of the things to be thankful for instead of the things that cause us stress every day. Take time to reflect on the things that bring you joy to your life. I am grateful for so many this Thanksgiving. I urge my readers to make  your own list of ten things you are grateful for. When we really focus on  how many things each day make our life better, it brings a smile to your face. It fills your heart with joy instead of the stress and anxiety plaguing our days. 

Here are thirty things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving, and I hope my list inspires you to choose gratitude this Holiday: 

1. Children

I am more grateful than words can say  watching my sons celebrate, laugh, and thrive each day. 

2.  Good Health

I am thankful for my health every day. 

3. Dear Friends to Share Holidays

I am so grateful for the friends and family in my life to celebrate every occasion with all year. 

4. Fuzzy Socks

On a chilly day, there is nothing is better then fuzzy socks or a warm jacket.

5. Airplanes

I am grateful for Air travel to see friends and family all over the country. 

6. Time Off from Work

There is something magical about weekends and time away from the office.

7. My Dog

Pets bring us of unconditional love and joy.

8. Love

Without the ability to love, life would be sad and lonely.

9. Modern Utilities

I am so fortunate to live in a modern time with power, water, sewer, cable, wi-fi make to make life easier. 

10. Freedom of Speech and our Constitution

Being able to express your thoughts and feelings freely should never be taken for granted.

11. Automobiles

I cannot imagine living in a time when you could jump in your car and drive too anywhere!

12. The Education I have received.

The opportunity to attend school is something people, especially women,  don’t have in many countries and I am grateful for the training and educations I have received to allow me to help injured people and fight injustice.⌄ 

13. Having a Cozy  Home

No matter where you live, having a place to call home is something to be thankful for.

14. Fresh Air

I am grateful to live in a beautiful country working toward protecting the environment so we can continue to step outside and take a deep  breathe. 

15. A Bed to Sleep

Watching the heart wrenching plight of so many refugees around the world, I am grateful for my clean and cozy bed every night. 

16. National Security

I am grateful to wake up feeling safe thanks to our women and men in uniform.

17. The Light of Sunshine

The sun’s glow brings a warmth and light to our world every day. 

18. Clean Water

So many people on earth lack access to clean water and I am grateful to turn on a hot shower every morning.

19. Cell Phones

They give us a freedom from our desks and offices to allow us to live and work each day. 

20. Art

The world would be less beautiful if art did not exist.

21. Rainbows

The beauty of a rainbow is a gift of nature. 

22. Waking up Today

Simply waking up today to exciting potential is something we should all be grateful for.

23. Baseball 

Whatever your favorite sport, be great for the thrill of watching and playing the game. 

24. Great Teachers 

Whether it is your grandmother teaching you to cook or a great teacher, be grateful the sharing of wisdom and talents. 

25.  Air Conditioning in the Desert

Staying cool on a hot Vegas  day is something people would not have dreamed about in decades past

26. Grocery Stores

We live a country we can get anything for our table.

27. Sunsets and Oceans

Sunsets and the sound of the waves are simple gifts of joy. 

28. Entertainment

Music and Movies to enjoy.

29. Freedom to Express Ourselves

The ability to choose our own clothing, and words should never be taken for granted.

30.  Having a Great Practice

I am grateful for the amazing clients I have the privilege of  fighting for every day.

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are grateful for the clients we serve and their faith in us. We are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, Esq. TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law. If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne,  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 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions. 

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices. TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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 702-450-4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Nevada Workplace Safety and Wage Inequities

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on workplace safety and wage inequities. Our legislature was busy addressing unfair employment practices and workplace safety issues. based upon race, immigration status and socio-economic position.

They passed  laws to expand employee rights to brings claims against their employers to adding protections for cannabis industry workers. Our legislature stands on the forefront of protecting our employees and their  civil rights in the state of Nevada. Our legislature was brave enough to step up and address the issues head on and protect and preserve employee rights in Nevada. Although we are an at will employment state, the legislature added protection for Nevada employees. also addressed pandemic issues to allow our state administrators greater freedom in accessing medical supplies. The following is a summary of the workplace bills that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Workplaces

Assembly Bill 222: Expands whistleblower protections to cover employees who report workplace problems internally. This bill protects employees who report issues in their workplace to the  United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Under the existing law, when an employee files a complaint alleging unfair employment practices with the equal rights commission and  commission in turn concludes that unfair employment practice have taken place, The person alleging the unfair practice is authorized to bring civil action in the District Court. Existing law prohibits the person from bringing the civil action more than 180 days after the act constituting the unfair employment practice occurred or more than 90 days after the right to sue letter was issued by the commission, whichever is later. The existing law also provides that the 90 day and 180-day periods of limitation are tolled during the pendency of the complaint provisions. This new bill extends the coverage of those provisions to actions in the District Court for occurrence of unlawful employment practices under title VII and issuance of the right to sue letter by the equal employment opportunity commission. This bill further tolls the 90- and 180-day statute of limitations periods during the pendency of the complaint before the federal equal opportunity employment commission.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7699/Text 

Effective immediately.

Assembly Bill 227: Seeks to ensure that construction industry workers are paid wages in line with their skills and prevents “off the books” work. This bill  is an attempt to protect construction workers and prevent the widespread practice of having workers “work off the books“. The bill is an attempt to ensure that construction industry workers are paid wages in line with their skills. Under existing law, a person licensed to be a contractor and engage in the business of constructing, altering, or repairing structures must follow certain employment practices. This bill differentiates and defines the types of work performed that requires a contractor’s license as well as persons who may perform work for a contractor that do not require a contractor’s license. This bill sets forth additional acts which will constitute cause for disciplinary action against a contractor by the state contractors board to include retaining sub-contractors to perform work were a license is necessary who are not licensed contractors.

In reading this bill, is its entirety I find it almost unintelligible and poorly worded. However, In researching the history of this bill, this bill was lobbied for by the Nevada construction workers union who called for a crackdown on what they called “tax and wage fraud.“ The unions that represented carpenters were calling on law makers to pass a bill to fight what they called “fraud and wage theft” in the construction industry. This bill is supposed to require everyone working on a construction project that requires a general contractor to be employees of the company or contracted  licensed subcontractors. The union believes this bill will discourage the practice of hiring workers “under the table“ and paying them cash. The carpenters  union argued that unscrupulous companies use this method to get out of paying for general liability insurance, Worker’s Comp, Social Security and unemployment taxes. They asked the legislature to crack down on these employers that do not play by the rules. The union saw this as a growing problem in the industry. After their diligent lobbying efforts, assembly bill 227 passed and is an attempt to curb this practice. However, I do not believe the wording of the bill will necessarily accomplish its goal. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7666/Text 

https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2021-04-15/livable-wages-working-families/nv-construction-workers-unions-call-for-crackdown-on-tax-wage-fraud/a73930-1

 Various effective dates through Oct 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 122This bill requires specific cannabis establishment employees to undergo safety and prevention training. This bill requires that no later than one year after cannabis employee is hired,  that the employee must obtain a completion card of the OSHA 10 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration — a Government agency) course. Supervisory employees must complete the OSHA 30 course. The bill provides for fines for employers for failing to comply with this training requirement for their employees. Current law already requires that employees on construction sites complete these courses. This bill incorporates employees of cannabis establishments who are now  required to complete these courses. 

In a letter to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee dated March 3, 2021, the Nevada Dispensary Association opposed this bill. They believed that the mandate was overreaching and applied harsh penalties that were inequitable as compared to other industries. They argued that employees that only work at the dispensaries should be exempt from this requirement because those employees were not in a setting where they are at elevated risk for accidents, and they do not operate dangerous equipment or heavy machinery. They argued there was no equivalent safety requirement for employees working in air-conditioned space such as retail having to go through this training. I do find it unusual that employees that work at a counter at a dispensary are required to undergo the same training as those working with heavy machinery on construction sites when people working at the counter at retail department stores are not required to undergo these same training courses. 

The Nevada Dispensary Association further argued that the mandatory penalties imposed on the cannabis industry were far out of line with the standard practices of penalties for any other industry. In addition, they argued that cannabis establishments are inspected and have access to best practice resources like Nevada OSHA safety consultant and training section to prevent workplace injuries. The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board believed that the Nevada cannabis compliance regulations already provide substantial and specific training requirements for employees of the cannabis industry. They believed these additional training requirements were unnecessary for most dispensary employees.

However, the bill was supported by UFCW local 711 on behalf of cannabis workers. The union represented 6800 members of the united food and commercial workers local union 711 and they submitted a letter to support the bill. The union pointed out that members in Nevada work in grocery stores, retail establishments, chemical manufacturing food processing plants. They argued that the  legal cannabis industry and all other industries should be required to undergo these courses. The union argued that members of the cannabis industry work in growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing facilities, and processing facilities as well as laboratories. It really appears that the bill did not accomplish what it may have been intended it to accomplish in those workers working with farm equipment or cultivating the product are far different from those selling the product at the counters in the dispensaries. I believe the bill should have been more qualified to specific types of employees and not broad-based to include all retail employees. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7460/Text 

Effective on July 1, 2021.

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients. At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, Esq. TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law. If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please do not hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne,  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 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 to which they are entitled. 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions. 

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices. TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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 702-450-4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

Nevada Public Lands Bills 2021

New Nevada Laws Natural Resources passed in 2021 Part 2

In their 2021 session, our lawmakers in Carson City passed Bills governing all areas of the law even during the pandemic they were focused on the issues facing our State.  Many of these laws focused on our public lands and natural resources here in Nevada. In fact, there were so many Bills passed in this area  that this topic will be two blogs, and this is part two of two. Our legislature was busy addressing many issues regarding wildlife and endangered species on our state.  From protecting trees to ancient burial grounds, from saving water to saving the public from wild animals, our legislature was hard at work tackling these issues. The following is one  of  two of a summary of the Bills regarding Natural Resources that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Natural resources (Part 2)

Assembly Bill 103: This bill changes the rules for digging on private land where a prehistoric Indian burial site is located.  Permits will be issued for digging as long as it is not  in areas of a property that contain a burial site.  Which, practically, who would want to dig up a gravesite.  However, for commercial business and utilities, it will take some research to determine if a known burial site exists on the property.  This bill provides, instead, that such a permit is not required to engage in a lawful activity on such private lands if: (1) the activity is exclusively for purposes other  than  the  excavation  of  a  prehistoric  Indian  burial  site;  and  (2)  the  activity occurs  only  on  a  portion  of  the  private  lands  that  does  not  contain  the  known prehistoric Indian burial site. Typical government verbiage is contained in this statue.  Practically, it is likely unknown where many of these sites are located.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7404/Text

Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 171This bill protects Rocky Mountain junipers  also known as swamp cedars in the Bahsahwahbee Traditional Cultural Property in White Pine County. Effective July 1, 2021.  Section  1  of  this  bill  declares  that  it  is  the policy  of  this  State  to  protect  the  Spring  Valley  population  of  Rocky  Mountain junipers, known as “swamp cedars,” that occur in White Pine County within the Bahsahwahbee Traditional Cultural Property.  Sections 1 and 2 of this bill make it unlawful  for  any  swamp  cedar  within  that  property  to  willfully  or  negligently  be cut,  destroyed,  mutilated  or  removed  without  first  obtaining  a  special  permit  from the State Forester Fire warden.   Section 2 also revises the existing exemption for Indians native to Nevada who gather  flora  for  certain  reasons  to  remove  the  requirement  that  such  Indians  be  “native to Nevada. “   And in case you are wondering, below is a Rocky Mountain Juniper:

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https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7529/Text

Assembly Bill 200This is another bill drafted to address the needs of the pandemic and permits veterinary telemedicine. Veterinary telemedicine” means the use of medical information  exchanged  from  one  site  to  another  via  electronic communications  regarding  the  health  status  of  an  animal  or  a group of animals and includes, without limitation, communication via telephone, video, a mobile application or an online platform on an Internet website.” Imagine your pet is feeling ill and you are in  compromised  health or quarantined.  Your Vet can now see your pet virtually and speak with you to diagnosis and issue prescriptions for your pet.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7595/Text 

Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 356: This bill requires the Southern  Nevada  Water  Authority to Develop  a  plan  to  identify  and  facilitate  the  removal  of existing  nonfunctional  grass  within  the  service  area  of  the  Southern Nevada  Water  Authority  on  property  that  is  not  zoned  exclusively or a single-family residence. This means that the Southern  Nevada  Water  Authority can now have policing authority to require businesses to remove unnecessary grass.  Clearly this bill is aimed at combatting the severe drought facing our city.  The plan must, without limitation: 


(1)  Establish  phases  for  the  removal  of  nonfunctional  turf based on                                  categories of water users; and
(2)  Establish deadlines within the service area of the
Southern Nevada Water Authority for existing customers to remove nonfunctional  turf  on  property  that  is  not  zoned  exclusively  for  a single-family residence before December 31, 2026. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7910/Text 

Effective immediately for purposes of implementation.

Senate Bill 52Creates a program to award a dark sky designation  to locations where stargazing isn’t affected by lights to localities, parks, reserves and other state entities. A dark-sky designation is an area, generally surrounding a park or observatory, that restricts artificial light pollution. The primary  purpose of the dark-sky movement is generally to promote astronomy. It is often referred to in different terms and describes areas that national organizations have worked to have designated as “Dark Sky” areas.   In fact, the  International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) uses International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) and International Dark Sky Park (IDSP). A third designation, International Dark Sky Sanctuary, was introduced in 2015. This is an entire movement that I had never heard of, and many states have made “dark sky designations.”  This is one of the reasons I enjoy writing blogs is to learn new things.  I have never heard of “Dark Sky Designation” and there is actually an entire organization dedicated to this movement.   

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7230/Text

Sections effective May 10, 2021, October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 344: This bill bars people from letting wild animals come into direct contact with others. I can note imagine that somewhere in our vast statutes that this was not already illegally.  If you own a tiger, it cannot get loose.  (this is where I need some emojis) Section  7  of  this  bill  prohibits  a person from allowing a dangerous wild animal, as defined in section 4 of this bill, to come in direct contact with a member of the public. “Dangerous wild animal” means any of the following live animals held in captivity: 


1.    All elephants from the genera Elephas and Loxodonta.
2.    All species of aardwolves and hyenas.
3.    All species of primates, except humans.
4.    The following species from the family Canidae:
(a)  Gray wolves (Canis lupus).
(b)  Red wolves (Canis rufus) that have been bred in captivity.
5.    The following species from the family Felidae:  (a)  Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), including hybrids thereof.
(b)  Clouded  leopards  (Neofelis  nebulosa  and  Neofelis  diardi),
including hybrids thereof.  (c)  Jaguars (Panthera onca), including hybrids thereof.
(d)  Leopards (Panthera pardus), including hybrids thereof.
(e)  Lions (Panthera leo), including hybrids thereof.  (f)  Mountain  lions  (Puma  concolor)  that  have  been  bred  in
captivity, including hybrids thereof.
(g)  Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), including hybrids thereof.
(h)  Tigers (Panthera tigris), including hybrids thereof.
6.    The following species from the family Ursidae:  (a)  American  black  bears  (Ursus  americanus)  that  have  been
bred in captivity.
(b)  Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus).
(c)  Brown bears (Ursus arctos).
(d)  Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
(e)  Polar bears (Ursus maritimus).
(f)  Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus).
(g)  Spectacled  bears  (Tremarctos  ornatus),  including  hybrids thereof.
(h)  Sun bears (Helarctos malayanus)

So, in short, keep your polar bear locked up!!!!

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7991/Text 

Effective July 1, 2021.

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie Payne, 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 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLawyer.com, Laura Marie Payne, Esq. and her staff 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 offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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- 4868 and text 24/7 at 702-600-0032. 

 

Housing Laws Nevada changes in 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on housing law. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities in access to housing  based upon socio-economic position and made efforts to address homelessness in Nevada.  The 2021 legislature passed provide renters with greater protections during the pandemic. 

They also looked forward in laying the foundation to provide for a framework for alternative housing options for low-income Nevadan’s by requiring cities to provide zoning for “tiny homes.” Our lawmakers were very concerned with providing Nevada renters with access to rental assistance and the time to apply and receive such aide.  They helped renters by reducing late fees and providing better notice of proposed rent increases.  The following is a summary of the laws passed by our 2020 legislature regarding housing law in Nevada.  

Homeowners and housing

Assembly Bill 141: This Bill requires the Courts to seal records of summary evictions that occurred during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Specifically, the new bill amends NRS 40.2545 to read as follows:  

1.    If a court grants an action for summary eviction pursuant  to  NRS  40.253  during  the  COVID-19  emergency,  the court shall automatically seal the eviction case court file. 

2.    In addition to the provisions for the automatic sealing of an eviction case court file pursuant to subsection 1, in  any action for summary  eviction  pursuant  to  NRS  40.253,  40.254  or  40.2542,  the eviction  case  court  file  is  sealed  automatically  and  not  open  to inspection: . . 

This Bill took effect for evictions starting on  March  12,  2020 and ends “on  the  date  on  which  the  Governor  terminates the emergency described in the Declaration.”  This Bill is critical to help renters who have been evicted due to job loses move forward and be able to rent another place.  It is very difficult to rent again after an eviction.  Therefore, if you were evicted after March 12, 2020, make sure the Court sealed the eviction record.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7469/Text Effective May 27, 2021.

Assembly Bill 249: This Bill Prohibits common interest communities that are governed by homeowners’ associations from restricting daily hours for seasonal construction below what is locally authorized.  This is an unusual ordinance and must have been prompted by a specific situation facing certain HOA communities.  This is why it is important to bring problematic issues you are facing to the attention of your local state lawmaker in your district.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7709/Text

 Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 308: This law prevents landlords from charging a late fee if rent is paid within three days of being due and extends required notice period for rent increases.  Specifically, the new law states:  ”In  a  tenancy  that  is  longer  than  week  to  week,  no  late  fee may be charged or imposed until at least 3 calendar days after the date that rent is due. . .” In addition, said  late  fee  cannot exceed  five  percent  of  the  amount  of  the  periodic  rent  and  the  maximum  amount  of the  late  fee  must  not  be  increased  based  upon  a  late  fee  that  was  previously imposed.  In addition, the law changed the notice needed for a rent increase This  bill  increases  the  period  for providing  notices  of  increases  in  rent  to: 

(1) for  a  periodic  tenancy  of  1  month  or  more,  60  days  in  advance  of  the  first  rental payment to be increased; or

 (2) for a periodic tenancy of less than 1 month, 30 days in advance of the first rental payment to be increased.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7813/Overview    Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 486:    This bill is in response to the pandemic, and it  temporarily stops evictions if a tenant is awaiting rental assistance and can show they are diligently monitoring their “CHAP” (Clark County Housing Assistance Program) application.  This program was created by the Cares Act and requires landlords to cooperate with the application process of their tenant in exchange for direct payment of rents to the landlord.  This is not just an amendment to a law but an entire Act relating  to  property including the defining  certain  terms.  This Act temporarily authorizes tenants who are facing  eviction proceedings  to  assert  certain  affirmative  defenses  relating  to rental assistance.  The act also establishes procedures relating the court’s handling of evictions involving CHAP applications.  It also temporarily  establishes procedures  relating  to  claims  for wrongful eviction and authorizes a court to stay a designated eviction proceeding in order to facilitate alternative  dispute  resolution through the CHAP program.    The law temporarily  requires  notices for designated eviction proceedings to contain certain information regarding the CHAP program and establishes  temporary  procedures  relating  to the provision  of  rental  assistance  to  certain  landlords of single  family  residences  with  at  least  one  tenant  who  has defaulted  in the  payment  of  rent.  The primary purpose of the Act is to allow for the  disbursement of  certain  federal  money  for the payment of rents in circumstances  relating  to the pandemic.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8216/Text

Effective immediately through June 5, 2023, or earlier date set by state Supreme Court. 

Senate Bill 103: This  bill  prohibits  a property insurer  from  refusing  to  issue,  cancelling,  refusing  to renew or increasing the premium or rate for certain policies of insurance on the sole
basis of the specific breed or mixture of breeds of a dog that is harbored or owned on  an  insured property  unless  the  particular  dog  is  known  to  be  dangerous  or vicious or declared to be dangerous or vicious pursuant to the public health laws of the State. This law may have a significant impact on homeowners insurance rates in our state.  Many major insurance companies have a list of dog breads that are listed in the policy that will not be covered for a dog bite attack under the policy.  This law makes those provisions void.  So basically, the risk for those breeds will now be paid by all homeowners in Nevada.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7406/Text

Effective  Jan. 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 150: This new law requires Nevada’s most populated counties of Clark and Washoe counties and the state’s largest cities to designate zoning districts where “tiny houses” may be built. This is an effort to alleviate the homeless issue in these areas by providing affordable alternative housing.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7544/Text

Effective Jan. 1, 2024.

Senate Bill 254: Shockingly, this bill was passed by our legislature but vetoed by Governor Sisolak.  As a landlord, I agree with the Governor’s veto.  The law would have barred  a landlord from checking a prospective tenant’s criminal history or arrest record and refusing to rent on the basis of that record.  I am not sure what the legislature was thinking on this one.  A landlord has a right to know the criminal history of a prospective tenant.  If the property is located near a school, do you really want someone to rent the property to a convicted child sex offender?     

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7786/Text

Senate Bill 311: This bill Authorizes the Nevada Rural Housing Authority to create a for-profit business entity to support affordable housing development.   This is an effort to help develop the smaller towns in the State. 

https://legiscan.com/NV/text/SB311/2021

Effective October 1, 2021.

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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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

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Healthcare Bills passed in Nevada 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on healthcare. In fact, there were so many healthcare bills passed that this topic will be two blogs, and this is part two of two. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities based upon race, immigration status and socio-economic position.

I am proud to live in a state where our legislators are on the forefront of protecting our communities and preserving the rights of women in our state. The 2021 legislature passed laws to improve access to contraception and healthcare for women. They also looked forward in laying the foundation to provide for a framework for health insurance for small business owners and entrepreneurs in our state. They passed  laws to illuminate conflict of interest between insurers and medical Providers and protect women from unscrupulous medical providers. Perhaps the most groundbreaking law was allowing pharmacist to dispense birth control to women without a prescription. Our legislature stands on the forefront of protecting our constitutional and civil rights in the state of Nevada.

Our legislature was brave enough to step up and address the issues head on and protect and preserve women’s healthcare and reproductive freedoms.  This law is indicative of the progressive nature of our state. The legislature also addressed pandemic issues to allow our state administrators greater freedom in accessing medical supplies.  The following is part two of a summary of the healthcare bills that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Health and Health Care (Part 2)

Assembly Bill 287:  This is an interesting bill that removes the word “mother” from the statute governing medical facilities and changes the word to “person who gave birth.”  It also changes the word “father” to “parent who did not give birth.” The statue goes on to establish independent birthing centers that will be licensed by the state. This allows the use of midwives in their own facility. The statue is likely promulgated to provide reduced cost birthing options in a licensed facility.  

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7779/Text

Effective January 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 436: Assembly bill 436 amends NRS 686A to mandate  that an insurer shall not contract with the provider of vision care services for any rate of reimbursement if the insurer has an ownership or other pecuniary interest in the rate of reimbursement. Basically,  the statute prevents insurance companies from having any interest in vision care services directly. They can only negotiate contracts and provide reimbursement for services, but they cannot have any ownership interest or monetary interest in the vision services themselves.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8091/Overview

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 181: Senate bill 181 changes the licensing requirements for alcohol and drug counselors to allow for an expansion of addiction treatment providers.  The statute still requires a total of 1500 hours of experience in counseling after graduation, but it no longer requires that experience to have been supervised by a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.  Other requirements for passage of an exam are still in place. It seems that this elimination of supervised residency does not benefit our community and perhaps brings less qualified providers to the profession.  However,  the statute still requires some supervised post graduate counseling work.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7608/Text

 Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 190: This  is  groundbreaking in that it authorizes pharmacists to dispense hormonal birth control to women without a doctor’s visit.  This is referred to as a “self-administered hormonal contraceptive” and it still requires approval of the food and drug administration of any medications dispensed.  The law does require women to fill out a risk assessment questionnaire and be given information about the medication.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7622/Text

Effective January 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 196: This bill prohibits a healthcare provider from performing any type of pelvic exam on a patient who is unconscious without their prior consent. As is  obvious on its face, this bill is aimed at preventing some of the atrocious acts of molestation that have occurred by medical professionals and been brought to light over the past couple of years.  Although it is fair that most medical professionals are of the upmost integrity, this law protects patients from the medical professionals who engage in this illegal conduct.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7638/Overview

Effective July 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 251:  Senate Bill 251 requires a primary care doctor to make an assessment of whether a female patient should be screened for the BRCA gene mutation that causes breast cancer.  The law requires that state Medicaid will pay for the genetic counseling and testing of this harmful gene mutation.  Although this is an admirable effort to help early diagnosis of breast cancer, the practical implication of placing this burden on primary care physicians is problematic.  Is it now the law that every female is now required to fill out special paperwork for each visit to a primary care doctor to make this assessment and be sent for testing? This remains to be determined.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7773/Overview

Effective January 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 305: Senate Bill 305 prohibits providers from using discriminatory practices when making decisions regarding organ transplants based on a person’s disability. Although this sounds on its face to be an effort at fairness, it seems that providers should be able to determine who, in fact, would be the worthiest recipient of an organ transplant and consider all relevant factors.  If I were donating my organs, I would want them to go to the person most likely to prosper and contribute to our society as a result of the donation. That does not mean that persons of disabilities are not worthy and deserving but this decision should be left to the people involved in making the decisions

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7920/Text

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 364: Senate Bill 364 requires hospitals and emergency rooms to inform victims of sexual assault that they have the right to receive emergency contraception and provide such contraception to them at their request. Unlike other states like South Dakota and Texas, I am proud to live in Nevada where our legislature is preserving and protecting the rights of women.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8034/Overview

Effective October 1, 2021.

Senate Bill 396: Senate Bill 396 allows public agencies to contract with private entities or out of state entities to buy prescription drugs, pharmaceutical services, or medical supplies. This law was  likely prompted by the pandemic and the severe shortage of medical supplies that arose to give our state more options in obtaining supplies.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8007/Text

Effective immediately.

Senate Bill 420:  Senate Bill 420 creates a publicly managed, lower tier, private health insurance program. Unfortunately, this bill does not go into effect until January 2026 which is unusual for a law to be passed and not go into effect for five years.  However, this law could greatly help self-employed entrepreneurs in our state. This law will create a health insurance system that will leverage the purchasing power of the state to create lower premiums and provide affordable healthcare for the residents of the state of Nevada who are small businesses or employed by small businesses.  The option allows small businesses to start health plans that are defined in 402 US C 18021.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/8151/Text

effective January 1, 2026. 

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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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

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New Nevada Healthcare Laws 2021

Our lawmakers in Carson City passed bills governing all areas of the law in their 2021 session, even during the pandemic they were hard at work. Many of these laws focused on healthcare. In fact, there were so many healthcare bills passed that this topic will be two blogs, and this is part one of two. Our legislature was busy addressing many inequities based upon race, immigration status and socio-economic position. They updated our Medicaid laws to provide expanded coverages to address these disparities.   The Nevada legislature passed laws to require our Department of Health and Human Services to study maternal mortality rates in different demographic areas to determine the need for additional services.  This study will allow our lawmakers to  determine whether to laws passed expanding coverage for maternity regardless of residency and expanding coverage to allow for Doula services will cut down the maternal mortality rates impacting those communities. 

They also addressed issues of drug overdose and passed into law a bill allowing school district personnel to administer life-saving opioid overdose drugs to students. It is shocking and sad that this bill is necessary. However, the fact that it is necessary, and our legislature was brave enough to step up and address the issue head on will hopefully save lives of students.  This law is indicative of the progressive nature of our state. The legislature also addressed pandemic issues in allowing employees to take their sick leave to take care of family members. The following is part one of a summary of the healthcare bills that were passed by our Nevada legislature during the 2021 session.

Health and Health Care (Part 1 of 2)

Assembly Bill 59: Assembly bill 59 seemed to sneak in under the radar. I was quite surprised that there was not a lot of press or social media regarding the passage of this bill. This bill is our legislatures attempt to curb this shocking and distressing trend towards kids smoking and vaping. It is sad to see kids starting these activities at such a young age that are so bad for their long-term health. It is my hope that this bill possibly curbs this trend toward of kids under 21 using nicotine and tobacco products.  This new law raises legal age to use or buy tobacco or nicotine products to 21, from 18.  Various effective dates through July 1, 2021. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7312/Text 

Assembly Bill 119:  Existing law establishes a Maternal Mortality and Review Committee, and that committee has traditionally been required to perform studies and make recommendations to reduce maternal mortality. This bill increases the duties of the committee to identify and review disparities in the incidence of maternal mortality in the state including disparity by race and economic position. Basically, the legislature has asked the committee to review and include in their report whether there is race and economic issues that contribute to maternal mortality so that the state can address and hopefully remedy those disparities.  This law revises the duties of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee to look at factors of race, ethnicity, age, and geographic region in mortality which were not previously considered. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7440/Text  

Effective May 25, 2021.

Assembly Bill 177: Senate Bill 177 is another attempt to make our state inclusive of all races. This bill requires pharmacies to print prescription labels in different languages if requested by the patient. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7541/Text

Effective July 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 187: This law Designates September as “Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Prevention and Awareness Month.” Assembly bill 187 specifically designates the month of September each year as the ovarian and prostate cancer prevention and awareness month in the state of Nevada. This law is put into place to bring attention to the factual information regarding the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian and prostate cancer.   Hopefully , this recognition of these terrible cancers will make our citizens more aware of the early signs of these conditions to prevent death and encourage proactive health screenings.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7618/Text

 Effective May 27, 2021.

Assembly Bill 189: Expands Medicaid coverage for pregnant women. Existing law requires the department of health and human services for State of Nevada to determine coverages under Medicaid for pregnancy. This bill requires the department to expand coverage under the state plan for Medicaid for pregnant women to provide Medicaid for pregnancy without submitting an application for enrollment and Medicaid which includes additional proof of eligibility. The bill also prohibits the imposition of the requirement that a pregnant woman who resides in the state and who is otherwise eligible for Medicaid must reside in the United States for a prescribed period of time before enrolling in Medicaid. This bill is to protect the health and safety of babies born in the state of Nevada by providing proper medical care for their mothers regardless of their residency status.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7577/Text

Effective July 1, 2022.

Assembly Bill 190: Assembly bill 189 is another Covid-based law that requires private employers to allow employees to use sick-leave to take care of a family member. This new law allows certain employees to use sick leave for any purpose, including to take care of an immediate family member with illness and/or medical needs. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7578/Text 

Effective October 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 191: Senate Bill 191 basically updates the Medicaid laws to recognize the treatment by physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. Many of the existing laws refer to doctors; however, as we all know, we are seeing these medical providers much more frequently than medical doctors. This law allows coverage for physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners and other community health workers to be covered services under Medicaid.  This law adds Medicaid coverage for services of different community health workers besides medical doctors. https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7582/Text 

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 192: This new law changes procedures and requirements for testing pregnant women for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases.  The new law requires that physicians treating pregnant woman test for additional sexually transmitted diseases unless the pregnant women opt  out of such tests.  This law also  removes the penalty for a woman who refuses treatment. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7583/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 205:  Bill 205 authorizes a school nurse or other designated school employee or administrator to administer medication to reverse an opioid drug overdose. Is a sad state of our country and schools that this is a necessary law. However, if any child can be saved by quick action by school personnel it is a much-needed law 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7583/Text

Various effective dates through July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 216: This bill adds Medicaid coverage for cognitive assessment and care planning for patients showing signs of impairment including memory loss.  This bill provides that the director of Medicaid shall require that the state pay the non-federal share of expenditures incurred for patients receiving cognitive assessments and care planning services due to symptoms or signs of cognitive impairment including short term memory loss, orientation as to time in place, deductive or abstract reasoning or other cognitive impairments.

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7583/Text

Effective July 1, 2021.

Assembly Bill 256:  This bill requires state Medicaid to pay for Doula services for pregnant women. The law further requires that applicants seeking payment for Doula services must provide prove that they possess the require training and qualifications to perform such services that are prescribed by the department of health and human services.  This law is another expansion of  Medicaid coverage for services. 

https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/81st2021/Bill/7720/Text

Effective January 1, 2022.

At TheOneLawyer.com, we are here to serve our community and provide legal services in the Henderson and Las Vegas area. We are a boutique law firm providing experienced and personal representation to injured clients.  At the Law Offices of Laura Payne-Hunt, TheOneLawyer.com we provide professional and personal service to each and every one of our clients on various legal matters and have over 15 years of experience in reviewing insurance policies and in Nevada insurance law.   If you have a question regarding any type of personal injury or paying your medical bills from an accident, please don’t hesitate to call the offices of TheOneLawyer.com and speak directly to attorney Laura Marie 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 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 have reviewed thousands of auto accident claims and policy provisions.   

At the Henderson and Las Vegas Accident injury law offices of TheOneLaweyer.com, Laura Marie Payne-Hunt and her staff 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 offices.  TheOneLawyer.com is a boutique, family-owned law firm that specializes in helping injured people and the community of Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada with legal issues involving auto accidents, wrongful deaths, slip and falls, truck accidents, injuries to children, bicycle accidents, dog bites, product liability claims, 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.