Cogburn Law Offices Handle the following Practice Areas
Personal injuries cause damage beyond the scope of the physical injury itself. They have a significant impact on an individual's physical, mental, emotional, and financial status. Each year, roughly 24 million Americans experience a personal injury that affects their lives and income. A Las Vegas personal injury attorney can help injured clients and their families navigate the claims process and reach a settlement that can help them get back on their feet.
Common causes of personal injury in Las Vegas include slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, bicycle accidents, and the use of defective products. A Las Vegas personal injury attorney can review your case and accept it on a contingency fee basis which means that you won't pay unless you win your case.
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of personal injury claims in Las Vegas. Each year, nearly 200 people lose their lives, and many thousands more are injured on the roads of Clark County. Many of these accidents are caused by drivers who are drunk, drowsy, or not paying attention to the road.
Car accidents may involve other passenger vehicles, motorcycles, semi-trucks, buses, pedestrians, bicycles, or fixed structures. They can be devastating when they occur and cause severe physical and financial hardship for victims and their families. A Las Vegas motor vehicle accident lawyer can help pursue compensation for the damages caused by the negligence of other motorists, even if the motorist is uninsured or underinsured.
There are thousands of car crashes in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada every month. Many are caused by drunk or distracted driving, others are caused by reckless drivers, texting while driving, excessive speeding and even defective auto parts. In many crashes there are multiple parties at fault. Insurance companies often do not treat injured victims fairly, requiring an attorney to intervene.
Semi-truck accidents in Nevada, even those some consider, "minor," may be life-threatening or disabling to those in a passenger vehicle or on a motorcycle. There are many reasons a truck accident may occur, like driver fatigue, and many possible defendants, some of whom may not be readily obvious.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2015. Nevada streets and highways are no exception. Cars and trucks often do not pay enough attention to the bikers who share the roads with them.
Thousands of tourists come to Las Vegas on Greyhound or GotoBus buses, many others tour the city on transport or double-decker buses. Bus accidents happen with regularity in Nevada. When they do, injured passengers are often faced with hospital and other medical bills. Pursuing a claim for damages against the bus company or other negligent drivers can be tricky, especially for an out-of-town plaintiff.
Throughout Las Vegas there are miles of beautiful bike trails, including Amargosa, Anthem East and Boulder Highway Trails. Bikers can also be found throughout the city streets, commuting to work or simply enjoying a ride. Unfortunately, however, when motor vehicles fail to obey the law or pay attention, bicyclists often pay the price. Injuries to a cyclist caused by a car or truck are often severe, requiring long hospital stays and medical attention.
With thousands of tourists walking down the Las Vegas strip, pedestrian accidents have become commonplace. Negligent motorists who don't give pedestrians the right of way, who don't follow the rules of the road, who drive at excessive speeds, or who are distracted cause serious injuries and death to hundreds of pedestrians in Nevada every year.
Water sports like boating, kayaking and tubing bring thousands of Nevada residents fun on Lake Mead, Lake Tahoe, Lake Topaz, and the Colorado River every year. However, when boaters aren't careful, the dangers can be catastrophic. Negligent operation of a boat or operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol kills thousands every year.
Some dogs just shouldn’t be kept as pets. Yet, many Nevada residences and businesses are home to dangerous dog breeds. When dogs such as Pit bulls, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, or Chows attack, they can cause serious lacerations, broken bones, puncture wounds, infections, or loss of limbs. While Nevada does not have a specific dog bite statute, victims of dog bites can still file claims against dog owners via the state’s premises liability laws.
Business owners, landlords and other property owners have a responsibility to keep their property safe from dangerous conditions. Whether a slip, trip and fall happens in a retail shop, restaurant, school, parking garage or shopping mall, the owner may be liable for any personal injuries suffered by the victim.
Property owners are required to keep their property in good repair and provide reasonable security to those who enter. Offices, schools, storefronts, restaurants, casinos, and public facilities are required to maintain adequate security to prevent violent assaults or damage to personal property. When property owners or managers fail in this duty, they can be held liable in civil court for the damage their negligence has caused.
Elder abuse takes many forms and can include both physical and emotional abuse, threats of violence, neglect, or theft of financial resources. Women, patients with dementia, or those with considerable medical ailments causing physical disability are at greatest risk for experiencing nursing home abuse.
It is estimated that up to half of all patients within nursing home facilities will experience some form of nursing home abuse during their residency. A Las Vegas attorney can help family members investigate and seek civil damages against nursing homes, physicians, family members, or others responsible for abusing an elderly loved one.
Hundreds of thousands of people each year die as the result of medical malpractice. Failure to follow universal precautions, inattention to detail, and professional incompetence are the most common causes of medical malpractice cases. Patients who have been injured by a negligent physician, therapist, nurse, or other healthcare worker can seek damages for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of quality of life, and diminished earning capacity. In cases where a wrongful death has occurred, surviving family members may also have the ability to pursue claims for loss of companionship and the long-term financial impact the loss will have on the family.
Wrongful death resulting from negligent conduct is a cause of action brought to recover damages against the person responsible. Wrongful death in Nevada may be brought whenever the victim does from a neglectful act. Examples include medical malpractice, car crashes, bus accidents, truck accidents and slip and fall.
Often confused with class actions, mass torts happen when lots of people are injured by a common cause. Examples include a pharmaceutical drug that causes birth defects, cancer caused by the pollutants of a factory exposure to talcum powder. Where many people are similarly injured the court may allow all the injured victims to bring forth a lawsuit against a common plaintiff.