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May 2011 Archives

Pool drowning case leads to criminal conviction, civil lawsuit

A pool company owner recently pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the 2007 drowning death of a six-year-old boy. The pool company had failed to install a required safety device in the pool that would have reduced the pool drain's suction if something foreign was caught in it. The boy's arm became caught in the drain and the suction was so powerful that the boy's father could not pull him off the drain before he drowned.

Las Vegas officer accused of causing reckless driving car crash

Car accidents are a common occurrence in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. Car accidents frequently result in personal injury issues that require car accident victims to seek compensation in court. There are many contributing factors to car accidents in the Las Vegas area, including driver distraction, reckless driving and intoxication. Any car accident can result in a lengthy civil litigation involving insurers and criminal litigation against the driver who caused the accident.

Google says robot cars will reduce car accidents in Nevada

Nevada may become the first place of business for Google's self-driving cars. A recent article by John Markoff in The New York Times discusses the Internet giant's new branch of business and how the company is currently lobbying state lawmakers to pass legislation that will make it possible for the robot cars to be tested and eventually used in Nevada. The company claims the cars will be safer than those driven by people and will lead to less car accidents and injuries on Nevada's roads.

Bob Dylan the most-cited musician in legal filings

Who do you think would be the most-quoted musician in court opinions? The Rolling Stones? The Beatles? Paul Simon? A recent fun and interesting article in the Los Angeles Times by Carol J. Williams reveals that lines from Bob Dylan songs are the most cited of all song lyrics in court opinions and legal briefs.

Study says doctors should wait before x-ray kids' injured heads

A new study published in Pediatrics says that it might be best for doctors to observe kids with head injuries before ordering an x-ray scan of their head. According to Reuters, the researchers analyzed data on 40,000 kids who went to 25 different emergency rooms with a head injury. The researchers reviewed records for which kids had x-rays or were observed before getting an x-ray versus how many kids actually had a serious head injury.

Nicollette Sheridan to get her day in court

A former actress on the hit TV show, "Desperate Housewives," whose character was killed in a car accident has been told by a judge that her wrongful termination lawsuit can proceed to trial. Nicollette Sheridan filed a lawsuit against ABC and the show's executive producer and creator, Marc Cherry, in April 2010. Sheridan claims that Cherry sexually harassed her and hit her during a fight. She also says that she was fired for unlawful reasons, including retaliation for complaining to her employers about how Cherry had treated her.

Business owners need to consider labor laws before hiring workers

If your new business is ready to start hiring employees, it may mean you're off to a good start and busy, which is a great thing. If this is the case, you are probably excited about hiring employees to take on some of the workload. Keep in mind, there is a lot to consider before you make that first hire. Most importantly, you need to make sure that you are following all federal labor laws and Nevada labor laws. In addition, it is best to put together and lay out all employee and workplace policies before hiring workers. Both of these steps will better protect your business.

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