Strategies, Challenges, and Answers

Leaving The Scene Of The Accident Is Not By Itself A Basis For Punitive Damages

Hernandez v. VanVeenAs Defendant Driver VanVeen was exiting the I-15 at Charleston, he failed to slow his tractor trailer sufficiently.  His truck hit the back of the Plaintiffs’ car.  The truck scraped the side of the car and kept ongoing.   The car followed the truck.  As the truck tried to merge to the left lane it hit the car again because the car was in the truck’s blind spot.  The truck then stopped.

In Hernandez v. VanVeen, No. 2:14-CV-1493 JCM (CWH), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161886 (D. Nev. Sep. 29, 2017), the Plaintiffs filed suit and prayed for punitive damages against the truck driver for leaving the scene of the accident.

At the conclusion of discovery, the Defendant filed a Motion for Summary Judgment regarding the claim for punitive damages. [Continue reading]

In Deciding Whether To Settle A Claim, The Insurance Company Must Give As Much Consideration To The Interests Of Its Insured As It Gives To Its Own Interests

Landow v. Med. Ins. Exch

The former patient of a Las Vegas doctor sued him.  In their suit, the patient and his wife claimed that the doctor had misdiagnosed a cancerous tumor.When it came time to talk settlement, the Plaintiffs demanded a settlement in excess of the … [Continue reading]

The Nevada Supreme Court Sees Its 80,000th Case!

The Nevada Supreme Court has announced that it has accepted its 80,000th case.  The case is Patel v. Patel, a civil appeal from the Eighth Judicial District Family Court.Nevada was granted statehood on October 31, 1864.  The Civil War was … [Continue reading]

Nevada Hospital Liens Do Not Apply To UM Recoveries

washoe medical center

Kathryn Boyer was hurt in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured driver.  Following the accident, she received treatment at Washoe Medical Center.Kathryn had planned ahead and purchased uninsured motorist coverage with Reliance Insurance … [Continue reading]

Nevada’s Pro Hac Vice Rules Are Stricter Than Most

Do you have a civil matter that needs to be litigated in Nevada but you do not have the time or patience to study for and sit through a three day bar exam?  Mike Mills of Bauman, Loewe, Witt & Maxwell provides the solution! Nevada does not admit … [Continue reading]