Strategies, Challenges, and Answers

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

As 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), … [Read more...]

Even Though An Employee Is A Supervisor, If Not A “Managing Agent”, Employer Not Liable For Punitive Damages For Employee’s Acts

A night of fun at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino turned into a nightmare for Dedric Holman and Christina Edwards. The two were enjoying some gambling in the pre-dawn hours of February 19, 1994. Dedric was sitting at a blackjack table when Christina wandered off to try her luck elsewhere.Christina happened to look much younger than her age, a fact that prompted a casino employee to ask for her identification. Perhaps feeling a bit flustered, Christina explained that she had forgotten it at … [Read more...]

Adjusting Claims Involving Intoxicated Insureds Can Be Complicated

In Nevada, there’s alcohol everywhere.  Or at least that is what many visitors believe as they find themselves partaking in “just one more” at every stop of their visit.  Even some locals live up to the outsider’s stereotypical view of a Las Vegas resident by overdoing it a bit too often.However, like every other state, Nevada has strict laws against driving while intoxicated.  Seasoned adjusters know the many complications that can arise when dealing with a claim involving an intoxicated … [Read more...]