Las Vegas Pedestrian Accident, 2 Injured

April 22nd, 2014 No comments
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Though the driver who is alleged to have caused a bad pedestrian accident in Las Vegas did do the right thing and return to the scene, she is initially reported to have fled after the car she is said to have been driving ran up on the sidewalk and sent two men to the hospital. However, at least she returned. Many times that doesn’t happen in accidents like this one, said to be a case of DUI in Las Vegas, and that makes it worse for everyone. It’s worse on the driver when they are finally caught (which they often are), and it certainly makes it harder on the injured parties or the families of people killed. The driver staying or returning to the scene at least gives a small measure of closure to the injured parties, and also can make it easier on them financially as the insurance company of the person at fault is easier to get to pick up the costs associated with any type of pedestrian injury accident in Southern Nevada.

If you’ve been hurt, or a family member has been killed, in any type of accident like this, bottom line is you need a good lawyer. Benson & Bingham’s top Nevada attorneys specialize in this type of law, and know whether or not you have a case, and what your options are. Come visit us today for a free consultation to determine your legal rights. We have helped people injured in a pedestrian accident in Clark County many times, and can help you, too.

The accident in question took place on Decatur Boulevard, near West Lake Mead Drive (a little to the south of Concord Village Drive, to be exact). This was two days ago on April 20th, very early in the morning, around 1:30am. The woman was said to be driving a Toyota Sequoia, and was charged with driving under the influence following the accident. The vehicle struck two men, a 26 year old and a 17 year old who were both on foot. Both were taken to University Medical Center. The 26 year old was listed in serious condition, the 17 year old is said to have sustained only minor injuries. The driver, though she did return to the scene, was charged with hit and run for having left in the first place.

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Major Award for Las Vegas Casino Show Injury

April 21st, 2014 No comments
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Given recent news, it’s worth noting again that patrons and customers aren’t the only ones who get injured in Las Vegas casino performances or shows at Strip properties. We’ve written a few times about this, most recently and perhaps sensationally regarding the death of a performer in a Cirque du Soleil show. The recent reminder that we received is the massive award a jury gave just this month to noted comedian George Wallace. This case stemmed from a 2007 injury Wallace received during one of his acts at perhaps the most prominent Las Vegas Strip hotel and casino, the Bellagio. The jury in this civil trial for personal injury and negligence decided that the injuries were worth a payment and award of just over one million dollars.

The amount of the award was substantially lower than what Wallace’s attorneys were asking for, but nonetheless was satisfactory to Wallace, at least in statements he made following the verdict. The jury came to the decision based on $1.2 million in income that Wallace lost as a result of his injury during the Las Vegas casino show, and another one hundred thousand dollars for pain and suffering. The injury came as Wallace was performing a private show for a company, HSBC Card Services Inc., and he became entangled in wires on the stage. The injury to Wallace’s Achilles tendon has had a significant impact on his life and career, at least according to him, his lawyers, and now, the jury. Furthermore, they clearly found negligence on the part of the casino for causing the injury. Wallace also reached a settlement, that will remain confidential, with HSBC. Wallace’s attorneys had named HSBC as another defendant in the case, the settlement was reached just barely before the jury sat.

If you’ve been injured in a Las Vegas casino show performance or on a hotel or casino property for any reason, you deserve a fair settlement for your injuries if they were not your fault. You don’t have to be a famous comedian to get the best legal representation, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law take on all types of cases, and will happily sit with you for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Our top casino personal injury lawyers at Benson & Bingham aren’t afraid of the big properties and their lawyers, we’ve taken most of them on before, and gotten coverage and compensation for our clients. We can help you, too – contact us today for your free consultation.

Two Las Vegas Car Crashes Back to Back

April 20th, 2014 No comments
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If you were out and about yesterday (Saturday) morning, we hope you were anywhere near the intersection of Craig Road and Rainbow Boulevard. At a very basic level, there were two car crashes at this Las Vegas intersection, and we hope you weren’t injured in one of them. Secondly, if you were just in the area more generally, traffic would have been a nightmare. A little before eight o’clock in the morning the first crash, a Nevada motor vehicle injury accident, took place a little to the west of Rainbow Boulevard on Craig road. Two vehicles were involved in this accident, and allegedly only sustained minor injuries to those involved.

If you’re injured in an auto accident in Clark County and need legal representation, call Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law first. Our top Las Vegas accident lawyers offer free initial consultations so you can learn your legal rights without obligation. If you have a case and a claim to pursue, Benson & Bingham are the top Las Vegas injury attorneys who can get you the compensation you deserve.

The next accident that occurred was right at this same spot, Craig Road near Rainbow Boulevard. Officers from the Las Vegas Police Department had shut down several lanes of traffic to investigate the first accident. For a yet unknown reason, a woman was driving the other direction and crossed over the median. She came very close to striking an officer who was standing on the roadway, and smashed into a police car that was right there. No one, fortunately, was hurt in this second accident, or at least no injuries were initially reported. The road was re-opened about an hour and half after the first of these accidents, or roughly 9:30 in the morning.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Las Vegas and need an experienced, proven attorney, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. We’ve recovered almost $50 million dollars for clients just like you in the past three years, and we can help you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation, and you’ll see why we have so much referral business: our top goal is making sure you feel heard, and taken care of.

Damages from Las Vegas House Fire

April 17th, 2014 No comments
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Thankfully, everyone is fine. That includes the family cat. This is following a recent house fire in Las Vegas. While none of the occupants of the home appear to be injured, the same cannot be said for the structure itself. Early estimates peg the monetary value of the damage at around $40 thousand, nothing to sneeze at. If you’ve ever been through something like that, you know how devastating it can be when all or part of a home or dwelling burns. It’s not just things that burn, it’s memories and important documents. It’s piece of mind, and a place to sleep. Though the community is often very good about responding in cases of fires, like in this instance with the American Red Cross stepping in to help the family with shelter, it can still be devastating. And that’s before you have to try to get insurance coverage for the damage, and replace and repair what’s been lost. If you find yourself in this terrible situation, even if there were no injuries or god forbid deaths, you need a lawyer who can help you make sure the insurance company covers their end of the bargain. Benson & Bingham’s experienced attorneys can help, contact us today for a free consultation.

One of the major sticking points in house fire claims is where the fire started, and how, to determine what coverage will be. Only a skilled lawyer can make sure the insurance company doesn’t weasel their way out of covering you. There’s plenty of tricks they will try: your home owners’ insurance may say it’s the fault of work done by someone else, and that their insurance should pay. That company’s insurance will turn the finger in another direction, and try to muddle and confuse the issue. You don’t want to have to deal with this yourself. If you’ve suffered damages or injury in a Las Vegas fire, contact Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation to determine your legal rights. We know how to deal with cases like this, and can get you the compensation and coverage you deserve and need to get your life back in order.

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Salmonella, Food Poisoning in Las Vegas in News Again

April 15th, 2014 No comments
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It seems like yesterday, but really it was just about a year ago we were writing about a terrible Las Vegas food poisoning outbreak at Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar that made many, many people very, very sick. As you may recall, it eventually came to light that some chorizo was to blame, but of course that was discovered after it had made a lot of people very severely sick. The chorizo was contaminated with Salmonella, and was linked to at least 300 cases of food sickness. If you’re sickened by tainted food in Henderson or anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. Unfortunately, we see food poisoning cases a lot in the Las Vegas area. Restaurants have lots of staff turnover generally, and Southern Nevada, as a high turnover area in general, sees more than its fair share. This can lead to new and inexperienced people handling food, and handling it unsafely.

The recent Nevada news on this case is that the owners have decided to close the Henderson Firefly location. This is not the restaurant where the massive outbreak occurred – that was the Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road – but this Henderson branch had been in the news recently for a number of health code violations. The other locations had had their fair share of health code violations, as well. But for whatever reason, the owners decided to shutter this Henderson location to focus on their other stores, as opposed to shutting down the location where all those people were sickened by Salmonella in Las Vegas last year, and where the health department also found 44 places where they issued demerits for unsafe or unclean practices, and briefly shut that location down.

Benson & Bingham’s top Las Vegas attorneys have seen plenty of food poisoning cases before, and can help you if you’re sickened. We understand this area of law well, and know how to get you the compensation you need to cover medical bills and time lost from work and from life. Many times food poisoning can be a relatively minor annoyance that knocks you out for a day or two, which is still potentially deserving of legal action to cover your costs. In other situations, though, it can be a serious or even life threatening problem, necessitating more extensive care and recovery. Our attorneys will know if you have a case, and help you get the coverage you deserve if you do. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Car Accidents In Las Vegas Worse for Seniors, Poor

April 14th, 2014 No comments
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A new article is out with a new take on the controversial Las Vegas Metro Police enforcement strategy of not sending uniformed officers to the sites of most non injury accidents in Las Vegas. This piece by Erin Ryan, published in the Las Vegas Weekly, brings up a very interesting point that many other articles and critiques of the policy do not, and not one that we’ve written about before. It’s a fairly simple and straightforward take, one that makes logical sense when you hear it: this new policy will hurt seniors, and the poor, more than anybody else. Before we delve into the why and how, first we’ll give a little background to people who haven’t been following the story. Skip the next paragraph if you’re well versed on this new policy on vehicle crashes in Las Vegas.

To deploy resources in what they see as a better way, Metro instituted this policy of not investigating or even sending officers to document non injury crashes. They put out guidance that people should document it themselves, and take pictures themselves and get witness statements. This is a massive headache for insurance companies and the individuals, as it more readily becomes a game of he said she said on the liability for the accident. A big problem, which we’ve written about extensively, is that some of the most painful and difficult car accident injuries in Southern Nevada, back and neck pain and whiplash injuries, can take a while to manifest. With no official police report, insurance companies can try and possibly succeed in not paying their fair share.

How does this disadvantage the elderly and lower income? Because they are the least likely demographics to own cell phones that can take pictures of any value. That makes things even more of a he said she said, and can create big headaches for them.

No matter what, if you’re in an accident, call a top Las Vegas injury lawyer like Benson & Bingham today. We offer free consultations so you can learn your legal rights, and we’ll represent you if you have a case, and get you the compensation you deserve. Benson & Bingham know these new laws, and know how to help you.