Air Accidents in Las Vegas News

July 23rd, 2014 No comments
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Air accidents are in Las Vegas news again, though not involving anything in our area so far. Of course deaths related to air travel have been all over the news everywhere already with this horrible plane tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that appears to have been shot down by militant separatists. That occurrence, while terrible and tragic for the loss of life and the implications for international diplomacy, is a little different than the typical airplane accidents and deaths that happen in Southern Nevada, and across the globe. Though no less awful for anyone affected by them, crashes like the recent crash in Taiwan are somewhat less massive in their news and international relations effects. If you or a loved one is involved in a plane crash in Clark County, or any type of air accident (helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicle, etc.,) Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. We have expertise in this complicated area of law, and know how to get the best outcome for you and your family, Contact us today for a free consultation.

This plane crash in Taiwan is still very much under investigation. Almost everyone on board was killed – 47 people out of the 58 total on board, including crew and pilots. The crash took place on a small island in the middle of a storm that had kept some other airplanes out of the sky, clearly for good reason. The accident took place on Wednesday night, and caused quite a bit of damage on the ground as well as it struck or affected cars and houses in the area where it hit. It’s possible that it might have caused one fatality on the ground, as well – one person is still missing who could possibly have been in one of the damaged houses.

This is said to have been the first air accident in 12 years in Taiwan that killed anyone. Unfortunately, Las Vegas and Southern Nevada cannot say the same thing. We’ve had a number of fatal crashes, and if past is prologue, are likely to have more given the amount of commercial and leisure flights in the area. Benson & Bingham know how to help if you are injured or a family member killed in an air accident in Southern Nevada. This is a complicated area of law, and you need a lawyer who knows it and is up to the task. Contact Benson & Bingham for a free consultation today to discuss your legal rights.

Car Crash Leaves Las Vegas Construction Worker Dead

July 21st, 2014 No comments
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“I messed up, I messed up bad” were reportedly the first words of a man accused of a felony DUI in the car accident death in Las Vegas of a construction worker. The man arrested for the accident, Rafael Mendez-Soto, was found cowering in a dumpster not far from the scene of the accident having initially left the accident site on foot. The construction worker he hit, Robert Lee Lujan according to the coroner’s office, died at the site of the accident. The 57 year old was working in a bus lane at the time of the accident at the time of the accident, cutting asphalt for this work on Sahara Avenue. The 45 year Soto self reported that he had downed close to 10 beers in the last 7 or so hours and momentarily closed his eyes with drowsiness on the drive home. He fully regained his senses after swerving to the right and then seeing  Lujan laid out in the street behind him. He rushed away in a panic, but seems to be now taking responsibility.  The accident happened yesterday around 9:30 in the morning near where Sahara crosses Valley View.

If a loved one or family member has been killed in an auto accident in Las Vegas that was the fault of another person or party, you need help. You’re facing an awful, indescribable situation in the loss of your loved one, the last thing you need to worry about it are the legal details of both settling their affairs and getting coverage and compensation for medical bills, costs, lost time at work and lost time at life. Benson & Bingham help families like yours get through this terrible time just a little easier by giving you that top notch, unobtrusive yet present and available service you need. We take pride in having made many families’ lives just a little easier through their tragedies.  Benson & Bingham strive to make our clients lives easier in every way possible, and are proud of the number of satisfied clients we’ve had recommend us to friends in need. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Las Vegas Pedestrians Injured in Accident

July 20th, 2014 No comments
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Though there has been encouraging news on the statistics front, it is still important to remember that Las Vegas is a very dangerous place for pedestrian accidents and injuries. There has been encouraging news so far this year on the decline in Las Vegas pedestrian injury accidents and deaths, and the decline in most traffic related injuries and fatalities. Across many different types of accidents, we’re doing better. That is not to say that we’re doing great, however. Our top Las Vegas lawyers here at Benson & Bingham see the after effects of pedestrian accidents and all types of Southern Nevada accidents every day. We pride ourselves on helping people who have been injured or had loved ones killed. We pride ourselves on getting them the best compensation possible, and on our customer service-focused client relations – our Happiness Guarantee isn’t some fancy marketing ploy, it’s how we run our law firm every day.

That said, we’d rather there were no injuries or accidents at all. We see the damage, the cost, the physical and emotional pain every day. We do everything we can to take some of that away, and to make our clients lives easier. But we’d be happy if no one ever needed to use our firm, and we had to look for a new line of work. But accidents continue to happen, and often the carelessness of others is at fault. If that’s the case with your accident, call Benson & Bingham for a free consultation to discuss your accident, your situation, and learn your legal rights free of obligation. We’ll talk you through what your options are, and if you have a claim to pursue Benson & Bingham will make sure you’re represented by a top Las Vegas lawyer who will give 100% to you and your case.

The recent pedestrian accident in Clark County we mentioned at the top happened late Saturday night (last night). A man and a woman, ages 46 and 48 respectively, were heading across Sahara Avenue when they were hit. The two people, identified as Steven Marks and Elizabeth Evan, were reported to have been at a marked and designated pedestrian crossing. The vehicle that allegedly struck them, a 1996 model Ford Taurus, was heading east at the time of the accident. Both pedestrians were transported to the hospital, University Medical Center, for treatment. The woman’s injuries were said to be somewhat less severe than the man’s, which were said to be approaching critical.

Tips on Pedestrian Safety from the DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

1 Dead in Las Vegas Motorcycle, Truck Accident

July 13th, 2014 No comments
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A fatal motorcycle accident in Clark County yesterday is currently being investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police force. Little is known about the underlying cause of the accident at this point – the police think they know how it happened, but not the why – was one party not paying attention, someone involved in the crash otherwise deserving of a speeding ticket in Las Vegas? These details are yet to be established. What is known, or at least preliminarily thought to be what happened, occurred just after three in the afternoon yesterday (Sunday). The man on the motorcycle, a 2004 Suzuki, was riding north on Rampart. A pickup truck heading in the opposite direction made a left hand turn on Point Conception, putting the truck, a Nissan Frontier, across the biker’s path of travel. The rider, said to be a Las Vegas man 21 years of age, was unable to stop in time and struck the truck, a 2000 model, on the passenger side. The driver of the Nissan, said to be 44 years old, was uninjured and remained at the site of the accident. The motorcyclist died right there. He is the 42nd person to die on Las Vegas roadways so far this year. That number is lower than previous years, but still gruesome.

If a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, or killed in any kind of accident in Southern Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. We can’t bring your friend or family member back, but we can make dealing with the pain of their wrongful death in Southern Nevada a little easier, particularly if another person was negligent and responsible all or in part for their death. We’ll take the terrible details of settling your loved one’s affairs off your hands, and deal with the hospital bills, insurance companies, and all the other arrangements on your behalf. We pride ourselves in making terrible situations just a little easier for you and your family.

How do you know if another party was negligent and responsible? The short answer is that you don’t, at least not before you talk with a lawyer. That’s why Benson & Bingham offer free initial consultations, so that you can learn your rights without worrying about the cost if you do not have a viable claim. Come experience the difference that top Las Vegas lawyers Benson & Bingham can make.

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Another Car Accident Injury in Las Vegas, Seatbelt Could Have Helped

July 12th, 2014 No comments
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We wrote recently about the need for people to wear seatbelts, and tragically and ironically just a few days later we read a story about a motor vehicle crash injury in Las Vegas in which three people were injured, but the one who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt was the most badly hurt. The man not wearing his belt was in the back of the vehicle, and the crash flung him into the seat in front of him, the driver’s seat, with so much force that it pushed that seat up to the wheel. Instead of what would likely have been a much less severe injury, the man was taken to Sunrise Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. This accident occurred near the intersection of Russell Road and Sandhill Road. If you’re injured in a car crash in Las Vegas and need an experienced attorney to handle your personal injury case, Benson & Bingham are the top Las Vegas accident attorneys you should speak to – contact us today for a free consultation.

The story of this accident, which we read in the Las Vegas Sun, goes on to talk about broader traffic issues in the Las Vegas valley. A curious trend is occurring where the numbers are better this year for almost all accident types, including fatalities, at the same time as traffic citations are also lower, DUI arrests are lower, and fatal accidents are lower as well. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Force has been forced to change enforcement focuses due to budget cuts – less patrol cars, specifically, is one of the changes. Officers, units and committees are focusing on traffic safety public awareness campaigns, stopping the worst offenders, patrolling neighborhoods on foot, so called “community policing” to prevent violent crime, and working with city planners to engineer safer streets.

If none of that has worked, in that you’ve been involved in a car crash in Southern Nevada that injured you, another person, or killed a loved one, our top Clark County injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham can help. We specialize not only in getting you the best compensation possible for your injury ($62 million settled for our clients in the last four years alone), but we also focus on client services. Our attorneys at Benson & Bingham give you their direct line so you never have to wait on hold with a secretary, and we make sure that you leave satisfied – that’s our Happiness Guarantee. Contact us today for a free consultation to experience the difference a good attorney can make.

Change Could Affect Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Negligence in Las Vegas

July 10th, 2014 No comments
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Medical malpractice in Las Vegas can be a difficult thing to prove if you don’t know what you’re doing. Many times, Benson & Bingham will have people come through the door that aren’t sure if they’ve been a victim of medical malpractice or nursing home negligence in Clark County, but they just felt something was wrong with what happened to them or their loved one. This is exactly why Benson & Bingham offer free consultations, so that people can come speak with us worry free about their case, learn their legal rights and options, and move forward from a place of understanding and knowledge as opposed to uncertainty. Many times, these uncertain clients have clearly been injured by the negligence or malpractice of a third party, and our top lawyers help them get the compensation they need and deserve to move on with their lives.

A recent piece of national news made us think of this especially. One of the most notorious killers in our country, often called the “silent killer,” is hypertension. This is what laymen call high blood pressure. It’s something that an affect older Americans especially, which is what this recent news is regarding. In a nutshell, a national panel has released recommendations to ease back on when medication for hypertension should definitely be administered. Part of the reason for this is the complicating factors of the medicine and age. Some side effects of the most prevalent drugs to treat hypertension can lead to a higher likelihood of dizziness and falls, particularly when paired with other medications. This puts older patients at particular risk, especially since broken bones become more and more of a major issue as you get up in the years. They can be precipitating factors in the development off all kinds of terrible and many times fatal secondary injuries or infections.

Have you or a loved one had medication prescribed that may have been a factor in your health deteriorating, and not improving? Do you suspect that a hospital or doctor has overlooked something and contributed to your pain and suffering? Do you think a Las Vegas nursing home was negligent and that led to pain, injury, or death of you or a loved one? Then you should call Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation to go over your situation, and learn your legal rights.