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.

Actos Bad Drug Verdict Could Affect Nevada

April 9th, 2014 No comments
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Big national news that has a lot of bearing on cases we’re watching of product liability here in Las Vegas: a Louisiana jury awarded a whopping $9 billion verdict against the makers of diabetes medicine Actos. We’ve written several times about this case and the Nevada implications, where there are already several lawsuits against the Japanese parent pharmaceutical company Takeda and its American affiliate partner on the drug, Eli Lilly. The diabetes drug Actos, if you’ll recall from our previous coverage, had been found to have cancer causing side effects if taken for too long that went undisclosed. In the medical field, this is a hallmark of product liability cases in Southern Nevada, where dangers of a product are known but go undisclosed, and cause injury or even death.

If you’ve been injured by a medical drug in Las Vegas, Benson & Bingham can help. We understand these complicated cases and trials, and can assist you in getting the coverage and compensation you deserve. We offer free initial consultations because of the complexity of these cases. It’s hard to know up front if you have a claim to pursue, and need to talk through your legal options with professionals like our product liability attorneys at Benson & Bingham. That’s why we offer no obligation consultations – come visit us today.

The verdict of nine billion dollars is one of the top ten biggest ever in the country, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. However, it is not likely to stand at that number, according to many experts. Previous precedent from the United States Supreme Court places limits on these types of punitive damages awards. It will still not be a small verdict, as the limit the Supreme Court places is ten times the amount of direct compensation for an injured party’s claim, meaning that if the damage per medical bills and lost time and earnings from work and all the “normal” damages was one million dollars (not out of the realm of possibility), punitive damages could be awarded at 10 million dollars.

If you believe you’ve been injured by Actos or another bad drug in Southern Nevada, Benson & Bingham can help. Come visit us today for a free consultation. We understand and know how to prosecute these cases, and can let you know what your legal options are in a free initial consultation.

No Police Response to Las Vegas Vehicle Accidents a Problem

April 8th, 2014 No comments
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One month after the new Metro Police guidelines went into action limiting the number of car accidents in Las Vegas that police will respond to, it is no surprise that complaints and problems are cropping up left and right. On a certain level, the policy change has really done a good job of uniting disparate groups who are usually at odds: insurers and accident attorneys, for instance, and motorists of all types.

According to officials with the Metro Police Department, officers are not going out to take statements or write reports at 20 percent fewer car accidents in Southern Nevada, and possibly more. Of course that is offset by the percentage increase in time that insurance companies say that they are having to spend processing each claim, as it takes them longer to sort through the details, try to determine negligence and fault, and so forth. That extra cost is in all likelihood going to be passed on to customers.

With no police official to submit at least supposedly and normally un biased report, it’s left to consumers and multiple insurance companies, in many cases, to fight it out on their own. That can create a more confusing web of legal maneuvering, uncertainty, and often poor outcomes for people who may later develop symptoms of injuries from accidents that initially appeared to be non injury causing. Of course no one is saying the policy is better for them, for example, plaintiffs’ attorneys say that this benefits insurance companies because they can not pay on more claims, while insurance industry officials contend that this gives more leverage to lawyers who have the resources to take these cases and draw them out, meaning it’s more cost effective to settle when they really shouldn’t.

Whatever the case, if you need an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney in Las Vegas, contact Benson & Bingham today for a free consultation. Our top Las Vegas accident attorneys can help you get the settlement you deserve to cover your bills, and help you move on. Benson & Bingham know all the latest developments in accident law, and will use them to your best advantage.

Las Vegas Fatal Accidents Stat Sheet

April 2nd, 2014 No comments
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Ever wonder what the Las Vegas Metro Police Traffic Bureau deals with on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis? You’re not alone, which is part of why Metro puts out a report every so often so that we can see how many fatal car accidents in Las Vegas and southern Nevada there are, what percentage of calls they take on various issues, how often different types of things are responsible for fatalities on our roads, and so on. This Las Vegas accident and traffic stat sheet, also pictured below, is illuminating. Let’s start with some of the good news.

So far for the stats, that is, for the period from January 1st 2014 to March 11th 2014, things are generally looking better year over year. Total number of accidents and collisions is down almost 14 percent from the same period last year, and the number of these collisions that caused injury is down a little over 6 percent. The number of fatal accidents is also down by huge percentages. One hundred percent less bicyclist involved fatalities, almost forty percent less driver fatalities, and over fifty percent less pedestrian deaths, for a total overall decrease in fatal accidents of over thirty percent.

Let’s talk about the bad news, though, for fatal traffic accidents in Las Vegas and all of southern Nevada. Motorcycle fatalities are up twenty five percent, and passenger deaths are unchanged. The other problem is, though the good news is bigger than the bad news, these numbers are very small, and there’s no info on the sheet on if they are statistically significant in any way.

The other bad news? People are still dying on Las Vegas roadways. Pedestrians are still being struck, drunk drivers are still killing people, and plain old accidents are still happening that take lives. If a family member of yours has been killed in an accident that wasn’t their fault, you need Benson & Bingham’s top Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys to help you sort out the details, and get the compensation you deserve to cover costs and help you move on. Our experienced southern Nevada accident lawyers know how to help, and have helped others in your same, terrible situation before. Benson & Bingham offer free consultations to discuss your legal rights, so come visit us today.

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North Las Vegas Car Crash Kills 1

March 30th, 2014 No comments
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We have sad news this evening as we’re hearing of an auto accident in North Las Vegas yesterday where a woman died, and a younger passenger in the vehicle was injured. The accident took place at Cartier Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr, Boulevard. Initial and early reports from the scene indicate that the woman who was killed, a 50 year old from Las Vegas, pulled out onto MLK Boulevard from the stop sign on Cartier. Her vehicle, a Ford F-150, was then struck by a 19 year old who was driving a Crown Victoria. The woman driving the pickup was not conscious at the time that emergency personnel got on scene to begin attempting life saving procedures. The woman died after being taken to University Medical Center’s Trauma Unit, the cause of death was said to be blunt force trauma to the middle of her body.

These first reports of the accident seem to indicate that this woman made an unsafe entrance onto the roadway, namely onto Cartier Avenue onto Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard. Cartier has a stop sign at the intersection, but MLK does not. The Metro Police Officer who gave details at the scene, Aaron Patty, did not believe that impairment was a factor in the crash, that neither party seemed to be intoxicated or otherwise not in control of their faculties. The driver of the Crown Victoria was not said to be injured in the accident, and a passenger in the Ford F-150, an 11 year old girl, was said to have only sustained minor injuries in this North Las Vegas car crash. It was not known if this accident, which occurred around 5:30 in the evening yesterday, had any other factors at play such as speed.

If you were injured in an auto accident in Southern Nevada like this, or a loved one was killed, you should speak to a top Las Vegas attorney like we have at Benson & Bingham just so you know your legal rights. We offer free consultations so you don’t have to feel intimidated about coming to see us after just such an accident. Benson & Bingham’s experienced injury attorneys will talk you through your legal options, and represent you all the way if you have a claim to pursue.