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2017 News and Events

Felipe Hernandez Announced Winner of the First Annual Benson & Bingham Scholarship

November 01, 2017
Source: Internal Release

Benson & Bingham is pleased to announce that Felipe Hernandez has been awarded the grand prize of $2,000 as the winner of the First Annual Benson & Bingham Scholarship. Mr. Hernandez is an undergraduate from the University of California at Irvine and has been accepted to Harvard Law, and partners Joe Benson and Ben Bingham are excited to help a fellow law enthusiast with his pursuit of a legal degree.

The firm received 24 submissions from a diverse set of applicants across the United States covering all five topics, although the majority of applicants chose to comment on The future of driver-less cars and how this will affect the field of personal injury, including our winner Mr. Hernandez. The topic is obviously very relevant in this day and age, and subsequently the applicants were drawn to this topic as well. Additionally, four applicants chose to write about How technology will affect the practice of law, and the firm received some very diverse as well as thought provocative essays on this subject as well.

Partner Ben Bingham noted:

"Joe and I were truly impressed with the essays we received from our first scholarship offer. Having read all 24 applications, I am confident the future of law in this country is in great hands. While it was difficult to select a winner, we found Mr. Hernandez's essay to not only be original and thought provoking, but very well supported with source materials as well. Due to the quantity of exceptional essays received, Joe and I are currently discussing the addition of several runner-up awards to honor some of the other applicants' efforts.

Benson & Bingham is proud to support the next generation of attorneys with this scholarship, and look forward to offering a second annual scholarship offer next year."

Benson & Bingham would like to further thank all the applicants that applied for our first annual scholarship for their time and efforts put into the essays we received. If you were not selected a winner, please stay tuned for the announcement of the additional runner up awards to be presented later in the week.

Benson & Bingham is a Southern Nevada accident, injury and workers' compensation law firm with three law offices in the region: Downtown Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson, Nevada. Benson & Bingham is focused on client service, from the initial consultation to the negotiation process, the firm communicates with its clients every step of the way.

Benson & Bingham to File Suit against Rio Hotel for Deceased Victim of Legionnaires' Disease

October 19, 2017
Source: Internal Release

The Law firm of Benson & Bingham is underway with preparations in filing a lawsuit against the RIO Hotel & Casino (Ceasars Entertainment) for the wrongful death of a decedent guest who contracted Legionnaires disease. Legionnaires is a potentially fatal disease if not treated promptly and effectively. Unknowing victims can contract the disease by inhaling microscopic water particles which contain legionella bacteria. This bacteria can be linked to a variety of sources such as hot tubs, mist systems, cooling towers in air conditioning systems and water systems in hotels. Those contracting legionella typically have symptoms of headaches, muscle pains, chills and a fever with in 10 days of exposure. Legionnaires typically effects the lungs and if untreated, symptoms can progress and evolve into respiratory failure.

Plaintiff will allege that the Rio was placed on notice by the Southern Nevada Health District of the presence of legionella two weeks prior to Decedents visit. Rio however failed to warn guests of the potentially fatal outbreak and declined to remove guests staying at their property. Decedent contracted the legionella bacteria and quickly developed symptoms shortly after his celebrated wedding anniversary stay at the RIO. His symptoms progressed quickly, leading to his demise within 30 days of his visit at the property. The decedent, an Arizona resident, is survived by his spouse who is bringing the wrongful death action.

Please see the following links for more information on Hotel or Casino water sickness and Legionnaires' Disease

Las Vegas Legal Representation for Victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival

October 08, 2017
Source: Internal Release

The Law firm of Benson & Bingham is accepting and representing clients that were victims of the Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Victims and heirs of this tragedy should call 702-600-6000 for a consultation once medically stable or in a position to make rational decisions. Benson & Bingham will assist in the ongoing medical treatment and financial losses caused by this catastrophic event.

As the FBI and Las Vegas Police Department investigation continues into motive, Benson & Bingham believes the means of the act could and should have been curtailed, and that not enough was done by the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino and its parent company MGM Mirage. The foreseeability of this disaster was only a matter of time; the security MGM had was completely inadequate for the size of the hotel and its operation. It is well known that security personnel are not allowed to carry firearms to protect the hotel guests, nor does it have any viable protections in place to prevent firearms from being used on its premises. There is no screening of bags to prevent dangerous items from being lodged in the hotel, nor active elevator security manned or staffed at the elevator terminals. Benson & Bingham can help, even if you have limited means and can’t afford a lawyer.

Negligence Law in Nevada and Loss of Consortium

In Nevada negligence law, if a person or company’s lack of providing reasonable care and foreseeable harm causes injury to others, victims are entitled to restitution and financial compensation. Tragically, while no monetary compensation will bring back the deceased, in Nevada Law, spouses and/or families of victims may be awarded financial compensation through a loss of consortium claim. Loss of consortium is a legal right in Nevada, and entitles spouses and heirs the ability to recover financial compensation and damages for deceased victim/s, including medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, burial costs and most importantly pain and suffering.

According to the State Bar of Nevada Law on Negligence:

“Proving negligence has three prongs. In other words, the injured person must show that it is more likely than not (i.e. preponderance of the evidence) that:

  • The defendant had a duty to the injured person,
  • The defendant’s act or failure to act was not reasonable and caused the injured person’s injuries, and
  • The injured person suffered some form of injury as to be entitled to damages."

Benson & Bingham firmly believes that the Mandalay Resort and Casino was complicit in all three prongs. The hotel, while not directly responsible for the mass shooting, was guilty of not exercising reasonable care in relation to the domiciling of the active shooter Stephen Paddock, and enablement of his sinister actions by ignoring multiple warning signs displayed by the gunmen prior to his nefarious actions. Benson & Bingham believe Mandalay Resort and Casino could have prevented the events of Sunday October 1st if any of a myriad of safety precautions had been conducted and enforced prior to the mass shooting.

Out of State Victims or Heirs

Benson & Bingham is accepting outside legal referrals for victims of the mass shooting tragedy at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Benson & Bingham is a premier law firm that has sued MGM and its affiliates many times to protect the rights of injured hotel victims. We fight for justice and safer hotels, and have done this for years. Let our experience in hotel and security law help you overcome what is arguably a preventable tragedy. We are spearheading our own investigation into what was and was not done within the hotel, including its security policies, to protect the public, onlookers, and its guests from foreseeable risks of harm. Victims of this tragedy live all over the United States and Canada including many from California, and neighboring Utah. Victims can call 24 hours a day for advice. We look forward to helping you - contact us today for a free consultation: 702-600-6000.

BREAKING NEWS: Is Mandalay Bay Hotel Liable for the Mass Shooting under Nevada Law?

Vote Benson & Bingham - Best of Las Vegas 2017 Personal Injury Lawyer

August 23, 2017
Source: Las Vegas Review Journal

Voting began today in the online Best of Las Vegas 2017 poll by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The poll was established in 1981 and has been conducting the poll ever since to give readers and fellow Las Vegans the ability to vote on their favorite companies in Southern Nevada.

Benson & Bingham, a finalist in 2016, is once again requesting all past clients and friend of Benson & Bingham to go to the site and vote for Benson & Bingham for Best Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer in the 2017 iteration.

Established in 2003, Benson & Bingham solely practices personal injury and workers' compensation law. The firm prides itself with a customer 1st reputation, making client satisfaction an obsession with attorneys and staff at their three locations in Southern Nevada, including Downtown Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson The voting extends from today till September 12th, so vote now and vote often. :)

First Quarter 2017 Notable News and Events for Benson & Bingham

March 08, 2017
Source: Internal Release

January 15, 2017: Joseph L. Benson II, Esq, of Benson & Bingham, gears up for trial in Tucson, AZ on a tractor trailer case that occurred in Pima County, AZ against Werner Trucking from Nebraska. Mr. Benson is admitted pro hac vice with the firm of Hollingsworth & Kelly to prosecute the case.

February 1, 2017: Benson & Bingham’s workers' compensation department is in full swing with a staggering number of new cases in its inaugural year. Headed by Ida Ybarra, Esq., the firm anticipates hiring more lawyers to handle the influx of cases. The stellar reputation for their personal injury representation gives clients the confidence that they handle the on the job injuries with the same quality and outstanding service Nevadan’s have come to expect.

February 15, 2017: Benson & Bingham hire the Geary Company for marketing efforts.

March 1, 2017: Pond, Lehocky, Stern and Giordano from PA affiliates with Benson & Bingham to handle their Nevada personal injury referrals. Pond & Lohocky handle workers' compensation and social security disability cases and have a National presence. Benson & Bingham is pleased to handle their referrals and is excited to foster another National Law firm for their Nevada cases. Benson & Bingham also handle Morgan and Morgan’s referrals.

Benson & Bingham is a Southern Nevada injury and accident and workers' compensation law firm with three offices in the Las Vegas Valley: Downtown, Summerlin and Henderson, Nevada. Benson & Bingham is focused on client service, from the initial consultation to the negotiation process, the firm communicates with its clients every step of the way.

Benson & Bingham Announce Their First Annual Scholarship Contest for Law Students

February 17, 2017
Source: Internal Release

Benson & Bingham is pleased to announce their first annual scholarship contest for current and prospective law students. Benson & Bingham has a proud heritage of community involvement as well as a strong record of supporting the advancement of the practice of law in both the State of Nevada and the United States. Accordingly, partners Joseph Benson and Ben Bingham elected to offer a scholarship contest available to law students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 who are currently enrolled or recently accepted to an accredited law school.

Benson & Bingham decided to award the winner based upon a writing assignment they felt were law topics currently effecting the state of personal injury in America. Contestants are challenged with the assignment of writing a minimum 600-word essay on one of the following topics:

  • The future of driver-less cars and how this will affect the field of personal injury.
  • Investigate and report on the past five years of historical motor vehicle accident data in any state, and analyze what state level laws or programs have been instituted during this time to decrease the rate of such accidents.
  • Comment and reflect on what personal injury marketing strategies in your local state have been most effective on you, and explain why.
  • How technology will affect the practice of law.
  • The ramifications of social media platforms on the pursuit of justice for Plaintiffs.

Qualifying essays will be judged by both partners on the merits of originality and provocativeness as well as the applicants' statistical knowledge of the area of investigation. Potential candidates must submit their essays by August 31st of 2017 with the winner declared on October 31st.

Partner Ben Bingham weighed in on the scholarship offer:

" Joe and I understand the pressures of law school, as well as the financial commitment of those seeking a legal degree. Becoming an attorney is not an inexpensive proposition. Benson & Bingham decided what better way to help individuals obtain their dream then helping with a financial pledge to those interested in their pursuit. However, we wanted to award the winner based on not just their academic success, but through an essay directly related to the field of law we practice. We look forward to receiving the applicant essays and promise to personally review every submission."

Further details on the scholarship contest can be found here: Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship

Benson & Bingham is a Las Vegas and Southern Nevada personal injury and accident law firm with three offices in the Las Vegas Valley: Downtown, Summerlin and Henderson, Nevada. If you or a loved one is in need of compassionate yet aggressive personal injury or accident legal services, contact a firm that is Re-Defining Personal - Benson & Bingham.

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