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Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter Now Offering Legal Consultations Free of Charge for Las Vegas Auto Accident Victims

The Las Vegas personal injury lawyers of the law firm Benson, Bertoldo, Baker Carter have announced that they will now be offering free legal consultations for victims of auto accidents and their family members in Las Vegas and surrounding areas following fatal car accident in Mesquite, Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) February 01, 2012

In the wake of a tragic early morning collision in Mesquite, Nevada which left one man dead, the Las Vegas personal injury lawyers of the Benson, Bertoldo, Baker, Carter Law Firm have announced that they will be offering free legal consultations to all families and individuals whose lives have been affected by auto accidents in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

According to Antonio Planas, police beat reporter for Las Vegas Review Journal, the unfortunate accident took place in Mesquite early Saturday morning on January 28th at approximately 5:00 AM, when Robert W. McGrew’s van collided with a garbage truck after failing to stop at the intersection of Hafen Lane and state Route 170. The front end of the garbage truck hit the driver’s side of McGrew’s van as both vehicles entered the intersection simultaneously. Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and 49 year old McGrew was pronounced dead at the scene. The full news story can be found here, courtesy of Las Vegas Review Journal:

The lawyers of Benson, Bertoldo, Baker Carter are experienced in providing legal counsel to auto accident victims in the Las Vegas area that have been severely injured, as well as the remaining relatives and family members of auto accident victims who have been killed in Las Vegas auto accidents.

As stated by the attorneys of Benson, Bertoldo, Baker Carter, following the appropriate steps after an auto accident is crucial in order to make sure that a person’s rights are protected and that they have the most concrete auto accident claim as they possibly can.

These steps can include one or more of the following tips:

A thorough medical evaluation should be performed as soon as possible for anyone who has been involved in an auto accident. At times, the full extent of an accident victim’s injuries can go unnoticed at the time of the accident, and can potentially worsen or cause other complications if gone untreated.
Immediately reporting any Las Vegas car accident to the police is always encouraged. This will provide a police report for the auto accident that can be used as evidence by Las Vegas car accident lawyers to help establish liability if a citation for a traffic violation is issued.
Gather as much information possible from all parties involved in the auto accident. Important information to acquire includes names, addresses, insurance information, telephone numbers, and details of the automobiles involved such as car make and model.
If you have access to a camera, take photographs or video of the scene of the accident. Accurately recalling the exact events in detail can be a very challenging task after an accident, particularly when issues such as emotional trauma and stress associated with the accident come into play.
Finding the right Las Vegas car accident lawyers who can inform you of your legal rights and options and are experienced in representing auto accident victims is highly recommended.
When a car accident results in a fatality, it is imperative that an in-depth investigation be performed to verify the origin of the accident as well as the person(s) responsible and liable for the damages. The Las Vegas accident lawyers at Benson, Bertoldo, Baker Carter provide case reviews at no cost for individuals and families that have suffered damages from auto accidents which occurred in the Las Vegas area.

Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims

Getting hurt in a car crash is bad enough, but for many people in Ontario, it’s only the beginning of a lengthy nightmare.

People turned down for accident benefits by insurance face a wait of as long as two years before their appeals wind their way through the system administered by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

That’s far more than the 60 days required by legislation.

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms.

For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is an “access to justice” issue: Justice delayed is justice denied.

“Accident benefits are designed to be immediate help for people when they most need it,” said Smitiuch.

Some clients whose insurance claims are rejected are forced to take out second mortgages on their homes, get loans from family members or apply to the Ontario Disability Support Program, in order to get the financial assistance they need, says Smitiuch.

“People are desperate. Some of them aren’t able to work, and they’re told they can’t claim for things like physiotherapy, or occupational therapy. It’s simply not fair,” said Smitiuch.

The first step when a claim is denied is mediation, a less formal and less adversarial — and therefore less time-consuming and costly — solution than binding arbitration or a lawsuit. In theory, says Smitiuch, mediation is supposed to take no more than 60 days from the day an appeal is filed. But the theory doesn’t match up with the real world.

“In my experience, it’s up to 10 months wait just to get a mediator appointed,” said Smitiuch.

That was also the finding of Ontario’s auditor general Jim McCarter, in his most recent annual report, issued in December.

“FSCO’s mediation service is backlogged to the point that resolution of disputes between claimants and insurers is taking 10 to 12 months, rather than the legislated 60 days,” McCarter wrote.

If the mediation fails to come up with a resolution, people can take their case to binding arbitration, something which can drag out for another year, Smitiuch says.

A spokesperson for FSCO acknowledged by email it has seen an “unprecedented increase” in mediation applications over the past few years, which she called a symptom of the “over-utilization of accident benefits.”

Rowena McDougall said FSCO decided against hiring more staff because “the best solution would be to engage a number of companies that provide high volume services.”

In mid-January, FSCO announced that it would be seeking “requests for proposals” from private dispute resolution companies to help clear the backlog. In an open letter to law firms and dispute resolution companies, FSCO auto insurance division head Tom Golfetto, said the aim was to start clearing the backlog by May.

“It is FSCO’s intention to clear the backlog as expeditiously as possible. This cannot happen without your firm’s co-operation,” Golfetto wrote.

That’s good news, says Smitiuch.

“I think it’s a good idea to do whatever it takes to clear the backlog. I think this is a reasonable solution. But they also need to make sure it never gets this bad again,” Smitiuch said.

The lengthy delays are also a thorn in the side for insurance companies, who’d prefer to get decisions as soon as possible, according to an industry association.

“The backlog needs to be addressed so that legitimate claimants can receive the benefits they need. We want people to get better,” said Steve Kee, spokesperson for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. “We have raised the issue of the backlog for years. . . . It’s troubling claimants have to wait.”

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