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Fire Agency Turf Battles Could Result In Reno Personal Injury

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Reno, Washoe County and Northern Nevada are in the midst of a potentially dangerous power struggle between local governments, individual politicians, regional fire departments and a local privatized ambulance service that has had health impacts to the local citizenry. Two recent incidents with the Reno fire department, REMSA (a privatized ambulance service contracted by the city of Reno) and the fire department of Washoe County. The reason these scenarios keep popping up are numerous and include personality conflicts, contract negotiations, old rivalries and more. In 2010, Washoe County and Reno ended their mutual aid agreements over reimbursement issues. The city of Reno and the Reno fire department have been in contentious negotiations over staffing reductions after the city lost out on a federal grant that funded over 30 full-time fire fighter positions. After the layoffs were announced, the fire department sued the city of Reno to halt the layoffs. This suit inspired some Reno elected officials to attack the fire department’s union for things said during contract negotiations. In addition, it’s suspected that a Reno city employee has been anonymously leaking divisive contract points to local newspapers.

One of the incidents occurred when the Reno fire department refused to assist REMSA and the Reno Police department when a 300 lb man who was over six feet tall had become trapped in a boat he owned. The Reno police department first found the suffering man, and through dispatch called REMSA. When REMSA arrived, realizing they were unable to move the man from the boat, REMSA called the Reno fire department to assist. Knowing that REMSA had taken the previous call, the Reno fire department refused to respond to the call. The gentleman who was in the boat who was suffering from pulmonary edema, could have died in the hours it took for REMSA and the police department to determine how to move the man. If you or a family member has been hurt or killed by in a Reno personal injury case, contact Benson and Bingham today.

The second incident occurred when the Washoe County fire department ignored a call for help from the Boomtown Casino Resort. Someone staying at the casino was in the middle of a heart attack. The fire department closest to the Boomtown casino was a Washoe County station and unfortunately, since Boomtown resort is on city land, the individual suffering from the heart attack had to wait for a city fire department ambulance arrive. If you or a family member has been injured in Washoe County, Benson and Bingham can help you to recover money spent on hospital bills, lost work and more.

Car Accident in Northern Nevada Kills 4

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There was just a terrible fatal car accident in Northern Nevada a few days ago, one that took the lives of four different people in two different cars, and one a girl just 3 years old. Few details have been released yet that we’ve seen, just one of the driver’s names and the ages of the other individuals who were involved in the accident. Some very basic pieces of information have been shared regarding how the accident happened, but not much beyond the police’s first impression of what happened in the accident, not much on why or who may have been at fault. First we’ll start with what is initially said to have happened in this fatal vehicle accident in Nevada. The accident happened in Spring Creek, in northeastern Nevada, on Route 227. It was this last Tuesday night, one vehicle was turning left when a different car smashed into the right side of the first car. The first vehicle rolled and slammed into a light pole so hard it took it down.

The who of the accident is heart breaking. The driver of the car making the left hand turn was the only person to be identified as a resident of Spring Creek named Jessica Layton. She and a girl of 6 are the only two survivors of the accident. Both needed medical attention, but at least walked away with their lives. The vehicle driven by Layton had two passengers killed, the 3 year old girl mentioned before and a man aged 19. Both passengers of the other vehicle, the one not making the left, were killed. They were a 25 year old woman and a 27 year old man.

If someone you love is killed in a car accident in Northern Nevada or Southern Nevada, Benson & Bingham Attorneys at Law can help. Our lawyers know how to take care of all the details of a horrible, untimely death like this in ways to make your life and your grieving just a little easier. We take pride in that. If your loved one died because of the negligence or fault of another person, we can also get you compensation to cover all the costs of the whole horrible situation. We offer free initial consultations, as well, so you don’t have to worry about just coming to talk through your legal options with our top Nevada wrongful death attorneys at Benson & Bingham. Contact us today.

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