Q: My wife, my brother and I were taking the escalator inside one of the casinos on the strip. I was exiting at the top of the escalator I noticed that my foot was being pulled into the escalator I did not see a marked safety shut off switch so at this point I began to panic as my foot was being pulled into the panel beneath the skimmer plate at the top of the casino’s escalator. In order to free myself I had to twist my leg where i could reach down to unfasten my tiva sandal in the process of doing this I tore my meniscus disk which required me to have surgery at an Orthipedic Hospital.
The casino security asked me if I was ok and I told them that I was until about 3 to 5 minutes later I could feel a sharp stabbing pain in my knee. I also saw one of the security guards pick up a broken piece of the escalator and they also took my teve which was torn into shreds so the casino had their EMT take a look and he said my knee was swollen – the next day I went to the urgent care in Arizona were they gave me some painkiller the following week I went to the knee doctor and he said I would have to have surgery on my knee. It has now been one year and seven months I only have a couple of months before my case expires. Another Las Vegas Attorney has had the case for that long and I have only received two letters from them after about a dozen phone calla that I made to them. I don’t feel as if though they have really done anything for me up this point, they said they had an offer of $25,000 and that was last month. My medical bills were around $20,000 I will be going to Las Vegas next month and I was wondering if you might be interested in taking my case over and also if I would have to pay the Other Las Vegas Attorney. Thank you for taking the time to read this!
A: It appears that your case may need to be litigated to get full value out of it. If the escalator company is found to be liable, your claim is certainly worth more. The Other Las Vegas legal firm will be able to put a lien on it for whatever his hourly rate is or 1/3 of $25K. How exactly did the escalator eat your shoe? Did you have a loose strap? In any event, we are always interested in sitting down with you. By the way, did you actually have an attorney working on your case?