For decades Las Vegas has been building its reputation as the country’s play-place: first as an outpost of loose divorce laws, then as an unrivaled territory offering legalized prostitution and gambling, and now merging all this and more as it presents itself as a tourist destination for those seeking to push the limits of vice and wonder and largesse. But as a few recent incidents reveal, Nevada casinos that open their doors to all comers for all things entertainment do so at a risk of Nevada personal injury lawsuits.
In one case, a patron of a thrill ride fell from his seat and lost his life. Ride operators remain baffled by the case — they say that the ill-fated car returned to the launch area with its safety restraints still in place as they should have been — but the man’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit and are alleging that the ride’s operators/owners failed to take adequate care to avoid this tragedy. Roller coasters and other Las Vegas thrill rides are some of the newest additions to the city’s vast panoply of entertainment, but safety has to come before glamor and profits.
Adding a family-friendly element to the Strip, Nevada visitors can now enjoy the city’s monorail. These devices balance the power and speed of a locomotive with the whimsy of a futuristic craft, but that does not make them harmless and the risk of Las Vegas monorail injuries is very real. An accident at a famous theme park in 2009 resulted in a wrongful death lawsuit that recently settled for an undisclosed amount after a theme-park employee was struck by a monorail car moving rapidly in reverse.
We hope Clark County residents and out-of-state tourists alike will make happy, productive use of the many exciting amenities in our great city and that Las Vegas can begin to get back some of the “mojo” that it has lost in recent years as the economy has soured. But this rebirth has to come about without an attendant rise in injuries to the people seeking this entertainment. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a Las Vegas casino accident, contact our firm today for a free consultation about your case.