A new report out this week shines a dim light on Nevada’s marquee industry of entertainment gambling. Although aggregate gaming revenues increased some eight percent over last year in the rural community of Elko and revenues were up slightly in the Reno area, the Las Vegas region saw revenues fall by 5.7 percent and state revenues overall were down nearly six percent. As the languishing economy continues to undermine this major part of the state’s economy, might a benefit be a decline in Nevada personal injuries?
This suggestion may seem silly, but we have to analyze it in the context of the state’s larger economic activities. Although Nevada saw record growth for nearly two decades, the bursting of the housing bubble left thousands of Nevada construction workers out of work. In addition to those individuals laid up by Las Vegas workplace injuries, these unemployed individuals drag down the economy because they cut back their spending and thereby starve other businesses and facilitating further lay-offs. Now, the unemployed do not voluntarily make this impact; it is just an unfortunate downstream effect of a struggling economy.
But with gambling comes a host of uniquely Nevadan risks. We have seen how the glitzy entertainment of the Strip can result in Las Vegas casino injuries when high-flying shows go awry; even earlier this year a woman died under mysterious circumstances when she apparently fell from a high casino balcony. Add to phenomena like these the fact that many visitors to our state use casino entertainment as an excuse for reckless bacchanalia that frequently results in bar fights, DUI accidents, and Las Vegas personal injuries. If you or a loved one have been hurt on or around Nevada casino property, contact us for a free consultation.