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Nevada Slip and Fall Cases: Frequently Asked Questions

August 29, 2017
Even though Benson and Bingham Attorneys at Law handle a large volume of injury auto accident cases, they also handle a large number of cases related to victims who slip and fall. A lot of these slip and fall cases happen at businesses or while visiting casinos or hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. In instances like these, the victim has no way of knowing they are about to fall and often suffer painful injuries as a result of foreign substances on the floor or staff negligence. Although this is a frequent occurrence, we've found that our clients have a lot of questions regarding slip and fall cases,  and nowhere to turn that gives accurate information in Nevada. So, we at Benson and Bingham decided to put together a list of frequently asked questions (and answers) to help our Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin slip and fall victim clients better understand their potential case. 

Q; What is a slip and fall accident?
Slip and fall is generally described an injury that occurs on someone else's property that involves the victim slipping on a foreign substance, defect, or unsafe weather conditions.  These injuries commonly occur in grocery stores, restaurants, and casinos- and can usually be attributed to food, drink, or ice on the floor. 

Q: Who has the responsibility for a Nevada slip and fall accident?
The general rule in the state of Nevada in that the owner or operator of the business that the incident occurs on is responsible for keeping it safe or post adequate signage to alert patrons of the possible hazards they may be walking or standing over.  

Q: Do I have grounds for a case?
There was a recent case in Nevada that set precedent for slip and fall cases. It was Asmussen V. New Golden Hotel Co., 392 P2d 49 ( 1964) that indicated that substances on the floor are not consistent with a business's routine care, and that the owner or operator must have been given notice of the cause for the slip and fall to be held accountable for a guest's injury.

Q: What do I need to prove in order to have a case?
In slip and fall cases, the owner or operator of the business must be on notice and have an opportunity to remedy the situation. If the owner or operator isn't notified of the slippery substance, then the owner may not be liable for the slip and fall on his premises. 

Q: What if an employee fails to notify me of something I could slip on?
The state of Nevada generally favors the victim in these types of cases. If you slip on excess water from fountains or if an employee is mopping, or if you walk past a site where an employee is working and slip on debris in a high traffic area, you likely have grounds for a case. 

Q: I've been hurt and think I have a case. What sound I do next?
The best thing you could do if you think you have a slip and fall case in Las Vegas is to set up a consultation with a local Las Vegas attorney. Benson and Bingham have helped hundreds of people get compensation for their personal injury cases, and are well versed in laws surrounding slip and falls.  They offer free consultations, so determining if you can pursue compensation is easy. And if they decide you have a case, they will apply their expertise to help you win the funding you deserve.

Have additional questions? Benson and Bingham have been voted best slip and fall attorney in Las Vegas and have the knowledge to help. Contact one of their offices today!

Did you Know: Both Joe Benson and Ben Bingham are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and were selected as Top 40 Trial Lawyers under 40?