Aside from the large volume of car accidents in Las Vegas and Reno, slip and fall claims rank second in terms of accident volume. Ice, water, oil and other substances on the ground breeds injuries. Hotels and casinos account for a large number of claims every year. The common defense to these claims are intoxication and comparative negligence by the patron. Other common premises cases occur in grocery stores, malls, parking lots, valets, restaurants, and places with heavy foot traffic.
Sprinklers and water make up a huge volume of residential problems and claims. In areas of the country where temperatures freeze, sprinkler over-spray creates hazards on sidewalks and driveways. Broken ankles are very common in these cases as are rotator cuff tear and wrist injuries. Sealed concrete is a popular material for casino valets which tend to be very slippery when wet. These can be excellent personal injury cases.
It is very important to get the right expert on board to help prove your case. Experts that specialize in building code violations and have professional engineering experience can be very helpful to prove the floor was unreasonably slippery, constructed incorrectly, and even noncompliant with building codes.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will sometimes investigate and provide very helpful information to the attorney in cases where clients are injured in the workforce. The workplace can be a very hazardous environment.
One important tenet a victim need’s to understand is whether they have a good case in the first place. Please read the following information to determine if it is a good slip or trip and fall case: Fact Scenarios that (usually) DO NOT make good Slip & Fall Cases.
Slip and fall accidents occur every single day in Las Vegas. Whether they’re caused by oil on a road, wet floor in a casino, a spilled drink at a restaurant, or a slippery substance on a grocery store floor, we all face potentially hazardous situations every day.
In the event of an accident, many store, casino, and restaurant owners will suggest that the person who fell was intoxicated or should have known the floor was wet and taken appropriate precautions. However, it’s actually the responsibility of a property owner to alert customers and guests of any potentially dangerous situations.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident in Las Vegas, you should retain skilled and aggressive legal representation to help assist you with your personal injury claim. The experienced team at Benson & Bingham is here to help.
A slip and fall accident is just what it sounds like: you slip (or trip), fall, and sustain an injury. Resulting injuries can range from a mildly bruised ego to severe, life-long repercussions. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities , accounting for 39 percent of job site deaths per year.
While you may have contributed to your accident in some way—for example, if you were walking while distracted—never let that prevent you from contacting a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to discuss your eligibility for compensation.
When you contact Benson & Bingham, we will meet with you, review the circumstances of your accident, interview witnesses, and speak with experts to ensure that we have a complete understanding of what happened to you. The best part is, you don’t have to pay anything upfront; it won’t cost you anything to have us by your side throughout your entire personal injury claim process. We only get paid if and when we secure compensation for you, and we only take cases that we believe have a good chance of success.
Slip and fall injuries range from mild to severe. But even the mildest injuries can cause life-altering, permanent consequences.
Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include:
As a victim of a slip and fall accident, you may experience more than one of these injuries. Don’t let your own embarrassment or guilt prevent you from seeking compensation from the negligent party.
Proving that another party caused your slip and fall accident involves a complex legal process. If you retain us to handle your claim, we will work with you to hold the at-fault party liable for your injuries.
To succeed, we must establish that your accident involved one of the following circumstances:
For instance, if a patron slips on ice that accumulated from a customer’s spill, the owner may not be liable for the slip and fall if they were never “on notice” that the spill existed; this is called actual notice. If it can be proven, “constructive notice” will be implied without actual notice. Constructive notice simply means that the law will imply that the owner was on notice of the defect even if they did not know about the spill if it can be shown that enough time has gone by and the owner never inspected the premises. These are usually the cases brought in supermarkets. It depends on what is a reasonable time for the inspection.
Proving that one of the above situations existed at the time of your accident is not an easy task; it requires legal experience and dedication to fact-finding. At Benson & Bingham, we have helped many clients just like you secure compensation for their injuries following a slip and fall accident. We encourage you to read what they’ve said about our services.
You did not cause your injuries, and you should not bear any of the responsibility for the associated costs. If you retain us, we will fight to help you recover the following damages:
Let us worry about holding the negligent party accountable while you focus on your recovery instead of the complex legal process.
You should be wary of insurance companies’ initial settlement offers. The insurance company representing the negligent party will likely contact you right after your accident. These companies know that you’re probably out of work and that your medical bills are piling up. The stress associated with a slip and fall accident makes injured individuals think that they need quick cash to pay their bills, and the insurance company will use this to its advantage.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying claims. When you receive a quick settlement offer, it’s usually a low ball offer, and you shouldn’t accept it until you’ve spoken with a personal injury attorney. The offer you receive may only cover the medical bills that you’ve already accumulated and likely won’t include any compensation for future expenses, which means you may end up having to pay those bills out of pocket. Let us help you avoid this unfair situation.
At Benson & Bingham, we will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you receive a fair settlement offer that covers the full value of your claim. We’ll work with you to determine an accurate estimate of your future costs, so you don’t end up in financial hardship because of your accident.
While most personal injury cases settle out of court, we only accept a settlement offer if it compensates you fully for your injuries. If settlement proves unviable, we are prepared to take your case to trial.
Hotels and casinos are playgrounds for entertainment. However, they are also grounds for slip and falls cases or slip and trip cases due to the negligence of the resorts.
Benson & Bingham has litigated against nearly every casino or hotel in Las Vegas, and over the years we have compiled records of recurring slip and falls in specific areas of hotels (ie. marble floor entrance way). This information proves not only relevant, but vital when seeking damages from the resorts; having already litigated cases where injuries occurred in the exact some area of the hotel or casino put the company on notice. Nightclub violence either by bouncer or patron is also a major emphasis for personal injury law suits; many times the guest of a hotel actually becomes the victim of the hotel’s breach of reasonable care.
Following a slip and fall accident, you may face severe injuries that require extensive recovery time. This recovery will not be cheap; however, if the accident wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t bear any responsibility for your medical bills. Rather, the party that caused your injuries should cover those expenses.
When you work with us, you gain access to our many years of experience representing slip and fall victims like yourself. We know the tactics insurance companies use, and we know how to defend against them. Contact Benson & Bingham online or by calling (702) 382-9797 today to learn more about how we can help you get back on your feet following a slip and fall accident injury.