Nevada is a popular destination for tourists. Last year, over 42 million people visited Las Vegas alone. Of these, an estimated 73 percent stayed on the Strip, and 74 percent gambled at least once on their trip. But there’s far more to Vegas than slots and craps tables. Visitors come to the city to take in a show, taste world-class cuisine, and go shopping. And there’s more to Nevada than Las Vegas—attractions like the Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon.
With so many visitors, it’s no surprise that injuries happen. At Nevada hotels and casinos, these injuries can range from food poisoning and slips and falls to criminal activity. When you choose to stay at a Nevada resort, you do so with the expectation of being safe and kept from harm. Sadly, that’s not always the case. If you have been injured at a hotel or casino, contact the offices of Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers right away to protect your rights.
Common Causes of Hotel and Casino Accidents
While Nevada offers a lot of fun, there are hidden dangers all around. In addition to the natural dangers that exist, the party-like atmosphere and constant flow of alcohol increase the likelihood of an accident. Below are a few of the most common causes of injury at Nevada hotels and casinos:
Food poisoning: Visit any hotel resort in Nevada, and you’ll be bombarded with numerous food choices. Just like any restaurant, these hotels must comply with food service standards. This means ensuring proper temperatures, keeping food fresh, and properly cooking foods. Failure to meet these standards can make guests very sick. At best, food poisoning can cause stomach upset. At worst, it can lead to dehydration or kidney damage.
Hotel shuttle accidents: Hotel guests rely on shuttles to get them from the hotel to the airport (or in some cases, another hotel). While it may seem like these shuttles are a separate entity, most shuttles are owned and operated by the hotel. This means that the hotel is liable if the shuttle is in an accident while you are riding in it. Common injuries from motor vehicle accidents include whiplash, abrasions, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Slip and Fall accidents: Busy casinos are just an accident waiting to happen when it comes to falls. The most common locations for falls include the pool area, the lobby, and falls from chairs. While not all falls can be prevented, hotels and casinos have a responsibility to reduce the risk of falls. This can include wet floor signs, carpets, and properly maintained chairs. A slip and fall accident can lead to serious injury. While you may brush off a fall as an embarrassing mishap, the long term effects can include back issues, sprains, broken bones, and even brain injuries.
Assault: Assault is a grey area of personal injury at hotels and casinos. In most cases, a business owner can not be held responsible for an assault that happens on their property. However, under Nevada law, a hotel owner can be held civilly liable for the death or injury of a guest if the death was foreseeable and the owner failed to take measures to prevent the injury (e.g. security cameras, lighting, or guards).
What to Do After a Hotel Accident
The actions you take after an injury can make all the difference when it comes to filing a personal injury suit. There are certain things you should do after any injury. This includes:
Notify staff: After any injury or illness, the first thing you should do is notify the staff. This will allow them to create a report and gather evidence. Make sure you request a copy of this report.
Gather information: The staff will likely take pictures of the scene, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take pictures of your own. In fact, we encourage you to take pictures if dangerous conditions led to your accident. If there were any witnesses, get their contact information. Their testimony may be helpful if your case goes to court.
Seek medical treatment: If your injury requires medical attention, don’t hesitate in seeking treatment. Be sure to keep records of who you saw and any diagnosis.
Contact an attorney: After an injury, don’t be surprised if the hotel or resort offers you some sort of compensation. This may come in the form of a free stay, dining credits, or gaming comps. While it may be tempting to take this offer, it is generally much lower than the value of your injury. If you have been injured at a hotel or casino, an experienced injury can help you understand your rights.
Holding the Property Owner Responsible
Under Nevada’s premises liability laws, if you are injured while staying or playing at one of the state’s hotels or casinos, you should determine your eligibility to seek compensation. Business owners have a responsibility to maintain their property and take steps to keep their visitors safe. The includes all areas of the property, including hotel rooms, gaming floors, pools, restaurants, and outdoor facilities.
To make a premises liability claim, you must prove three things: (1) the company had a duty to you, (2) the company breached that duty, and (3) the breach of duty caused actual damages. Common damages in a hotel or casino accident claim include:
Medical bills, including doctor visits, surgeries, medication, and rehabilitation
Lost wages for time missed as a direct result of the accident, including lost earning capacity if you are unable to return to your previous line of work
Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional distress, loss of companionship, or loss of consortium
Contact Our Nevada Hotel and Casino Injury Attorneys
If you were injured during a recent stay in Nevada, you deserve compensation for your injuries. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, we know that an injury can cause physical, emotional, and financial strain. That’s why we fight aggressively to get our clients the compensation that they deserve. If you have been injured at a hotel or casino in Nevada, contact our office at (702) 382-9797 or visit us online to request a free consultation.