If you’re considering a lawsuit against a casino, you need an experienced attorney from Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. People from all over the world travel to play the slots and tables in Las Vegas casinos. The demand is high for casinos in Clark County, giving rise to a thriving gambling economy. The Las Vegas Strip alone is home to 40 different casinos. Unfortunately, not all nights on The Strip end well. Thousands of visitors suffer personal injuries in casino accidents and assaults every year. The answer is yes, you can file a lawsuit against a casino after an injury or an accident. Here’s what to do if you have become a victim and wish to file a lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino.
Can I File a Lawsuit Against a Casino?
First, casino accident victims need to identify what type of personal injury lawsuit or claim they wish to bring. The type of claim will determine factors such as the time limit for filing. A general personal injury claim could arise if the patron suffered personal injuries or property damage as a result of someone else’s negligence. The claim would take the form of premises liability against the property owner or casino proprietor if it involved a defective property condition, such as negligent security or an unsafe stairwell. You could also have a product liability claim against a manufacturer if the incident involved a defective or dangerous item.
Popular Surrounding Casinos
Las Vegas is famous for its casinos, with almost 140 in operation throughout the Valley. Some casinos and hotels are more popular than others. No matter how big the name, however, every casino owes the same duties of care to visitors. You can file a premises liability lawsuit against any casino in Las Vegas, including one of the city’s top 10 gambling destinations.
- Caesars Palace
- Flamingo Las Vegas
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- New York, New York
- Paris Las Vegas
- The Monte Carlo
- The Venetian
Going up against a large and powerful casino in a lawsuit can be daunting. Casinos have plenty of money and resources to spend on combatting liability for accidents on their premises. They often have aggressive lawyers as well. Hiring an attorney can help you fix the imbalance of power. Your attorney will know how to battle against major corporations, hotels and casinos in the pursuit of fair compensation on your behalf.
What Type of Lawsuits are Commonly Filed?
The “defendant” in your claim is the party allegedly responsible for causing your injuries and therefore liable to pay for your damages. The establishment will be the defendant in most casino lawsuits. The casino itself will face liability for injuries to guests and visitors if the establishment or one of its employees contributed to the incident. Casino proprietors have a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to prevent accidents and injuries to patrons. The casino may become a defendant in any of the following accidents:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Elevator/escalator malfunctions
- Staircase accidents
- Casino parking lot accidents
- Criminal assaults/negligent casino security
- Robberies in casino hotels
- Accidental drowning in casino pools
The casino will be vicariously liable if one of its employees caused a patron harm. A victim might name an individual as a defendant if the casino did everything it could to prevent the incident. For instance, the injured party might only have a claim against the individual criminal and not the casino if the casino hired security guards to prevent crime but someone attacked and injured a guest anyway. A lawyer can help with the defendant’s determination process. If you fell at a casino, contact a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Lawyer for a free consultation.
File Your Claim at the Right Place and Time
Once you know the type of claim and the defendant, it’s time to bring your claim to the attention of the Las Vegas civil courts. The court in which to file your claim depends on the county where the incident occurred. You will bring your claim with the Clark County courts if you suffered injuries while in the city of Las Vegas. Different courts will hear different claims according to their value. For example, the Henderson Justice Courts hear general civil claims up to $15,000, as well as small claims up to $10,000.
Filing your claim means adhering to certain requirements. Most importantly, you cannot miss your deadline to file. You have two years from the date of the incident to file a general personal injury claim against a Las Vegas casino. You have three years when filing for property damage only.
What To Do and Not to DO
Take the right steps after an injury at a casino if you wish to protect your rights to compensation as an accident victim. The aftermath of an injury can be a confusing time. Try to stay calm and assess your injuries from the scene. Call paramedics to respond to the accident, if necessary. Then, document your accident starting with notifying the floor supervisor at the casino. Collect as much information as you can while still at the scene, including photographs of your injuries and the dangerous property element.
If anyone saw how your injury occurred, get their names and phone numbers to act as witnesses later. See a doctor right away for injury treatment. Maintain a record of your medical care and related documents to help prove your injuries to an insurance company. Do not admit fault to anyone who asks you about the accident, including casino workers and insurance claims adjusters. Then, contact an attorney to discuss your accident and your potential right to file a lawsuit against the casino.
Do not try to litigate your claim without a lawyer’s assistance in Las Vegas. The casino will have been through this before, while it is most likely your first personal injury lawsuit. Do not give the casino’s insurance company a recorded statement and do not accept the first injury settlement offer, either. Instead, review the case with a lawyer before agreeing to anything. A lawyer can let you know if the insurance company is offering a smaller award than your injuries demand.
Should I Call an Attorney?
One of the most important steps to take after a casino accident in Las Vegas is to call an attorney. A lawyer with experience handling casino accidents can help you bring a claim against the establishment for a dangerous property element, violent patron or lack of proper security. A lawyer will also ensure the casino and its insurance company treat your claim fairly, with due respect to your rights as an accident victim in Nevada.
If you have an injury you suffered in a casino, contact a lawyer for assistance. An attorney from Claggett & Sykes Law Firm can respond to your inquiry as soon as possible for a free review of your case. During your review, you will be free to ask as many questions as you want and receive honest answers from a licensed attorney. Our lawyers can analyze your case and ask comprehensive questions for a clear picture of your claim. If we believe you have grounds to file a lawsuit against the casino, we may offer our services as your representatives
Claggett & Sykes Law Firm Offers Free Case Evaluations
We can take care of all legal work connected to the pursuit of compensation if you choose to retain us as your attorneys in Las Vegas. We understand the state’s deadlines, filing requirements and how to fulfill the burden of proof during an injury lawsuit. We settle most client cases in pre-trial negotiations with insurance companies – saving you time, money and hassle. If your case would benefit from going to trial, however, we are not afraid to go up against powerful casinos in the pursuit of justice.
Did someone injure, attack, or wrong you at a casino? A Las Vegas personal injury attorney at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm can help. The Nevada Justice Association voted our lead attorney, Sean Claggett, “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017. Our team knows exactly how to handle lawsuits against casinos on The Strip or elsewhere in Las Vegas. Call a lawyer today to start your casino claim!