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In Las Vegas, property owners – including private homeowners, commercial and private landlords and business owners – must take reasonable precautions to protect others from experiencing an accident on their property. Since the city hosts more than 30 million visitors annually, keeping visitors to a property safe is an important endeavor. However, Las Vegas has experienced a recent spike in slip and fall injuries as a result of landowners failing to keep their properties safe. Claggett & Sykes Law Firm’s award winning Las Vegas Slip and Injury attorneys can help you hold the party responsible for your injuries.
A Las Vegas slip and fall incident can involve multiple parties such as a corporate renter, a landlord, maintenance companies, and more. Our Las Vegas slip and fall attorneys are well-versed in the laws regarding property safety and the expectations visitors have surrounding personal safety on others’ properties. We utilize this experience each and every time we argue a slip and fall case, putting you on even terms with corporations and their insurance representatives. We will give you the opportunity to rest and recover from your injuries while we pursue your claim.
A slip and fall incident can result in a number of injuries.
If a property owner or employee is negligent in maintaining the property, causing a slip and fall accident and your injuries, he or she is liable under the legal concept of premises liability. If you can prove negligence, you can receive compensation for damages like:
If a property owner is to blame for your injuries, you may need to file a premises liability claim. Claggett & Sykes Law Firm has years of experience working with liability claims, see how a Las Vegas premises liability attorney can help and call our firm today to schedule a free consultation (702) 333-7777
Many slip-and-fall cases involve a systematic failure to protect consumers. This means there are hazards inherent to the way the establishment operates, such as policies that blatantly disregard the safety of visitors. For example, a bar that does not have a policy in place to clean up spilled drinks may be negligent. Leaving spills on the ground in a busy bar can easily lead to a slip and fall. It is the property owner’s duty to enact rules that help prevent these accidents.
Most slip-and-fall accidents involve contributory negligence. Contributory negligence refers to the plaintiff’s own percentage of fault for the incident. The defendant may assert that the plaintiff contributed to his or her own injuries by not paying attention to surroundings. The courts may reduce the plaintiff’s compensation amount by her percentage of fault. For example, say the courts assign 20% of fault to the plaintiff for texting and walking in a slip-and-fall case. The plaintiff would receive $80,000 of a $100,000 award in this example. As long as the plaintiff is less than 51% responsible for the accident, he or she is still eligible for compensation.
The most important thing to do after a slip and fall injury is to report the injury to the business or property owner. Have someone accompanying you take photos of the area the injury occurred in, if possible, as well as photos of your injuries. Seek medical attention and retain all medical bills and documentation related to the injury. When you are able, write down any details of the scene and the incident you can recall. This information will help your slip and fall injury attorney pursue your claim.
The law commonly categorizes slip and fall incidents into four types.
Common sources of slips and falls include substances covering walkways or uneven walkways, as well as the property owner’s failure to post danger signs. In addition, damaged stairways and ramps, missing non-slip coverings and railings, and inadequate lighting often lead to slip and fall injuries. Finally, a property owner’s failure to remove snow, ice and other debris from walkways is a common factor in slip and fall injuries.
If you or a loved one have experienced a slip and fall injury, contact Claggett & Sykes Las Vegas personal injury attorneys. Our experienced team can help you maximize your compensation while providing you with the peace of mind you deserve.