Reno Premises Liability Attorneys, Washoe County, NV
Legal help when dangerous property conditions cause injury or death in Nevada
Property owners should regularly inspect their property for possible dangers to customers and visitors. When they learn of any dangers, the owners should either immediately make repairs or guard against the danger and warn users of the known dangers. Reno hosts millions of visitors each year. Securing their safety should be the top priority of every commercial owner, nonprofit business, private landlord, and homeowner. A slip and fall, an attack due to negligent security, a fall down a broken elevator, and other property accidents can cause serious injuries and even death.
If you were recently injured in a shop, at a casino, in a hotel, or on any public or private property in Reno, contact Claggett & Sykes Law Firm to request a free consultation. The owner, a lessor, a maintenance company, or a repair company may be financially responsible for your injuries. We can help you get answers, protect your rights, and move forward. We have secured more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients injured on unsafe properties. Call today to get started.
How do I know if have a premises liability claim?
The essence of every premises liability case is that:
- The property owner owes a duty of care to people who have permission to be on the property
- The property owner created the dangerous element, or knew about the dangerous element on the property, or should have known about it through reasonable diligence.
- An accident occurs due to the negligence of the property owner.
- The accident victim suffered injuries or died due to the property owner’s negligence.
Our Reno premises liability lawyers work with investigators and conduct extensive discovery to show the owner was aware of the danger and either failed to remove the danger or failed to warn people about the danger. While many premises liability claims settle before trial, we’re ready to try your case in front of a jury when insurance companies deny liability or make lowball offers.
What are the common types of Reno premises liability claims?
At Claggett & Sykes Law Firm, our skilled personal injury lawyers handle all types of premises liability cases including the following:
- Slip and fall accidents/Trip and fall accidents. These are the most common types of premises liability accidents. Common causes include slippery or wet floors, loose tiles, torn carpets, unstable stair railings, merchandise or tools on the floor, poor lighting conditions, and parking lots that have ice or snow. Anyone who falls, especially seniors, may break a hip, suffer a bone fracture, have nerve damage, suffer soft-tissue or muscle injuries, or have cuts and bruises. In catastrophic cases, a slip and fall victim falls on his/her head, causing a brain injury, or suffers spinal cord damage.
- Negligent security and assault. Casinos, hotel owners, banks, and other property owners that handle money need to anticipate that their operations attract a criminal element. Criminals may mug, attack, rob, and steal from their customers. Filing a negligent security claim includes showing that the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known, that attacks on their property were likely. Property owners at crime-risk locations should have surveillance videos and cameras, locks and keys to certain areas, enclosures, security staff, good lighting, and other safety protocols.
- Casino negligence. Reno has numerous casinos such as Silver Legacy, Eldorado Resort Casino, Circus Circus Reno, and Bonanza casino. The tourists and Nevada residents who visit these casinos come to the casinos to gamble, eat, and enjoy entertainment. They don’t come to look at the floor every time they take a step. Safe casino ownership should include:
- Regularly inspecting the floors for spills and objects.
- Looking for carpet tears, broken tiles, and other dangers to gamblers and vacationers.
- Routinely examining stairways, escalators, and elevators.
- Ensuring that people can see where they’re going.
- Ensuring the safety of pool areas so nobody drowns.
- Providing security especially because a lot of money changes hands at casinos.
- Warning visitors of any possible dangers.
- Installing video equipment and other security measures.
- Restaurants and nightclub negligence. Reno is also an attractive city for good eating and nightclubs. Bars, taverns, clubs, hotels, and other premises that serve food and drinks need to take precautions to prevent slip and fall accidents, violence, fires, and other types of accidents that can cause physical injuries or take the life of a loved one. Nightclubs should generally hire security guards to deescalate conflicts and protect visitors.
- Hotel and waterpark negligence. Our Reno premises liability lawyers are skilled at holding hotels and waterparks accountable when lax security measures result in drowning accidents, slips and falls around the pool, and other types of accidents. Pool accidents can cause death, serious respiratory problems, broken bones, and infections. The hotel owners and water park owners should:
- Have qualified lifeguards on staff.
- Make sure there are enough lifeguards for all users.
- Ensure the lifeguards are properly trained, know CPR, and have defibrillator devices.
Vacationers and residents enjoy the pools for the fun and as a way to manage the desert heat. The owners of these pools, hot tubs, and other water attractions need to ensure their water attractions are safe. These facilities may also be held liable if they are pet-friendly, and you are injured in an animal attack.
How long do I have to file an injury claim in Nevada?
As a practical matter, you should speak with an experienced Reno premises liability lawyer as soon as possible after a fall, attack, or property accident happens. We need to review the condition of the premises and speak to the witnesses before any changes are made or before memories fade. The sooner you speak with us, the faster we can review your medical care and answer all your questions. We will then make a claim against the property owner and their insurance company. The sooner we do this, the better, as it allows us to put the property owner on notice to preserve evidence such as the condition of the premises and surveillance video.
Generally, accident victims have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations. If you don’t file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you will forfeit your right to pursue your claim. Most cases settle before going to trial. Our reputation for high verdicts in jury trials is a major reason why insurance adjusters settle with our firm – often for the insurance policy limits.
How much is my premises liability claim worth?
Reno premises liability lawyers assert all the economic and non-economic damages Nevada law permits. We pay attention to all the small details that often add up to a large damage award. We demand compensation for all the damages that the accident causes including:
- Your medical bills including current bills and the likely medical expenses you’ll have for the rest of your life.
- Your lost wages and income – past and future.
- Your pain and suffering.
- Scarring and disfigurement damages.
- Loss of consortium damages
- Punitive damages for wanton conduct.
We also file wrongful death claims if a loved one died. Damages in death cases include the funeral bills, the loss of financial support the decedent would have provided the family members, and the loss of guidance and companionship the decedent would have provided the family members.
Premises liability cases can be tough to handle. Most of the time they require a lawsuit to be filed before the property owner will consider settlement. We have had countless clients who thought they would be able to settle the claim on their own only to be given the runaround by the property owner or risk management. It’s not wise to do this because it results in a delay in hiring an attorney and may result in evidence not being preserved.
Do you have a Reno premises liability lawyer near me?
Our Reno law office is located at 100 N. Arlington, Ste. 220. We also meet with victims at their homes or a healthcare facility, if necessary. If you live out of state, we can schedule a phone or video conference.
Talk to our Reno premises liability attorneys today
At Claggett & Sykes Law Firm, our Reno Nevada premises liability attorneys guide victims through each stage of the litigation process. We are skilled negotiators and are respected for our ability to persuasively argue personal injury cases before a jury. We’ve won some of the largest slip-and-fall verdicts in the state. To discuss your right to compensation and set up a free consultation, call 702-333-7777 or fill out our contact form today.
100 N Sierra St, Suite 220
Reno, NV 89501