Reno Slip and Fall Lawyer
A slip and fall accident can happen when you least expect it, such as while grocery shopping in Reno or enjoying yourself at a casino. These are some of the most common – and preventable – personal injury accidents in Nevada. If you were recently injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Claggett & Sykes Law Firm to request a free consultation. Someone else may be financially responsible for your injuries. We can help you get answers, protect your rights and move forward.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls in Reno
Slip, trip, and fall accidents in Reno can almost always be prevented with due care by the owner, manager, or occupier of the property. At a business, for example, employees should be trained to detect and fix slip and fall hazards promptly, before a guest has the chance to slip. Careless property ownership – known as negligence in premises liability law – can lead to many defects and hazards that are dangerous for guests, including the following slip and fall accident risks:
- Wet or greasy floors
- Spilled beverages
- Food or debris on the floor
- Leaky pipes
- Unsafe staircases
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Ice or snow in parking lots
- Loose carpets or rugs
- Inadequate lighting
If a preventable hazard caused your slip and fall accident at a hotel, restaurant, bar, casino, store or even at a friend’s house, you could be eligible for financial compensation. The property owner or another party may be responsible for the medical bills and other losses associated with your personal injuries. You could receive compensation for an injury such as a broken bone, hip fracture, sprained wrist, concussion, or another serious slip and fall injury.
Nevada’s Premises Liability Laws
Recovering a monetary award for a slip and fall accident in Reno takes properly navigating Nevada’s premises liability laws. Premises liability means that all property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain reasonably safe spaces. This responsibility comes with specific duties of care based on the type of visitor. There are three visitor classifications, organized in order from most important to least important: invitee, licensee and trespasser.
Property owners in Nevada owe the highest duties of care to invitees, such as customers at a business. They must inspect their properties for hazards before welcoming guests, fix any issues and post warning signs of potential injury risks. The duties of care are slightly less toward licensees, who enter properties for their own purposes. The only duty of care owed to a trespasser, who does not have permission to be on a property, is not to intentionally injure the person.
Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident?
Determining financial responsibility, or liability, for a slip and fall accident in Reno takes determining your classification as a visitor and proving that the property owner failed to keep you reasonably safe. In other words, you or your lawyer must prove that the property owner knew or reasonably should have known about the hazard, failed to remedy it in a timely manner and that this is what caused your slip and fall accident. An attorney can help you meet your burden of proof by preserving and collecting evidence on your behalf.
Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident in Reno? Contact Our Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in a serious slip and fall accident in Reno, Nevada, get help from Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. We have been representing injured accident victims in premises liability lawsuits throughout Nevada for many years. Our attorneys have recovered over $700 million in settlements and jury verdicts. Furthermore, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't have to pay our attorneys out of pocket, win or lose.