Las Vegas is back and rapidly approaching pre-pandemic fun, entertainment, and merriment levels. What else is back are casino accidents. People go to Las and stay at Vegas casinos to have fun, attend trade shows, and participate in conventions, not get injured.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen. When they do, people are injured, or property is damaged, it’s a good idea to know what to do, and it’s a good idea to seek out sound legal guidance.
You may visit or vacation from out of town and get injured on casino property. The quickest and most informative way to get legal help is to call the personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas at The Schnitzer Law Firm.
What to Do When You Get Injured on Casino Property
Follow these steps if you get injured at a casino:
- Report what happened to management
- Seek medical help
- Take pictures of the scene and your injuries
- Call the number below to reach The Schnitzer Law Firm
After you have the proper representation, your only concern is to heal.
Who Is Responsible for My Injury?
Injured while on property owned and/or operated by a casino can expose more than the casino to liability. Others who may share in being liable for your injury include:
- Casino management and owners
- Casino employees
- The hotel where the casino operates
- The casino’s insurance company
- And more
Identifying all liable parties in a personal injury claim can be difficult. If you get injured on casino property, you have enough to concern you other than who’s to blame. Have a personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas do the heavy lifting for you. Your attorney will investigate what happened to you and who is liable.
Suppose the casino challenges being responsible for your injuries. In that case, your attorney must be ready to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. The Las Vegas law firm that stands ready to provide clients with strategic, intelligent, and vigorous representation is The Schnitzer Law Firm.
How Injuries Happen at Casinos
One area of personal injury law that can apply to injuries sustained at a casino is premises liability. Premises liability typically applies when the damage was caused by an unsafe or defective condition on the property. Most premises liability cases claim that the property owner was negligent in the property’s ownership and/or maintenance. Situations giving rise to injuries in premises liability cases include:
- Slip and falls accidents
- Defective conditions on the property
- Lack of adequate security
- Inadequate maintenance
- Construction accidents
- And more
The owners and/or operators of a casino bear liability for your injuries because they have a duty of care owed to visitors to their property.
Casinos may even be held liable for acts committed by other patrons or someone who is not an employee under the control or supervision of the casino. Nevada Revised Statute 651.015 discusses circumstances that can make a casino liable for injuries caused by someone not affiliated with the casino, including:
1. The wrongful act was foreseeable
2. Convincing evidence that the casino did not exercise due care to protect patrons or other people visiting the property
Many times prior incidents which the casino knew about can indicate foreseeability.
Defenses Used by Casinos
Casinos and other liable parties can be expected to raise a robust defense. One common defense is “comparative negligence.” Examples of comparative negligence arguments are:
- The property condition claimed to be dangerous was or should have been obvious, or the area was marked by cones and signage
- The injured party was not paying enough attention to where they were walking
- The injured party wandered into a part of the property where customers or visitors aren’t typically allowed to go or expected to be
- And others
Negligence claims assign blame for injuries. If the casino or other responsible party breached the duty of care, they could be liable for your damages. The at-fault parties may claim that you contributed to your injuries. At trial, the jury may decide the defendant or at-fault party was 100% to blame for your injuries. Or they may find that the plaintiff, the party filing suit, was 25% at fault for their injuries. Whatever money the jury awards are reduced by 25%, the amount of the plaintiff’s contributory negligence.
Contributory negligence can affect settlement negotiations before a lawsuit is filed, too. A thorough investigation of events causing injury at a casino is necessary. The personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas who will devote the time, attention, and service you deserve are at The Schnitzer Law Firm.
For a FREE consultation on your case, click the link below to contact the Las Vegas personal injury law firm dedicated to achieving maximum compensation for their clients.
Damages Recoverable from a Casino Injury
You deserve adequate and complete compensation for injuries suffered on casino property due to the negligence of the owners or operators. The responsibility for your injuries also extends to the casino’s employees. Compensation for your damages, called compensatory damages, can include payment for:
- Medical expenses, including hospitalization, medicines, and rehabilitation
- Lost wages from sources to include regular pay, overtime pay, self-employment income, lost benefits, bonuses, commissions, and more
- Loss of earning capacity
- And more
If an intentionally wrongful act by the casino causes you injury, you may be able to recover punitive damages. Punitive or exemplary damages may be awarded when proven “by clear and convincing evidence” that the at-fault casino is guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice.
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