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Slip and Fall Attorneys in Las Vegas
If you are like most people, you are probably somewhere between five and seven feet tall. This means that if you slip and fall, you will only be falling about six feet at most. At first glance, a six-foot fall doesn’t sound like a big fall. Yet, curiously, thousands of people get severely injured every year from falls that are less than their total body height.
There are plenty of reasons this is true. A combination of momentum, gravity, and nearby objects often leads to severe injuries. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident at a casino or other Las Vegas location, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the injuries you suffered. Slip and fall attorneys in Las Vegas can help you determine what money you are owed and how to get it quickly.
After suffering an injury from a slip and fall accident in Las Vegas, don’t wait to seek help. Contact the experienced slip and fall attorneys in Las Vegas at Morgan & Morgan right away to schedule a free case evaluation.
The Dangers of Casinos
When you think of a casino, you probably think of the gaming floor. However, most casinos are a bit more than just one giant room full of slot machines and gaming tables. The average casino includes:
- Multiple restaurants
- A parking garage
- A swimming pool and spa area
- Hotel rooms
- Multiple flights of stairs of varying shapes and sizes
- A night club
- A theater
- Multiple bars
Almost all of these locations represent a slip and fall risk in one way or another.
Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs
Any place that serves food can be dangerous if employees aren’t careful. When a customer or employee spills food or drinks on the floor, the floor becomes slippery. The appropriate response by the establishment is to cordon off the area with the spill and clean it up quickly, not allowing anyone into the area until it has completely dried.
Unfortunately, this process isn’t always followed diligently. When a wet floor causes you to slip and fall, the establishment is responsible for the injuries that you suffer in that fall. Those injuries have the potential to be particularly severe in places where there are glasses, piping hot containers, and closely packed furniture. If you fall at a food or drink establishment, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
Swimming Pool and Spa Areas
Swimming pools and spa areas are traditionally risky because they usually have wet tile floors. This is one of the reasons that these areas are typically monitored by attendants and lifeguards. But despite the known risk, a casino can still be liable for injuries you suffer in these areas if employees are careless.
While slick floors are inevitable, casino personnel are still expected to try to keep the area as dry and safe as possible. Similarly, the casino is required to place proper signage around unsafe areas to ensure you understand the risks. When appropriate safety measures aren’t followed diligently, the casino is responsible for any injuries you suffer.
Most casinos have multiple levels and stairs leading to those levels. For aesthetic reasons, those stairs often vary from tight spiral staircases to grand stairways that could fit a dozen people walking side by side. As beautiful as these stairs look, the variety of stairwells can be dangerous, especially if the casino doesn’t have proper warning signs near stairwells.
Another risk you face while at a casino is alcohol-related falls. Most casinos are pretty liberal about serving alcohol to guests. Tipsy or drunk guests are more likely to gamble recklessly and lose money at the casino.
Unfortunately, drunk guests are also more likely to cause accidents. Casino personnel are supposed to monitor the alcohol intake of guests and stop serving them if they are getting too drunk. However, this doesn’t always happen. And the casino may be liable if you are injured because it allows you to get too drunk or if you are injured by a guest who was allowed to get too drunk.
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How Can Slip and Fall Attorneys in Las Vegas Help You?
If you slip and fall at a business in Las Vegas, particularly if that business is a casino, you will likely receive a settlement offer from a lawyer or an insurance company relatively quickly. Sometimes, you might receive the offer before you have even received medical attention. Regardless, you should speak to an experienced Morgan and Morgan attorney before making any decisions.
The first thing we will do is investigate your case. We want as much evidence as possible so we can determine how much compensation you are eligible for. At the same time, you need to receive an evaluation and treatment from a high-quality doctor. An attorney can only accurately evaluate how much money you deserve after a doctor has provided a diagnosis and treatment plan for your injuries.
Once we have evidence from the accident scene and medical information in hand, we will start negotiations with the other party. Our attorneys will never accept a lowball offer. We will insist that the other party (or, more likely, its insurance company) pays you the value of compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
If the other party is unwilling to negotiate a fair settlement for your injuries, we will file a lawsuit to get you the compensation you deserve. A lawsuit will likely take longer than a settlement would, but it is also likely to get you more money when it ends.
What Should You Do if You Slip and Fall at a Business in Las Vegas?
The most important thing you need to do after getting injured from a slip and fall accident is to get medical attention. Your health is the highest priority, and your injury could be much worse than you realize. Until you have received a medical evaluation and gotten treatment, do not speak to anyone about the accident other than your doctor.
Once you are safely in the hands of a doctor, you should contact slip and fall attorneys in Las Vegas from Morgan & Morgan. Our attorneys can guide you through the remainder of the process and reduce your stress level while doing so.
Finally, you should not speak to anyone about the accident (other than your doctor) without first consulting with your lawyer. Even conversations with friends and family could harm your case if you say the wrong thing, and any conversation with an insurance agent or a lawyer for the other party could be disastrous.
Who Is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?
Typically, whoever owns the premises you are in when you slip and fall is liable for the accident. This is particularly true if the owner of the premises caused the danger that resulted in your fall or was aware of the danger and didn’t warn you. Owners are permitted a reasonable amount of time to correct dangers, but they are required to provide warnings as soon as possible.
Can I Receive Compensation for Lost Wages if a Slip and Fall Injury Prevents Me from Working?
Yes, you can. If an injury from a slip and fall results in any type of extra expense or loss of income, you are eligible for compensation for those losses. Your slip and fall attorneys in Las Vegas will help you determine what compensation you are owed.
What Kind of Evidence Should I Collect From the Scene of the Accident?
Your attorney will investigate your accident, but you can make this investigation easier if you document the accident scene. Collect names and contact information for any witnesses or anyone who was involved in the accident. Also, take pictures of where you were injured and any injuries you suffered. Remember, your health takes priority, and you should only start documenting once you are certain that it is safe to move around.
What Types of Injuries Are Common in Slip and Fall Accidents?
A few of the more common injuries in a slip and fall accident are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries or brain trauma
- Lacerations, particularly if you fall into some glass
- Broken bones
- Torn or strained muscles
Many of these injuries can be a lot worse than you realize when they first happen. This is why you should always seek medical attention, even if you believe an injury is minor.
Somebody Who Works at a Casino Is Asking Me to Sign Something. Should I Sign It?
Never sign anything until you have spoken with your attorney. A representative of a casino might try to claim that you have to sign something before you can leave or before they can get you in touch with their insurance company. Don’t believe that and refuse to sign. If they continue to pressure you, call a lawyer immediately and tell them that they are only to communicate with you through your lawyer from that point on.
How Long Will It Take for Me to Get My Money?
Typically, you will get all of your money shortly after you receive your last bill or miss your last paycheck. However, your attorney should be able to negotiate for you to start receiving money before that. A negotiated settlement usually takes a few weeks to start paying compensation. If the case goes to trial, you probably won’t get money for a few years.
How Much Will a Slip and Fall Attorney From Morgan and Morgan Cost Me?
Depending on your point of view, a slip and fall attorney from our lawsuit is completely free. For personal injury cases, we take all of our cases on contingency. This means that we only get paid if we can get you money for your case.
Furthermore, our payment is always a percentage of the money that we get for you. Thus, if we win you money, you will always end up with more money in your pocket than before we took the case. Technically you are paying us but only out of money that you didn’t previously have.
Professional Slip and Fall Attorneys in Las Vegas
If you have suffered a severe injury from a slip and fall accident while at a premise that you don’t own, you may be eligible for compensation from the owner. Contact Morgan & Morgan immediately to learn more about your options and to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced attorney.