Slip and Fall Cases in Las Vegas
Slip and Fall Cases
There are approximately 2,699,000 people who live in Las Vegas full-time, and Las Vegas hosts over 49.5 million visitors per year. With these large numbers of people, there are bound to be slip and fall accidents. Most tourist accidents occur in hotels on the Strip or in Downtown Las Vegas. They can be caused by water, food, or other debris on the ground. Usually, outdoor accidents are caused by uneven sidewalks.
Do I have a case?
Every slip and fall case has different facts. The only way to know whether you have a good case is to speak to you about your fall and injuries directly.
Do I need an attorney?
Not all slip and falls give rise to a personal injury case. In fact, it can be very difficult to prove that the landowner was negligent in a slip and falls cases. In order to prevail in a lawsuit, you must show that:
- The landowner owed you a duty of care;
- He breached that duty, and
- The breach caused your injuries.
The easiest of these three things to show is that the landowner owed a duty of care. A landowner may owe a duty of care even to a trespasser. In some cases, the landowner may be able to escape liability. NRS 41.1393.
The harder issue to prove is that the landowner breached his duties of care to you. Common defenses to slip and falls are that the landowner lacked notice of the dangerous condition that caused the slip and fall. The other issue that may limit the landowner’s liability is called comparative negligence. Comparative negligence is a defense to negligence that finds the victim is partially to blame for the accident. In Nevada, comparative negligence does not prevent you from collecting money from your injuries, but it does require that a defendant be at least 50% responsible for your injuries. NRS 41.141.
For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced attorney to review your case and vigorously pursue your claim.
Can I sue for slip and fall at my own property?
Yes, if you are a renter and your landlord created or failed to fix a defective condition, then you are able to sue the property owner for negligence. However, you are generally not able to make a claim under your own homeowner’s policy for injuries to yourself, family members living in the home, or children for whom you care. If you think you may have one of these types of cases, contact us immediately to review your policy to see if there is coverage.
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