Experienced Las Vegas Slip & Fall Lawyers
Did you slip on a wet spot in a store, or on an ill-maintained walkway? Even if the injury happened on someone else’s property, residential or commercial aside, they usually aren’t automatically liable for your damages.
The property owner must be proven negligent, as in, they were aware of the problem that caused your injury but didn’t fix it, despite having ample time to do so.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to prove negligence on your own, but our Las Vegas slip and fall lawyers have the knowledge and expertise to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
At Accident Attorneys of Southern Nevada, we offer no-obligation, completely free consultations. You won’t have to pay a penny unless we win your liability case. Call (702) 766-4336 to get started.
The Expenses of a Trip and Fall Injury
Medical expenses aren’t the only expenses to expect. Your injuries may cause you to miss work—for weeks or even months. Paying for prescriptions and hospital trips will be difficult. But if your injuries are severe, you may also need to factor in rehabilitation service costs too. Worrying about these expenses may lead to mood disorders, like depression and anxiety—which is the last thing you need during this tough time.
Get the Help You Need from a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Attorney
If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property—such as a restaurant, casino, bar, or department store — legal recourse may be an option. Our Las Vegas accident attorneys can help prove that the property owner was negligent.
Who is at fault? It could be a single entity or a group, it depends on where and when you had the accident. Regardless, our Las Vegas attorneys will determine who is liable. This person(s) failed to maintain a safe environment and should face the consequences, but handling a trip and fall case is never easy.
The parties responsible won’t hand over the compensation you deserve without a fight. Nor will they willingly accept responsibility for your accident. Right now, you need rest, and battling against insurance companies and legal teams is the farthest thoughts from your mind.
You shouldn’t have to face handling all the medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses on your own. It should fall onto the party responsible.
Having a lawyer to fight your case will give you peace of mind. We’ll handle everything so that you don’t have to worry about filing claims or talking to insurance companies. Instead, you can focus on your recovery.
Proving the Liability of a Slip and Fall Case
Having your accident on someone else’s property isn’t enough to win a slip and fall case. You’ll need to prove that the situation was dangerous, and the property owner failed to protect customers, workers, or pedestrians from accidents.
They may be at fault, but that doesn’t mean they had malicious intentions to do harm. Rather, their negligence means they simply failed to keep the property in shape. Because of that failure, you suffered an injury.
Proving negligence can involve:
- Demonstrating the property owner created a dangerous situation. For example, not notifying the public of a slippery surface, which was known to be a problem before your accident.
- Proving the property owner lacked safety measures. Such as, not having handrails on stairs or failing to fill in potholes in the parking spaces.
- Proving the property owner didn’t fix a known danger. For example, if someone drops a jar and spills liquid on the floor, and the property owner fails to clean it up despite knowing the spill was there.
Having evidence of the area during your accident can be a huge help in proving liability. Evidence can include photographs taken by yourself or another party during your accident. Don’t worry, though. While it’s helpful, our team can still win the liability case without evidence like this
The Commonality of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries in America. Over one million Americans are injured in this way, and many suffer life-altering injuries.
Out of the million injured, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized for injuries related to slip and falls each year. These injuries happen to customers, pedestrians, and workers.
They may seem superficial at first—like tenderness in the wrist or ankles. However, one in five of these injuries is severe. It isn’t uncommon to break a bone or suffer severe head trauma from a slip and fall accident. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are typically the result of these types of falls.
Since victims of slip and fall accidents don’t expect it, they won’t be able to brace for impact. In the best-case scenario, the person walks away with zero or minor injuries—but in the worst case, the victim may die.
What is Premise Liability?
When a slip-and-fall happens on another person’s property, the accident commonly falls under premise liability. The liability belongs to the property owner for not maintaining adequate walkways, or for failing to tell customers of a problem (such as the case of not putting down a caution sign for a wet floor).
Examples of poorly maintained areas:
- Stairways: The stairways may be lacking handrails, or the stairs might be bare when they should have slip-resistant coverings. Both of which can be safety hazards and lead to trips or falls.
- Cluttered walkways: Walkways should remain free of clutter or debris. In this case, something (like a foreign object) causes a person to trip, stumble, or fall.
- Missing lights: If a walkway, room, stairway, or other area is lacking the appropriate lighting to see clearly, a person may fall because of a lack of visibility.
- Damaged walkways, paths, parking spaces, and driveways: These areas can be on the property or lead to it. If there are potholes, damage to the curb or the areas aren’t maintained, it can be an issue.
- Snow hazards: Property owners are liable to remove snow and ice from the ground. They must also maintain the ground after the removal of ice and snow to ensure it’s not slippery, which can also include salting the ice to help it break down faster.
- Lack of danger/caution signs: Not putting down caution signs for wet floors or notifying the public of dangers can put a property owner at fault. For example, informing the public may include placing a notice to warn pedestrians of a slippery walkway.
Types of Slip and Falls
The majority of slip and fall accidents are categorized into four groups.
- Stump-and-fall: This type of fall accident happens when there is a sudden obstruction in a pathway like a power cord in the middle of an aisle. Typically, the obstacle isn’t always there.
- Slip-and-fall: These are the most common type. A slip accident generally happens from a slip on a wet or greasy floor.
- Trip-and-fall: This type of slip and fall accident occurs when the walkway should be clear, but it isn’t. Instead, there’s an object in the middle of a path, leading to an injury.
- Step-and-fall: Step-and-fall accidents occur when an unexpected hole appears in a path or walkway. This can be an open manhole or missing utility cover on a sidewalk.
Common Types of Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can lead to severe and long-term injuries. You should seek medical attention immediately after a slip and fall accident. Even if the injury seems minor, it’s not uncommon for these injuries to worsen.
Examples of injuries from slip and fall accidents include:
- Neck/spine injuries: If you twist your neck or spine while falling, it could cause swelling, pain, and long-term discomfort.
- Displaced or twisted hip joints or ankles: A sudden fall may cause you to land incorrectly on your ankles. In doing so, you may twist the ankle or your hips, forcing them out of the natural alignment.
- Arm (elbow and shoulder) injuries: Since most people put their arms out when falling, it’s not uncommon to land awkwardly on your rotator cuff, elbow, or wrists. This can cause serious problems for any of these areas.
- Concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI): If you fall and hit your head, there is always a risk for a serious injury, like a concussion or TBI. The symptoms aren’t always immediately noticeable, either. However, both can dramatically reduce your quality of life.
- Back or tailbone injuries: Landing on your lower back or spine can cause significant damage to the area. The pain may be acute or chronic, lasting anywhere from weeks to years.
If you’ve had a slip and fall accident, you must file an accident report. If you can, take pictures of the area. Pictures can serve as evidence and help to determine the property owner’s negligence. It’ll also be helpful if you record as much information about the situation leading up to the accident.
All this information will be helpful to our Las Vegas slip and fall lawyer during your case or negotiations with the insurance company.
Contact us today at (702) 766-4336 for a free, no-obligation consultation. You won’t pay a thing unless our firm wins your slip and fall case.