Las Vegas Slip and Fall Claims
Seek Compensation with Our Las Vegas Premises Liability Lawyers
Property owners and tenants in Las Vegas are required to maintain a safe environment for individuals who legally visit their property, regardless of if it is a home, school, business, or place of public gathering. A recent Nevada ruling expanded the liability of property owners even further by declaring that "the open and obvious nature of a dangerous condition" does not relieve the landowner of liability.
As such, it is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain a reasonably safe environment and adequately warn visitors of any potential danger, even if such danger should seem obvious. Slip and fall claims are some of the most common, yet serious types of personal injuries and should not be ignored or taken lightly.
If you or a loved one was injured at a home or business, call our Las Vegas premises liability attorneys today for a free case evaluation: (702) 529-3101.
How can property owners be held liable for injuries on their property?
Accidents can happen anytime and in any location, but it is the responsibility of a property owner or tenant to maintain a reasonable level of safety for individuals who lawfully enter their premises. If an injury occurs because of dangerous conditions, or other negligent factors, the owner of the property assumes liability and should be held accountable. Our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can fight to help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Common causes of slip and fall accidents on unsafe property include, but are not limited to:
- Wet floors
- Icy walkways or driveways
- Poor lighting
- Broken or uneven flooring
- Wobbly chairs or tables
- Steep or narrow stairways
- Inadequate handrails
Some other, more serious incidents that can cause injury due to a property owner's negligence include:
- Animal attacks
- Fire or gas explosions
- Drowning in uncovered or unlocked pools
- Physical assault-due to inadequate security
Call Burris & Thomas, LLC
Whatever the cause or result, if you were injured on someone else's property, you need to speak with a Las Vegas premises liability attorney today. Burris & Thomas, LLC has more than 45 years of experience in premises liability cases along with a sterling professional reputation.
Along with receiving the prestigious AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, Burris & Thomas, LLC received the Badger Award which is the highest honor awarded by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association / Nevada Justice Association.
Attorney Burris has been selected for inclusion in the Mountain States and Nevada Super Lawyers®® lists for multiple years. Las Vegas Life has voted the attorney as one of the "Top 5 Lawyers," and the "Top Personal Injury Lawyer."
To learn more, contact our Las Vegas premises liability lawyers today.
$2,000,000 Judgement Sexual assault on cocktail waitress by a professional athlete.
$1,400,000 Verdict Slip and fall.
$700,000 Settlement Amusement park device causes severe shoulder injuries.
How much is my case worth?
There are many factors that go into evaluating the settlement value of a personal injury case. It is not a simple matter of applying a formula. Typically, everyone thinks that their case is “simple” and “clear-cut”. Everyone tends to think that the amount of money they are seeking is “fair and reasonable”. That is human nature. However, the reality is that, in the end, a personal injury case is worth what a jury says it is worth. The job of the victim’s personal injury lawyer is to come up with a settlement that reflects the risk of going to trial (odds of winning vs. odds of losing), together with the range of what value a jury might actually return on the case.
In deciding settlement values, we need to consider the following:
- Is fault clear, or contested?
- Are the injuries severe or mild?
- Is there an issue with insurance coverage?
- Is the client a good communicator?
- Is the defendant/wrongdoer likable or unlikable?
Normally, I am able to give a very general estimate range of settlement value and odds soon after taking on a case, with the understanding that these are just estimates and not guarantees. The longer the case goes on, the more definite I can be about the settlement value range.
Do I have a personal injury case?
It is often times said by attorneys that in order for there to be a viable personal injury case, there must be “three legs on the stool.” These legs are: liability (or fault); damages (or injury); and collectability (insurance). If any one of the “legs” is missing, then there is not a viable case.
- Liability - A clear example of liability would be someone running through a red light. That person would be at fault. On the other hand, let us say that somebody is hit by a meteorite falling from the sky, and seriously hurt. In that case, although there is injury, there is no earthly entity at fault.
- Damages - An example of damages would be someone getting hit in the nose by an airbag, which breaks their nose. That person has an injury caused by the collision. On the other hand, what if that same person is almost hit by a car running a red light, but by the grace of God is able to avoid the collision? That person might say “I was almost killed, but I didn’t get a scratch.” In that case, the person was not injured and there is no case.
- Collectability - To give an example of collectability, imagine that a drunk driver runs through a red light, and the driver is Donald Trump. In that case, if Donald Trump hit and injured someone when he ran the red light, the victim will be able to collect upon any judgment that they receive. Imagine, on the other hand, that the drunk driver is someone who just got out of prison, and has no insurance and no property. Although that person will probably go to jail, there is no practical way to collect money from him, as he is a “scofflaw” living outside responsibilities of society.
What Is the Nevada Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases?
When it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit, it's important to pay attention to the statute of limitations for the state you're filing in. A statute of limitations is the time limit that a state puts on how long after your accident you are allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit. Statutes vary from state to state.
Nev. Rev. Stat. § 11.190(4)(e) (2016) states that individuals wishing to file a personal injury lawsuit must do so within 2 years of the date of their accident. However, there are certain exceptions that can be made depending on your circumstances. For example, if you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you generally only have 1 year to file your lawsuit after the date of your injury (Nevada Revised Statutes section 41A.097).
Statute of limitations can be complex, and if you fail to file your lawsuit within the allotted amount of time your case will most likely be dismissed. Don't put your compensation on the line! Contact our experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation and determine what your next steps should be.