If you have been injured in Las Vegas, you may be looking for slip and fall basics. You want to get an understanding of these cases before you call an attorney for a free consultation. Here is what you should know.
Slip and Fall Basics | Statute of Limitations
According to the Nevada Revised Statutes, a person who was injured in a slip and fall has two years to file a claim. After that point, the statute of limitations runs out. In addition, Nevada personal injury law contains a “comparative negligence” rule, which dictates that the injured party in a slip and fall can receive compensation proportional to his or her own responsibility for the accident. If a court or jury were to find that an injured person was 10% responsible for an accident, he or she would receive 90% of the possible compensation. However, if the injured person were found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident, there would be no compensation. There is no “strict liability” in Nevada for slip and fall cases. That means you are not entitled to compensation just because you fell and were injured. This is true no matter how badly you were injured. Instead, you must prove that the hotel, casino, store or property owner was negligent and that the negligence caused your fall and injuries.
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Slip and Fall Basics | Injuries to Senior Citizens
Fall injuries are especially dangerous to senior citizens and elderly people. Senior citizens’ bones are more brittle and are easier to break in a fall than are younger peoples’ bones. Often fall injuries require senior citizens to have surgery such as hip replacements. Major surgeries like hip replacements can cause the senior citizen’s health to rapidly deteriorate and lead to death. As you may suspect, the insurance adjusters and risk managers for insurance companies, hotels, and casinos often deny that the catastrophic results had anything to do with the fall and is completely unrelated. The family members know different.
Slip and Fall Basics | Getting an Attorney
Las Vegas is the “entertainment capital of the world.” Because of the number of hotels and casinos, the risk of experiencing a slip and fall in a casino, hotel, store, grocery, or theater is unusually high in Las Vegas. Both residents and tourists alike must be careful in order to avoid injury. If you or a loved one was injured during your most recent trip to Las Vegas, you need an experienced slip and fall trial attorney. Most slip and fall cases are denied and litigation is necessary if you want to be compensated for your injuries. If you have been injured in a Las Vegas slip and fall, call us today to put our years of trial experience to work for you.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall in Las Vegas, please call our Nevada injury attorney to go over the slip and fall basics in a free consultation today.