Millions of people head to Las Vegas expecting a few days of fun by the pool and in casinos, restaurants, and nightclubs. Most of them have a fantastic experience but some have to end their vacation prematurely after they get injured at one of these properties. Instead of having the time of their lives, they find themselves in pain. Even permanent residents of Sin City can find themselves needing the services of Las Vegas premises liability attorneys.
That’s because some property owners and operators in Las Vegas fail to ensure the safety of their guests. They may allow faulty staircases to go unrepaired, neglect to have warning signs placed on wet floors or fail to provide adequate lighting and security.
Many injuries are not worth pursuing financially. However, broken bones, brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries can result in high medical bills, lost wages, disability or even death. When property owners’ negligence results in serious consequences, victims or their families deserve compensation.
While trips, slips, and falls are the most obvious types of premises liability accidents in Las Vegas, they are not the only ones. Owners of casinos & restaurants can be held responsible for food poisoning, choking, crush injuries, and abuse by security guards. Hotels may also be liable for drownings or pool accidents which occur because of unsafe conditions. Since the circumstances can vary widely, you should seek legal advice to determine whether you have a case.
At Nettles Morris Law Firm, we represent clients who have been injured on someone else’s property due to negligence or unsafe conditions. If you fall into this category, we will seek to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Let’s look at some of the things we will discuss if you choose to hire us to handle your case.
Key Considerations in Premises Liability Cases
One of the first things we need to do is determine exactly how the property owner was negligent. As you can appreciate, not every injury is due to negligence. If you were walking and texting and you hit your head on a glass door, it will be almost impossible to blame someone else for this. However, if you can prove that the property owner failed to address a known hazard which caused your injury, you’ll have a case.
To win a premises liability case in Las Vegas you’ll have to prove the four basic elements of negligence. This means:
- The defendant knew about the danger or should have known about it
- The defendant knew about the danger but failed to address it adequately
- You suffered an injury or tangible property damage or loss
- Proving that the defendant’s negligence led to your injuries or other losses. You must provide evidence of both your losses and the link between them and the defendant’s negligence.
It may be possible to get compensation for your losses even if you were partially at fault for the incident. However, this will depend on the circumstances. When you share the details of your case with an attorney, they will tell you whether you are likely to be entitled to compensation. They will also let you know whether the value of the claim makes it worth pursuing. If you scraped your knee or stubbed your toe, you’re unlikely to get much in compensation.
Statute of Limitations Governing Premises Liability Cases
You need to keep the statute of limitations in mind when pursuing a property owner for damages. The statute is a law which dictates how long you have after an injury to take legal action. In Nevada, a premises liability claim for a personal injury must be filed within two years. If the claim is only for property damage, you’ll have three years. If you don’t file the lawsuit within the required timeframe, the court will likely throw the case out.
Most personal injury claims don’t make it to trial. Both parties are usually eager to avoid going to court since this is the more expensive and time-consuming option. Filing a lawsuit is often the last resort if negotiations prove futile. It is usually best for everyone if the claim is settled quickly.
Some defendants may be willing to pay a higher settlement just to get the case over with. At the same time, some plaintiffs may be willing to accept a potentially lower settlement so they can get the money quickly.
It is important that you seek the advice of one of our Las Vegas premises liability attorneys before you decide to accept a settlement. Given our extensive experience with premises liability cases, we know how much is a fair settlement. We wouldn’t advise you to accept an amount that is significantly less than what you deserve. You will usually get the highest amount of compensation by going to court but we understand that some victims just don’t want to go through such a long process.
How a Vegas Premises Liability Lawyer Will Help
Many people underestimate how serious their injuries are or they assume the property owner will offer them a fair settlement. It is only when it seems like things aren’t working out that they seek legal help. However, if you really want to hold the negligent party accountable, you need a premises liability lawyer on your side from the outset.
An experienced attorney will calculate your losses and determine how much your case is worth then negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company. They also will use your medical reports and expert testimony to prove the severity of your injuries and increase your chances of getting full compensation. At Nettles Morris Law Firm, we know all the defenses the defendant is likely to present and we know how to counter them.
Contact a Las Vegas Premises Liability Lawyer at Nettles Morris Law Firm Today
A premises liability incident may have dampened your experience in Las Vegas, Nevada but it doesn’t have to ruin the rest of your life. Contact Nettles Morris Law Firm today and let us get started on building your case for compensation. We will put our skills and experience to work for you so you get the damages you deserve. Don’t delay any longer. Call us today at (702) 710-9964 and schedule a risk-free consultation with a member of one of our Las Vegas premises liability attorneys.