Manhole covers, utility vaults, cable vaults and telephone vaults are all common sights. We see these things every time we walk down the street and rarely give them a second thought. However, when proper safety precautions are not taken, utility vaults and manholes can cause very serious injuries. In the worst cases, a manhole accident can even result in a death. The victims of these accidents deserve full and fair compensation. If you were injured in utility vault or manhole accident, please contact an experienced Las Vegas premises liability attorney for immediate legal assistance.
When proper care is not taken, people can trip over unsecured manholes and utility vaults. Worse, in some cases victims can actually fall into a manhole. These type of accidents can lead to especially devastating injuries. Often, young children become the victims of manhole accidents. Many different types of serious injuries can occur as a result; this includes:
If you or your family member has suffered any type of manhole or utility vault in injury in Nevada, we urge you to consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
All utility vaults, cable vaults, telephone vaults and manholes should always be adequately secured and up to the current safety codes. Safety codes are often controlled by city and county ordinances. For example, North Las Vegas has extensive construction and design standards that must always be followed. The entity responsible for a utility vault or a manhole cover has a legal responsibility to protect the public from any unreasonable safety hazards. The responsible entities could include: the state of Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, other municipal governments, utility companies, telephone companies and cable companies. If any one of these organizations has failed to live up to their safety obligations, and you were injured as a result, it would be well advised to take legal action immediately.
In Nevada, injury compensation for a manhole or utility vault accident can be recovered under the theory of premises liability. You can bring a premises liability claim against a property owner, a business, a utility company or a government entity. In order to prevail in this type of action, your personal injury lawyer will need to prove that the defendant was negligent. Establishing negligence in a manhole accident requires proving each of the following legal elements:
If you or a family member has been seriously injured, and you believed an improperly secured utility vault was to blame, you need to speak to an attorney immediately. At the Ladah Law Firm, our Vegas accident lawyers have the right experience to help accident victims recover fair & full compensation in these type premises liability cases. Don’t hesitate to contact our office right away at 702-252-0055 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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