At first when you trip on the carpet in your hotel and bash your head on a door frame, you think that you must be really uncoordinated today. But when you pass out and need to go to the hospital, you begin to wonder what really happened. The best reason to call Ladah Law, PLLC at 702-252-0055, a Las Vegas slip and fall attorney firm is that even while you are in the hospital, we have the resources to discover the exact cause of your accident. Perhaps the carpet was frayed or bunched up, creating the perfect environment for an accident. We have experience investigating accidents in Las Vegas casinos.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is normal to feel completely overwhelmed. Victims often have debilitating physical pain. The last thing many victims want to deal with is the complex personal injury claims process. However, it is critically important that victims take this process seriously. Unfortunately, far too often, slip and fall victims damage their own claims early on in this process simply because they make avoidable mistakes. To help you through the confusing times immediately after a serious slip and fall accident, please consider the following list of our post-accident tips.
According to information provided by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), fall accidents lead to nearly nine million emergency room visits each year. Slipping and tripping accidents are the leading causes of fall accidents. These accidents can lead to very serious injuries. Indeed, slip and fall accident injuries are often far more serious than victims initially realize. This is particularly true in cases where the victim has suffered a head injury. You might not think a bump on the head is that serious or you may want to take some of the blame yourself. These misnomers are why you should talk to us before you try work out any kind of settlement with the hotel or their insurance company.A head injury, even one without any outward manifestations such as a cut or large bruise could cause years of pain and even loss of your ability to function in your job or interact with people as you did before. It is important that you consider the long-term medical expenses of your injury. Our firm has extensive experience protecting the rights of victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a slip and fall accident. While head injuries are one of the most common and concerning types of slip and fall accident injuries, they are far from the only kind of injury. Other common fall accidents injuries include:
Slip and fall accidents occur for a wide variety of different reasons. In a very limited number of cases, a slip and fall accident may happen as an ‘act of god’, and there may be no root cause of the fall. However, that is very unusual. In the vast majority of slip and fall injury cases, the accident occurred because of some type of problem or defect with the property or walking surface. A non-exhaustive list of common causes of slip and fall accident include:
Often, slip and fall accidents occur at restaurants, grocery stores or at other retail businesses where there is frequent foot traffic. However, these type of incidents can happen anywhere, including on outdoor walkways, at construction sites or even in apartment buildings.
Slip and fall accident claims generally fall under the umbrella of premises liability. In order to hold another party liable for your slip and fall injury, you will need to prove that party’s negligence. Of course, this means that slip and fall claims are generally brought against a business or a property management companies, though, in some cases, these claims can also be brought against a homeowner or even a government entity. Still, regardless of who is the defendant, victims will need to prove negligence in order to establish liability. In broad terms, negligence is the failure to take proper care in a given situation. In a slip and fall accident case, this usually means two things:
These claims are never easy. Property owners and their insurance companies often fight liability aggressively in this cases. They try to find ways to reduce or eliminate a victim’s recovery. Thus, it is critically important that victims have an aggressive attorney by their side throughout the claims process.
When it comes to disputes over slip and fall accident liability in Nevada, three key questions must be asked and answered:
If the answer to all three of these questions is ‘yes’, then the defendant can be held liable for a slip and fall accident. To better understand Nevada slip and fall liability, please consider a hypothetical scenario in which a tray of food was spilled on the floor of a cafe in a Las Vegas casino, and as a result, a casino patron slipped on the food and suffered a broken leg. Is the casino liable for the accident? The answer: it depends on the specific facts of the case. Your attorney will need to investigate the incident and determine exactly what the casino management and employees did and what they failed to do. For example, if that spilled food was left on the cafe floor for 30 minutes and no employee cleaned up the mess, then the victim would have a very strong case that the casino was responsible for the accident. This is because the casino operators clearly had time to take corrective action to prevent the accident. For whatever reason, they failed to do so and the victim suffered as a result. On the other hand, if the slip and fall accident occurred 30 seconds after the food tray was dropped, then perhaps there is nothing the casino could have done. Ultimately, the bottom line for victims is simple: If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to consult with an attorney who can comprehensively review the specific facts of your case.
In Nevada, slip and fall accident victims are entitled to recover compensation for the full extent of their damages. In order to determine how much compensation is available in an individual case, a victim should consult with an experienced attorney. Often, the big insurance companies try to undervalue a victim’s damages. This is especially true when a claim involves complex damages. More specifically, insurers often attempt to undervalue non-economic damages and likely future medical expenses. At Ladah Law Firm, our Las Vegas premises liability attorneys have helped many slip and fall accident victims recover every penny that they rightfully deserved. Because Ladah Law is a firm that is careful with the details of any slip and fall case, we know how to best determine your needs today and into the future. We seek for compensation for your current and future medical bills, rehabilitation, medication, lost present and future income, possibly loss of consortium, as well as pain and suffering. A head injury can rob you of so much. Financial compensation unfortunately, is all society can offer you in return. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for:
The insurance company knows, as we do, of the complications and expenses your injury may cause you. That is why they are so anxious to settle early. Your expenses could be ongoing for the rest of your life.We understand the dynamics of injuries and we know how to protect your rights and needs into the future. Your compensation won’t be for a bump on the head, it may need to be for lifelong disability. At the Ladah Law Firm, our team has handled a wide variety of injury claims and we fully understand how important it is to help victims recover every penny that they deserve. Our personal injury case resultstruly set our firm apart from the competition.
If you or a loved one was severely injured in a slip and fall accident, please Call Ladah Law Firm today. Our attorneys will review your claim for free and determine exactly what needs to be done to protect your legal rights. We serve victims throughout Clark County, including in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Enterprise, Henderson, Green Valley, Aliante, Sunrise Manor and Spring Valley.
Yes. The reality is that some injuries are slow to develop, and you won’t notice symptoms for a couple days. For example, someone who knocks their head on the ground might not notice anything wrong. After a day or two, however, they soon begin to feel intense headaches, as well as an inability to think clearly. In this case, you might have a concussion though the symptoms were delayed.
Back injuries are another situation where your symptoms might be delayed. After a day or two, your back could begin to feel stiff and you might be unable to move.
You will need to establish that you tripped or slipped on a hazard. Of course, some property owners might quickly fix any problem and deny responsibility. It would be very helpful if you managed to take a picture with your smartphone of the hazard soon after the fall. A picture can helpfully establish that a hazard was present.
In other situations, your attorney will need to get creative at finding sufficient evidence. If you fell in a casino, then security footage should have captured the hazard. Other businesses might also have video evidence, which your attorney can obtain. If no video is available, then we can rely on your testimony and any testimony of other eyewitnesses.
These non-economic losses can be harder to prove than the cost of your medical care or your lost wages. Nevertheless, Nevada law allows you to receive compensation for these losses, which are very real.
Some jurors are skeptical of pain and suffering or other non-economic claims, unfairly believing that victims exaggerate their suffering for financial gain. But we have found that there are several ways to establish how an injury has diminished your quality of life:
You might also need to testify in a deposition or in court if there is a trial.
Nevada law limits the amount of time slip and fall victims have to bring lawsuits. The time limits are found in the “statute of limitations.” Generally, you have only 2 years from the date of the fall to bring a lawsuit. Waiting too long will result in a judge dismissing your case, leaving you without compensation.
What happens if you don’t want to sue but instead want a settlement? Actually, the statute of limitations comes into play in this situation also. The strongest leverage you have in settlement negotiations is the ability to bring a lawsuit if the defendant will not settle for an acceptable amount of compensation. If you wait too long to begin even settlement negotiations, then a defendant has a much stronger hand for denying your claim.
To protect your rights, you should seek out a lawyer’s help as soon as possible.
Yes. Nobody expects someone suffering from serious injuries to perform an intensive investigation on their own. This is why you need a lawyer. We have ways of finding out who ultimately is in possession and control of the property where you fell. We can then seek compensation from this person.
To bring the strongest case possible, you need to follow your doctor’s advice. If you don’t, and the defendant finds out about it, they can argue you have aggravated your injuries and are at least partially responsible for the pain that you feel.
We realize that everyone needs to work, and staying at home could make things very difficult financially for your family. Nevertheless, insurance companies have been known to send investigators to spy on injured victims and record them leaving the house. They then use this video evidence as proof that you aren’t injured.
Actually, it best not to mention anything on social media, not even how you are feeling. Investigators also scour social media accounts looking for proof you aren’t injured. Set your accounts to private. If you need to let friends know how you are doing, send a text or better yet make a phone call!
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