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 702-570-1264, 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 slip and fall accidents in Las Vegas casinos.

The First Three Things You Should Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

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 claim 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, and to help you get fair settlement, immediately after a serious slip and fall accident due to a property owner’s negligence, please consider the following list of our post-accident tips.

  • Visit a Doctor: Injured victims should consult with a doctor immediately after their accident. First and foremost, a medical evaluation is necessary to protect the health and safety of the victim. This is because a victim may be more injured than they initially realize. Further, visiting a doctor is critically important because a victim will not be able to bring a successful slip and fall claim without supporting medical documentation that proves the extent of their injuries.
  • Report the Accident: Further, victims should also report their accident to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. More specifically, slip and fall accidents should be reported to the responsible property owner or property management company. In the event that you are confused about whom to report your accident to, please get in touch with a lawyer for clarification.
  • Get Legal Help: Finally, slip and fall accident victims should not go through the slip and fall injury claims process alone. Similar to all other premises liability cases, a slip and fall claim are highly complex. As such, victims need to have an experienced attorney by their side throughout the process. If you were a victim, please get a Las Vegas slip and fall lawyer involved as soon as possible. Starting early will give your fall attorneys a chance to immediately begin an investigation to secure any relevant evidence.

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Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries

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:

  • Broken bones;
  • Severe lacerations;
  • Organ damage;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Shoulder injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Knee and hip damage; and
  • Severe back injuries, including spinal cord damage.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

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:

  • Uncleaned contaminants being left on the floor, including grease, food and any other type of hazardous debris;
  • Issues with drainage that cause water to leak causing a wet or slippery surfaces;
  • Poor lighting;
  • Loose cords or random objects being left within a normal walking path;
  • Inadequate lighting or broken lights that result in dangerously dark conditions – this is especially a problem in stairwells; and
  • Uneven surfaces or stairs that have been left unrepaired.

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.

How is Liability Determined in a Slip and Fall Case?

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:

  • A property owner or manager created or failed to remove an unreasonable safety hazard; and
  • The safety hazard in question caused the victim to slip and fall, leading to an injury

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.

Assessing Liability in a Slip and Fall Case: Three Big Questions

When it comes to disputes over slip and fall accident liability in Nevada, three key questions must be asked and answered:

  • Did the property owner or manager know, or should they have known, about the safety hazard?
  • Considering the existence of the safety hazard, were the victim’s accident and injuries reasonably foreseeable?
  • Could the property owner or manager have taken reasonable corrective actions that would have stopped the slip and fall accident from taking place?

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.

Nevada law regarding slip and fall injuries demands specific evidence for recovery, posing challenges for victims. Hiring a skilled attorney is crucial. Our experienced slip and fall lawyers at Ladah Law Firm, PLLC offer experienced representation. Call 702-570-2039 for a free consultation.

Ideal Cases

When an employee directly causes a spill in a Las Vegas business, establishing liability is straightforward. Victims need to prove their innocence in contributing to the accident and the extent of their injuries.

Ladah Law Firm excels in handling such cases, securing high settlements and verdicts. Our meticulous approach involves top medical experts. Call us today at 702-570-2039 for a complimentary case assessment.

Lack of direct proof often leads to reliance on legal theories like notice and constructive notice. Establishing that the business should have known about the hazard requires thorough investigation and expert testimony.

What Compensation is Available for Slip and Fall Accident Victims?

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:

  • All of your medical bills;
  • Likely future medical expenses;
  • Costs related to rehabilitation;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental anguish or emotional distress;
  • >Lost income, including for missed time on the job and for long-term diminished earning ability;
  • Long-term disability;
  • Disfigurement; and
  • Loss of life enjoyment.

Where Experience Counts

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 results truly set our firm apart from the competition.

Contact Our Team Today

If you or a loved one was severely injured in a Las Vegas slip and fall accident, take legal action by calling Call Ladah Law Firm today. Our fall attorneys will review your claim for free and determine exactly what needs to be done to protect your legal rights and make sure you receive justice from whomever is legally responsible. Our slip and fall lawyer serves victims throughout Clark County, including in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Enterprise, Henderson, Green Valley, Aliante, Sunrise Manor and Spring Valley.

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