Many casino injuries could have been prevented if those running the casino had been more cautious. Victims of these types of accidents may be able to file a negligence claim against the casino to seek compensation.
Casinos are not in the business of losing money, which means the deck will be stacked against you. The good news is you can hire an experienced attorney to help level the playing field.
The Las Vegas casino injury lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson have more than 60 years of combined experience. We have recovered over $50 million to help clients rebuild their lives. Firm partners Jack Bernstein & Scott Poisson are personally involved in every single case the firm takes. When you contact us, you are more than just a number.
An initial consultation with an experienced attorney at our firm is free. There are also no upfront fees for our services.
Why Casino Injury Victims Need a Lawyer
For the average person, filing a claim against a casino can be an overwhelming task. One reason these cases are often more complicated than others is most casino visitors are from other cities, states, and even countries. As all personal injury cases involve filings, evidence collection, depositions, and appearances, it can be difficult for the injured party to fully participate and make his or her case.
Another hurdle for a plaintiff is the presence of alcohol. If the injured person was consuming alcohol, it can be even more difficult to fight for his or her just rights.
Casinos are committed to fighting these claims and avoiding accountability for victims’ damages – trying to manage the situation on your own can make things much easier for the casino. Victims often do not know their rights and how casino risk management departments are supposed to handle claims under the Nevada Unfair Claims Practices Act.
A Las Vegas casino injury lawyer can help you file a claim and build a strong case by compiling and evaluating evidence, investigating the incident, and interviewing witnesses. For instance, we can obtain the incident report and photographs of the scene that are included. We may also be able to obtain video footage of the accident in certain situations, as hotels and casinos must preserve this evidence.
We are ready to manage every step of the process on your behalf, keeping you informed so you can stay focused on your medical treatment and the other aspects of your life that were disrupted by this unexpected injury.
Injury victims who hire experienced attorneys typically have more success pursuing compensation. At Bernstein & Poisson, we know how to get results in casino injury cases, and casino representatives are fully aware of our reputation when we contact them about a case.
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How Do I Know if I May Have a Case?
While slip and fall accidents are some of the most common injury accidents that happen in casinos, visitors could also be victims of assault or other dangerous conditions that should have been remedied.
Some of the most common reasons for casino injuries include:
- Running into someone
- Tripping over steps the victim did not see
- Falling out of broken or unstable chairs
- Slipping on liquids on the floor
- Loose carpet
- Clutter in walkways
- Floors that were recently waxed or mopped
- Damaged steps
- Parking lot accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Broken stairway railings
- Holes in the floor
- Hotel room accidents
- Equipment malfunction
- Assaults caused by inadequate security or bad lighting, such as in a parking lot
- Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
There are many things that can go wrong in a casino that can lead to injuries to their visitors, and unfortunately, people who have been harmed in this manner are faced with the reality of taking on a gigantic corporation in order to recover their losses. That is a difficult task for anyone to tackle, especially if you are already fighting to recover from serious injuries.
Premises liability law is also complex, which is why you need a licensed attorney to review your situation. An initial consultation with our firm is free of charge and allows us to determine if you may be eligible to take legal action.
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Validating a Casino Injury Case
Under premises liability law, casino visitors are considered invitees. An invitee is someone who was welcomed onto the property for the benefit of the landowner or occupier. Casino visitors are there to spend money, which benefits the owner of the casino.
As you are there for the benefit of the property owner, the property owner owes you the highest duty of care. They are obligated by law to actively search for potential hazards and quickly address them to help keep you safe. Casinos must do regular inspections and follow local and state safety ordinances.
If they cannot fix a hazardous situation, they need to provide an adequate warning about the danger. For example, they should put a wet floor sign by a spill while it is being cleaned up. Sometimes it may be necessary to rope an area off to prevent people from walking into it. Casinos need to be sure they have adequate security to keep people safe. They need to have an adequate maintenance team to quickly fix slip and fall hazards and other obstacles.
Our Las Vegas casino injury lawyers must prove the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard that caused your injury. They must also prove the hazard caused your injury.
Even though casinos have a high duty of care to visitors, they are going to fight hard to avoid accountability. They may argue you should have known to avoid the hazard that caused your injury. They may make a variety of other claims to counter your arguments. That is why you need an experienced attorney who knows how to gather strong evidence to validate your case.
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Compensation for Casino Injury Victims
If our attorneys validate your claim and you hire us to represent you, we are committed to seeking maximum compensation for you. This includes compensation for past and future medical bills for the treatment of your injury. For example, casino injury victims may need compensation for the cost of:
- Hospital stays
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Doctor’s appointments
- Transportation in an ambulance
- Medical testing
- Ongoing treatment after your claim is concluded
- And more
Our attorneys know an injury can affect your life in numerous ways. For example, you may miss work while receiving treatment or while you are under doctor’s orders to stay home and recover. Our attorneys can pursue compensation for the wages lost while you were unable to work. If your ability to continue earning what you did before the injury is affected, our attorneys may be able to seek compensation for loss of earning capacity.
Our attorneys may also be able to seek non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and lost enjoyment of life.
The value of your claim will be based on a variety of factors unique to your situation. That is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to determine a claim’s value and obtain evidence of that value.
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How Much Time Do I Have to File a Casino Injury Claim?
Nevada’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. That means a lawsuit must be filed in two years. Otherwise, the defense can file a motion to have the case dismissed and the motion is very likely to be successful.
However, many personal injury claims are resolved through an out-of-court settlement, often with an insurance company. Insurance companies may have their own deadlines for filing claims.
While you may not need to file a lawsuit, the two-year deadline is still important as insurance companies often try to run out the clock on the statute of limitations. They may drag their feet or create unnecessary hurdles to delay your claim to give you less and less time to file a lawsuit.
That is why you need to get started on your claim as soon as possible. Your lawyer needs time to investigate and build a strong case.
Steps to Take After a Casino Injury
While your lawyer can manage each step of your case, there are things you can do to help him or her build a strong case. For example:
- Report your injury to casino management
- Seek medical attention
- Write a report detailing the incident
- Request a copy of the incident report
- Photograph your injuries
- Obtain witness statements
- Keep copies of your medical records
- Avoid interrogations with casino representatives
When it comes to gathering evidence, only do what you are physically able to do. You do not want to put yourself in harm’s way or make your injuries worse.
It is common for casino executives to offer someone who has been injured in their facility a few perks in exchange for forgetting about what happened. These perks can include free nights in their hotel, free meals, free show tickets or any of several other options.
Those who have been injured in a casino need to be careful when dealing with anyone who immediately attempts to “resolve” this situation because they could be waiving their right to pursue legal remedies that may be necessary as medical costs add up, income is lost, and pain and suffering persists.
If you are offered a settlement, it is likely to be far below the full value of your claim. If you accept it you will likely be unable to pursue more compensation if your injuries are worse than you first thought. Any settlement offer should be reviewed by a qualified legal professional.
Contact a Las Vegas Casino Injury Lawyer Today for Legal Help
With the right legal advice and representation, many casino injury cases can be proven and won. Nevada law seeks to protect casino visitors from unreasonable injuries.
However, because of the power and money casinos have, it is important to approach your injury case the right way. The experienced Las Vegas casino injury attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson know how to build strong cases and seek full compensation for damages.
Our partners have more than six decades of combined experience recovering compensation for our clients in a variety of cases.
Schedule your initial consultation today at no upfront cost. We do not get paid unless you receive compensation. Our office at 320 S Jones Boulevard is just a short drive from the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and a 10-minute drive from the University Medical Center.