A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere: casino, grocery or convenience store, parking lot, retail store, shopping mall, etc. At Bernstein & Poisson, we know that slip and fall accidents are not to be taken lightly. Millions of people end up in the emergency room after a slip and fall each year.
These accidents are often preventable, and the property owner may bear liability for the victim’s damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages.
Our attorneys understand the complexities of filing a slip and fall claim and are prepared to help you through every step in the process. For over 30 years our firm has been helping injury victims in Las Vegas recover millions in compensation for a variety of injuries, including a $1.75 million settlement for the victim of a slip and fall accident.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your claim and see what legal options may be available to you. There are no upfront fees and we do not charge you anything unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf.
How Do I Know if My Case is Valid?
Every claim is unique, so it is difficult to determine whether you may have a valid case until our attorneys have discussed the facts of your claim during a free consultation. Some of those facts are likely to include:
- The conditions of the property where you suffered the fall (wet floor, damaged walkways, stairways that are not up to code, bad lighting, etc.)
- Whether the property owner was aware of the dangers of the property
- Whether the property owner had time to address the issue or warn those on property of the danger
Our attorneys need to determine if we would be able to prove the property owner’s failure to act, or negligent actions, directly resulted in your accident. We would also need to link your injuries to the accident.
These cases can be quite complex compared to some other personal injury cases, which is why you should strongly consider seeking help from an experienced attorney.
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Why Should I Speak to an Attorney?
Many injury victims do not consider the far-reaching impact of a slip and fall injury. These accidents often result in serious injuries like herniated discs, broken bones or even traumatic brain injuries that can cause long-term health problems and a decreased quality of life.
While you could try to obtain a settlement on your own, settlement offers made directly to victims are often far below the full value of a claim. Insurance companies often do not factor in future damages, like ongoing treatment expenses.
Not only is negotiating with the insurance company difficult, as they are known to play hard ball with injury victims trying to recover compensation for damages, but building a strong case is also difficult. Remember that the burden of proof is on you, the injury victim. This means that you must prove your accident was caused by negligence and that your damages were a direct result of negligence.
That is why you need an experienced attorney to help you pursue your case. An attorney can manage the case for you, pursuing full compensation for past and future medical expenses, including any potential in-home care.
The Las Vegas slip and fall accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson are also prepared to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages you suffered. We have a proven record of success negotiating with insurance companies. We have decades of experience and we are ready to manage the case for you, allowing you to focus on your treatment.
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Who May Be Liable for My Damages?
In Nevada, property owners are legally responsible for maintaining their properties in reasonably safe conditions. When it is not reasonably possible to keep a property safe, the property owner is legally obligated to provide proper warnings about the dangers of the property and must take certain measures to ensure hazardous areas are marked, covered or fenced in to prevent injuries.
The duty of care owed to those on a property varies based on their legal status while they are on the property.
An invitee is a person who is on the property at the property owner’s invitation for business purposes. Some common examples of invitees are customers in a grocery or retail shop or maintenance workers on a property.
Generally, property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care in terms of how the property is maintained for safety. This means that any puddles, uneven ground or other hazards that may result in an accident must be swiftly addressed by the property owner, or those who work on the property. For example, a grocery store employee must place a wet floor sign on a freshly mopped floor to alert any potential shoppers of the hazard.
A licensee is a person allowed on the property by the owner for non-business purposes, such as guests for a social event. Property owners owe licensees an intermediate duty of care when it comes to acting in a reasonable manner to prevent injuries. This means that a property owner must adequately inspect their property for any potential dangers, but not with the thoroughness of a property used for business purposes.
By definition, a trespasser is someone on a property without the owner’s knowledge or consent. Generally, property owners owe these people a minimum standard of care, as they are intruding on their property. However, there are some circumstances in which a property owner may be liable for injuries:
- The property owner deliberately injured the trespasser.
- The owner was aware of the trespasser and knew about potential dangers.
- The trespasser is a child and faced potential danger due to artificial conditions on the property.
Our Las Vegas slip and fall accident attorneys have extensive knowledge of property owners’ responsibilities under the law and how to prove someone was a victim of negligence.
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How Much Might a Slip and Fall Case Be Worth?
The value of every slip and fall case may differ due to different factors. Generally, victims claim damages like:
- Emergency services
- Ambulatory transport
- Physical therapy
- Diagnostic services (MRI, CT Scan, X-Rays)
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
Insurance companies routinely undervalue claims, which is why any settlement offers they make to you should be reviewed with a licensed attorney. Unlike the insurance company, Bernstein & Poisson is committed to seeking maximum compensation for those injured by property owner negligence.
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What is the Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit?
In Nevada, injury victims have up to two years to file a lawsuit for a slip and fall accident. It is important to note that two years is shorter than it sounds. It takes time to investigate any case but slip and fall cases can be particularly complicated.
You should not wait to speak to an attorney. If your case is not filed before the deadline passes, you may be barred from seeking legal action to recover compensation.
You may think this deadline does not matter because you are seeking compensation from the property owner’s insurance policy. However, the insurance company may play hard ball and refuse to make a fair offer. If that happens, filing a lawsuit may be your only option.
Common Sites of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are common and may happen on any private or public property. This includes places such as:
- Grocery stores
- Retail stores
- Parking lots
- Movie theaters
- Hotels and resorts
- Sports and recreation areas
- Live events venues
When the owners of these types of properties fail to remove hazards and dangerous conditions, or have staff to take on these responsibilities, they may be held liable for damages that result.
There are a wide variety of hazardous conditions property owners may be liable for, such as:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Cluttered walkways that present tripping hazards
- Broken elevators or escalators
- Damaged carpeting
- Holes in pavement or sidewalks
- Poorly lit parking lots
- Falling ceiling tiles
- Broken railings on staircases
- And much more
Call a Las Vegas Slip and Fall Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one suffered an injury after a slip and fall accident in Las Vegas you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
With over 60 years of combined experience, our attorneys are prepared to help you through the process of filing a claim for compensation and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge you anything up front or while we work on your claim, and you only pay us if we win.